Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 20, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

HEARTS FOR HONDURAS CAMPAIGN

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY THIS WEEK

MIDLANDS YOUTH GATHERING

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

JACK CAVE ORDINATION TO EVANGELIST

MISSON ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

REFUGEE RELIEF

And More…

HEARTS FOR HONDURAS CAMPAIGN

Only $5,300 left to go!

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

The campaign runs September 1-30, 2021.

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

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

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY THIS WEEK

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

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

Other requested items.

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

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

MIDLANDS YOUTH GATHERING

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

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

We would love for you to join us!

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

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

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

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

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

JACK CAVE ORDINATION SERVICE

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

MISSION ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

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

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

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

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM

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

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

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

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

REFUGEE RELIEF

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

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

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

CAMPGROUND NEWS

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

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

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

SAVE THESE DATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

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

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

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

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 13, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

JACK CAVE ORDENATION TO EVANGELIST

MISSON ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

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

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

REFUGEE RELIEF

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY

And More…

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

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

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

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

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

JACK CAVE ORDINATION SERVICE

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

MISSION ROAD BUSINESS MEETING

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

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

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

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

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

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

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

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

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

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

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

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

RSVP today!

For more information, please contact info.

REFUGEE RELIEF

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

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

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

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION DAY

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

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

Other requested items.

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

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

CAMPGROUND NEWS

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

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

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

SAVE THESE DATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

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

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

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

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 6, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

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

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

REFUGEE RELIEF

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

And More…

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

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

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

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

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

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

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

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

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

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

RSVP today!

For more information, please contact info.

REFUGEE RELIEF

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

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

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

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

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

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

Requested items.

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

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

CAMPGROUND NEWS

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

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

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

SAVE THESE DATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

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

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

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

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 6, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

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

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

REFUGEE RELIEF

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

And More…

IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT HMA NURSE SAIRA IN HONDURAS

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

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

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS TO MEET EARLIER SUNDAY MORNING ON ZOOM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENDING TO A BROKEN HEART

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

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

JVS CIRCLE OF WELCOME

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

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

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

RSVP today!

For more information, please contact info.

REFUGEE RELIEF

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

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

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

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS WEEK

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

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

Requested items.

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

Pantry: canned chili, green beans, oatmeal, spam

Hygiene: masks, lotion, razors

Thrift store: winter items, anything

CAMPGROUND NEWS

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

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

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

SAVE THESE DATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

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

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

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

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – August 30, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

MESSAGE FROM PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

REFUGEE RELIEF

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

And More…

MESSAGE FROM PAUL BENNETTS, MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION HEALTH OFFICER

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

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

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

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

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

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

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

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

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

REFUGEE RELIEF

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

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

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

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

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

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

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

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

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

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

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – August 23, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

RESURGENCE OF COVID-19

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

And More…

RESURGENCE OF COVID-19

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

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

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

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

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

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

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

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

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS ON ZOOM: A HISTORY OF GOD

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE IN PROGRESS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

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

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

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

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

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

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

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

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

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

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

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

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – August 16, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

HMA ZOOM WORKSHOP SCHEDULED ON PROMOTING HEART HEALTH

NEW ARTWORK IN THE LIBRARY

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: AFTERWORD

NEW ADULT CLASS TOPIC STARTING AUGUST 29

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE STARTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

And More…

HMA ZOOM WORKSHOP SCHEDULED ON PROMOTING HEART HEALTH

"Promoting Health With A Heart" Sponsored by the Community of Christ Health Ministries Association (HMA) is scheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2021, on Zoom. Workshop topics include "Causes: Stress and Anxiety," "Loneliness and Isolation," "Trauma and PTSD," and "Depression and Suicide." For more information including registration, workshop schedule, and speakers, visit http://www.hmacofchrist.org/HealthSpiritualityWorks…/2021/.

While these sessions are valuable to health care workers, they can also be valuable for ministers and others.

NEW ARTWORK IN THE LIBRARY

Take a moment and walk into the Church Library to see the new artwork by Jim Needham that hangs on the outside wall. Thank you, Jim, for the beautiful artwork you created that now adorns the library.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, August 22, 2021, the worship theme is “A Place of Prayer for All People.” Larry Birkby will offer the message. Ron Millard will preside, and Clint Reine will serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Robert Sindt as co-host. You are invited to join us at church or online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: AFTERWORD

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will conclude the study of “Speak to The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown. Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of “Afterword: Taking the Next Steps”). The class session begins at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning in the Church Library and on Zoom.

NEW ADULT CLASS TOPIC STARTING AUGUST 29

On Sunday, August 29, the Adult Sunday School class will begin the study of “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The new text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

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

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

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE STARTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

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

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

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

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

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

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

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021

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

REVISED COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

Masks are optional. If you prefer to wear a mask and social distance you may do so. If you do not feel well, please stay home.

Please use your own common sense about your health and the health concerns of others.

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets in the church sanctuary and on Zoom.

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

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

We are changing our internet service provider to Google Fiber and hope to update the audio & visual equipment in the next few weeks. We will provide more information as we learn about our options. The new email address has changed to: missionroadcc

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Community of Christ Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – August 9, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: PAUL OF TARSUS

NEW ADULT CLASS TOPIC STARTING SOON

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE STARTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

And More…

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, August 15, 2021, the worship theme is “Choose Wisdom.” Ron Millard will offer the message. Robin Payne will preside, and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Caryn Brown will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Paul Bennetts as co-host. You are invited to join us at church or online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: PAUL OF TARSUS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is now studying “Speak to The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown. This coming Sunday, Jane Landrum will continue the discussion of Chapter 8 (“Paul of Tarsus: Expanding God’s Family”). If time allows, we’ll also begin discussion of “Afterword: Taking the Next Steps”). The class session begins at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning in the Church Library and on Zoom.

NEW ADULT CLASS TOPIC STARTING SOON

On Sunday, August 8, the Adult Sunday School class voted to study “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong after concluding our study of our current text. We anticipate starting the new book on August 22 or 25, 2021. The new text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

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

If you would like a copy of the text, it’s available on Amazon, both new ($15.99) and used paperbacks ($8-10), hardback (new for $14) and the Kindle edition ($14.99). Order your copy soon!

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE STARTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

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

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

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

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

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

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

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021

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

REVISED COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

Masks are optional. If you prefer to wear a mask and social distance you may do so. If you do not feel well, please stay home.

We have all heard the guidance from three letter organizations and opinions of others.

Please use your own common sense about your health and the health concerns of others.

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets in the church sanctuary and on Zoom.

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

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

We are changing our internet service provider to Google Fiber and hope to update the audio & visual equipment in the next few weeks. We will provide more information as we learn about our options. The new email address has changed to: missionroadcc

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Community of Christ Mission Road Newsletter – August 2, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: PAUL OF TARSUS

WHAT SHOULD THE ADULT CLASS STUDY NEXT?

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM FOR FALL NOW AVAILABLE

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE STARTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

REVISED COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL ADDRESS – NEW W

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

And More…

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, August 8, 2021, the worship theme is “Come Now, You Hungry.” Jerry Rushfelt will offer the message. Paul Bennetts will preside, and Pam O’Neal will serve as the worship planner. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Kennetha Kuttler as co-host. You are invited to join us at church or online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: PAUL OF TARSUS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is now studying “Speak to The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown. This coming Sunday, Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 8 (“Paul of Tarsus: Expanding God’s Family”). The class session begins at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning in the Church Library and on Zoom.

WHAT SHOULD THE ADULT CLASS STUDY NEXT?

The Adult Sunday School class at Mission Road will complete Richard A. Brown’s book, “Speak to the Bones,” on Sunday, August 22, 2021 (3 more Sundays). Since we’re rapidly approaching that date, the class instructors have reviewed books for possible class study. We plan to hold a vote (in class and online) Sunday, August 8, 2021. The following books are recommended for your consideration. If you would like to add titles to the list contact Jonathan Bacon no later than Friday evening (phone and email address are in the church directory).

The Difficult Words of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine (144 pages, 2021). Jesus provided his disciples teachings for how to follow Torah, God’s word; he told them parables to help them discern questions of ethics and of human nature; he offered them beatitudes for comfort and encouragement. But sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. He instructs disciples to hate members of their own families (Luke 14:26), to act as if they were slaves (Matthew 20:27), and to sell their belongings and give to the poor (Luke 18:22). He restricts his mission (Matthew 10:6); he speaks of damnation (Matthew 8:12); he calls Jews the devil’s children (John 8:44).

1. In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.

2. St. Paul versus St. Peter, A Tale of Two Missions by Michael Goulder (189 pages, 1994). Most Christians believe that there was essentially only one early church which was later imperiled by false teachings. The New Testament was the developing statement of this early church, and from it grew the whole structure of Christian belief. In this remarkable book, Michael Goulder sets out to disprove this commonly held theory.

3. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong (496 pages, 1994). Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? Karen Armstrong, one of Britain’s foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present.

The epic story begins with the Jews’ gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned ‘the One God’ to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.

4. A Way of Life: Understanding Our Christian Faith by Anthony Chvala-Smith (111 pages, 2019). Author Anthony J. Chvala-Smith writes, “The challenges the church faces call us to bend all our gifts and energies, including our best thinking, to the task of expressing our faith in creative, life-giving ways.” This insightful book into Community of Christ theology will bless readers with uplifting understanding, offered through easy-to-understand writing.

Chapters cover topics such as “The Mystery of Existence,” “The Reasonableness of Faith,” “Revelation,” “Scripture: The Words of Witnesses,” “God,” “”Jesus Christ: God with Us, God for Us,” “The Holy Spirit,” “The Kingdom of God: Jesus’ Vision of Life,” “Humankind: The Broken Mirror,” “The Church: Tasting New Life in Community,” “New Life in Christ: Claimed by Mercy,” “New Life in Christ: Renew a Right Spirit within Me,” “The Generous Life,” “The Embodied Life,” “Faith and Science,” “Baptized into Servanthood: Ministry and Priesthood,” “A Living Hope: Facing the Future,” and “We Know in Part: Living in the Mystery of God.”

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM FOR FALL NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall Worship Availability Form is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/FallWAF2021

Please note that it is due by August 8, 2021. Please fill out and place the form in the administrative “In” box located on the wall by the church office or email it to Caryn at carynpbro or mail the form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE STARTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

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

Remember that in Missouri, Friday, August 6, 2021, is the start of “no sales tax” weekend. Save a few dollars and add to your donation for the CACH!

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

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

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

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

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

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Saturday, August 21, 2021

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

REVISED COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

With the rise in COVID infections in the area (specifically the Delta variant), we are reinstating some of the COVID protection guidelines to protect our church members and guests. We are again asking everyone to wear face masks, continued social distancing, and sing only softly or hum with your face mask in place. Guidelines for in-person worship and the adult class at Mission Road include:

1. Masks are required of everyone in addition to social distancing, except for the speaker while at the podium.

2. Families and those from the same household may sit together.

3. Congregational singing with a face mask in place is allowed but we suggest that you hum or sing softly

Thank you for your willingness to put the concerns and health of others above your own personal convenience.

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets in the church sanctuary and on Zoom.

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

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

We are changing our internet service provider to Google Fiber and hope to update the audio & visual equipment in the next few weeks. We will provide more information as we learn about our options. The new email address has changed to: missionroadcc

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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

IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL LINKS

The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS EMAIL

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

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Community of Christ, Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – July 26, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, JULY 26, 2021

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

REVISED COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: EZEKIEL

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM FOR FALL NOW AVAILABLE

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL ADDRESS – NEW W

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

And More…

REVISED COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

With the rise in COVID infections in the area (specifically the Delta variant), we are reinstating some of the COVID protection guidelines to protect our church members and guests. We are again asking everyone to wear face masks, continued social distancing, and sing only softly or hum with your face mask in place. Guidelines for in-person worship and the adult class at Mission Road include:

1. Masks are required of everyone in addition to social distancing, except for the speaker while at the podium.

2. Families and those from the same household may sit together.

3. Congregational singing with a face mask in place is allowed but we suggest that you hum or sing softly

Thank you for your willingness to put the concerns and health of others above your own personal convenience.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, August 1, 2021, the worship theme is “Repent and Turn Toward God.” John O’Neal will offer the message. Larry Birkby will preside and serve as the worship planner. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Paul Bennetts as co-host. You are invited to join us at church or online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: EZEKIEL

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is now studying “Speak to The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown. This coming Sunday, Paul Bennetts will continue the discussion of Chapter 6 (“Ezekiel: God Scatters and Gathers”). The class session begins at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning in the Church Library and on Zoom.

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM FOR FALL NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall Worship Availability Form is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/FallWAF2021

Please note that it is due by August 8, 2021. Please fill out and place the form in the administrative “In” box located on the wall by the church office or email it to Caryn at carynpbro or mail the form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

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

We will be getting Google Fiber installed in the Church in the next few days. So, the old email will be going away. The new email address will be: missionroadcc

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

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

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

NEXT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

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

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Saturday, August 21, 2021

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

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

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

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

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

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets in the church sanctuary and on Zoom.

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

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

We are changing our internet service provider to Google Fiber and hope to update the audio & visual equipment in the next few weeks. We will provide more information as we learn about our options. The new email address has changed to: missionroadcc

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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

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

CONCERNING PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

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

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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