UPCOMING MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS
INVITATION FROM CHURCH WOMEN UNITED
All Mission Road women are invited to the upcoming Church Women United event: “Kindling New Fires of Love” on this Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM. It will be held at Shawnee United Methodist Church. You may speak with Eloise Snider about the event or contact Mid Lawrence at 913-268-7194.
SUMMER WORSHIP and SERVICE AVAILABILITY FORM
Please fill out a Service Availability Form and let the Worship Team know when you will be available to serve. It is due next Sunday May 7th. The Lord’s blessings await eager servants of his work.
We will soon be implementing a children moment during our 10:30 worship service. If you are interested in leading a children’s moment, please let the pastors know.
ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST
Starting on Sunday, May 14 we will be holding an adult class for people interested in learning about church membership. This class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during regular Sunday School time. Please let the pastors know if you plan to be a part of the class. It will be taught by Ron Millard and Karen Birkby.
GOFUNDMISSION OPPORTUNITY UPDATE
UPDATE: Nick has 15 days to go and is $170 short to reach his GoFundMission goal (see below for more details). If no one commits to donating the remaining $130, none of the funds go to Nick. Please consider donating any amount to help Nick meet his goal.
From Clint Reine: I just wanted to make everyone aware of an opportunity to help a young adult college student (formerly a very active teenager who went to all our MMC summer camps) from the Highlands Congregation. Nick has helped out with a lot of youth events here at Mission Road. He is studying Religion at Graceland University and was selected by World Service Corps to go help the Community of Christ in England at Dunfield House. He needs to raise funds (through the World Church affiliated "Go Fund Mission" website. If you are able to give any amount of money he would be very appreciative. His parents, by the way, have been Camp Directors for Junior Camp for many, many years and even helped at YouthQuest, which is held in our own building. This is a very active family in our Church, Mission Center, and has been helpful to Mission Road on many occasions. Your donations will therefore help someone who is going to help our church and a person who has helped Mission Road.
You can donate at: https://www.gofundmission.org/projects/wsc-nick/
If you wish to donate by check, please send a check made payable to – Community of Christ – USA Fields; GoFundMission, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050. Please include your e-mail address and identify which project you are wishing to support.
Check out the website for more detailed information about Nick and his World Service Corps project.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS DISCUSSES CHURCH HISTORY
This Sunday, the Adult Sunday School class will discussion of Chapter 18 (Contest for the Church’s Future, “Like a Phoenix Rising”) in Mark Scherer’s "The Journey of a People”, Volume 3. We’ll begin on page 465 with Paul Bennetts leading the class discussion.
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, May 12
Mission Road Congregation
7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS
NEXT MEETING OF THE ALL GOOD BOOKS GROUP
The next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 (a week later than normal) at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will discuss “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. Please plan to join us!
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, May 1, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 PM – Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.
Sunday, May 7, 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 Debbie 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, May 7, 2017, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak onthe theme "Hear His Voice" with Steve Holben presiding and serving as the worship planner. Jean Bink and Susan Clark will provide the ministry of music. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Jack Cave. Brian Libeer 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. Featured Storytellers: Apostle Art Smith, Mark Scherer and Barb Walden.
Mark your calendar!
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:
30 April 2017 message by Kirk Barnhard. Filename 20170430-KBarnhard.mp3
23 April 2017 message by Arlene Leonard. Filename 20170423-ALeonard.mp3
16 April 2017 Easter message by Steve Holben, filename 20170416-Easter;SHolben.mp3, also see text not file 20170416-Easter;SHolben.txt
14 April 2017 Good Friday Service, filename 20170414-Good.Friday.mp3
9 April 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20170409-KKuttler.mp3
2 April 2017 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20170402-LBirkby.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.