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, Sep. 1st 2021

Weekly Newsletter—September 1

new & upcoming at LUMC!
It was great to see so many people take a peek at the kitchen in between services on Fresh Start Sunday. There were many thoughtful questions asked and we (Marvin, Rick, and myself), received lots of positive feedback on the kitchen progress so far. For those that did not have a chance to come by, the signs posted in the kitchen indicating the cabinet, appliance, and sink placement will be left in place until the FRP, (Fiberglass Reinforced Paneling), is installed on the walls. Stop by when you have a chance to see the progress in person.
Our big surprise that was announced on Sunday morning was the discovery of hardwood flooring underneath the carpet in Schneeberger! Originally a product called LVT, (Luxury Vinyl Tile), was picked for the 4’ wide path in front of the passthrough and coffee bar area but since the hardwoods were discovered, the 4’ path will now become beautiful refinished oak hardwoods that once graced the entire floor of Schneeberger. A present-day discovery but an important link to our past.
Have a great week.
Wendy Clay 
A third party is continuing to send fraudulent emails that look like they’re from Pastor Ezekiel from email addresses that do NOT belong to him. If you receive a message from someone claiming to be Pastor Ezekiel from any email address other than ezekiel.koech@lenexaumc.org, it should be treated as spam. Pastor Ezekiel will never ask for you to do him a “favor”, buy gift cards, etc.
With the continued increase in COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant, at the recommendation of the Health Ministry Team, Pastor Ezekiel and the staff have decided not to move forward with restarting Heavenly Half Hour at this time. We are also suspending the coffee service. We strongly encourage everyone to wear masks indoors, which makes serving food and drink unwise.
Our fall stewardship program, first: putting God first in living and giving, includes a devotional book that we encourage each family to read together at home. You may pick up a copy outside the sanctuary or contact the church office (913-888-5600 or office@lenexaumc.org) and we will mail one to you. Daily readings begin September 13.
Saturday, September 11
Lenexa UMC Men’s Group will have a meeting featuring a special guest presentation on September 11 at 8:00 am in the Wesley Room.
Title: Reflections on Faith and Its Relevance in the UK in 2021
Presenter:  Laurie Richardson
Laurie grew up in Shawnee and Lenexa and has been a lifelong member of LUMC (returning when she visits her family here).  She spent five years working in Paris before moving to London in 1999.  She moved there to work for a strategy consulting firm and has continued working in business strategy roles both internally as well as a consultant to global organizations.
Friday, October 1
Our next time to serve at St. Mary’s Food Kitchen is Friday, October 1. The kitchen is now open, but many churches continue to serve the lunch bags like we have done in the past year. We will plan to do this also. These consist of a lunch meat sandwich, chips, a protein bar, fruit, and a dessert. Since they are not allowing people to take lunches for their family, the number of lunches they would like us to provide is down to 200-250 instead of the 700-750 we have provided since COVID. If you would be able to provide 25 or maybe 50 lunches, please contact Tom Bean at 913-231-9142 or threetnkbean@juno.com. They would also like us to provide up to 7 people to help serve the lunches, water, juice, and milk and to help with the maintenance of the lunch room. If you could help in this area, let Tom know.
Registration for fall classes is happening now at InJoy Music. We’d love to have you join us for some learning, music, and fun! School year classes begin September 11. Visit our website for more information on available classes and register today!
In-person worship takes place at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park by the gazebo at
8 a.m. and in the sanctuary at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
If you plan on attending in person, we encourage you to read our COVID safety protocols at https://lenexaumc.org/covid/.
Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn indoors by all individuals, including those fully vaccinated. If you plan on attending in person, we encourage you to read all our COVID safety protocols at https://lenexaumc.org/covid/.
For those who’d like to worship from home, we livestream both the 9 and 10:30 services. Please tune in at facebook.com/LenexaUMC/live!
Missed last week’s service?
this Sunday’s worship
“The Persistent Prayer”
Mark 7:24-30, Luke 18:1-8
Are we persistent in petitioning God? Or do we give up in frustration that he doesn’t answer our prayers?
Pastor Ezekiel preaching.
ongoing events & announcements
Greeters & Ushers
Can you help as a greeter or usher during worship? We have several positions open. Please consider volunteering once a month if you are able to.
To volunteer to be an usher or greeter, visit our SignUpGenius page:
Lawn Mowing
If you would like to help care for the lawn at LUMC, sign up for a 2-week period to mow as needed during this time frame. There is a lawn mower at the church in the shed or you can bring your own. For questions or the code for the shed, contact office@lenexaumc.org. Thank you!
Youth Volunteers
We’re always needing volunteers to help with Sunday School and Youth Group! Please contact Teila Creekmore if you’re interested! We would love for you to join us!
The food pantry is in desperate need of rice, toiletries (specifically shampoo, men’s and women’s deodorant, body wash), dish soap, and laundry detergent.
Please bring your donations to the gray bins outside of the church office.
Chancel Choir, Joy Bells, and Growing in Grace Children’s Choir all resume rehearsals soon. Now is a great time to join a new musical group! Contact the church office for more information about the choirs and rehearsal times.
All of our adult Sunday school classes have resumed meeting in person. Everyone is welcome to join any of our classes!
9 AM:
Foundations: Room 105 and via Zoom
Spectrum: Room 122
9:15 AM:
Pathfinders: Asbury Room and via Zoom
10:15 AM:
Dashers: Room 122 and via Zoom
10:30 AM:
YAC—Young Adult Conversations: The Underground
Find the class that is the best fit for you! Contact the church office for more information, including Zoom links to participate from home.
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 front of the education building. 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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