Congregational News – July 29, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT THE START OF SCHOOL IS GETTING CLOSER!

It’s time to start thinking about how you can support the annual Center of Hope school supplies drive. When you’re out shopping for your own children or grand children, please pick up some extra supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. And if you’re no longer buying school supplies for your family, take a nostalgic shopping trip and pickup some items for the families supported by the Center. What’s needed? Pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks, paper tablets, colored pencils, notebook paper, pencil holders, backpacks, 3-ring binders and more. If you think it’s a school related supply…it probably is!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is now studying “The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1” by Justo Gonzalez.

Next Sunday we’ll continue the discussion of Chapter 9, “The Teachers of the Church.” Paul Bennetts will lead the class discussion.

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.

2019 WORLD CONFERENCE DELEGATES

World Conference will be held April 13–16, 2019 in Independence. MMC will elect 69 delegates. To add your name to the ballot, please fill out the form at www.mmc2019wc.info. Delegates must attend all business sessions of World Conference 2019 and plan to attend and participate in pre-conference sessions of the Midlands Mission Center delegation.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER BOOK CLUB

Shelly Twitchell, Midlands Mission Support Specialist, will host a book club through Facebook starting this fall. Grab the books and start reading. We will first discuss “Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World” by Alan J Roxburgh. Congregational or small group book discussions are encouraged. Happy reading and have a great summer!

ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The elevator construction project is well underway. Visible progress is being made. The A/C unit for the elevator machine room has been installed. The sump pump system for the elevator pit has been install. The emergency telecommunication lines for the elevator emergency phone have been installed and the electrician is waiting for final inspection from the city. The drywall has been installed sealing the elevator shaft and some walls have been painted. Wednesday the elevator contractor has planned to start the elevator installation.

Please continue to be especially cautious during construction, as there may be construction materials and other hazards evident from time to time. You will also find extra vehicles in our parking lot because of our construction project as well as the construction of the new Prairie Village Fire Station. Please be mindful and welcoming of our visitors.

SAVE THE DATE – POTLUCK AT KOSMICKI’S FARM

Roxann and Alex Kosmicki are inviting everyone in the congregation to their farm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to share in an afternoon of potluck and fellowship. More details to follow for the 2:30-10:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

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.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Michel and Eric Haase), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, August 5, 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, 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 and Ron Millard in the Chapel.

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:30 AM – Debbie Rushfelt will speak on the theme "Believe" with Karen Birkby serving as presider and worship planner. Dorothy May and Charles Athey will offer the ministry of music. Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

29 July 2018 message by Jane Landrum, filename 20180729-JLandrum.mp3

22 July 2018 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20180722-JBacon.mp3

15 July 2018 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20180715-KBirkby.mp3

8 July 2018 message by Clint Reine, filename 20180708-CReine.mp3

1 July 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20180701-JONeal.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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