Mission Road News

UPCOMING MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The children of Larry and Karen Birkby will be hosting a 50th Wedding Anniversary Reception from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday June 24, 2017 at the Mission Road Congregation, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Members of the congregation are invited to attend.

ADULT CLASS BEGINS STUDY OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

Next Sunday, June 25, the Adult Sunday School class will begin a study of the Apostle Paul using the text “Encountering Paul: Understanding the Man and His Message” by Tatha Wiley. For the first Sunday of the course, please read the “Preface.” Sunday’s class will be taught by Jonathan Bacon.

There are a few used copies of the book still available at $8 for paperbacks and $10 for hardcovers $10. To pay for the book, add the appropriate amount to your offering with a notation on your offering envelope that the amount covers the Adult Sunday School book.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST

This new class continues each Sunday for adults 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 the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please join the class, taught by Ron Millard and Karen Birkby, if interested.

BOOK CLUB DATES AND TOPICS SET FOR REMAINDER OF YEAR

The All Good Books group met this past week and settled on the titles for book club discussions for the remainder of 2017. Dates and titles follow, all meetings are held at 7 PM in the Community of Christ Church Library (note the change in the August date):

Thursday, July 13, 2017, The Woman in Cabin 10 by

Thursday, August 17, 2017, The Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

Thursday, September 14, 2017, The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

Thursday, October 12, 2017, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Thursday, November 9, 2017, The Obsession by Nora Roberts

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AND NEW DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE

The Summer Worship Schedule (June through August, 2017) and the new 2017 Church Directory are now available on the table in the Fellowship Hall. Be sure to pick up your copy of each.

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

Plan to join in the fun at our annual July 4th Celebration. Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Balloons, Face Painting and Bouncy Houses for the kids and the young at heart.

60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR THE ATHEYS

The children of Margaret and Charles Athey invite you to an Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Mission Road Community of Christ Congregation. The Atheys request “No presents, your presence is your present!”

SUN ECLIPSE EVENT

Roger Parish has been researching the upcoming Sun Eclipse event that is coming to our area on Monday August 21, 2017. Roger has researched the best (longest viewing time) and the closest viewing location. Roger has discovered a city park near Kearney, MO that is reasonably close and well suited to view the Eclipse. Several people are interested so Roger rented a shelter at the park for a minimal fee. Parking is close to the shelter but it is first come. Please contact the Pastors to express your interest in attending, too. We would like to know how many people from the Mission Road Congregation might be interested in gathering to experience this historic event.

HERITAGE DAY STORYTELLERS NIGHT COMING TO MISSION ROAD

Do you love a good story? If so, we have an exciting evening for you! Celebrate Heritage Day this year with Apostle Art Smith, Mark Scherer, and Barb Walden as they share some of their favorite stories from church history at the Mission Road congregation on Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 PM. Our storytellers will share the theme "Preserve the Past ~ Inspire the Future."

The Storytellers evening is sponsored by Mission Road congregation and Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation in support of summer interns who share the church’s stories at our historic sites.

A donation opportunity for the Alma Blair Internship Program will be available for those interested in supporting this unique educational opportunity for young adults. All are invited. No RSVP needed.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 PM (Summer schedule) – Prayer Circle meets at the church.

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Marge & John Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 – 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 Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "Encountering Paul” by Tatha Wiley, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Adult Class Exploring the Community of Christ – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard.

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak onthe theme "Take Up the Cross and Follow Me" with Clint Reine presiding and serving as the worship planner. An Instrumental Ensemble will provide the ministry of music. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Dorothy May. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

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

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:

18 June 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20170618-Kkuttler.mp3

11 June 2017 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20170611-PBennetts.mp3

4 June 2017 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20170604-KBirkby.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 is both in the Church Directory.

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