The Leavenworth Church of Christ bid farewell to Preacher Michael Summers and his wife Morrisa on Sunday, May 26. His tenure as minister for the congregation began on August 1, 2015, and ended Friday, May 31st, 2019. Videos of the elders’ farewell presentation and Michael’s farewell sermon may be found on the Leavenworth Church of Christ Facebook page and the congregations YouTube page.
While serving as the preaching minister, Michael Summers initiated a three-year refocus for the congregation on renewing hope, sharing faith, and practicing love. He reestablished outreach to the Fort Leavenworth military community by spearheading and organizing participation in the post’s annual fall Post Activities Information and Registration Day where arriving students and permanent parties gain information and sign up with social, recreational, spiritual and educational organizations. An emphasis on prayer began with his weekend seminar on prayer entitled “Call for Fire,” and continues with the congregation’s theme for 2019, “A House of Prayer.” He established an annual recognition dinner for our teachers and volunteers, and brought a spiritual dimension through scripture, song, and prayer to the church’s food pantry. During his first two years as the congregation’s preacher, he also served as State Chaplain for the Georgia Air and Army National Guard. Morrisa taught elementary children’s Bible classes, worked with the LTC program, spoke on a Ladies Day program for the congregation, and wrote articles for the Food Pantry bulletin.
The elders and other men from the congregation will rotate the preaching responsibilities.
The Wednesday Night Adult Classes are among the most vibrant groups at Leavenworth Church of Christ right now. The men’s group, also known as “Man Cave Wednesday Night,” is studying the book of Mark using a method intended to help the men learn how to read the Bible carefully searching for key words or cultural clues to what the main point of a passage or book is. In Mark, the men have noted the very frequent use of the word “immediately” and how Jesus often told people who had insight to his identity as Son of God to keep it to themselves.
The Women’s Group is studying the life of David to gain insight how to be a person after God’s own heart. The group also keeps a log of prayer requests. Both the men and women devote a section of the class to discussing needs for prayer, followed by prayer.
If you’re looking for a sense of community and to learn more about God’s will for your life, we invite you to be a part of these groups. They meet on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the church building at 3911 10th Avenue in Leavenworth. Age appropriate classes for children meet at the same time.
All services are cancelled today, Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Leavenworth Church of Christ because of snow and extreme cold. There will be no 9:30, 10:30 or 6:00 p.m. assemblies or classes today. Read the next article for ideas about what to do for spiritual enrichment today.
Snow and ice have assaulted Leavenworth County this winter, causing disruption and rescheduling of church activities more often than we would like. Here are suggestions for when bad weather threatens to cancel our services:
How to know if services, Food Pantry, or other events are cancelled: We try to email or call members to let them know when services or events are cancelled. We also will post on our Leavenworth Church of Christ Facebook page (there is a link on the church website menu) when we cancel or postpone. Like our page while you’re there.
What to do if church services are cancelled? Check the Video Sermons tab on our website menu for sermons and communion talks. Check the Resources tab for links to websites with information about Bible study and related topics. Our Facebook page will also have links to timely blog articles or helpful videos. Remember to leave a comment or like what you see on our Facebook page. KCWE, channel 29 in Kansas City airs the television program In Search of the Lord’s Way on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. Even if the weather’s good, you will want to check this program out: Great congregational singing and thought-provoking preaching.
Help others. Call friends who may be at risk because of the bad weather. Make sure that they are safe, warm, and have food to eat.
Worship at home if services are cancelled. Check out the “what to do” paragraph above. Read a chapter from the Bible and discuss. Sing praises to the Lord. Pray after discussing what needs God’s attention (Don’t forget to praise God and say “Thank you, Lord!”).
Be Safe!! If we have cancelled services, you will want to consider cancelling other activities you may have on your schedule. Pay attention to the weather forecast and road conditions in your neighborhood. Call if you need help.
Bible classes and the devotional are cancelled tonight at Leavenworth Church of Christ because of road conditions and this warning from Leavenworth County Emergency Management Agency:
LEAVENWORTH COUNTY AND KC METRO REGION: ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON THURSDAY (2-7)
WHAT…Significant icing. Ice accumulations of two to three tenths of an inch are expected, with snow accumulations of up to a half inch possible Thursday morning. Winds will gust as high as 35 mph Thursday morning with gusty winds expected to continue into the afternoon hours.
* WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Kansas and central, north central, northeast, northwest and west central Missouri.
* WHEN…Until noon CST Thursday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
An Ice Storm Warning means significant amounts of ice
accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Snapped power lines and falling tree branches are also
So, stay warm and safe at home. Information about church cancellation generally is published on the Leavenworth Church of Christ Facebook page, through email and through phone calls to members. If you want to study at home, check under the Resources tab on this website for information that can help you in your study of the Bible or view video recordings of sermons under the Video Sermons tab. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
The prophet Isaiah envisioned a time when the gathering of God’s people for worship would be a joyful house of prayer for all nations (See Isaiah 56:1-8). In 2019, the Leavenworth Church of Christ will devote themselves to being a joyful people of prayer. Being a house of prayer requires growing in our relationship with God by developing habits that will produce spiritual growth and will increase knowledge of God and his Word. Biblical teaching related to current trends and fashions, classes that give opportunity to ask tough questions in a safe place, training in spiritual disciplines like Bible study and prayer, all form key building blocks for this congregation that seeks truly to be Christ’s church, a place for healing from emotional and spiritual scars. We invite you to learn with us at the Leavenworth Church of Christ how to be the spiritually mature man or woman that God wants each of us to be. Please worship with us soon.
Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) is a regional program that has been the foundation of the congregation’s youth program for several years, but perhaps more importantly it is a tool that parents and children can use to promote personal and group spiritual growth. On December 2, members of the youth group met with congregational leaders and adult volunteers to register and to plan for the Heart of America LTC convention in Kansas City this coming spring. Time still remains to for children in third through twelfth grades to register to participate.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” LTC participation helps a child to grow in individual skills like writing an essay or poem, speaking or reading the Bible publicly, or artwork, but also gives opportunity to engage in a group project like puppet theatre, drama, singing group, Bible quiz team or a banner project. The group participation builds a sense of belonging, but also teaches responsibility to others when working together to achieve a goal.
The hallway in our education wing is adorned with banners, artwork, and photographs produced by our youth group in previous years of LTC. In 2016, a picture of our Bible quiz team appeared in Christian Chronicle, an international newspaper for Churches of Christ. Although our team was inexperienced, studying together for the quiz increased Bible knowledge and cohesiveness.
LTC provides an avenue where children can grow in confidence as they learn and master skills that will equip them to serve as leaders for the church in decades to come. Future preachers preach short sermons and write essays. Future preachers, elders, deacons, and Bible class teachers study together for the Bible quiz and work on projects together. Future song leaders learn that skill and also learn to sing better by singing with a group.
For more information about participating, contact the church office or one of the elders.
Veterans Day fell on Sunday this year; Leavenworth Church of Christ honored its military veterans with a slideshow at the conclusion of the morning worship assembly. We were blessed to have a group visiting that were in town for a reunion of an air cavalry unit with which they had served during the Vietnam Conflict. The sermon, from Romans 13:9-14, addressed “Combat Readiness in the Kingdom of God.” You may find that sermon by clicking on the Video Sermons tab and going to our YouTube page.
On Sunday, November 18, the congregation will have a fellowship dinner after the service. We invite you to visit us for worship and stay afterwards to eat with us.
We’re having our annual Fish Fry at the church building (3911 10th Ave) on Saturday, September 29th. We’ll begin at 4:00, eat at 5:00, and then follow on with a Game Night. Marvin Francisco and Jeff Cannon are supplying abundant fish that they caught themselves as well as cole slaw, hot dogs, and French fries. If you can bring a side dish or dessert, that would help greatly!
As the accompanying pictures suggest, Hawaiian Shirt Sunday was a joyous event. Even some visitors came dressed for the occasion! The sermon was from 1 John 5:1-2 about loving the family (ohana) of God. Mahalo nui loa to those who participated.