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Legacy Family Memory Work Challenge

2022 Family Memory Work

LEGACY KIDS MEMORY WORK CHALLENGE

2022 Family Kids Memory Work Challenge

We are really excited about our 2022 Legacy Family KIDS Memory Work Challenge and are praying this has a huge impact on your families’ lives.  Feel free to modify/shorten verses or add/subtract the adjacent verses to to make more/less of a challenge.  We would love for the WHOLE Family to do this together!

  • Memory Work Challenge 2022:  One foundational memory verse has been provided each MONTH for your child(ren) to focus on.  For 4-5 weeks Legacy Preschool through 5th Grade children will be working on this chosen verse in their classrooms and at home.  Our hope is that at the end of 2022 whole families will have 12 verses committed to memory and hidden in their hearts.
  • How it Works:  Legacy KIDS will be receiving a card with a year of verses to keep in their Bibles, in the car or at home.  Below is the link to an electronic copy as well.  We will encourage our kids to BUILD on top of their verses each month, not just memorize a verse one month and forget it the next.  To encourage this, EACH Campus will offer a fun Family Celebration at the end of the year!
  • Memory Challenge Prizes:  Everyone likes to be rewarded, especially kids!  Each of our campuses will have a unique way to allow kids to earn prizes at least monthly for their hard work of committing these verses to memory.  Some rewards might be class parties/incentives, treasure box prizes and/or candy!

Bible Study: A Living Hope In Christ

TUESDAYS 7:00-9:00pm or Wednesdays 9:00-11:00am

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A nine-session study

All women are invited to join us for a nine-session study of the book of 1 Peter. There will be large group teaching and personal weekly study homework to help each woman learn more about the book of 1 Peter and to consider how it reveals our living hope in Christ!

Our inheritance through Christ is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. In 1 Peter, a man of faith and flaws and eyewitness to the life of Christ challenges us to look beyond our current circumstances to a future inheritance. He shares his concerns on big picture issues for the early church, describes believers’ true identity in Christ, and ultimately helps readers discover what it means to experience the Living Hope they have in Christ. Key themes of humility, submission, and identity in Christ guide the study of 1 Peter as participants are challenged to read the book in its entirety each week.

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Session Details

Tuesdays sessions

Starting on September 13, gather from 7:00-9:00pm in Room 116 at the Olathe Campus!

Wednesday sessions

Starting on September 14, meet in Room 116 at the Olathe Campus.

Workbooks

A member workbook is needed! Workbooks are available locally at Mardel and online through Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and Lifeway. For more information, contact Monica (Tuesday Session) or Twila (Wednesday Session).

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Women’s Bible Study: God of Deliverance

God of Deliverance | Wednesdays 9:00-11:00am |

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Legacy’s women’s ministry is so excited to start the fall study with Jen Wilkins’ God of Deliverance starting on September 14!

Synopsis of this study:

God of Deliverance video Bible study is a study on Exodus 1-18 which explores the exodus of the Israelites–the Hebrew people being delivered from bondage to freedom so they could worship the one true God. In this 10-session study, Jen Wilkin shows us that Israel’s story is our story, the same God who delivered Israel also delivers all those He loves from slavery to sin and pharaohs of the world. He lifts our eyes to the promised land He has prepared where we dwell with I AM and worship Him as the one true God.

Books will be available for purchase, $15 each.

Any questions?

For more information, please contact Diane Kathol or Pam Apple.

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Finding I Am by Lysa Terkeurst

Saturdays | 8:00-9:30 am | Overland park Campus - Room 203

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Trade feelings of emptiness for the fullness of Jesus

Join the Overland Park Women for “Finding I Am”, a 6-session about the I AM statements made by God! We will meet October 8-November 12! The study synopsis:

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul just waiting to be fulfilled? The prayer you keep repeating without end? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it.

Explore the I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John, ultimately trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is in this in-depth Bible study.

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Pickleball Open Gym

May 21st – August 27th (Every Other Saturday) At Our Olathe Campus 16000 S. Blackbob Rd. Olathe, KS 66062. 1:00pm – 4:00pm. (Schedule is below)

 
Bring a friend to this incredible fellowship opportunity! Open Gym welcomes all skill levels to have come and go friendly competition. Feel free to join us anytime from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at our Olathe Campus – 16000 S. Blackbob Rd. Olathe, KS 66062 (Located on 159th and Blackbob).
 
Everyone must have a signed participant waiver. Ages for this event are freshman in high school and up. Those under 18 years of age must have a parent complete their form.  
 
May 21st
June 4th
June 18th
July 16th
July 30th
August 13th
August 27th
 
For more information, please contact Josh Palecki ([email protected]).
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Fall Volleyball League

Monday Evenings | At the Blue Valley Campus | 6:45 and 7:45 Game Times

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Fall Volleyball is starting in September! The league will take place on Monday evenings at the Blue Valley Campus starting September 26th. Games will be played in a best of 4 games to a score of 21. The league will be nine weeks long and will consist of 8 weeks of scheduled games and the final week will have a single elimination tournament. Each team will consist of 6-7 players.

The cost is $10. You can pay online or bring cash/check to the first game. If you have questions feel free to reach out to Matt Willoughby!

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Young Adults

Get Connected With Young Adults

Mondays will be your new favorite day! College Students and Young Professionals will meet to seek Jesus and grow together. Login or create a user account to get connected with a young adults gathering!

College students will meet in the Overland Park area with leaders Jamie and Brittany Schools. This co-ed gathering will encourage you to pursue and share your faith as you move through college. For more information, contact Brittany Schools ([email protected])

Young Professionals – or as we like to call them, Young Pros- will meet at Legacy’s Overland Park Campus every Monday night at 7:00. Gather in a relaxing environment amongst guys and girls who are in the career field. You’ll learn weekly from one of Kansas City’s leading professionals on how to pursue Jesus and make Him known in the work environment, as well as grow with other Young Pros in your faith!

Lee’s Summit Young Adults – Closer to the Lee’s Summit area? Contact Zach Epps to get connected to a young adults gathering!

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Quiet Time with God

How Can I Spend More Time with God? 

10…9…5…3…2…1…Happy New Year! The New Year often brings around a time of reflection and thought. What was great about last year…what was maybe not so great. Whether you are a planner or a more spontaneous person, you can’t help but give some thought on what this new year could bring! It is a great time to set new goals, change some things, and re-open our minds to God’s new opportunities! Perhaps, this year you want to grow closer to God, spend more time in your Bible, and learn how to have a beneficial quiet time with God that grows your faith. 

What does “quiet time” mean and look like? 

Quiet Time is a phrase to define the time you are setting aside to spend with God. This could look different for each person, depending on what best fits their style of studying and learning. What is most important is your heart going into your time with God. We can see in Matthew 6:6 what God expects from us when we spend time with Him; He says “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you”. Most importantly, God is wanting to spend time with you to build a stronger relationship. Diving deeper into God’s word and truly knowing Him equips us to handle all the things of this world.  

One of the most important things you can do to begin having a regular quiet time with God is by making an appointment. We are busy people who are involved in a multitude of activities. Therefore, we have to make sure we schedule time for God because this is the most important thing we will do all day! For some people, getting up a touch earlier might be a possibility, or it could become a part of your nightly routine. It is important to find a time that you are present with God and have the ability to focus. If you need, pencil it into your calendar or set an alarm to be sure it happens. 

Finding a spot for your time with God that will aid in keeping distractions to a minimum is another thing to consider. Try to create a space that will be quiet and comfortable. Put your phone on silent or away to avoid being tempted by a notification. Keep any other tasks or things that might draw you away from your quiet time hidden or in a different location. To make sure you have success in a recurring and beneficial quiet time, have accountability. Find someone who cares about your spiritual health and growth to encourage you to keep your appointment with God. Let them know your plan of action and your goals for your quiet time. Having an appointment with God at the same time as your accountability partner is a great way to stay on track as well. 

Quiet Time Resources 

There is a wide variety of resources that can help you with your time with God. There are books, devotionals, interactive devotionals, journals, and much more that can be used. Once you have set up your appointment with God, it is useful to find a way that allows you to learn, study, grow, and connect with God. Every person is different, which is why there are so many resources to find something that works for you. Reading the Bible is a great place to start, and just making sure to get in the Word is fantastic! It could be advantageous to read a book or find a devotional that speaks to something you are walking through or something you want to improve on. Journaling has also been proven to be helpful. This could be about what you are learning, a verse that stood out to you, or your prayers. Journaling is a great study tool in helping you track your prayers and growth or remember what you learned while in your quiet time with God. 

For those of you who are imaginative and creative, there is another way to interact with God during your quiet time. This could be writing a poem about God, writing a letter to God, or even illustrating something that expresses your love and gratitude towards God and/or something you’ve learned.  

When planning out what your quiet time with God will look like, try to make some goals. What are some areas you would like to grow in? What do you want to know more about God? Do you want to read through the whole Bible? Do you want to memorize bible verses? It could be anything, as long as you come humbly to God to spend time with Him. 

There are a lot of benefits that come from having a time set aside for God. It is a great opportunity to come and know our Father so much more. The Bible equips us to share our faith, know the Word, know what we believe and why. James 4:8 tells us to draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Spending time with God makes us stronger and more confident in our faith. 

What are your goals this year to draw nearer to God? 

Gratitude

Gratitude

“I’ve nothing else fit for a King, Except for a heart singing hallelujah” (Gratitude, Brandon Lake). These are such powerful words, and when you strip away the melody, the instruments, and the voice it captures how our praises are loved by our God. Even though we have nothing worthy to give to our Heavenly Father, He delights in hearing our gratitude.  

Do you show God your gratitude? Do you practice having a thankful heart? 

Why showing gratitude and being thankful is important as a Christian 

What sets Christians apart from non-Christians is how one lives and  acts according to the bible. God calls us to have thankful hearts in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, when He says to give thanks in all circumstances. Negativity in today’s society is not uncommon. Watching the news and filling up with harsh, disturbing, and upsetting stories can affect one’s ability to see what is good. It is possible to become so focused on the wrong and the bad, that the good is forgotten. Comparison is a thief of joy and thankfulness as well. Whether it’s money, gifts/talents, opportunities, or jobs, that we compare ourselves to, it will ultimately steal our joy. It robs us from the ability to be truly thankful. 

Being thankful and showing God our gratitude helps us to keep a heavenly perspective. God reminds us to keep this perspective in Hebrews 12:28, when He says, “since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” God is calling us to be thankful because He has already won the victory for us! We already belong to a kingdom that cannot be moved, to a father who loves us infinitely and unconditionally. God doesn’t need us to have the best job or the best grades in our class. All He asks for, is us. So, ask yourself…what are you waiting on to be thankful for? 

Not only does showing God gratitude and thankfulness help individuals keep a heavenly perspective, but it is something that is contagious. Gratitude is greater than the feeling of thankfulness. People are observant and take notice of differences, so even on the worst days, if we are able to be thankful and act as such, people will take notice. They will see something different. Strangers will want to know your story, and why you have joy and a thankful heart. Our thankfulness is so much deeper when we begin to live accordingly, it moves to gratitude. This is showing God how thankful we are for all that He has done in our lives. 

What does a thankful person look like and how does one show God gratitude? 

One of the best ways we can demonstrate being thankful in my opinion, is by our attitude. When the decision is made to begin being grateful for everything and put an end to comparison, hearts change. Once hearts change everything follows! It is like building a structure, having a strong foundation will positively affect the entire piece. God sees what we do and our outward actions, but it is important to remember that He also sees our hearts. When a conscious effort to be thankful is made, God sees it. Family, friends, co-workers, etc., will see our changed demeanor. They might see our ability to choose joy and contentment and our genuine happiness for others. In this world, that is a powerful thing! 

God calls us to devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2). One of the best ways to begin our journey to thankfulness and pure gratitude is through prayer. Tell God what you’re thankful for in each part of your day. I bet you will begin to realize all the amazing things God has created and does for you every day! Praise. Praise God. This is one of the most powerful and significant ways gratitude can be expressed towards God. The Almighty God chose YOU…yes, YOU! Start there and express your gratitude to God for Him making you a child of his Kingdom. 

Instead of focusing on thankfulness during a specific season or holiday, try focusing on a thankful heart all year long. There is already so much to thank God for all year round-every second of every minute of every day. 

So friend, what are you thankful for at this very moment that you are reading this? 

-Ashlyn 

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God As Our Mentor

Who are you turning your ear to? 

Noise. Today there is so much noise surrounding us. It penetrates every thought and any quiet moment we get. The noise comes from social media, peers at school, television, podcasts, music, etc. It distracts us and stops us in our course of thought, but it also has the power to lead us down an unwanted path. When it comes to advice and direction, who are you turning your ear to?  

The Value in a Mentor  

There are so many of us who often have a problem or need some good advice from someone, but do not have a trusted person to turn to. This is where we can find value in a mentor. The dictionary defines a mentor as “an experienced and trusted advisor.” The action of a mentor is advising and guiding someone. Think of the people in your life who have given you thoughtful and trustworthy advice. These are the people that could be your mentor. 

A mentor is a beneficial thing to have in your life because God did not mean for us to do life alone. Provers 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Mentorship and teaching have always been part of God’s plan. We need direction and guidance. He provides people who are wise and faithful to aid in leading younger generations to follow the path that ultimately leads to Him. He knows that minds can be molded, and how valuable it can be to provide teaching from a young age. 

Finding a good mentor is important, but even more so, to find one that is walking along with Christ. These can be people in your church, such as small group leaders, pastors, or people from your bible study or small group. A mentor should seek God first and look to His word for guidance on solving problems. God commands, “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). God desires for us to share the wisdom gained from him with others. We are called as his children to be aware and look for opportunities to do this. He places people in our lives at the right time to speak the truth we need to hear. We ought to pray for people that will faithfully guide us in our lives as Christians, but also for people to whom we can mentor and offer guidance.  

Our Ultimate Mentor  

Knowledge can come in a multitude of forms in addition to mentors. These sources include speakers, books, podcasts, and music. These have great nuggets to chew on and they have the ability to help grow our faith. These resources are beneficial in helping us seek God first and focus on him throughout the day. However, we must be steadfast in what we listen to and be wary that these resources are not the first thing we run to. Our ultimate mentor is God. He provides us with wisdom and guidance that is pure and leads us to the path he has already set for us. Our Father is the one that teaches us to listen to His voice and learn the ability to discern. When we see a situation or a problem on the horizon, our action should be to first get down on our knees and pray. Ask God for guidance, discernment, and individuals to speak wisdom to our situation. It is then that God gives us mentors and resources that can speak to our problems.  

God will always provide for us, and He knows what we need before we do. Once again, God doesn’t want us walking through life on our own. This is why He has given us the gift of mentors, and the ultimate gift of a relationship with him. 

Are you allowing the everyday noise to drown God out? Do you rely on the media to advise you on how to act and how to fix your problems? Or are you looking to God, our wonderful counselor, who offers truth and life in all situations. 

-Ashlyn