Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – June 14, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, JUNE 14, 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:

APOLOGIES!

PRAYERS FOR THE PAGAT FAMILY

DR. AVIS GARRETT BAPTIST CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE

COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE AVAILABLE

MIDLAND MISSION CENTER VIRTUAL REUNION – SAVE THE DATE

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

And More…

APOLOGIES!

Our apologies are offered for the delay in starting the adult class this morning. Our internet connection was offline, and it took several minutes to identify the problem. Ultimately the Wi-Fi router had to be reset. Sorry for the delay. We are looking at other internet service providers and hope to update our audio & visual equipment in the next few weeks. We will provide more information as we learn about our options.

PRAYERS FOR THE PAGAT FAMILY

Please remember the Preston Pagat family. Preston and his wife Dawn have been members at the Highlands (I think Dawn works for the Church and is sister to Kat Hnatyshyn who is on the Midlands MC Presidents team). They had gone to Camp Doniphan to set up for the Youth Retreat this weekend. Preston collapsed suddenly and died before the ambulance could get there.

This is a great sadness for the family, Highlands and Shawnee Drive communities and for the Mission Center. Please keep Dawn and their children and family in your prayers.

By the way, the storm Friday also knocked out the power at Doniphan, damaged the dam and drained much of the main lake and caused tree damage. The campers tried to make the best of it but after 24 hours of no power and facing a boil order for their water supply, they decided to release the campers Saturday evening. Jessie Bennetts had been a counselor at the camp and this was a disappointing and difficult weekend for all.

DR. AVIS GARRETT BAPTIST CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE

Please join us in celebrating Avis Garrett-Baptist’s life on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mission Road Congregation of Community of Christ, address 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. If you have a piece of art you created with Dr. Avis, please bring it to share on the display table for that day as part of the celebration. Please no flowers and no donations.

COVID CHURCH GUIDELINES

Because we have their interests at heart, we show compassion by moving cautiously as we return to in-person worship. In essence, this means continuing to wear face masks, continued social distancing, and limiting singing, for the time being. Guidelines for in-person worship and adult class at Mission Road include:

1. Masks are required of everyone in addition to social distancing, except for the speaker at the podium.

2. Families and those from the same household may sit together.

3. Congregational singing without a face mask in place will be deferred until Johnson County, Kansas reaches the 80% protected status. Humming or singing softly with face mask in place is acceptable.

4. Restrooms are to be used by a single individual at a time with cleaning between uses. Disinfectant wipes will be provided, for the member to wipe down all surfaces touched before and after use.

5. Members are encouraged to move outside immediately after each worship service for additional conversation.

Thank you for your willingness to put the concerns and health of others above your own personal convenience.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The Sunday, June 20, 2021, the worship theme is “Come in the Name of the Lord.” Paul Bennetts will offer the message. Mary Reichenbach will preside and Kennetha Kuttler serve as the worship planner. Kennetha will also provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Roxann Kosmicki as co-host.

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

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, Marilyn Gairns will continue to lead the discussion of Chapter 4 (“Hosea: Whoring after Idols”). The class session begins at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning in the church sanctuary and on Zoom.

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.

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

2022 CARAVAN TRIP

Youth and families interested in the tentative 2022 senior high caravan trip (campers must complete 9th–12th grades in spring 2022), please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/CaravanSurvey

IN-PERSON AND ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TIMES

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 church 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.

We are looking at other internet service providers and hope to update the audio & visual equipment in the next few weeks. We will provide more information as we learn about our options.

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, 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

Youth Quest at Mission Road – July 22 – 24

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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