Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – May 10, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF DATE!

INFORMATION REGARDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP

And More…

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, May 16, 2021, the worship theme is “Bless God’s People.” Roxann Kosmicki will offer the message. Robin Payne will preside, and Clint Reine will serve as the worship planner. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Robert Sindt.

You are invited to join us at church or online starting at 10:30 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 10:45 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is now studying “Speak to The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown. This coming Sunday, Dennis Wood will lead the class in discussing Chapter 2 (“Elijah and the Voice of God”). The class session begins at 9 AM each Sunday morning on Zoom and concludes around 10 AM so those who wish to attend the worship service in-person may do so.

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

The Mission Road Congregation has reopened and until further notice our weekly meetings are as follows. The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – social gathering time on Zoom and in-person in preparation for worship.

10:45 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship in-person and accessible on Zoom.

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF DATE!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021

INFORMATION REGARDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP

• The church will be cleaned weekly following a Cleaning and Sanitizing Checklist that assures certain high touch areas are sanitized as part of the cleaning.

• One individual will keep a check list of individuals in attendance each week to track attendees.

• Hand sanitizer will be available to members as they enter.

• All participants will be required to wear face masks. Free face masks will be available at the entrance for those without a mask.

• All items have been removed from the pews to include pens, offering envelopes, hymnals and prayer request cards.

• The Guest book and pen have been removed.

• No food will be allowed in the building, so no potlucks, breakfasts or beverages allowed including coffee. No drinking fountain.

• Use of the downstairs bathrooms will be limited to one person or family at a time.

• Family members living in the same house will be allowed to sit together. Family groups and/or individuals will be seated a minimum of 6 feet apart.

• As you enter the Sanctuary look for the GREEN tape stripe on the arm rest of the pew. If the tape stripe is green you may sit in that pew. Please sit on the half closest to the aisle. If the tape stripe on the pew is RED, please move to a pew with a GREEN stripe. This will allow us to maintaining social distancing.

• We will maintain no more than 30% of capacity.

• Members will be instructed to maintain social distancing when greeting each other before and after the worship service. Members will be encouraged to visit outside staying physical distanced as weather allows.

• Order of worship will be projected using PowerPoint.

• Adult classes will continue to meet using zoom. Class time will begin at 9:00 a.m.

• No Sunday School or Nursery will be provided.

• No singing will be allowed.

• Ministry of music involving singing will be pre-recorded. Only Ministry of music involving strings, organ or piano will be performed live.

• Disciples Generous Response will be facilitated by having a collection tray placed at the back of the sanctuary for collection as members leave the service.

• The Prayer Circle will continue to meet on Wednesday nights using Zoom.

on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (Or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue. If you are not attending in-person please remember to support the church financially. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Kennetha Kuttler) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – April 26, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

CENTER OF HOPE SPECIAL REQUEST

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP: ZOOM ONLY!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF DATE!

CAMPING SURVEY

And More…

CENTER OF HOPE SPECIAL REQUEST

Marsha Nave, director, is having knee replacement on May 21. So that Center of Hope can

remain open for the time she will be out; she is requesting more volunteers to help with

lunch. She has planned out menus for each lunch. She is needing commitments for preparing

the meals, so Chris Lackey and Susan Clark have volunteered to prepare each Tuesday’s

lunch.

Mission Road is committing to 4 Tuesdays (May 25, June 1, 8 and 15).

CACH is still serving the sack/box lunches out a window in the door. A volunteer does the

serving. If anyone is interested in serving, they will need to wear a mask and gloves. Francisco, a regular volunteer, would be there with the server at the window.

In addition to preparing the lunch, some food items are needed that CACH doesn’t have on

hand. We are requesting commitments for the following items. These items are needed by

May 17 at CACH. Therefore, we are asking Mission Road for donations for those items

needed for the 4 Tuesdays.

Volunteers for food items/donations, please call or text Robin Payne at (913-579-4264) to let her know who is committing to which items. Mission Road’s donations will be needed to be dropped off by Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Mission Road. The items needed are:

2 Large Bags Tater Tots (1-2 volunteers)

8 – cans Cream of Mushroom Soup (1-2 volunteers)

3-4 cans Cream of Chicken Soup (1 volunteer)

3-4 Large Pasta Salad (1-2 volunteers)

6-8 chicken/rice side dishes (1-2 volunteers)

4- 6 pkg chili seasoning (1-2 volunteers)

2 – large cans Diced Tomatoes (1 volunteer)

6 – cans Chili Beans (1-2 volunteers)

24-30 Hot Dogs (1-4 volunteers)

24-30 Hot Dog Buns (1-4 volunteers)

120 Juice Boxes (2-4 volunteers)

120 Fruit Cups (2-4 volunteers)

Variety Individual Chip Bags (the big boxes of 30-54 bags are great) (1-2 volunteers)

120 Cookies or Snack Packs (2-4 volunteers)

Please help us meet this important need!

NOTE: Items that need refrigeration should be placed in the Mission Road kitchen and labeled for CACH. Please also alert Robin that the food stuffs are in the refrigerator.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP: ZOOM ONLY!

While we continue to explore the possibility of offering worship on both Zoom and concurrent in the sanctuary, we need a bit more time. So, the worship service this Sunday, May 2, 2021 will be Zoom only. We invite you to join us from your home.

The worship theme is “Become My Disciples” with Jonathan Bacon as the speaker. Larry Birkby will preside and serve as the worship planner. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint and serve as the Zoom host assisted by Robert Sindt.

You are invited to join us online starting at 10:30 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 10:45 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is now studying “Speak to The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown. This coming Sunday, Jane Landrum will lead the class as we finish discussing the Introduction. The class session begins at 9 AM each Sunday morning and concludes around 10 AM.

The book is available on Amazon for $7.99 plus tax for a total of $8.72. That doesn’t include shipping. If you do not have Amazon Prime (free shipping) contact Jonathan Bacon; he’ll use his Amazon Prime membership to get you free shipping to your home.

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

The Mission Road Congregation reopened on Easter Sunday. While this coming Sunday will be Zoom only, we hope to resume a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom very soon. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – social gathering time on Zoom in preparation for worship. This week, Zoom only!

10:45 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom. This week, Zoom only!

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF DATE!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021

CAMPING SURVEY

From the Midlands Mission Center President Team

Thank you to all who attended our Camping Town Halls! We had some great conversations, and some creative ideas were shared. The 2021 Camping Survey is now available (at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PS8NSBJ) and will be open through April 28th. ANYONE, youth included, who are interested in summer camping is invited to take the survey. The survey is intended for individual responses.

If you have any camping questions and/or feedback that is not captured in the survey that you would like to share please send to the President Team at PresidentTeam also by April 28th.

We hope to have a tentative decision around camping 2021 made and shared no later than May 3rd.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (Or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue. If you are not attending in-person please remember to support the church financially. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Kennetha Kuttler) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle on Zoom!

IN THIS ISSUE:

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP: ZOOM ONLY!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

THIS SATURDAY: NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF!

INFORMATION REGARDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

And More…

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP: ZOOM ONLY!

Due to technical issues and the availability of participants to be at the church, this Sunday, April 25, 2021, the worship service will be on Zoom only. We invite you to join us from your home. The worship theme is “The Lord Is My Shepherd” with Paul Bennetts as the speaker. Jane Landrum will preside and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Caryn Brown will provide the PowerPoint. Zoom hosting duties will be shared by Roxann Kosmicki, Clint Reine, and Jonathan Bacon.

You are invited to join us online starting at 10:30 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 10:45 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will begin studying “Speak To The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown (former manager of Herald House) on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The class session begins at 9 AM and will conclude by 10 AM.

The publisher describes the book in this way: Christians are wondering just what’s going on in the church these days. How to discern what’s behind the changes keeps scholars as well as church leaders and members busy.

Pews are emptier and the people still sitting in them are older. Offering plates are lighter, too. As a result, congregations see no other choice but to reduce staff and cut back on programs and ministries. In our consumer-oriented, profit-driven culture, it’s all about the numbers, after all.

Churches are measured and judged by the same standards as every other institution: Market Share (the size of the weekend crowd); Income (the money in the offering plate or from direct bank deposits); Physical Presence (the church building and its campus, often more shopping mall than sacred place); Products and Services (for others or just the members).

Speak to the Bones (whose imagery is drawn from Ezekiel’s remarkable vision of the Valley of Dry Bones) tells the stories of Nathan, Elijah, Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, and Paul. Their examples offer a pattern for 21st-century Christian disciples to speak, not merely as individuals but as inspired communities dedicated to the “kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

The book is available on Amazon for $7.99 plus tax for a total of $8.72. That doesn’t include shipping. If you do not have Amazon Prime (free shipping) contact Jonathan Bacon; he’ll use his Amazon Prime membership to get you free shipping to your home.

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

The Mission Road Congregation reopened on Easter Sunday. While this coming Sunday will be Zoom only, we hope to resume a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom very soon. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – social gathering time on Zoom in preparation for worship. This week, Zoom only!

10:45 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom. This week, Zoom only!

THIS SATURDAY: NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Saturday, May 9, 2021

Saturday, May 23, 2021

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue. If you are not attending in-person please remember to support the church financially. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – April 12, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle on Zoom!

IN THIS ISSUE:

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 24!

INFORMATION REGARDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

And More…

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

The Mission Road Congregation reopened on Easter Sunday and until further notice our weekly meetings are as follows. The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – social gathering time on Zoom and in person in preparation for worship.

10:45 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship in-person and accessible on Zoom.

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, April 18, 2021, worship theme is “Proclaim Repentance and Forgiveness” with Brian Libeer as the speaker. Larry Birkby will preside and Ron Millard will serve as the worship planner. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Roxann Kosmicki.

You are invited to join us at church or online starting at 10:30 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 10:45 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will conclude its study of the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine this coming Sunday. Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of the Afterword. Class begins at 9 AM on Zoom and will conclude by 10 AM for those who wish to drive to the church for in-person Sunday morning worship.

We’ll complete the “Sermon On The Mount” this coming Sunday and starting a new text, “Speak To The Bones : How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown (former manager of Herald House) on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

The publisher describes the book in this way: Christians are wondering just what’s going on in the church these days. How to discern what’s behind the changes keeps scholars as well as church leaders and members busy.

Pews are emptier and the people still sitting in them are older. Offering plates are lighter, too. As a result, congregations see no other choice but to reduce staff and cut back on programs and ministries. In our consumer-oriented, profit-driven culture, it’s all about the numbers, after all.

Churches are measured and judged by the same standards as every other institution: Market Share (the size of the weekend crowd); Income (the money in the offering plate or from direct bank deposits); Physical Presence (the church building and its campus, often more shopping mall than sacred place); Products and Services (for others or just the members).

Speak to the Bones (whose imagery is drawn from Ezekiel’s remarkable vision of the Valley of Dry Bones) tells the stories of Nathan, Elijah, Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, and Paul. Their examples offer a pattern for 21st-century Christian disciples to speak, not merely as individuals but as inspired communities dedicated to the “kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

The book is available on Amazon for $7.99 plus tax for a total of $8.72. That doesn’t include shipping. If you do not have Amazon Prime (free shipping) contact Jonathan Bacon for assistance in getting free shipping.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 24!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Saturday, May 9, 2021

Saturday, May 23, 2021

INFORMATION REGARDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP

• The church will be cleaned weekly following a Cleaning and Sanitizing Checklist that assures certain high touch areas are sanitized as part of the cleaning.

• One individual will keep a check list of individuals in attendance each week to track attendees.

• Hand sanitizer will be available to members as they enter.

• All participants will be required to wear face masks. Free face masks will be available at the entrance for those without a mask.

• All items have been removed from the pews to include pens, offering envelopes, hymnals and prayer request cards.

• The Guest book and pen have been removed.

• No food will be allowed in the building, so no potlucks, breakfasts or beverages allowed including coffee. No drinking fountain.

• Use of the downstairs bathrooms will be limited to one person or family at a time.

• Family members living in the same house will be allowed to sit together. Family groups and/or individuals will be seated a minimum of 6 feet apart.

• As you enter the Sanctuary look for the GREEN tape stripe on the arm rest of the pew. If the tape stripe is green you may sit in that pew. Please sit on the half closest to the aisle. If the tape stripe on the pew is RED, please move to a pew with a Green stripe. This will allow us to maintaining social distancing.

• We will maintain no more than 30% of capacity.

• Members will be instructed to maintain social distancing when greeting each other before and after the worship service. Members will be encouraged to visit outside staying physical distanced as weather allows.

• Order of worship will be projected using PowerPoint.

• Adult classes will continue to meet using zoom. Class time will begin at 9:00 a.m.

• No Sunday School or Nursery will be provided.

• No singing will be allowed.

• Ministry of music involving singing will be pre-recorded. Only Ministry of music involving strings, organ or piano will be performed live.

• Disciples Generous Response will be facilitated by having a collection tray placed at the back of the sanctuary for collection as members leave the service.

• The Prayer Circle will continue to meet on Wednesday nights using Zoom.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue. If you are not attending in-person please remember to support the church financially. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

Mary received a letter and a generous donation to our congregation from Donna Lunsford. Donna and her husband Garry were members of Mission Road for several years. They moved to Boise to be closer to their daughter Barbara. When Garry passed away after a stroke last fall, the Mission Road Congregation sent a plant. This gift was a reminder to Donna of her Mission Road church family. You may send Donna a thank you card for her gift and greetings from Mission Road. I’m sure she would also enjoy a phone call or email. Donna has lost her sight but Barara will share your cards and letters.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – April 5, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle on Zoom!

IN THIS ISSUE:

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

INFORMATION REGARDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

ALL GOOD BOOKS TAKES A BREAK

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 10!

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

And More…

CONCURRENT IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

The Mission Road Congregation reopened on Easter Sunday and until further notice our weekly meetings are as follows. The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – social gathering time on Zoom and in person in preparation for worship.

10:45 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship in-person and accessible on Zoom.

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

INFORMATION REGARDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP

• The church will be cleaned weekly following a Cleaning and Sanitizing Checklist that assures certain high touch areas are sanitized as part of the cleaning.

• One individual will keep a check list of individuals in attendance each week to track attendees.

• Hand sanitizer will be available to members as they enter.

• All participants will be required to wear face masks. Free face masks will be available at the entrance for those without a mask.

• All items have been removed from the pews to include pens, offering envelopes, hymnals and prayer request cards.

• The Guest book and pen have been removed.

• No food will be allowed in the building, so no potlucks, breakfasts or beverages allowed including coffee. No drinking fountain.

• Use of the downstairs bathrooms will be limited to one person or family at a time.

• Family members living in the same house will be allowed to sit together. Family groups and/or individuals will be seated a minimum of 6 feet apart.

• As you enter the Sanctuary look for the GREEN tape stripe on the arm rest of the pew. If the tape stripe is green you may sit in that pew. Please sit on the half closest to the aisle. If the tape stripe on the pew is RED, please move to a pew with a Green stripe. This will allow us to maintaining social distancing.

• We will maintain no more than 30% of capacity.

• Members will be instructed to maintain social distancing when greeting each other before and after the worship service. Members will be encouraged to visit outside staying physical distanced as weather allows.

• Order of worship will be projected using PowerPoint.

• Adult classes will continue to meet using zoom. Class time will begin at 9:00 a.m.

• No Sunday School or Nursery will be provided.

• No singing will be allowed.

• Ministry of music involving singing will be pre-recorded. Only Ministry of music involving strings, organ or piano will be performed live.

• Disciples Generous Response will be facilitated by having a collection tray placed at the back of the sanctuary for collection as members leave the service.

• The Prayer Circle will continue to meet on Wednesday nights using Zoom.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, April 11, 2021, worship theme is “Receive the Holy Spirit” with Jonathan Bacon as the speaker. Kirk Barnhard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Paul Bennetts.

You are invited to join us online starting at 10:30 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 10:45 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class continues studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of the final chapter (“Living Into the Kingdom”) and the Afterword. Class begins at 9 AM on Zoom and will conclude by 10 AM for those who wish to drive to the church for in-person Sunday morning worship.

We anticipate completing the “Sermon On The Mount” this coming Sunday and starting a new text, “Speak To The Bones : How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown (former manager of Herald House) the following Sunday.

The publisher describes the book in this way: Christians are wondering just what’s going on in the church these days. How to discern what’s behind the changes keeps scholars as well as church leaders and members busy.

Pews are emptier and the people still sitting in them are older. Offering plates are lighter, too. As a result, congregations see no other choice but to reduce staff and cut back on programs and ministries. In our consumer-oriented, profit-driven culture, it’s all about the numbers, after all.

Churches are measured and judged by the same standards as every other institution: Market Share (the size of the weekend crowd); Income (the money in the offering plate or from direct bank deposits); Physical Presence (the church building and its campus, often more shopping mall than sacred place); Products and Services (for others or just the members).

Speak to the Bones (whose imagery is drawn from Ezekiel’s remarkable vision of the Valley of Dry Bones) tells the stories of Nathan, Elijah, Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, and Paul. Their examples offer a pattern for 21st-century Christian disciples to speak, not merely as individuals but as inspired communities dedicated to the “kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

The book is available on Amazon for $7.99 plus tax for a total of $8.72. That doesn’t include shipping. If you do not have Amazon Prime (free shipping) contact Jonathan Bacon for assistance in getting free shipping.

ALL GOOD BOOKS TAKES A BREAK

After an email poll, the majority of book club members who responded would prefer to wait until the book club can meet in person. So, we’ll not meet on Zoom or in person until at least mid- to late-Summer.

The novels most frequently nominated to add to the schedule are “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah and “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. We’ll discuss those two novels in that order when we resume meeting in person. Happy reading and we look forward to resuming our discussions in-person sometime in 2021.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 10!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Just so you know: Mission Road contributed 320 pounds of food to the Center in January and 310 pounds in February plus hygiene items, household items and clothes. The need continues! Let’s continue this wonderful response!

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue. If you are not attending in-person please remember to support the church financially. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

Mary received a letter and a generous donation to our congregation from Donna Lunsford. Donna and her husband Garry were members of Mission Road for several years. They moved to Boise to be closer to their daughter Barbara. When Garry passed away after a stroke last fall, the Mission Road Congregation sent a plant. This gift was a reminder to Donna of her Mission Road church family. You may send Donna a thank you card for her gift and greetings from Mission Road. I’m sure she would also enjoy a phone call or email. Donna has lost her sight but Barara will share your cards and letters.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – March 29, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle on Zoom!

IN THIS ISSUE:

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

CONGREGATIONAL PLAN FOR REOPENING

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 10!

ALL GOOD BOOKS TAKES A BREAK

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

And More…

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

There will be a Good Friday Service on April 2, at 7 PM. You can join in as early as 6:45 PM on the same Zoom link we use for all other Mission Road meetings.

CONGREGATIONAL PLAN FOR REOPENING

The Mission Road Congregation Reopening Plan that includes reopening the church for Easter services has been submitted to and approved by the Midlands Mission Center. The details of the plan are covered below.

Note: If you plan to attend in-person, on Easter, please email Pastor Larry Birkby to let him know. That way, if there are last minute changes, you’ll be informed.

Easter Sunday is also Communion Sunday and the reopening plan addresses how the sacrament will be served.

We are excited to lead the way in the Midlands Mission Center to have our building back open for in-person worship. Efforts are underway to test our AV systems to confirm that we can offer in-person worship and provide access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home.

Here’s the Mission Road Congregation Plan

Reopening Date: April 4, 2021 at 10.:30

Facility Health Officer: Paul Bennetts

Criteria to be met:

1. Cases per 100k will be lower than 10

2. Testing for COVID-19 is available locally and easily accessible

3. Local hospitals are not overloaded with COVID-19 patients and can provide treatment for all patients and health conditions needing hospital care

4. Personal Protective Equipment (mask, gloves, sanitizers) are accessible to members and to be used during group gatherings.

Our response to required provisions as listed in the [World Church] guidelines

Church facility:

• The church will be cleaned weekly following the Cleaning and Sanitizing Checklist being certain that high touch areas will be sanitized as part of the cleaning. Copies of the Implementation Checklist and the Cleaning and Sanitizing Checklist will be available for those using the church for practicing organ and piano and for the man who cleans the church.

• Organists and piano players who use the church to practice during the week will sanitize their areas and door handles.

• Staff who use the building for their assignments will also sanitize after themselves and will sanitize the door handles.

• Bulletin information will be projected using PowerPoint.

• Church provided signs will be posted by the doors.

• One individual will keep a check list of individuals in attendance each week to track attendees.

• Hand sanitizer will be available to members as they enter.

• All participants will be required to wear face masks. Free face masks will be available at the entrance for those without a mask.

• All items will be removed from the pews to include pens, offering envelopes, hymnals and prayer request cards.

• Guest book and pen will be removed.

• No food will be allowed in the building which will prohibit potlucks, breakfast and beverages including coffee.

• Worship service will begin at 10:45 AM. All efforts will be made to close the service by 11:30 AM.

• Use of the downstairs bathrooms will be limited to one person or family at a time.

Physical distancing

• Family members living in the same house will be allowed to sit together. Family groups and/or individuals will be seated a minimum of 6 feet apart.

• Roping and signs will denote available seating.

• We will maintain no more than 30% of capacity.

• Members will be instructed to maintain social distancing when greeting each other before and after the worship service. Members will be encouraged to visit outside staying physical distanced as weather allows.

Church School Programs

• Adult classes will continue to be held using zoom. Class time will begin at 9:00 a.m.

• Before closing we had two early elementary children and two children in middle school. It is unclear if we will hold Sunday School for them. If we, do it will be during the 10:30 worship time. All these students are in school full time. Location will be in the lower-level classroom.

Worship Services

• Services will begin at 10:45. All efforts will be made to close the service by 11:30

• No singing will be allowed

• Order of worship will be projected using PowerPoint.

• Ministry of music involving singing will be recorded prior to service and played as part of the PowerPoint. Ministry of music involving strings, organ or piano will be performed live.

• Disciples Generous Response will be facilitated by having a collection tray placed at the back of the sanctuary for collection as members leave the service.

• Hybrid worship will be planned using zoom for those unable to attend in person worship.

Sacraments

• Communion: A masked and gloved person will prepare the emblems. Squares of bread or gluten free option will be placed in small cupcake papers. The juice will be prepared in small paper communion cups. The emblems will be placed on a table in the sanctuary before the service begins. Members will come forward and will be handed their emblems to take back to their seat for partaking. The individual doing this will be masked and gloved. Members unable to physically move forward will have their emblems delivered to them. This plan limits individual contact.

• Other sacraments that involve touch or proximity will be delayed until all government regulations (local, state and national) and church guidelines permit such touch or proximity, or they may be performed virtually or in-person through the established guidelines.

• Requests for individual exceptions will be made to the mission center/apostle.

Midweek Service

• A small prayer group meets on Wednesday nights. We have been meeting via zoom and would like to continue with that as a couple people have joined us from Iowa. As time passes, we will likely change from zoom to in person meeting with zoom for those living in different states.

Church facilities by outside groups

• We have no plans to allow outside groups to have access to our building. This will lessen the likely hood of contamination and need to clean.

Communication of this to congregation

• It will also be posted on our website and included in our weekly newsletter. Copies of this request to open will be mailed to people who do not have e-mail or Facebook.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, April 4, 2021, worship theme is “Risen!” with Steve Holben as the speaker. Karen Birkby will preside and serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and Kennetha Kuttler will host the Zoom meeting assisted by Roxann Kosmicki and Robert Sindt.

You are invited to join us online starting at 10:30 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 10:45 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of Chapter 6 (“Living Into the Kingdom”). Class begins at 9 AM following and will conclude by 10 AM for those who wish to drive to the church for in-person Sunday morning worship. Plans are to also offer access to the worship service on Zoom starting a 10:30 AM.

ALL GOOD BOOKS TAKES A BREAK

After an email poll, the majority of book club members who responded would prefer to wait until the book club can meet in person. So, we’ll not meet on Zoom or in person until at least mid- to late-Summer.

The novels most frequently nominated to add to the schedule are “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah and “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. We’ll discuss those two novels in that order when we resume meeting in person. Happy reading and we look forward to resuming our discussions in-person sometime in 2021.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 10!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, April 10 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Just so you know: Mission Road contributed 320 pounds of food to the Center in January and 310 pounds in February plus hygiene items, household items and clothes. The need continues! Let’s continue this wonderful response!

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks in-person and online using Zoom. Access details are the same for each Zoom session and are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class studies “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – social gathering time on Zoom and in person in preparation for worship.

10:45 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship in-person and on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue. If you are not attending in-person please remember to support the church financially. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – March 22, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online!

IN THIS ISSUE:

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 10!

MISSION LEARN

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

And More…

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, March 28, 2021, worship theme is “Blessed Is the One Who Comes” with Larry Birkby as the speaker. Debbie Rushfelt will preside and serve as the worship planner. Paul Bennetts will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Roxann Kosmicki.

You are invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, remember that the Midlands Mission Center Conference starts at 10 AM.

There will be no adult class on March 28, due to the Midlands Mission Center Conference.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

There will be a Good Friday Service on April 2, at 7 PM. You can join in as early as 6:45 PM on the same Zoom link we use for all other Mission Road meetings.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

We are submitting a reopening plan to the Mission Center. We have had phone conversations with the Mission Center as to guidelines. The Mission Road Congregation can open for Easter Services on April 4th. Meetings will be based on World Church guidelines of wearing masks, sitting in family groups, and social distancing of others. We will not gather for Sunday School but only the 10:30 worship service. We may find out more information at the Mission Center Conference. The recent survey results indicate a split in those that responded to the survey. A little over half are ready to meet based on current guidelines. (Social distancing, face covering and 30% of building capacity [225) or 67 people; and World Church approval.) On a normal pre-covid Sunday we usually had fewer than 67. We are investigating ways we can have gatherings at church and also share with those on Zoom. If you feel comfortable in attending, we hope to see you at church. If you prefer to Zoom, we plan to have that feature available as well.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF IS APRIL 10!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, April 10 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Just so you know: Mission Road contributed 320 pounds of food to the Center in January and 310 pounds in February plus hygiene items, household items and clothes. The need continues! Let’s continue this wonderful response!

MISSION LEARN

The Mission: Learn workshop, to be held on Saturday, March 27 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM (on Zoom) will focus on “Toward the Peaceful One.” To register and for additional information, check out https://www.midlandsmc.org/ministries

The Saturday Schedule follows:

9:15 Gathering

9:30 Opening Session (Zac Harmon-McLaughlin)

10:00 Breakout Session 1 (Zac Harmon-McLaughlin and Janné Grover)

10:45 Breakout Session 2 (Janné Grover and Nicholas Keehler)

11:30 Breakout Session 3 (Zac Harmon-McLaughlin and Nicholas Keehler

12:15 Closing Worship

Classes offered include:

Hybrid Ministry: Discerning and responding to pastoral needs and missional opportunities with Janné Grover, Apostle for Central USA Mission Field

Assumption, Ambiguity, and Social Change; peeling back our embedded and deliberative theologies with Zac Harmon-McLaughlin, Seminary Director of Graceland University

Ministering in a Social Media World with Nicholas Keehler, Midlands Mission Center Social Media Specialist

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

March 28th 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Zoom

You’re invited to join the 2021 Midlands Mission Center Conference on Sunday, March 28th via Zoom! Apostle Janné Grover will be bringing the message during worship.

You can register for the conference (and receive the Zoom link) by going to https://www.midlandsmc.org/ministries

The Conference is where we as a Mission Center gather together to discern where we feel the Spirit is leading us into the future. The Community of Christ, as a prophetic church, is continuously looking for new ways to engage with our communities and share the love of God through our mission initiatives. The disturbance of the status quo caused by this past year has shown that keeping this prophetic spirit alive is particularly important as we take our next steps into the future.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online using Zoom. Access details are the same for each session and are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle Online.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online.

10 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class studies “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine. But no class on March 28, 2021.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue, even when we’re not meeting in the building. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – March 15, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online!

IN THIS ISSUE:

ANDERSON AND COLEMAN: MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS (MVP)

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NO ADULT CLASS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021

ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETS THIS WEEK!

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

MISSION LEARN

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

And More…

ANDERSON AND COLEMAN: MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS (MVP)

Katie’s Krops was started in Katie Stagliano’s backyard when she was a third grader. Katie received a cabbage seedling from the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program and so she and her brother planted the seedling in a sunny corner of her backyard. Katie cared for the cabbage and watched it grow, and grow, and grow.

When the huge cabbage was ready to harvest, through Fields to Families (a local organization that assists farmers in donating extra crops from their fields to organizations that feed the hungry), Katie was put in touch with Tri-County Family Ministries, a local soup kitchen in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Seeing the need, Katie formed Katie’s Krops, which has now grown into 100 gardens across the United States. Every Katie’s Krops Garden is youth based. Thousands of children across the country are getting their hands dirty working to end hunger in their communities.

In 2018, Katie’s Krops Growers donated over 38,000 pounds of fresh produce to hunger relief programs, cancer centers and directly to families in need.

Now we get to our local connection. Anderson and Coleman Strom created one of those 100 gardens across the country. Recently they received the following message from the founders of Katie’s Krops: “It is a great honor to announce that you are our 2020 Growers of the Year! Thank you for your passion and dedication to our cause. You have and continue to make a huge impact on food insecurity and hunger in our community. You have not let any obstacle prevent you from caring for your neighbors in need. We are blessed to have you as part of our growing family!” – Katie & Stacy

Congratulations to Anderson and Coleman (and to the parents, Amanda and Jeremy Strom, who have raised young men with “hearts set on service!”

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, March 21, 2021, worship theme is “Know God” with Jennifer Libeer as the speaker. Roxann Kosmicki will preside and serve as the worship planner. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Robert Sindt.

You are invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we will keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship until the Adult Class begins at 10 AM. We hope you can join us.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Jane Landrum will lead a continuation of the discussion of Chapter 5 (“Finding Your Treasure”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

NO ADULT CLASS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021

Due to the Midlands Mission Center Conference, there will be no adult Sunday school class for Mission Road on Sunday, March 28, 2021. We’ll hold our morning worship at 9 AM, as usual, and then adjourn so members can join the Mission Center Conference that begins at 10 AM.

ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETS THIS WEEK!

The All Good Books group will meet this Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM using the church’s regular Zoom weblink. At that time, we’ll discuss “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman.

The book is typical Backman (“A Man Called Ove,” “Britt-Marie Was Here,” and “Beartown” among other books) with a cast of characters including a failed bank robber, a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

We hope you can join us on the 18th of March for the discussion of this fascinating novel.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food supplies, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. We’ll be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Saturday, April 10 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Just so you know: Mission Road contributed 320 pounds of food to the Center in January and 310 pounds in February plus hygiene items, household items and clothes. The need continues! Let’s continue this wonderful response!

MISSION LEARN

The Mission: Learn workshop, to be held on Saturday, March 27 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM (on Zoom) will focus on “Toward the Peaceful One.” To register and for additional information, check out https://www.midlandsmc.org/ministries

The Saturday Schedule follows:

9:15 Gathering

9:30 Opening Session (Zac Harmon-McLaughlin)

10:00 Breakout Session 1 (Zac Harmon-McLaughlin and Janné Grover)

10:45 Breakout Session 2 (Janné Grover and Nicholas Keehler)

11:30 Breakout Session 3 (Zac Harmon-McLaughlin and Nicholas Keehler

12:15 Closing Worship

Classes offered include:

Hybrid Ministry: Discerning and responding to pastoral needs and missional opportunities with Janné Grover, Apostle for Central USA Mission Field

Assumption, Ambiguity, and Social Change; peeling back our embedded and deliberative theologies with Zac Harmon-McLaughlin, Seminary Director of Graceland University

Ministering in a Social Media World with Nicholas Keehler, Midlands Mission Center Social Media Specialist

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

March 28th 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Zoom

You’re invited to join the 2021 Midlands Mission Center Conference on Sunday, March 28th via Zoom! Apostle Janné Grover will be bringing the message during worship.

You can register for the conference (and receive the Zoom link) by going to https://www.midlandsmc.org/ministries

The Conference is where we as a Mission Center gather together to discern where we feel the Spirit is leading us into the future. The Community of Christ, as a prophetic church, is continuously looking for new ways to engage with our communities and share the love of God through our mission initiatives. The disturbance of the status quo caused by this past year has shown that keeping this prophetic spirit alive is particularly important as we take our next steps into the future.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online using Zoom. Access details are the same for each session and are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle Online.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online.

10 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class studies “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

World Church buildings and historic sites remain closed. The Mission Road Congregation remains closed until infection rates in the area drop. We may find out more information at the Mission Center Conference. The recent survey results indicate a split in those that responded to the survey. A little over half are ready to meet based on current guidelines. (Social distancing, face covering and 30% of building capacity [225) or 67 people; and World Church approval.) On a normal pre-covid Sunday we usually had fewer than 67. We are investigating ways we can have gatherings at church and also share with those on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue, even when we’re not meeting in the building. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – March 1, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, March 1, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online!

IN THIS ISSUE:

LAST CHANCE – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

MARCH ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATE

And More…

LAST CHANCE – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

If you have not yet completed the online survey regarding the congregation’s readiness for re-opening the church for in-person worship, please do so as early as possible this week. The survey is available at the following weblink:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J58ZXR3

Anyone without online access should contact Jonathan Bacon (see the church directory) for a printed survey form.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

World Church buildings and historic sites remain closed. The Mission Road Congregation remains closed until infection rates in the area drop.

MARCH ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM using the church’s regular Zoom weblink. At that time, we’ll discuss “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman.

The book is typical Backman (“A Man Called Ove,” “Britt-Marie Was Here,” and “Beartown” among other books) with a cast of characters including a failed bank robber, a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

We hope you can join us on the 18th of March for the discussion of this fascinating novel.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

The Spring 2021 Worship Schedule is now available online using the weblink below. Be sure to download and print your copy for reference. It covers March, April, and May 2021.

https://tinyurl.com/Spring2021Worship

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, March 7, 2021, worship theme is “Hear God’s Guidance” with Kathryn Minton as the speaker. Paul Bennetts will preside and Nadine Bennetts will serve as the worship planner. Paul Bennetts will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Caryn Brown.

You are invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we will keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship until the Adult Class begins at 10 AM. We hope you can join us.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Dennis Wood will continue the discussion of Chapter 4 (“Our Father”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATE

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Saturday, April 3, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting club in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us as donations for the Center of Hope. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online using Zoom. Access details are the same for each session and are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle Online.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online.

10 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class studies “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue, even when we’re not meeting in the building. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – February 22, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week.

Don’t forget to join us each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online!

IN THIS ISSUE:

LAST WEEK TO RESPOND – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

And More…

LAST WEEK TO RESPOND – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

To discover the wishes of the congregation, an online survey is now available determine the congregation’s readiness for re-opening of the church for in-person worship. The survey is available at the following weblink:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J58ZXR3

Anyone without online access should contact Jonathan Bacon (see the church directory) for a printed survey form.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

The Spring 2021 Worship Schedule is now available online using the weblink below. Be sure to download and print your copy for reference. It covers March, April, and May 2021.

https://tinyurl.com/Spring2021Worship

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

World Church buildings and historic sites remain closed. The Mission Road Congregation remains closed until infection rates in the area drop.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, February 28, 2021, worship theme is “Blessed” with John O’Neal as the speaker. Arlene Leonard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Robert Sindt.

You are invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we will keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship until the Adult Class begins at 10 AM. We hope you can join us.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Dennis Wood will lead the discussion of Chapter 4 (“Our Father”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATE

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting club in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us as donations for the Center of Hope. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online using Zoom. Access details are the same for each session and are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle Online.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online.

10 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class studies “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue, even when we’re not meeting in the building. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right-hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

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 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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