Mission Road Congregational Newsletter October 5, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2020

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please notify Robert Sindt 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!

IN THIS ISSUE:

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB NOVEL

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

HOW TO JOIN THE ONLINE ZOOM MEETINGS

MISSION ROAD BUSINESS MEETING AND PRIOR MINUTES

FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK

And More…

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB NOVEL

The All Good Books group will discuss “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn on Thursday, October 15, 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.

For more details, check out the book club’s website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, October 11, 2020, worship theme is “Confess Our Impatience” and will feature a message by Arlene Leonard. Kirk Barnhard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Paul Bennetts.

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 The Mission Road Business Meeting at 10 AM.

NO ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will resume on Sunday October 18, 2020. There will be no class on the next two Sundays because of the Mission Road Business Meeting and the Midlands Mission Center Conference.

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 – Prayer Circle.

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

10 AM Every Sunday – Adult Sunday School Class studying “Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.

7 PM Thursday, October 15, 2020 – All Good Books discussion group meets online (Zoom).

HOW TO JOIN THE ONLINE ZOOM MEETINGS

All Mission Road Congregation Zoom meetings can be accessed using the following web address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8855297717

If you need to dial in for audio (or you don’t have a computer) you can access our Zoom meetings using just a phone by calling:

720 707 2699 US (Denver) or 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

When you dial in, you’ll be prompted for a Meeting ID (885 529 7717) followed by the # sign.

When using phone access, you can toggle between mute and unmute by pressing *6 and raise your hand by pressing *9

MISSION ROAD BUSINESS MEETING AND PRIOR MINUTES

We will hold the Mission Road fall business meeting on October 11, 2020. The meeting will be held on Zoom on our regular Zoom link. We’ll have morning worship at 9 AM, as usual, followed by the Congregational Business Meeting. No Adult Sunday school class will be held on the 11th.

Minutes from the last business meeting (October 13, 2019) are now available online at https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadMinutes. Please review prior to the October 11, 2020 business meeting. The financial report (including expenditures through September 30, 2020) will be posted in later this week.

FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing food stuffs, school supplies and new or gently used clothing for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please plan to drop supplies off at church on Saturday, October 17, 2020, between 10 AM and noon. There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and t-shirts.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER FALL CONFERENCE

The Mission Center Conference will be a special virtual gathering on Sunday, October 18, 2020 with a morning and afternoon session.

Morning Session: 10 AM – 12 PM (Noon)

The conference will consider World Church Priesthood calls and 2021 Mission Center Leadership followed by a mission center worship service with Apostle Janné Grover speaking.

Afternoon Session: 2 – 4:30 PM

After a break we will join back together for some pre-legislative informational sessions and then an official business meeting to consider budgets.

Budgets and resolutions can be found at www.midlandsmc.org/ministries

Register for the Zoom link at Bit.ly/3mZn55N

NO MISSION ROAD ACTIVITIES ON OCTOBER 18, 2020

Due to the activities involved in the Midlands Mission Center Conference on Sunday, October 18, 2020, there will be no Mission Road worship service and no adult Sunday school class that morning. This will enable members of our congregation to fully participate in the MMC Conference.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Let the Spirit Heal

7:30 pm Friday, October 23

Communion Workshop with President Scott Murphy

9 am – Noon Saturday, October 24

Holistic Pastoral Care with Katie Harmon-McLaughlin

Healing Communities with Apostle Janné Grover

Renew and refocus calling, hope, and possibility through worship, sacrament, and deepening holistic priesthood ministry. To register for the zoom links and receive workshop documents email bborkowski.

BOOK OF MORMON PERSPECTIVES FORUM

Facilitated by Paul DeBarthe

8 pm Mondays through November 30

Volunteers will present different topics each week, including new ideas like teaching strategies, burial practices, parallels in the teachings of Joseph Smith and the Baháʼu’lláh, and more. Personal testimonies are welcome!

Zoom ID: 872 0482 9940; Password: 486687

CAMPGROUNDS

Chihowa and Doniphan have been hit hard by the pandemic and remain closed resulting in immense income loss. Please consider contributing to help support these worthwhile ministries. https://bit.ly/donatemmc.

Chihowa is looking for someone with plumbing knowledge to help trace underground lines and identify areas of improvement. We have some leaks and may need to replace and upgrade the systems. Please contact Board President Aaron Laughlin 816.454.2607

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

7:00 pm Wednesday: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8855297717

Olathe – 10:00 am Sunday

Subscribe to weekly email for link: www.olathecofchrist.org

The Highlands – 10:30 am Sunday & 6:30–7:15 pm Wednesday

https://zoom.us/j/99900587892

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

University – 10:00 am Sunday

Contact Jeff Mercer for the link: jeffdmercer

Webb Road – 10:00 am Sunday

Contact for the GoogleMeet link: pastor

Join Mission Center Invitational Support Minister Craig Hidy for a worship service via Zoom – 6:30 on the 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings. Watch the Mission Center Facebook page for a link each week!

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.

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

11 – Mission Road Business Meeting

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).

Message from Paul and Janice Hedrick’s family: Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts for Janice and Paul. Janice is in hospice care at the Heritage of Overland Park. Ten days ago, she tested positive for Covid. She is asymptomatic and has very good vital signs. Recently she tested negative for Covid. On Tuesday, if she remains asymptomatic, and tests negative again, she will no longer be considered contagious.

We are praying continuously for her and are able to visit her outside her window. We are also able to communicate with her through video calls. She hears our voices. She is unable to communicate except through a few gestures although she will sing! Thank you for the intentional prayer time last week. We were all praying at that time, friends and family, coast to coast. John O’Neal prayed and wrote the prayer which we were able to read to her. The family gathered at her window recently to visit and were very glad Paul was able to be with us. She is comfortable, and seems peaceful. We are asking for continued prayers of strength and peace for Janice. Please also remember Paul. He will benefit from your prayers, phone calls, and porch visits at Addington Place. Thank you for the cards sent to both of them. Your thoughtfulness is sincerely appreciated.

Love you all, Susan and all the rest!

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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