Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 19, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

TIME FOR MEDITATION AND REFLECTION

Each Sunday after the Sunday School Hour, you’re invited to move into the sanctuary starting around 10:20 AM to prepare for the 10:30 AM worship service. Announcements will be given at 10:25 AM. Following the announcements the musicians in our congregation will provide music for your personal mediation and reflection. We hope that this schedule change will allow you to better prepare for the Worship Service. If you wish to visit with your church friends, we invite you to do so in the Fellowship Hall or after the worship service.

BIRTHDAY LUNCH

A January Birthday Lunch with be held on January 25 at 11:30 AM at the Olive Garden restaurant at 6750 W 95th St. Overland Park. We will be celebrating all those that have their birthday in January. Please plan to join us. Let Karen know if you are planning to attend so she can reserve space for us at the restaurant. Be sure to put this date on your calendar. (Just East of Metcalf on 95th St)

VALENTINE CARDS

Prepare Valentine cards to bring for the young people in the Congregation on Sunday February 9th.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Sunday school class continues to the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

On Sunday, January 26, 2010, Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 33 (“Geographic Expansion”).

NEWS FROM HMA ABOUT THE HONDURAN PROGRAM

Greetings,

I have finished compiling the 2019 data for Saira’s work. Once again, she has had a very busy year with 3158 patient visits and 78,098 doses of medications dispensed.

In August we were helping with some of the village clinics and her total care of the patient is so remarkable. At a recent clinic a child was treated for a kernel of corn in the nose. Having spent most of my nursing career in outpatient surgery, I chuckle at his facial expression. Children are children wherever they live!

Yesterday Saira emailed us about a 38-year-old mother with 3 children who has had abdominal surgery and needs medications. As part of this program, we provide $1000 for Special Medical Needs such as this. Saira asked permission to use $245 for her assistance. The Mission Center Financial Officer in Honduras holds these special funds so there is no delay when needed. Last year only $100 was used to help a man who had had a stroke. We were able to visit with him in August at a clinic and see how well he had recovered. HMA’s international healthcare experience acknowledges that these special needs will arise and your donations make this urgent assistance happen.

Saira continues to provide nursing care at church gatherings at La Buena Fe Campground activities. She provides consultation and care to about 1/3 of the attendees. These visits often extend well into the night and early morning. Saira is seen as a vital member of the staff and very well respected by all ages.

At the monthly clinics Saira sees the diabetics and hypertensive patients first. When you look at the medication doses, diabetic meds account for 12,700 tablets and hypertensive meds account for 16,376 tablets. These two diagnoses represent 37% of medications Saira dispensed. We knew that the cost of medications would be a significant cost to keep the Program running. Saira has a lot of experience treating diabetic and vascular ulcers so people seek her out.

HMA truly appreciates your donations to assist the Honduras Healthcare Program in rural villages. Saira and the Central American Mission Center appreciate your contributions as they help the persons in their country and in their church. They tell us this repeatedly in emails and when we visit in country. We pass along their gratitude and blessings! Thank You for making this Program a success!

Paula Rummel, HMA International Committee Chair

Please send donations to:

HMA

1001 West Walnut

Independence, MO 64050

HMACofChrist.org 816-833-1000 ext. 1262

It is nice to hear how the Mission Road Congregation is helping others through our outreach support. Please continue to support this very important ministry.

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group will not meet on Sunday January 26th. The next meeting time will be announced.

TEENS WORKING IN SERVICE TOGETHER (TWIST)

The next two TWIST weekends have been set. All Middle

School and High School students — mark your calendars!

JAN 24 – 26 @ Bethel

APR 24 – 26 @ Topeka

Regarding the January TWIST gathering: Attention all 6th–12th graders!!! Complete the event registration form found online and bring your TWIST shirt if you have one. A $20 donation is suggested. Please RSVP by January 16 to Alan Keehler 816.810.5690 or Kat Hnatyshyn 816.506.6948.

THE NONVIOLENT PATH AS ILLUMINATED BY JESUS

(Assembly and Worship at the Temple)

When? 2 pm Sunday, March 8, 2020

Resolved, that over the next three years Community of Christ members and leaders discuss the role nonviolence plays in the pursuit of “peace on and for the Earth’” (D&C 165:1d) and in the life and mission of the church.

In response to this 2019 World Conference resolution and in the spirit of reverence and mutual regard, the Justice and Peace Action Team of Central and Midlands MCs will host a worship service and dialogue featuring John Dear, an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence.

2020 REUNIONS

Doniphan June 12–16 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Art Smith. Contact: Josh Huyett, (913) 707–3005

Chihowa July 12–17, 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Dave Nii. Contact: Sarah Marolf (785) 213–8308

***Please note Doniphan reunion date change***

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Alisa Morse), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

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

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

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

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:30 AM – Debbie Rushfelt will speak on the theme “Face the Darkness” with Jane Landrum presiding and Roxanne Kosmicki serving as worship planner. Jennifer Libeer will provide the ministry of music and Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

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

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20200224 represents February 24, 2020). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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

The following list includes the most recent audio recordings:

19 January 2020 Testimonies by Paul Bennetts and Jane Landrum, filename 20200119-PBennetts-JLandrum.mp3

12 January 2020 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20200112-KBarnhard.mp3

05 January 2020 message by Jerry Rushfelt and the Ordination of Deborah Rushfelt to the Office of Priest, filename 20200105-GRushfelt;Debbie.Rushfelt.Ordination.mp3

29 December 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191229-PBennetts.mp3

22 December 2019 Vespers Service recording, filename 20191222-Vespers.mp3

22 December 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20191222-JBacon.mp3

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 12, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

TIME FOR MEDITATION AND REFLECTION

Each Sunday after the Sunday School Hour, you’re invited to move into the sanctuary starting around 10:25 AM to prepare for the 10:30 AM worship service. Announcements will be given at this time. Following the announcements the musicians in our congregation will provide music for your personal mediation and reflection. We hope that this schedule change will allow you to better prepare for the Worship Service. If you wish to visit with your church friends, we invite you to do so in the Fellowship Hall or after the worship service.

WORSHIP AND SERVICE AVAILABILITY FORM DUE

The Spring 2020 Worship and Service Availability Form is available online at https://bit.ly/35phtrw and in this week’s Church bulletin.

The deadline for submitting the form is Sunday, January 19, 2020.

NOTE: There is a new opportunity for service called Focus Moment (or Children’s Moment). This is an opportunity to provide ministry to the younger members of the congregation during the Worship Service held in the Sanctuary. This ministry will be coordinated with the Worship Planner. Those wishing to use their talent to minister in this manner are invited to check this line on the Availability Form.

BIRTHDAY LUNCH

A January Birthday Lunch with be held on January 25 at 11:30 am at the Olive Garden restaurant at 6750 W 95th St. Overland Park. We will be celebrating all those that have their birthday in January. Please plan to join us. Let Karen know if you are planning to attend so she can reserve space for us at the restaurant. Be sure to put this date on your calendar.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Sunday school class continues to the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

On Sunday, January 19, 2010, Marilyn Gairns will lead the discussion of Chapter 32 (“Catholicism in the Face of Modernity”).

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group will not meet on Sunday January 19th. The next meeting time will be announced.

COFFEE HOUSE FEATURING GRACELAND UNIVERSITY’S AFTERGLOW BAND

Where? 15006 E 39th Street, Independence, MO

When? 7 pm Next Saturday, January 18 (Doors open @ 6:30)

Central Mission Center’s Invitational Ministries Welcomes you to enjoy musicians from Graceland University. Music brings people together and this event will bring you a sense of pride, hope and love to all who are connected to GU and the church.

SIDE NOTE: Steve & Laurie Holben’s grandson, Conner Holben, is a member of the GU choir and will be singing at this event.

TEENS WORKING IN SERVICE TOGETHER (TWIST)

The next two TWIST weekends have been set. All Middle

School and High School students — mark your calendars!

JAN 24 – 26 @ Bethel

APR 24 – 26 @ Topeka

Regarding the January TWIST gathering: Attention all 6th–12th graders!!! Complete the event registration form found online and bring your TWIST shirt if you have one. A $20 donation is suggested. Please RSVP by January 16 to Alan Keehler 816.810.5690 or Kat Hnatyshyn 816.506.6948.

THE NONVIOLENT PATH AS ILLUMINATED BY JESUS

(Assembly and Worship at the Temple)

When? 2 pm Sunday, March 8, 2020

Resolved, that over the next three years Community of Christ members and leaders discuss the role nonviolence plays in the pursuit of “peace on and for the Earth’” (D&C 165:1d) and in the life and mission of the church.

In response to this 2019 World Conference resolution and in the spirit of reverence and mutual regard, the Justice and Peace Action Team of Central and Midlands MCs will host a worship service and dialogue featuring John Dear, an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence.

2020 REUNIONS

Doniphan June 12–16 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Art Smith. Contact: Josh Huyett, (913) 707–3005

Chihowa July 12–17, 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Dave Nii. Contact: Sarah Marolf (785) 213–8308

***Please note Doniphan reunion date change***

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Marge Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

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

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

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

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 10:30 AM – Testimonies will be offered on the theme “A Light to the Nations” with Nadine Bennetts presiding and serving as worship planner. The Mission Bells will provide the ministry of music and Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

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

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20200224 represents February 24, 2020). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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

The following list includes the most recent audio recordings:

12 January 2020 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20200112-KBarnhard.mp3

05 January 2020 message by Jerry Rushfelt and the Ordination of Deborah Rushfelt to the Office of Priest, filename 20200105-GRushfelt;Debbie.Rushfelt.Ordination.mp3

29 December 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191229-PBennetts.mp3

22 December 2019 Vespers Service recording, filename 20191222-Vespers.mp3

22 December 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20191222-JBacon.mp3

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 5, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

TIME FOR MEDITATION AND REFLECTION

Each Sunday after the Sunday School Hour, you’re invited to move into the sanctuary starting around 10:20 AM to prepare for the 10:30 AM worship service through meditation and reflection. The musicians in our congregation will provide music during that interlude between Sunday school and the worship service. If you wish to visit with your church friends, we invite you to do so in the Fellowship Hall or after the worship service.

WORSHIP AND SERVICE AVAILABILITY FORM NOW ONLINE

The Spring 2020 Worship and Service Availability Form is now available online at https://bit.ly/35phtrw. The form will also be available in the Sunday bulletin over the next two weeks.

The deadline for submitting the form is Sunday, January 19, 2020.

NOTE: There is a new opportunity for service called Focus Moment or (Children’s Moment). This is an opportunity to provide ministry to the younger members of the congregation during the Worship Service held in the Sanctuary. This ministry will be coordinated with the Worship Planner. Those wishing to use their talent to minister in this manner are invited to check this line on the Availability Form.

eLEARNING TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Online Temple School classes are available starting in January. Cost is $25 and may be paid via check or PayPal®. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration” on the left. Registration for these courses is underway and space is limited.

• Introduction to Priesthood (MP300): 8-weeks, 1/11–3/6

• Ministry of the Deacon (MP302): 6-weeks, 1/11–2/21

• Introduction to Pastor 6-weeks, 1/11–2/21

• Ministry of the High Priest (MP307): 8-weeks, 1/11–3/6

Though not required, you may purchase the booklet for this class in PDF format through Herald House. The eLearning class has the most up-to-date version of this booklet, but it will not be available to you once the class ends.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Sunday school class continues to the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

On Sunday, January 12, 2010, Dennis Wood will lead the discussion of Chapter 31 (“Protestant Theology”).

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The next meeting of the Exploring Challenges discussion group will be on Sunday, January 12, 2020 in the Church Library. The time will be set after the Chiefs’ playoff schedule is set. Contact Dennis Wood for current information.

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

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

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING APPROACHES

The All Good Books group’s next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library. Note that this is the second Thursday of the month rather than our typical third Thursday.

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

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

COFFEE HOUSE FEATURING GRACELAND UNIVERSITY’S AFTERGLOW BAND

Where? 15006 E 39th Street, Independence, MO

When? 7 pm Saturday, January 18 (Doors open @ 6:30)

Central Mission Center’s Invitational Ministries Welcomes you to enjoy musicians from Graceland University. Music brings people together and this event will bring you a sense of pride, hope and love to all who are connected to GU and the church.

SIDE NOTE: Steve & Laurie Holben’s grandson, Conner Holben, is a member of the GU choir and will be singing at this event.

TEENS WORKING IN SERVICE TOGETHER (TWIST)

The next two TWIST weekends have been set. All Middle

School and High School students — mark your calendars!

JAN 24 – 26 @ Bethel

APR 24 – 26 @ Topeka

Regarding the January TWIST gathering: Attention all 6th–12th graders!!! Complete the event registration form found online and bring your TWIST shirt if you have one. A $20 donation is suggested. Please RSVP by January 16 to Alan Keehler 816.810.5690 or Kat Hnatyshyn 816.506.6948.

THE NONVIOLENT PATH AS ILLUMINATED BY JESUS

(Assembly and Worship at the Temple)

When? 2 pm Sunday, March 8, 2020

Resolved, that over the next three years Community of Christ members and leaders discuss the role nonviolence plays in the pursuit of “peace on and for the Earth’” (D&C 165:1d) and in the life and mission of the church.

In response to this 2019 World Conference resolution and in the spirit of reverence and mutual regard, the Justice and Peace Action Team of Central and Midlands MCs will host a worship service and dialogue featuring John Dear, an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence.

2020 REUNIONS

Doniphan June 12–16 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Art Smith. Contact: Josh Huyett, (913) 707–3005

Chihowa July 12–17, 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Dave Nii. Contact: Sarah Marolf (785) 213–8308

***Please note Doniphan reunion date change***

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, January 6, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books group meets in the Church Library to discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover.

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

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

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

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

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10:30 AM – Kirk Barnhard will speak on the theme “Of Water and Spirit” with Steve Holben presiding and serving as worship planner. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

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

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

05 January 2020 message by Jerry Rushfelt and the Ordination of Deborah Rushfelt to the Office of Priest, filename 20200105-GRushfelt;Debbie.Rushfelt.Ordination.mp3

29 December 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191229-PBennetts.mp3

22 December 2019 Vespers Service recording, filename 20191222-Vespers.mp3

22 December 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20191222-JBacon.mp3

15 December 2019 message by Ron Millard, filename 20191215-RMillard.mp3.

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

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

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – December 29, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

THE MAGIC NUMBER
During the Reverse Advent Food Drive for the Center of Hope, our congregation collected 475 food items. That will be a great help for the Center’s Food Pantry in January!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Sunday school class continues to the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

On Sunday, January 5, 2010, Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion of Chapter 30 (“A Shifting Landscape: Eastern Christianity”) on page 373.

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

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

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

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

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING APPROACHES

The All Good Books group’s next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library. Note that this is the second Thursday of the month rather than our typical third Thursday.

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

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – No Saint’s Chorale practice and no

Prayer Circle. Enjoy New Year’s Day with your friends and family.

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 9:30 AM – Disassembly and storing of the Christmas decorations until next season.

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

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

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

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

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 10:30 AM – Jerry Rushfelt will speak on the theme “Light Shines in the Darkness” with John O’Neal presiding and Pam O’Neal serving as worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books group meets in the Church Library to discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

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

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

29 December 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191229-PBennetts.mp3

22 December 2019 Vespers Service recording, filename 20191222-Vespers.mp3

22 December 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20191222-JBacon.mp3

15 December 2019 message by Ron Millard, filename 20191215-RMillard.mp3.

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

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

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – December 22, 2019 MERRY CHRISTMAS

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE PASTORS

Thank you to the Mission Road Congregation for all the nice gifts, Christmas cards and gift cards to enjoy. It has been a blessing to serve as your Pastors and we thank you for your gifts of appreciation. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you and your families, may the spirit of Christmas be with you all year.

THANK YOU TO SANTA AND MRS CLAUS

Thank you to Santa and Mrs. Claus for stopping by the Fellowship Hall after our Vesper Service last Sunday evening. It was a fun time for everyone.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Sunday school class continues to the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

On Sunday, December 29, 2019, Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 29 (“A Shifting Landscape: Latin America”) on page 363.

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group will resume meeting on Sunday afternoon December 29 at 4:00 PM in the Church Library.

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

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

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING APPROACHES

The All Good Books group’s next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library. Note that this is the second Thursday of the month rather than our typical third Thursday.

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

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 – No Saint’s Chorale practice and no

Prayer Circle. Enjoy Christmas with your friends and family.

Sunday, December 29, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Bob Andes), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

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

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

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

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 29, 2019, 10:30 AM – Paul Bennetts will speak on the theme “Seek Refuge” with Clint Reine presiding and serving as worship planner. Pennie Bunkers will offer the ministry of music. Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 9:30 AM – Disassembly and storing of the Christmas decorations until next season.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 7:00-9:00 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

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

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

22 December 2019 Vespers Service recording, filename 20191222-Vespers.mp3

22 December 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20191222-JBacon.mp3

15 December 2019 message by Ron Millard, filename 20191215-RMillard.mp3.

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

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

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – December 15, 2019

Due to my error, I goofed and sent out a mailing without the text of the newsletter this week. You may have already received this newsletter. If so, please disregard this copy of the newsletter. Robert Sindt

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST POTLUCK

On Sunday, December 22, 2019, you’re invited to join us for the Annual Mission Road Christmas Breakfast Potluck starting at 8:45 AM. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite breakfast dish to share.

There will be no Sunday School classes on the 22nd, so everyone is invited to join in the fellowship of the Christmas Potluck prior to the Worship Service at 10:30 AM.

CHRISTMAS VESPERS POSTPONEMENT

The Christmas Vesper service was postponed due to weather. We’re rescheduling to 6:30 PM Sunday, December 22, 2019. Join us for our Christmas Vesper Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS

If you have purchased gifts for the Christmas Gift Tags in support of the Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) Christmas Party and were not able to get them to church this Sunday you can take them to the Birkby’s. Karen is going to go to the Center of Hope on Thursday morning to help the CACH staff tag the donated gifts. So bring anything you may have bought to support the CACH recipients. The CACH staff will take the donated gifts and create gift boxes for the adults, teenagers and children served by the Center.

If you didn’t pickup a tag and would like to contribute you are not too late. Tag your gift with the age, gender and size of the items. Items sought are new toys, games, and books for children and gifts appropriate for teens.

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

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Sunday school class will resume the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 29 (“A Shifting Landscape: Latin America”) on page 363.

FINAL SUNDAY FOR REVERSE ADVENT SEASON GIFTS TO FILL THE PANTRY

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

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

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

Week 4/December 22

December 22: Can of Mixed Vegetables

December 23: Can of Carrots

December 24: Can of Green Beans

December 25: Birthday Cake Mix and Frosting

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

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

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

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

NO BOOK CLUB MEETING UNTIL THE NEW YEAR

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 8:45 AM – Christmas Breakfast Potluck, bring your favorite breakfast dish to share and join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

· No Sunday School Classes.

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 10:30 AM – Jonathan Bacon will speak on the theme “The Promise of Love” with Larry Birkby presiding and serving as worship planner. A Musical Duet (Pennie Bunkers & Charles Athey) and a Musical Trio (Athena Bradshaw, Margaret & Charles Athey) will offer the ministry of music. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 7:00-9:00 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

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

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

15 December 2019 message by Ron Millard, filename 20191215-RMillard.mp3 will be posted shortly.

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

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

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational News – December 8, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS VESPERS

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

COOKIE SIGNUP

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

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR CENTER OF HOPE DUE THE 15TH

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

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

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

GLOVE, HAT, SCARF TREE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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

JOIN IN A REVERSE ADVENT SEASON TO FILL THE PANTRY

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

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

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

Week 3/December 15

December 15: Package of Rice

December 16: Box of Oatmeal

December 17: Package of Pasta

December 18: Spaghetti Sauce

December 19: Chicken Noodle Soup

December 20: Tomato Soup

December 21: Canned Corn

Week 4/December 22

December 22: Can of Mixed Vegetables

December 23: Can of Carrots

December 24: Can of Green Beans

December 25: Birthday Cake Mix and Frosting

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

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

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

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

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

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

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

NO BOOK CLUB MEETING UNTIL THE NEW YEAR

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 15, 2019

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

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

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

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

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

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

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

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

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

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

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

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

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

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

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

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

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

20191117-ESlauter;Guy.Malone.Confirmation.mp3

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

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

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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