UPCOMING MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Mark your calendar for the Mission Road Good Friday service on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Pastor Karen Birkby will preside and the Saints Chorale will provide an evening service of music. Please join us for an evening of fellowship, music and inspiration!
EASTER BREAKFAST POTLUCK AND EASTER EGG HUNT!
Plan now to join your friends at Mission Road for an Easter morning potluck starting at 8:45 AM. Bring your favorite breakfast dish or casserole. If you have any questions, contact Marge Trinkl.
There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt, coordinated by Alisha Morse, for all the children.
There will be no adult class that morning; instead we’ll just enjoy good food and conversation
EASTER DECORATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed on Saturday morning, April 15 to help decorate and setup for Easter morning. If you’re available, please sign-up to help starting at 9:30 AM on Saturday, April 15, 2017. No excuses, your taxes should be finished!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS DISCUSSES CHURCH HISTORY
This coming Sunday, April 9, 2017, the Adult Sunday School class will continue discussion of Chapter 17 starting on page 438 in Mark Scherer’s "The Journey of a People”, Volume 3. Be sure to also read Chapter 18 as we hope to discuss that chapter. Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion in the Church Library!
We’ll also have a special guest (Margaret Athey) who will talk about some of the opposition to priesthood calls for women in the mid-1980s.
The family of Andrew Smith (Bernice Smith’s eldest son) has moved to this area. The family includes Roxanne Pela, the mother of Zendaya (3-year-old girl) and Andre (one-year-old boy). They are in need clothing (size small girl’s 5t tops, pants size 5t, shoes 10c and boy’s size 6 for diapers, top size small 2t, pants size 2t and shoes 7c), used toys (they have no toys at all), bedding and food to get them established here. If you can assist in any way, please contact Bernice at 913-944-1591.
CAN YOU SPARE A CAN OR BOX OF FOOD?
Mission Road Congregation donated 70 lbs. of food to the Center in February. Figures for March are not available yet but can you image what we could accomplish in April if every family brought one box or can of food each Sunday? When you’re shopping this week, remember the Central Avenue Center of Hope food pantry that served 206 households last year!
NEXT MEETING OF THE ALL GOOD BOOKS GROUP
The next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will be on Thursday, April 13, 2017 (Thomas Jefferson’s birthday) at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will discuss “Two If by Sea” by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Please plan to join us!
“MISSION: LEARN” COMING TO MISSION ROAD ON APRIL 29
Mission: Learn, a Midlands Educational Event, will occur on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10 AM–4 PM at the Mission Road Community of Christ. Registration is only $10 (with a donation for lunch).
This event aims to build community, learn about mission, and collaborate together as Midlands Mission Center so we can explore new ways to live out Christ’s Mission.
Join us at 9 AM for an Informal Gathering and then at 10 AM for the official start of Mission: Learn. Guest Ministry by Janné Grover & Barb Borkowski.
A few of the Classes: include
- Initial Steps: Leading a Congregation in Mission, A Guide for Pastors – Barbara Borkowski
- How are we living who we are – Don McLaughlin
- Trauma Informed Ministry – Lorna Condit
- Church is for Small People too! – Laura Huyett
- Discover your Spiritual Type – Kris Judd
- Youth Worker Registration
Childcare will be provided and youth who help prepare/serve lunch will earn funds for camp!
COFFEE TALK SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Join the Midlands Mission Center President Team for “Coffee Talk” (Open to all congregations). This is your chance to get together and chat about happenings in the Mission Center, World Church, and in your congregation and life. All are welcome!
9:00 AM Friday, April 7
5252 SW 19th St., Topeka, KS
9:00 AM Friday, May 12
Mission Road Congregation
7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS
PLEASE REMEMBER: WORSHIP PLANNERS AND PRESIDERS
Remember that the order of worship for the Sunday Bulletin plus announcements are due at least one week prior to the Sunday you are presiding. This deadline is to give pianist, musicians, speakers, and really everyone a minimum amount of time to properly prepare for the service. It is important that these services be sent to all participants the Sunday prior to the Sunday you are planning. The service should also be sent to Clint, for formatting and typing at the same time at the church email address: mrcoc
MISSION ROAD CALENDAR
Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:30 PM – Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Debbie Rushfelt), join us for conversation and fellowship.
Sunday, April 9, 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 Robin Payne.
- Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
- Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Journey of a People,” Volume 3, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood. Join the class in the Church Library.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10:30 AM – Kennetha Kuttler will speak onthe theme "Hosanna to the Son of David" with Paul Bennetts presiding and serving as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Janice Hedrick. The ministry of music will be provided bythe Instrumental Ensemble. Steve Hedrick will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.
CHURCH HERITAGE DAY EVENT IN THE WORKS
Our congregation’s leadership is working on scheduling a Storytellers event with Barbara Walden; tentatively scheduled at 7 PM on Sunday evening September 17, 2017. Mark your calendar!
ART CLASSES WITH AVIS GARRETT-BAPTIST
Avis will be hosting art classes starting on the last Sunday in April (the 30th) beginning at 6 PM. The location is her studio, Art by Avis and Others, in downtown Overland Park (8012 Santa Fe Dr.). Everyone, from beginners with no art experience to expert artist is invited! Specific classes will be scheduled by the group at the first meeting to be held perhaps on a monthly basis based on interest! Come and join the fun!
NEWSLETTER EDITOR NEEDED
As you all know Norman Bernauer has been the editor of the quarterly newsletter that gets mailed out to the Mission Road membership. With Norman’s passing we need someone to step into this role. If you have an interest in volunteering please contact one of the pastors. Or if you know of someone with editing skills, let the pastors know.
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. Registration is now open at https://goo.gl/HiIWai
Sr. High Camp: June 11 – 16
Middle School Camp: June 18 – 23
Doniphan Reunion: June 25 – 30
Youth Quest KC: July 6 – 8
Chihowa Reunion: July 9 – 14
SPEC: July 22 – 29
MITIOG: July 23 – 28
Junior Camp: July 30 – Aug 3
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:
2 April 2017 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20170402-LBirkby.mp3
26 March 2017 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20170326-GRushfelt.mp3
19 March 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20170319-JBacon.mp3
12 March 2017 message by Avis Garrett-Baptist, filename 20170312-ABaptist.mp3
5 March 2017 message by Dorothy May, file name: 20170305-DMay.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.