MESSAGE FROM CHURCH LEADERS, UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROJECTS
WE’RE CLOSE TO MEETING HONDURAS NURSE PROGRAM PLEDGE GOAL
At the November 13, 2016 business meeting, the congregation voted to support the Health Ministries Association (HMA) in their effort to hire a full time professional nurse to provide health care to villages in the area around the La Buena Fe region. Our congregational goal was set at raising $5,750 for 2017 in pledges from our members. As of Sunday morning, we have $5,100 pledged. If you can help in this effort, please contact Paul Bennetts for a pledge card. Paul will let you know later when it’s time to submit your payment to cover your pledge.
CHRISTMAS DAY SHOE BOX GIFT PROJECT
Again this year, the Mission Road Congregation is participating in the Central Avenue Center of Hope Christmas day Shoe Box Gift project. You’re encouraged to take a paper ornament (on the table in the Narthex) and fill a shoebox size box with items for the age group indicated on the paper ornament. Don’t seal the box (so the Center’s staff can see the enclosed items and match the box up with the best recipient). Suggested items include socks, gloves, caps, shirts, candy and personal items. If you take a tag, we need the shoebox gift returned on the morning of December 18 during the morning worship service.
Coming on December 18, the Annual Mission Road Cookie Exchange. Signup and exchange your favorite homemade cookies with others. Details below:
What: Christmas Cookie Exchange
When: Dec. 18th.
Where: Fellowship hall immediately after church service.
How: Sign up to participate, available Nov. 28th in the church Narthex.
Each participant should plan on making 60 (or more) cookies or pieces of candy.
Number of participants will determine how many cookies per bag to bring. For instance, if we have 20 participants, that would require each person to bring 20 bags of 3 cookies each.
Deadline for participating will be Wed., December 14th. Each participant will then be notified by Fri., December 16th regarding how many packages of cookies they should bring.
URGENT NEED: CENTRAL AVENUE CENTER OF HOPE THANKSGIVING DINNER
The congregation has committed to provide $1,600 to help cover part of the cost of the Thanksgiving meal provided by the Center of Hope for homeless and low income families. To date we have contributions totaling $750. Your contribution is needed to meet this commitment. The money has already been forwarded to the Center (so they can buy supplies for the dinner), so checks should be made out to Mission Road Congregation with a notation that it is for the Center for Hope. You may give your donation to Pennie Bunkers or place it in the church offering next Sunday.
CENTER FOR HOPE GOFUNDMISSION PROJECT ALMOST AT GOAL!
The church’s new GoFundMission website includes a project to fund a new roof and painting/repair of the interior for Central Avenue Center of Hope. As of Sunday, November 27, 2016, a total of $4,125 of the needed $5,000 has been raised through donations on the https://www.gofundmission.org/projects/center-of-hope/ site. Only $875 need to meet the $5,000 goal before the December 6 deadline. Can you help?
THE COAT-MITTEN-GLOVE TREE IS OPEN FOR YOUR DONATION
Got a coat that still has useful life but it is just hanging in your closet? Got an extra set of mittens or gloves or an extra blanket? The church is now collecting winter wear for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Bring your worn but not worn-out winter coats, boots, gloves, mittens and blankets to church next Sunday. There are folks in desperate need before the harsh winter weather arrives.
GINGERBREAD HOUSES AND CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Mark your calendar for the December 11, 2016 7:00 PM Christmas program at Mission Road (with a special guest visitor).
Also that morning (Sunday, December 18, 2016), during the Sunday School hour, Robin Payne will work with the children to make gingerbread houses in the Fellowship Hall. Families are invited to participate as it is FUN and it helps Robin with extra pairs of hands.
JANUARY 2017 WILL BE NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING
The next book selection for the All Good Books discussion group is “The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt” by Eleanor Roosevelt. The book club does not meet in December but will resume meeting on January 12, 2017 at 7 PM in the Church Library. Mark your calendar.
You can always find a schedule of upcoming book discussions at allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/ Come join us!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, the adult Sunday school class continues its discussion of "The Journey of a People” Volume 3 by former Church Historian, Mark Scherer. Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion on Chapter 12, "To Move in a New Direction".
DEADINE APPROACHING: 2017 DIRECTORY CHANGES NEEDED!
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. Shortly, 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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Monday, November 28, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene and Lee Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.
Sunday, December 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.
- Children’s Pre-baptismal Class begins – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Debby Rushfelt
- 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, December 4, 2016, 10:30 AM – Paul Bennetts will speak on the theme "The Kingdom of Heaven Has Come Near" with Jennifer Libeer presiding and Jennifer with Kennetha Kuttler serving as the worship planners. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Jack Cave. The ministry of music will be provided by Jane Landrum and Penny Bunkers. Jason Scott will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.
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.
The following list includes some recent audio recordings:
27 November 2016 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20161127-GRushfelt.mp3
20 November 2016 message by Dennis Wood, filename 20161120-DWood.mp3
13 November 2016 message by Clint Reine, filename 20161113-CReine.mp3
6 November 2016 message by Jack Cave, filename 20161106-JCave.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.