Mission road Congregational Newsletter – October 17, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

IN-CHURCH IN-PERSON WORSHIP RESUMES

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS MEETS AT 9 AM

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE PANTRY

CENTER FOR HOPE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS NEEDS

And More…

IN-CHURCH IN-PERSON WORSHIP RESUMES

Starting Sunday, October 24, 2021, the Mission Road Congregation will resume meeting in-person in the church building. Social distancing with face masks should be always adhered to in the church building. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in church face-to-face. Zoom will continue to be an option for both the Adult Class and the Worship Service.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

For Sunday, October 24, 2021, the worship theme is “Extravagant Generosity.” Paul Bennetts will deliver the morning message. Kennetha Kuttler will preside and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Caryn Brown will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Dorothy May as co-host. You are invited to join us online or in the church sanctuary for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS MEETS AT 9 AM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Jane Landrum will lead the discussion covering Chapter 6 (“The God of the Philosophers”). The class session now begins 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM in the Church Library and on Zoom.

The class is studying “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE PANTRY

Our congregation serves an important role by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) and food for the Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Center is especially in need of toilet tissue, to-go containers, and napkins because they didn’t have the paper good drive this year.

Always needed are items like hygiene items (masks, shampoo, hand lotion, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes), lunches items (snacks, pudding, crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, chips, cookies, lunch bags, sandwich bags, and sliced cheese), pantry items (soups, tuna, beans, cereal, side dishes, jelly, vegetables, and fruits) and for the homeless (coats, hats, gloves, blankets, jeans, sweatshirts, and boots). Of course, the Thrift Store can use anything!

CENTER FOR HOPE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS NEEDS

The Center is again planning for Holiday meals. The Thanksgiving meal will be on November 25 and Christmas meal on December 23. Like we have in the past couple of years we will be taking up special offerings until the Holiday season is over. It is easier for us as well as the CACH staff if we provide money. They can then buy what they need in the quantities they need. That way they don’t end up with too many Turkeys or Hams and not enough Corn or Beans and no Potatoes. So, during the next few weeks please add to your offering for Central Avenue of Hope. Mission Road can also help with a paper drive for the Center.

At the Christmas meal the Center will hand out gifts. Christmas gift ideas include:

socks, gloves, caps, personal items, and candy.

CACH will need gifts for 50 men, 30 women, 20 children age 1 to 10, and 20 youth age 11 to 16

Please mark the bag or box indicating who the gift is for. CACH is also going to do the Christmas Store Project and will need donations of toys, clothes, books, socks, gloves, caps etc.

SAVE THESE DATES

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation is offering concurrent worship and adult class in-person and on Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:00 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets in-person and on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship meets in-person and on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – October 11, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

BOOK SWAP IN CHURCH PARKING LOT

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE PANTRY

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

And More…

BUSINESS MEETING

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support of the Mission Road Business Meeting. A BIG THANK YOU to Jonathan Bacon for his help in teaching us how to use the functions of the Zoom program to vote. I appreciate everyone’s support and willingness to continue to serve our Mission Road church family.

BOOK SWAP IN CHURCH PARKING LOT

Co-sponsored by the JCCC Retirees Association and our congregation, you can look forward to a Book Swap on Saturday, October 16, from 10:00-11:30 AM. Bring one or more books to swap. Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction or non-fiction are all welcome. Leftover books will be donated to SafeHome, Johnson County Library, or Catholic Charities.

We’ve invited several groups to participate, so we hope you can join in this neighborhood book swap.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, October 17, 2021, the worship theme is “Infinite Mystery.” Karen Birkby will deliver the morning message. Larry Birkby will preside and serve as the worship planner. Paul Bennetts will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Brian Libeer as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Dennis Wood will lead the discussion covering Chapter 5 (“Unity: The God of Islam”). The class session now begins 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM on Zoom.

The class is studying “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE PANTRY

Our congregation serves an important role by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) and food for the Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The items following items are needed on a regular base are: hygiene items such as masks, shampoo, hand lotion, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

Lunches: snack items, pudding, crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, chips, cookies, lunch bags, sandwich bags, and sliced cheese.

Pantry: soups, tuna, beans, cereal, side dishes, jelly, vegetables, and fruits.

Homeless: coats, hats, gloves, blankets, jeans, sweatshirts, and boots.

Thrift Store: anything

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

The fall Midlands Mission Center Conference will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2 PM. More information go to the MMC website at https://www.midlandsmc.org/ and scroll down. You’ll find a Registration link and a More Info link. The conference will also be held on Zoom.

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

Happy to say Johnson County is now below 20 for the seven-day rolling average and seems to be maintaining a steady decline in new cases. At this rate we may be able to consider returning to in-person worship in the coming month. Obviously, we will continue to watch the numbers but we are headed in the right direction.

SAVE THESE DATES

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – October 3, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

PROPOSED 2022 MISSION ROAD PASTORATE

FALL BUSINESS MEETING SUNDAY AT 9 AM ON ZOOM

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

NO ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OCTOBER 10

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS COMING SATURDAY

BOOK SWAP IN CHURCH PARKING LOT

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

And More…

PROPOSED 2022 MISSION ROAD PASTORATE

During the business meeting next Sunday, the leadership search committee will recommend Ron Millard, Kennetha Kuttler and Jane Landrum to the congregation as the Pastoral Team for 2022. The vote for the proposed pastorate will be a part of the congregational business meeting on Sunday October 10, 2021, at 9 AM on Zoom.

FALL BUSINESS MEETING SUNDAY AT 9 AM ON ZOOM

Watch for a separate email this week with information about those in 2022 leadership positions and the proposed 2022 budget. There will also be some instructions on the Zoom Voting process. Since we will be meeting on Zoom be sure to mute yourself when not speaking and wait to be recognized before continuing to speak. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. We see you at 9 AM on Zoom. You can join the meeting at 8:45 AM.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, October 10, 2021, the worship theme is “God, Where Are You?” Jennifer Libeer will deliver the morning message. Nadine Bennetts will preside and serve as the worship planner. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Dennis Wood as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

NO ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OCTOBER 10

Because of the Mission Road Business Meeting, there will be no Adult Sunday School Class on Sunday October 10, 2021. Please join the Congregation Business meeting at 9 AM instead.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE PANTRY

Our congregation serves an important role by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) and food for the Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The items following items are needed on a regular base are: hygiene items such as masks, shampoo, hand lotion, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

Lunches: snack items, pudding, crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, chips, cookies, lunch bags, sandwich bags, and sliced cheese.

Pantry: soups, tuna, beans, cereal, side dishes, jelly, vegetables, and fruits.

Homeless: coats, hats, gloves, blankets, jeans, sweatshirts, and boots.

Thrift Store: anything

BOOK SWAP IN CHURCH PARKING LOT

Co-sponsored by the JCCC Retirees Association and our congregation, you can look forward to a Book Swap on Saturday, October 16, from 10:00-11:30 AM. Bring one or more books to swap. Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction or non-fiction are all welcome. Leftover books will be donated to SafeHome, Johnson County Library, or Catholic Charities.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

The fall Midlands Mission Center Conference will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2 PM. More information will be available on the MMC website. The conference will also be available on Zoom.

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

This week the moving average of new COVID cases in Johnson County is down to 21.3 so we continue to head in the right direction. Based on this number, World Church policy is that we should continue to meet virtually for the time being. Once again, our target is new cases of 10 or fewer that is sustained for at least three weeks consecutively. The Health Officer will continue to monitor the daily reports and provide information to the Pastors and Congregation.

SAVE THESE DATES

Mission Road Business Meeting scheduled for 9 am Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission road Congregational Newsletter – September 27, 2021

Johnson County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

HEARTS FOR HONDURAS CAMPAIGN

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DATE

MISSON ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

BOOK SWAP COMING TO OUR PARKING LOT

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

REFUGEE RELIEF

And More…

HEARTS FOR HONDURAS CAMPAIGN

Goal met! The Community of Christ Health Ministries Association (HMA) wants to extend their thanks to everyone who contributed to Hearts for Honduras campaign that will provide healthcare to rural Honduras in 2022.

The $25,000 committed covers Nurse Saira’s salary, provides medicine, buys wound care supplies and testing supplies for diabetes, UTIs, and other ailments common in Honduras. HMA also provides gas, oil changes, insurance, and maintenance for the truck Nurse Saira uses to visit four villages each month.

A huge THANK YOU to all who donated and enabled HMA to meet the Hearts for Honduras goal for 2022.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, October 3, 2021, the worship theme is “Speak with Integrity.” Arlene Leonard will deliver the morning message. Dorothy May will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Kennetha Kuttler as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Marilyn Gairns will lead the discussion covering Chapter 4 (“Trinity: The Christian God”). The class session now begins 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM on Zoom.

The class is studying “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DATE

In August 2021, the Mission Road Congregation donated 125 pounds of food plus many personal items to the Central Avenue Center of Hope. The need continues and this congregation serves an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) and food for the Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Remember that school supplies for the children supported by CACH are needed all year-round!

Other requested items.

Kitchen: sandwich bags, lunch bags, sliced cheese, snacks, fruit cups

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

MISSION ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

The Mission Road Business Meeting is scheduled for 9AM on October 10, 2021. Whether the meeting will be held in-person or on Zoom (or both) will be announced next Sunday.

The committee headed by Ron Millard is looking at the creation of a leadership team composed of a Pastor and two Associate Pastors. Final details will be shared next week and at the October 10, 2021, Business Meeting.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

The fall Midlands Mission Center Conference will be held on Oct. 17th. More information will be available on the MMC website. The conference will also be available on Zoom.

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

In the past week we have seen a downward trend in the numbers of new COVID-19 cases in Kansas (about 20% reduction) and Johnson County (27% reduction) which corresponds with the numbers of COVID inpatients we currently have at KU Med (about 25% down from the peak). This is the first real improvement we have seen in many weeks, so it comes as great news and we hope the trend continues.

In terms of being able to meet in person for church, we are not quite there yet. The current rolling average for new cases in Johnson County is at 23.7. In order to meet in person again, we need to be at 10 or below with a sustained downward trend. This has been the recommendation of the World Church since the guidelines were issued in late February, 2021. I will continue to watch the trends but this feels somewhat hopeful.

Stay well!

REFUGEE RELIEF

Members of the congregation interested in helping with the needs of the refugees coming to Kansas City from Afghanistan have two opportunities to offer financial assistance. Della Lamb is the community group that will process and assist refugees in their resettlement. Money is the greatest need at this time. You can learn more about Della Lamb on their website at https://www.dellalamb.org/.

A second organization supporting refugees is the Jewish Vocational Service (see information earlier I the newsletter).

If you are interested in supporting either or both of these organizations, you can make a check out to “Community of Christ” and add “Refugee Relief” in the memo field. If you prefer your funds go to JVS or Della Lamb, please enclose a note to that effect, otherwise, funds will be split between the two organizations. Mary Reichenbach will forward the donations to the appropriate organizations.

SAVE THESE DATES

Mission Road Business Meeting scheduled for 9 am Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 20, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

HEARTS FOR HONDURAS CAMPAIGN

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY THIS WEEK

MIDLANDS YOUTH GATHERING

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

JACK CAVE ORDINATION TO EVANGELIST

MISSON ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

REFUGEE RELIEF

And More…

HEARTS FOR HONDURAS CAMPAIGN

Only $5,300 left to go!

The Community of Christ Health Ministries Association (HMA) campaign is very close to the $25,000 needed to fully fund Honduras Rural Healthcare in 2022.

The campaign runs September 1-30, 2021.

A US dollar goes a long way in Honduras. The $25,000 annual budget for HMA’s Honduran Rural Healthcare Program pays Nurse Saira’s salary, provides medicine, buys wound care supplies and testing supplies for diabetes, UTIs, and other ailments common in Honduras. HMA also provides gas, oil changes, insurance, and maintenance for the truck Nurse Saira uses to visit four villages each month.

A huge THANK YOU to all those who have donated so much in such a short time. Can you help us raise the remaining $5,300? Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by going to the HMA website donation page: http://www.hmacofchrist.org/Donation/. Be sure to designate your donation for the Hearts for Honduras program.

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY THIS WEEK

In August 2021, the Mission Road Congregation donated 125 pounds of food plus many personal items to the Central Avenue Center of Hope. The need continues and this congregation serves an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) and food for the Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Remember that school supplies for the children supported by CACH are needed all year-round!

Other requested items.

Kitchen: sandwich bags, lunch bags, sliced cheese, snacks, fruit cups

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

MIDLANDS YOUTH GATHERING

We are so excited to announce a virtual meet-up for the youth in the mission center!

On Sunday, September 26th we will be catching up with all of our friends, playing some awesome games, and (visually) sharing some of our favorite snacks!

We would love for you to join us!

Middle School will be meeting September 26th at 6:00 pm

Sr. High will be meeting September 26th at 7:00 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Beckman at laura

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, September 26, 2021, the worship theme is “Act Boldly.” Larry Birkby will deliver the morning message. Karen Birkby will preside and serve as the worship planner. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Roxann Kosmicki as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

JACK CAVE ORDINATION SERVICE

Jack Cave will be ordained to the office of Evangelist on Sept. 26th by Evangelist John O’Neal. You can witness the worship service from Kaneohe, Hawaii on Zoom. The time difference will put the service at 3:30 PM Central time.

MISSION ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

The Mission Road Business Meeting is scheduled for 9AM on October 10th. We may still be on Zoom and the connection for Zoom is the same as all our Mission Road services. If you are currently in a leadership service role, we ask for your continued service in 2022. Please call Karen Birkby this week to confirm your willingness to serve. If you have items that need to be considered for the 2022 budget, please call Larry Birkby.

Larry and Karen Birkby are planning to step down from their roles as Pastors. They wish to thank the members of the Mission Road Congregation for their support of them over the past seven years they have had the privilege to serve as your Pastors. They plan to reduce their responsibilities and spend some time traveling and sharing with family.

Ron Millard will assemble a search team for new Pastoral leadership for 2022.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

The fall Midlands Mission Center Conference will be held on Oct. 17th. More information will be available on the MMC website. The conference will also be available on Zoom.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Jane Landrum will lead the discussion covering Chapter 3 (“A Light to the Gentiles”). The class session now begins 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM on Zoom.

The class is studying “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

The rolling average of new cases in Johnson Country rose again this past week and was as high as 38. Currently we are at 34.1 so no change – we will continue to meet by Zoom only, for the present time.

REFUGEE RELIEF

Members of the congregation interested in helping with the needs of the refugees coming to Kansas City from Afghanistan have two opportunities to offer financial assistance. Della Lamb is the community group that will process and assist refugees in their resettlement. Money is the greatest need at this time. You can learn more about Della Lamb on their website at https://www.dellalamb.org/.

A second organization supporting refugees is the Jewish Vocational Service (see information earlier I the newsletter).

If you are interested in supporting either or both of these organizations, you can make a check out to “Community of Christ” and add “Refugee Relief” in the memo field. If you prefer your funds go to JVS or Della Lamb, please enclose a note to that effect, otherwise, funds will be split between the two organizations. Mary Reichenbach will forward the donations to the appropriate organizations.

CAMPGROUND NEWS

The pandemic has been exceptionally difficult for both Chihowa and Lake Doniphan Retreat Centers. Rentals are few and far between, yet expenses continue. Helping hands are always welcome! Chihowa: aaron Doniphan: katelin

At Chihowa, seasonal employees and many volunteers have worked to complete necessary repairs and various improvements such as securing the grounds and buildings, installing environmentally friendly LED motion lights, repairing the playground equipment, bringing safety features up-to-date, and undergoing an overhaul of the lagoon system so it meets state requirements. An exceptionally cold weather snap caused pipes to freeze and burst. Fortunately, the water had been turned off and countless volunteer hours repaired all the damage.

Chihowa’s wish list includes painting the pool, pouring concrete in the equipment garage, installing LED parking lot lights, and painting the west side of the main lodge. Also, the caretaker’s house needs indoor repairs.

SAVE THESE DATES

Jace Cave ordination service on Zoom at 3:30 pm on Sunday September 26, 2021.

Mission Road Business Meeting scheduled for 9 am Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom. NO Zoom Prayer Circle this week (9-8-21)

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 13, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

JACK CAVE ORDENATION TO EVANGELIST

MISSON ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

WEEKLY COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

REFUGEE RELIEF

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY

And More…

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

Health Ministries Association (HMA) is having their annual fund drive "Hearts for Honduras" to support the ongoing work of our nurse, Saira Giron in her country. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by going to the HMA website donation page: http://www.hmacofchrist.org/Donation/

Donations can be by PayPal, Credit Card or you can download a form to send in with a check to HMA. Paul Bennetts is also happy to receive checks at his address and will forward them to HMA. Thanks for considering this during a time when there are so many worthy opportunities to help others in need.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, September 19, 2021, the worship theme is “Like a Child.” Select congregation members will share their heritage story. Robin Payne will preside and Kennetha Kuttler will serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Robert Sindt as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

JACK CAVE ORDINATION SERVICE

Jack Cave will be ordained to the office of Evangelist on Sept. 26th by John O’Neal. You can witness the worship service from Kaneohe, Hawaii on Zoom. The time difference will put the service at 3:30 PM Central time.

MISSION ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

The Mission Road Business Meeting is scheduled for 9AM on October 10th. We may still be on Zoom and the connection for Zoom is the same as all our Mission Road services. If you are currently in a leadership service role, we ask for your continued service in 2022. Please call Karen Birkby this week to confirm your willingness to serve. If you have items that need to be considered for the 2022 budget, please call Larry Birkby.

Larry and Karen Birkby are planning to step down from their roles as Pastors. They wish to thank the members of the Mission Road Congregation for their support of them over the past seven years they have had the privilege to serve as your Pastors. They plan to reduce their responsibilities and spend some time traveling and sharing with family.

Ron Millard will assemble a search team for new Pastoral leadership for 2022.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

The fall Midlands Mission Center Conference will be held on Oct. 17th. More information will be available on the MMC website. The conference will also be available on Zoom.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will begin the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Marilyn Gairns will lead the discussion covering Chapter 2 (“In the Beginning…”) of Karen Armstrong’s book “A History of God.” Starting this week, the class session will begin 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM on Zoom.

The class is studying “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

WEEKLY COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

Early in the week we dipped back from red to orange status in Johnson County (less than 25 new cases / 100,000 rolling average) but we are now again in the red (27.6) as of yesterday and will need to continue to meet by Zoom for our weekly church activities. The number of COVID inpatients at KU Med is holding steady at 100 – 110 daily count. We were below 10 in early summer, and I hope we will get back there soon. Stay well.

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

The Jewish Vocational Service invites everyone to meet on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT online to learn about the resettlement environment for 2022 and to celebrate the launch of the JVS Circle of Welcome Program.

JVS is looking forward to a busy year of refugee resettlement as they embark on their 17th year participating in the United States Refugee Admissions Program. JVS hopes to welcome hundreds of new refugees to Kansas City, including those from Afghanistan who have fled the recent political turmoil.

During this online program, we will share: What resettlement looks like for FY2022, including numbers, populations, federal programs and support that JVS and our community provides. Plus, you’ll hear personal reflections from a member of the Afghan community in Kansas City about the situation in Afghanistan and the impact on the community here. You’ll also learn about JVS’s new Circle of Welcome Program that provides groups of local residents with the opportunity to walk with a refugee family along their journey of integration in Kansas City.

RSVP today!

For more information, please contact info.

REFUGEE RELIEF

Members of the congregation interested in helping with the needs of the refugees coming to Kansas City from Afghanistan have two opportunities to offer financial assistance. Della Lamb is the community group that will process and assist refugees in their resettlement. Money is the greatest need at this time. You can learn more about Della Lamb on their website at https://www.dellalamb.org/.

A second organization supporting refugees is the Jewish Vocational Service (see information earlier I the newsletter).

If you are interested in supporting either or both of these organizations, you can make a check out to “Community of Christ” and add “Refugee Relief” in the memo field. If you prefer your funds go to JVS or Della Lamb, please enclose a note to that effect, otherwise, funds will be split between the two organizations. Mary Reichenbach will forward the donations to the appropriate organizations.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY

In August 2021, the Mission Road Congregation donated 125 pounds of food plus many personal items to the Central Avenue Center of Hope. The need continues and this congregation serves an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) and food for the Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Remember that school supplies for the children supported by CACH are needed all year-round!

Other requested items.

Kitchen: sandwich bags, lunch bags, sliced cheese, snacks, fruit cups

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

CAMPGROUND NEWS

The pandemic has been exceptionally difficult for both Chihowa and Lake Doniphan Retreat Centers. Rentals are few and far between, yet expenses continue. Helping hands are always welcome! Chihowa: aaron Doniphan: katelin

At Chihowa, seasonal employees and many volunteers have worked to complete necessary repairs and various improvements such as securing the grounds and buildings, installing environmentally friendly LED motion lights, repairing the playground equipment, bringing safety features up-to-date, and undergoing an overhaul of the lagoon system so it meets state requirements. An exceptionally cold weather snap caused pipes to freeze and burst. Fortunately, the water had been turned off and countless volunteer hours repaired all the damage.

Chihowa’s wish list includes painting the pool, pouring concrete in the equipment garage, installing LED parking lot lights, and painting the west side of the main lodge. Also, the caretaker’s house needs indoor repairs.

SAVE THESE DATES

Jace Cave ordination service on Zoom at 3:30 pm on Sunday September 26, 2021.

Mission Road Business Metting scheduled for 9 am Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom. NO Zoom Prayer Circle this week (9-8-21)

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 6, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

WEEKLY COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

REFUGEE RELIEF

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

And More…

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

Health Ministries Association (HMA) is having their annual fund drive "Hearts for Honduras" to support the ongoing work of our nurse, Saira Giron in her country. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by going to the HMA website donation page: http://www.hmacofchrist.org/Donation/

Donations can be by Paypal, Credit Card or you can download a form to send in with a check to HMA. Paul Bennetts is also happy to receive checks at his address and will forward them to HMA. Thanks for considering this during a time when there are so many worthy opportunities to help others in need.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, September 12, 2021, the worship theme is “Who Do You Say That I Am?” Brian Libeer will offer the message. Jane Landrum will preside and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Paul Bennetts will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Caryn Brown as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will begin the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion covering the Introduction and Chapter 1 (“In the Beginning…”) of Karen Armstrong’s book “A History of God.” Starting this week, the class session will begin 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM on Zoom.

The class is studyng “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

If you would like a copy of the text, it’s available on Amazon, both new ($15.99) and used paperbacks ($8-10), hardback (new for $14) and the Kindle edition ($14.99). Order your copy soon! Some copies may also available at Half-Price Books locally. Check out the store near you.

WEEKLY COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

The Johnson County rolling average for COVID continues to rise and is currently at 38.3. Kansas overall is at about 53. Because the World Church requirement to meet in person is that this number be less than 10, I suspect we will be in Zoom mode for a while longer.

At our weekly KU Med Center update yesterday, our infectious disease specialists announced that the lamda variant from South America has made its way north and now accounts for about 2% of all cases in the U.S. It may be a few weeks before we see this in Kansas, and the troubling news is that early signs are that current vaccinations are not as effective in stopping this one. The vaccine companies are scrambling to re-program the mRNA vaccines to cover this new variant so hopefully there will be a booster on the horizon, but for the time being friends, please continue to wear masks in public, maintain social distancing, and observe good hand hygiene.

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

Kennetha Kuttler mentioned this upcoming program at a recent Prayer Circle. Offered by the HeartLight Center, it’s an opportunity to learn some essential information that Dr. Wolfelt has learned in his four decades of “companioning” thousands of people in grief. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a best-selling author about how to integrate grief into your life, your living, and your loving. If you know anyone who would benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 6:30=8:30 PM at Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS.

A $15 donation is encouraged. Register at https://heartlightcenter.org/events/tending-to-a-broken-heart-kc/

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

The Jewish Vocational Service invites everyone to meet on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT online to learn about the resettlement environment for 2022 and to celebrate the launch of the JVS Circle of Welcome Program.

JVS is looking forward to a busy year of refugee resettlement as they embark on their 17th year participating in the United States Refugee Admissions Program. JVS hopes to welcome hundreds of new refugees to Kansas City, including those from Afghanistan who have fled the recent political turmoil.

During this online program, we will share: What resettlement looks like for FY2022, including numbers, populations, federal programs and support that JVS and our community provides. Plus, you’ll hear personal reflections from a member of the Afghan community in Kansas City about the situation in Afghanistan and the impact on the community here. You’ll also learn about JVS’s new Circle of Welcome Program that provides groups of local residents with the opportunity to walk with a refugee family along their journey of integration in Kansas City.

RSVP today!

For more information, please contact info.

REFUGEE RELIEF

Members of the congregation interested in helping with the needs of the refugees coming to Kansas City from Afghanistan have two opportunities to offer financial assistance. Della Lamb is the community group that will process and assist refugees in their resettlement. Money is the greatest need at this time. You can learn more about Della Lamb on their website at https://www.dellalamb.org/.

A second organization supporting refugees is the Jewish Vocational Service (see information earlier I the newsletter).

If you are interested in supporting either or both of these organizations, you can make a check out to “Community of Christ” and add “Refugee Relief” in the memo field. If you prefer your funds go to JVS or Della Lamb, please enclose a note to that effect, otherwise, funds will be split between the two organizations. Mary Reichenbach will forward the donations to the appropriate organizations.

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) or food for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Remember that school supplies for the children supported by CACH are needed all year-round!

Requested items.

Kitchen: sandwich bags, lunch bags, sliced cheese, snacks, fruit cups

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

CAMPGROUND NEWS

The pandemic has been exceptionally difficult for both Chihowa and Lake Doniphan Retreat Centers. Rentals are few and far between, yet expenses continue. Helping hands are always welcome! Chihowa: aaron Doniphan: katelin

At Chihowa, seasonal employees and many volunteers have worked to complete necessary repairs and various improvements such as securing the grounds and buildings, installing environmentally friendly LED motion lights, repairing the playground equipment, bringing safety features up-to-date, and undergoing an overhaul of the lagoon system so it meets state requirements. An exceptionally cold weather snap caused pipes to freeze and burst. Fortunately, the water had been turned off and countless volunteer hours repaired all the damage.

Chihowa’s wish list includes painting the pool, pouring concrete in the equipment garage, installing LED parking lot lights, and painting the west side of the main lodge. Also, the caretaker’s house needs indoor repairs.

SAVE THESE DATES

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom. NO Zoom Prayer Circle this week (9-8-21)

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 6, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

WEEKLY COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

REFUGEE RELIEF

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

And More…

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

Health Ministries Association (HMA) is having their annual fund drive "Hearts for Honduras" to support the ongoing work of our nurse, Saira Giron in her country. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by going to the HMA website donation page: http://www.hmacofchrist.org/Donation/

Donations can be by Paypal, Credit Card or you can download a form to send in with a check to HMA. Paul Bennetts is also happy to receive checks at his address and will forward them to HMA. Thanks for considering this during a time when there are so many worthy opportunities to help others in need.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, September 12, 2021, the worship theme is “Who Do You Say That I Am?” Brian Libeer will offer the message. Jane Landrum will preside and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Paul Bennetts will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Caryn Brown as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will begin the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion covering the Introduction and Chapter 1 (“In the Beginning…”) of Karen Armstrong’s book “A History of God.” Starting this week, the class session will begin 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM on Zoom.

The class is studyng “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

If you would like a copy of the text, it’s available on Amazon, both new ($15.99) and used paperbacks ($8-10), hardback (new for $14) and the Kindle edition ($14.99). Order your copy soon! Some copies may also available at Half-Price Books locally. Check out the store near you.

WEEKLY COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

The Johnson County rolling average for COVID continues to rise and is currently at 38.3. Kansas overall is at about 53. Because the World Church requirement to meet in person is that this number be less than 10, I suspect we will be in Zoom mode for a while longer.

At our weekly KU Med Center update yesterday, our infectious disease specialists announced that the lamda variant from South America has made its way north and now accounts for about 2% of all cases in the U.S. It may be a few weeks before we see this in Kansas, and the troubling news is that early signs are that current vaccinations are not as effective in stopping this one. The vaccine companies are scrambling to re-program the mRNA vaccines to cover this new variant so hopefully there will be a booster on the horizon, but for the time being friends, please continue to wear masks in public, maintain social distancing, and observe good hand hygiene.

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

Kennetha Kuttler mentioned this upcoming program at a recent Prayer Circle. Offered by the HeartLight Center, it’s an opportunity to learn some essential information that Dr. Wolfelt has learned in his four decades of “companioning” thousands of people in grief. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a best-selling author about how to integrate grief into your life, your living, and your loving. If you know anyone who would benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 6:30=8:30 PM at Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS.

A $15 donation is encouraged. Register at https://heartlightcenter.org/events/tending-to-a-broken-heart-kc/

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

The Jewish Vocational Service invites everyone to meet on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT online to learn about the resettlement environment for 2022 and to celebrate the launch of the JVS Circle of Welcome Program.

JVS is looking forward to a busy year of refugee resettlement as they embark on their 17th year participating in the United States Refugee Admissions Program. JVS hopes to welcome hundreds of new refugees to Kansas City, including those from Afghanistan who have fled the recent political turmoil.

During this online program, we will share: What resettlement looks like for FY2022, including numbers, populations, federal programs and support that JVS and our community provides. Plus, you’ll hear personal reflections from a member of the Afghan community in Kansas City about the situation in Afghanistan and the impact on the community here. You’ll also learn about JVS’s new Circle of Welcome Program that provides groups of local residents with the opportunity to walk with a refugee family along their journey of integration in Kansas City.

RSVP today!

For more information, please contact info.

REFUGEE RELIEF

Members of the congregation interested in helping with the needs of the refugees coming to Kansas City from Afghanistan have two opportunities to offer financial assistance. Della Lamb is the community group that will process and assist refugees in their resettlement. Money is the greatest need at this time. You can learn more about Della Lamb on their website at https://www.dellalamb.org/.

A second organization supporting refugees is the Jewish Vocational Service (see information earlier I the newsletter).

If you are interested in supporting either or both of these organizations, you can make a check out to “Community of Christ” and add “Refugee Relief” in the memo field. If you prefer your funds go to JVS or Della Lamb, please enclose a note to that effect, otherwise, funds will be split between the two organizations. Mary Reichenbach will forward the donations to the appropriate organizations.

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) or food for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Remember that school supplies for the children supported by CACH are needed all year-round!

Requested items.

Kitchen: sandwich bags, lunch bags, sliced cheese, snacks, fruit cups

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

CAMPGROUND NEWS

The pandemic has been exceptionally difficult for both Chihowa and Lake Doniphan Retreat Centers. Rentals are few and far between, yet expenses continue. Helping hands are always welcome! Chihowa: aaron Doniphan: katelin

At Chihowa, seasonal employees and many volunteers have worked to complete necessary repairs and various improvements such as securing the grounds and buildings, installing environmentally friendly LED motion lights, repairing the playground equipment, bringing safety features up-to-date, and undergoing an overhaul of the lagoon system so it meets state requirements. An exceptionally cold weather snap caused pipes to freeze and burst. Fortunately, the water had been turned off and countless volunteer hours repaired all the damage.

Chihowa’s wish list includes painting the pool, pouring concrete in the equipment garage, installing LED parking lot lights, and painting the west side of the main lodge. Also, the caretaker’s house needs indoor repairs.

SAVE THESE DATES

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom. NO Zoom Prayer Circle this week (9-8-21)

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – August 30, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

MESSAGE FROM PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

REFUGEE RELIEF

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

And More…

MESSAGE FROM PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

The 7-day rolling average for new COVID cases in Johnson County is 33.4 per 100K. This is up from last week’s average of 26.1. The highest average this week for our county peaked at 34.3. Because this significantly exceeds the Church’s threshold for re-opening congregations, we will need to continue to only hold Zoom church for the present time.

We are not alone, all other Mission Center congregations in the Kansas City area have done likewise. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope the trend reverses itself quickly.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

The Sunday, September 5, 2021, the worship theme is “Called Outside Our Boundaries.” Ron Millard will offer the message. Roxann Kosmicki will preside and serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Dennis Wood as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will begin the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Dennis Wood will host the second Sunday of a two-part showing of a History Channel documentary based (in part) on the book. The class session begins at 9:15 AM this coming Sunday morning on Zoom.

The class is preparing to study “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

If you would like a copy of the text, it’s available on Amazon, both new ($15.99) and used paperbacks ($8-10), hardback (new for $14) and the Kindle edition ($14.99). Order your copy soon! Some copies may also available at Half-Price Books locally. Check out the store near you.

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall Worship Schedule is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/FallWorship

Thank you to all those volunteers to make the smooth functioning of this congregation possible.

REFUGEE RELIEF

As we uphold one of the church’s enduring principles, namely the Worth of all Persons, our congregation has been drawn to the needs of the refugees coming to Kansas City from Afghanistan. News sources informed us that Della Lamb is the community group that will process and assist in their resettlement. Upon checking with them we were informed that money is their greatest need at this time. If you are unaware of Della Lamb’s mission, we suggest that you check out their website. Just a quick look explains the comprehensive program that each family engages in to become independent members of our community. We decided that we would like to extend the money our congregation gathers to be a means of outreach in assistance of this group to these new community members. If you feel led to participate in this endeavor, please make out any checks to Community of Christ and add Refugee Relief in the memo. Mary will then write one check and include a note stating the enduring principle and our prayers for their success.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

It’s that season again when students are returning to the classroom and school supplies are so important. The Central Avenue Center of Hope is conducting its annual school supplies drive. Can you help?

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

And as an extra treat, if you can afford it, consider putting the supplies in a backpack!

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) or food for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

You can drop off school supplies for the CACH School Supply Drive on these dates too!

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – August 23, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

RESURGENCE OF COVID-19

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

And More…

RESURGENCE OF COVID-19

Because of the resurgence of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Kansas, the county has been placed in the "red" zone category, meaning the number of new cases (exceeds 100 per 100,000 of population) and positivity rates (more than 10%) are increasing.

In response, for the next couple of weeks, we will suspend in-person services and offer both Adult Church School and the Mission Road worship service on Zoom-only.

We are not alone, all other Mission Center congregations in the Kansas City area have done likewise. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope the trend reverses itself quickly.

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall Worship Schedule is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/FallWorship

Thank you to all those volunteers to make the smooth functioning of this congregation possible.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

The Sunday, August 29, 2021, the worship theme is “The Inward and Outward Journey.” Jane Landrum will offer the message. Kennetha Kuttler will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Kennetha Kuttler as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will begin the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Ron and Caryn Millard will host the first Sunday of a two-part showing of a History Channel documentary based (in part) on the book. The class session begins at 9:15 AM this coming Sunday morning on Zoom.

The full title of the book is “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

The epic story begins with the Jews’ gradual transformation from pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the author performs the daunting task of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one readable volume.

If you would like a copy of the text, it’s available on Amazon, both new ($15.99) and used paperbacks ($8-10), hardback (new for $14) and the Kindle edition ($14.99). Order your copy soon! Some copies may also available at Half-Price Books locally. Check out the store near you.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

It’s that season again when students are returning to the classroom and school supplies are so important. The Central Avenue Center of Hope is conducting its annual school supplies drive. Can you help?

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

And as an extra treat, if you can afford it, consider putting the supplies in a backpack!

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) or food for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

You can drop off school supplies for the CACH School Supply Drive on these dates too!

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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