Congregational News – September 30, 2018

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: SIDE TRIP TO GHANA

Next Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Adult Sunday School class will take a short break from “The Story of Christianity” while Paul Bennetts shows slides and discusses his recent trip to Ghana, Africa. Join Paul and the rest of the class in the Sanctuary at 9:15 AM for the details of his trip.

The Adult Class will return to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez on Sunday, October 14.

On the 14th the class will discuss Chapter 17, "The Arian Controversy and the Council of Nicea." Dennis Wood will lead the class discussion.

NEWS FROM HONDURAS

From Paula Rummel, HMA International Committee Chair

The team had a very successful trip to Honduras in August. Physicians Mike Duke and Erin McGongile were assisted in interpretation by Linda Drown, Esdras Hernandez, and Michael Macias. Gary Rummel helped with logistics and transportation. They were given VIP treatment at the San Pedro Sula airport when they arrived. They were greeted by Debora Mejia as they came off the plane, escorted thru immigration and customs, and had their photo taken with a sign that read "Serving Honduras".

The next 3 days the team held village clinics organized by Saira. Seventy patients were seen in El Zapotal, 88 patients in San Antonio, and 55 patients in Las Crucites. HMA’s Auxiliary nursing scholarship student, Karen Tinoco, helped check in the patients and obtained vital signs. The group was pleased to meet the student and work with her. Saira was again exceptional in her knowledge of the patients in these villages and often recited their medical history from memory.

Gary and Mike were able to inspect the truck that was purchased in January from the fundraising campaign last year. They were pleased with the truck but noted that new tires need to be purchased due to the poor road conditions.

Linda Drown will be returning to Honduras in November as interpreter for me as HMA renews Saira’s employment contract for another year. Apostle Carlos Mejia and Mission Center President Gonzalo Mejia have been very pleased with Saira’s help at La Buena Fe Campground activities.

If you would like to assist in funding Saira’s work next year in the rural villages in Honduras, please contact myself or Kathleen at the HMA office. She can accept checks or credit card information at HMA 1001 West Walnut Independence, MO 64050 or 816-833-1000 ext. 1262.

Together you, Saira, and HMA are making a real difference in the lives of Honduran families. Thank You!

2018-2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY

Work is beginning on the next Congregational Directory. If you have updates (contacts, pictures, information) that you would like included, please email the information to Clint Reine at the church email address (mrcoc).

HELP NEEDED: CENTRAL AVENUE OF HOPE ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE

Please help support the Central Avenue Center of Hope paper drive. The Center is able to save almost $50,000.00 each year because of the generosity of individuals and Community of Christ Congregations who support the paper drive. Items needed?

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 runs through October 14, 2018. Each year the Community of Christ congregation with the best percentage of giving (based on attendance) receives the paper drive trophy.

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

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.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST?

If you’re an adult interested in learning about the Community of Christ, please contact Karen Birkby or Ron Millard. They’re available to meet with you during the Adult Sunday School hour to discuss the mission and history of the Community of Christ.

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!

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!

OCTOBER 2018 BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION SET

The October meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will occur on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7 PM. The group will meet in the Church Library and discuss " The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg. Everyone is invited!

ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER

The Mission Road annual Chili Cook-Off and Supper is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, from 6:00-8:00. The cost is $8 per person age 7 or older, children under 7 are free. Attendees are invited (not required) to dress up for Halloween!

There is a sign-up sheet available on the doors to the Fellowship Hall. Please indicate if you’ll be bringing a pot of chili or desserts. Volunteers are also needed to assist with setup and serving. Donna Emslie is coordinating the event and is also looking for someone to back her up for the event. Donna is in the process of moving, plus her daughter is having a baby. If you can be her backup on the day of the Chili Supper, please let Donna know. Mark your calendar, dig out your favorite award-winning recipe and plan to join us on October 28!

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

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, October 7, 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.

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 10:30 AM – Ron Millard will speak on the theme "Bring the Children" with Charles Athey serving as presider and worship planner. Caryn Brown will provide the PowerPoint.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:30-2:30 PM – Potluck and Fellowship at Roxann and Alex Kosmicki’s Farm.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group meets in Church Library.

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM – Annual Mission Road Chili Cook-Off and Supper.

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:

30 September 2018 message by Clint Reine, filename 20180930-CReine.mp3

30 September 2018 Fall Business Meeting, Filename: 20180930-Business.Meeting.mp3

23 September 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20180923-JONeal.mp3

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 are both in the Church Directory.

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