Mission Road News

UPCOMING MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS

SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE CHANGES EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 4

After much discussion over the past several weeks, we will be slightly modifying our Sunday morning schedule. Effective next Sunday, September 4, 2016, the following schedule will be in place:

  • Breakfast 8:45 AM join us for conversation & fellowship.
  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Robin Payne.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, team taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in Church Library.
  • God’s Kids – 9:15-11:30 AM – Children’s Library (Second Sunday of the Month Only) studying Bible stories.
  • Morning Worship – 10:30 AM – The “Learn a new Community of Chrst hymn activity will be incorporated into the morning worship. This may mean that at times the morning service goes 5=10 minutes beyond the anticipated 11:30 closing time.

In summary, breakfast starts 15 minutes earlier allowing adult and children’s Sunday school classes to begin 15 minutes earlier. The net result is the Sunday school hour will be extended to 60 minutes from the current 45 minutes.

CAR NEEDED

Bernice Smith-Kasper (proud2bnavajo) and her son, Sterling (sterling.kasper) need to buy a good, used, reasonably priced car or truck as a backup vehicle within the next 30 days. Please contact them by email or phone if you have one available or have a lead for them. Bernice can be reached at 913-944-1591 and Sterling at 928-386-2512.

SAINTS CHORALE REHEARSALS START THIS WEEK

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!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS STUDIES CHURCH HISTORY

The adult Sunday School class (9:15-10:15 AM on Sunday mornings) has begun reading and discussing Mark Scherer’s The Journey of a People: The Era of Worldwide Community (Volume 3). Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum, and Dennis Wood will teach the class.

For next Sunday, September 4, 2016, the class will finish discussing Chapter 3 and start on Chapter 4 (“Institutional Evolution at Mid-Century”). Please read and be prepared for the discussion to be led by Paul Bennetts.

BOOKS NEEDED!

Tom and Judy Jowett are collecting books for a charity sale at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO. The money earned will be used to provide Christmas gifts for children from disadvantaged homes. If you have books to donate, please bring to the church no later than Sunday, September 4, 2016 (Labor Day weekend).

ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL SCHEDULED

Mission Road’s Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Alisa Johnson is planning the event with a start time of 5:00 PM. Mark your calendar, ask Alisa how you can help, and watch for further announcements!

PRE-BAPTISM CLASS TO START IN SEPTEMBER

Debbie Rushfelt will offer a pre-baptismal class starting the Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9:15 AM for any interested children in the congregation. Please let Debbie know if you have children interested in the class.

WORK DAY AT CAMP CHIHOWA

Yes that’s right; mark your calendar for the September 17, 2016 workday at Chihowa! You’re needed! More info to follow.

MISSION BELLS SEASON TO BEGIN

The Mission Bells will begin rehearsing again starting on Monday, September 12 and Monday, September 19 (7:00-8:30 PM) for the fall season. Our first ministry of music offering will be on Sunday, September 25. Our September rehearsal schedule is different from the usual schedule of performing at 3rd Sunday services, with rehearsals on alternate Mondays. We could use additional ringers. If you read music and want to be part of a special worship experience, let Dorothy May know!

CENTRAL AVENUE CENTER OF HOPE PAPER DRIVE

Remember the annual congregational paper drive to help the Central Avenue Center of Hope, is still underway until 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.

Thousands of meals are served each year to individuals and families through your continued generosity. Please join CACH in this important ministry. No gift is too small.

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!

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.

CHURCH WI-FI NETWORK

A 3-band Wi-Fi wireless network now covers the church. 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:

MRCOC

MRCOC_5G

MRCOC_5G-2.

The password for each Wi-Fi network is the same and posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale begins Fall rehearsals in the Church Sanctuary. The first musical offering will be the third Sunday Sept. 18th.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Library. Come and join your fellow prayer warriors.

Sunday, September 4, 2016, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn and Ron Millard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 4, 2016 – Sunday School Classes

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Robin Payne.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, team taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in Church Library.

Sunday, September 4, 2016, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme "Discipleship Comes First" with Arlene Leonard presiding. Kennetha Kuttler will serve as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Charles Athey. Jane Landrum will offer the ministry of music.

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:00 PM – All Good Books club will discuss “The Bullet” by Mary Louise Kelly in the Church Library.

Friday, September 9 2016, 9:00 AM – Midlands Mission Center Coffee will be hosted by the Mission Road Congregation in the Fellowship Hall. Other Midlands Mission Center congregations will join us to visit with members of the Mission Center presidency. This is an opportunity to ask questions of the Midlands Mission Center leadership and learn what our role is for the continued mission of the church.

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 9:30-10:15 AM – Children’s Pre-baptismal Class begins.

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – Annual Ice Cream Social.

Monday, September 12, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells begin rehearsals in the Church Sanctuary.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference.

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 9:30 AM – Priesthood meeting.

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:

21 August 2016 message by Jack Cave, filename 20160821-PRummel-JCave.mp3

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

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.

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