Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 4, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021

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 each week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online!

IN THIS ISSUE:

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

WORSHIP AVALABILITY FORM DUE FOR SPRING 2021

Preparation is beginning for the quarterly schedule. Our goal is to publish the schedule one month prior to the first scheduled Sunday. Please take a moment to fill out (available online at carynpbro or mail this form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

Please return no later than February 1, 2021.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, January 10, 2021, worship theme is “Wind Upon the Waters” and will feature a message by Arlene Leonard. Ron Millard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom meeting assisted by Paul Bennetts.

You are 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 will keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship until the Adult Class begins at 10 AM. We hope you can join us.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue to study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine with Dennis Wood leading the discussion this coming Sunday, January 10, 2021. The class begins at 10 AM following the Sunday morning worship.

The book examines Jesus’ most profound and memorable teachings from his sermon on the mount. Be sure to read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7) as well as Chapter 1 (“The Beatitudes”) before class.

The book is available from Amazon for $13.34 (plus tax) and shipping (unless you have Amazon Prime in which case shipping is free). The class will include an open discussion coupled with six video presentations by the author, one covering each chapter.

Please join us for this new class.

NEXT ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB MEETING

The book club is scheduled to discuss "The Overstory" by Richard Powers on Thursday, January 21, 2021, and then Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone" on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Both meetings will be on Zoom using the usual church meeting link.

We hope you’re making progress on "The Overstory." It’s a long novel (502 pages) but will probably generate more discussion than any book the book club has read to date…and we’ve been meeting since 1999!

We’re going to need to add some additional titles to our reading list, so you might want to look at the following list of "29 Books That Got Nearly Perfect Reviews This Year" (https://www.bookbub.com/blog/highly-rated-2020-books). Don’t limit yourself to just these 29 books but do start thinking about what to read next!

Remember the book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/ includes discussion questions for “The Overstory” which are drawn from the PBS NewsHour website.

We’re looking forward to the New Year and the discussion of "The Overstory!"

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER ONLINE CLASSES: BEGINNING JAN 9

• Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (Temple School MP300) 8 weeks

• Ministry of the Deacon (Temple School MP302) 6 weeks

• Ministry of the High Priest (Temple School MP307) 8 weeks, Instructor David Anderson, Pres. Quorum of High Priests

• Introduction to Pastor Ministry – 6 weeks

• NEW Generational Overview (mini-class) 3 weeks, $18

$25 registration begins December 14. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration”.

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. Prayer Circle resumes this Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

9 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online.

10 AM Every Sunday – Resuming on Sunday January 3, 2021 the Adult Sunday School Class will study “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine.

SCHEDULE OF FOOD PANTRY DROP-OFF DATES

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. In October we provide an astounding 325 pounds of food for the pantry (surpassing September 245 pounds)! The need continues!

Please plan to drop supplies off at church on the following Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon:

The next drop off is Saturday, January 9, 2021

There continues to be a special need for food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies and t-shirts.

CURRENT CHURCH RE-OPENING STATUS

World Church buildings and historic sites remain closed. The Mission Road Congregation remains closed until infection rates in the area drop.

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.

SUMMER 2021 CAMPS SCHEDULED

Doniphan Reunion – June 11 – 15

Middle School Camp – June 20 – 25

Senior High Camp – June 20 – 25

Junior Camp – June 27 – July 1

Chihowa Reunion – July 11 – 16

Youth Quest – July 22 – 24

Spectacular – July 24 – 31

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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