Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – March 1, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, March 1, 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:

LAST CHANCE – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

MARCH ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATE

And More…

LAST CHANCE – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

If you have not yet completed the online survey regarding the congregation’s readiness for re-opening the church for in-person worship, please do so as early as possible this week. The survey is available at the following weblink:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J58ZXR3

Anyone without online access should contact Jonathan Bacon (see the church directory) for a printed survey form.

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.

MARCH ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM using the church’s regular Zoom weblink. At that time, we’ll discuss “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman.

The book is typical Backman (“A Man Called Ove,” “Britt-Marie Was Here,” and “Beartown” among other books) with a cast of characters including a failed bank robber, a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

We hope you can join us on the 18th of March for the discussion of this fascinating novel.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

The Spring 2021 Worship Schedule is now available online using the weblink below. Be sure to download and print your copy for reference. It covers March, April, and May 2021.

https://tinyurl.com/Spring2021Worship

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, March 7, 2021, worship theme is “Hear God’s Guidance” with Kathryn Minton as the speaker. Paul Bennetts will preside and Nadine Bennetts will serve as the worship planner. Paul Bennetts will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Caryn Brown.

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 is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Dennis Wood will continue the discussion of Chapter 4 (“Our Father”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATE

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. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Saturday, April 3, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting club in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us as donations for the Center of Hope. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

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.

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

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 – February 22, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 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:

LAST WEEK TO RESPOND – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

And More…

LAST WEEK TO RESPOND – PLEASE COMPLETE THE CHURCH REOPENING SURVEY

To discover the wishes of the congregation, an online survey is now available determine the congregation’s readiness for re-opening of the church for in-person worship. The survey is available at the following weblink:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J58ZXR3

Anyone without online access should contact Jonathan Bacon (see the church directory) for a printed survey form.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

The Spring 2021 Worship Schedule is now available online using the weblink below. Be sure to download and print your copy for reference. It covers March, April, and May 2021.

https://tinyurl.com/Spring2021Worship

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.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, February 28, 2021, worship theme is “Blessed” with John O’Neal as the speaker. Arlene Leonard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon 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 is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Dennis Wood will lead the discussion of Chapter 4 (“Our Father”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATE

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. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting club in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us as donations for the Center of Hope. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

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.

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

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 – February 15, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 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:

ALL GOOD BOOKS GROUP – MEETS THIS WEEK WITH NEW FORMAT

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS NOW ON YOUTUBE

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

DON’T FORGET – WE NEED YOUR RESPONSE

FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF THIS WEEK

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

ALL GOOD BOOKS GROUP – MEETS THIS WEEK WITH NEW FORMAT

At the suggestion of several members, the All Good Books group will take on a new format beginning this month. While we’ll discuss Kristin Hannah’s novel, “The Great Alone,” we’ll also open the meeting for “book reports” by anyone attending.

If you’ve read a book that you loved or disliked, come prepared to share your comments about the book. For the foreseeable future, we won’t schedule books to read months in advance, instead we’ll go month to month based on recommendations by members.

So, if you’ve been reading something you’d like to share with the group, please plan to attend on Zoom at 7:00 PM this Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Zoom link used for all Mission Road Congregation meetings will also be used for the book club.

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS NOW ON YOUTUBE

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

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service. More postings are coming, but you can watch about a dozen videos that have already been posted.

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

The Spring 2021 Worship Schedule is now available online using the weblink below. Be sure to download and print your copy for reference. It covers March, April, and May 2021.

https://tinyurl.com/Spring2021Worship

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.

DON’T FORGET – WE NEED YOUR RESPONSE

To discover the wishes of the congregation, an online survey is now available determine the congregation’s readiness for re-opening of the church for in-person worship. The survey is available at the following weblink:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J58ZXR3

Anyone without online access should contact Jonathan Bacon (see the church directory) for a printed survey form.

FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF THIS WEEK

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. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting club in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us as donations for the Center of Hope. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, February 21, 2021, worship theme is “The Everlasting Covenant” with Ron Millard as the speaker. Jane Landrum will preside and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Caryn Brown will also 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 is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Paul Bennetts will continue the discussion of Chapter 3 (“Practicing Piety”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

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, February 18, 2021, the All Good Books group will meet on Zoom at 7:00 PM to discuss “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah.

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

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 – February 8, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 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:

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

IMPORTANT SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR FOR MISSION ROAD HIRED

LAST CHANCE TO COMPLETE THE ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB SURVEY!

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

And More…

CHECKOUT WHAT’S COMING IN SPRING

The Spring 2021 Worship Schedule is now available online using the weblink below. Be sure to download and print your copy for reference. It covers March, April, and May 2021.

https://tinyurl.com/Spring2021Worship

IMPORTANT SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE

To discover the wishes of the congregation, an online survey is now available determine the congregation’s readiness for re-opening of the church for in-person worship. The survey is available at the following weblink:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J58ZXR3

Anyone without online access should contact Jonathan Bacon (see the church directory) for a printed survey form.

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR FOR MISSION ROAD HIRED

On Sunday January 31st, during a brief Business Meeting, the Congregation approved the appointment of Kennetha Kuttler as the new Administrative Coordinator, replacing Clint Reine. Funds were approved to hire Kennetha and Clint concurrently (beginning February 1) for the next two months to facilitate the transition.

LAST CHANCE TO COMPLETE THE ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB SURVEY!

The current All Good Books group schedule ends with Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone" which we’ll discuss on February 18, 2021, on Zoom at 7 PM. So, it’s time to add some more titles!

We’ve set up a survey that’s available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68C9P6F

The book club is sponsored by the Mission Road Congregation and you’re all invited to join! If interested, please take a couple of minutes to respond. You can vote for up to 6 titles plus add a suggestion or two at the end of the survey form. Note that descriptions of all the books on the survey are listed on our website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/book-suggestions/

Please complete the survey no later than Monday, February 8. We look forward to you joining us on February 18th!

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, February 14, 2021, worship theme is “God’s Beloved” with Paul Bennetts as the speaker. Dorothy May will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt 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

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is currently studying the “Sermon on the Mount” book by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion of Chapter 3 (“Practicing Piety”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

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.

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

ORGAN MUSIC ADDED TO WORSHIP SERVICES

Blake West, is a member of the Lenexa congregation. He has also been a member of Mission Road and several of you may know him. He has asked and been given permission to practice on the Mission Road pipe organ. He had been practicing on the Temple organ and wanted to practice on an instrument closer to where he lives. Blake is willing to record selections and send them to the PowerPoint provider. If you are a presider or service planner and would like to add some Organ music to your worship service call Larry and he can put you in touch with Blake. As far as that goes I’m sure there are other Mission Road members in our congregation that would be happy to share their talents, too. Think prelude and meditation music as well as hymns.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF SCHEDULED

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. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting club in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us as donations for the Center of Hope. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

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 – February 1, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 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:

SURVEY TO BE POSTED SOON

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR FOR MISSION ROAD HIRED

YOUR VOTE REQUESTED – BOOK CLUB SURVEY!

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

THIS WEEK: PANTRY DROP-OFF AND SPECIAL REQUEST

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORMS DUE TODAY!

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

SURVEY TO BE POSTED SOON

To discover the wishes of the congregation, an online survey will be available soon to determine the congregation’s readiness for re-opening of the church for in-person worship. While the survey will be available online, anyone without online access should contact Jonathan Bacon for a printed survey form.

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR FOR MISSION ROAD HIRED

At Sunday’s brief Business Meeting, the Congregation approved the appointment of Kennetha Kuttler as the new Administrative Coordinator, replacing Clint Reine. Funds were approved to hire Kennetha and Clint concurrently for the next two months to facilitate the transition.

YOUR VOTE REQUESTED – BOOK CLUB SURVEY!

The current All Good Books group schedule ends with Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone" which we’ll discuss on February 18, 2021, on Zoom at 7 PM. So, it’s time to add some more titles!

We’ve set up a survey that’s available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68C9P6F

The book club is sponsored by the Mission Road Congregation and you’re all invited to join! If interested, please take a couple of minutes to respond. You can vote for up to 6 titles plus add a suggestion or two at the end of the survey form. Note that descriptions of all the books on the survey are listed on our website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/book-suggestions/

We also agreed that on February 18th we’d spend a few minutes "opening the floor" for additional questions or comments on "The Overstory," January’s discussion topic.

Please complete the survey no later than Monday, February 8 and we look forward to you joining us on February 18th!

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

THIS WEEK: PANTRY DROP-OFF AND SPECIAL REQUEST

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. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting club in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us as donations for the Center of Hope. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORMS DUE TODAY!

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 the form (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.

ORGAN MUSIC ADDED TO WORSHIP SERVICES

Blake West, is a member of the Lenexa congregation. He has also been a member of Mission Road and several of you may know him. He has asked and been given permission to practice on the Mission Road pipe organ. He had been practicing on the Temple organ and wanted to practice on an instrument closer to where he lives. Blake is willing to record selections and send them to the PowerPoint provider. If you are a presider or service planner and would like to add some Organ music to your worship service call Larry and he can put you in touch with Blake. As far as that goes I’m sure there are other Mission Road members in our congregation that would be happy to share their talents, too. Think prelude and meditation music as well as hymns.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, February 7, 2021, worship theme is “Proclaim Holiness” with Jennifer Libeer as the speaker. Debbie Rushfelt will preside and serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Caryn Brown.

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, Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion as the class concludes coverage of Chapter 2 (“The Extensions”). Then Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion of Chapter 3 (“Practicing Piety”). Class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

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.

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 25, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 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:

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF AND SPECIAL REQUEST

DEADLINE NEARS: WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORMS DUE

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

UPCOMING ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB TOPIC FOR FEBRUARY

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

CHURCH DIRECTORY REQUEST

Clint Reine is assembling a new Church Directory and requests that all members of the Mission Road Congregation Family send him an up-to-date photo (selfie or family portrait) for the new directory. Please send ASAP.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF AND SPECIAL REQUEST

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. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Staff will be available at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates:

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SPECIAL REQUEST: There’s a knitting group in the neighborhood close to the church and they’ve been knitting items for adults and children. They have brought those items to us that we might take them to the Center of Hope for those in need. If you have extra yarn, please drop it off at the church and we’ll share with the knitting group so they can create more clothing items.

DEADLINE NEARS: WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORMS DUE

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 31, 2021, worship theme is “Recognize the Holy One” with Jonathan Bacon as the speaker. Robin Payne will preside and Karen Birkby will serve as the worship planner. Brian Libeer 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

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue to study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine. This coming Sunday, Jonathan Bacon and Marilyn Gairns will lead the discussion as the class completes the coverage of Chapter 2 (The Extensions) of Levine’s book. 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.

UPCOMING ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB TOPIC FOR FEBRUARY

The book club will discuss "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The book club currently meets on Zoom using the usual church meeting link.

“The Great Alone is story of survival; the main characters must survive in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness and survive an abusive and volatile family situation. Ernst, the father, is a deeply flawed man. He prefers the company of survivalist and doomsdayer “Mad Earl” to that of the more optimistic towns people. Cora, the mother, clings to the memory of the man ashe was before his time as a Vietnam War POW.

Thirteen-year-old daughter Leni is caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, and has little choice but to go along, hoping that the move to Alaska will promise a better future.

“Author Hannah paints a vivid and memorable image of a family and a community making a life and surviving out in the wilderness. The small community she depicts is sparse, but vibrant, providing warmth and softening the edges of the harsh Alaskan landscape.”

Start reading now and join us on the 18th to discuss "The Great Alone."

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.

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 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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