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, Mar. 17th 2021

Weekly Newsletter—March 17

new & upcoming at LUMC!
 
 
APRIL MESSENGER DEADLINE
 
Have something you want included in the Messenger? If you haven’t submitted your contribution yet, please send it to Lauren at Lauren.Lanigan@lenexaumc.org today.
 
 
TAKE THE READINESS 360 SURVEY!
 
We are beginning a planning process to identify the needs and desires of our congregation. As a church, we are taking an online survey called Readiness 360. R360 will help us identify and assess our spiritual intensity, dynamic relationships, missional alignment, and cultural openness. We will report back our findings and discover next steps together. Your participation will help in this process.
 
Each person in your family, including youth, is invited to fill out the survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. Follow the link below and type in our congregation’s survey code. The survey is open until April 12. If you need help accessing the survey, or don’t have computer access, contact the church office for assistance at (913) 888-5600.
 
survey code: 1274252739
EASTER CAR-NIVAL
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!
 
 
ST. MARY’S FOOD KITCHEN
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.
 
We are running a little behind on our commitments for lunches for St. Mary’s, and we still need several more volunteers to meet our goal. Please let Tom Bean know if you can help at (913) 888-2446 or threetnkbean@juno.com. Thank you!
 
 
LUMY SPRING RETREAT VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Friday, April 23–Sunday, April 25
 
The LUMY Spring Retreat is coming up! There is no overnight part this year. It’ll just be during the day & evening time. But Teila needs your help to make this happen! Please check out the link to sign up & volunteer! The times are broken down throughout the weekend, so you don’t have to stay for the whole weekend/day if you want. Check and see if there are any times that work for you!
 
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Monday, June 21–Friday, June 25 | 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
 
Priority Registration for Vacation Bible School is currently open for LUMC families. We highly recommend you register ASAP, as we anticipate hitting our capacity quickly. LUMC families should have received a link to register from Mary on Monday, but if you need the link, please e-mail Mary.Clow@lenexaumc.org. More volunteers for VBS are needed and will allow us to serve more children this summer. Please contact Mary Clow if you are interested in volunteering. Even if you can’t volunteer all five days, we can still use your help!
 
 
IT’S COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TIME!
 
You are eligible if you meet the following criteria: 
 
• you are a member of Lenexa United Methodist Church 
• you have at least a 2.5 GPA or a GED 
• you have been accepted to an accredited institution 
• you will be a full-time student 
• you have not received an LUMC scholarship in the past 
 
In addition to the application, you will need to submit a 300–500 word essay on your post-secondary plans, two letters of recommendation, and an official school transcript. To get your application for the 2021 post-secondary undergraduate scholarships, send an email to Linda.Stokes@lenexaumc.org or Teila.Creekmore@lenexaumc.org, or pick one up in the church office. The application deadline is April 1. These scholarships are made possible through the Lenexa UMC Scholarship Endowment Fund. 
 
Sunday worship
 
IN-PERSON WORSHIP
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We’ve returned to in-person worship, which takes place in the sanctuary at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
 
Masks are required and COVID safety protocols are in place. If you plan on attending in person, we encourage you to read these protocols at https://lenexaumc.org/covid/.
 
 
 
LIVESTREAM WORSHIP
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For those who are more comfortable worshiping from home, we’re also continuing to livestream both the 9 and 10:30 services. Please tune in at facebook.com/LenexaUMC/live!
 
Missed last week’s service?
 
MARCH 21
5TH SUNDAY IN LENT
 
“Are You Willing To Die To Live?”
John 12:20–33
 
The crowds were looking for a Christ who would “remain” and lead them into His glorious earthly kingdom, but Jesus talked about being “lifted up” and not being with them forever. The Jesus they wanted wasn’t the Jesus they got. 
 
Pastor Ezekiel preaching.
 
Holy Week Services
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Palm Sunday | March 28 | 9 & 10:30 a.m.
 
God’s Children will participate by waving palm leaves at both worship services.
 
Maundy Thursday | April 1 | 7 p.m.
 
No Good Friday or Holy Saturday services. 
 
Easter Sunday Services
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Son-Rise Service | 7 a.m. | Lions Shelter at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
 
This outdoor service is led by LUMYouth.
 
Easter Worship | 9 & 10:30 a.m. | The Sanctuary
 
Holy Communion will be served in all three Easter services, and you can watch any of them via livestream at www.facebook.com/LenexaUMC/live if you’re more comfortable worshiping from home.
 
 
ongoing events & announcements
 
 
WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS WANTED
 
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, visit the SignUpGenius page here:
 
 
100 DAYS OF PRAYER
 
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.
 
 
 
FOOD PANTRY
 
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.
 
 
THE UPPER ROOM
 
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.
DRIVE-THRU DINNER’S ON US!
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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