Mission Road Congregational Newslettter – August 4th, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

UPDATE: FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NEW LINK

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2Kme3gr, not the link shared earlier in last week’s newsletter. Sorry for the confusion.

Printed copies are also available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 10 (“The Reformation in the Low Countries”).

PANCAKE BREAKFAST NEXT SUNDAY

Sunday August 11 we will have a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy the food and conversation!

BLESSING OF THE STUDENT BACKPACKS

Sunday August 11 at 10:30 we will have a special blessing of all student backpacks. We encourage students of all ages to bring their backpacks for this special blessing. We will also bless the backpacks that have been collected for donation to Central Avenue Center of Hope.

FULLY AWAKE MINI-RETREAT

This day of prayer will be an opportunity to grow deeper in our understanding and practice of contemplative prayer through spacious solitude and shared wisdom in sacred community. We will begin by exploring the contemplative tradition and why it matters in our world today. You will receive invitations for personal reflection and meditation in inspiring locations around the Temple. There will also be opportunities throughout the day for group spiritual practice, walking the Labyrinth, food and fellowship, and sharing our experiences together.

Facilitators: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, Charmaine Chvala-Smith, Donna Sperry, and Jane Gardner

When: August 17, 2019 9AM-4PM

Where: Community of Christ Temple (1001 W. Walnut St. Independence, MO 64050)

Registration Fee: $30 (lunch provided)

Register Here: https://cofchrist.wufoo.com/forms/z1yxl3bj1pbfusf/

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2019

For more information contact Katie Harmon-McLaughlin (Spiritual Formation Specialist) khmclaughlin +1 (816) 833-1000 ext. 2393

You can view more information about this event, including the flyer to download, here: https://spiritualformationcenter.org/fully-awake-mini-retreat/

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive has begun. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

eLEARNING TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Online Temple School Classes

Cost is $25. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration” on the left.

Ministry and Priesthood Classes

Open enrollment begins July 10 for 8-week online sessions (limited space available) held August 8–September 27:

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (MP300)

Ministry of the Priest (MP304)

Ministry of the Elder (MP305)

WOMEN’S RETREAT @ THE HIGHLANDS

Celebrating Women II

9 am – 12 noon Saturday, August 10

Women from Midlands, Central, and Farwest Mission Centers are invited to join together and share their life experiences, problems and joys. Guest ministry provided by Apostle Janné Grover, First People Field Specialist Carol Caplinger, and Highlands Elder Nancy Short. For questions please contact Mary Jane Stafford, Ph.D. at 816.335.5285.

AUDIO PODCASTS

If you happen to have some of the cassette tapes made before 2012, and especially those made before 2000, Russ would love to borrow them so he can put them online. Please consider lending your worship service audiocassette tapes (pre-2012) to Russ while he digitizes the recordings.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 8:30 AM – Pancake Breakfast (coordinated by Karen Birkby), join us for pancakes, conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

· 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 Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – Debbie Rushfelt will speak on the theme "Where Is Your Treasure" with Karen Birkby serving as worship planner and presider. Clint Reine will provide the PowerPoint and Dorothy May will provide the ministry of music.

The service will also include a special blessing on any school backpacks brought to the service plus a blessing on the backpacks that have been collected for donation to the Central Avenue Center of Hope.

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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

4 August 2019 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20190804-KKuttler.mp3

21 July 2019 message by Mike Hartford, filename 20190721-MHartford.mp3

14 July 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190714-JBacon.mp3

7 July message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20190707-ALeonard.mp3

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation that 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.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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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