CHURCH PARKING LOT TO BE RESURFACED THIS WEEK

This Thursday and Friday, the church parking lot will be resurface so access to the building will be blocked and no parking available.

As a result. the September meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur this Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM but the location has changed to the Snider home (due to resurfacing the church parking lot). Contact Jonathan Bacon or John Snider if you need directions or check the church directory for the Snider’s address. The group will discuss "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah. This is the third Kristin Hannah book the group has discussed (the earlier novels were “The Nightingale” and “Magic Hour”).

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Congregational News September 16, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

BOOK CLUB MEETS THIS THURSDAY

The September meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur this Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah.

Potential discussion questions provided by the publisher are available online at https://kristinhannah.com/books/between-sisters/book-clubs/. You can also keep up to date by following the book club’s blog/website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com

ALICE WILEY MEMORIAL SERVICE

Alice Wiley, wife of Jack Wiley and a very close friend of our congregation, passed away on September 6, 2018. Her obituary is available online at http://www.speakschapel.com/book-of-memories/3603138/wiley-alice/obituary.php. Her memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO. Please remember the family in your thoughts and prayers.

CHILDREN PRACTICE FOR VESPERS SERVICE

The children will begin practicing and preparing for the Vesper Service soon. The practice will occur during part of the normal Sunday School hour, from 9:45-10:15 AM each Sunday.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is continuing to study "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

On Sunday, September 23, the class will discuss Chapter 16, "The Schismatic Reaction: Donatism." Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.

CENTRAL AVENUE OF HOPE ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE

For the last several years, we have had a paper drive for the Central Avenue of Hope during the fall. The Center has saved almost $50,000.00 in paper products because of the generosity of individuals and many Community of Christ Congregations who have contributed the following items.

Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam

Soup bowls 12 oz.

Dessert plates 5-7 inch

Coffee cups 8 oz

Foam plates 8 inch

Toilet paper

Sporks (combination spoon and fork)

Napkins

The paper drive in now in progress and runs through October 14, 2018.

The Community of Christ congregation with the best percentage of giving will receive the paper drive trophy for 2019.

Please consider donating any of the items listed above and give generously!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED YEAR-ROUND!

The Center of Hope collects school supplies throughout the year because of the continuing need by school age students. When shopping, please pick up some extra school supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. Donations of any school related supplies are appreciated, including pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks, paper tablets, colored pencils, notebook paper, pencil holders, backpacks, 3-ring binders and more. If you think it’s a school related supply…it probably is!

BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 30

The Fall Business meeting for the Mission Road Congregation has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2018 during the Sunday School class hour. Plan to join us and discuss congregational business.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST

This new class continues each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership this class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please join the class in the Chapel, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard, if interested.

SAVE THE DATE – POTLUCK AT KOSMICKI’S FARM

Roxann and Alex Kosmicki are inviting everyone in the congregation to their farm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to share in an afternoon of potluck and fellowship. More details to follow for the 10:30-2:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

COMING IN OCTOBER

The annual Chili Cook-Off and Supper is planned for 6 PM on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Mark your calendar, dig out your favorite award-winning recipe and plan to join us on the 28th!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group meets in Church Library to discuss the novel “Between Sisters.”

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Debbie Rushfelt), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Exploring the Community of Christ (Adult Class) – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard in the Chapel.

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme "Who is Greatest?" with Mary Reichenbach serving as presider and Donna Emslie serving as worship planner. Jennifer Libeer will offer the ministry of music. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

16 September 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20180916-ALeonard.mp3

9 September 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt and elevator dedication service, filename 20180909-GRushfelt; Elevator.Dedication.mp3

2 September 2018 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20180902-LBirkby.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please know that any member of the congregation can post prayer requests or share information about members and events on the Mission Road Members Only Facebook page. You do not need to send the information for approval to anyone. In fact doing so may slow down the dissemination of your request. Be sure to include the person needing prayers and what situation has occurred (if you wish to share that information). If your post concerns an event or news item, be sure to include the basics in your posting (such as who, what, where and when).

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at www.mission-road.org

Facebook Page (public) at https://www.facebook.com/MissionRoad.CoC

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissionRoad/

The link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

The All Good Books discussion group website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

Visit and "like" each of these sites to keep up-to-date on congregational news.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

If you have news items and calendar additions or changes that need to be included in the congregational news email please contact Larry Birkby. His email address and phone number is both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational News – September 9, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ELEVATOR DEDICATION & RIBBON CUTTING

After the 10:30 Worship Service, Pastor Larry presided over the New Elevator Dedication Ceremony. Pastor Larry emphasized the importance of the elevator to our building and how it would provide greater access to all those in the congregation and those that visit. The Elevator Project has been a long awaited dream of the congregation and will be a blessing to everyone with physical challenges. Other groups that use our building have also shared their excitement about the new elevator. We believe this will provide greater outreach to the community. He also recognized all of those that had a role in the design and construction of the Elevator Project. Dennis Wood who served as the congregation’s liaison with all the architects, engineers, World Church legal team, city inspectors, contractors and volunteers was recognized for his many hours of service to see the project through to the end. Dennis also narrated a PowerPoint presentation of the Elevator Project and explained the many steps of the process. After the PowerPoint presentation everyone went to the Fellowship Hall where John Snider offered a dedication prayer. Following the prayer Anderson Strom cut the ribbon. After a celebratory round of applause, John O’Neal offered a prayer of blessing on the Potluck, which followed.

THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE CONTINUES!

The annual Center of Hope school supplies drive continues, even though some schools have started already. When out shopping for your own children or grandchildren, please pick up some extra supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. If you’re no longer buying school supplies for your family, take a nostalgic shopping trip and pick up some items for the families supported by the Center. What’s needed? Pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks, paper tablets, colored pencils, notebook paper, pencil holders, backpacks, 3-ring binders and more. If you think it’s a school related supply…it probably is!

CENTRAL AVENUE OF HOPE ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE

For the last several years, we have had a paper drive for the Central Avenue of Hope during the fall. The Center has saved almost $50,000.00 in paper products because of the generosity of individuals and many Community of Christ Congregations who have contributed the following items.

Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam

Soup bowls 12 oz.

Dessert plates 5-7 inch

Coffee cups 8 oz

Foam plates 8 inch

Toilet paper

Sporks (combination spoon and fork)

Napkins

The paper drive in now in progress and runs through October 14, 2018.

The Community of Christ congregation with the best percentage of giving will receive the paper drive trophy for 2019.

Please consider donating any of the items listed above and give generously!

ZMELISSA (EMSLIE) WAGNER BABY SHOWER

The Ladies of The Mission Road Congregation are holding a baby shower for Melissa. The shower will be held at the church on Sunday afternoon Sept. 16th at 2PM. Melissa is register at: Bye, Bye, Baby & TARGET. Please RSVP to Jean Bink or Eloise Snider. You can find their contact information in the Mission Road church directory.

BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 30

The Fall Business meeting for the Mission Road Congregation has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2018 during the Sunday School class hour. Plan to join us and discuss congregational business.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is now studying "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

On Sunday, September 16, the class will discuss Chapter 15, "The Monastic Reaction." Jane Landrum will lead the class discussion.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST

This new class continues each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership this class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please join the class in the Chapel, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard, if interested.

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB MEETING SET

Next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah. You can keep up to date by following the book club’s blog/website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com

SAVE THE DATE – POTLUCK AT KOSMICKI’S FARM

Roxann and Alex Kosmicki are inviting everyone in the congregation to their farm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to share in an afternoon of potluck and fellowship. More details to follow for the 10:30-2:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Michel Haase), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Exploring the Community of Christ (Adult Class) – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard in the Chapel.

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:30 AM – Arlene Leonard will speak on the theme "Take Up Your Cross" with Jennifer Libeer serving as presider and worship planner. The Mission Bells will offer the ministry of music. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

2 September 2018 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20180902-LBirkby.mp3

26 August 2018 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20180826-PBennetts.mp3

19 August 2018 message by Steve Holben, filename 20180819-SHolben.mp3

12 August 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20180812-KBarnhard.mp3

5 August 2018 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20180805-DRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please know that any member of the congregation can post prayer requests or share information about members and events on the Mission Road Members Only Facebook page. You do not need to send the information for approval to anyone. In fact doing so may slow down the dissemination of your request. Be sure to include the person needing prayers and what situation has occurred (if you wish to share that information). If your post concerns an event or news item, be sure to include the basics in your posting (such as who, what, where and when).

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at www.mission-road.org

Facebook Page (public) at https://www.facebook.com/MissionRoad.CoC

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissionRoad/

The link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

The All Good Books discussion group website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

Visit and "like" each of these sites to keep up-to-date on congregational news.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

If you have news items and calendar additions or changes that need to be included in the congregational news email please contact Larry Birkby. His email address and phone number is both in the Church Directory.

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Congregational News – September 2, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

CENTRAL AVENUE OF HOPE ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE

For the last several years, we have had a paper drive for the Central Avenue of Hope during the fall. The Center has saved almost $50,000.00 in paper products because of the generosity of individuals and many Community of Christ Congregations who have contributed the following items.

Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam

Soup bowls 12 oz.

Dessert plates 5-7 inch

Coffee cups 8 oz

Foam plates 8 inch

Toilet paper

Sporks (combination spoon and fork)

Napkins

The paper drive in now in progress and runs through October 14, 2018.

The Community of Christ congregation with the best percentage of giving will receive the paper drive trophy for 2019.

Please consider donating any of the items listed above and give generously!

ELEVATOR RIBBON CUTTING

The elevator is now complete and has been successfully inspected. We’ll have an Elevator Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday, September 9 after church followed by a Potluck Lunch (bring your favorite dish to share).

MELISSA (EMSLIE) WAGNER BABY SHOWER

The Ladies of The Mission Road Congregation are holding a baby shower for Melissa. The shower will be held at the church on Sunday afternoon Sept. 16th at 2PM. Melissa is register at: Bye, Bye, Baby & TARGET. Please RSVP to Jean Bink or Eloise Snider. You can find their contact information in the Mission Road church directory.

BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 30

The Fall Business meeting for the Mission Road Congregation has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2018 during the Sunday School class hour. Plan to join us and discuss congregational business.

THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE CONTINUES!

The annual Center of Hope school supplies drive continues, even though some schools have started already. When out shopping for your own children or grandchildren, please pick up some extra supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. If you’re no longer buying school supplies for your family, take a nostalgic shopping trip and pick up some items for the families supported by the Center. What’s needed? Pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks, paper tablets, colored pencils, notebook paper, pencil holders, backpacks, 3-ring binders and more. If you think it’s a school related supply…it probably is!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is now studying "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

Next Sunday the class will discuss Chapter 14, " Official Theology: Eusebius of Caesarea." Dennis Wood will lead the class discussion.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST

This new class continues each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership this class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please join the class in the Chapel, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard, if interested.

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB MEETING SET

Next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah. You can keep up to date by following the book club’s blog/website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com

SAVE THE DATE – POTLUCK AT KOSMICKI’S FARM

Roxann and Alex Kosmicki are inviting everyone in the congregation to their farm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to share in an afternoon of potluck and fellowship. More details to follow for the 10:30-2:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

ONLINE TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Introduction to Scripture (Temple School SS400) and Ministry of the Disciple (Temple School MP301): Sept 8 – Nov 2

$25 registration begins August 8. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on "USA Registration".

Fees may be paid though our online portal or via mailed check.

You will receive login information via email.

These eLearning classes guide students together through readings, videos, and quizzes. Students may access each week’s class 24-hours a day, 6-days a week (allowing one day for grading) providing flexibility in class schedules.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Exploring the Community of Christ (Adult Class) – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard in the Chapel.

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:30 AM – Jerry Rushfelt will speak on the theme "All Have Worth" with Robin Payne serving as presider and worship planner. The Saint Chorale will offer the ministry of music. Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

ELEVATOR RIBBON CUTTING

The elevator is now complete and has been successfully inspected. We’ll have an Elevator Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday, September 9 after church followed by a Potluck Lunch (bring your favorite dish to share).

Monday, September 10, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary (first of the Fall season).

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

2 September 2018 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20180902-LBirkby.mp3

26 August 2018 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20180826-PBennetts.mp3

19 August 2018 message by Steve Holben, filename 20180819-SHolben.mp3

12 August 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20180812-KBarnhard.mp3

5 August 2018 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20180805-DRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please know that any member of the congregation can post prayer requests or share information about members and events on the Mission Road Members Only Facebook page. You do not need to send the information for approval to anyone. In fact doing so may slow down the dissemination of your request. Be sure to include the person needing prayers and what situation has occurred (if you wish to share that information). If your post concerns an event or news item, be sure to include the basics in your posting (such as who, what, where and when).

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at www.mission-road.org

Facebook Page (public) at https://www.facebook.com/MissionRoad.CoC

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissionRoad/

The link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://goo.gl/wREl03

The All Good Books discussion group website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

Visit and "like" each of these sites to keep up-to-date on congregational news.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

If you have news items and calendar additions or changes that need to be included in the congregational news email please contact Larry Birkby. His email address and phone number is both in the Church Directory.

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Congregational News – August 26, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ELEVATOR RIBBON CUTTING

The elevator is now complete except for the testing. The elevator will be inspected on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Volunteers are needed for Tuesday at 10:30 AM for testing and training. If you’re available and would like to be part of the group to learn more about the elevator (to help respond in case of an emergency), please join us on Tuesday.

We’ll have an Elevator Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday, September 9 after church followed by a Potluck Lunch (bring your favorite dish to share).

MELISSA (EMSLIE) WAGNER BABY SHOWER

The Ladies of The Mission Road Congregation are holding a baby shower for Melissa. The shower will be held at the church on Sunday afternoon Sept. 16th at 2PM. Melissa is register at: Bye, Bye, Baby & TARGET. Please RSVP to Jean Bink or Eloise Snider. You can find their contact information in the Mission Road church directory.

BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 30

The Fall Business meeting for the Mission Road Congregation has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2018 during the Sunday School class hour. Plan to join us and discuss congregational business.

THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE CONTINUES!

The annual Center of Hope school supplies drive continues, even though some schools have started already. When out shopping for your own children or grandchildren, please pick up some extra supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. If you’re no longer buying school supplies for your family, take a nostalgic shopping trip and pick up some items for the families supported by the Center. What’s needed? Pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks, paper tablets, colored pencils, notebook paper, pencil holders, backpacks, 3-ring binders and more. If you think it’s a school related supply…it probably is!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is now studying "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

Next Sunday the class will discuss Chapter 13, "Constantine." Paul Bennetts will lead the class discussion.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST

This new class continues each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership this class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please join the class in the Chapel, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard, if interested.

CENTRAL AVENUE OF HOPE ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE

ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE STARTS SEPTEMBER 1ST

For the last several years, we have had a paper drive for Central Avenue of Hope in the fall. We have saved almost $50,000.00 in paper products because of the generosity of individuals and many Community of Christ Congregations who have contributed the following items.

Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam

Soup bowls 12 oz.

Dessert plates 5-7 inch

Coffee cups 8 oz

Foam plates 8 inch

Toilet paper

Sporks (combination spoon and fork)

Napkins

The paper drive starts September 1st, 2018 and runs through October 14th.

The Community of Christ congregation with the best percentage of giving will receive the paper drive trophy for 2019.

Please consider your paper drive gift and give generously!

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB MEETING SET

Next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah. You can keep up to date by following the book club’s blog/website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com

SAVE THE DATE – POTLUCK AT KOSMICKI’S FARM

Roxann and Alex Kosmicki are inviting everyone in the congregation to their farm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to share in an afternoon of potluck and fellowship. More details to follow for the 10:30-2:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR NOLAN

Nolan Sprague, the older brother of Brody Foster’s teammate (Corbin) is still in need of prayers. Nolan is now headed to Colorado for weeks of rehabilitation after a diving accident that damaged his spinal column between the G5 and G6 vertebrae.

Nolan is 17 and would have been in his senior year at Mill Valley High School. The doctors are not confident he will ever walk again. While he’s made some progress with the use of his arms, he’s currently paralyzed from the waist down. Please pray for wisdom for his doctors and healing for Nolan.

The family has a lot of faith in the healing power of prayer. They also are facing some heavy financial burdens (self-employed with no health insurance). Friends of the family have established a GoFundMe page for Nolan. Donate if you can, but either way, pray for Nolan, his family and his doctors. https://www.gofundme.com/nolan-sprague

UPDATE ON STEVE HOLBEN’S GRANDSON JACKSON

Please continue to pray for Steve Holben’s grandson, Jackson Tijerina. The results of his recent biopsy indicate his cancer, which is supposed to be low grade and non- aggressive, has been shown be spreading throughout his brain and spine. The only ray of hope is to try radiation therapy. It is basically a last resort treatment for Jackson. He will undergo treatment at Children’s Hospital of Omaha every day Monday-Friday and receive radiation under anesthesia. Jackson will also start a new chemo treatment. The chemo drugs are expensive and hard to get. Radiation is aggressive and comes with a ton of side effects, some long term and permanent, such as memory loss, hearing, and balance.

There is a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/wvrpkuh8 to help support the family in the medical expenses for Jackson. Please give what you can and continue to remember Jackson and his family in your daily thoughts and prayers.

MISSION CENTER BOOK CLUB

Shelly Twitchell, Midlands Mission Support Specialist, will host a Book Club through Facebook starting this fall. Grab the books and start reading. We will first discuss "Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World" by Alan J Roxburgh. Congregational or small group book discussions are encouraged. Happy reading and have a great summer!

ONLINE TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Introduction to Scripture (Temple School SS400) and Ministry of the Disciple (Temple School MP301): Sept 8 – Nov 2

$25 registration begins August 8. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on "USA Registration".

Fees may be paid though our online portal or via mailed check.

You will receive login information via email.

These eLearning classes guide students together through readings, videos, and quizzes. Students may access each week’s class 24-hours a day, 6-days a week (allowing one day for grading) providing flexibility in class schedules.

GENEROSITY CYCLE CONVERSATIONS

Community of Christ has begun an effort to realign the way we think about giving. We invite you to join the bigger conversation evolving across the church as we explore and journey together with this new approach. A video and survey can be found at www.cofchrist.org/generosity-cycle.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in Sanctuary.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn Brown), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Exploring the Community of Christ (Adult Class) – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard in the Chapel.

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 10:30 AM – Larry Birkby will speak on the theme "Into My Heart" with Dorothy May serving as presider and worship planner. Jean Bink and Susan Clark will offer the ministry of music. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, September 10, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary (first of the Fall season).

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

26 August 2018 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20180826-PBennetts.mp3

19 August 2018 message by Steve Holben, filename 20180819-SHolben.mp3

12 August 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20180812-KBarnhard.mp3

5 August 2018 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20180805-DRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please know that any member of the congregation can post prayer requests or share information about members and events on the Mission Road Members Only Facebook page. You do not need to send the information for approval to anyone. In fact doing so may slow down the dissemination of your request. Be sure to include the person needing prayers and what situation has occurred (if you wish to share that information). If your post concerns an event or news item, be sure to include the basics in your posting (such as who, what, where and when).

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at www.mission-road.org

Facebook Page (public) at https://www.facebook.com/MissionRoad.CoC

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissionRoad/

The link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://goo.gl/wREl03

The All Good Books discussion group website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

Visit and "like" each of these sites to keep up-to-date on congregational news.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

If you have news items and calendar additions or changes that need to be included in the congregational news email please contact Larry Birkby. His email address and phone number is both in the Church Directory.

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Congregational News – August 19, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

THIS SATURDAY: ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

Join us this Saturday, August 25, 2018 for the Annual Mission Road Congregation Ice Cream Social starting at 6 PM.

There will be ice cream, cookies, and more. Plus after ice cream and conversation, we’ll adjourn to the Sanctuary for a “Who’s that Baby” contest. Jonathan Bacon has been collecting baby and early childhood photos and you’ll have a chance to guess who is who!

You can still email Jonathan a digital copy (see the church directory for his email address) or contact him to take a photo of your photo for the event.

If you haven’t signed up to bring some goodies, contact Donna Emslie to see how you can help. Join us on the 25th for ice cream and more when we’ll check your ability to guess the adult based on a baby or childhood photo!

Central Avenue of Hope Annual Paper Drive

Annual paper Drive Starts September 1st

For the last several years, we have had a paper drive for Central Avenue of Hope in the fall. We have saved almost $50,000.00 in paper products because of the generosity of individuals and many Community of Christ Congregations having contributed the following items.

Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam

  • Soup bowls 12 oz.
  • Dessert plates 5-7 inch
  • Coffee cups 8 oz
  • Foam plates 8 inch
  • Toilet paper
  • Sporks (combination spoon and fork)
  • Napkins

The paper drive starts September 1st, 2018 and runs through October 14th.

The Community of Christ congregation with the best percentage of giving will receive the paper drive trophy for 2019.

Please give generously!

GET ‘EM IN THE MAIL TODAY: BIRTHDAY CARD SHOWER!

Sunday, August 26, 2018, Violet Lorenz 109th birthday. We want to give Violet a card shower. Please send her a Happy Birthday Card to celebrate this milestone event. Her contact information is in the church directory.

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR NOLAN

Nolan Sprague is the son of Kevin and Carmen Sprague. Kevin is Brody Foster’s (Jonathan Bacon’s Grandson’s) baseball coach. Brody plays on the competitive baseball team, Strikezone Fury, with Nolan’s younger brother Corbin.

Nolan was injured in a diving accident and his spinal column was damaged between the G5 and G6 vertebrae. The family was told the likelihood of him walking again is very low. Initially he could not move anything below his elbows or waist. After surgery he was able to move his arms and has feeling in three fingers, the ones he uses to pitch. Nolan is 17, going into his senior year of high school with the strong possibility of a college baseball scholarship. Please pray for wisdom for his doctors and healing for Nolan.

The family has a lot of faith in the healing power of prayer. They also are facing some heavy financial burdens. Nolan will be moved to a rehabilitation center the end of this week and probably spend weeks, if not months there. Friends of the family have established a GoFundMe page for Nolan. Donate if you can, but either way, pray for Nolan, his family and his doctors. https://www.gofundme.com/nolan-sprague

UPDATE ON STEVE HOLBEN’S GRANDSON JACKSON

From Jackson’s Mom: I realize a lot of people have been waiting on an update about Jackson. To be honest, it’s been hard to come up with the words I want to say. We have been on a rollercoaster of emotions over the past few weeks. This will be lengthy, and I’m sorry, but there is a lot going on right now. As you know, he had an MRI that showed his tumors were all growing. On July 25, he had a biopsy done. It was sent to both Cincinnati, and St Jude. The results have been devastating to hear. His cancer, which is supposed to be low grade and non- aggressive, has been shown to have 2 different mutations. These mutations are very rare, and they are what have been causing all of the issues, such as his shunt malfunctioning, the tumors growing, and now it is spreading all throughout his brain and spine. Our only ray of hope is to try radiation. It is basically the last resort treatment for him. It will start in the next month or so, and last 5 weeks. He will go to Children’s Hospital of Omaha every day Mon-Fri and receive radiation under anesthesia during that time. He will also start a new chemo treatment. The chemo drugs are expensive and hard to get, so we are hoping we don’t have issues being approved for them. Radiation is aggressive and comes with a ton of side effects, some long term and permanent, such as memory loss, hearing, and balance. He will also lose his beautiful brown hair. There is a VERY SLIM chance that it could cure him, but it’s rare. This is the miracle I’m praying for! This is what we know at the moment. If you have questions, I probably can’t answer much more than this right now. Thank you again for your prayers, and selfless support through all of this. My family will never forget everything everyone has done for us. We will NEVER EVER GIVE UP! As long as I still have breath in me, I will keep fighting for my hero!

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB MEETING SET

Next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah. You can keep up to date by following the book club’s blog/website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com

DON’T FORGET THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE!

It’s time to start thinking about how you can support the annual Center of Hope school supplies drive. When you’re out shopping for your own children or grand children, please pick up some extra supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. And if you’re no longer buying school supplies for your family, take a nostalgic shopping trip and pickup some items for the families supported by the Center. What’s needed? Pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks, paper tablets, colored pencils, notebook paper, pencil holders, backpacks, 3-ring binders and more. If you think it’s a school related supply…it probably is!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is now studying "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

Next Sunday the class will discuss Chapter 12, "The Great Persecution and the Final Victory." Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST

This new class continues each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership this class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please join the class in the Chapel, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard, if interested.

LATEST ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The elevator is in place with just a few components yet to be installed (like the emergency phone system). Once all parts are assembled, the elevator must pass inspection. Our hope is to have the elevator finished and ready for use by the end of the month.

SAVE THE DATE – POTLUCK AT KOSMICKI’S FARM

Roxann and Alex Kosmicki are inviting everyone in the congregation to their farm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to share in an afternoon of potluck and fellowship. More details to follow for the 10:30-2:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

MISSION CENTER BOOK CLUB

Shelly Twitchell, Midlands Mission Support Specialist, will host a Book Club through Facebook starting this fall. Grab the books and start reading. We will first discuss "Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World" by Alan J Roxburgh. Congregational or small group book discussions are encouraged. Happy reading and have a great summer!

ONLINE TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Introduction to Scripture (Temple School SS400) and Ministry of the Disciple (Temple School MP301): Sept 8 – Nov 2

$25 registration begins August 8. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on "USA Registration".

Fees may be paid though our online portal or via mailed check.

You will receive login information via email.

These eLearning classes guide students together through readings, videos, and quizzes. Students may access each week’s class 24-hours a day, 6-days a week (allowing one day for grading) providing flexibility in class schedules.

GENEROSITY CYCLE CONVERSATIONS

Community of Christ has begun an effort to realign the way we think about giving. We invite you to join the bigger conversation evolving across the church as we explore and journey together with this new approach. A video and survey can be found at www.cofchrist.org/generosity-cycle.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:30-11 AM – Saints’ Chorale first rehearsal and reading session for 2018-2019 season.

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 6 PM – Annual Mission Road Ice Cream Social.

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene and Lee Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Exploring the Community of Christ (Adult Class) – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard in the Chapel.

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – Paul Bennetts will speak on the theme "The Demands of Discipleship" with Clint Reine serving as presider and worship planner. Pennie Bunkers and Jane Landrum will offer the ministry of music. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, August 26, 2018, Violet Lorenz 109th birthday. We want to give Violet a card shower. Please send her a Happy Birthday Card to celebrate this milestone event. Her contact information is in the church directory.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in Sanctuary.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

19 August 2018 message by Steve Holben, filename 20180819-SHolben.mp3

12 August 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20180812-KBarnhard.mp3

5 August 2018 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20180805-DRushfelt.mp3

29 July 2018 message by Jane Landrum, filename 20180729-JLandrum.mp3

22 July 2018 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20180722-JBacon.mp3

15 July 2018 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20180715-KBirkby.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please know that any member of the congregation can post prayer requests or share information about members and events on the Mission Road Members Only Facebook page. You do not need to send the information for approval to anyone. In fact doing so may slow down the dissemination of your request. Be sure to include the person needing prayers and what situation has occurred (if you wish to share that information). If your post concerns an event or news item, be sure to include the basics in your posting (such as who, what, where and when).

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at www.mission-road.org

Facebook Page (public) at https://www.facebook.com/MissionRoad.CoC

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissionRoad/

The link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://goo.gl/wREl03

The All Good Books discussion group website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

Visit and "like" each of these sites to keep up-to-date on congregational news.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

If you have news items and calendar additions or changes that need to be included in the congregational news email please contact Larry Birkby. His email address and phone number is both in the Church Directory.

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Congregational News – August 12, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

BACKPACK BLESSING SUNDAY!

On Sunday morning, August 19, students are invited to bring their backpacks to church for a blessing for the new school year.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL COMING SOON!

Reserve Saturday, August 25, 2018 for the Annual Mission Road Congregation Ice Cream Social. The event will start at 6 PM.

For the event, Jonathan Bacon is working on a trivia/matching contest. He needs a copy of your baby or early childhood photo for the competition. Those attending will attempt to identify who is in each photo.

You can email Jonathan a digital copy (see the church directory for his email address) or bring a copy to church on Sunday (Jonathan will scan the photo and immediately return it to you).

Willing to help? Want to play? Join us on the 25th! And don’t forget to add your name to the sign-up sheet (for ice cream, cookies, and so on) on the Fellowship Hall doors.

BIRTHDAY CARD SHOWER!

Sunday, August 26, 2018, Violet Lorenz 109th birthday. We want to give Violet a card shower. Please send her a Happy Birthday Card to celebrate this milestone event. Her contact information is in the church directory.

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR NOLAN

Nolan Sprague is the son of Kevin and Carmen Sprague. Kevin is Brody Foster’s (Jonathan Bacon’s Grandson’s) baseball coach. Brody plays on the competitive baseball team, Strikezone Fury, with Nolan’s younger brother Corbin.

Nolan was injured in a diving accident and his spinal column was damaged between the G5 and G6 vertebrae. The family was told the likelihood of him walking again is very low. Initially he could not move anything below his elbows or waist. After surgery he was able to move his arms and three fingers, the ones he uses to pitch. Nolan is 17, going into his senior year of high school with the strong possibility of a college baseball scholarship. Please pray for wisdom for his doctors and healing for Nolan.

The family has a lot of faith in the healing power of prayer. They also are facing some heavy financial burdens. Nolan will be moved to a rehabilitation center the end of this week and probably spend weeks, if not months there. Friends of the family have established a GoFundMe page for Nolan. Donate if you can, but either way, pray for Nolan, his family and his doctors. https://www.gofundme.com/nolan-sprague

CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR JACKSON

Please continue to offer your prayers for Jackson Tijerina, the grandson of Laurie and Steve Holben. Doctors have determined that his brain cancer is not of a know variety and so biopsies have been sent to several major medical centers across the country who specialize in cancer research and treatments. Please pray that the doctors can identify the kind of cancer and a treatment for it.

AUGUST BOOK CLUB MEETING SET

The August meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly.

DON’T FORGET THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE!

It’s time to start thinking about how you can support the annual Center of Hope school supplies drive. When you’re out shopping for your own children or grand children, please pick up some extra supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. And if you’re no longer buying school supplies for your family, take a nostalgic shopping trip and pickup some items for the families supported by the Center. What’s needed? Pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks, paper tablets, colored pencils, notebook paper, pencil holders, backpacks, 3-ring binders and more. If you think it’s a school related supply…it probably is!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is now studying "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

Next Sunday the class will discuss Chapter 11, "Christian Life." Jane Landrum will lead the class discussion.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST

This new class continues each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership this class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please join the class in the Chapel, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard, if interested.

LATEST ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

All the parts for the elevator have arrived but as Pastor Larry Birkby explained, "some assembly required." The assembly team from KC Lift has made great steps towards getting the elevator ready for us to enjoy. They are on schedule with the assembly process. The elevator should be finished and ready for use by the end of the month.

Please continue to be especially cautious during construction, as there are construction materials and other hazards to be avoided. You will also find extra vehicles in our parking lot because of our construction project as well as the construction of the new Prairie Village Fire Station. Please be mindful and welcoming of our visitors.

SAVE THE DATE – POTLUCK AT KOSMICKI’S FARM

Roxann and Alex Kosmicki are inviting everyone in the congregation to their farm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to share in an afternoon of potluck and fellowship. More details to follow for the 10:30-2:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

MISSION CENTER BOOK CLUB

Shelly Twitchell, Midlands Mission Support Specialist, will host a Book Club through Facebook starting this fall. Grab the books and start reading. We will first discuss "Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World" by Alan J Roxburgh. Congregational or small group book discussions are encouraged. Happy reading and have a great summer!

ONLINE TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Introduction to Scripture (Temple School SS400) and Ministry of the Disciple (Temple School MP301): Sept 8 – Nov 2

$25 registration begins August 8. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on "USA Registration".

Fees may be paid though our online portal or via mailed check.

You will receive login information via email.

These eLearning classes guide students together through readings, videos, and quizzes. Students may access each week’s class 24-hours a day, 6-days a week (allowing one day for grading) providing flexibility in class schedules.

GENEROSITY CYCLE CONVERSATIONS

Community of Christ has begun an effort to realign the way we think about giving. We invite you to join the bigger conversation evolving across the church as we explore and journey together with this new approach. A video and survey can be found at www.cofchrist.org/generosity-cycle.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Michel Haase & Devin Frazee), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Exploring the Community of Christ (Adult Class) – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard in the Chapel.

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak on the theme "Abide in Me" with Kennetha Kuttler serving as presider and worship planner. Brad Athey will offer the ministry of music. Steve Hedrick will provide the PowerPoint. The service will include a Backpack Blessing! Kids bring your school backpack for a special blessing for you and your new school year.

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:30-11 AM – Saints’ Chorale first rehearsal and reading session for 2018-2019 season.

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 6 PM – Annual Mission Road Ice Cream Social.

Sunday, August 26, 2018, Violet Lorenz 109th birthday. We want to give Violet a card shower. Please send her a Happy Birthday Card to celebrate this milestone event. Her contact information is in the church directory.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

12 August 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20180812-KBarnhard.mp3

5 August 2018 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20180805-DRushfelt.mp3

29 July 2018 message by Jane Landrum, filename 20180729-JLandrum.mp3

22 July 2018 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20180722-JBacon.mp3

15 July 2018 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20180715-KBirkby.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please know that any member of the congregation can post prayer requests or share information about members and events on the Mission Road Members Only Facebook page. You do not need to send the information for approval to anyone. In fact doing so may slow down the dissemination of your request. Be sure to include the person needing prayers and what situation has occurred (if you wish to share that information). If your post concerns an event or news item, be sure to include the basics in your posting (such as who, what, where and when).

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at www.mission-road.org

Facebook Page (public) at https://www.facebook.com/MissionRoad.CoC

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissionRoad/

The link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://goo.gl/wREl03

The All Good Books discussion group website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

Visit and "like" each of these sites to keep up-to-date on congregational news.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

If you have news items and calendar additions or changes that need to be included in the congregational news email please contact Larry Birkby. His email address and phone number is both in the Church Directory.

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