Resurrection's Troost Elementary School Liaison Doug Harris talks about the new playground that was recently built at Troost Elementary School:

"Last week we added new playground  equipment to replace what was lost in a fire a year ago.  The equipment was purchased by the church and installed by Resurrection volunteers, residents of Healing House, and members of Gentlemen of the Round Table.  (Healing House and GRT are both organizations helping people get their lives in order with a strong faith-based component.)   Prior to Resurrection's involvement, the playground at Troost was just a large asphalt area, more of a parking lot than a playground.  Now the school has a wonderful new place for the children to play and be creative, enhancing their physical and social/emotional growth.  It's a great addition for the neighborhood, too, as the playground functions much like a park for the residents."

Below are a few photos from the event.


Also check out the Annual Performance Reports for Wendell Phillips, Phillips Wheatley and Troost. These are the reports the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) releases each year to show school/district progress. Phillis Wheatley earned 65%, Wendell Phillips earned 96.4%, and Troost earned 17.1%. That places Wendell Phillip in the full accreditation range, Phillis Wheatley in the provisionally accredited range, and Troost in the unaccredited range.

Wendell Phillips Elementary Report
Phillis Wheatley Elementary Report 
Troost Elementary Report

The above reports reward points based on improvement rather than just that year's hard data. If you want to look at the actual data (aggregate attendance, MAP scores, etc.),  that is available on DESE's website.

Volunteer Opportunities: On the Kansas side, you can volunteer at Welborn Elementary School's  Fall Festival on Thursday night. Volunteers can help supervise carnivals games and serve pizza. Contact Ann Carter at for details. Volunteers would need to arrive at Welborn Elementary at 5 pm. Welborn is located at 5200 Leavenworth Rd  Kansas City, KS 6610

On the Missouri side, decorate your trunk and give out candy and/or goodies (small toys/pencils/stickers, etc) for our Trunk or Treat event at Phillis Wheatley Elementary. 5-10 cars are needed, bring a friend or your small group for this fun filled afternoon to support Wheatley.

When:  Tuesday, October 29th from 1pm-3pm.

Where:  Wheatley Elementary, 2415 Agnes Ave, Kansas City, MO

Sign-up:  Contact Ann Hays at

Also a reminder for those interested in tutoring, our next Tutor Trainings are Thursday October 10th from 11:30 am - noon and Thursday, October 24th fro 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.


Get ready to find some bargains at the annual Church of the Resurrection Rummage Sale this Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm. The event takes place at the Leawood Campus Student Center. We accept cash only. All of the proceeds support The United Methodist Women.

If you plan on arriving early, Women's Ministry Program Director and Rummage Sale Organizer Michelle Funk talked about some of the more popular items:

"Some of our bigger ticket items are furniture. Vintage Barbie dolls and custom doll houses are also very popular. Our Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton seems to really love the vintage vinyl records. Golf sets are a big deal in particular kids golf sets. Bicycles of all kinds go very quickly. We have a huge variety of fiction books as well. We are priced better than Half Price Books."

Below is a gallery from Thursday's presale event for volunteers.