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Rule of Life Series: Study

October 17th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Kirsten Gardner Study The word stirs memories of sunny afternoons spent indoors trapped by homework assignments asking me to describe the great outdoors. The irony. When I was invited to say something on the topic of study as pertaining to a rule of life, I thought it a great cosmic reckoning for all the times I had chosen the adventure outdoors over the writing assignment. See, I have a complicated relationship with the practice of study. I love to study, and I can get so distracted by it that I forget to [...]

In The Spotlight: Barbara Jones

October 3rd, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|Tags: |

By Rebecca Taylor It's time for another COTA Spotlight, and this time it's another COTA Original: Barbara Jones. Barbara attended COTA's very first gathering at Ellis and Cynthia's home, even before the other COTA Originals came around. Here's another fun fact about Barbara: she has known Ellis longer than any other COTA member (Cynthia included!) except his parents and sister. She was one of the leaders of his high school church youth group. She has been known and loved by generations of the Brust family. Where were you born? I was born in St. Louis, Missouri [...]

Where Are They Now?

September 17th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By Rebecca Taylor In June we said, "See you later" to Justin and Melia Colwell and sent them off to the far away land of Michigan. The truth is it's not actually that far, but it sure felt that way! I recently asked them to send us a life update - a sort of celebrity "Where Are They Now" article, COTA style. Here's what they had to say! This summer has been full of adventure and transition for the Sneden Colwells! After packing up our apartment at the end of June, we made the long U-Haul [...]

Holy Cross Day

September 14th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|Tags: |

By The Rev. Porter Taylor The Collect: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that He might draw the whole world to Himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow Him; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. “Christ is enthroned upon the Cross.” - N. T. Wright   The cross has long been an emblem or symbol. We see crosses every day: on necklaces, [...]

In The Spotlight: Chuck Holmes

September 11th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|Tags: |

By Rebecca Taylor This week we're spotlighting a COTA Original who needs no introduction, but because I like to break the rules, I'm giving him one anyway. Chuck Holmes is COTA's Head Verger. In a nutshell, the Verger is the logistical coordinator for liturgical worship, a role that dates back to at least the 12th century. Over the centuries, vergers functioned as "Protector of the Procession" when the Procession began outdoors. As the verger led the clergy through the streets, they used their verge to fend off unruly crowds and animals. Once inside the dark [...]

COTA Book Club: Recap and Lineup

September 5th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By Rebecca Taylor Last night the COTA Book Club gathered for the first time after our summer hiatus. As I looked around the table, it struck me how different our summers were, how different we are. This summer we read poolside, we read on the treadmill, we flipped pages while we flipped burgers, we read in hammocks, we read sitting by hospital beds. We read in Kansas, we read in Missouri, in the mountains, on the beach, on airplanes, and in cars. This summer brought joy, and this summer brought heartache, but in the midst [...]

In the Spotlight: Jonathan Watkins

August 30th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|Tags: |

By Rebecca Taylor A few weeks ago, we launched our In the Spotlight series with Jenny Watkins, and today we get to spotlight her other half, Jonathan. Like Jenny, Jonathan is a COTA gem. We don't think we've ever seen him not doing something to help, from inviting and welcoming visitors, to setting up chairs, to shoveling snow on the sidewalk before worship. And, contrary to what Porter Taylor believed for the first month Jonathan attended COTA, he is not an Eastern European. We're still trying to figure out how he got a Kansas accent so horribly [...]

The Captivating Power of Beauty

August 8th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

Instagram is my favorite social media platform but as nice it is to see shots of friends’ families and adventures, I’m active on IG for a very different purpose. I follow 749 IG accounts, and the vast majority are people I don’t know personally. The common denominator is that each one focuses in one way or another on beauty. Some concentrate on art, others on home décor, current and through the centuries; some emphasize stately homes and others picture magnificent gardens; still more highlight travel in the US and abroad. Each is unique; all share [...]

In The Spotlight: Ellis Brust

August 8th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|Tags: |

By Rebecca Taylor He has a charming smile, magnetic personality, great sense of humor, and an adorable dimple. His name is Ellis. But this post is about his grandfather, the other Ellis, who is also known as our Rector and happens to be our Spotlight* this week. Where were you born? Kansas City, MO at Trinity Lutheran Hospital where my father was also born and his father, my grandfather, was a doctor. Last Book You Read: Make Your Bed by Adm. William H. McRaven (USN, Retired). Favorite KC Restaurant: Le Fou Frog & Café Provence, in that order. Coffee [...]

You Might Be a COTA Member If…

July 31st, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By Rebecca Taylor You identify with the saying “If you feed them, they will come.” You judge the length of a sermon based on how quickly you hear the words “So what?” If you have to go to the bathroom, you go either before or after the Peace because you know you’re not making it through the traffic jam in the center aisle during the Peace. When you hear a child in church you smile instead of roll your eyes. When you see Santa at Crown Center you think, Hey, Santa looks a lot like [...]