UPCOMING MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS
PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE
There has been on-going conversation about extending the Sunday School class time to facilitate longer class discussions. Plus, there has been inadequate time for people to move from class into the sanctuary in time to learn a new hymn at 10:20 AM.
It’s been proposed that we alter our Sunday morning schedule to give more time for class and more time between class and the hymn sing/worship service. The following proposed schedule is being considered. The Pastorate would like to make a decision in time for (possibly) starting the new schedule in September. If you have any concerns or would like to express support for the new schedule, please contact Larry Birkby during the coming week.
- Breakfast 8:30 AM join us for conversation & fellowship.
- Nursery available – 9:00-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
- Children’s Sunday School class – 9:00-10:00 AM, taught by Robin Payne.
- Adult Sunday School class – 9:00-10:00 AM, team taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in Church Library.
- God’s Kids – 9:00-11:30 AM – Children’s Library (Second Sunday of the Month Only) studying Bible stories.
PRE-BAPTISM CLASS TO START IN SEPTEMBER
Debbie Rushfelt will offer a pre-baptismal class starting the second Sunday in September for any interested children in the congregation. Please let Debbie know if you have children interested in the class.
VIOLET LORENZ CELEBRATES HER 107TH BIRTHDAY
On August 26, 2016, Violet Lorenz will celebrate her 107th birthday! We invite you to participate in a card shower for Violet. Please send a birthday card to:
Overland Park Nursing and Rehab Center
6501 W. 75th Street, Room #201
Overland Park, KS 66204-3017
PLAN AHEAD FOR SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB MEETING
The next meeting of the All Good Books club will discuss The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly. The group will meet at 7:00 PM, on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in the Church Library.
Be sure to check the book club’s Meeting Dates and Books page at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/ for upcoming meetings and topics.
INTERESTED IN JOINING THE SAINTS CHORALE?
Are you a singer and would like to join the Mission Road Saints Chorale? Fall choir practice begins on Wednesday August 31 at 6:30 PM. Join us in this ministry of music!
CENTRAL AVENUE CENTER OF HOPE PAPER DRIVE
Underway is the annual congregational paper drive to help the Central Avenue Center of Hope, August 1 – September 25, 2016.
The CACH needs 25,000 of each of the following items for serving food to our clients:
8–9” foam plates; 5–6” dessert plates; 5–7 ounce cups; 5–7 ounce foam cups; 12 ounce foam bowls; 4–6 ounce dessert bowls; napkins, paper towels; and toilet paper.
Our congregation has entered a little friendly competition (we want the trophy that will be given at the Fall Mission Center conference. CACH uses a formula to be fair to all congregations, large or small (the number of items given divided by our September 18th attendance).
The Central Avenue Center of Hope continues to respond to the mission of “abolishing poverty and ending suffering.” Thousands of meals are served each year to individuals and families through your continued generosity. Please join us in this important ministry. No gift is too small.
DIRECTORY MAILING ADDRESS CHANGES WELCOME!
Please email ( mrcoc ) or provide Clint with a written update to any addresses or name changes for the congregational directory or newsletter mailing list. Certain college students and a few others have moved since October/November of last year and we are getting a number of newsletters returned for incorrect address information. In short order there will be a final proof copy of the directory made available in the fellowship hall for you to have one final check. NOW is the time to send Clint any new information that has obviously changed.
MONTHLY OFFERING ENVELOPE PACKS
The world church has begun charging local congregations $.45 per month per person to mail offering envelopes to each home. Over a 12 month period that adds up ($5.40 per person per year), especially when multiplied by the number of members in the congregation. If you are giving online (see https://www.cofchrist.org/give) or do not need envelopes sent to your home each month, please contact Pennie Bunkers. She’ll cancel the envelopes and save the congregational funds for other purposes.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE CONTINUES
The start of school is as close as the middle of August and students need to START school with the necessary school supplies so the next couple of Sundays are crucial! Every year many students go to the first day of class without the supplies they need to be successful. Now’s the time you can help by buying and bringing supplies to help students succeed.
There’s a table in the Narthex where you can add your contribution of school supplies. Further, there’s a handout with typical supplies for grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.
Even without the list, we can assure you the following items are in great demand for elementary school students: boxes of Kleenex, boxes of #2 pencils (24 count), boxes of crayons (24 count), Clorox wipes, bottles of hand sanitizer, black dry erasers, composition notebooks, pink erasers, small ear buds, pencil bags, quart zip lock bags, package of glue sticks, pages of index cards, children’s scissors, packages of multicolor construction paper and more!
Help a child with the supplies they need for school success!
WORK DAY AT CAMP CHIHOWA
Yes that’s right; mark your calendar for the September 17, 2016 work day at Chihowa! You’re needed! More info to follow.
MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE
Mark October 8, 2016 on your calendar as the date for the Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference. The theme will be “Now in This Moment! The conference will be held at the Good Shepherd Church, Independence, MO (I-70 and Blue Ridge).
You’ll have the chance to get acquainted, enjoy music and listen to keynote speakers Matt Frizell and Janné Grover.
Watch for more details to follow!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS STUDIES CHURCH HISTORY
The adult Sunday School class has begun reading and discussing Mark Scherer’s The Journey of a People: The Era of Worldwide Community (Volume 3). The class will be taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum, and Dennis Wood.
The 685-page book (20 chapters) recounts the church and its journey from 1946-2015. It focuses on the church’s evolution from Latter Day Saint identity to worldwide community. The third and final volume of Mark A. Scherer’s church history gives readers explanations, stories, anecdotes, and illustrations plus pictures, maps, and illustrations that aid in understanding this period of church history.
If you do not already have the book, it can be ordered from Herald House (go to http://www.heraldhouse.org/cart/edit.asp?p=347112).
For next Sunday, August 21, 2016, we’ll discuss Chapter 2 (The “Great Pastor”) and Chapter 3 (The Humanity of leadership). Please read and be prepared for the discussion; to be led by Jane Landrum.
TESTIMONIES OF OUR EL CISIN ELECTRICITY PROJECT, AUGUST 21, 2016
Remember how we took up a collection so the Village of El Cisin could have electricity? Paula Rummel was the representative from the Health Ministries Association who went to village of El Cisin, Honduras this past Spring to attend the celebration of the completion of the project to bring electrical lines to the village. Paula is the past Executive Director of HMA and currently serves as the Chair of the HMA International Committee which directs the work of HMA in the area around the La Buena Fe Clinic in Honduras as well as new mission work that is going on in Guatemala.
She recorded videos of the celebration which included a speech by the mayor of the municipality. Also there are some testimonials from some of the people who live there. She would like to share some of the pictures from her trip as well as excerpts from the speeches (which have been translated into English subtitles for us) and she also has a plaque to present to the Mission Road community. She anticipates using about ten minutes of the time during one of our upcoming services.
CHURCH WI-FI NETWORK
The church is now covered by a 3-band Wi-Fi wireless network. Printing services are not available on the Wi-Fi network as it only provides Internet access. Coverage is somewhat spotty, so the further your device is from the first floor, ground floor office, the weaker the signal will be. The Network names are:
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Library. Come and join your fellow prayer warriors.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn and Ron Millard), join us for conversation and fellowship.
Sunday, August 21, 2016 – Sunday School Classes
- Nursery available – 9:30-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
- Children’s Sunday School class – 9:30-10:15 AM, taught by Robin Payne.
- Adult Sunday School class – 9:30-10:15 AM, team taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in Church Library.
- God’s Kids – 9:30-11:30 AM – Children’s Library (Second Sunday of the Month Only) studying Bible stories.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 10:20 AM – Meet in the Sanctuary to learn new hymns from our new hymnal, “Community of Christ Sings.” You will learn a new hymn for use in the morning worship. Janice Hedrick will be the song leader.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 10:30 AM – Jack Cave will speak on the theme “Be Set Free” with Steve Holben presiding. Dennis Wood will serve as the worship planner. The ministry of music will be offered by Adam Hoehn and Rich Emslie.
The next Priesthood meeting will be on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM. Mark your calendar!
MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?
Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.
Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on).
If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.
The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.
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. Enjoy!
NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.
Some of the recent audio recordings are listed below:
14 August 2016 message by Jill Strom (read by Jonathan Bacon), filename 20160814-JBacon(JillStrom).mp3
7 August 2016 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20160807-ALeonard.mp3
31 July 2016 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20160731-KBarnhard.mp3
24 July 2016 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20160724-JBacon.mp3
23 July 2016 Joselyn Cortes’ Quinceanera service, filename 20160723-JCortez.Quinceanera.mp3
17 July 2016 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20160717-GRushfelt.mp3
10 July 2016 message by Clint Reine, filename 20160710-CReine.mp3
3 July 2016, message by Brian Libeer, filename 20160703-BLibeer.mp3
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 or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.
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.