June 2018, A Note from the Pastor

Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Mark 6: 41-43

This month we are starting a sermon series at Revolution that looks at the miracle of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes and how the different perspectives in the different Gospels give us varied ways to understand our own lives. In that spirit, I want to make you aware of three upcoming opportunities we have to break bread together and provide support for our larger communities. This Sunday, Revolution is hosting a Baby Grace Sunday. At 10:00 we’ll be working together preparing diaper bundles and bags. At 11, worship will include one of the founders of Baby Grace sharing about the development of the program. Following worship, we’ll gather in the Fellowship Hall for a Shrimp Boil Dinner with donations benefiting the Baby Grace Ministry. Baby Grace has chapters throughout Kansas City and provides support to families at or near the poverty level. The meal is at noon, and is open to everyone!! On Monday, June 11, the Dialogue Institute Southwest is hosting a traditional Ramadan Fast Breaking Meal (iftar) at Keystone (our sister church in Waldo). The gathering begins at 8 p.m. and will include information about the Islam in addition to the traditional dinner. Please reserve your spot by contacting Kelly Hansen at Kellyatkeystone@gmail.com. Finally, on Thursday, June 14, More2 (Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity) will be celebrating its Annual Transformation Banquet. Keystone joined More2 this year because we believe that it is doing great work in Kansas City to pursue the Kingdom of God as expressed through equality for all people. The banquet is an opportunity for individuals to provide additional support to this organization as well as an opportunity to share in fellowship with others in our community, honor the work that More2 is doing and hear great speakers including Dr. Stacy Spencer of Memphis. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased (or donated) by contacting the Keystone Church Office, keystonechurchoffice@gmail.com. Through these and other opportunities for connection within our community, I hope you will be asking yourself with whom you break bread and why? How can our response to God’s love be food to the people we encounter daily?