Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 15, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

POTLUCK LUNCH AFTER THE ORDINATION OF PAM O’NEIL

Bring a dish to share with everyone for the potluck lunch after the worship service on the 22nd of September following the ordination of Pan O’Neil to the office of Teacher.

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. Marilyn Gairns will lead the discussion on Chapters 17 and 18.

MUSIC GROUPS RESUME REHEARSALS

The Mission Bells have resumed (approximately) bi-weekly rehearsals from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary (balcony). If interested, contact Dorothy May.

The Saints Chorale has resumed weekly rehearsals from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary. Singers are invited to join the Chorale in a new season of music and service. Contact Dorothy May for more information.

ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Mark you calendars for our annual Ice Cream Social Saturday September 28th at 6 PM. See the Sign Up sheet on the bulletin board.

ANNUAL CHILI SUPPER

Mark you calendars for our annual Chili Supper October 27th.

UPDATE: FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NEW LINK

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2Kme3gr, a link shared earlier in last week’s newsletter.

Printed copies are also available at church.

DESPERATE NEED: CENTER OF HOPE

Men’s pants sizes 32-38 are in very short supply at the Central Avenue Center of Hope. If you have new or used (but in good shape) pants, please consider donating them to the Center. You can bring them to church and leave in the Food Pantry cupboard.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Annual Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive has just ended for this fall’s Back to School Drive. You can give anytime; 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.

ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Annual Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) Paper Drive has begun for the month of September. We are looking forward to a friendly competition with other congregations in the Mission Center. Below is a list of Paper, Plastic or Styrofoam items to contribute to the Center.

Soup Bowls, 12 oz.; Dessert plates, 5"-7"; Plates, 8"; Sporks; Napkins; Styrofoam Coffee Cups, 8 oz.; Toilet Paper.

You can give anytime; these supplies make the difference for many families served by CACH.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Sacraments: Expressions of Christ’s Peace on September 20 & 21

An opportunity for all Priesthood members in the Central USA

Mission Field: Central, Central Missouri, Far West, Gateway,

Midlands, and Mid-South Mission Centers.

Guest ministry provided by Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner.

Childcare and free will donation lunch available on Saturday.

Communion Service in the Temple Sanctuary

7:00 – 8:30 pm Friday, September 20

Worship and Sessions in the Temple

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, September 21

(Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

ADVENT at THE TEMPLE DECEMBER 8th 7 pm

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Sacraments: Expressions of Christ’s Peace on September 20 & 21

An opportunity for all Priesthood members in the Central USA

Mission Field: Central, Central Missouri, Far West, Gateway,

Midlands, and Mid-South Mission Centers.

Guest ministry provided by Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner.

Childcare and free will donation lunch available on Saturday.

Communion Service in the Temple Sanctuary

7:00 – 8:30 pm Friday, September 20

Worship and Sessions in the Temple

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, September 21

(Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

CRAWDADS IN SEPTEMBER

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7 PM to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. The book club meeting will be held in our Church Library.

Delia Owens, the author will appear at Unity Temple on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7 PM. Her appearance is sponsored by Rainy Day Books. If you buy the book from Rainy Day Books, you’ll receive two tickets to attend her appearance. For more information visit https://www.rainydaybooks.com/DeliaOwens

There’s also an interesting article about the novel at https://bit.ly/2TG26X6

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. Saint’s Chorale practice

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:30 P.M. Prayer Circle

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Marge Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, September 22, 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, September 22, 2019, 10:30 AM – Ron Millard will speak on the theme "Be a Faithful Servant" with Karen Birkby serving as worship planner. Larry Birkby will be presiding. Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint and Susan Clark & Roxann Kosmicki will provide the ministry of music.

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WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road I suggest you listen to the posted podcasts that we list each week in this Newsletter. You are missing out on some fine worship services and some wonderful musical renditions. Its not being like being present to worship with us but if miles are the thing that separates you from fellowship at Mission Road then the podcasts are the next best thing. Please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship.

See the Podcast links listed below.

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:

15 September 2019 message by Jennifer Libeer filename 20190915-JLibeer.mp3

8 September 2019 message by Steve Holben filename 20190908-SHolben.mp3

1 September 2019 message by Jerry Rushfelt filename 20190901-GRushfelt.mp3

25 August 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20190825-PBennetts.mp3

18 August 2019 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 2019-818-JLibeer.mp3

11 August 2019 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20190811-DRushfelt.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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