Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 29, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

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. Marilyn Gairns will lead the discussion of Chapter 19 (Catholic Orthodoxy).

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.

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB MEETING SET

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7 PM to discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. The book club will meet in the Church Library.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Discussion questions for the novel are available at https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/little-fires-everywhere/guide.

ANNUAL CHILI SUPPERDATE CHANGE

Mark your calendars for our annual Chili Supper scheduled for Sunday evening, November 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM.

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

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

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7:30 P.M. Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Nadine & Paul Bennetts), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, October 6, 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, October 6, 2019, 10:30 AM – Arlene Leonard will speak on the theme "Mustard Seed Faith" with Kirk Barnhard serving as worship planner and presiding. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and Jean Bink will provide the ministry of music.

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:

29 September 2019 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20190929-BLibeer.mp3

22 September 2019 message by Ron Millard and the ordination of Pam O’Neal, filename 20190922-RMillard;Pam_O’Neal_Ordination.mp3

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

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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