Mission Road Congregational News – December 8, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS VESPERS

The Mission Road congregation will be holding our annual Christmas Vesper Service on December 15 at 6:30 PM. After the service there will be cookies and punch in the fellowship hall and a "surprise" visit from Santa Claus. We would love to see you there.

COOKIE SIGNUP

There has been a cookie signup in the narthex for those who are willing and able to bring cookies to the Christmas Vespers service (for the special guest reception that follows). If you have not signed up and are able to brings some cookies, please do!

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR CENTER OF HOPE DUE THE 15TH

If you picked up a Christmas Gift Tag to support the Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) Christmas Party, the gifts need to be brought to church on Sunday, December 15, 2019. This enables us to deliver the gifts to the Center in time for their Christmas party.

If you did not get a gift tag and still want to participate, call Susan or Karen. The CACH staff take the donated gifts and create gift boxes for the adults, teenagers and children served by the Center.

The Center asked that all gifts be in gift bags or gift boxes that can be easily opened (so items can be reshuffled to meet the needs of specific recipients). Thank you in advance for making someone’s life a little better!

GLOVE, HAT, SCARF TREE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The annual Mission Road Glove, Hat and Scarf Christmas Tree is back in the Narthex. Pinning your donation of new items is encouraged. These items are donated to the Central Avenue Center of Hope to give to those in need during the Winter months. While out shopping, please consider picking up an extra set of mittens, gloves, scarves, or hats to hang on the tree as your donation.

JOIN IN A REVERSE ADVENT SEASON TO FILL THE PANTRY

Arlene Leonard announced a “Fill the Pantry” Reverse Advent project for the congregation. Each person is invited to join in and contribute as much or as little as you are able in the coming Advent Season.

Each day from December 1 to 25, you’re encouraged to purchase and set aside an item to feed the hungry (all collected goods will go to the Central Avenue Center of Hope). Collect the items during the week and then bring them to church each Sunday in December.

The following list is meant to assure that the Food pantry gets a well-balanced menu of items to help families served by the Center. Keep in mind that many of the children served by the Center are from families who depend on the school lunch program for one or two solid meals each day. With schools closed for three weeks over the holidays, in early January (after providing Christmas meals) the demands on the Center are greater than normal. The Reverse Advent Season Project is meant to replenish the Food Pantry for January.

Week 3/December 15

December 15: Package of Rice

December 16: Box of Oatmeal

December 17: Package of Pasta

December 18: Spaghetti Sauce

December 19: Chicken Noodle Soup

December 20: Tomato Soup

December 21: Canned Corn

Week 4/December 22

December 22: Can of Mixed Vegetables

December 23: Can of Carrots

December 24: Can of Green Beans

December 25: Birthday Cake Mix and Frosting

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, December 15, 2019, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of Chapter 28 (“A Shifting Landscape: Western Europe”) on page 348.

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group will not meet until Sunday afternoon December 29 at 4:00 PM in the Church Library.

Dennis Wood is leading the discussion group to explore issues that affect Mission Road’s future. United States demographics and cultural trends are issues that confront not only Mission Road but also all Christian churches in the U.S. The hope is that discussing these issues will help us better understand how to meet those challenges and fulfill Mission Road’s purpose and reason for being.

Discussion will focus on recent articles from the Herald, and two books: "Beyond Resistance" and "Christianity for the Rest of Us."

NO BOOK CLUB MEETING UNTIL THE NEW YEAR

There will not be an All Good Books group meeting in December. The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club will discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover and everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the memoir are available at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/books/educated-tara-westover-discussion-questions.html

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, December 9, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn Brown), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, December 15, 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – Ron Millard will speak on the theme “Walk in Joy” with Brian Libeer presidingand serving as worship planner. The Mission Bells will offer the ministry of music and Clint Reine will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 6:30 PM – Mission Road Vesper Service.

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 8:45 PM – Christmas Potluck Breakfast.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

8 December 2019 message by Steve Holben, filename 20191208-SHolben.mp3

1 December 2019 message by Jane Landrum, filename 20191201-JLandrum.mp3

24 November 2019 message by John O’Neal, filename 20191124-JONeal.mp3

17 November 2019 message by Ed Slauter including the confirmation of Guy Malone, file name

20191117-ESlauter;Guy.Malone.Confirmation.mp3

10 November 2019 the message presented through music by Ray Adams, Brad Johnson, Joe Racine and Larry Wheeler, filename 20191110-Olathe.Folk.Music.mp3

3 November 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon including the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki, file name

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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 – December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS NOW AVAILABLE

The Christmas Gift Tags in support of the Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) Christmas Party are available once again this year. Please take a tag and buy some gift items for the person listed on the tag. The CACH staff take the donated gifts and create gift boxes for the adults, teenagers and children served by the Center.

Each tag indicates the age, gender and size of the recipient. Items sought are new toys, games, and books for children and gifts appropriate for teens.

For adults, suggestions include hoodies, stocking caps, socks, gloves, underwear (size medium), candy, snack food, pens, lighters, flashlights or other useful items to fill the gift boxes.

The Center asked that all gifts be in gift bags or gift boxes that can be easily opened (so items can be reshuffled to meet the needs of specific recipients). Thank you in advance for making someone’s life a little better!

GLOVE, HAT, SCARF TREE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The annual Mission Road Glove, Hat and Scarf Christmas Tree is back in the Narthex. Pinning your donation of new items is encouraged. These items are donated to the Central Avenue Center of Hope to give to those in need during the Winter months. While out shopping, please consider picking up an extra set of mittens, gloves, scarves, or hats to hang on the tree as your donation.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS VESPERS

Mission Road congregation will be holding their annual Christmas Vesper service on December 15 at 6:30 PM. After the service there will be cookies and punch in the fellowship hall and a "surprise" visit from Santa Claus. We would love to see you there.

JOIN IN A REVERSE ADVENT SEASON TO FILL THE PANTRY

Arlene Leonard announced a “Fill the Pantry” Reverse Advent project for the congregation. Each person is invited to join in and contribute as much or as little as you are able in the coming Advent Season.

Each day from December 1 to 25, you’re encouraged to purchase and set aside an item to feed the hungry (all collected goods will go to the Central Avenue Center of Hope). Collect the items during the week and then bring them to church each Sunday in December.

The following list is meant to assure that the Food pantry gets a well-balanced menu of items to help families served by the Center. Keep in mind that many of the children served by the Center are from families who depend on the school lunch program for one or two solid meals each day. With schools closed for three weeks over the holidays, so in early January (after providing Christmas meals) the demands on the Center are greater than normal. The Reverse Advent Season Project is meant to replenish the Food Pantry for January.

Week 2/December 8

December 8: Canned Tuna

December 9: Dessert Mix

December 10: Jar of Applesauce

December 11: Canned Sweet Potatoes

December 12: Cranberry Sauce

December 13: Canned Beans

December 14: Box of Crackers

Week 3/December 15

December 15: Package of Rice

December 16: Box of Oatmeal

December 17: Package of Pasta

December 18: Spaghetti Sauce

December 19: Chicken Noodle Soup

December 20: Tomato Soup

December 21: Canned Corn

Week 4/December 22

December 22: Can of Mixed Vegetables

December 23: Can of Carrots

December 24: Can of Green Beans

December 22: Birthday Cake Mix and Frosting

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The New Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2qns1s3. Printed copies are available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, December 8, 2019, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

Dennis Woods will lead the discussion of Chapter 27 (“A Shifting Landscape: The United States”) on page 319.

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group meets on Sunday afternoon each week at 4:00 PM in the Church Library.

Dennis Wood is leading the discussion group to explore issues that affect Mission Road’s future. United States demographics and cultural trends are issues that confront not only Mission Road but also all Christian churches in the U.S. The hope is that discussing these issues will help us better understand how to meet those challenges and fulfill Mission Road’s purpose and reason for being.

Discussion will focus on recent articles from the Herald, and two books: "Beyond Resistance" and "Christianity for the Rest of Us."

NO BOOK CLUB MEETING UNTIL THE NEW YEAR

There will not be an All Good Books group meeting in December. The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club will discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover and everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the memoir are available at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/books/educated-tara-westover-discussion-questions.html

ADVENT AT THE TEMPLE: DECEMBER 8, 2019, 7 PM

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

VESPERS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 15th

Join us at 6:30 PM on December 15th for a Christmas Vespers Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Nadine and Paul Bennetts), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, December 8, 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak on the theme “Live in Peace” with Kennetha Kuttler presidingand serving as worship planner. The Saints’ Chorale will offer the ministry of music and Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 4:00 PM – Exploring Challenges Discussion Group led by Dennis Wood meets in Church Library.

Monday, December 9, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 6:30 PM – Mission Road Vesper Service.

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 8:45 PM – Potluck Breakfast.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

1 December 2019 message by Jane Landrum, filename 20191201-JLandrum.mp3

24 November 2019 message by John O’Neal, filename 20191124-JONeal.mp3

17 November 2019 message by Ed Slauter including the confirmation of Guy Malone, file name

20191117-ESlauter;Guy.Malone.Confirmation.mp3

10 November 2019 the message presented through music by Ray Adams, Brad Johnson, Joe Racine and Larry Wheeler, filename 20191110-Olathe.Folk.Music.mp3

3 November 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon including the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki, file name

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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 – November 24, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

HOLIDAY DECORATING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 @ 9:30AM

We will gather to decorate for the Christmas Holiday season on Saturday morning, November 30, 2019. Kick the season off with a Christmas decorating party and help decorate the sanctuary with Christmas Trees, holly and more.

JOIN IN A REVERSE ADVENT SEASON TO FILL THE PANTRY

Arlene Leonard announced a “Fill the Pantry” Reverse Advent project for the congregation. Each person is invited to join in and contribute as much or as little as you are able in the coming Advent Season.

Each day from December 1 to 25, you’re encouraged to purchase and set aside an item to feed the hungry (all collected goods will go to the Central Avenue Center of Hope). Collect the items during the week and then bring them to church each Sunday in December.

The following list is meant to assure that the Food pantry gets a well-balanced menu of items to help families served by the Center. Keep in mind that many of the children served by the Center are from families who depend on the school lunch program for one or two solid meals each day. With schools closed for three weeks over the holidays, the demands on the Center are greater than normal.

Week 1/December 1

December 1: Box of Cereal

December 2: Jar of Peanut Butter

December 3: Stuffing Mix

December 4: Boxed Potatoes

December 5: Macaroni & Cheese

December 6: Canned Fruit

December 7: Canned Tomatoes

Week 2/December 8

December 8: Canned Tuna

December 9: Dessert Mix

December 10: Jar of Applesauce

December 11: Canned Sweet Potatoes

December 12: Cranberry Sauce

December 13: Canned Beans

December 14: Box of Crackers

Week 3/December 15

December 15: Package of Rice

December 16: Box of Oatmeal

December 17: Package of Pasta

December 18: Spaghetti Sauce

December 19: Chicken Noodle Soup

December 20: Tomato Soup

December 21: Canned Corn

Week 4/December 22

December 22: Can of Mixed Vegetables

December 23: Can of Carrots

December 24: Can of Green Beans

December 22: Birthday Cake Mix and Frosting

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The New Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2qns1s3. Printed copies are available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

Paul Bennetts will resume discussing Chapter 25 starting with the section on “The Great Awakening” (page 288) and then lead the discussion of Chapter 26 (“An Age Beyond Christendom”).

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group meets on Sunday afternoon each week at 4:00 PM in the Church Library. The next meeting will be Sunday December 1st.

Dennis Wood is leading the discussion group to explore issues that affect Mission Road’s future. United States demographics and cultural trends are issues that confront not only Mission Road but also all Christian churches in the U.S. The hope is that discussing these issues will help us better understand how to meet those challenges and fulfill Mission Road’s purpose and reason for being.

Discussion will focus on recent articles from the Herald, and two books: "Beyond Resistance" and "Christianity for the Rest of Us."

BOOK CLUB MEETING PLANNED FOR NEW YEAR

The next meeting of the All Good Books group will be on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover and everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the novel are available at https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/little-fires-everywhere/guide.

ADVENT AT THE TEMPLE: DECEMBER 8, 2019, 7 PM

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

VESPERS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 15th

Join us on December 15th for a Christmas Vespers Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 30, 2019, 9:30 AM – Holiday Decorating party.

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, December 1, 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10:30 AM – Jane Landrum will speak on the theme “Wait in Hope” with Ron Millard presidingand serving as worship planner. A Men’s Quartet will offer the ministry of music and Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 4:00 PM – Exploring Challenges Discussion Group led by Dennis Wood meets in Church Library.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

24 November 2019 message by John O’Neal, filename 20191124-JONeal.mp3

17 November 2019 message by Ed Slauter including the confirmation of Guy Malone, file name

20191117-ESlauter;Guy.Malone.Confirmation.mp3

10 November 2019 the message presented through music by Ray Adams, Brad Johnson, Joe Racine and Larry Wheeler, filename 20191110-Olathe.Folk.Music.mp3

3 November 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon including the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki, file name

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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 – November 17, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

THANKSGIVING DINNER

If you are NOT planning to share a Thanksgiving meal with your family or friends, we invite you to join your church family on Thanksgiving Day. We would like to plan a potluck lunch on Thanksgiving Day. Depending on the number that plan to attend we will meet at Church or at Birkby’s. All are welcome to join us. If you would like to join us for lunch on Thanksgiving Day contact Karen Birkby by next Sunday.

HELP NEEDED: HOLIDAYS AT THE CENTER OF HOPE

In the past years the Mission Road congregation has been very generous supporters of the Center of Hope. Again this year we have written a check from our operating funds to the Center of Hope to purchase the necessary food items they will need to feed the people that have become dependent on the Center of Hope for their Holiday dinners. Thank you for your generous support so we can continue to support the Center of Hope and support the worth of persons in our community as well as other communities.

The Central Avenue of Hope will hold their Thanksgiving Meal and Christmas Meal again this year. The Thanksgiving meal will be on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas meal, Christmas store and Christmas gifts will be on Friday, December 20, 2019. They will hand out food baskets for both holidays for the elderly in the neighborhood (25 to 30). They will receive a turkey breast or ham, side dish, vegetables, fruit, and a pie. This gives them a holiday meal with leftovers.

Thank you to everyone that helped with Christmas in July. They have several toys, books, clothes, and other items for the store. They could use more gently used toys or new items so parents and grandparents can pick out gifts for the children in their lives. If you would like to help fund this project contact Kerry Lukenbill.

Thank you, all for the support, time, and prayers you give to the Center of Hope. You do give their clients HOPE.

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The New Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2qns1s3. Printed copies are available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, November 17, 2019, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of Chapter 25 (“The Thirteen Colonies”).

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group meets on Sunday afternoon each week at 4:00 PM in the Church Library. The next meeting will be Sunday December 1st.

Dennis Wood is leading the discussion group to explore issues that affect Mission Road’s future. United States demographics and cultural trends are issues that confront not only Mission Road but also all Christian churches in the U.S. The hope is that discussing these issues will help us better understand how to meet those challenges and fulfill Mission Road’s purpose and reason for being.

Discussion will focus on recent articles from the Herald, and two books: "Beyond Resistance" and "Christianity for the Rest of Us."

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING

The next meeting of the All Good Books group will be on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover and everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the novel are available at https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/little-fires-everywhere/guide.

HOLIDAY DECORATING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 @ 9:30AM

We will gather to decorate for the Christmas Holiday season on Saturday morning, November 30, 2019. Join in the fun of the season.

ADVENT AT THE TEMPLE: DECEMBER 8, 2019, 7 PM

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

VESPERS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 15th

Join us on December 15th for a Christmas Vespers Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn Brown), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, November 24, 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme “Christ the King!” with Jennifer Libeer presidingand serving as worship planner. Jane Landrum will offer the ministry of music and Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 4:00 PM – Exploring Challenges Discussion Group led by Dennis Wood meets in Church Library.

Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 – Thanksgiving Potluck.

Saturday, November 30, 2019, 9:30 AM – Holiday Decorating party.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

17 November 2019 message by Ed Slauter including the confirmation of Guy Malone, file name

20191117-ESlauter;Guy.Malone.Confirmation.mp3

10 November 2019 the message presented through music by Ray Adams, Brad Johnson, Joe Racine and Larry Wheeler, filename 20191110-Olathe.Folk.Music.mp3

3 November 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon including the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki, file name

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

27 October 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20191027-CReine.mp3

20 October 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191020-PBennetts.mp3

13 October 2019 Business Meeting, filename 20191013-Business.Meeting.mp3

6 October 2019 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20191006-ALeonard.mp3

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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 – November 10, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

THANKSGIVING DINNER

If you are NOT planning to share Thanksgiving Dinner with your family or friends, we invite you to join your church family on Thanksgiving Day. We would like to plan a potluck dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Depending on the number that plan to attend we will meet at Church or at Birkby’s. All are welcome to join us. If you would like to join us for dinner on Thanksgiving Day contact Karen Birkby by next Sunday.

HELP NEEDED: HOLIDAYS AT THE CENTER OF HOPE

The holidays are fast approaching. The Central Avenue of Hope will hold our Thanksgiving Meal and Christmas Meal again this year. Thanksgiving will be on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas meal, Christmas store and Christmas gifts will be on Friday, December 20, 2019. Below is a list of items needed for each of the dinners. We will try to hand out food baskets for both holidays for the elderly in the neighborhood (25 to 30) if we get enough funding.

They will receive a turkey breast or ham, side dish, vegetables, fruit, and a pie. This gives them a holiday meal with leftovers. If you would like to help fund this project contact Kerry Lukenbill. I want to thank everyone that helped with our Christmas in July. We have several toys, books, clothes, and other items for the store. We could use more if you have gentle used toys or new items so parents and grandparents can pick out gifts for the children in their lives.

Thank you for the great help you provided on the Paper Goods Drive. The items donated will get us through most of the year. We really appreciate all the paper good items thanks. Thank you, all for the support, time, and prayers you give to the Center of Hope. You do give our clients HOPE.

Here’s the list of items needed for the holiday meals:

7 Turkeys 15 lbs. or larger

8-10 Hams boneless 10lbs

60 lbs. Potatoes

4 No. 10 cans of Green Beans

4 No. cans of Corn

4 No. 10 cans of Sweet Potatoes

24 boxes of Stuffing Mix

8 cans Chicken Bullion

10 lbs. stick Margarine

2-large bags of small Marshmallows

2-bags Brown Sugar

1 gal. Milk

6-tubs Whipped Topping

Desserts

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The New Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2qns1s3. Printed copies are available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 24 (“The Pietist Option”).

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group meets on Sunday afternoon each week at 4:00 PM in the Church Library.

Dennis Wood is leading the discussion group to explore issues that affect Mission Road’s future. United States demographics and cultural trends are issues that confront not only Mission Road but also all Christian churches in the U.S. The hope is that discussing these issues will help us better understand how to meet those challenges and fulfill Mission Road’s purpose and reason for being.

Discussion will focus on recent articles from the Herald, and two books: "Beyond Resistance" and "Christianity for the Rest of Us."

NOVEMBER BOOK CLUB NOVEL BY CELESTE NG

The All Good Books group was unable in October, so the group will discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club is beginning its 20th year and everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the novel are available at https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/little-fires-everywhere/guide.

OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISER @ SHAWNEE DRIVE

Free-Will Offering Dinner and Silent Auction at 5 pm Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Our $10,000 goal will fund the building of a school in Haiti as well as hire a teacher and feed the students for a year.

GUY MALONE WILL BE CONFIRMED ON NOVEMBER 17

During the 10:30 Worship Service Guy Malone will be confirmed a member of the Community of Christ.

HOLIDAY DECORATING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 @ 9:30AM

We will gather to decorate for the Christmas Holiday season on Saturday morning, November 30, 2019. Join in the fun of the season.

ADVENT AT THE TEMPLE: DECEMBER 8, 2019, 7 PM

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

VESPERS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 15th

Join us on December 15th for a Christmas Vespers Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, November 11, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books discussion group meets in the Church Library to discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng.

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, November 10, 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 10:30 AM – Ed Slauter will speak on the theme “Testify!” with Larry Birkby presidingand serving as worship planner. The Mission Bells with offer the ministry of music and Clint Reine will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:00 PM – Exploring Challenges Discussion Group led by Dennis Wood meets in Church Library.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

10, November 2019 the message presented through music by Ray Adams, Brad Johnson, Joe Racine and Larry Wheeler, filename 20191110-Olathe.Folk.Music.mp3

3 November 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon including the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki, file name

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

27 October 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20191027-CReine.mp3

20 October 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191020-PBennetts.mp3

13 October 2019 Business Meeting, filename 20191013-Business.Meeting.mp3

6 October 2019 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20191006-ALeonard.mp3

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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 – Nobember 3, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ANNUAL MISSION ROAD CHILI SUPPER & COOK-OFF

The Annual Mission Road Chili Supper & Cook-Off was another success. There were several different chilies to sample. The chili that received the most votes belonged to DJ. DJ had seen our sign in the churchyard and decided to enter the Chili Cook-Off and brought her crockpot of chili for us to enjoy. Runners up were Janice, Dorothy & Pennie. Diane "DJ" Schick lives in the neighborhood and has joined in the fun before. The Honored Apron was presented to DJ until next year’s Cook-Off.

John Canterbury encouraged attendees to the Mic with karaoke and led us in a sing-a-long. It was an evening of fun and fellowship that benefits Outreach International and Camp MITIOG. Also, learned how we can help contribute additional funds to Outreach International and Camp MITIOG by sponsoring WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA.

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The New Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2qns1s3. Printed copies will be available at church this coming Sunday.

PRIESTHOOD GATHERING @ MISSION ROAD

Discover, Following the Spirit into the Future from 10 am – 3 pm Saturday, November 9, 2019.

This event is for Seventies, High Priests, Evangelists, and Bishops. Matt Frizzell will be the keynote speaker in the morning.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

Paul Bennetts will finish the discussion of Chapter 22 (“The Rationalist Option”) and move on to Chapter 23 (“The Spiritualist Option”).

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP RESUMES

The discussion group will resume meeting on Sunday afternoon November 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the Church Library.

Dennis Wood is leading the discussion group to explore issues that affect Mission Road’s future. United States demographics and cultural trends are issues that confront not only Mission Road but also all Christian churches in the U.S. The hope is that discussing these issues will help us better understand how to meet those challenges and fulfill Mission Road’s purpose and reason for being.

For those interested, the group meets in the Church Library at 4:00 p.m. each Sunday. The group will continue to meet as long as there is interest. Discussion will focus on recent articles from the Herald, and two books: "Beyond Resistance" and "Christianity for the Rest of Us."

NOVEMBER BOOK CLUB NOVEL BY CELESTE NG

The All Good Books group was unable in October, so the group will discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club is beginning its 20th year and everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the novel are available at https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/little-fires-everywhere/guide.

OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISER @ SHAWNEE DRIVE

Free-Will Offering Dinner and Silent Auction at 5 pm Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Our $10,000 goal will fund the building of a school in Haiti as well as hire a teacher and feed the students for a year.

GUY MALONE WILL BE CONFIRMED ON NOVEMBER 17

During the 10:30 Worship Service Guy Malone will be confirmed a member of the Community of Christ.

ADVENT AT THE TEMPLE: DECEMBER 8, 2019, 7 PM

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

VESPERS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 15th

Join us on December 15th for a Christmas Vespers Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:30 P.M. – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Marge Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, November 10, 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 10:30 AM – Ray Adams and Fellow Singers will provide the worship through song with Ron Millard presidingand serving as worship planner. Caryn Brown will provide the PowerPoint.

The Musical group is made up of Ray Adams, Larry Wheeler, Joe Racine and Brad Johnson who were a part of singing groups that originated at Graceland and were either a part of the New Folk Singers or The North Door Singers. It will be lively worship service. Come enjoy the spirit of the hour.

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 4:00 PM – Exploring Challenges Discussion Group led by Dennis Wood meets in Church Library.

Monday, November 11, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.

HOLIDAY DECORATING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 @9:30AM

We will gather to decorate for the Christmas Holiday season on Saturday morning Nov. 30th. Join in the fun of the season.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

3 November 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon including the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki, file name

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

27 October 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20191027-CReine.mp3

20 October 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191020-PBennetts.mp3

13 October 2019 Business Meeting, filename 20191013-Business.Meeting.mp3

6 October 2019 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20191006-ALeonard.mp3

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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 – October 27, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion of Chapter 22 (“The Rationalist Option”). Paul asked that you think about what you consider one of the “big questions” in life and be prepared to share your question with the class.

ORDINATION SERVICE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3

Roxann Kosmicki will be ordained to the Office of Priest during the 10:30 Worship Service.

ANNUAL MISSION ROAD CHILI SUPPER & COOK-OFF

Come and join us on Sunday evening, November 3, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM for the Annual Mission Road Chili Supper & Cook-Off. You’ll have an opportunity to vote for your favorite chili and a sing-a-long with John Canterbury. Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship that benefits Outreach International and Camp MITIOG. Also learn how we can help contribute additional funds to Outreach International and Camp MITIOG by sponsoring WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA. Admission to the Chili Cook-Off is $7.00 for anyone 7 or older. There is no charge for children under age 7.

EXPLORING CHALLENGES FACING CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

The discussion group for Sunday, November 3, 2019 is cancelled due to the Chili Supper.

NOVEMBER BOOK CLUB NOVEL BY CELESTE NG

The All Good Books group was unable in October, so the group will discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club is beginning its 20th year and everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the novel are available at https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/little-fires-everywhere/guide.

PRIESTHOOD GATHERING @ MISSION ROAD

Discover, Following the Spirit into the Future from 10 am – 3 pm Saturday, November 9, 2019.

This event is for Seventies, High Priests, Evangelists, and Bishops. Matt Frizzell will be the keynote speaker in the morning.

OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISER @ SHAWNEE DRIVE

Free-Will Offering Dinner and Silent Auction at 5 pm Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Our $10,000 goal will fund the building of a school in Haiti as well as hire a teacher and feed the students for a year.

GUY MALONE WILL BE CONFIRMED ON NOVEMBER 17

During the 10:30 Worship Service Guy Malone will be confirmed a member of the Community of Christ.

ADVENT AT THE TEMPLE: DECEMBER 8, 2019, 7 PM

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

VESPERS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 15th

Join us on December 15th for a Christmas Vespers Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, October 28, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:30 P.M. – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Bob Andes), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, November 3, 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10:30 AM – Jonathan Bacon will speak on the theme "Welcome, Jesus, You Are Welcome" with Paul Bennetts presidingand Nadine Bennetts serving as worship planner. The Saints’ Chorale will provide he ministry of music. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint. The service will also include the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki to the Office of Priest.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.

HOLIDAY DECORATING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 @9:30AM

We will gather to decorate for the Christmas Holiday season on Saturday morning Nov. 30th. Join in the fun of the season.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

27 October 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20191027-CReine.mp3

20 October 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191020-PBennetts.mp3

13 October 2019 Business Meeting, filename 20191013-Business.Meeting.mp3

6 October 2019 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20191006-ALeonard.mp3

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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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