UPCOMING EVENTS

DR. WILLIAM REED GROUND-BREAKING OPEN HEART SURGEON SPEAKS AT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING THIS WEEK

Just a reminder: Dr. William A. Reed with be present at the next All Good Books discussion group meeting this Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Community of Christ church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS) at 7 PM. We will meet in the Church Library.

Dr. Reed is the author of "The Pulse of Hope: A Surgeon’s Memoirs from Poverty to Prosperity." Dr. Reed was a pioneer in the early days of open-heart surgery at KU Medical Center then later moved to St. Luke’s Hospital where he performed the first heart transplant at that hospital while serving as Director of Thoracic Surgery. Still later he returned to KU Med to re-establish what has become the largest heart program in this part of the country. The autobiography answers the question "How did a scrawny kid from an indigent, welfare-dependent Midwestern family become one of America’s first successful heart surgeons?"

Along the way the reader meets a passionate horseman, philanthropist, husband, father and poet. The final chapters in the book also speak to issues of faith, doubt, fear and leadership. You have the opportunity to hear him speak and ask questions on Thursday evening. We hope you can join us.

GRADUATION RECOGNITION SCHEDULED FOR MAY 24 SERVICE

All graduating senior from our congregation will be recognized and honored during the worship service on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Please join with our church family as we celebrate this milestone and the accomplishments of our seniors.

SAINTS CHORALE DIRECTOR CHANGES

Janice Hedrick announced earlier this month to the Saints Chorale that she will retire as director after the Sunday, May 3rd service. A new director is not yet named, but a decision on filling the role will occur before the Saints Chorale resumes practice in the fall. Be sure to read the article from Janice Hedrick in the summer Newsletter about her many years of service and let Janice know how much we have appreciated her talents over the years!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULE

The Adult Sunday School class is studying Mark Scherer’s “The Journey of a People: The Era of Reorganization, 1844 to 1946.” For next Sunday, May 17 read chapters 4 (“Patient Progress to the Prophetic Mantle”). Jonathan Bacon will be teaching the class on Sunday, May 17.

If you do not have the book and want a copy, please contact Jonathan Bacon. Unfortunately, Herald House sells only the two-volume set, volume 2 is not for sale by itself. When we have sufficient orders for the $59.95 two-volume set, we’ll pick up an order at the Temple Bookstore.

BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION SERVICE COMING SOON

The Pastorate is pleased to announce a baptismal and confirmation service to be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015, beginning at 9:15 AM. There will be no Sunday School classes that day so that all members of the congregation may attend and support the baptism of Morgan and Logan Scott. Breakfast will begin at 8:45 AM so come join the fellowship followed by the baptismal service and confirmation.

BOOK TABLE UPDATE

Our table of “donated books” has morphed into a “clear your bookcases and bring more books to church” project. We are extending the collection of your unwanted books until the end of October. Please place any books you bring into the box(es) under the table in the Fellowship Hall.

BLOOD DRIVE

Allie Libeer and three of her friends are organizing a blood drive to be held in the church fellowship hall on Sunday, May 24 from 1-4 PM fulfilling a required committee service project for school. If it is your practice to donate blood please consider supporting them on the 24th.

YOUTH QUEST COMING JUNE 11-13, 2015

Please remember Youth Quest is an overnight camp in OUR building for children who have completed grades K-2 in May. If you are a grandparent or parent, sign your child up now! It is a fun vacation bible school-type activity with a sleep over. These are the kids that will be going to camp in the future. You can drop in and see how they are holding up, they go swimming and do all kinds of fun activities. Registrations are handled like all other MMC camp registrations. The forms are on the table in the Fellowship Hall in front of the bulletin board!

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

Plans are underway for the Mission Road Congregation’s Annual July 4th Celebration. Debbie Rushfelt is coordinating the event and looking for volunteers. We’ll have Bouncy Houses for the children again this year, including one with an obstacle course!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Please remember to talk to Karen Birkby about how you’d like to assist with vacation Bible school. It will be held the evenings of July 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2015. Please add these dates to your calendar.

MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED

Please contact Arlene Leonard if you are willing and able to help make meals for those in our congregation in need of this kind of ministry.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, May 11, 2015, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:00 PM (NEW TIME)- The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library.

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books reading group will meet in the Church Library to discuss "The Pulse of Hope: A Surgeon’s Memoirs from Poverty to Prosperity" by Dr. William Reed.

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (Marge & John Trinkl), join the informal conversations in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM – Sunday School Classes for children and adults.

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

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:30-10:15 AM taught by Robin Payne

· God’s Kids – 9:30-11:30 AM – Children’s Library (First Sunday of the Month Only)

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10:30 AM – Larry Winters will speak on the theme “By Streams of Living Water” with Brian Libeer presiding. Jennifer Libeer will serve as worship planner. The Mission Bells will provide the ministry of music.

CONGREGATIONAL EMAIL LIST

If you (or someone you know) are not receiving the (almost) weekly email announcing church news and events, please contact Jonathan Bacon in person or at jonathanpbacon with your email address so you can be added to the "announcement only" list. You won’t be bombarded with email, typically only one message a week is sent.

MISSION ROAD WORSHIP SERVICE PODCASTS

Our congregational worship service podcasts are hosted online at https://copy.com/ej21J9e1xKOCiJwX

Recently added podcasts include:

Good Friday Service presented on April 3, 2015, filename 20150403-GoodFriday.mp3

Gary Logan (Easter) message presented on April 5, 2015, filename 20150405-GLogan.mp3

Jerry Rushfelt message presented on April 12, 2015, filename 20150412-GRushfelt.mp3

Jack Cave message presented on April 19, 2015, filename 20150419-JCave.mp3

Bruce Rider message presented on April 26, 2015, filename 20150426-BRider.mp3

Ken Sewing message presented on May 3, 2015, filename 20150503-KSewing.mp3

Ron Millard message presented on May 10, 2015, filename 20150510-RMillard.mp3

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the Sunday of the podcast. The first 4 digits represent the year, the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month. In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker.

Podcasts from previous years are located in folders corresponding to the year (2005, 2006, 2007, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

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