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 29

A Letter From Pastor Ezekiel
Dear Church Family,
NOT YET, BUT SOON! A group of church leaders met on Monday night, April 27, to begin to plan what church will look like when we return. We will be waiting for the Johnson County Board of Commissioners to meet and set the guidelines for when we can again assemble at our church.
We are taking into consideration social distancing, proper sanitary conditions, and providing a safe environment. We know church will look different, but we will still be able to enjoy each other’s company and worship together.
We do plan to continue live streaming so those that don’t feel comfortable returning at this time will still be able to enjoy being with us online.
Look for periodic posts in CrossLinks and on Facebook as our plan moves forward. We have missed each other and look forward to worshiping together in person! NOT YET, BUT SOON!
Continue to pray for our church and for each other. God be with you ‘till we meet again!
Pastor Ezekiel
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.
“Where Have You Seen the Lord?”
John 20:19–31
This scripture invites us to think about the times and places we have seen the risen Jesus Christ. What was it that made you believe in Jesus Christ? Was it seeing, touching, feeling the wounds that made you believe? Is that how you recognized the fullness of his humanity by seeing the wounds? Where have you seen Jesus in your life?
Rev. Ezekiel Koech preaching.
This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion. Rev. Ezekiel Koech will bless the Holy Communion through the video and every family can participate at their homes. Have bread and juice/water available to participate symbolically.
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he promised his followers that they would do greater things than he ever did on earth. Upon first hearing this, it felt blasphemous to me. And also impossible! How in the world could we do greater things than Jesus Christ?!
Teresa of Avila, the 16th century Spanish mystic understood. “Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.”
WE are the body of Christ here on earth, and it is through and in Jesus’ name that we are empowered by the Spirit to do greater things by virtue of being throughout the entire world. Each one of us is Christ, and when the fire continues burning within us, we become Christ to every person we interact with.
I may not ever miraculously heal any one person, but I can change a person’s life by showing compassion when they expect judgment. I can save a person’s life by checking in on them as we social distance. I can join in with the collective Church that spans time and space as we continue to establish churches, hospitals, and schools. I can join in on the Jesus movement that has reminded humanity of its divine spark for centuries as we work toward justice in the name of Jesus together.
I’d say that’s pretty great.
remind us of the fire within us.
May we burn brightly into the world as your hands,
your feet, your body. Amen.
–Rev. Melissa Gepford
Intergenerational Discipleship Coordinator
Great Plains Conference
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.
The May/June issue of the Upper Room is available as a free download online here. If you would prefer to have one mailed to you, please contact the office at office@lenexaumc.org or (913) 888-5600.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The April issue of
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
Keep an eye out for the May issue, which comes out this week!
Lenexa United Methodist Church
Church Office Phone: (913) 888–5600
Preschool Office Phone: (913) 888–6300

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Lenexa United Methodist Church • 9138 Caenen Lake Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215 • Office: 913-888-5600 • Preschool: 913-888-6300 • Fax: 913-888-5609

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