Mission Road Congregational News – January 20, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ELEVATOR TRAINING DAY

There will be training on the new elevator immediately after church on Sunday, January 27, 2019. This is for folks who are willing to respond in case of emergencies (such as someone stuck in the elevator). Please consider volunteering for this important role and show up for training next Sunday after church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Class will continue to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez each Sunday.

Next week’s class will finish discussion of Chapter 28 (“Eastern Christianity”) and then cover Chapter 29 (“Imperial Restoration and Continuing Decay”). Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.

At the current pace, we’ll finish the study of “The Story of Christianity: Volume 1” in late March 2019. We’ll spend part of the next class time discussing possible topics the class would like to study next. If you have ideas, share them with any of the four teachers (Jane Landrum, Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts or Dennis Wood).

CELEBRATE “EVERYONE’S” BIRTHDAY PARTY

On Sunday, February 10, 2019, you’re invited to a birthday celebration for everyone in the congregation (no matter the date of your birthday)! There will be games, led by the Libeer family and soon a sign-up sheet will be posted for volunteer cake bakers and sloppy joe makers. Please plan to join us at 5 PM for this special birthday celebration.

BABY SHOWER FOR ALISA JOHNSON

All members are invited to attend a baby shower for Alisa Johnson on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM at the church. Help us welcome the soon-to-be arrival of a new baby with this shower.

WINTER COAT COLLECTION

With the days starting to slowly get longer we are still a long way from seeing Ole Man Winter leaving soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is in the midst of their annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.

WINTER GLOVE AND MITTEN COLLECTION

Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. ‘Tis the Season.

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING: NOT UNTIL MARCH

The All Good Books group will not meet in February but will resume meeting in March. We’ll discuss "Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World" by Eileen McNamara at the next meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7 PM in the Church Library.

Discussion questions for the biography will be posted on the book club website at http://allbooksclub.wordpress.com in February.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.

2019 SUMMER CAMPING SCHEDULE

June 9–14 Senior High Camp @ Chihowa

June 16–21 Middle School Camp @ Chihowa

June 23–27 Doniphan Reunion

June 29–July3 Junior Camp

July 7–12 Chihowa Reunion

July 20–27 Spectacular @ Graceland

July 21–26 MITIOG @ Doniphan

August 1–3 Youth Quest @ Olathe

MISSION LEARN AND MMC CONFERENCE

Please join us March 16, 2019 at Mission Road Congregation for Mission: Learn in the morning and spring MMC conference in the afternoon. Class options include a CFO seminar with Wim van Klinken, youth worker registration training, congregational blessings with Mary Gill, and MORE!

World Conference delegates please plan to attend to join discussions in preparation for your service in April.

DONIPHAN IS HIRING!

Executive Director, Food Service & Hospitality Manger, and Facilities and Grounds Maintenance Manager

Job descriptions and summaries can be found at www.cofchrist.org/human-resources-job-opportunities under “Local Jurisdictions”. Please email your letter of application and resume to cwilson@CofChrist.org.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Choral Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in Church Library.

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Marge Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

· Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.

· Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:30 AM – Clint Reine will speak on the theme "Christ’s Mission Is Our Mission" with Robin Payne serving as presider and Larry Birkby as worship planner. Pennie Bunkers will provide the ministry of music and Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, January 28, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

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

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

20 January 2019 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20190120-KBarnhard.mp3

06 January 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190106-JBacon.mps. The YouTube video shown during the Communion Message is available at https://youtu.be/oHv6vTKD6lg

30 December 2018 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20181230-KKuttler.mp3

23 December 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20181223-JONeal.mp3

16 December 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20181216-ALeonard.mp3

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 13, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

If you have been waiting for the newsletter in your Facebook page or inbox, my apologies. I just returned to my home. The power was restored at 2 PM today.

PIZZA PARTY AFTER CHURCH ON JANUARY 20th

Who doesn’t like Pizza? Join us for a pizza party after church on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Just come and join us for good pizza and conversation. Tailgate with us in the Fellowship Hall. The Kansas City Chiefs & New England Patriots game doesn’t start until 5pm, plenty of time to relax with your friends and make the start of the big game.

CELEBRATE “EVERYONE’S” BIRTHDAY PARTY

On Sunday, February 10, 2019, you’re invited to a birthday celebration for everyone in the congregation (no matter the date of your birthday)! There will be games, led by the Libeer family and soon a sign-up sheet will be posted for volunteer cake bakers and sloppy joe makers. Please plan to join us at 5 PM for this special birthday celebration.

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Spring 2019 Worship and Service Availability Form is now available at https://bit.ly/2BWq887.

Preparation will begin soon on the quarterly schedule. Our goal is to publish the schedule one month prior to the first scheduled Sunday.

Please take a moment to fill out and place this form in the administrative “In” box located on the wall by the church office or email Caryn Brown, carynpbro or mail this form to Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

The deadline for returning the form is NEXT Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Please remember that we’re “short” a few breakfast volunteers. If you’ve willing to take on 1-2 breakfasts per quarter, please be sure to indicate that on your Worship and Service Availability Form.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Class will continue to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez each Sunday.

Next week’s class will discuss Chapter 28 (“Eastern Christianity”). Jane Landrum will lead the class discussion.

At the current pace, we’ll finish the study of “The Story of Christianity: Volume 1” in late March 2019. Please start thinking about topics you’d like to focus on next. Share your ideas with any of the four teachers (Jane Landrum, Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts or Dennis Wood).

WINTER COAT COLLECTION

With the days starting to slowly get longer we are still a long way from seeing Ole Man Winter leaving soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is in the midst of their annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.

WINTER GLOVE AND MITTEN COLLECTION

Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. ‘Tis the Season.

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IS IN JANUARY

The All Good Books group will discuss "With Love, Wherever You Are" by Dandi Daley Mackall at our next meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM.

Discussion questions for the novel have been posted on the book club website at http://allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.

2019 SUMMER CAMPING SCHEDULE

June 9–14 Senior High Camp @ Chihowa

June 16–21 Middle School Camp @ Chihowa

June 23–27 Doniphan Reunion

June 29–July3 Junior Camp

July 7–12 Chihowa Reunion

July 20–27 Spectacular @ Graceland

July 21–26 MITIOG @ Doniphan

August 1–3 Youth Quest @ Olathe

TWIST WEEKEND @ WEBB ROAD

Teens Working In Service Together

7 pm Fri, Jan 18 – 12 pm Sun, Jan 20

Bring your TWIST shirt if you have one and fill-out the online Event Registration form. Suggested donation $20. For questions contact Allen Keehler (816) 810-5690, Donna Fletcher (316) 644-4079, or Kat Hnatyshyn (816) 506-6948.

MISSION LEARN AND MMC CONFERENCE

Please join us March 16, 2019 at Mission Road Congregation for Mission: Learn in the morning and spring MMC conference in the afternoon. Class options include a CFO seminar with Wim van Klinken, youth worker registration training, congregational blessings with Mary Gill, and MORE!

World Conference delegates please plan to attend to join discussions in preparation for your service in April.

DONIPHAN IS HIRING!

Executive Director, Food Service & Hospitality Manger, and Facilities and Grounds Maintenance Manager

Job descriptions and summaries can be found at www.cofchrist.org/human-resources-job-opportunities under “Local Jurisdictions”. Please email your letter of application and resume to cwilson@CofChrist.org.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, January 14, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Choral Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in Church Library.

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM – All Good Books Club discusses “With Love, Wherever You Are.”

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

· Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.

· Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:30 AM – Kirk Barnhard will speak on the theme "Believe in Jesus" with Nadine Bennetts serving as presider and worship planner. The Mission Bells will provide the ministry of music and Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

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

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

06 January 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190106-JBacon.mps. The YouTube video shown during the Communion Message is available at https://youtu.be/oHv6vTKD6lg

30 December 2018 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20181230-KKuttler.mp3

23 December 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20181223-JONeal.mp3

16 December 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20181216-ALeonard.mp3

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational News – January 6, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Spring 2019 Worship and Service Availability Form is now available at https://bit.ly/2BWq887.

Preparation will begin soon on the quarterly schedule. Our goal is to publish the schedule one month prior to the first scheduled Sunday.

Please take a moment to fill out and place this form in the administrative “In” box located on the wall by the church office or email Caryn Brown, carynpbro or mail this form to Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

The deadline for returning the form is Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Please remember that we’re “short” a few breakfast volunteers. If you’ve willing to take on 1-2 breakfasts per quarter, please be sure to indicate that on your Worship and Service Availability Form.

PIZZA PARTY AFTER CHURCH ON JANUARY 13

Who doesn’t like Pizza? Join us for a pizza party after church on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Just come and join us in good pizza and conversation!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Class will continue to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez each Sunday.

Next week’s class will discuss Chapter 28 “” (“Eastern Christianity”). Dennis Wood will lead the class discussion.

At the current pace, we’ll finish the study of “The Story of Christianity: Volume 1” in late March 2019. Please start thinking about topics you’d like to focus on next. Share your ideas with any of the four teachers (Jane Landrum, Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts or Dennis Wood).

WINTER COAT COLLECTION

With the days starting to slowly get longer we are still a long way from seeing Ole Man Winter leaving soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is in the midst of their annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.

WINTER GLOVE AND MITTEN COLLECTION

Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. ‘Tis the Season.

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IS IN JANUARY

The All Good Books group will discuss "With Love, Wherever You Are" by Dandi Daley Mackall at our next meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM.

Discussion questions for the novel have been posted on the book club website at http://allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.

HEALTH MINISTRIES ASSOCIATION 2019 PLEDGE FORM

Honduras Nurse program

For the past two years, the Mission Road family has shared generously with HMA in our effort to provide health care to residents of remote villages in Honduras. These are people who would not receive any professional health care if not for the visits provided by our dedicated nurse, Saira Giron and the Health Teams of HMA. 85% of the donations to this program go for providing nurse’s salary, advanced training, medications and clinic supplies and transportation costs to get to the villages. The remaining 15% covers the costs of postage, wire transfers, and a small amount for preparing and printing the pledge brochures. All health care teams provide 100% of their own costs for travel, room and board and insurance. All the Board members for HMA are unpaid volunteers.

If you are willing and able to make a pledge to help us continue to provide for this program in 2019, please complete a pledge form (found in Sunday’s bulletin) and return to Paul Bennetts. Or provide Paul with your name, address, and pledge amount for 2019.

GETTING CLOSER: 2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY

Please update your listing in the Congregational Directory that is on the table in the narthex. If you’ve given Clint updates and they are not reflected in the printed draft, don’t worry. The changes are added after every printing! If you want your picture updated, please see Clint at church so he can take a new photo of you. If you have any other updates write them down on the copy on the table in the narthex. Thanks!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, January 7, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Choral Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in Church Library.

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Bill Johnson), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

· Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.

· Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – Paul Bennetts will speak on the theme "Invite People to Christ" with Steve Holben serving as presider and worship planner. The Saints’ Chorale will provide the ministry of music and Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint.

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM – All Good Books Club discusses “With Love, Wherever You Are.”

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

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

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

06 January 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190106-JBacon.mps. The YouTube video shown during the Communion Message is available at https://youtu.be/oHv6vTKD6lg

30 December 2018 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20181230-KKuttler.mp3

23 December 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20181223-JONeal.mp3

16 December 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20181216-ALeonard.mp3

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Congregational News – December 30, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

JOIN US TO TAKE DOWN CHRISTMAS DECRATIONS!

Saturday, morning, January 5, 2019 at 10 AM. All helpers welcome…many hands make a light load!

TAX ADVANTAGE

Later in this newsletter you’ll find information on the HMA Honduras Nursing Program, which can use additional donations, as can the Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH at https://www.centralavenuecenterofhope.org/). The Center is currently $7,000 in the red for 2018, so your generous donations are still needed.

Due to the new tax laws with the increased standard deduction, you may find it advantageous to make a donation to one of these causes while it’s still 2018.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Class will continue to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez each Sunday.

Next week’s class will complete the discussion of Chapter 27 “The New Order” starting around page 277 (the section on “Benedictine Monasticism”). Paul Bennetts will lead the class discussion.

The class is halfway through the book by Gonzales, so Paul will also lead the class in a discussion of the following question “How has the study of early Christianity affected your beliefs and faith?

BREAKFAST HELP STILL NEEDED

We’re still in need of a volunteer to cover the January 13, 2019 breakfast starting at 8:45 AM. We also need some continuing volunteers. If you’d like more information on what this entails, talk to any of the current volunteers (Karen Birkby, Marge Trinkl, Bob Andes or Jonathan Bacon). If you’re available to help on an on-going basis, contact Caryn Brown Millard or Pam O’Neal.

WINTER COAT COLLECTION

With the days starting to slowly get longer we are still a long way from seeing Ole Man Winter leaving soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is in the midst of their annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.

WINTER GLOVE AND MITTEN COLLECTION

Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. ‘Tis the Season.

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IS IN JANUARY

The All Good Books group will discuss "With Love, Wherever You Are" by Dandi Daley Mackall at our next meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM.

Discussion questions for the January novel will be posted soon.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.

HEALTH MINISTRIES ASSOCIATION 2019 PLEDGE FORM

Honduras Nurse program

For the past two years, the Mission Road family has shared generously with HMA in our effort to provide health care to residents of remote villages in Honduras. These are people who would not receive any professional health care if not for the visits provided by our dedicated nurse, Saira Giron and the Health Teams of HMA. 85% of the donations to this program go for providing nurse’s salary, advanced training, medications and clinic supplies and transportation costs to get to the villages. The remaining 15% covers the costs of postage, wire transfers, and a small amount for preparing and printing the pledge brochures. All health care teams provide 100% of their own costs for travel, room and board and insurance. All the Board members for HMA are unpaid volunteers.

If you are willing and able to make a pledge to help us continue to provide for this program in 2019, please complete a pledge form (found in Sunday’s bulletin) and return to Paul Bennetts. Or provide Paul with your name, address, and pledge amount for 2019.

TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

We’ll be offering the following course in early January.

We will be providing other courses for other offices and Introduction to Scripture during Jan-March. Please forward scheduling requests to StanTroeh.

The teaching staff includes: Stan & Grace Troeh and Kyle Joyce.

Ministry of the Priest:

When: Friday, January 4, 7-9PM and Saturday, January 5 9-5 or as adjusted by class decision.

Where: Bethel Congregation, 8510 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109

Text: (from Herald House — $29.95 paper, $12.95 pdf)

https://www.heraldhouse.org/collections/ministry-and-priesthood/products/ts-mp304-ministry-of-the-priest

https://www.heraldhouse.org/collections/ministry-and-priesthood/products/ts-mp304-ministry-of-the-priest-pdf-download

GETTING CLOSER: 2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY

Please update your listing in the Congregational Directory that is on the table in the narthex. If you’ve given Clint updates and they are not reflected in the printed draft, don’t worry. The changes are added after every printing! If you want your picture updated, please see Clint at church so he can take a new photo of you. If you have any other updates write them down on the copy on the table in the narthex. Thanks!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – NO Saints’ Choral Rehearsal.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 7:30 PM – NO Prayer Circle.

Saturday, January 5, 2019, Christmas Decoration Take-down Party! Everyone is invited to help starting at 10 AM.

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Bob Andes), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

· Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.

· Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 10:30 AM – Jonathan Bacon will speak on the theme "What Gifts Do You Bring?" with Karen Birkby serving as presider and worship planner. Roxann Kosmicki will provide the ministry of music and Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, January 7, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Choral Rehearsal.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

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

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

30 December 2018 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20181230-KKuttler.mp3

23 December 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20181223-JONeal.mp3

16 December 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20181216-ALeonard.mp3

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Merry Christmas – Mission Road Newsletter – December 23, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

BREAKFAST HELP NEEDED

The number of breakfast volunteers has recently been reduced from 5 to 4. We need more volunteers willing to provide the Sunday morning breakfast (of donuts, bagels, milk and OJ). If you’re available to cover January 12, please inform the Pastors. We really are in need for 2-3 more volunteers (starting in March) to volunteer on a regular basis. If we had 7 volunteers total (3 more than our current 4) each volunteer would only have to cover 1 or 2 breakfasts every quarter. If you want to know more about what is required contact one of the current volunteers ( Karen Birkby, Marge Trinkl, Bob Andes or Jonathan Bacon).

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Class will continue to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez each Sunday.

Next week’s class will complete the discussion of Chapter 26 “The End of an Era” and Chapter 27 “The New Order.” Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.

WINTER COAT COLLECTION

With Daylight Savings time going away and the fall colors are showing their beauty it’s time to think about Ole Man Winter coming soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is starting the annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.

WINTER GLOVE AND MITTEN COLLECTION

Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. Tis the Season.

2019 MISSION ROAD WORLD CONFERENCE DELEGATES

Do you know who your delegates are to the 2019 Community of Christ World Conference? Here’s the list:

Karen Birkby

Kennetha Kuttler

John O’Neal

Adrienne Reine

Clint Reine

Deborah Rushfelt

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IS IN JANUARY

The All Good Books group will discuss "With Love, Wherever You Are" by Dandi Daley Mackall at our next meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM. No meeting is planned for December 2018.

Discussion questions for the January novel will be posted soon.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.

HEALTH MINISTRIES ASSOCIATION 2019 PLEDGE FORM

Honduras Nurse program

For the past two years, the Mission Road family has shared generously with HMA in our effort to provide health care to residents of remote villages in Honduras. These are people who would not receive any professional health care if not for the visits provided by our dedicated nurse, Saira Giron and the Health Teams of HMA. 85% of the donations to this program go for providing nurse’s salary, advanced training, medications and clinic supplies and transportation costs to get to the villages. The remaining 15% covers the costs of postage, wire transfers, and a small amount for preparing and printing the pledge brochures. All health care teams provide 100% of their own costs for travel, room and board and insurance. All the Board members for HMA are unpaid volunteers.

If you are willing and able to make a pledge to help us continue to provide for this program in 2019, please complete a pledge form (found in Sunday’s bulletin) and return to Paul Bennetts. Or provide Paul with your name, address, and pledge amount for 2019.

TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

We’ll be offering the following courses over the next couple of weekends.

We will be providing other courses for other offices and Introduction to Scripture during Jan-March. Please forward scheduling requests to StanTroeh.

The teaching staff includes: Stan & Grace Troeh and Kyle Joyce.

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry:

When: Saturday, December 29 9A-5P and Sunday, December 30 afternoon 2 or 3PM per class decision for roughly 2 hours.

Where: Bethel Congregation, 8510 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109

Text: (from Herald House — $29.95 paper, $12.95 pdf)

https://www.heraldhouse.org/collections/ministry-and-priesthood/products/ts-mp300-introduction-to-priesthood-ministry

https://www.heraldhouse.org/collections/ministry-and-priesthood/products/ts-mp300-introduction-to-priesthood-ministry-pdf-download

Ministry of the Priest:

When: Friday, January 4, 7-9PM and Saturday, January 5 9-5 or as adjusted by class decision.

Where: Bethel Congregation, 8510 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109

Text: (from Herald House — $29.95 paper, $12.95 pdf)

https://www.heraldhouse.org/collections/ministry-and-priesthood/products/ts-mp304-ministry-of-the-priest

https://www.heraldhouse.org/collections/ministry-and-priesthood/products/ts-mp304-ministry-of-the-priest-pdf-download

GETTING CLOSER: 2018-2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY

Please update your listing in the Congregational Directory that is on the table in the narthex. If you’ve given Clint updates and they are not reflected in the printed draft, don’t worry. The changes are added after every printing! If you want your picture updated, please see Clint at church so he can take a new photo of you. If you have any other updates write them down on the copy on the table in the narthex. Thanks!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – All Church Activities Canceled.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

· Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.

· Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:30 AM – Kennetha Kuttler will speak on the theme "Grow in Wisdom" with Charles Athey serving as presider and worship planner. Susan and Merrill Clark will provide the ministry of music and Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

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

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

23 December 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20181223-JONeal.mp3

16 December 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20181216-ALeonard.mp3

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational News – December 16, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

MERRY CHRISTMAS POTLUCK BREAKFAST

Mark your calendars and join us for our Christmas Breakfast Potluck on December 23, 2018 at 9 am. No Sunday school classes on that Sunday, but the breakfast will be followed by our regular worship service at 10:30 AM.

BREAKFAST HELP NEEDED

The number of breakfast volunteers has recently been reduced from 5 to 4. We need more volunteers willing to provide the Sunday morning breakfast (of donuts, bagels, milk and OJ). If you’re available to cover January 12 or February 3, please inform the Pastors. We really are in need for 2-3 more volunteers (starting in March) to volunteer on a regular basis. If we had 7 volunteers total (3 more than our current 4) each volunteer would only have to cover 1 or 2 breakfasts every quarter. If you want to know more about what is required contact one of the current volunteers ( Karen Birkby, Marge Trinkl, Bob Andes or Jonathan Bacon).

WINTER COAT COLLECTION

With Daylight Savings time going away and the fall colors are showing their beauty it’s time to think about Ole Man Winter coming soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is starting the annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.

WINTER GLOVE AND MITTEN COLLECTION

Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. Tis the Season.

2019 MISSION ROAD WORLD CONFERENCE DELEGATES

Do you know who your delegates are to the 2019 Community of Christ World Conference? Here’s the list:

Karen Birkby

Kennetha Kuttler

John O’Neal

Adrienne Reine

Clint Reine

Deborah Rushfelt

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IS IN JANUARY

The All Good Books group will discuss "With Love, Wherever You Are" by Dandi Daley Mackall at our next meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM. No meeting is planned for December 2018.

Discussion questions for the January novel will be posted soon.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.


LATEST NEWS FROM PAULA RUMMEL, HMA INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIR

Merry Christmas, I wanted to provide an update on Saira and the Health Program since we visited her in November.

Linda Drown, interpreter, and I were able to sit down with Saira to review 2018 accomplishments, renew her employment contract, and look at her needs for 2019. Saira has seen 3,225 patients this year. She has also collected $445 from patients who wanted to pay for medications and for her medical services. Saira used these funds to purchase liquid Tylenol and other medications that she needed. In addition to her medical clinic and clinics in the 4 remote villages, she has begun helping the communities address public health issues such as vented stoves. These stoves are funded by local organizations and the municipalities. This knowledge of available in-country services is another reason why Saira is so valuable to HMA.

Saira also assists HMA with the scholarship students. Alma is in medical school in San Pedro Sula. She receives hands-on experience with Saira during youth camps and retreats held at the La Buena Fe Campgrounds of Community of Christ. Karen is the auxiliary nursing student attending school in the rural Department of Santa Barbara. Saira meets with Karen monthly to review her grades and disburse the allotted funds. Karen works with health teams and also with Saira at campground events to hone her skills.

Included in the budget for this program is funds for Special Needs that may be identified by Saira. The funds are held by Debora Mejia, the financial officer for the Central American Mission Center. In November Saira brought to our attention someone in her village that has colon cancer and is receiving treatment in San Pedro Sula. The family was struggling to pay for treatment. We authorized funds for the gentleman and attached is the photo of Saira giving him the money.

Another Special Needs case she told us about was an 8-year-old girl, Genesis, with an optic nerve problem requiring surgery. The surgery may need to be done in the USA, so we are investigating possible options. Genesis’ photo is also attached.

You are receiving this email because you have played a role in the success of healthcare delivery to remote parts of Honduras. You have enabled Saira to be your hands and feet ministering to her neighbors! Thank You!

When I asked Saira how much money the family needed for cancer treatments, Saira responded, "Give whatever God places on your heart." I pass that same request on to you as you consider your continued part of this Program.

HEALTH MINISTRIES ASSOCIATION 2019 PLEDGE FORM

Honduras Nurse program

For the past two years, the Mission Road family has shared generously with HMA in our effort to provide health care to residents of remote villages in Honduras. These are people who would not receive any professional health care if not for the visits provided by our dedicated nurse, Saira Giron and the Health Teams of HMA. 85% of the donations to this program go for providing nurse’s salary, advanced training, medications and clinic supplies and transportation costs to get to the villages. The remaining 15% covers the costs of postage, wire transfers, and a small amount for preparing and printing the pledge brochures. All health care teams provide 100% of their own costs for travel, room and board and insurance. All the Board members for HMA are unpaid volunteers.

If you are willing and able to make a pledge to help us continue to provide for this program in 2019, please complete a pledge form (found in Sunday’s bulletin) and return to Paul Bennetts. Or provide Paul with your name, address, and pledge amount for 2019.

UPCOMING eLEARNING CLASSES

Registration for enrollment begins December 14, 2018 for these online classes:

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (MP300) – Required for new ordinands and those exploring priesthood leadership. Class dates: Jan. 12 – March 8 ($25 – limit 30).

Ministry of the Deacon (MP 302) – Required for new Deacons and those exploring Deacons ministry. Class dates: Jan. 12-Feb. 22 ($25 – limit 20)

Pastors in Mission (NEW) – Created to introduce pastors and pastors council to basic congregational leadership. Class dates: Jan. 12-Feb. 22 ($25 – limit 30)

To enroll, please visit http://developmetrics.org

GETTING CLOSER: 2018-2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY

Please update your listing in the Congregational Directory that is on the table in the narthex. If you’ve given Clint updates and they are not reflected in the printed draft, don’t worry. The changes are added after every printing! If you want your picture updated, please see Clint at church so he can take a new photo of you. If you have any other updates write them down on the copy on the table in the narthex. Thanks!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 9:00 AM – Christmas Breakfast Potluck, bring your favorite breakfast dish to share and join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

· No Sunday School due to Potluck

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme "Rejoice! (Joy)" with Ron Millard serving as presider and Linda Dayton serving as worship planner. Jennifer Libeer will provide the ministry of music and Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, All Church Activities Cancelled.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

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

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

16 December 2918 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20181216-ALeonard.mp3

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.mp3

18 November 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20181118-KBarnhard.mp3

11 November 2018 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20181111-PBennetts.mp3

4 November 2018 message by Steve Holben, filename 20181104-SHolben.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational News – December 9, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

JOIN US FOR VESPERS SERVICE SUNDAY EVENING

The annual Mission Road Christmas Vespers Service will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 6 PM. Join us for an evening of music and scripture including the Saints’ Chorale plus the Childrens’ Choir. A reception will follow the evening’s program.

COOKIES NEEDED FOR VESPERS SERVICE RECEPTION

Volunteers are needed to bring a dozen cookies for the reception following the Vespers Service on December 16. If you can help, please contact Cheryl Kennedy.

DN’T FORGET THE CHILDRENS’ CHOIR REHEARSALS!

Kids come join the fun! The last two performances are Sunday morning, December 16 from 9:45 to 10:15 AM and after church on the 16th! We’re keeping the songs simple, so come and join us!

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE DUE DECEMBER 16!

We need YOUR HELP TO DONATE GIFTS for over 200 adults, teens, and children who will attend our Christmas Day meal on Friday, December 21. For donations from Mission Road, we’ll need the gifts brought to church on Sunday, December 16, 2018. This is earlier than usual, so please note the date! If you didn’t get a tag this morning, you can bring a gift for any of the age groups listed below.

Adult Gifts Needed – Goal = 50 Adult Male and 50 Adult Female Gifts:

In order to assist us with giving everyone an appropriate and equally valued gift, please place your new item(s) valued at $10-$15 in a gift bag with a tag stating “adult male” or “adult female”.

May include an assortment of items such as fleece blankets, stocking caps, socks, gloves, underwear (size medium), candy, snack food, pens, lighters, flashlights and other useful items to fill wrapped shoe boxes or gift bags.

Children & Teen Gifts Needed – Goal= 50 for ages 0 to 10 and 50 for teens ages 11 to 16:

In order to assist us with giving each child an appropriate and equally valued gift, please place your new item(s) valued at $10-$15 in a gift bag with a tag stating whether the gift is for a “boy” or “girl” and “age range.” For example, “Boy, Age 10-12”.

May include toys, books, and games either gender or non-gender specific for children 0-12. Please don’t forget teens as you shop. Ideas for teens include personal care items (colognes, body sprays) gloves, hats, scarves, purses, wallets, backpacks, and books.

Thank you again for your generosity! Mission Road makes a huge difference with our donations to the Center of Hope!

CHRISTMAS CANTATA AT THE HIGHLANDS

The Christmas Cantata (The Winter Rose) is scheduled for 7 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Highlands (7615 N. Platte Purchase Dr.

Kansas City, MO). All are invited to attend.

WINTER COAT COLLECTION

With Daylight Savings time going away and the fall colors are showing their beauty it’s time to think about Ole Man Winter coming soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is starting the annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.

WINTER GLOVE AND MITTEN COLLECTION

Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. Tis the Season.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Class will continue to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez each Sunday.

Next week’s class will complete the discussion of Chapter 24, "Augustine of Hippo" and also cover the following two very short chapters (Chapter 25 “Beyond the Borders of the Empire” and Chapter 26 “The End of an Era”). Jane Landrum will lead the class discussion.

2019 MISSION ROAD WORLD CONFERENCE DELEGATES

Do you know who your delegates are to the 2019 Community of Christ World Conference? Here’s the list:

Karen Birkby

Kennetha Kuttler

John O’Neal

Adrienne Reine

Clint Reine

Deborah Rushfelt

HEALTH MINISTRIES ASSOCIATION 2019 PLEDGE FORM

Honduras Nurse program

For the past two years, the Mission Road family has shared generously with HMA in our effort to provide health care to residents of remote villages in Honduras. These are people who would not receive any professional health care if not for the visits provided by our dedicated nurse, Saira Giron and the Health Teams of HMA. 85% of the donations to this program go for providing nurse’s salary, advanced training, medications and clinic supplies and transportation costs to get to the villages. The remaining 15% covers the costs of postage, wire transfers, and a small amount for preparing and printing the pledge brochures. All health care teams provide 100% of their own costs for travel, room and board and insurance. All the Board members for HMA are unpaid volunteers.

If you are willing and able to make a pledge to help us continue to provide for this program in 2019, please complete a pledge form (found in Sunday’s bulletin) and return to Paul Bennetts. Or provide Paul with your name, address, and pledge amount for 2019.

MISSION CENTER BOOK CLUB

The second book for the Book Club is “Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World” by John Dorhauer, who in 2016 was the newly-elected General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Even if this book takes a few chapters for you to get excited about it, persevering will be worth your efforts! This book is a useful tool and resource for those who desire to share and serve in this "postmodern world."

This month we will finish the last few chapters of the previous book so we can begin this new book in the new year. Find the book club discussions on the Midlands Mission Center Facebook page. Locate the “search this group” box on the left of the page and type “book club” to find the posts. I’m excited to join you on this adventure! Thanks for joining me!

~ Shelly Twitchell

UPCOMING eLEARNING CLASSES

Registration for enrollment begins December 14, 2018 for these online classes:

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (MP300) – Required for new ordinands and those exploring priesthood leadership. Class dates: Jan. 12 – March 8 ($25 – limit 30).

Ministry of the Deacon (MP 302) – Required for new Deacons and those exploring Deacons ministry. Class dates: Jan. 12-Feb. 22 ($25 – limit 20)

Pastors in Mission (NEW) – Created to introduce pastors and pastors council to basic congregational leadership. Class dates: Jan. 12-Feb. 22 ($25 – limit 30)

To enroll, please visit http://developmetrics.org

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IS IN JANUARY

The All Good Books group will discuss "With Love, Wherever You Are" by Dandi Daley Mackall at our next meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM. No meeting is planned for December 2018.

Discussion questions for the January novel will be posted in December.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.

GETTING CLOSER: 2018-2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY

Please update your listing in the Congregational Directory that is on the table in the narthex. If you’ve given Clint updates and they are not reflected in the printed draft, don’t worry. The changes are added after every printing! If you want your picture updated, please see Clint at church so he can take a new photo of you. If you have any other updates write them down on the copy on the table in the narthex. Thanks!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

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

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

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

· Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.

· Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30 AM – Arlene Leonard will speak on the theme "Expect the Messiah (Love)" with Jennifer Libeer serving as presider and worship planner. The Mission Bells will provide the ministry of music and Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30 AM – Christmas Gifts for the Center of Hope will be received during the morning worship.

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 6:00 PM – Vespers Service.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

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

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.mp3

18 November 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20181118-KBarnhard.mp3

11 November 2018 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20181111-PBennetts.mp3

4 November 2018 message by Steve Holben, filename 20181104-SHolben.mp3

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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