MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – APRIL 18, 2020

Don’t forget to join us for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online (see below)!

IN THIS ISSUE:

WORLD CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM

COMMUNITY OF CHRIST EXTENDS CLOSING DATE FOR SITES

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

WORLD CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT

Based on guidance from the First Presidency regarding gatherings in May and June, all face-to-face congregational gatherings are suspended through May 31, 2020. Camps and reunions scheduled for June are now canceled.

For additional details, you can read the entire statement at https://www.cofchrist.org/Common/Cms/documents/17April-Covid19-Update-EN.pdf

To clarify, congregation gatherings have not been suspended through June, only through May. A decision about Spectacular is forthcoming, and decisions about camps and reunions in July and August will be made by June 1.

COMMUNITY OF CHRIST EXTENDS CLOSING DATE FOR SITES

The Community of Christ temples, Auditorium, headquarters and historic sites around the USA will remain closed to the public through June 30. Church officials also extended a current work-from-home strategy for many employees.

The decision to extend the plan reflects the Presidency’s continued concern for the welfare of staff and their families. The selected date is fluid, based on government and public-health recommendations. The First Presidency also advises congregations and mission centers to continue the suspension of church gatherings.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online. Access details are the same for each session and are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday until Stay at Home quarantine ends – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Sunday, April 19, 2020 – Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online.

This Sunday’s theme will be “Do Not Doubt, but Believe,” The Sunday Morning Chat offers the opportunity for the Mission Road Congregation to informally “chat” online using Zoom followed by a short message by Paul Bennetts. The Chat session will begin and end with a prayer and include time to share what’s happening in your life during these “Stay at Home” days. Time will also be allotted to discuss the thoughts offered in Paul’s morning message. We hope you can join us.

TIME TO REACH OUT

Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, Facetime them.

FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF EVERY OTHER SATURDAY

The next drop-off Saturday will be May 2, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you to drive by and drop off foodstuffs for the Food Pantry. Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon and deliver to the Center for Hope.

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

The world church continues to maintain and expand the listing of online Community of Christ worship opportunities at the website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue, even when we’re not meeting in the building. Mary Reichenbach, the Congregation’s Financial Officer has indicated that contributions can be mailed to her house (10223 Briar Dr., Overland Park, KS 66207) or the church 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208), or you can sign up for eTithing on the World Church website https://www.cofchrist.org/etithing). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are

suspended until at least May 31, 2020.

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 are trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

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

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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