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

Wednesday, Feb. 24th 2021

Weekly Newsletter—February 24, 2021

new & upcoming at LUMC!
Can you help as a greeter or usher during worship? Now that we are back to in-person worship, we have several positions open. Please consider volunteering once a month if you are able to. To volunteer, click the button below to visit the SignUpGenius page.
Sundays, February 21–March 28 | 7 p.m.
You are invited to explore the last days of Christ’s life in a Lenten Study using the book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine. The study, moderated by Andy Oren, takes place on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the church office to sign up and get the Zoom link.
Sunday, February 28 | 1–1:30 p.m.
Come one, come all! It’s a family sing-a-long, and we’re going to have a ball! Join Ms. Liesel and Ms. Mary for a fun sing-a-long on Sunday, February 28 at 1 p.m. Join us on Facebook Live from the comfort of your home. We’ll sing all our favorites—from Sunday School to church camp to praise and worship songs! (Even the grown-ups will have fun!) Let us know what your favorite song is in the Facebook event! We can’t wait to make a joyful noise with you!
Monday, March 1 | 7 p.m.
The kitchen remodel project was approved at a Church Conference held on January 26, 2020, with an estimated cost of $300,000. As you know, because of COVID-19, construction did not begin as quickly as we anticipated. We are finally expecting construction to begin soon. Due to increases in material costs in the past year, the final estimate is close to $360,000. Even though the motion that was passed gave the Property Management Team the flexibility to approve the final construction price, because the price has increased by more than 10%, the team would like to have another Church Conference to approve the final cost. All members of Lenexa UMC have a voice and a vote at a Church Conference. The conference will be held March 1 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. At that time, click the link below or use the meeting ID & passcode to join.
MEETING ID: 890 5482 8921
PASSCODE: 384912
Many have wondered why the cost of the kitchen remodel has gone up so much. This is a great question, which is addressed in the response we just received from our contractor, Derick Shackelford. Click the button below to read this response in the latest Kitchen Committee update.
Sunday, March 28 | 4–5 p.m.
We’re having an Easter Car-Nival on March 28. You can drive through the parking lot and stop at stations for your kids to play games to win prizes and candy. All of the games can be played from your car. Please invite your friends to join us too!
Volunteers and candy donations are needed! If you would like to volunteer to help at the Car-Nival, please contact Mary Clow at Mary.Clow@lenexaumc.org. You can bring donations of individually wrapped candy to the church office. Thank you for your support!
Friday, April 2
Our next service is April 2. As no surprise, due to the virus, the kitchen continues to be closed, and they are serving cold lunches in a bag at the door. These consist of a lunch meat sandwich, chips, granola or protein bar, fruit or fruit cup, bottle of water, and a dessert. We just have to drop the lunches off at St. Mary’s, and they will pass them out. They have 700–800 people most days, so this will be a tremendous challenge for us, but one we met in October and January. We need volunteers that can prepare hopefully 50 lunches each and bring them to the church on the morning of April 2. They will then be transported to St. Mary’s. Please let Tom Bean know if you can help at 913-888-2446 or threetnkbean@juno.com. We need to know fairly soon if you can so we can be sure we will have enough. Thank you!
Sunday worship
We have returned to in-person worship, with masks required and COVID safety protocols in place. Worship takes place at 9 and 10:30 a.m. both in the sanctuary and via livestream on Facebook for those who are more comfortable worshiping from home.
Missed last week’s service?
“The Cost of Being a Christian”
Mark 8:34–35, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:25–27
When Jesus says that His followers must take up their crosses daily, He is inviting us to die to ourselves – to die to our own desires, pursuits, and plans. As followers of Jesus, we must make the decision every day to die to ourselves and to live for Christ.
Pastor Ezekiel preaching.
We will celebrate Holy Communion on March 7. We will be using prepackaged communion elements during in-person worship. Those worshiping at home can either supply their own bread and juice or pick up prepackaged elements at the church. Elements can be picked up at the church office or during the Dinner’s On Us drive-thru Wednesday, March 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
ongoing events & announcements
Through Easter Sunday, you are invited to join the Great Plains Conference and our bishop in setting apart a sacred and regular time each day during the next 100 days to pray for our nation and a smooth transition of power using “A Prayer in a Time of National Crisis”. Each Wednesday morning there will be a video on our LUMC Facebook page leading you in this prayer:
God of all the ages, in your sight nations rise and fall and pass through times of peril. Now when our land is troubled, be near to judge and save. May leaders be led by your wisdom; may they search your will and see it clearly. If we have turned from your way, reverse our ways and help us to repent. Give us your light and your truth, let them guide us; through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen.
The food pantry is currently in need of cleaning supplies (laundry soap, liquid dish soap), personal hygiene items (deodorant, toothpaste, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner), baking items (flour, sugar, cake mixes, pancake mix) and basic condiments (ketchup, mustard, salad dressing). Please bring donations to the gray bins outside of the church office.
March–April Upper Rooms are here. You may pick one up at the church, or if you would like one mailed to you, contact the church office at (913) 888–5600 or office@lenexaumc.org.
Wednesdays | 5:30–6:30 p.m.
We’re serving you curbside at Dinner’s On Us, our weekly free meal!
Enter the lot on the northwest side of our property and we will serve you from the extensive sidewalk at our west entrance. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors!
menu options:
#1: pulled pork sandwich, chips, and a cookie
#2: PB & J sandwich, chips, and a cookie
Contact Wayne Dothage or Lisa Freeman to volunteer as a server/baker.
connect with us!
Connect with other members via Facebook—though we may not see each other in person as often, our LUMC community is active online and as welcoming as ever!
Lenexa United Methodist Church
Office Hours: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Monday–Friday
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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