Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – November 17, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

THANKSGIVING DINNER

If you are NOT planning to share a Thanksgiving meal with your family or friends, we invite you to join your church family on Thanksgiving Day. We would like to plan a potluck lunch on Thanksgiving Day. Depending on the number that plan to attend we will meet at Church or at Birkby’s. All are welcome to join us. If you would like to join us for lunch on Thanksgiving Day contact Karen Birkby by next Sunday.

HELP NEEDED: HOLIDAYS AT THE CENTER OF HOPE

In the past years the Mission Road congregation has been very generous supporters of the Center of Hope. Again this year we have written a check from our operating funds to the Center of Hope to purchase the necessary food items they will need to feed the people that have become dependent on the Center of Hope for their Holiday dinners. Thank you for your generous support so we can continue to support the Center of Hope and support the worth of persons in our community as well as other communities.

The Central Avenue of Hope will hold their Thanksgiving Meal and Christmas Meal again this year. The Thanksgiving meal will be on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas meal, Christmas store and Christmas gifts will be on Friday, December 20, 2019. They will hand out food baskets for both holidays for the elderly in the neighborhood (25 to 30). They will receive a turkey breast or ham, side dish, vegetables, fruit, and a pie. This gives them a holiday meal with leftovers.

Thank you to everyone that helped with Christmas in July. They have several toys, books, clothes, and other items for the store. They could use more gently used toys or new items so parents and grandparents can pick out gifts for the children in their lives. If you would like to help fund this project contact Kerry Lukenbill.

Thank you, all for the support, time, and prayers you give to the Center of Hope. You do give their clients HOPE.

WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The New Winter Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2qns1s3. Printed copies are available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

On Sunday, November 17, 2019, 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 25 (“The Thirteen Colonies”).

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

The Exploring Challenges discussion group meets on Sunday afternoon each week at 4:00 PM in the Church Library. The next meeting will be Sunday December 1st.

Dennis Wood is leading the discussion group to explore issues that affect Mission Road’s future. United States demographics and cultural trends are issues that confront not only Mission Road but also all Christian churches in the U.S. The hope is that discussing these issues will help us better understand how to meet those challenges and fulfill Mission Road’s purpose and reason for being.

Discussion will focus on recent articles from the Herald, and two books: "Beyond Resistance" and "Christianity for the Rest of Us."

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING

The next meeting of the All Good Books group will be on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.

The book club will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover and everyone is invited to attend.

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

HOLIDAY DECORATING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 @ 9:30AM

We will gather to decorate for the Christmas Holiday season on Saturday morning, November 30, 2019. Join in the fun of the season.

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.

VESPERS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 15th

Join us on December 15th for a Christmas Vespers Service, reception and a visit from Santa for those young at heart.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn Brown), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, November 24, 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, November 24, 2019, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme “Christ the King!” with Jennifer Libeer presidingand serving as worship planner. Jane Landrum will offer the ministry of music and Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint.

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 4:00 PM – Exploring Challenges Discussion Group led by Dennis Wood meets in Church Library.

Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 – Thanksgiving Potluck.

Saturday, November 30, 2019, 9:30 AM – Holiday Decorating party.

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:

17 November 2019 message by Ed Slauter including the confirmation of Guy Malone, file name

20191117-ESlauter;Guy.Malone.Confirmation.mp3

10 November 2019 the message presented through music by Ray Adams, Brad Johnson, Joe Racine and Larry Wheeler, filename 20191110-Olathe.Folk.Music.mp3

3 November 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon including the ordination of Roxann Kosmicki, file name

20191103-JBacon;RKosmicki.Ordination.mp3

27 October 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20191027-CReine.mp3

20 October 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191020-PBennetts.mp3

13 October 2019 Business Meeting, filename 20191013-Business.Meeting.mp3

6 October 2019 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20191006-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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