I am pretty excited about the announcement that Google Fiber is coming to Kansas City, Kansas. Here is an update from the blog post announcing the decision:
As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. The response was overwhelming—nearly 1,100 cities felt the need for speed—and we were thrilled by the enthusiasm we saw across the country for better and faster web connections. Thank you to every community and individual that submitted a response, joined a rally, starred in a YouTube video or otherwise participated. After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community.
In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.
I don’t know what it means for the rest of the metro area, but I assume that this is very good news for the metro area and the state of Kansas.
Resurrection has partnered with six schools in downtown Kansas City – three in Missouri and three in Kansas. For the past several summers, this partnership has involved completely painting and refurbishing the school building along with installing a playground through a project called Bless the School. This summer Diane, a Resurrection Online attender from Ohio, heard the call to serve through online worship. She emailed me about the possibility of volunteering to help with Bless the School. She recognized that it did not make sense to fly down to roll a paintbrush. However, she works with NASA and volunteered to connect with Welborn for professional development and to improve science test scores. Last week, she and a colleague flew to town to meet with the principal and other leaders at Welborn.
It was a blessing for me to meet an online worshiper in person and to see the connection between her and the school. I am proud of Diane listening to God‘s call to serve and for Resurrection Online’s role in helping make the connection. This is a picture of Diane meeting the principal at Welborn Elementary School.
For another story of Resurrection Online making connections, check out Purraise Him.
As Pastor of Resurrection Online, I am passionate about building community a Christian community online. Social media is one of the important tools to accomplish this goal. I have been involved with the Social Media Club of Kansas City and found benefit both personally and professionally from many of the monthly breakfasts. I have learned from, shared with and enjoyed getting to know others from across the metro area.
Recently, the Social Media Club of Johnson County was founded. There has been some hoopla about two groups existing so close to each other. I believe that both #smckc and #smcjoco can and will thrive. Two groups in this proximity simply speaks to the level of interest in social media in the Kansas City metro area and this is good for all.
I propose that #smckc and #smcjoco focus on working together to share social media throughout the metro area, with the goal of forming seven social media clubs within the Kansas City metro area.
- Social Media Club Eastside
- Social Media Club Johnson County
- Social Media Club Kansas City
- Social Media Club Midtown
- Social Media Club Northland
- Social Media Club South KC
- Social Media Club Wyandotte County
I believe that it is possible to have all seven clubs exist and thrive with hundreds of members in each club. This would allow a greater local focus and also potential to work together to host world class events in the Kansas City area by working together.
I’ve been on vacation to the Black Hills in South Dakota and have been away from blogging for a bit. I want to start back by letting you know about a new occasional feature here at Thoughts of Resurrection called “Best of KC” This is based completely on my opinion and experience of the best possible experiences in Kansas City. Each time I put one of these out there, I would really enjoy to hear your opinion. I’ll start it out with hamburgers…
The best hamburgers in town – hands down are at Five Guys at 14965 West 119th St in Olathe.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast – Alexander Pope.
Even here in Kansas City.
Resurrection partnered with Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church in downtown Kansas City for Easter worship. Very cool stuff going on in this partnership. You can watch coverage from a local news station here.
Thanks to Jason Gant for finding the story.