THIS WEEK’S MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

NEXT PRIESTHOOD MEETING SCHEDULED!

A Priesthood Meeting is scheduled during the Sunday School Hour on Sunday, November 19, 2017. There will be no adult Sunday School class on the 19th. Steve Holben will facilitate the meeting. All members are invited!

FINAL DATE TO DONATE TO CENTRAL OF HOPE THANKSGIVING FUND

The CACH is collecting donations for their Thanksgiving meal. If you wish to donate please make your check out to: "Central Avenue Center of Hope". Donations need to be made no later than Sunday, November 19, 2017. You can place your donation in the offering plate and Pennie Bunkers will see that your donation reaches the Center in time.

THANK YOU FROM THE CENTER OF HOPE

In October 2017, the Mission Road Congregation donated 265 pounds of food to the Central Avenue Center of Hope Food Pantry plus numerous items (clothing, soaps, shampoos, lotions). Thanks for your generosity…and keep up the good work! The Center can use trash bags, brown sugar, spaghetti sauce, canned chili, juices, jelly, catsup and mustard in addition to the regular items such as boxes of cereal, canned fruits and vegetables and any canned or dry food items.

DONATE MONEY FOR TOYS IN MEMORY OF ALISTER KOSMICKI

Roxanne is collecting money to purchase Christmas toys for needy children. If you would like to help, please see Roxanne.

SUCCESS IN HONDURAS

From Paula Rummel, HMA International Committee Chair:

I wanted to share with you about someone Saira Giron saw in her Honduras clinic. This young woman came in and Saira directed her to obtain a biopsy of this growth on her face. The report came back melanoma, which is the worst kind of skin cancer. The first price the surgeon gave them was completely out of consideration for this couple. Saira intervened and the surgeon reduced the price to $850 from $1500. A biopsy was done and confirmed the dreaded diagnosis. The family took out a loan creating a great burden on their finances so the surgery could be done.

This is where HMA and our Honduran Rural Healthcare Program stepped in. In the Program budget was included "Special Medical Needs Funds" of $500. Since these had not been expended for 2017, I authorized them to be used to help this family. While it did not take care of all the cost of surgery, it was enough to relieve some of the financial strain.

In 2 weeks Linda Drown (interpreter) and I will be traveling to Honduras to offer Saira another employment contract. We have seen the valuable work she has been doing this year and we want that work to continue.

This is where you come in. You generously supported the Program last year and we hope you have also been impressed with Saira, her skills, and her ministry, as I have shared in emails throughout the year.

Please be part of this Program, again for 2018! Funds can be sent to:

HMA

Honduras Healthcare Program

1001 West Walnut

Independence, MO 64050

MISSION ROAD CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Please mark your calendars for the evening of December 17th for our annual Christmas Program. More details to follow.

BOOK CLUB ON WINTER BREAK

The All Good Books group will not meet in December 2017. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Discussion questions for the book will be posted later. There will also be no book club meeting in February, but meetings will return in March.

COFFEE TALKS

Join the Midlands Mission Center Leadership Team for the following scheduled Coffee Talks:

December 8, 2017, time and place TBA

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Lee and Arlene Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, November 12, 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, November 12, 2017, 10:30 AM – Ron Millard will speak onthe theme "Receive and Be Trustworthy" with Kirk Barnhard presiding and serving as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in "Community of Christ Sings" will be Ron Millard. The Mission Bells will provide the ministry of music and Brian Libeer 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:

12 November 2017 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20171112-PBennetts.mp3

5 November 2017 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20171105-KBirkby.mp3

29 October 2017 message by Ed Slauter, filename 20171029-ESlauter.mp3

22 October 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename 20171022-SHolben.mp3

15 October 2017 message by Clint Reine, filename 20171015-CReine.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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