MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020

Don’t forget to join us this week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online (see below)!

IN THIS ISSUE:
DUAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION
ONLINE (ZOOM) MUSIC VIDEO CONCERT
UPDATED MISSION ROAD CALENDAR
SUMMER 2020 WORSHIP SCHEDULE
MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS
THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP
WORK CONTINUES ON THE CHURCH
NO FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF THIS WEEK

And More…

DUAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION
We’re planning a drive-by “Congratulations! You Graduated” parade for Adrienne Reine and TJ Libeer, who both are 2020 graduating seniors. We’re asking you to gather in the YMCA parking lot (4200 W 79th St, Prairie Village, KS) between 6:00-6:15 PM on Sunday, March 24, 2020 for parade route instructions. The parade will drive through the church parking lot honking and screaming and then travel to Libeer’s house and do the same thing.

You’re encouraged, if possible, to bring congratulation cards and decorate your car with balloons, a sign or whatever you can. To RSVP or for more information, call or text Karen Birkby (see the church directory for contact information).

ONLINE (ZOOM) MUSIC VIDEO CONCERT
Music soothes, so during this “Stay at Home” time, you’re invited to join us for an hour of music and video. Everyone will be muted until the end of the hour concert and then unmuted for comments and conversation. Drop-in for part or all of this Zoom Music Video Concert featuring Brad Athey, Jan Kraybill, the Online Choir Community of Christ – Europe (with Roxann Kosmicki, Dorothy May, and Ryan Ballantyne), and other virtual choirs.

UPDATED MISSION ROAD CALENDAR
Because of the Kansas Governor’s stay at home order, congregational face to face meetings have been canceled a least through June 7, 2020. The Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Zoom meetings will continue at least through Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

SUMMER 2020 WORSHIP SCHEDULE

The Summer 2020 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/3cOYiM0

Please review for any assignments you may have.

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS
The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online.

7 PM Monday, May 25, 2020 – Online (Zoom) Music Video Concert.
7 PM Every Wednesday until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP
Because of the difficulties with Zoom last Sunday (their servers were down), we’ve rescheduled the theme and participants to Sunday, May 24, 2020. The theme is “God Within” and Mary Reichenbach will preside with Jonathan Bacon speaking.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for conversation and fellowship with the worship activities beginning at 9 AM. After the service, we’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

WORK CONTINUES ON THE CHURCH
When we return to the church building, you’ll notice a number of (still ongoing) changes. All three bathrooms have been upgraded and the floors newly tiled. The main entrance to the Narthex has new tile and the remainder of the hallway floors have been stripped and waxed. The Narthex wall paneling is gone replaced with drywall. The walls have been covered with a fresh coat of new paint. Work continues in the Fellowship Hall with the removal of the old green board and a fresh paint job. Painting of the Fellowship Hall and all the restrooms and the basement hallway will be completed by next week. The Restroom partitions and fixtures will be reinstalled. Plus, the coat rack between the Fellowship Hall and the Library will be relocated. Several additional subtle changes will be made by the time we meet again. We look forward to meeting again soon in a “refreshed” church space.

NO FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF THIS WEEK
Every other week you are encouraged to drop off foodstuffs for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. The next drop-off will be Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you leave your donations.

Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon then Susan and Merrill Clark will deliver the items to the Center for Hope.

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.

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. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

VIRTUAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITES

Join Mission Center Invitational Support Minister Craig Hidy for a worship service via Zoom – 6:30 Thursday evenings. Watch the Mission Center Facebook page for details and a link each week!

Seventy Craig Hidy’s weekly blog: www.emporiacofchrist.org/70craigblog

Other virtual ministry opportunities – including Bethel and Olathe – can be found at www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries.

In this time of need please continue your generous response via eTithing. It is safe and easy. Find more information at www.cofchrist.org/etithing.

2020 CALENDAR

July
9–11 Youth Quest
12–17 Chihowa Reunion
18–25 MITIOG
19 – 24 Sr High & M. School Camp
26 – 30 Junior Camp

October
18 Midlands MC Conference

November
6–8 TWIST
TBD Seventy, High Priest, Bishop, Evangelist Gathering

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 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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