Mission road Congregational Newsletter – October 17, 2021

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 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:

IN-CHURCH IN-PERSON WORSHIP RESUMES

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS MEETS AT 9 AM

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE PANTRY

CENTER FOR HOPE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS NEEDS

And More…

IN-CHURCH IN-PERSON WORSHIP RESUMES

Starting Sunday, October 24, 2021, the Mission Road Congregation will resume meeting in-person in the church building. Social distancing with face masks should be always adhered to in the church building. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in church face-to-face. Zoom will continue to be an option for both the Adult Class and the Worship Service.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

For Sunday, October 24, 2021, the worship theme is “Extravagant Generosity.” Paul Bennetts will deliver the morning message. Kennetha Kuttler will preside and Caryn Brown will serve as the worship planner. Caryn Brown will provide the PowerPoint and host the Zoom session assisted by Dorothy May as co-host. You are invited to join us online or in the church sanctuary for worship starting at 10:30 AM.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS MEETS AT 9 AM

The Mission Road Adult Sunday School Class will continue the study of “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong. Jane Landrum will lead the discussion covering Chapter 6 (“The God of the Philosophers”). The class session now begins 15 minutes earlier at 9:00 AM in the Church Library and on Zoom.

The class is studying “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Karen Armstrong. The text discusses how the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped and altered the conception of God over time.

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 23, 2021

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Center is especially in need of toilet tissue, to-go containers, and napkins because they didn’t have the paper good drive this year.

Always needed are items like hygiene items (masks, shampoo, hand lotion, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes), lunches items (snacks, pudding, crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, chips, cookies, lunch bags, sandwich bags, and sliced cheese), pantry items (soups, tuna, beans, cereal, side dishes, jelly, vegetables, and fruits) and for the homeless (coats, hats, gloves, blankets, jeans, sweatshirts, and boots). Of course, the Thrift Store can use anything!

CENTER FOR HOPE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS NEEDS

The Center is again planning for Holiday meals. The Thanksgiving meal will be on November 25 and Christmas meal on December 23. Like we have in the past couple of years we will be taking up special offerings until the Holiday season is over. It is easier for us as well as the CACH staff if we provide money. They can then buy what they need in the quantities they need. That way they don’t end up with too many Turkeys or Hams and not enough Corn or Beans and no Potatoes. So, during the next few weeks please add to your offering for Central Avenue of Hope. Mission Road can also help with a paper drive for the Center.

At the Christmas meal the Center will hand out gifts. Christmas gift ideas include:

socks, gloves, caps, personal items, and candy.

CACH will need gifts for 50 men, 30 women, 20 children age 1 to 10, and 20 youth age 11 to 16

Please mark the bag or box indicating who the gift is for. CACH is also going to do the Christmas Store Project and will need donations of toys, clothes, books, socks, gloves, caps etc.

SAVE THESE DATES

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 is offering concurrent worship and adult class in-person and on Zoom. The access weblink for all Zoom sessions is the same and times are listed below.

7 PM Every Wednesday – Prayer Circle on Zoom.

9:00 AM Every Sunday – The Adult Sunday School Class meets in-person and on Zoom.

10:30 AM Every Sunday – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship meets in-person and 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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