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    Week 12-Kauffman Center Easter

    Hello again!!! It’s been a minute since I last wrote-all it took was EASTER to get us back in the swing of things 😉 The decision of what church to attend for Easter was a tough one. However, scrolling through Facebook one day I saw this & the decision was made. The Kauffman Center?! Are you kidding me?! OF COURSE we will go there! <3 The Kauffman Center is one of the prettiest buildings in downtown KC. I have been dying to go inside since it was built! I mean. It’s GORGEOUS. Now I have to admit something to you all. I didn’t realize until we were in the hall…

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    Week 11-Christian Scientists

    First things first, being a Christian Scientist does NOT mean you are a Scientologist. They are two completely different religions. Common misunderstanding! So let’s get some other things straight-Christian Science was founded by a woman, Mary Baker Eddy in 19th century New England. Each church is named something like “Seventh (First, Second, Third, etc.) Church of Christ Scientist” & has an accompanying-“Christian Science Reading Room”. The most well-known belief they have is that illness is an illusion. They do not believe in medicine but believe in healing by prayer alone (I like to call this “faith healing”). Mary wrote a book called “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”…

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    Week 10-Lutheran

    This week’s visit was extra special because we visited the church at the school I attended for 1st-3rd grade. Holy Cross Lutheran. Being in the chapel again was a very nostalgic moment for me. However, as we walked to our seats the pastor was announcing he had been offered a job at a different church. He said this with zero emotion, no comments of how much the current church body means to him, nothing but a “please pray for my family” & just like that, the service started. Seeing as this is week 10-double digits-I have decided to mix things up for this week’s entry. I am going to be posting…

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    Week 9-Jehovah Witness

    We’re back! When we decided to attend a JW church I knew very few things about their beliefs. Of course I knew the standard door-to-door gig. Once I started researching them, however, I learned that they take the bible VERY literal giving them their own set of unique beliefs. Here are a few of them: Jesus is the King of God’s Kingdom in heaven. He began ruling in 1914. (not a typo-that is what they believe). A  relatively small number of people (144,000) will be resurrected to life in heaven to rule with Jesus in the Kingdom. 3. God will bless obedient people with perfect health and an everlasting life…

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    Week 8-Unitarian Universalists

    I don’t really know where/how to start this post…so I guess I will just warn you-it’s going to get political. We put off attending this church for 2 weeks to get our deck stained and I think it was fate. I knew from doing research on the church that they would be talking about the outcome of the election during the service. So let me give you a snippet of my background. I grew up in a family that was very involved with their political party. In fact I worked many a phone banks, & even did some canvassing back in the day. I knew my local represenatatives on a…

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    Week 7-Unity Village

    We’re back! Before we dive in let me clarify that Unity, Unitarianism, & Unification are three DIFFERENT religions. Next week, we will we visit a Unitarian Universalist church, also different from the Unity church we visited today! Confused yet? Unity was founded in Kansas City in 1889 by Charles & Myrtle Fillmore. The best way for me to describe Unity’s beliefs to you, is to just copy them straight from their website. I don’t know that anyone can quite articulate it as eloquently as they can. “The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are: 1) God is the source and creator of all. There is no…

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    26 Churches Break

    Hey everyone! I just wanted to send out an update-the 26 Churches 26 Weeks series is taking a BRIEF (4 week) break! Between traveling, work, & photo shoots my end of Sept/beginning of October is CRAZY!!! I promise we will come back with something great! Thanks to everyone who has been following along!   -J

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    Week 6-MEGA (Methodist) CHURCH

    Woo! Week 6! 20 to go! Today we attended The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. In case you did not know, this church is what one would consider a MEGA church. Boasting a membership of 20,000 across all of its campuses (Leawood, Olathe, KC, Blue Springs) Leawood being the biggest with 10,000 members including 12 different pastors. The senior pastor even has his own verified Facebook page with over 40,000 likes! What’s that a picture of you might ask? Oh it’s just the newest sanctuary building currently being built on the Leawood campus. Today we attended 1.5 services (explanation to come!) in 2 different buildings on…

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    Week 5-IHOP (The Church Not The Pancakes)

    The decision to attend the IHOP (International House of Prayer) church this week was based solely on the fact that our Grandparents were going to be in town. See my Bestie (Father-in-Law) lives in Grandview where the mecca of IHOP is. Seeing as Grandview is a solid 45-50 mins away from us we decided this would be the week we visited the church that makes everyone want breakfast food. When I started doing research on IHOP I knew very little about the church. I had heard ramblings about it being a cult but I always brushed them off. To be honest, I’m still not entirely sure I believe that. In…

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    Week 4-Episcopalian

    Today we attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Excelsior Springs. St. Luke’s is BEAUTIFUL. Located next to The Elms with a gorgeous courtyard attached to it. According to the churches website, the building is 77 years old this year! I absolutely LOVED this church! The congregation was very small, I think there were 20 people there, counting us. Most of them were older than us, though when we were leaving the priest told us they do have younger members they just weren’t there today. The service was similar to the service we attended at the Greek Orthodox church. With a program outline of the service as well as books…