Lenexa United Methodist Church
We Know and Love God.
We Follow Jesus.
We Are the Body of Christ.

9138 Caenen Lake Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215

Monday, May. 4th 2020

Weekly Newsletter—April 22

In-person services and events may be cancelled, but that hasn’t stopped us from worshipping together!
 
We livestream one worship service each Sunday at 10 a.m. via our Facebook page, then post the video on our church website and email a link later that day.
 
If you would prefer CD recordings of the services mailed to you each week, please contact the church office and let us know.
 
WORSHIP for THIS WEEK
APRIL 26
3RD  SUNDAY OF EASTER
“Looking at Changes
that Came with Resurrection”
Luke 24: 13-49
 
Jesus is the risen King who is victorious over death, recognized by His disciples, validated by Scripture, and enthroned over all creation. That truth changes our faith, theology, and life. The resurrection also changes our practical living.
 
Rev. Ezekiel Koech preaching.
NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY
 
Along with other congregations throughout the United Methodist Church, we will observe Native American Ministries Sunday with a special offering this Sunday, April 26. Your gifts to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering create stronger ministries with existing Native American congregations and outreach efforts and provide scholarships for Native American seminarians. Fifty percent of the offering remains in the Great Plains Annual Conference to develop relationships and strengthen Native American ministries in Kansas and Nebraska. You may give online at lenexaumc.org/online-giving or by mailing a check to the church designated for Native American Ministries Sunday.
YOUR DAILY DEVOTION
 
Today’s “throwback” Daily Devotion comes from Tom Renich in our LUMC 2010 Devotional Book:
 
“Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to help me, O God. You are my help and my
deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.” 
– Psalm 70:5 (NIV)
 
When things can’t get any worse, when we are at the bottom, then we finally turn to the Lord? And then, we beg the Lord to hurry, “do not delay.” Why do we wait, why aren’t we with the Lord in both good times and bad?
 
Certainly, my life is a roller-coaster, a combination of highs and lows with mediums liberally sprinkled in, of creativity and drought, of cruise control, acceleration and braking. In this ebb and flow my mind mostly moves without conscious thought or guidance. Then the rocky parts come, the bumps in the road, with sudden feelings of anxiety, of apprehension and sometimes panic. These are the times when it becomes obvious – yet again – that I need the help of something or someone other than myself to move forward. And when I have these times, I feel guilty about turning to the Lord. I feel reluctant because I have not been with the Lord through the recent good times, because I have been on cruise control. So I wait and stall and worry more, and feel even further from comfort and solace.
 
When I eventually break down and give up and give in, I learn again how great and gracious the Lord is, how His love and grace is so overwhelmingly comforting and supporting, how His perspective is so right where mine has been so wrong. For God’s grace never says “I told you so” but always says “Come to Me.” This grace, given without any pre-conditions, given to us by simple petition, given to us because we simply turn slightly away from the world and toward the Lord saves us from our sins and folly and gives us the support and hope we need for living.
 
Sure, God wants us to be with Him and in Him always, but when we are not, He is always with us and within us. And He is always prepared to embrace us when we give even a slight hint that we need Him. All we have to say is “…come quickly to help me, O Lord…”
 
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If you would like to write a devotion for our Daily Devotions or if you have seen a
devotion that speaks to you, please e-mail it to Mary Clow.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
MAY-JUNE UPPER ROOM
 
The May-June Upper Rooms are here. If you would like one mailed to you, please contact the office at office@lenexaumc.org or (913) 888-5600.
MAY MESSENGER SUBMISSION DEADLINE
 
Articles, announcements, and any other submissions for the May issue of the Messenger are due by tomorrow, April 23. Email contributions to Lauren Lanigan.
FACEBOOK
 
During this unprecedented time, we need each other. If you are on Facebook and have not liked the church Facebook page, please do so now. If you a member or regular attendee of Lenexa UMC, we also invite you to join the LenexaUMChurch Family group. This is a place that we can still be in community. We encourage you to share an inspiration, favorite scripture or success. Talk to each other. Be the church.
 
PRAYERS
 
Please keep LUMC, the nation, and the world in your prayers during this difficult time. If you have a personal prayer request, contact Pastor Ezekiel or the prayer chain at
prayers@lenexaumc.org. If you would like to be added to the confidential email prayer chain to keep your fellow church members in prayer, please sign up here.
FOOD PANTRY
 
The Johnson County Food Pantry is still serving the vulnerable among us. As more people are impacted by COVID-19, their needs will continue to rise. They welcome all food donations. If you are at the grocery store buying food for your family, we encourage you to pick up a few extra things for the food pantry. Since the church office is closed, we have moved the gray bins to the east entrance. If you have a code to the church, open the door and drop your donations in the bin. If you do not have a door code, contact the Office and we will make arrangements to receive your donation.
ONLINE GIVING
 
During this time, the church still has ongoing expenses. We ask that, if possible, you stay up to date on your giving to the church by mailing in your contribution or by donating online or by text. Follow the link below to give or find out more about the ways you can give!
CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
 
Scholarships for summer camp (Camp Chippewa, Institute, etc.) are available through LUMC Endowment funds. Request an application by e-mailing office@lenexaumc.org. The deadline to apply is today, April 22.
 
 
The April issue of
THE MESSENGER
is available now!
 
If you usually pick up the Messenger at the church and would like one mailed to you, please contact the church office via email or phone.
 
As always, it can also be read online.
 
Lenexa United Methodist Church
 
Church Office Phone:

(913) 888–5600

 
Preschool Office Phone:

(913) 888–6300

 


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