Day 340: An Elegant Evening

Yesterday evening my church hosted a Ladies Christmas Tea for over 450 women. I’m not used to doing much of anything elegant, but it was fun to look at the fancy table settings, sip tea with other ladies, sing carols, and listen to an inspirational speaker. (KMBC 9’s Lora Moritz, who is pretty well-known in Kansas City.) The desserts at our table were incredible, as was the message of hope – don’t you wish you had been there?

A Ladies Christmas Tea table, adorned with desserts, fine china, and Christmas decorations.

Day 290: NEXT Worship Service

Yesterday our church, Platte Woods United Methodist, launched a new contemporary evening worship service. I’ve always enjoyed the organ and traditional hymns since that’s what I grew up with, but the rock band went above and beyond my expectations. This service is going to be a great place for believers, doubters, and everyone in between to come together to discuss and celebrate Christ. If you live in North KC and are looking for a church home, I invite you to give this service a try.

Guitarist and singer Micah leads the NEXT worship community in song.

Days 253-255: Ten Years Ago…

This weekend everyone was talking about where they were ten years ago during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. I was sitting in junior history class when we first heard the news. The school had just installed controversial TV’s in all the classrooms, and that day was probably the most important day to have them. We still went to all of our classes that day, but we mostly stared at the TV’s in awe and shock. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years. My heart still goes out to all of those involved. Things have definitely changed over the last ten years.


Ten years ago, the Kansas City Power & Light District hadn’t been built. It has really changed the feel of downtown Kansas City.

Friday evening we enjoyed a Happy Hour at Maker's Mark at the P&L District.


Ten years ago, this child wasn’t alive. In fact, his parents probably weren’t even dating yet.

My cousin's toddler, Izac, plays basketball during a family get-together on Saturday. We had so much fun spending the day outside & catching up.


Ten years ago, the people at Platte Woods United Methodist probably had very different issues on their minds.

In honor of Sept. 11, my church, along with the Methodist churches across Missouri, participated in volunteer projects all weekend long. Our church packed 240,000(!) Numana meals for the 3 million starving people in Colombia, South America.

Day 229: Hot August Nites

This summer, Platte Woods United Methodist hosted “Hot August Nites” – three Wednesday evening jazz concerts with free ice cream. The Beach Nuts, featuring the famous Walter Bryant, entertained us last night. They were both nutty and talented. 🙂

The drummer from Beach Nuts jams during Hot August Nites.

Day 160: Trash and Treasures

This week is the Platte Woods United Methodist Church annual Trash & Treasure Sale. Since we only joined the church a few months ago, last night was my first time experiencing the sale. All I can say is…WOW! I’ve never seen so many “treasures” in my life! The only sale I know of that competes with this one is my former high school Band Garage Sale, which raises around $10,000 annually. All the proceeds from this sale go toward the church’s mission trips.

A huge pile of stuffed animals at the Trash & Treasure Sale at Platte Woods United Methodist.