Upcoming News for Week of April 8, 2018.

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORMS FOR SUMMER
The Worship Availability Form is now available for the Summer months. You can download and print a copy at https://goo.gl/sGFwqe. Copies are also available in Sunday’s bulletin. You can return the form in several ways: • Give a copy to the Worship Coordinators, Pam O’Neal and/or Caryn Brown or
• Place the form in the administrative “In” box located in the church Narthex (on the wall by the office) or • Email it to carynpbro@gmail.com or
• Mail the form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Worship, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS MEETING POSTPONED
Due to the illness of the book club coordinator, the next meeting of the All Good Books group will be postponed to a date later in April. The group was initially scheduled to meet 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/

At the April meeting we’ll discuss “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. Discussion questions for the book will be available online soon.

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 and fourth Tuesday of each month. If you can find time in your schedule to help at CACH please contact Susan Clark on her cell phone.

THE CENTER FOR HOPE NEED IS ONGOING
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? In February, the contributions dropped to 40 pounds.

In February the Center, our contributions, coupled with other congregations, provided pantry items to 14 households including 9 adults, 10 children, and 11 elderly clients. Additionally, school materials were provided to 8 children.

The need really is on going! Your contributions really are helpful. Please remember to bring food items to the Food Pantry (plus cash contributions) this month!

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 and Ron Millard, if interested.

ADULT CLASS DISCUSSES THE EPISTLES OF PAUL
The Adult Sunday School class, led by Jane Landrum, is encouraged to read II Thessalonians, an epistle from Paul, one of the Deutero-Pauline Letters and be prepared to discuss it. Class begins at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning in the Church Library.

2018 MMC SR. HIGH HISTORIC CARAVAN UPDATE
Our Mission Center needs to raise about $40,000 before June 2018 depending upon the final number of kids registered for the Historic Caravan. We have $24,000 raised! ($13,000 left over from previous Caravans + $11,000) We have 49 teens registered as of March 25. The camp is June 7-16, with an orientation pre-night on June 6 at Mission Road. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. 100% of your donation goes to ministry that really lasts a lifetime!

We have a NEW matching opportunity good through May 1, 2018. For every $1 donated a donor will match it up to $4000!!!

Questions? Kyle 913-708-5950, Clint 913-484-0651

Make checks payable to MMC Sr. High Historic Caravan. Please give your donation to your Congregational Financial officer or mail it directly to the MMC 7615 N. Platte Purchase Dr., Kansas City, MO 64118.

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.

INTRODUCING MISSION CENTER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS
The President Team is pleased to announced Emily Hartford and Shelly Twitchell as the first to fulfill this new role in the Mission Center. We thank them for volunteering their time, energy, and expertise to the camp directors, youth council, and other pertinent responsibilities.

Emily attends the University Congregation with her husband, Daniel, and their four young children. She grew up in Southern Illinois, earned an education degree at Graceland, and spent time in Australia both for World Service Corps and as a church employee before settling in Lawrence, KS. She has attended church camp in almost every role possible and looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge.

Shelly is in her 11th year in education, currently teaching English at Lansing High School. She and her four children, ages 12 to 23, recently moved to Kansas from Greenfield, IA. They attend the Leavenworth Congregation. As a stay-at-home mom previously she worked at every youth camp and activity possible. She loves hearing other people’s stories and sharing herself about God’s grace and love.

WORK DAY @ CHIHOWA
9:00 am Saturday, April 21

Opportunities abound for ALL interest and abilities. Jobs include: clear brush, clean & organize storage areas, paint, install trim, and carpentry & plumbing tasks.

Come for a few hours or stay the whole day! Lunch will be provided!! Questions? Please contact Caretaker Jean Davis (913.305.8297) or Board President Rollie Marolf (785.207.1359).

CHIHOWA WISH LIST:
• BALLS (VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, SOCCER, KICKBALL)
• BASKETBALL BACKBOARDS
• VOLLEYBALL NET
• PLAYGROUND SWINGS
• CANOE PADDLES
• ROCKING CHAIRS (NURSERY)

Please take a moment to fill out a survey regarding campgrounds and the camping program in our mission center. Anyone who has attended a camp or reunion and/or considers themselves part of Midlands MC is encouraged to participate. We welcome your ideas! The survey is available at http://www.MidlandsCamping.info

THE REUNION EXPERIENCE
Come join for fun, fellowship, swimming, campfires, classes, good food, study, and wonderful guest ministry.

Doniphan – Excelsior Springs, MO – June 24 to 29
Guest Minister: Scott Murphy, First Presidency
Director: Josh Huyett 913.707.3905

Chihowa – Perry, KS – July 8 to 13
Guest Minister: David Anderson, President High Priest Quorum Director: Sarah Marolf 785.730.5222

Directors are looking for individuals willing to help in many ways. Please call Josh or Sarah and share your ministry. **Nursery workers must be Youth Worker Training certified.

2018 Reunion Prices
Adults (age 18+): $240
Youth (age 13-17): $125
Children (age 5-12): $75
Children (age 0-4): $25
**Camperships Are Available**

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

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 PM – POSTPONED: All Good Books group meets in Church Library.

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, April 15, 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.
• Exploring the Community of Christ (Adult Class) – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby in the Chapel.

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak on the theme “You Are Witnesses” with Ron Millard serving as presider and Dorothy May as Worship Planner. The Pennie Bunkers and Jane Landrum will provide the ministry of music and Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

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:

8 April 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename: 20180408-JONeal.mp3
1 April 2018 Easter message by Paul Bennetts, filename: 20180401-Easter;PBennetts.mp3

30 March 2018 Good Friday Service, filename: 20180330-Good.Friday.mp3

25 March 2018 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20180325-LBirkby.mp3

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

18 March 2018 John Trinkl III memorial service, filename 20180318-John.Trinkl.III.Memorial.mp3 (monaural audio file playable online)

18 March 2018 John Trinkl III memorial service, filename 20180318S-John.Trinkl.III.Memorial.mp3 (larger stereo file, may now be played online or downloaded to play)

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

4 March 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20180304-JRushfelt.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 http://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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