ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETS ON AUGUST 17
The All Good Books group will meet a week later than usual in August (on the 17th rather than the 10th) at 7 PM in the Community of Christ Church Library (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS) to discuss The Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah.
There are some fascinating discussion questions available online at https://kristinhannah.com/books/magic-hour/book-clubs/. After you read the book, take a look at the 14 questions posted online.
We hope you can join us on the 17th!
NEWS FROM MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER LEADERSHIP TEAM
We praise God for another amazing summer camping season. Seven weeks of dedicated loving staff and wonderful kids working together, worshipping together, playing together, praying together, and experiencing God together.
The summer started with Sr. High Camp with “Christ First” as their theme. Middle School Camp’s theme was “Free to Be” and Junior Camp was “The Great Adventure”. Youth Quest, our young kids’ theme, was “Put on the Full Armor of God.”
Everyone also was invited to join the two wonderful Reunions with talented and spirit-filled guest ministry. We were blessed with ministry from USA Bishop David Nii at Doniphan Reunion and Apostle Janné Grove at Chihowa Reunion. “Fully Awake and Ready to Respond” was our theme for Reunions.
Midlands and Farwest kids joined together again this year for Spectacular with the theme “Harmony”. MITIOG was also a great success and a fun time had by all.
We so appreciate all the volunteers!!! Staff, counselors, directors, cooks, caretakers, lifeguards, teachers, choir, presiders, speakers, and many others. It takes everyone working together and most importantly God’s presence in the middle of it all to make a memorable camp.
I invite you to continue to give to the Reunions, as we are still short on meeting those budgets. You can mark it on your envelope or send it directly to the Mission Center. We try to keep registration fees low so all can attend, but the registration and offerings during the week do not cover the cost of the camp.
I also want to invite you to think ahead for next summer and plan on spending time with us at Reunions and helping send kids to camp.
May God continue to bless each of you, your families, and your Congregations.
From Donna Fletcher
WEDDING SHOWER FOR CAITLIN BENNETTS
All are invited to an upcoming wedding shower for Caitlin Bennetts! The event is planned for Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the home of Robin Payne, 15148 Mohawk Circle, Leawood, KS. Caitlin is registered at Bed Bath & Beyond. Please RSVP’s to Debbie Rushfelt.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SANTA-CALI-GON DAYS IN INDEPENDENCE, MO.
Free Parking for you if you volunteer to work at the Peace Pavilion parking lot taking money for parking spaces. The new Peace Pavilion is beside the square and they are selling parking space as a fundraiser for the new building. The event goes from Friday through Monday (September 1- 4, 2017).
Volunteers are scheduled for 3-hour time slots beginning at 11 am on Friday, September 1. Contact Roxy Kellogg at rkellogg49 to claim a time slot to help.
Join the Midlands Mission Center Leadership Team for the following scheduled Coffee Talks:
September 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Excelsior Springs, Potluck with Janné Grover
October 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM, at the Bethel Congregation.
November 10, 2017, time and place TBA
December 8, 2017, time and place TBA
CENTER FOR HOPE PAPER DRIVE
The congregational paper drive to help Central Avenue Center of Hope in underway! The Center needs 20,000 of each of the following items for serving food to the homeless. Please bring what you’re able.
8–9” foam plates,
5–6” dessert plates,
8 oz. foam cups,
12 oz. foam bowls,
Napkins, forks and toilet paper.
Central Avenue Center of Hope continues to respond to the mission initiative of "abolishing poverty and ending suffering." Thousands of meals are served each year to individuals and families through your continued generosity. Thank you! Please join us in this important ministry; no paper item gift is too small.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE MENS’ RETREAT
Beginning Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM until Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Camp Chihowa.
Don McLaughlin will be the guest minister. $60 for a weekend of food, fellowship, sharing, learning, and spiritual growth. Watch for more details.
MISSION BELLS AND SAINTS CHORALE REHEARSALS BEGIN SOON
The rehearsal schedule for both Mission Bells and the Saint’s Chorale is included in the Sunday bulletin. Mission Bells will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 11 from 7-8:30 PM.
The Saints Chorale will begin rehearsals with a Saturday, August 26, 9-11:30 AM (music) reading session. Then regular rehearsals resume on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 PM starting August 30.
Want to exercise your musical muscles? Come join one of the two congregational music groups!
The new carpet has been ordered for the sanctuary and main floor office. Installation is scheduled for the week of August 21-25. The carpet squares for the nursery are here and we are arranging a time for installation.
LIFE AND LETTERS OF THE PAUL ADULT CLASS
The 9:15 AM Adult Sunday School Class will continue discussing Chapter 4 of Tatha Wiley’s book “Encountering Paul” this Sunday along with discussing Chapters 3-4 of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Jane Landrum will lead the class discussion. If possible, bring your Bible (any version).
ADULT CLASS STUDIES THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST
A second adult class meets each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership. This class is informational, for anyone wanting to know more about the Community of Christ. The class is held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). All are invited to join the class taught by Ron Millard and Karen Birkby.
THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IS COMING SOON!
Roger Parish has researched the upcoming Sun Eclipse event that is occurring on Monday August 21, 2017. Roger has researched close locations that would provide the best (longest viewing) time and the Jesse James city park near Kearney, MO is one site well suited to view the Eclipse. Roger is planning to have a map in next Sunday’s bulletin that will show the best routes to take to the park. The Interstate may be crowded and access may be slow because of the anticipated number of viewers. Parking is close to the shelter but first come first served. We are planning a picnic lunch so bring dinnerware and a dish to pass and something to drink. Come join us and 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, August 16, 2017, 7:00 PM (summer schedule) – Prayer Circle meets at the church.
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:00 PM – All Good Books meets to discuss “The Magic Hour” by Anita Shreve.
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
- 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, August 20, 2017, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak onthe theme "Lord, Help Me" with Arlene Leonard presiding and Debbie Rushfelt serving as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in "Community of Christ Sings" will be Janice Hedrick. Pennie Bunkers will provide the ministry of music and Jonathan Bacon 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:
6 August 2017 message by Clint Reine, filename 20170806-CReine
30 July 2017 message by John O’Neal and ordination of Jeanette Cave, filename 20170730-JONeal;JCaldeira.Ordination.mp3
23 July 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20170723-JBacon.mp3
23 July 2017 Business Meeting, filename 20170723-Business.Meeting.mp3
16 July 2017 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20170716-ALeonard.mp3
9 July 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename 20170709-SHolben.mp3
2 July 2017 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20170702-GRushfelt.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.