Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 22, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL: DATE CHANGE

The Mission Road Annual Ice Cream Social has been rescheduled to Sunday September 29, 2019 at 6 PM. See the Sign-Up sheet on the bulletin board or call Kennetha Kuttler to find out what’s still needed.

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.

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. Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of Chapter 18 (The Puritan Revolution).

Books are still available for the class, if you need one.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED

Please plan to join us for our annual business meeting during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:15 AM) on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Please mark your calendar.

ANNUAL CHILI SUPPER

Mark you calendars for our annual Chili Supper scheduled for Sunday evening, October 27, 2019.

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.

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.

INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURE TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASS

The Temple School class Introduction to Scripture is going to be offered at the Highlands congregation on two consecutive Saturdays, November 9 and November 16 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Facilitator will be Bishop Kees Compier. This course will satisfy one of the three required classes needed for ordination of newly called priesthood and is open to anyone in the mission center to attend. The session will include scripture study and learning to use various research aids as tools to explore scriptures for both personal use and sermon preparation. Attendees should bring their scriptures and the Introduction to Scripture resource textbook available for purchase from Herald House in either PDF or printed format at https://www.heraldhouse.org/collections/ministry-and-priesthood?page=1

Please RSVP for this class by October 26 to allow for adequate preparation for materials by the instructor. Reservations for the class can be made to the Highlands office at kchcofc or 816-468-7878. Any questions can be directed to Dawn Pagat at dpagat.

ADVENT AT THE TEMPLE: DECEMBER 8, 2019, 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 ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7:30 P.M. Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Debbie Rushfelt), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, September 29, 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, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10:30 AM – Brian Libeer will speak on the theme "What Are Your Priorities" with Debbie Rushfelt serving as worship planner and Mary Reichenbach presiding. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint and Susan and Merrill Clark will provide the ministry of music.

Monday, September 30, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

WORSHIP and SPECIAL MUSIC AT MISSION ROAD

If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are 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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