UPCOMING MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS
PASSING OF NORMAN BERNAUER
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear brother Norman Bernauer. Norman passed peacefully at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. A Memorial Service for Norman to be held at Mission Road will be announced soon. Please keep Barbara and the Bernauer family in your prayers.
2017 SPRING WORSHIP AND SERVICE AVAILABILITY FORM
The Spring Worship and Service Availability Forms are included in your Sunday bulletin. Please check your calendar for opportunities to serve and returned it by February 5, 2017. That is just three short weeks away. So please act quickly to let the Worship team know where, when and how you can help with the Spring Worship services.
MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER 2017 SUMMER CAMPING PROGRAM
The schedule has been posted for the Summer Camping Program. Check the dates for Youth Camps and Family Reunions and get registered early.
MISSION ROAD CALENDAR
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30 PM – Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Cheryl Kennedy), join us for conversation and fellowship.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – Sunday School Classes
- Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
- Children’s Pre-baptismal Class begins – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Debby Rushfelt
- Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
- 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, January 22, 2017, 10:30 AM – Because of the ice storm and no worship services at Mission Road last Sunday; Arlene Leonard will speak onthe theme "Behold the Lamb of God" & Jerry Rushfelt will speak on the theme "Follow Me" with Richard Emslie presiding. Richard will also serve as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Dorothy May. The ministry of music will be provided by the Saints Chorale. Steve Hedrick will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.
Sunday, January 29, 2017, Kat Hnatyshyn will be our guest speaker. Kat is a member of the Midlands Mission Center Presidency leadership team.
HONDURAN NURSE PROGRAM PLEDGE GOAL MET!
We’re happy to report that the Tangible Love Grant was approved by the World Church for our Honduran nurse program. The Health Ministries Association now has all the pledges needed to sustain professional nurse Saira Giron’s full time employment for the entire year. Thank you again for your support of this exciting program to reach out and bring healthcare to so many.
Those of you, who have made pledges, please make your checks out to Health Ministries Association (or simply HMA) and give your pledge amount to Paul Bennetts. Please do not make checks out to Mission Road.
Thank you again, for meeting the $5,750 pledge goal for 2017!
The bulletin board includes a thank you note from the Pastors, Karen and Larry Birkby, for the Christmas gifts given them by the congregation.
THE COAT-MITTEN-GLOVE-HAT 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 new mittens or gloves or a hat or 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, or new gloves, mittens and blankets to church next Sunday. There are folks in desperate need since the harsh winter weather has arrived.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS DISCUSSES CHURCH HISTORY
On Sunday, January 22, 2017, the adult Sunday school class will continue the discussion of "The Journey of a People” Volume 3 by former Church Historian, Mark Scherer. Dennis Wood will lead the discussion of Chapter 13 (“Educating for Change”) starting on page 307 and continue into Chapter 14 (“New Pathways on the Journey”).
DISCUSSION/POSITION PAPERS FROM 1967-68
If you’re interested in reviewing the discussion papers (also called the position papers) mentioned in the Adult Sunday School class, they’re available online at http://home.earthlink.net/~jptandy/rlds/papers/index.htm. These are the documents that generated a great deal of discussion and controversy in the church in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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.
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:
8 January 2017 message by John O’Neal and Pennie Bunkers Ordination, filename 20170108-JONeal;PBunkers.ordination.mp3
1 January 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20101017-KKuttler.mp3
25 December 2016 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20161225-KBirkby.mp3 including the YouTube video 20161225-Christmas per kids.video.mp4 and notes about the video in 20161225-Christmas per kids.txt
11 December 2016 message by Steve Holben, filename 20161211-SHolben.mp3
11 December 2016 Charlie Brown video used in Steve Holben’s message, filename 20161211-CBrown.video.mp4
11 December 2016 Vespers Service, filename 20161211-Vespers.mp3
4 December 2016 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20161204-PBennetts.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.