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My present moment is a bit of a hot

mess. I am not referring to my

personal or church life, but literally

where I am sitting at this moment. My

kitchen. Paul and I have been

dreaming of a new kitchen since the

day we moved into our home 8 years

ago and finally this is the year! With a

kitchen remodel comes a lot...there is

currently no sheet rock on the walls,

the dishwasher is gone, the wash

basin isn't hooked up and my cook

space is about the size of a 12x12


As I look at this space I can feel my

own impatience, but I know what is to

come and that is what I have to focus


Easter and want to skip all of the

"fixing" but know we have to work on

ourselves and our world in order to

fully experience the resurrection in our


As you continue through this Lenten

journey, allow yourself to be present in

the space you are in. Allow yourself to

examine where you need to rend your

heart in order to allow Christ to fully be

present in it. Spring, flowers and

Easter will come - but not yet. So for

today, live knowing that God is walking

with you on this 40 day journey and will

rejoice with you as you rend your heart

and claim the promise of God on

Easter morning.

Peace be with you today and all days

knowing you are enough, you are

worthy and you are beloved.


Our Lenten Journey began on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and concludes

April 4, on Easter Sunday. Pastor Ali’s sermon series is “Rend Your

Hearts: Claiming the Promise”.

Join Pastor Ali on Tuesdays at 11am via Facebook Live during Lent: Jas

she teaches us about different forms of prayer; these are in the Lent Packets

we are using (if you didn’t get a Lent Packet, please notify the church office).

Join the book study Wednesdays, at 6:30pm via Zoom (see p. 3 for more


Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday: April 1. Communion service at our Labyrinth at


Good Friday: April 2. Worship service at 7pm. In person and

live-streamed via Facebook.

Easter Sunday: April 4

Sunrise service at the Labyrinth, 7:30am.

Outdoor worship service, 9am (Parsonage parking lot).

Worship at 10:30am in the Sanctuary (will be livestreamed via



Join Pastor Ali on a 6-week Lenten journey!!

When: Wednesdays. 6:30pm-8:00pm,

February 24 - March 31

Where: via Zoom:


Register: email Pastor Ali at


Other information: You will need to purchase your

own book. You may purchase on this on the Cokesbury


Seven Words | Cokesbury .

If you are unable to

purchase your own book due to financial reasons

please contact the church office and we will get a book

to you.

Questions?: Contact Ali or Suzette in the church office.

Note: Rev. Bailey Amtower and members from Crossroads UMC

and Easton UMC are joining us for this study.

Amazon Smile

Support Indian Heights United Methodist Church when you shop on Amazon!!

For those of you who shop on Amazon, please consider logging into

smile.amazon.com when you sign into your account...and then choose our church as the charity you’d like to support. A percentage of the amount you spend will be given to Indian Heights UMC!! We are Indian Heights United

Methodist Church (the whole name is spelled out) when you select the charity.

Remember, that each time you shop, you have to log onto the

smile.amazon.com website in order to designate the charity you wish to have proceeds go to. See Gloria or Suzette with questions.


It’s Been 51 Weeks Since

We’ve Worshiped in Person

in the Sanctuary

At our February 18th re-open team meeting,

we made the decision to move worship indoors beginning Sunday, March 7, at 10:30am. We considered several things

when making this decision including:

• Number of Covid-19 cases in Johnson county

• Recommendation of the County and State health departments

• Recommendation of the Great Plains Conference of the UMC

Worship online will continue to be available at 10:30, but will be live streamed rather than pre-recorded. We continue to encourage every household to make decisions that are safe and comfortable, and to join us in the way that is best for them.

To begin indoor worship, we are asking each of you to agree to the covenant created below. This covenant is a promise between not only us as a church family but between ourselves and God as we promise to abide by the guiding principles of the UMC:

Do no harm, do good and to stay in love with God.

The covenant below was designed to keep everyone safe while we worship together:

As a member and/or visitor at IHUMC, I promise that to worship in person I will make a covenant to follow the below guidelines:

• Stay home if I have been feeling ill

• Stay home if I have been exposed to anyone that has contracted Covid-19

• Take my temperature at home and if it is above 99.2, I will stay home

• I will wear a mask while in the building at all times

• I will social distance from anyone that I do not live with

• I will agree to be seated with those I came to church with, no less than 6 feet from other household unites

• I will show love and care for my church family through non-contact greetings

• When I arrive at church, I will wait to be ushered into the building by our greeters and sit in the seat they provide for me

• I will exit the sanctuary by the direction of the ushers and understand that fellowship time will not occur until a later date

By agreeing to the above covenant, I am promising to protect my siblings in Christ and help to stop the spread of Covid-19.

• Other measures will be in place as part of our indoor gathering:

• Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the church.

• Offering plates will be at the back of the sanctuary on stools and gifts can be given when entering and exiting the sanctuary.

• Communion will not be taken during indoor worship.

• Bulletins will be sent out via email and on Facebook prior to worship. You may print your bulletin and bring it with you. We will not be printing bulletins at this time (we will continue to mail bulletins to a few members who are unable to access these online).

• The service will be family friendly and our Kingdom Kids room will reopen with some limitations; full details are on our website under the Kingdom Kids area. A Children’s “Kingdom Kids” Moment will still happen!

• Bathrooms will be accessible. We ask that one person uses the restroom at a time and wipes down surfaces after each use. If you can wait to use the restroom, we ask you to do that.

I look forward to seeing you in worship and online. This pandemic has proven to be one we will never forget. God continues to open doors for the church and as your Pastor, I am excited to see what the year will bring! Peace be with you always,


Kingdom Kids will be back in the building March 7th as

we continue to learn about God’s love.

Here are a few guidelines as we return to the building:

The room will open at 10am and close immediately after the worship service.

Kingdom Kids will have a weekly capacity of 5 children. Parents will need to

RSVP each week to our Kingdom Kids Facebook post. In the event we have

visitors, your child may need to sit with you during the service. Please bring a

quiet activity just in case.

All staff and children, 2 and older, must wear masks.

All toys and surfaces will continue to be sanitized each week.

Please follow the signs for drop off and pick up. Parents and children will enter

the west door and exit the east door. If a parent is dropping off, please wait in the

hall for the parent to exit before coming in.

After picking up your children we ask that you kindly exit the building without

congregating in the narthex.

We are so excited to see you and your children in person again!! Please feel free to

reach out should you have any questions regarding our opening process.

Be sure to follow our Kingdom Kids Facebook page:


Please contact Julie Gibson, Children & Families Ministry

Coordinator for more information: umcIHkids@gmail.com


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We Are Hiring

Indian Heights United Methodist Church in Overland Park, Kansas is hiring

for a part time Music and Worship Coordinator. This position will provide

music leadership in worship, lead the choir and small ensembles as well as

assist with creative worship planning. Due to covid-19 restrictions, some

aspects of the position are on hold yet the position will be paid in full.


the full job description on our website.


Cross-Lines Update

We continue to support the food pantry at Cross-Lines. Please bring items the first

Sunday of the month when you come to worship and leave them in the green tub just

outside the Sanctuary. We are not able to celebrate Holy Communion in person for

now, so we won’t be bringing items to the altar to be blessed. You can continue

bring-ing items throughout the month as well for Cross-Lines, but our big “push for

dona-tions” will be the first Sundays of each month.



We are on hiatus from in-person meeting

until sometime in 2021...but there are

still projects to work on from home!! The

group is working on skirts and you can

pick up kits with the materials to make

them at the church during office hours

(M-Th, 9:30am-2:30pm). Contact Jackie

or Sharon with questions.

Jackie (913-424-0850)

Sharon (816-797-1794)





We follow the Shawnee Mission





closures...so if their schools are

closed, so are we. If you are

uncertain, be safe and stay home. We

do our best to post cancellations/

changes on our Facebook and via


The office will be open as much as

possible for your convenience, M-Th,

9:30am-2:30pm. Call/email ahead if in




and bread for 100 staff & teachers at Westridge. Westbrook Church

coordi-nated the project and received a discount from Price Chopper at 87



Anti-och. The total was $247 for the 100 meals. IHUMC & Westbrook were the

only two partners to participate. Amy Nine & Principal Jeremy expressed

their appreciation.

Women’s Theology

Women’s theology is looking forward to meeting again in person soon.

They gather on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 9:15am

for a time of friendship, prayer and Bible study. Contact Betsy Olsen with

questions/for details.

To newcomers who worship with us

Sundays on Facebook and in person!

Pastor Ali would love to get to know

you better!! Please drop her an email at

revalihaynes@gmail.com or message

us through our Facebook page.


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Black out

Trafficking 2021

Veronica's Voice is excited to be a featured partner with Blackout Trafficking 2021! Blackout Trafficking aims to educate the public on the issue of human trafficking, and raise awareness and funds for organizations engaging in anti-trafficking work. We have been invited to participate in the Blackout Trafficking Challenge by wearing the same black item (can be an accessory) for 31 days. Wearing a limited number of clothing items for the month signifies the lack of freedom trafficked victims have, and it gives us an opportunity to educate others about trafficking and how they can join the effort to end it for good!

How else can we help? Like Veronica’s Voice on Facebook and follow their posts throughout March, sharing them to your own Facebook. There will be daily education posts throughout month and even contests to win prizes that are items made by their social enterprise, A Just Cause.

You can also post pictures on your own Facebook of you and your family/friends wearing black and telling people about why you are doing this.

Please be sure to use the hashtags #blackouttrafficking

#aJustCause #VeronicasVoice


The HUB has asked Indian Heights UMC to help with monthly collections of specific items, beginning in 2021. There is a tub in the area outside our Sanctuary for collections for this outreach effort. Please bring items throughout the month...and then watch for the next month’s newsletter to see what the “hot items” are for that month.

In March, we are asked to donate:

15 oz cans of protein beans (black beans, pinto beans,

garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, kidney beans, pork and

beans, chili beans, refried beans)

The Hub is the new Kansas City District non-profit and our mission is to provide

hospitality, build community, and unite people. We are focused on developing deep relationships with our neighbors in the Argentine community, and we are also working with churches across the Kansas City District to connect them to the Argentine and Wyandotte County communities.


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Contact Pastor Ali or the Church Office

with your prayers needs:

Call: 913.649.9040

Email: ihumcprayers@gmail.com

Let us know if your prayers are for the

Pastor’s eyes only, or if they can be

shared with our congregation and

Prayer Chain.

Faith does not necessarily

make things easy...

...But it makes things



Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-2:30pm ihumc66207@gmail.com


Senior Pastor, Ali Haynes revalihaynes@gmail.com

913-710-2661 (pastoral emergencies) Julie Gibson, Children & Families Ministry Coordinator


Suzette Mack, Administrative Assistant Music Staff:

Elizabeth Lipford, Worship Leader Jae Moyer, Section Leader

Until further notice,

masks are required when

you are in the building.

Sundays, 10:30am Worship in person starting March 7th - plus via Facebook Live

February 24 - March 31: Wednesday Night Lenten

Study (via Zoom), 6:30pm

Tuesdays at 11am during Lent - Pastor Ali will go

live on Facebook to teach us about different types of prayer

Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday: April 1. Communion service

at our Labyrinth at 6:30pm.

Good Friday: April 2. Worship service at 7pm.

In person and live-streamed via Facebook.

To the best of our ability, events are listed on our calendar (see it via the website); if you are not sure, check with your group's leader, the Church Office or Pastor Ali.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. Due to COVID-19, things are constantly in flux and our website calendar may not always be accurate.

Sunday worship is LIVE on

our Facebook at 10:30am:


Church Office Hours:



Support Groups:

Alanon: Wednesdays, Noon AA: Sundays & Wednesdays, 7pm

(Groups meet downstairs in large area off kitchen)



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