Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 18, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2021

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETS THIS WEEK

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

THE PASSING OF AVIS GARRETT-BAPTIST

Avis Garrett-Baptist just passed away Saturday morning, January 16, 2021. Please remember Jeremy and her family in your thoughts and prayers. We’ll miss her stories, her art, and her wonderful counsel. Avis will be cremated and there will be no services due to the COVID pandemic.

Sandy Tugman, Avis’ daughter wrote this beautiful tribute to her Mom. I thought I’d share it with her church family.

I’m grieving my loss…

When it comes to mothers, I hit the jackpot. Truly. I got a mother who knew how to work, how to relax, how to take risks and how to explore. I got a mother who didn’t judge or criticize, and perhaps because of great luck, I got a mother with a superior sense of humor and a confident laugh.

I have joked that my mother had children so she would have playmates. There is truth in this. While I was growing up, we moved every three years to a “new” state or an unfamiliar country. My mother saw it all as an adventure, and she instilled in me a curiosity and an appreciation for the unfamiliar. When we lived in England, I learned about the 13th century monuments and how to do brass rubbings, (now largely banned). In the Mojave Desert, I learned about Joshua trees (a member of the lily family), and Mom taught me how to draw them. In Texas, I learned how to develop film, do ceramics, and play Canasta. In life, I learned to keep moving forward. By example, my mother taught me how to keep growing and learning.

She was a living gift, a life force who gave as much love as she could. When my brother, Gary, and I were in high school, our friends would hang out at our house because there was freedom to be oneself, and if being oneself could elicit laughter from my mother, the visit was worthwhile. She encouraged everyone to write on the bathroom wall. It was covered with graffiti, clever sayings, and art. It is no wonder that everyone loved my mother. She was comfortable with who she was, and she made everyone around her feel comfortable in who they were.

Certain words were disallowed in our home: "stupid," "shut up," and "should." Mom considered the first two as cruel, but “should” was reprehensible. This is the “guilt” word. Whether applied to ourselves or to others, it is designed to foster guilt… a big no-no according to my mother. Now, when I hear that word, I shiver.

She taught me so much. How to cook. How to knit. How to sew. How to listen. How to embrace art as a form, not only of expression, but of salvation. Through love, she taught me how to love. By grace, she taught me to be gracious.

As an adult, she taught me the strategic use of emphatic expletives. Some would say she was bawdy, but my mother taught me that regardless of what you say, someone will be offended. She was right.

She became an art therapist when only a few hundred people had even heard of art therapy. She was a pioneer, and she was really good at it. For years, I heard her having to explain art therapy, how it works, how it helps people. Time and again, even with a Ph.D., she had to defend her field and promote art therapy as legitimate. Time and again, she had to “prove” herself.

Then, when I launched into a professional career in higher education, I felt the immediate pressure of having to prove myself. In department and faculty meetings, I had to preface my contributions with qualifications, references, or, at the very least, evidence-based observations. It was constant and exhausting.

One day, I asked Mom, “Does there ever come a time when we no longer have to prove ourselves?” She looked me in the eyes and said, “Yes, Sandy. When we die.”

I love you, Mom. You no longer have to prove yourself. You are free.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and slightly used clothing.

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

Preparation is beginning for the quarterly schedule. Our goal is to publish the schedule one month prior to the first scheduled Sunday. Please take a moment to fill out (available online at carynpbro or mail this form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

Please return no later than February 1, 2021.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, January 24, 2021, worship theme is “The Kingdom Has Come” with Jane Landrum as the speaker. Kirk Barnhard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Clint Reine will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Brian Libeer.

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue to study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Jane Landrum will lead the discussion as the class completes the coverage of Chapter 1 (The Beatitudes) of Amy Jill Levine’s book “The Sermon on the Mount.” With any time remaining, Jonathan Bacon will begin discussion of Chapter 2 (The Extensions). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping (unless you have Amazon Prime in which case shipping is free). The class will include an open discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author, one covering each chapter.

ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETS THIS WEEK

The book club is scheduled to discuss "The Overstory" by Richard Powers this Thursday, January 21, 2021, and then Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone" on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Both meetings will be on Zoom using the usual church meeting link.

Remember the book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ includes discussion questions for “The Overstory” which are drawn from the PBS News Hour website.

We’re going to add some titles to our reading list, so you might want to look at the following list of "29 Books That Got Nearly Perfect Reviews This Year" (https://www.bookbub.com/blog/highly-rated-2020-books). Don’t limit yourself to just these 29 books but do start thinking about what to read next!

We’re looking forward to Thursday’s discussion of "The Overstory!"

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle Online.

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

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

7:00 PM This Thursday – The All Good Books group discusses “The Overstory” by Richard Powers.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 11, 20201

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

CARD SHOWER FOR JIM NEEDHAM

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

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.

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

Preparation is beginning for the quarterly schedule. Our goal is to publish the schedule one month prior to the first scheduled Sunday. Please take a moment to fill out (available online at carynpbro or mail this form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

Please return no later than February 1, 2021.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, January 17, 2021, worship theme is “Here I Am!” and will feature testimonies by Sharon Wood, Caryn Brown-Millard, and Jerry Rushfelt. Paul Bennetts will preside and Roxann Kosmicki will serve as the worship planner. Caryn Brown-Millard will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Robert Sindt.

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue to study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine with Jane Landrum leading the discussion this coming Sunday, January 17, 2021. The class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

The book examines Jesus’ most profound and memorable teachings from his sermon on the mount. Be sure to review the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7) as well as Chapter 1 (“The Beatitudes”) before class.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping (unless you have Amazon Prime in which case shipping is free). The class will include an open discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author, one covering each chapter.

Please join us for this new class.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The book club is scheduled to discuss "The Overstory" by Richard Powers on Thursday, January 21, 2021, and then Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone" on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Both meetings will be on Zoom using the usual church meeting link.

We hope you’re making progress on "The Overstory." It’s a long novel (502 pages) but will probably generate more discussion than any book the book club has read to date…and we’ve been meeting since 1999!

We’re going to need to add some additional titles to our reading list, so you might want to look at the following list of "29 Books That Got Nearly Perfect Reviews This Year" (https://www.bookbub.com/blog/highly-rated-2020-books). Don’t limit yourself to just these 29 books but do start thinking about what to read next!

Remember the book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ includes discussion questions for “The Overstory” which are drawn from the PBS NewsHour website.

We’re looking forward to the discussion of "The Overstory!"

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle. Prayer Circle resumes this Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

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

10 AM Every Sunday – Resuming on Sunday January 3, 2021 the Adult Sunday School Class will study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and slightly used clothing.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 4, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

Preparation is beginning for the quarterly schedule. Our goal is to publish the schedule one month prior to the first scheduled Sunday. Please take a moment to fill out (available online at carynpbro or mail this form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

Please return no later than February 1, 2021.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, January 10, 2021, worship theme is “Wind Upon the Waters” and will feature a message by Arlene Leonard. Ron Millard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Paul Bennetts.

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue to study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine with Dennis Wood leading the discussion this coming Sunday, January 10, 2021. The class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

The book examines Jesus’ most profound and memorable teachings from his sermon on the mount. Be sure to read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7) as well as Chapter 1 (“The Beatitudes”) before class.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping (unless you have Amazon Prime in which case shipping is free). The class will include an open discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author, one covering each chapter.

Please join us for this new class.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The book club is scheduled to discuss "The Overstory" by Richard Powers on Thursday, January 21, 2021, and then Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone" on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Both meetings will be on Zoom using the usual church meeting link.

We hope you’re making progress on "The Overstory." It’s a long novel (502 pages) but will probably generate more discussion than any book the book club has read to date…and we’ve been meeting since 1999!

We’re going to need to add some additional titles to our reading list, so you might want to look at the following list of "29 Books That Got Nearly Perfect Reviews This Year" (https://www.bookbub.com/blog/highly-rated-2020-books). Don’t limit yourself to just these 29 books but do start thinking about what to read next!

Remember the book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ includes discussion questions for “The Overstory” which are drawn from the PBS NewsHour website.

We’re looking forward to the New Year and the discussion of "The Overstory!"

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

• Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (Temple School MP300) 8 weeks

• Ministry of the Deacon (Temple School MP302) 6 weeks

• Ministry of the High Priest (Temple School MP307) 8 weeks, Instructor David Anderson, Pres. Quorum of High Priests

• Introduction to Pastor Ministry – 6 weeks

• NEW Generational Overview (mini-class) 3 weeks, $18

$25 registration begins December 14. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration”.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle. Prayer Circle resumes this Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

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

10 AM Every Sunday – Resuming on Sunday January 3, 2021 the Adult Sunday School Class will study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

The next drop off is Saturday, January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – December 28, 2020

My apologies, I just received a notice that the newsletter I sent on Monday had a typo in the address.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 3

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, January 3, 2021, worship theme is “The Word Lives Among Us” and will feature a message by Clint Reine. Mary Reichenbach will preside, and Debbie Rushfelt will serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Roxann Kosmicki.

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 3

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will resume meeting online on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 10 AM with a discussion of the Introduction to “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine. Class time will again follow the Sunday morning worship starting at 10 AM. The book examines Jesus’ most profound and memorable teachings from his sermon on the mount. Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion this coming Sunday and has asked everyone to read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7) before class.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping (unless you have Amazon Prime in which case shipping is free). The class will include an open discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author, one covering each chapter.

Please join us for this new class.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The book club is scheduled to discuss "The Overstory" by Richard Powers on Thursday, January 21, 2021, and then Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone" on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Both meetings will be on Zoom using the usual church meeting link.

We hope you’re making progress on "The Overstory." It’s a long novel (502 pages) but will probably generate more discussion than any book the book club has read to date…and we’ve been meeting since 1999!

We’re going to need to add some additional titles to our reading list, so you might want to look at the following list of "29 Books That Got Nearly Perfect Reviews This Year" (https://www.bookbub.com/blog/highly-rated-2020-books). Don’t limit yourself to just these 29 books but do start thinking about what to read next!

Remember the book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ includes discussion questions for “The Overstory” which are drawn from the PBS NewsHour website.

We’re looking forward to the New Year and the discussion of "The Overstory!"

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

• Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (Temple School MP300) 8 weeks

• Ministry of the Deacon (Temple School MP302) 6 weeks

• Ministry of the High Priest (Temple School MP307) 8 weeks, Instructor David Anderson, Pres. Quorum of High Priests

• Introduction to Pastor Ministry – 6 weeks

• NEW Generational Overview (mini-class) 3 weeks, $18

$25 registration begins December 14. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration”.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle. Note: There will be no Prayer Circle on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

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

10 AM Every Sunday – Resuming on Sunday January 3, 2021 the Adult Sunday School Class will study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – December 21, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: AN EVENING OF CAROLS AND SACRED STORY

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES JANUARY 3

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

And More…

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: AN EVENING OF CAROLS AND SACRED STORY

Each year at the Kirtland Temple, the Christmas story is shared through scripture and carols. Although the community is unable to gather in person this year, the Spirit of the season will continue in an expanded form and streamed around the world. In partnership with the Beyond the Walls choir and the Toronto Centre Place, we invite you to join us and the talented musicians throughout Community of Christ in singing beloved Advent hymns with friends from all over the world. Go to https://tinyurl.com/ChristEveMusic to join us via YouTube on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 6 pm (Eastern), 5 pm (Central), 4 pm (Mountain), 3 pm (Pacific).

This is an evening you don’t want to miss!

Note: Donations received during the Christmas Eve Service will go towards the "$25,000 in 25 Days" campaign to help fund the preservation and maintenance of Community of Christ historic sites. Unable to attend but interested in supporting the historic sites? Follow the link (https://tinyurl.com/donateCofC) to make an online donation to the campaign. Contributions may be sent through the mail to: Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation,

P.O. Box 338, Nauvoo, IL 62354.

Thank you for your generosity!

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, December 27, 2020, worship theme is “Guided by the Spirit” and will feature a message by Dorothy May. Larry Birkby will preside and serve as the worship planner. Clint Reine will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Brian Libeer.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES JANUARY 3

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will resume meeting online on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Class time will again follow the Sunday morning worship starting at 10 AM.

Having completed the Amy-Jill Levine book “Short Stories by Jesus,” the class will begin studying her book “Sermon on the Mount.” The book examines Jesus’ most profound and memorable teachings from his sermon on the mount.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping unless you have Amazon Prime. The class will include discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author.

The class will be co-taught by Jane Landrum, Marilyn Gairns, Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts and Dennis Wood.

There will be no adult class on December 20 and 27, 2020, but of course there will be worship on those dates starting at 9 AM.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

• Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (Temple School MP300) 8 weeks

• Ministry of the Deacon (Temple School MP302) 6 weeks

• Ministry of the High Priest (Temple School MP307) 8 weeks, Instructor David Anderson, Pres. Quorum of High Priests

• Introduction to Pastor Ministry – 6 weeks

• NEW Generational Overview (mini-class) 3 weeks, $18

$25 registration begins December 14. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration”.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle. Note: There will be no Prayer Circle on Wednesday, December 23 or 30, 2020.

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

10 AM Every Sunday – Resuming on Sunday January 3, 2021 the Adult Sunday School Class will study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, January 21, 2021, to discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. The book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ includes discussion questions for the session drawn from the PBS NewsHour website.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – December 14, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2020

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

HMA 2021 PLEDGE INFORMATION

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES JANUARY 3

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

HMA 2021 PLEDGE INFORMATION

The Board of the Health Ministries Association (HMA) recently voted to renew our contract with Saira Giron to serve as our nurse in Honduras for 2021. If anyone wishes to make a pledge for 2021 or is ready to make a donation to support her work next year, please email Paul Bennetts at paul89crna@gmail.com or you can send your donation check to Paul at 10926 S. Cottage Lane, Olathe, KS 66061 and he will forward checks to the HMA office.

Checks should be made out to "Health Ministries Association" or just "HMA" with a notation in the memo line for "Honduras Nurse Program." Thanks to all who have supported Saira’s work for the past several years.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, December 20, 2020, worship theme is “The World Is about to Turn” and will feature a message by Roxann Kosmicki. Clint Reine will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Caryn Brown.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES JANUARY 3

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will resume meeting online on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Class time will again follow the Sunday morning worship starting at 10 AM.

Having completed the Amy-Jill Levine book “Short Stories by Jesus,” the class will begin studying her book “Sermon on the Mount.” The book examines Jesus’ most profound and memorable teachings from his sermon on the mount.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping unless you have Amazon Prime. The class will include discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author.

The class will be co-taught by Jane Landrum, Marilyn Gairns, Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts and Dennis Wood.

There will be no adult class on December 20 and 27, 2020, but of course there will be worship on those dates starting at 9 AM.

MIDLAND MISSION CENTER ADVENT VIDEOS

We hope you are enjoying Craig’s Advent videos. Here are more! Thanks Craig!

Silent Night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usrsg3ksUCI

Peace Surrounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbNLci107PU

Blessings,

Midlands Mission Center President Team

(Kat, Allen, Sharon & Stan)

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

• Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (Temple School MP300) 8 weeks

• Ministry of the Deacon (Temple School MP302) 6 weeks

• Ministry of the High Priest (Temple School MP307) 8 weeks, Instructor David Anderson, Pres. Quorum of High Priests

• Introduction to Pastor Ministry – 6 weeks

• NEW Generational Overview (mini-class) 3 weeks, $18

$25 registration begins December 14. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration”.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle. Note: There will be no Prayer Circle on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

10 AM Every Sunday – Resuming on Sunday January 3, 2021 the Adult Sunday School Class will study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, January 21, 2021, to discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. The book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ includes discussion questions for the session drawn from the PBS NewsHour website.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

MMC JOB OPENINGS

Social Media Specialist (Part-time, approx. 20 hr/month)

Posted 11 November April 2020 / Open until filled

Youth Minister (Part-time, approx. 20 hr/month)

Posted 28 April 2020 / Open until filled

Young Adult Minister (Part-time, approx. 20 hr/month)

Posted 28 April 2020 / Open until filled

Email letter of interest, resume, qualifications, and references to Khnatyshyn or allen.keehler; or mail documents to: Midlands USA Mission Center

7615 N. Platte Purchase Dr., Kansas City, MO 64512

CAMPGROUNDS

Chihowa and Doniphan have been hit hard by the pandemic and remain closed resulting in immense income loss. Please consider contributing to help support these worthwhile ministries. https://bit.ly/donatemmc.

Chihowa is looking for someone with plumbing knowledge to help trace underground lines and identify areas of improvement. We have some leaks and may need to replace and upgrade the systems. Please contact Board President Aaron Laughlin 816.454.2607

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – December 7, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2020

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

CHRISTMAS PACKAGES

HMA 2021 PLEDGE INFORMATION

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

And More…

CHRISTMAS PACKAGES

It’s that time of year when the Mission Road Congregation steps up and provides Christmas gifts for distribution by the Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH). If you’re able to contribute to this worth cause, consider a gift for anyone or more of the following categories of individuals:

Adult Female

Adult Male

Female Child Elementary age

Male Child Elementary age

Female Middle School/High School age

Male Middle School/High School age

Gifts should be loosely wrapped (preferably in open Christmas bags) and delivered to the Mission Road church on or before Sunday December 13, 2020. Robin will be at the church between 10 and 12 Noon on the 13th. Please keep the packages small (maximum size would be shoe box size) as they will be distributed using social distancing, through a drive-up window. If you have a mix of items for any age or gender; if you place them in a bag the CACH staff can distribute them as needed. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you

HMA 2021 PLEDGE INFORMATION

The Board of the Health Ministries Association (HMA) recently voted to renew our contract with Saira Giron to serve as our nurse in Honduras for 2021. If anyone wishes to make a pledge for 2021 or is ready to make a donation to support her work next year, please email Paul Bennetts at paul89crna@gmail.com or you can send your donation check to Paul at 10926 S. Cottage Lane, Olathe, KS 66061 and he will forward checks to the HMA office.

Checks should be made out to "Health Ministries Association" or just "HMA" with a notation in the memo line for "Honduras Nurse Program." Thanks to all who have supported Saira’s work for the past several years.

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

The Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/Winter2020Worship. Thank you to all those who volunteered to provide the worship experience in the Winter of 2020-2021.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, December 13, 2020, worship theme is “Bring Good News” and will feature a message by Steve Holben. Karen Birkby will preside and serve as the worship planner. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Paul Bennetts.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

By the way, you’re welcome to stay online and chat after the worship service and join the adult class online. You do not need to log out, you can simply chat with friends online or mute and stop your video and then start your video again when class begins at 10 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will meet online using Zoom this coming Sunday. Class time will follow the Sunday morning worship starting at 10 AM.

The text for Sunday’s class is the final chapter (“Conclusion: The Power of Disturbing Stories”) of the Amy-Jill Levine book “Short Stories by Jesus.” Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion. Plans are to conclude the book this Sunday (December13, 2020).

There will be no adult class on December 20 and 27, 2020, but of course there will be worship on those dates starting at 9 AM.

NEW BOOK FOR ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Starting on Sunday, January 3, 2021, the Adult Sunday School class will begin the study of Amy-Jill Levine’s “The Sermon on the Mount.” The book examines Jesus’ most profound and memorable teachings from his sermon on the mount.

The class will be co-taught by Jane Landrum, Marilyn Gairns, Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts and Dennis Wood.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping unless you have Amazon Prime. The class will include discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

• Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (Temple School MP300) 8 weeks

• Ministry of the Deacon (Temple School MP302) 6 weeks

• Ministry of the High Priest (Temple School MP307) 8 weeks, Instructor David Anderson, Pres. Quorum of High Priests

• Introduction to Pastor Ministry – 6 weeks

• NEW Generational Overview (mini-class) 3 weeks, $18

$25 registration begins December 14. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration”.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

10 AM Every Sunday – Adult Sunday School Class studying “Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS BLUB MEETING

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, January 21, 2021, to discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. Watch the book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ for discussion question in the near future.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

December 12, 2020

January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

MMC JOB OPENINGS

Social Media Specialist (Part-time, approx. 20 hr/month)

Posted 11 November April 2020 / Open until filled

Youth Minister (Part-time, approx. 20 hr/month)

Posted 28 April 2020 / Open until filled

Young Adult Minister (Part-time, approx. 20 hr/month)

Posted 28 April 2020 / Open until filled

Email letter of interest, resume, qualifications, and references to Khnatyshyn or allen.keehler; or mail documents to: Midlands USA Mission Center

7615 N. Platte Purchase Dr., Kansas City, MO 64512

CAMPGROUNDS

Chihowa and Doniphan have been hit hard by the pandemic and remain closed resulting in immense income loss. Please consider contributing to help support these worthwhile ministries. https://bit.ly/donatemmc.

Chihowa is looking for someone with plumbing knowledge to help trace underground lines and identify areas of improvement. We have some leaks and may need to replace and upgrade the systems. Please contact Board President Aaron Laughlin 816.454.2607

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road congregational Newsletter – November 30, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

CHRISTMAS PACKAGES

HMA 2021 Pledges

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

FURNITURE / HOUSEHOLD DONATIONS FOR BERNICE SMITH AND SON ANDRES

JIM NEEDHAM’S ARTWORK IN KC SHOW

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR COVID PATIENTS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

Christmas Packages

If you are participating in the Christmas Packages for Center of Hope, please have them loosely wrapped (preferably in open Christmas bags) and delivered to Mission Road church on or before Sunday December 13th. Robin will be at the church between 10 and 12 Noon on the 13th. Please keep the packages small (like a shoe box size) as they will be distributed using social distancing, through a drive-up window.

We are very fortunate in having 30+ hand knitted hats, gloves and scarves donated to the Christmas drive by a neighborhood knitting group and friends of the church.

HMA 2021 Pledge Information

The Board of the Health Ministries Association (HMA) recently voted to renew our contract with Saira Giron to serve as our nurse in Honduras for 2021. If anyone wishes to make a pledge for 2021 or is ready to make a donation to support her work next year, please email Paul Bennetts at paul89crna@gmail.com or you can send your donation check to Paul at 10926 S. Cottage Lane, Olathe, KS 66061 and he will forward checks to the HMA office.

Checks can be made out to "Health Ministries Association" or just "HMA" with a notation in the memo line for "Honduras Nurse Program."

Thanks to all who have supported Saira’s work for the past several years.

FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD DONATIONS FOR THE SMITHS

If you have furniture or items for the household, please consider donating them to Bernice and or Andrew Smith. Any items from furniture to housekeeping (dishes, linens, etc.) would be very much appreciated. Please drop off your donations in the Fellowship Hall at Mission Road Congregation. If you need help transporting the items, please call Robert Sindt at 913 341 7462 or email him at rsindtks.

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

The Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/Winter2020Worship. Thank you to all those who volunteered to provide the worship experience in the Winter of 2020-2021.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR COVID PATIENTS

Jennifer Libeer works at Research Medical Center which cares for more COVID-19 patients than any other hospital in the Kansas City area. Jennifer writes: "I am extremely proud of the staff’s ability to meet the medical needs of the patients and I know that our efforts will continue into next year. One of the struggles for COVID patients is extreme isolation sometimes for weeks at a time. I have made a list of items we would love to have on hand to give to patients to help with their mental health and boredom. You may have other ideas that are similar."

If you can donate, items can be dropped off at the church (please mark for Research Medical Center so as not to confuse with donations for the Center for Hope) or at Jennifer’s home (her address is in the Church Directory), or Jennifer has volunteered to pick up items if you live in the area.

Ideas include Sudoku books, puzzle books, word searches, adult or kid coloring books/colored pencils, sketchbooks, playing cards, journals, magazines (all types, even old ones), books (spiritual quote books or uplifting themes), hand puzzles, Play-Doh, yarn, crochet hooks, and knitting needles.

If you have questions, text Jennifer at 913-544-3484.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, December 6th, 2020, worship theme is “Prepare the Way of the Lord” and will feature a message by Brian Libeer . Kennetha Kutler will preside and serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Roxann Kosmicki.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

By the way, you’re welcome to stay online and chat after the worship service and join the adult class online. You do not need to log out, you can simply chat with friends online or mute and stop your video and then start your video again when class begins at 10 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will meet online using Zoom this coming Sunday. Class time will follow the Sunday morning worship starting at 10 AM.

The text for the class will be “Short Stories by Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

December 12, 2020

January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

10 AM Every Sunday – Adult Sunday School Class studying “Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.

JOIN US FOR GIVING TUESDAY ON DECEMBER 1, 2020

Double the Good

This year a generous matching contribution of $200,000 has been pledged for this event. For example, a $25.00 contribution will be matched and becomes $50.00.

Any donation to Worldwide Mission Tithes helps bring hope to people around the world! In 2020, contributions have supported:

· COVID-19 crisis relief and oblation aid, including $100,500 to Haiti, Africa, Nepal, India, and Central and South America. And, a total of $63,614 in oblation aid in the United States.

· Ten chartered World Church teams with 136 members who provide guidance, advocacy, and education on Earth stewardship, diversity and inclusion, health and wholeness, spiritual formation, and peace and justice — among others.

How to Participate

Online

Visit eTithing (https://app.securegive.com/cofchrist) to give.

Text

Type GIVE to 844-964-1444 and follow the instructions.

Mail

Send checks to Community of Christ International Headquarters, Presiding Bishopric, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO 64050. Mark the check "Giving Tuesday.”

Thank you for sharing your generosity and for supporting our mission!

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

Cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue to rise in Kansas. We have not yet met the World Church criteria for reopening our congregation (that is, COVID-19 cases must be stable or declining for three weeks before face-to-face meetings are resumed). We’ll continue to meet using Zoom until the situation changes.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – November 23, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

HMA 2021 Pledges

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

FURNITURE / HOUSEHOLD DONATIONS FOR BERNICE SMITH AND SON ANDRES

JIM NEEDHAM’S ARTWORK IN KC SHOW

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR COVID PATIENTS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

HMA 2021 Pledge Information

The Board of the Health Ministries Association (HMA) recently voted to renew our contract with Saira Giron to serve as our nurse in Honduras for 2021. If anyone wishes to make a pledge for 2021 or is ready to make a donation to support her work next year, please email Paul Bennetts at paul89crna@gmail.com or you can send your donation check to Paul at 10926 S. Cottage Lane, Olathe, KS 66061 and he will forward checks to the HMA office.

Checks can be made out to "Health Ministries Association" or just "HMA" with a notation in the memo line for "Honduras Nurse Program."

Thanks to all who have supported Saira’s work for the past several years.

FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD DONATIONS FOR THE SMITHS

If you have furniture or items for the household, please consider donating them to Bernice and or Andrew Smith. Any items from furniture to housekeeping (dishes, linens, etc.) would be very much appreciated. Please drop off your donations in the Fellowship Hall at Mission Road Congregation. If you need help transporting the items, please call Robert Sindt at 913 341 7462 or email him at rsindtks. Excess items will be sent to the Center of Hope.

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

The Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/Winter2020Worship. Thank you to all those who volunteered to provide the worship experience in the Winter of 2020-2021.

WORSHIP SERVICE PRESIDERS

If you remember when we were gathering in the Church Building to worship it was suggested that you have your worship service information for the bulletin to Clint by a week and half prior to the service. I think that with the Covid and Zoom we may have become somewhat lacks. I am strongly suggesting that we get back into the groove of preparing the worship service earlier so you can get all the information to the Power Point and Zoom providers well in advance. With everything being provided by video the Power Point and Zoom providers need time to prepare the service.

If you need to coordinate participants and music and want the congregation to sing along, please allow time for the Power Point provider to assemble all the words to the hymns. Also, if you are helping to prepare the Power Point please proofread your work. We do appreciate all those that are helping with the Zoom Worship Services and we know they put a lot of time and effort into making the Zoom service meaningful. Please be responsive if your name is on the schedule to contribute your part.

Thank you to all that are involved with presiding and planning of our Worship Services. I know it is a challenge to get everything put together for the rest of us to enjoy. Please continue your hard work while we work through this time together-apart. May God continue to bless us as we walk through life together.

JIM NEEDHAM’S ARTWORK IN KC SHOW

Jim Needham’s artwork will be shown as part of the Kansas City Artists Coalition “Art for All” Exhibit that runs from November 13 to November 28, 2020. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM at 3200 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO. More information is available online at https://kansascityartistscoalition.org/

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR COVID PATIENTS

Jennifer Libeer works at Research Medical Center which cares for more COVID-19 patients than any other hospital in the Kansas City area. Jennifer writes: "I am extremely proud of the staff’s ability to meet the medical needs of the patients and I know that our efforts will continue into next year. One of the struggles for COVID patients is extreme isolation sometimes for weeks at a time. I have made a list of items we would love to have on hand to give to patients to help with their mental health and boredom. You may have other ideas that are similar."

If you can donate, items can be dropped off at the church (please mark for Research Medical Center so as not to confuse with donations for the Center for Hope) or at Jennifer’s home (her address is in the Church Directory), or Jennifer has volunteered to pick up items if you live in the area.

Ideas include Sudoku books, puzzle books, word searches, adult or kid coloring books/colored pencils, sketchbooks, playing cards, journals, magazines (all types, even old ones), books (spiritual quote books or uplifting themes), hand puzzles, Play-Doh, yarn, crochet hooks, and knitting needles.

If you have questions, text Jennifer at 913-544-3484.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, November 29, 2020, worship theme is “God Come Among Us” and will feature a message by John O’Neal. Ron Miller will preside and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Caryn Brown will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Kennetha Kutler.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

By the way, you’re welcome to stay online and chat after the worship service and join the adult class online. You do not need to log out, you can simply chat with friends online or mute and stop your video and then start your video again when class begins at 10 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will meet online using Zoom this coming Sunday. Class time will follow the Sunday morning worship starting at 10 AM.

The text for the class will be “Short Stories by Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

November 28, 2020

December 12, 2020

January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

10 AM Every Sunday – Adult Sunday School Class studying “Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.

JOIN US FOR GIVING TUESDAY ON DECEMBER 1, 2020

Double the Good

This year a generous matching contribution of $200,000 has been pledged for this event. For example, a $25.00 contribution will be matched and becomes $50.00.

Any donation to Worldwide Mission Tithes helps bring hope to people around the world! In 2020, contributions have supported:

· COVID-19 crisis relief and oblation aid, including $100,500 to Haiti, Africa, Nepal, India, and Central and South America. And, a total of $63,614 in oblation aid in the United States.

· Ten chartered World Church teams with 136 members who provide guidance, advocacy, and education on Earth stewardship, diversity and inclusion, health and wholeness, spiritual formation, and peace and justice — among others.

How to Participate

Online

Visit eTithing (https://app.securegive.com/cofchrist) to give.

Text

Type GIVE to 844-964-1444 and follow the instructions.

Mail

Send checks to Community of Christ International Headquarters, Presiding Bishopric, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO 64050. Mark the check "Giving Tuesday.”

Thank you for sharing your generosity and for supporting our mission!

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

Cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue to rise in Kansas. We have not yet met the World Church criteria for reopening our congregation (that is, COVID-19 cases must be stable or declining for three weeks before face-to-face meetings are resumed). We’ll continue to meet using Zoom until the situation changes.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – November 16, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

JIM NEEDHAM’S ARTWORK IN KC SHOW

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR COVID PATIENTS

BOOK CLUB MEETS THIS THURSDAY

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

The Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/Winter2020Worship. Thank you to all those who volunteered to provide the worship experience in the Winter of 2020-2021.

JIM NEEDHAM’S ARTWORK IN KC SHOW

Jim Needham’s artwork will be shown as part of the Kansas City Artists Coalition “Art for All” Exhibit that runs from November 13 to November 28, 2020. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM at 3200 Gilliam Road, Kansas City, MO. More information is available online at https://kansascityartistscoalition.org/

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR COVID PATIENTS

Jennifer Libeer works at Research Medical Center which cares for more COVID-19 patients than any other hospital in the Kansas City area. Jennifer writes: "I am extremely proud of the staff’s ability to meet the medical needs of the patients and I know that our efforts will continue into next year. One of the struggles for COVID patients is extreme isolation sometimes for weeks at a time. I have made a list of items we would love to have on hand to give to patients to help with their mental health and boredom. You may have other ideas that are similar."

If you can donate, items can be dropped off at the church (please mark for Research Medical Center so as not to confuse with donations for the Center for Hope) or at Jennifer’s home (her address is in the Church Directory), or Jennifer has volunteered to pick up items if you live in the area.

Ideas include Sudoku books, puzzle books, word searches, adult or kid coloring books/colored pencils, sketchbooks, playing cards, journals, magazines (all types, even old ones), books (spiritual quote books or uplifting themes), hand puzzles, Play-Doh, yarn, crochet hooks, and knitting needles.

If you have questions, text Jennifer at 913-544-3484.

BOOK CLUB MEETS THIS THURSDAY

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, November 19, 2020 to discuss “The Lending Library” by Aliza Fogelson. Check out https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ for more details.

Suggested discussion questions will be posted early this week on the website. You can access the book club meeting using the same weblink that is used for all Mission Road Congregation Zoom meetings.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, November 22, 2020, worship theme is “See Christ Among Us” and will feature a message by Karen Birkby. Arlene Leonard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Clint Reine will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Brian Libeer.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

By the way, you’re welcome to stay online and chat after the worship service and join the adult class online. You do not need to log out, you can simply chat with friends online or mute and stop your video and then start your video again when class begins at 10 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will meet online using Zoom this coming Sunday. Class time will follow the Sunday morning worship starting at 10 AM.

The text for the class will be “Short Stories by Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine. Jane Landrum will continue the discussion of Chapter 8 (“The Widow and the Judge”) this Sunday.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

November 28, 2020

December 12, 2020

January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

10 AM Every Sunday – Adult Sunday School Class studying “Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.

7 PM This Thursday, November 19, 2020, the All Good Books Club meets online to discuss “The Lending Library.”

JOIN US FOR GIVING TUESDAY ON DECEMBER 1, 2020

Double the Good

This year a generous matching contribution of $200,000 has been pledged for this event. For example, a $25.00 contribution will be matched and becomes $50.00.

Any donation to Worldwide Mission Tithes helps bring hope to people around the world! In 2020, contributions have supported:

· COVID-19 crisis relief and oblation aid, including $100,500 to Haiti, Africa, Nepal, India, and Central and South America. And, a total of $63,614 in oblation aid in the United States.

· Ten chartered World Church teams with 136 members who provide guidance, advocacy, and education on Earth stewardship, diversity and inclusion, health and wholeness, spiritual formation, and peace and justice — among others.

How to Participate

Online

Visit eTithing (https://app.securegive.com/cofchrist) to give.

Text

Type GIVE to 844-964-1444 and follow the instructions.

Mail

Send checks to Community of Christ International Headquarters, Presiding Bishopric, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO 64050. Mark the check "Giving Tuesday.”

Thank you for sharing your generosity and for supporting our mission!

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

Cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue to rise in Kansas. We have not yet met the World Church criteria for reopening our congregation (that is, COVID-19 cases must be stable or declining for three weeks before face-to-face meetings are resumed). We’ll continue to meet using Zoom until the situation changes.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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