MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

CACH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

CARD SHOWER FOR THE HEDRICKS

SHIRLEY BLACKMAN MEMORIAL SERVICE RESCHEDULED

WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR FALL NOW AVAILABLE

ALL GOOD BOOKS MEETING ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

MIDLANDS WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICES

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF THIS WEEK

And More…

CACH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

In addition to the needs listed for the Center of Hope (later in this newsletter), they also need T-shirts to hand out as well as bottled water and feminine hygiene products. Susan & Merrill will not go up until Thursday this week to allow extra time to meet this new request. This is an ongoing need so if you can’t make your donation by this Thursday the needs are ongoing. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

CARD SHOWER FOR THE HEDRICKS

The Mission Road Prayer Circle would like to invite you to send ("shower") Janice and Paul Hedrick with a card or note this week. They’re separated due to health issues and the pandemic. Please send them each a message at these addresses:

Paul Hedrick

c/o Addington Place of Prairie Village

2700 Somerset Drive

Prairie Village, KS 66206

Janice Hedrick

c/o Heritage of Overland Park

10101 W 127th Street, Apt 216B

Overland Park, KS 66213

NOTE: If you have already sent a note or card to Janice, it may be returned if there is no apartment number listed. Her apartment number is listed above.

SHIRLEY BLACKMAN MEMORIAL SERVICE RESCHEDULED

Shirley Blackman’s Celebration of Life Service has been rescheduled from September 5 to September 12, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The service will be held at the Lenexa Baptist Church, 15320 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR FALL NOW AVAILABLE

The new Fall 2020 Worship Schedule is now available in DropBox. You can access it using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y4pc8c8b

ALL GOOD BOOKS MEETING ON ZOOM

The All Good Books group will discuss “The Keeper of Lost Things” by Ruth Hogan on Thursday, August 20, 2020 beginning at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome and the same Zoom link will be used for the book club as is used for all Mission Road worship.

Check late this coming week for possible discussion questions at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS RESUMES

Beginning on Sunday, August 16, 2020, the Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will begin meeting online using Zoom. Class time will follow the Sunday morning worship and run from 10-11 AM. Our Mission Road worship service will continue to meet from 9:00-10 AM Sunday mornings.

The text for the class will be “Short Stories by Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine and will include videos that correspond with some of the chapters. Jane Landrum will kick off the class on the 16th with a discussion of the Introduction to the book.

If you do not already have a copy of the book, it is available from Amazon.com for $12.99 plus tax.

Every effort will be made to conclude the class by 11 AM so those who wish may attend the Toronto Congregation Zoom session. We hope you’ll join us online!

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

10 AM Starting August 16, 2020 – Adult Sunday School Class studying “Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.

7 PM August 20, 2020 – the All Good Books group will have an online (Zoom) discussion of “The Keeper of Lost Things” by Ruth Hogan.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, August 16, 2020, worship theme is “Generous Reconciliation?” and will feature a message by Paul Bennetts. Clint Reine will preside and serve as worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Roxann Kosmicki.

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.

By the way, you’re welcome to stay online and chat after the worship service and join the adult class online. You do not need to log out, you can simply chat with friends online or mute and stop your video and then start your video again when class begins at 10 AM.

MIDLANDS WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICES

Bethel: 10:30 am Sunday – Meeting ID: 204 886 967 Password: 8510

Lenexa: 11:00 am Sunday – https://zoom.us/j/326620236

Mission Road: 9:00 am Sunday: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8855297717 and 7:00 pm Wednesday: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8855297717

Olathe: 10:00 am Sunday, Subscribe to weekly email for link at www.olathecofchrist.org

The Highlands: 10:30 am Sunday: https://zoom.us/j/99900587892 and 6:30 – 7:15 pm Wednesday: https://zoom.us/j/95276706058

Shawnee Drive: 10:30 am Sunday – https://zoom.us/j/644714834

University: 10:00 am Sunday, Contact Jeff Mercer for the link at jeffdmercer

Webb Road: 10:00 am Sunday, contact for the Google Meet link at pastor

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

The World Church criteria for reopening congregations requires that COVID-19 cases should be stable or declining for three (3) weeks before face-to-face meetings are resumed. Johnson County, Kansas does not yet meet that criterion.

The numbers for the last three weeks are listed below. Keep in mind that these numbers may be adjusted upward for the third week listed because they include Sunday (yesterday).

July 20-26, 2020: New Cases = 711, Hospitalizations = 7, Deaths = 1

July 27-August 2, 2020: New Cases = 619, Hospitalizations = 17, Deaths = 1

August 3-9, 2020: New Cases = 629, Hospitalizations = 2, Deaths = 2

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

What items does the Center of Hope need? In addition to the regular food and personal hygiene needs, the Center is beginning its school supply drive. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide-ruled spiral-bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

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 this August 8, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you to leave your donations.

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). Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link and then scroll down to Mission Road Community of Christ. When you click on that page, there will be an option in the upper right hand corner to ’sign up’ to create your account and enter either your bank account information for direct debit or a credit card to charge your contribution, or ’sign in’ if you have already set up your account. You may also choose a one-time contribution or a continuing contribution. Most of the contribution options on our tithing envelopes are available on the Mission Road eTithing page. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

2020 CALENDAR

October

18 – Midlands Mission Center 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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