Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – February 16, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

SOUPS’S ON

Soup, Sandwiches and Salad lunch.

Sunday March 8

After church

Everyone is invited!

Gluten free, vegetarian and hamburger soup.

Please sign up to bring your favorite sandwich, salad and or dessert. The soup will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE:

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Clint Reine) is mrcoc

The email address for CFO business (Mary Reichenbach) is mrcoccfo

PASSING OF MARY JO HALLBERG, MARGARET’S SISTER

Mary, whom felt very connected with the Mission road congregation, was a community of Christ lifelong member. As Margaret says, “Mary Jo was a helpful person. She spent many hours working as a nurse for the Red Cross at many disasters where immediate help was needed. She and her husband of 65 years, Chet Hallberg, enjoyed amateur radio, camping, and the outdoors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in honor of her to the Red Cross at redcross.org.

TIME FOR MEDITATION AND REFLECTION

Each Sunday after the Sunday School Hour, you’re invited to move into the sanctuary starting around 10:20 AM to prepare for the 10:30 AM worship service. Announcements will be given at 10:25 AM. Following the announcements the musicians in our congregation will provide music for your personal mediation and reflection. We hope that this schedule change will allow you to better prepare for the Worship Service. If you wish to visit with your church friends, we invite you to do so in the Fellowship Hall or after the worship service.

READ FOR PEACE READATHON

This fundraiser is for elementary age children.

The event runs from February 2nd to March 1st. All donations need to be turned in by March 15th. Let’s participate as a congregation.

Pledges are a flat rate donation.

All children turning in their pledge sheets will receive a prize! Top prize will be determined by a drawing of all children who turn in donations of $100 or more.

Contact Roxy Kellogg for sign up sheets. 407-256-9652 or email rkellogg49.

EXPLORING CHALLENGES DISCUSSION GROUP

On March 8th the Exploring Challenges discussion group will provide a document summarizing their discussions over the past few weeks. The Congregation will meet Sunday morning on March 15th at 9:00 AM in the Church Sanctuary to review the proposals of the Discussion Group. Ideas from the congregation can also be presented at this time. The goal is to provide ideas to meet the challenges before us.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

The Adult Sunday school class continues to the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of Chapter 37.

SPRING QUARTERLY WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE

The Quarterly Worship Schedule for March, April, and May is now available on our Member’s Only Facebook page to be downloaded.

A hard copy has also been printed and is available in the Narthex on the small table next to the podium where the bulletins are located.

TEENS WORKING IN SERVICE TOGETHER (TWIST)

The next TWIST weekend has been set. All Middle School and High School students — mark your calendars!

APR 24 – 26 @ Topeka

Regarding the April TWIST gathering: Attention all 6th–12th graders!!! Complete the event registration form found online and bring your TWIST shirt if you have one. A $20 donation is suggested. Please RSVP by April 16 to Alan Keehler 816.810.5690 or Kat Hnatyshyn 816.506.6948.

THE NONVIOLENT PATH AS ILLUMINATED BY JESUS

(Assembly and Worship at the Temple)

When? 2 pm Sunday, March 8, 2020

Resolved, that over the next three years Community of Christ members and leaders discuss the role nonviolence plays in the pursuit of “peace on and for the Earth’” (D&C 165:1d) and in the life and mission of the church.

In response to this 2019 World Conference resolution and in the spirit of reverence and mutual regard, the Justice and Peace Action Team of Central and Midlands MCs will host a worship service and dialogue featuring John Dear, an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence.

2020 REUNIONS

Doniphan June 12–16 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Art Smith. Contact: Josh Huyett, (913) 707–3005

Chihowa July 12–17, 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Dave Nii. Contact: Sarah Marolf (785) 213–8308

***Please note Doniphan reunion date change***

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

· 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, February 23, 2020, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme “Transformed” with Debbie Rushfelt as worship planner andRobin Payne presiding. Jane Landrum will provide the ministry of music and Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

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 (20200224 represents February 24, 2020). 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 the most recent audio recordings:

16 February 2020 Karen Birkby filename 20200216-KBirkby.mp3

09 February 2020 Jennifer Libeer filename 20200209-JLibeer.mp3

02 February 2020 Kennetha Kuttler filename 20200202-KKuttler.mp3

26 January 2020 Debbie Rushfelt filename 20200126-DRushfelt.mp3

19 January 2020 Testimonies by Paul Bennetts and Jane Landrum,

filename 20200119-PBennetts-JLandrum.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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