Congregational News Mach 19

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

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 in the Chapel, taught by Karen Birkby, if interested.

ADULT CLASS DISCUSSES THE EPISTLES OF PAUL

The Adult Sunday School class is encouraged to read Colossians, one of the Deutero-Pauline Letters and be prepared to discuss. Class begins at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning in the Church Library. Paul Bennetts will lead the class discussion on March 25.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICE

Please join us on Sunday, March 25, 2018 for our Palm Sunday service. Our children will be participating in their annual entrance to the Sanctuary waving Palms at the beginning of the service. Clint Reine will be presiding and Larry Birkby will be providing the morning message.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

Mark your calendar for the Mission road Good Friday service on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Jane Landrum is the Worship Planner 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 on April 1, 2018. Bring your favorite breakfast dish or casserole. If you have any questions, contact Donna Emslie (A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board).

There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt, coordinated by Donna Emslie, 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, March 31 to help decorate and setup for Easter morning. If you’re available, please sign up to help starting at 9:30 AM on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

PRAYERS FOR PHIL BINK

Phil Bink, the son of Jean and Jay Bink, had surgery Saturday morning (3-10-18) at Liberty Hospital to remove a mass from his colon. Results of the biopsy were positive for malignant cancer. Please remember Phil, and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers this week. Also, pray for Phil’s medical team as they plan for his treatment.

UPDATE ON JONATHAN BACON

Two sets of x-rays, a nuclear bone density scan and a CAT scan have confirmed an acute (new) compression fracture of the T-11 vertebrae that will require surgery. Jonathan will have a vertebroplasty procedure (injection of bone cement) to stabilize the vertebrae on Friday morning, March 23 at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. Until then, he cannot lift anything, cannot drive, is wearing a back brace and is restricted to minimal activity.

Please remember Jonathan and his medical team in your prayers.

MARCH IS SPAGHETTI MONTH FOR THE CENTER FOR HOPE

Food donations are always welcome at the Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH), but for the Mission Road Congregation, we’re encouraging “Spaghetti” related donations in March. Please bring Spaghetti sauce, packages of uncooked pasta or cans of pre-made spaghetti to the church over the next four Sundays and we’ll get the supplies to CACH!

Feed the hungry is one of Christ’s charges to his disciples, so let’s provide spaghetti!

Did you know that in January, the Mission Road Congregation contributed 50 pounds of food plus a bag of lotions, shampoo and soaps to the Center? Our contributions, coupled with other congregations, provided pantry items to 20 households including 23 adults, 36 children, and 8 elderly clients. Additionally, school materials were provided to 10 children. The ongoing need continues!

MISSION: LEARN

9am – 4pm Saturday, March 24 at Mission Road Congregation

An event 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. Cost is $10 plus a donation for lunch.

9:00 Registration, Fellowship

9:45 Worship

10:00–10:45 Class Option 1

10:45–11:30 Class Option 2

11:30 Mission Center News and Discussion

12:15 Lunch (Youth Fundraiser)

1:00 Prayer for Peace

1:15–2:00 Class Option 3

2:00–2:45 Class Option 4

3:00–4:00 Mission Center Spring Conference

Breakout Class Session Opportunities

Kerry Lukenbill & Marsha Nave – What does a homeless person look like?

Central Avenue Center of Hope, Come see what a difference you’ve made in Kansas City and how you can continue to help.

Richard Betts – Discover New Ways to Fund Mission – Come and explore new models and methods that help shape the way we fund mission in the church.

Wim van Klinken – Shelby, CFO & Recorder Training

Are you a Congregational Recorder or a Congregational Financial Officer and not always sure how to manage Shelby? Come learn from Wim’s expertise!

Don McLaughlin – Restoring Hope To The Future

Living our faith in a changing world

Barb Borkowski – Holy Conversations – Living Unity in the Midst of Diversity
We live in a divided world. How do we talk with one another about politics, holy conversations? Listening to learn and understanding motives are foundational practices that can help us create space for holy conversations.

Sara & Charles Lloyd – Spiritual Formation – Life Changing Transitions for Growth, and Community Connectedness-Fabulous!

Emily Hartford & Shelly Twitchell – Youth Worker Registration

CIT – Counselors in Training

MMC SPRING CONFERENCE

At Mission Road Congregation following Mission: Learn. At 3PM

Ordination of Mary Gill to High Priest

Setting apart the Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Amendment to CACH Bylaws

YOUTH HISTORIC CARAVAN MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITY

Please encourage your teenagers to send their Interest Forms for the 2018 Youth Historic Caravan into the MMC office or give them to Clint Reine. Students that are currently enrolled in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades can attend. The Caravan will be held June 7-16, 2018 (9 ½ days) with an additional orientation pre-night at Mission Road Congregation on June 6, 2018. Please see Clint for an Interest Form or grab one from the table in the Fellowship hall. No child has been left behind on past caravans because of space issues, however we have about 48 seats on a larger bus designated for teens (the remaining for adult chaperones) and we have 40 student Interest Forms turned in as of December 5. This is a record setting pace (40 in 10 days and more are promised to be turned in!) Th is quickly approaching the largest Caravan in size, which was 2010 with 56 students. We have received 53 Interest Forms (Teenagers) for the Historic Caravan in June! This number helped us decide to switch to the larger 56-passenger bus. These forms are still available for download on the Mission Center website (midlandsmc.org).

Students will be able to Register for the camps (including Historic Caravan) starting February 1, 2018 on the Mission Center website. (midlandsmc.org) The Caravan is a "first come first served" registration process. We, of course, do not want to leave anyone behind but so get the Registrations in quickly!

Donations should be made payable to the Midlands Mission center and given to your Congregational Financial Officer or mailed to the Midlands Mission Center at 7615 N Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. All donations are tax deductible. Please note your donations are for the Youth Historic Caravan.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS MEETING SET

The next meeting of the All Good Books group will be on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The schedule for book club meetings is available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/

In April we’ll discuss “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. Discussion questions for the book will be available online in early April.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

2018 CAMP DATES

June 6-16 Historic Caravan

June 7-22 Middle School Camp

June 24-29 Doniphan Reunion

July 5-7 Youth Quest

July 8-13 Chihowa Reunion

July 20-21 International Youth Forum

July 21-28 Spectacular

July 22-27 MITIOG

July 29-August 2 Junior Camp

EXTRA HELP NEEDED AT THE CENTRAL AVENUE CENTER OF HOPE

Marsha broke her collarbone and needs extra help in meal prep at the Central Avenue Center of Hope. It will be several weeks before Marsha will be back to 100%. Mission Road is going to help on the third & forth Tuesday of each month. If you can find time in your schedule to help at CACH please contact Susan Clark on her cell phone.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Cheryl Kennedy), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

  • 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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 10:30 AM – Larry Birkby will speak onthe theme "Hosanna!" with Clint Reine serving as worship service planner and presiding. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint.

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 March 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20180318-KBarnhard.mp3

11 March 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20180311-ALeonard.mp3

4 March 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20180304-JRushfelt.mp3

25 February 2018 message by Mary Reichenbach, filename 20180225-MReichenbach.mp3

18 February 2018 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20180218-KBarnhard.mp3

11 February 2018 message by Marilyn Slauter, filename 20180211-MSlauter.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 our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.

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 link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://goo.gl/wREl03

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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