Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – May 31, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, MAY 31, 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. If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

WELCOME BACK FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP

GATHERING GUIDELINES

2021 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

NEW TIMES: IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

FOOD PANTRY FOOD, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, AND CLOTHING ALWAYS NEEDED!

And More…

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE

The Summer Worship Schedule is now available online at https://tinyurl.com/Sum2021Worship

Be sure to check and highlight the dates and assignments you have for the next quarter.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, June 6, 2021, the worship theme is “Love Relates Us.” Karen Birkby will offer the message. Kirk Barnhard will preside and serve as the worship planner. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Paul Bennetts as co-host.

You are invited to join us at church or online for worship starting at 10:30 AM (new time).

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class is now studying “Speak to The Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile” by Richard A. Brown. This coming Sunday, Jane Landrum will continue the discussion of Chapter 3 (“Amos: Injustice and Judgment”). The class session begins at 9:15 AM (new time) each Sunday morning in the church sanctuary and on Zoom.

WELCOME BACK FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP

We’d like to invite members and friends to return to the church building for worship. We’ve been separated for far too long! We encourage everyone to review the “Gathering Guidelines” that follow and join us in our church home. We’d especially encourage those who are scheduled to participate in the service to do so from the sanctuary.

Please note the time changes with class starting at 9:15 AM and worship at 10:30 AM.

GATHERING GUIDELINES

The World Church and Midland Mission Center have lifted many of the restrictions for church gatherings. Church members should continue to be aware of guidance from the CDC and your own personal physician.

The congregation’s actions both individually and collectively should emphasize preventative strategies to keep from spreading any viruses to our friends and neighbors, especially those who might have underlying conditions. Please use wisdom in your health choices especially as they affect others.

Because of relaxed CDC guidelines and evidence that those who have recovered from COVID or have been fully vaccinated are at a very low risk of contracting or spreading the virus, we feel it is time to relax the guidelines for in-person worship.

Specifically, Mission Road

· Will not require masks though if you choose to wear one, we respect your decision to do so (disposable masks are available, if you need one).

· Will provide hand sanitizer for those who wish to use it.

· Will provide for social distancing as needed for your protection (please talk to the deacons if you need assistance in finding a space that you feel comfortable in). If you choose to social distance at a greater distance than is available in the Sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall is available with sound (speakers) and chairs.

· If you are feeling ill or running a temperature or have been recently exposed to someone who is sick, please refrain from attending in-person. Worship recordings will continue to be available online.

We should all proceed cautiously and make responsible choices that emphasize the well-being of individuals, the congregation, and the communities in which our members and friends live.

If you have concerns, please speak to the Pastors, members of the Pastorate or any priesthood member.

2021 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The time is finally here! It’s time for Summer Camp 2021!

This year we’re doing things a little differently. All camps (Junior, Middle School, and Sr. High Camp) will all be held concurrently from Friday, June 11th to Monday June 14th at Doniphan Retreat Center. Of course, camps will be held with safe social distancing practices in mind.

Camp is quickly approaching; we hope you can join in the fun!

To register for Midlands Summer Camp 2021, please follow this link: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CommunityofChrist

MIDLAND MISSION CENTER VIRTUAL REUNION – SAVE THE DATE

We’re excited to announce the upcoming dates for this summer’s virtual reunion sessions! Everybody mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info!

ADULT CLASS READING MATERIAL

Thursday, July 1 at 7 PM

Thursday, July 8 at 7 PM

Thursday, July 15 at 7 PM

Thursday, July 22 at 7 PM

INTERGENERATIONAL DAY-LONG EVENT

Saturday, July 24 from 11 AM to 8:30 PM

MISSION CENTER WIDE WORSHIP SERVICE

Sunday, July 25 at 10:30 AM

NEW TIMES: IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

The Mission Road Congregation has reopened and until further notice our weekly meetings are as follows. The Congregation will offer a combination of in-person and online meetings using Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets in the sanctuary and on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship in-person and accessible on Zoom.

We are excited to have our building back open for in-person worship as well as enabling access by Zoom for those who wish to worship from home. We are providing in-person worship as much as possible under the guidelines. It is our desire to meet in-person as well as providing a worship service that those on Zoom can enjoy.

FOOD PANTRY FOOD, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, AND CLOTHING ALWAYS NEEDED!

The Mission Road Congregation continues to serve an important need by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) or food for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Please add the following drop off dates to your calendar. Members will be at church between 10 AM and noon on these dates to accept your donations!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021

MISSION ROAD MESSAGES/SERMONS ON YOUTUBE

If you missed a Sunday morning message (sermon or homily), you’ll now be able to view them on YouTube. The Community of Christ – Mission Road channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiCbae5dTgl0cmF9b672skAyPXl-5o1lM (Or by using the shortened, easier to remember weblink: https://tinyurl.com/MissionRoadYouTube).

We are only posting the sermon or Sunday message portion of each service due to copyright concerns. Also please note that in some cases, Zoom failed to record the service.

New videos will be posted during the week following each message/sermon.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please remember that church expenses continue. If you are not attending in-person please remember to support the church financially. 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

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.

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.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE VIA EMAIL

The email address for general church drafts of your Order of Worship and church business (Kennetha Kuttler) 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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