Heartland Community Church

Heartland Community Church eNews

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021


{Updates! Updates!}

119th Street Bridge Closure this Summer

Bridge over I-35 closed starting June 1

As part of the ongoing construction of the I-35 Interchange, the 119th Street Bridge over I-35 will be closed starting June 1, 2021. This closure is expected to last 90 days and will restrict left turn access on and off the interstate as well as traffic crossing the interstate. (Right turn movements on and off the interstate at 119th Street will still be available during this time.) As you make your way to our facility during that time, please plan on using the marked detour.


Mask Update

As we move into a season of transition from COVID protections in public places, we want to let you know that masks are currently optional for everyone attending services inside the facility at Heartland.

In our student and kids ministry indoor offerings masks will be required for volunteers, staff, and all kids/students from age 3 up. This is in keeping with local school and childcare facilities as added protection.

If you or your child need a mask, we have disposable versions available inside the family and front doors.


Celebrating the Ratterman Family’s Next Steps

Hey Heartland! We are saying well done and farewell to two of our staff teammates the end of July — Joe and Shelby Ratterman. 

While a student at KU, Joe said "yes" to a Jesus-first life. God has been deepening a call on both their lives to plant a church ever since. As Joe joined Heartland four+ years ago to lead our senior high students and parents, we knew he was looking at being with us four—five years, then heading out to focus on church planting. We are excited that Joe and Shelby are stepping out and saying yes to God’s leading, and Heartland is excited to support them both financially and in prayer as they extend God’s Kingdom in new places and in new ways!

Since 2016, Joe has created a vibrant movement of high school students at Heartland. Students are meeting Jesus for the first time, they’re being baptized in community and having an impact in their schools. It has been a remarkable season of God’s movement…and that movement continues. Joe built an incredible team of leaders that our pastor of Family Movements, Shibu Mathew, will be working closely with during the transition. We have begun our search for the next Pastor of High School Movements to build on the great things God is already doing. 

Joe will be celebrated by the students at MVMT next week (May 19), and will continue on staff through July to help with transition and lead the Leadership Training Project, our summer internship.

Please be sure to express your gratitude to Joe and Shelby. You can reach them at JoeR@heartlandchurch.org and ShelbyR@heartlandchurch.org.

If you have any questions about this transition, please reach out to our Pastor of Family Movements, ShibuM@heartlandchurch.org.


{Sunday Services: Onsite, Online and Outdoors!}

Spring 2021 10AM Sunday Service

10AM IN THE BACKYARD (or in bad weather: in the Dock)

If you are looking for an outdoor service space to gather with friends and family, we have news for you! Join us on Sundays in the Backyard at Heartland through May 30 at 10 AM. Everyone is welcome, including the kiddos. (Heartland Kids will be open at 9 and 11 AM, kids will join us in the 10 AM service space.)

Bring chairs and blankets and join us on Sunday in the Backyard!


Join Us on Sundays!

SUNDAYS 9AM & 11AM: Onsite and Online | 10AM: Outdoors

We are gathering both onsite and online on Sundays at 9 & 11AM – and for a limited time this spring, we’re also offering a special outdoor service option at 10AM in the Backyard! (In case of bad weather, the 10AM service will shift and meet in the Dock.)

If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID, or if you’d just prefer to join us virtually, please join us on livestream. (Find the stream by searching @hccks on YouTube.)


Sunday Online Hub: Stop In & Say Hi!


Joining us online? Pop in (after either the 9AM or 11AM Sunday morning service) to our virtual hub to say hi, ask questions and see some friendly faces!

To access the virtual hub, go to bit.ly/virtualHUB, or just click here after the 9 or the 11.


The Journey: HCC’s Weekly Study Guide

Interested in continuing your Sunday experience throughout the week? Try our weekly study guide, The Journey!

Subscribe to receive The Journey, and each Sunday night you’ll receive an email that will include a reflection about the Sunday teaching, followed by a Tuesday-Saturday Bible reading plan. Click here to find out more and subscribe!


{"Arrows Out" Missions Opportunities}

October 16: Walk or Run for Water!

Join Heartlanders on Team World Vision for the Kansas City Full & Half Marathon


– Info Lunch/Rally: June 6

– Training Begins: June 14

– Race Day: October 16

Since 2018, Heartlanders have joined the Team World Vision community and raised $250,293.96. That’s clean water for 5,005 people…thank you, friends, and thank you, Jesus!

As we come out of a very hard 2020, the need remains to bring clean water to the 700 million people who do not have access to it. During the pandemic, World Vision brought water to over 3.4 million new people and set up hand washing stations impacting a million households. World Vision is the leader in clean water, bringing it to one person every 10 seconds. To date, over 20 million people have access to clean water through their efforts.

Will YOU answer that call and run for the most vulnerable with us? This is not just for runners, trust us. Run, run-walk, or walk the 13.1 or 26.2 miles on a beautiful NEW course through Kansas City. 

Team World Vision provides everything you need to cross the finish line: training plans, weekly email encouragement, fundraising guides and incentives, and an incredible race weekend experience.

In Africa, there is a saying: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Join us and let’s go farther together! 

Come to our info lunch and team rally on Sunday, June 6, 12:30-2 PM in the Backyard/Dock at Heartland. 

Sign up for the June 6 lunch/rally here.

Sign up with the Heartland Team World Vision group here.

Donate/Serve Opportunity: Adelante Thrift Drive


Doing some spring cleaning? Join us as we partner with our friends at the Adelante Thrift Store in KCK to restock their shelves for the season. If possible, please sort your stuff and then box or bag your items and label the outside (example: housewares, clothing: gender/size)–this helps in sorting and loading things into the store efficiently.

On Sunday, May 23, between 9:00 and 11:00am, please bring your items to HCC and simply place them behind your vehicle–volunteers will pick them up for you! This year we will also have a drive up option. Just drive up, open the door, and we will gather your donation items. (Donating furniture? Please drop it off at the south doors rather than behind your vehicle.)

Interested in helping with the drop off that Sunday? It’s a fun serve, and families/friends can serve together! If that’s of interest to you, click here and sign up for a serve spot!


Volunteer Orientation at Mission Adelante

Do you have a background or interest in music? 

Come join us for our May Volunteer Orientation to learn more about our Arts Community and how you can plug-in to our music classes! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 22nd – 9am-1pm for Summer Volunteer Orientation at Mission Adelante and sign up here!


Paperback Book Drive: Sunday, June 6

Join us in supporting our Jail and Recovery Ministry partners with a paperback book drive on Sunday, June 6!

\We will be gathering paperback books on Sunday, June 6. (All genres accepted, but no hardbound books, please. Books must be in good condition and have no writing in them.) Your donations can be placed in the yellow carts at the front and back entrances to Heartland on Sunday, June 6.

Thanks for pointing your arrows out with us, Heartland!


Helpers Needed: Harvesters Food Distribution


Heartland Community Church & the Harvesters Community Food Network distribute food in the Heartland parking lot on the third Saturday of every month. It’s a fun serve opportunity, and one where families/friends can serve together.

This is an area in which we currently could use more helpers! If you are interested in learning more about how to serve at our Harvesters food distribution, click here to email Jade Van Slyke. Jade can get you signed up and answer any of your questions!


{Ready for a Next Step?}

Course: Navigating Life with God

Tuesdays on Zoom, 8:00-9:15PM from June 1 through June 29

Navigating life can be hard, particularly this past year. In this course we will explore what life COULD look like as we practice engaging with God in our ordinary, every day world.

In Navigating Life With God, we will expand our use of the tools he has giving us to "have life to the full" including:
– Hearing from God
– Exploring spiritual gifts
– Discovering our passions/motivators
– Naming our core values
– Exploring the pathways on which we best connect with God

Join our incredible team of teachers and discussion leaders as we sharpen our navigational tools together! Click here to sign up. 


Get Connected in a HCC Community

All around the city, you’ll find Heartland Communities: groups of people intent on figuring out how to make space for building relationships to make Jesus first. Communities form around different areas of interest, like serving together around a specific cause, navigating the same season of life, or a heart for the same neighborhood.

Communities eat, pray, share lives, befriend, care, listen and much more. God is changing lives in incredible ways. We love to see transformation happening in our own lives and in others as we connect and do life in community!

Click here to learn about current communities, reach out to a community leader for a visit, or get information on starting your own community.

Questions? Click here to contact Britton Gregory.


Women’s Adventure Trip: Just 5 Spots Left!

Ladies! Join us for an adventure in the Colorado mountains July 5-10. We will be staying in cabins at AEI Base Camp and hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, adventure course navigating and connecting in the great outdoors! 

This year we will explore Jesus’ consistent invitations to us to follow, to join, and to walk with him…all which require us to RISE. To stand up. He makes the invitation, we have the opportunity to respond. Each of these moments is holy ground. 

Join us in the mountains and explore our personal and shared learnings from a season of rapid change and upheaval. We believe that Jesus has been forming in each of us the muscle, strength and endurance needed to rise and stand…in our everyday lives…in our families…in our workplace…in our friendships…in our communities…in our very identity. What might Jesus be inviting you to rise to? 

A series of training hikes will begin May 1 and continue through June as we prepare for hiking and exploring at 9700-12K+ altitude. 

Cost is $663.00 which includes all activities at camp, meals, transportation and lodging. 

Deposit is due by May 1 of $221 to reserve your space and final payment is due on or before June 1 for the balance. 

Click here for information and FAQ’s on the trip.

Click here to register.

Questions? Click here to email Lisa Zulke. 


{Heartland Kids}

Heartland Kids: Onsite and Online!

Heartland Kids is meeting in person at 9AM & 11AM on Sundays, and we’re excited to welcome you back onsite if you’re ready!

If you’ll be attending in person, see our infant-preK or K-4th grade page for detailed info on our covid safety protocols.

Not ready to join us onsite again? Don’t worry! We will continue to offer Heartland Kids videos and downloads via the links below!

Click here to access our Pre-K resource page, where you’ll find new video content each week that you can use to hold Heartland Kids #churchanywhere in your home. In addition, there are some great guides on how to talk to your kids about times of crisis, emotions and anxious feelings.

Click here to access our Elementary resource page, where you’ll find new video content each week that you can use to hold Heartland Kids #churchanywhere in your home. In addition, there are some great guides on how to talk to your kids about times of crisis, emotions and anxious feelings.

Follow us on Instagram for fun ideas, learning opportunities and relationship builder activities for your family!

Questions? click here to email Liz Meyer, Heartland Kids Director


Kanakuk KampOut is Back!

8:40AM – 4:00PM DAILY from JUNE 21-25 AT HEARTLAND

Kanakuk KampOut is a 1-week, high energy, non-stop excitement, traveling Christian day camp experience from Kanakuk for 5 to 12 year olds!  Every KampOut Kamper will see and hear that God is a loving father and wonderful creator who loves them and desires for us to love others. 

Our counselors have been hand-picked for their Christ-like patience and sensitivity, and they are committed to creatively share the importance of a life lived for Jesus! Kids will have a blast flying down our zipline, scaling the climbing wall, bouncing in the incredible inflatables, and laughing at our crazy skits! 

Kampout COVID protocols include the following:
– Many activities will be outside where masks will be optional for kids. When kids and staff are in the building they will be required to wear masks.
– Kanakuk staff will be required to wear masks outside if they are in close proximity (less than six feet) of other staff or the kids.
– Kids and staff will sanitize their hands before and after each activity.
– Each station will be sanitized before and after each activity.
– Kanakuk staff will each have a negative Covid test before serving at Heartland.

Cost is $275 for the week.

Click here for an overview of what a Kanakuk KampOut is like!

Click here to register through Kanakuk for the Heartland KampOut experience. 


{Middle School and High School}

MOVE: for Middle School Students


At MOVE, students can expect to have fun in a laid-back, leader-guided small group setting. The hour is filled with games, dynamic teaching, activities and a variety of worship experiences aimed at equipping students to live their Jesus-first life!

Click here for details on our middle school services and move!


Middle Schoolers: Move Baptism

SUNDAY, JUNE 27 at 9AM and 11AM

This summer we’ll be hosting a student baptism on Sunday morning, June 27, 2021 at both our 9:00 and 11:00 am services. If you’re a middle school student looking to take the next step in your faith, this opportunity is for you. Family and friends are welcome to join us in the Backyard for this special celebration!

Want to be baptized? Woo! Sign up here!


Middle School Students: Let’s Go to Camp!

JUNE 28 through JULY 2

Move is headed out to Mix Camp June 28-July 2! 

Mix is a middle school camp for students entering grades 6th-8th in Fall 2021. This camp is held all over the country and is designed to amplify the call of Jesus on students’ lives to become kingdom workers. Join us for a week of catalytic worship, transformative teaching, and a ton of fun. You won’t want to miss it! 

Check out our FAQs for more information! And join us by registering here!


MVMT: for High School Students


At MVMT we believe that God has invited us to join his movement to redeem, restore and transform the world. Join us Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30PM in the Dock for a ton of fun and new friends!

Click here for more details on our high school services and MVMT!  


High School Students: Let’s Go to Camp!

JULY 19 through JULY 24 in Warrensberg, MO

Get ready for the week of your life! This summer, July 19-24 MVMT is headed back to Warrensberg, MO for an unforgettable week at CIY Move!

CIY Move is a 5-day high school only camp designed to energize faith, build relationships, and launch kingdom movement. Join us for a week of catalytic worship, transformative teaching, and a ton of fun! This years theme is "For all. Forever." No matter who you are. No matter where you’re from. No matter how good you think you are. Or how bad. The Gospel is still for you. For all. Forever.

Click here for more information and join us by registering here!


{Want to Serve With Us?}

Help Welcome Kids & Families on Sundays!

Heartland Kids is looking for folks interested in helping out at Sunday AM Kids’ Check In. You friendly folks who would enjoy welcoming new families/kids and seeing HCC regulars on Sundays – this is right up your alley!

Questions? Want to learn more? Email Jeanine Frost.

Want to volunteer or take a test drive? Click here and select “Kids Check In” from the team options.


Be a Warm Heartland Welcome on Sundays!

What a year it has been! As we continue to practice recommended COVID safety measures, we’re looking for folks to join our incredible team of Guest Services volunteers.

There are a variety of opportunities you can choose from, to help make both first-time and returning Heartlanders’ visits to our space enjoyable and safe.

Questions? Want to learn more? Email Jeanine Frost.

Want to volunteer or take a test drive? Click here and select “Guest Services” from the team options.


Volunteers Needed: Sunday Service Production

Shout out to our amazing Sunday Services Production Team volunteers (the folks who work behind the scenes to bring you in-person and livestream services)! We couldn’t make Sundays happen without you!

We are currently looking for a few more volunteers to join this team. We’ll provide training, encouragement and lots of laughter. Masks are required while serving and our stations are cleaned before each service.

Questions? Want to learn more? Email Nathan Holmes.

Want to volunteer or take a test drive? Click here and select “Production Team” from the team options.


Writers Needed for The Journey

A big thank you to the volunteers who write the weekly reflections for The Journey (Heartland’s own weekly devotional), sharing their experiences of following Jesus to lead us all toward greater encounters with him.

If you’re a writer and Jesus follower and would like to help encourage others in their everyday pursuit of Jesus we’d love to talk to you!

Questions? Want to learn more? Email Lisa Zulke.

Want to volunteer? Click here and select “Journey Writer” from the team options.


{Thank You for Your Generosity!}

THANK YOU for your generosity, Heartland! So many of you have already set up your regular financial giving via our online portal. The financial stability this provides Heartland is so valuable…especially in times like these! And your gifts are making a difference, from our community here in Olathe to places all around the metro and the world!

– If you haven’t already taken the step of giving regularly and you’d like to, you can click here to set up your secure planned giving online.

– You can also set up recurring giving (or make a one-time gift) using the Heartland app (available here).

– You can give at our building using the green boxes (located throughout the building) or the green mailbox (just outside Heartland’s main entrance).

– You can mail a gift to us at:

Heartland Community Church 
12175 South Strang Line Rd
Olathe, KS 66062

QUESTIONS? Please email Patty Johnson or call Patty at 913.341.5820, ext 103 with any questions on giving.

* Does not include PPP grant fundsfin

Click here for more details on "money stuff" at Heartland.



{Care, Assistance and Information}

Food Pantry

OPEN SUNDAYS 10:30-11:00 AM

Need help to make ends meet? Our onsite, fully stocked food pantry is open on Sundays from 10:30-11:00 AM. 

Our team practices safe social distancing and will place the food in the trunk of your car when you drive up to the south side of the building (look for the "Pick Up Here" sign).


Harvesters Food Distribution


Heartland Community Church & the Harvesters Community Food Network are distributing food on the third Saturday of every month. Distribution begins at approximately 9 AM in the South Parking Lot. Food will be distributed first-come, first-served to families in need of emergency food assistance. Please plan to arrive no later than 9:30 AM.

For more information on additional Harvesters food distribution sites in our area, click here to visit their site.


Can We Help?

Going through something our Care ministry can help you with? Let us know by calling our Care Line (913.341.5820 ext 330) or emailing us at care@heartlandchurch.org. You can expect a connection within 24 hours.


Can We Pray for You?

To send us a prayer request, click here and our
Prayer Team will pray for you! If you’d like, you can use that same link to let us know you’d like a member of our Prayer Team to give you a call and pray with you via phone.


Keep Up with the Latest from HCC

Want to keep up with the latest updates from Heartland? Here’s how!

– Download the app here.

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– Subscribe to the eNews here.

– Questions? Email us here and we will respond as soon as possible.

– Visit our website here for additional links and information.


Heartland Office Hours

Heartland offices are closed until further notice, based on the current Johnson County and State of Kansas rulings. But you can still reach us at info@heartlandchurch.org, or leave us a message at 913.341.5820, ext. 370 and we’ll get back to you, if needed!