Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – October 3, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021

HELP US HELP YOU

If you have news to share in the weekly church email newsletter, please write it out and send to Jonathan Bacon or Larry Birkby by Noon on Sunday each week. It’s important that you include the basics about each announcement: Who, What, When and Where. If the information is incomplete, we cannot guarantee getting it in the newsletter in a timely fashion.

If you have people to add to the prayer list, please contact Kennetha Kuttler.

IN THIS ISSUE:

PROPOSED 2022 MISSION ROAD PASTORATE

FALL BUSINESS MEETING SUNDAY AT 9 AM ON ZOOM

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

NO ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OCTOBER 10

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION THIS COMING SATURDAY

BOOK SWAP IN CHURCH PARKING LOT

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

And More…

PROPOSED 2022 MISSION ROAD PASTORATE

During the business meeting next Sunday, the leadership search committee will recommend Ron Millard, Kennetha Kuttler and Jane Landrum to the congregation as the Pastoral Team for 2022. The vote for the proposed pastorate will be a part of the congregational business meeting on Sunday October 10, 2021, at 9 AM on Zoom.

FALL BUSINESS MEETING SUNDAY AT 9 AM ON ZOOM

Watch for a separate email this week with information about those in 2022 leadership positions and the proposed 2022 budget. There will also be some instructions on the Zoom Voting process. Since we will be meeting on Zoom be sure to mute yourself when not speaking and wait to be recognized before continuing to speak. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. We see you at 9 AM on Zoom. You can join the meeting at 8:45 AM.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP ON ZOOM

For Sunday, October 10, 2021, the worship theme is “God, Where Are You?” Jennifer Libeer will deliver the morning message. Nadine Bennetts will preside and serve as the worship planner. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Dennis Wood as co-host. You are invited to join us online for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

NO ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OCTOBER 10

Because of the Mission Road Business Meeting, there will be no Adult Sunday School Class on Sunday October 10, 2021. Please join the Congregation Business meeting at 9 AM instead.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE PANTRY

Our congregation serves an important role by providing household goods and clothing (new or gently used) and food for the 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, October 9, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The items following items are needed on a regular base are: hygiene items such as masks, shampoo, hand lotion, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

Lunches: snack items, pudding, crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, chips, cookies, lunch bags, sandwich bags, and sliced cheese.

Pantry: soups, tuna, beans, cereal, side dishes, jelly, vegetables, and fruits.

Homeless: coats, hats, gloves, blankets, jeans, sweatshirts, and boots.

Thrift Store: anything

BOOK SWAP IN CHURCH PARKING LOT

Co-sponsored by the JCCC Retirees Association and our congregation, you can look forward to a Book Swap on Saturday, October 16, from 10:00-11:30 AM. Bring one or more books to swap. Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction or non-fiction are all welcome. Leftover books will be donated to SafeHome, Johnson County Library, or Catholic Charities.

MIDLANDS MISSION CENTER CONFERENCE

The fall Midlands Mission Center Conference will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2 PM. More information will be available on the MMC website. The conference will also be available on Zoom.

COVID UPDATE: PAUL BENNETTS, HEALTH OFFICER

This week the moving average of new COVID cases in Johnson County is down to 21.3 so we continue to head in the right direction. Based on this number, World Church policy is that we should continue to meet virtually for the time being. Once again, our target is new cases of 10 or fewer that is sustained for at least three weeks consecutively. The Health Officer will continue to monitor the daily reports and provide information to the Pastors and Congregation.

SAVE THESE DATES

Mission Road Business Meeting scheduled for 9 am Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021.

A Worldwide Conference Preparation Event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2022.

NEW INTERNET SERVICE – NEW EMAIL – NEW WI-FI – NO CHURCH PHONE

Google Fiber has been installed in the Church. So, the old email has disappeared. The new email address is: missionroadcc

Please change your contact information now and start using the new address for any email communication.

We also have a new password for the Wi-Fi at church. Information how to access the new Google system is posted on the church bulletin board.

We are eliminating the church phone. Most everyone has a cell phone and since we are changing from ATT to Google, we are eliminating the land line.

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 as soon as possible following each message/sermon.

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 online meetings using Zoom for the next few weeks, until the COVID 19 situation improves in the neighboring communities. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:15 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship accessible on Zoom.

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.

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 or email Kennetha Kuttler at missionroadcc.

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 missionroadcc

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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