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Thanks to our awesome VBC campers – here are our latest mission project totals:
Funds for the Juan Wesley School in Honduras: $1,758.01 (our goal is $8,000)
School supplies for our KC partner schools:
479 packages of crayons, colored pencils, and markers
243 packages of math flash cards (FYI: these cards are on sale at Mardels for $2.99 with an additional 20% off)
$628 for the Juan Wesley School in Honduras
184 packages of crayons, colored pencils, and markers for our KC KiDS
84 packages of flashcards for our KC KiDS
WAY TO GO VBC KiDS!
Opening Day at VBC – 1,043 campers stormed the Resurrection field with hopes of playing and praying with the Royals!
Monday’s most valuable lesson – Campers learned how King Solomon scored a major hit when he asked God for one thing: Wisdom
Clubhouse Drama – The players on Team Drama taught campers the meaning of Wisdom… Praying to God, trusting God, and listening to God.
Today’s Stadium Food – Skinny Pop
Team Goal: Our goal is to collect $8,000 for the Juan Wesley School in Honduras.
We are also collecting new crayons, colored pencils, markers, and math flashcards for our partner KC schools.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, Ephesians 1:18-20
I just got home from attending my first ever Royals Spring training. Wow! It was a blast. There was a sea of royal blue everywhere. Lots of excitement and anticipation in the air.
As I watched the crowds and players prepare for their upcoming season it made me think a bit about how I am preparing myself for my upcoming season. My own spring training so to speak. How am I preparing for the Season between Easter and Christmas? I use these holidays as place markers for our faith not because there are not others but because we oftentimes don’t focus on our faith unless it’s around Easter and Christmas.
Let’s talk about Easter and the promise it gives us of our risen Savior. His promise that this life we are living is not over when we die, but only really begins when we will someday get to be with Him in heaven. The promise that we will someone day see our loved ones again who have died. Perhaps, we should look at our spring training as a chance for us to train like people who live with the hope that Easter and Jesus brings to us.
Ask yourself, what areas of your life do you need hope in? Maybe an illness either you or a loved one is dealing with. Is it the hope of a new job? What about hope of a new relationship or maybe one that needs repairing? Maybe this season as our hometown Royals prepare for their upcoming season we should each take time to train a little bit ourselves for our own Spring Season of hope, by resting in the promise that Ephesians 1:18-20 tells us, we should live as people of hope when we revisit the Easter story this season. The hope that only our risen Lord can give us! Oh, and GO ROYALS!
By Lori Trupp
Once the Christmas season has passed and the new year has begun, I always find myself patiently waiting, waiting for Easter. OK, I’m not going to lie, sometimes I’m not that patient, especially if it’s been a really cold stretch of weather! Patient or not, Easter has always been one of my most favorite celebrations. I love everything about it! The hope of the Resurrection story, the symbolism of new life, the beginning of spring and anticipation of summer, the colors, the flowers, all of it! Easter always feels like a breath of fresh air after a long cold winter in Kansas City.
However, if you really stop to think about it, the actual Easter story can be quite difficult to discuss, especially with children. It’s full of some pretty heavy stuff. Not to mention, the death and resurrection of Jesus are kind of tricky to explain, especially when I am not exactly sure I can wrap my mind around it even as an adult. At Easter, we proclaim the mystery of our faith. Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. That’s some pretty spiritually deep and significant stuff for sure!
What we need to remember with children is that sometimes the best explanation of the Christian faith isn’t through words at all. Instead, we can look for ways that our practices as Christians can convey the Easter story, the message of sin and salvation, brokenness and healing, forgiveness and reconciliation, death and resurrection.
Our children can witness these Easter concepts in real life. When they watch their parents lose patience with one another or raise their voices during a discussion and then reconcile, or when they receive a hug after they have disobeyed, or when they hear us talk about our hope of seeing their deceased grandfather again someday.
They will also interact with these concepts as they participate in the life of the church. When your family attends worship regularly, when they participate in children’s programming, and when your family takes the time to serve others together.
So even if your children, or even you for that matter, can’t quite grasp or put into words the theological concepts and mysteries surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus, don’t sweat it! Have faith that your children will, through their interactions with these concepts in their daily lives and by participating in the life of the church, grow up to, as Pastor Adam always says about the Easter story, not only believe it, but count on it!
Check out the different ways you can celebrate Easter with your family at our www.cor.org!