Congregational News September 16, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

BOOK CLUB MEETS THIS THURSDAY

The September meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur this Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah.

Potential discussion questions provided by the publisher are available online at https://kristinhannah.com/books/between-sisters/book-clubs/. You can also keep up to date by following the book club’s blog/website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com

ALICE WILEY MEMORIAL SERVICE

Alice Wiley, wife of Jack Wiley and a very close friend of our congregation, passed away on September 6, 2018. Her obituary is available online at http://www.speakschapel.com/book-of-memories/3603138/wiley-alice/obituary.php. Her memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO. Please remember the family in your thoughts and prayers.

CHILDREN PRACTICE FOR VESPERS SERVICE

The children will begin practicing and preparing for the Vesper Service soon. The practice will occur during part of the normal Sunday School hour, from 9:45-10:15 AM each Sunday.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The Adult Sunday School Class is continuing to study "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

On Sunday, September 23, the class will discuss Chapter 16, "The Schismatic Reaction: Donatism." Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.

CENTRAL AVENUE OF HOPE ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE

For the last several years, we have had a paper drive for the Central Avenue of Hope during the fall. The Center has saved almost $50,000.00 in paper products because of the generosity of individuals and many Community of Christ Congregations who have contributed the following items.

Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam

Soup bowls 12 oz.

Dessert plates 5-7 inch

Coffee cups 8 oz

Foam plates 8 inch

Toilet paper

Sporks (combination spoon and fork)

Napkins

The paper drive in now in progress and runs through October 14, 2018.

The Community of Christ congregation with the best percentage of giving will receive the paper drive trophy for 2019.

Please consider donating any of the items listed above and give generously!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED YEAR-ROUND!

The Center of Hope collects school supplies throughout the year because of the continuing need by school age students. When shopping, please pick up some extra school supplies for children who cannot afford even the basics. Donations of any school related supplies are appreciated, including 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!

BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 30

The Fall Business meeting for the Mission Road Congregation has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2018 during the Sunday School class hour. Plan to join us and discuss congregational business.

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.

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 10:30-2:30 PM event but mark your calendars now!

COMING IN OCTOBER

The annual Chili Cook-Off and Supper is planned for 6 PM on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Mark your calendar, dig out your favorite award-winning recipe and plan to join us on the 28th!

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, September 19, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group meets in Church Library to discuss the novel “Between Sisters.”

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Debbie Rushfelt), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 23, 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, September 23, 2018, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme "Who is Greatest?" with Mary Reichenbach serving as presider and Donna Emslie serving as worship planner. Jennifer Libeer will offer the ministry of music. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. 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:

16 September 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20180916-ALeonard.mp3

9 September 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt and elevator dedication service, filename 20180909-GRushfelt; Elevator.Dedication.mp3

2 September 2018 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20180902-LBirkby.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://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

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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