Lenexa United Methodist Church
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9138 Caenen Lake Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215

Tuesday, Nov. 26th 2019

Weekly Newsletter—November 26

A Letter From Pastor Ezekiel
By Presidential Proclamation, this Thursday is traditionally a day of national Thanksgiving. Therefore, I think we ought to thank God for the right reasons.
Folks, if you were to draw up a Thanksgiving list of things for which you are thankful, what would you put on the list? I know some of the things that I would list.
  1. First all, I thank God that I am a Christian.
  2. I am thankful to the members of the Lenexa UMC for “pounding” my family in August at Pounding the Pastor. We still have not finished all the things you provided us. May the Lord bless you more than you can imagine!
  3. I’m thankful for the blessing of living in the United States of America. I’ve lived in other lands and visited many other countries, and I’m so thankful for this country in which I live. Some of you who have traveled out of this country know what I am talking about. Some of you might be thankful that you live in Kansas, rather than the east coast, the west coast, or Florida, where there are hurricanes.
  4. I’m thankful for physical blessings. What about you? 
Perhaps you feel like there is nothing really you can thank God for due to what happened this year. But look, the difference between God’s people and all the rest is that God’s people do not suffer alone. God is with them. For King David says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
We are not the only ones struggling and not the only ones hurting. The people who never step into the church are hurting, too. The people who never lift a voice to give thanks to God are hurting, too. The greatest difference is that when we hurt, God is there to help us through those difficult moments of life. Exodus 2:24 says, “God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. “You and I can easily forget names that we were told just a few minutes ago, but the God of the universe, who has billions of people to be concerned about, never forgets. He heard the groaning of Israel and He remembered the covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.                                                                       
Some of my greatest moments with God have been the times I have hurt the most, when I felt the most empty, when I’ve cried from the depths of my soul, and only to find that He was there, always faithful, and always keeping His promise. 
Therefore, because God is with us even when we do not emotionally feel his presence, we should give him thanks in all circumstances. The Bible says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). Whom are you thankful for? And for what reason? 
I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! 
There will be no Dinner’s On Us tomorrow (Wednesday the 27th). Have a great Thanksgiving!
The church office will be closed on November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Pastor Ezekiel leaves on November 30 for 19 days in Kenya. For any pastoral needs, please leave a voicemail in the Pastoral Emergency mailbox and your needs will be handled appropriately.
Every Sunday through Christmas, join Barbara Pendleton in the Wesley room as she takes us to some of the most memorable Christmas concerts in America. Learn about some of the most meaningful traditions of the season and how they came to be. Presentations will be at 9 a.m. and again at 10:10 a.m. and are designed to be only 10-15 minutes long. The schedule is as follows:
Dec. 1—Wellesley College (Boston) and Rollins College (Orlando)
Dec. 8—Morehouse College and Spelman College (both Atlanta)
Dec. 15—Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA)
Dec. 22—St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)
Sunday, December 1  10:30 a.m.
Join us on Sunday for YAC, a new ministry for young adults 18–30 years old. Conversations will begin with light-hearted chatter and then we will see where it takes us. Feel free to bring topics of your own.
Wednesday, December 4  5:30–6:30 p.m.  Schneeberger Hall
There will be Christmas activities for kids during Dinner’s On Us on December 4. Come for a spaghetti dinner and festive crafts!
The Johnson County Multi-Service Center is in need of the following items: All kinds of soup, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, canned peaches, spaghetti sauce, women’s deodorant, and shampoo. Please bring donations to the gray bins in the hallway outside of the church office.
Are you, or do you know, a drummer, bass player, guitarist and/or singer? If you’re interested in playing with the Tree of Life praise band, please call, text or email Blair Penney at (913) 492-1286 or 
There are flyers for Dinner’s On Us in the church office and outside the sanctuary. Pick up a few today to pass out to friends, neighbors, or coworkers. There are also business cards with worship and Sunday school times available to hand out on the information table at the top of the stairs by the office.
What’s It Going To Take?
Isaiah 2:1–5
Jennifer Bryan preaching. Tree of Life Praise Band at 9:00. Chancel Choir at 10:30.
The November issue of The Messenger is available now!
This monthly publication contains all the news and events for the month of November
at LUMC. Read or download a copy here.
Lenexa United Methodist Church
Church Office Phone: (913) 888–5600
Office Hours: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Monday—Friday
Preschool Office Phone: (913) 888–6300

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