A Special Mother’s Day Greeting

Normally there would be real flowers handed out at worship service. This year we are handing out virtual flowers. Enjoy Mother’s Day!

Follow the link below:

https://sites.google.com/view/cofcmday

Be sure to click through all the flowers!

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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020

Don’t forget to join us this week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online (see below)!

IN THIS ISSUE:

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

WORK CONTINUES ON THE CHURCH

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF

TIME TO REACH OUT

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

And More…

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online.

7 PM Every Wednesday until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Sunday Morning Mission Road Worship Online. More information on this Sunday’s worship is below.

7 PM Thursday, May 21, 2020, the All Good Books group will meet online to discuss “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes.

THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

The theme for Sunday, May 10, 2020 is “God is Our Refuge” and Paul Bennetts will preside with Karen Birkby speaking.

You’re 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’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us.

WORK CONTINUES ON THE CHURCH

When we return to the church building, you’ll notice a number of (still ongoing) changes. All three bathrooms have been upgraded and the floors newly tiled. The main entrance to the Narthex has new tile and the remainder of the hallway has been stripped and waxed. The Narthex wall paneling is gone replaced with drywall. The walls will soon be covered with a fresh coat of new paint. Work continues in the Fellowship Hall with the removal of the old green board and an upcoming fresh paint job. Painting of the Fellowship Hall and all the restrooms and the basement hallway will start next week. Plus, the coat rack between the Fellowship Hall and the Library will be relocated. We look forward to meeting again soon in a “refreshed” church space.

NEXT FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF

Every other week you are encouraged to drop off foodstuffs for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. The next drop-off Saturday will be May 16, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you leave your donations.

Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon and deliver it to the Center for Hope.

TIME TO REACH OUT

Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, Facetime them.

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

The world church continues to maintain and expand the listing of online Community of Christ worship opportunities at the website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are suspended until at least May 31, 2020.

JOB OPENINGS

A link to the position descriptions is posted on www.midlandsmc.org.

Lifeguard & Groundskeeper – Chihowa

Chihowa is looking for a summer Lifeguard & Groundskeeper to provide lifeguard services for the resident camps and assist the caretaker with various campground tasks such as mowing. Lodging is available. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and possess lifeguard certification. If interested please contact Board President Aaron Laughlin: 816.454.2607 or aaron.

Summer Specialist Positions: (A) Chihowa and (B) Social Media

Posted 15 April 2020 / Open until filled

Email letter of interest, resume, qualifications, and references to allen.keehler; or mail to:

Midlands USA Mission Center

7615 N. Platte Purchase Dr., Kansas City, MO 64512

Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center

• Groundskeeper – Full- or Part-time, seasonal

• Kitchen assistant – Full- or Part-time, seasonal

• Summer Activity Staff – Full- or Part-time, seasonal

Email letter of interest, resume, and references to Katelin Calhoun Katelin@LakeDoniphan.com or mail to

12856 Doniphan Lake Rd., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Call (816) 630-1523 for more information.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are suspended until through at least May 31. World Church buildings and historic sites are closed through June 30.

The Pastor and CFO Gathering scheduled for May 3 has been canceled. Spectacular has also been canceled.

Chihowa Reunion dates follow:

July 13 – 17 with Guest Minister: Apostle Dave Nii, Contact: Sarah Marolf, (785) 213–8308

VIRTUAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITES

Join Mission Center Invitational Support Minister Craig Hidy for a worship service via Zoom – 6:30 Thursday evenings. Watch the Mission Center Facebook page for details and a link each week!

Seventy Craig Hidy’s weekly blog: www.emporiacofchrist.org/70craigblog

Other virtual ministry opportunities – including Bethel and Olathe – can be found at www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries.

In this time of need please continue your generous response via eTithing. It is safe and easy. Find more information at www.cofchrist.org/etithing.

2020 CALENDAR

July

9–11 Youth Quest

12–17 Chihowa Reunion

18–25 MITIOG

19 – 24 Sr High & M. School Camp

26 – 30 Junior Camp

October

18 Midlands MC Conference

November

6–8 TWIST

TBD Seventy, High Priest, Bishop, Evangelist Gathering

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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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020

Don’t forget to join us this week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online (see below)!

IN THIS ISSUE:

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

DUE ON SUNDAY, MAY 3: WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM

REMEMBER: FOOD PANTRY DROP ON SATURDAY

TIME TO REACH OUT

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

And More…

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 until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online.

The theme for Sunday, May 3, 2020 is “The Lord is My Shepherd” and Robin Payne will preside with Kennetha Kuttler speaking. The service will be a Communion Service, so please have some bread and grape juice or water available.

You’re 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’ll keep the Zoom session open for folks to fellowship. We hope you can join us (see the information later in this newsletter about how to join the Zoom session).

DUE ON SUNDAY, MAY 3: WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM

The Summer 2020 Worship and Service Availability Form is now available online at https://bit.ly/3bklvoL

Please return the form by May 3, 2020. You can email it to Caryn at carynpbro or mail the form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

REMEMBER: FOOD PANTRY DROP ON SATURDAY

Every other week you are encouraged to drop off foodstuffs for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. The next drop-off Saturday will be May 2, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you leave your donations.

Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon and deliver it to the Center for Hope.

TIME TO REACH OUT

Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, Facetime them.

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

The world church continues to maintain and expand the listing of online Community of Christ worship opportunities at the website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions. If you have additional questions about electronic contributions, please contact Mary.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are suspended until at least May 31, 2020.

JOB OPENINGS

A link to the position descriptions is posted on www.midlandsmc.org.

Lifeguard & Groundskeeper – Chihowa

Chihowa is looking for a summer Lifeguard & Groundskeeper to provide lifeguard services for the resident camps and assist the caretaker with various campground tasks such as mowing. Lodging is available. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and possess lifeguard certification. If interested please contact Board President Aaron Laughlin: 816.454.2607 or aaron.

Summer Specialist Positions: (A) Chihowa and (B) Social Media

Posted 15 April 2020 / Open until filled

Email letter of interest, resume, qualifications, and references to allen.keehler; or mail to:

Midlands USA Mission Center

7615 N. Platte Purchase Dr., Kansas City, MO 64512

Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center

• Groundskeeper – Full- or Part-time, seasonal

• Kitchen assistant – Full- or Part-time, seasonal

• Summer Activity Staff – Full- or Part-time, seasonal

Email letter of interest, resume, and references to Katelin Calhoun Katelin@LakeDoniphan.com or mail to

12856 Doniphan Lake Rd., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Call (816) 630-1523 for more information.

INTRODUCING LYNDA ABBOTT

We are pleased to welcome Lynda Abbott as the MMC Bookkeeper. She is replacing Mikal Shedd, who has resigned from her position effective April 2nd to take care of family. Lynda Abbott, a member of the Highlands congregation, is familiar with (part of) the mission center as she was Pam Mathena’s predecessor responsible for the bookkeeping of the Kansas City Stake. Lynda looks forward to working from home in this new position and being close to her daughter. You can reach Lynda by email: lynda.

INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY

Temple School Class via Zoom

7 pm Tuesday evenings May 7 – Jun 4

NO CLASS MAY 28. Please contact Stan Troeh for more information or to RSVP by May 4. stantroeh or 913.522.9516

Meeting ID: 978 4782 9419 Password: 317790

COVID-19 UPDATES

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are suspended until through at least May 31. World Church buildings and historic sites are closed through June 30.

The Pastor and CFO Gathering scheduled for May 3 has been canceled. Spectacular has also been canceled.

Chihowa Reunion dates follow:

July 13 – 17 with Guest Minister: Apostle Dave Nii, Contact: Sarah Marolf, (785) 213–8308

VIRTUAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Join Mission Center Invitational Support Minister Craig Hidy for a worship service via Zoom – 6:30 Thursday evenings. Watch the Mission Center Facebook page for details and a link each week!

Seventy Craig Hidy’s weekly blog: www.emporiacofchrist.org/70craigblog

Other virtual ministry opportunities – including Bethel and Olathe – can be found at www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries.

In this time of need please continue your generous response via eTithing. It is safe and easy. Find more information at www.cofchrist.org/etithing.

2020 CALENDAR

July

9–11 Youth Quest

12–17 Chihowa Reunion

18–25 MITIOG

19 – 24 Sr High & M. School Camp

26 – 30 Junior Camp

October

18 Midlands MC Conference

November

6–8 TWIST

TBD Seventy, High Priest, Bishop, Evangelist Gathering

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 link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

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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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – APRIL 25, 2020

Don’t forget to join us this week for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online and for the Wednesday Evening Prayer Circle Online (see below)!

IN THIS ISSUE:

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM

TIME TO REACH OUT

NO FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF THIS SATURDAY

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

And More…

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online.

7 PM Every Wednesday until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Every Sunday until the Stay at Home quarantine ends – Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online.

The theme for Sunday, April 26 is “Will You Recognize Him?” Kirk Barnhard will facilitate the session and Brian Libeer will offer the message.

You’re invited to join us online starting at 8:45 AM for a few minutes of conversation and fellowship. The worship activities will begin promptly at 9 AM and conclude by 9:30 AM. Well then keep the Zoom session open for folks to chat afterward. We hope you can join us (see the information later in this newsletter about how to join the Zoom session).

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM

The Summer 2020 Worship and Service Availability Form is now available online at https://bit.ly/3bklvoL

Please return the form by May 3, 2020. You can email it to Caryn at carynpbro or mail the form to: Mission Road Community of Christ, Attention Pam O’Neal, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

TIME TO REACH OUT

Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, Facetime them.

NO FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF THIS SATURDAY

Every other week you are encouraged to drop off foodstuffs for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. The next drop-off Saturday will be May 2, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you leave your donations.

Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon and deliver it to the Center for Hope.

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

The world church continues to maintain and expand the listing of online Community of Christ worship opportunities at the website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are suspended until at least May 31, 2020.

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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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – APRIL 18, 2020

Don’t forget to join us for the Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online (see below)!

IN THIS ISSUE:

WORLD CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT

WORSHIP AVAILABILITY FORM

COMMUNITY OF CHRIST EXTENDS CLOSING DATE FOR SITES

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS

And More…

WORLD CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT

Based on guidance from the First Presidency regarding gatherings in May and June, all face-to-face congregational gatherings are suspended through May 31, 2020. Camps and reunions scheduled for June are now canceled.

For additional details, you can read the entire statement at https://www.cofchrist.org/Common/Cms/documents/17April-Covid19-Update-EN.pdf

To clarify, congregation gatherings have not been suspended through June, only through May. A decision about Spectacular is forthcoming, and decisions about camps and reunions in July and August will be made by June 1.

COMMUNITY OF CHRIST EXTENDS CLOSING DATE FOR SITES

The Community of Christ temples, Auditorium, headquarters and historic sites around the USA will remain closed to the public through June 30. Church officials also extended a current work-from-home strategy for many employees.

The decision to extend the plan reflects the Presidency’s continued concern for the welfare of staff and their families. The selected date is fluid, based on government and public-health recommendations. The First Presidency also advises congregations and mission centers to continue the suspension of church gatherings.

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 until Stay at Home quarantine ends – Prayer Circle.

9 AM Sunday, April 19, 2020 – Sunday Morning Mission Road Chat Online.

This Sunday’s theme will be “Do Not Doubt, but Believe,” The Sunday Morning Chat offers the opportunity for the Mission Road Congregation to informally “chat” online using Zoom followed by a short message by Paul Bennetts. The Chat session will begin and end with a prayer and include time to share what’s happening in your life during these “Stay at Home” days. Time will also be allotted to discuss the thoughts offered in Paul’s morning message. We hope you can join us.

TIME TO REACH OUT

Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, Facetime them.

FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF EVERY OTHER SATURDAY

The next drop-off Saturday will be May 2, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you to drive by and drop off foodstuffs for the Food Pantry. Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon and deliver to the Center for Hope.

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

The world church continues to maintain and expand the listing of online Community of Christ worship opportunities at the website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are

suspended until at least May 31, 2020.

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 link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

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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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – APRIL 14, 2020

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION ONLINE MEETINGS
The Mission Road Congregation will offer several meetings in the coming weeks online.

7 PM Every Wednesday until Stay at Home quarantine ends – Prayer Circle.

7 PM Thursday, April 16, 2020 – The All Good Books discussion group will discuss “The Confession Club” by Elizabeth Berg.

9 AM Sunday, April 19, 2020 – Sunday Chat Mission Road Online. This Sunday’s theme will be “Do Not Doubt, but Believe,” The Sunday Chat offers the opportunity for the Mission Road Congregation to informally “chat” online using Zoom followed by a short message Paul Bennetts. Each Chat session will begin and end with a prayer and include time to share what’s happening in life during the quarantine plus time to discuss the thoughts offered in the morning message. We hope you can join us.

TIME TO REACH OUT
Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, Facetime them.

FOOD PANTRY DROP OFF EVERY OTHER SATURDAY
The next drop-off Saturday will be April 18, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you to drive by and drop off foodstuffs for the Food Pantry. Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon and deliver to the Center for Hope.

DIRECTORY OF ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES
The world church continues to maintain and expand the listing of online Community of Christ worship opportunities at the website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

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 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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR
Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are
suspended until at least May 1, 2020.

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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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS – APRIL 8, 2020

CENTRAL AVENUE CENTER OF HOPE FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS

This Saturday, April 11, 2020, from 10 AM to noon, there will be a large box outside the front entrance of the church for you to drive by and drop off foodstuffs for the Food Pantry. Your contributions are especially important during the current pandemic. Robin Payne will pick up the contributions at Noon and deliver to the Center.

EASTER WORLD CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, at 2 PM Central Time, the World Church will stream a live Easter worship service. Take a look at https://www.cofchrist.org/live-webcast for details and how to be prepared for watching and listening to the service.

WORK ON CHURCH BUILDING

The stripping and waxing that was postponed from earlier will occur tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday this week. The floors in the Narthex will be stripped and then re-waxed.

The area includes the floors that extend from the main entrance (new recently re-tiled entrance) to the sanctuary, all the way around to include the area outside the office, library, main floor restroom, and stairway to the basement as well as the balcony and upper office.

If you want to practice on the piano or organ you may access the sanctuary from the main entrance on the new tiled floor through the chair and table storage area. Otherwise, please wait until Saturday afternoon. You can still access the Fellowship Hall if you need access to Wi-Fi. Also, the main floor restroom will not be accessible. You may access the basement (by elevator from the Fellowship Hall) and access the library through the kitchen.

These are only temporary inconveniences and probably won’t affect many members. If you have any questions, feel free to call Pastor Larry Birkby.

TIME TO REACH OUT

Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, Facetime them.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Every Friday, you can watch one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musicals for free on YouTube. Simply go to “The Show Must Go On” Channel on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag). Each week a different musical is available starting at 1:00 PM CST and available for the next 48 hours. The next musical (available Friday, April 10, 2020) is “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options will enable you to continue your regular contributions.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are

suspended until at least May 1, 2020.

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS: APRIL 4, 2020

INVOCATION FOR STAY AT HOME DAYS

God, protect me from hopelessness.

Prepare me for courage, and

Push me to love.

From a Barbara Borkowski letter (Field Support Minister, Team Lead, Central USA Mission Field, Community of Christ)

MESSAGE FROM THE PAST FOR TODAY

In October 2007, Dorothy May provided the focus moment and John Snider provided the message at our morning worship. John’s message of thankfulness in times of stress resonates today. You can listen again today.

The recording is available at https://bit.ly/2V5tlMd

The focus moment starts at 6:15

The message starts at 14:05

But you may enjoy the entire recording of music and prayers plus the focus moment and message.

MISSING WORSHIPING WITH YOUR CHURCH FRIENDS?

During this COVID-19 season, don’t be isolated from your church family. There are numerous online opportunities for worship, Sunday School Class (both for adults and children), prayer service, and Sunday Chat and more. Check out the complete list on the world church website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

Additionally, the Toronto Congregation plans an online communion service this coming Sunday, April 5. If interested, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TorontoCongregation/ for updates and additional information.

TIME TO REACH OUT

Many of our members live alone and during this “Stay at Home” period, they might enjoy a call from one of their church friends. Give your friends a call or if they have an iPhone or iPad, you can Facetime them.

ONLINE WEEKLY PRAYER CIRCLE

You are invited to participate in this week’s Online Prayer Circle. Starting at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, you can join our Zoom session.

NOTE: The Zoom session will open starting at 6:45 PM for anyone who has never used Zoom before, so we can work out any issues before the official start of the Prayer Circle.

If you have a computer, smartphone or tablet with Internet access, use the following link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8855297717

If you have a computer without speakers, a microphone or webcam, go to the same link (https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8855297717) and for audio, dial one of the numbers listed below. There is no Kansas City number, but you can access using any of the following:

720 707 2699 US (Denver)

346 248 7799 US (Houston)

312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

If you dial in, you’ll be prompted for a Meeting ID, which is 885 529 7717 followed by the # sign.

If you do not have a computer, you can dial in (to any of the above numbers) using any phone. You’ll also need to enter the Meeting ID listed above (when prompted).

If you’re using the phone to access audio (and not using your computer’s speakers), you can toggle between mute and unmute by pressing *6. You can also raise your hand by pressing *9

ZOOM TUTORIAL

If you’ve never used Zoom and have access using your computer, tablet or smartphone, watch the basic 8-minute Zoom introductory tutorial before the meeting at https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E. There’s a series of Zoom tutorials offered by the company itself at https://zoom.us/resources

REMINDER GOODBYE TO STEVE AND LAURIE HOLBEN!

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re unable to hold a farewell potluck for Laurie and Steve Holben. They’re moving next weekend, so please remember them in your prayers for a smooth and uneventful moving experience.

Without that opportunity to thank the Holben’s for their service and friendship, we’d suggest you can contact them using email (sgholben) or using Facebook. There’s no snow in Kansas but maybe we can create a blizzard of messages to Laurie and Steve!

ALL GOOD BOOKS GROUP MEETING ONLINE

The All Good Books discussion group was scheduled to meet at the church at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 16, 2020, to discuss “The Confession Club” by Elizabeth Berg (the author of “The Story of Arthur Trulov,” “Night of Miracles” and “Open House”).

Instead of the face-to-face meeting, because of the stay at home order and Coronavirus, we’ll meet online using Zoom. Specific instructions will be available next week (but they’ll be very similar to the instructions for the online Prayer Circle).

MUSIC FOR THE SOUL

If you have not heard, every Friday, you can watch one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musicals for free! Simply go on YouTube and search for "The Show Must Go On." Each week a different musical be broadcast/posted starting at 11:00 am and available for the next 48 hours. The first musical (posted Friday, April 3, 2020) was “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” The full production features Donnie Osmond as Joseph!

ADDITIONAL VIRTUAL WORSHIP EXPERIENCES

Join Mission Center Invitational Support Minister Craig Hidy for a worship service via Zoom – 6:30 Thursday evenings. Watch the Mission Center Facebook page for details and a link each week!

Check out Seventy Craig Hidy’s weekly blog: www.emporiacofchrist.org/70craigblog

Other virtual ministry opportunities – including Bethel and Olathe – can be found at www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries.

In this time of need please continue your generous response via eTithing. It is safe and easy. Find more information at www.cofchrist.org/etithing.

EASTER WORLD CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, at 2 PM Central Time, the World Church will stream a live Easter worship service. Take a look at https://www.cofchrist.org/live-webcast for details and how to be prepared for watching and listening to the service.

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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options work.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Per World Church recommendations, all church gatherings are

suspended until at least May 1, 2020.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS MESSAGE

When church services resume at Mission Road, we’ll continue the adult Sunday School class with a discussion of Chapter 1 of Amy-Jill Levine’s book “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.” Be sure you’ve read the Introduction too.

If you’re curious to learn more about the author, who is Jewish but teaches classes on Christianity, check out her humor and her comments on faith and belief at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFy_jjP2WzU

NEED SOMETHING TO READ IN QUARANTINE?

If you wish to purchase a copy of the adult Sunday school text (“Short Stories by Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine) please contact Jonathan Bacon (his phone and email address are in the church directory). We can arrange to have the book delivered to your home.

The cost of the book is $13 and should be added to your offering with an indication that it’s for the Sunday School text.

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’re 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 link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

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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MID-WEEK MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION NEWS: MARCH 31, 2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PASTOR LARRY

While we are not able to gather for services and other meetings at church, we are taking this opportunity to do some maintenance and minor remodeling. We have replaced the floor tile at the main entrance. We are also planning to do some other things. This Friday Troy is going to strip the wax from the floors in the Narthex and then re-wax the floors.

When I say Narthex, I am referring to the floors that extend from the main entrance (New Tiled entrance) to the sanctuary, all the way around to include the area to the office, library, handicap restroom, and stairway to the basement as well as the balcony and upper office. So, if you want to practice on the piano or organ you may access the sanctuary from the main entrance on the new tiled floor through the chair and table storage area. Otherwise, please wait until Saturday afternoon. You can still access the Fellowship Hall if you need access to Wi-Fi. Also, the Handicap restroom will not be accessible. You may access the basement (by elevator) and the library through the kitchen door.

These are only going to be temporary inconveniences and probably won’t affect many of you. If you have any questions, feel free to call me.

We hope you are all staying safe. Remember to check your email and Facebook for additional updates. Remember we are still getting together for Prayer Circle via Zoom (see the message below). If you have never used Zoom and need help with it, please read the IMPORTANT ZOOM NOTES later in this newsletter.

The World Church will hold an Easter worship service and more information on it is listed below. We’ll also keep you posted on other worship services available online.

Don’t forget to call members of your church family to let them know you miss them.

Thank you for your understanding during this very unusual time. We wish God’s blessing to you.

ONLINE WEEKLY PRAYER CIRCLE

You are invited to participate on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM in an online Prayer Circle using Zoom.

If you have a computer, smartphone or tablet with Internet access, use the following link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8855297717

If you have a computer without speakers, a microphone or webcam, go to the same link (https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8855297717) and for audio, dial one of numbers listed below. There is no Kansas City number, but you can access using any of the following:

720 707 2699 US (Denver)

346 248 7799 US (Houston)

646 558 8656 US (New York)

253 215 8782 US

301 715 8592 US

312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

When prompted for a Meeting ID, enter 885 529 7717 followed by the # sign.

If you do not have a computer and just a phone, you can dial in using any of the above numbers. You’ll also need to enter the Meeting ID listed above (when prompted).

IMPORTANT ZOOM NOTES

· If you’ve never used Zoom and have access using your computer, tablet or smartphone, watch the basic 8 minute Zoom introductory tutorial before the meeting at: https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E. There’s a series of Zoom tutorials offered by the company itself at https://zoom.us/resources

· Jonathan Bacon who is moderating the Zoom session will be online starting at 6:45 PM. If you’ve never participated in a Zoom session, sign in at 6:45 PM so we can work out any issues before 7 PM. It also gives you a chance to chat before the Prayer Circle begins…but of course that’s part of the Prayer Circle anyway…chatting with church friends.

· Everyone will be muted when you first join the meeting. Be sure to unmute when you want to talk and mute when you just want to listen or if there’s background noise in your home that might interfere with everyone else sharing online.

· If you’re using the phone to access audio (and not using your computer’s audio), you can toggle between mute and unmute by pressing *6. You can also raise your hand by pressing *9

MISSING WORSHIPING WITH YOUR CHURCH FRIENDS?

During this COVID-19 season, don’t be isolated from your church family. There are numerous online opportunities for worship, Sunday School Class (both for adults and children), prayer service, and Sunday Chat and more. Check out the complete list on the world church website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

Additionally, the Toronto Congregation plans an online communion service this coming Sunday, April 5. If interested, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TorontoCongregation/ for updates and additional information.

REMINDER GOODBYE TO STEVE AND LAURIE HOLBEN!

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re unable to hold a farewell potluck for Laurie and Steve Holben. They’re moving next weekend, so please remember them in your prayers for a smooth and uneventful moving experience.

Without that opportunity to thank the Holben’s for their service and friendship, we’d suggest you can contact them using email (sgholben) or using Facebook. There’s no snow in Kansas but maybe we can create a blizzard of messages to Laurie and Steve!

EASTER WORLD CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, at 2 PM Central Time, the World Church will stream a live Easter worship service. Take a look at https://www.cofchrist.org/live-webcast for details and how to be prepared for watching and listening to the service.

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MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS: MARCH 29, 2020

PASTORAL PRAYER

Our Most Gracious and Eternal Heavenly Father, we come this morning in thanksgiving of the abundant blessings you have bestowed upon us as a congregation. The many times that you have cared for us when we were in need and may not have known it. As we come this morning, we are alone and separated from our church family. We feel alone from you as well because we are so accustomed of meeting together to worship. We feel lonely this morning as we are also isolated from what we are accustomed of doing in our daily lives. We understand the need for this state of separation and the reasoning behind it. But we still miss the close fellowship we enjoy. We asked that you fill us with that warmth we feel as we gather on a Sunday Morning. Please comfort us as we reach out to you for that gentle spirit we enjoy.

We are thankful this morning that most of us are isolated from this awful threat. But there are those of our church family that are in the throes of the conflict; and for them we ask for your protection. We ask for special blessings for those that are on the front lines of this pandemic that has invaded our world. We know there are many brave souls that are faced with caring for others. Protect them and give them courage to perform their life saving measures. We ask for those working in laboratories that are searching to find a cure that you might give them inspiration and direction to reach their goal.

As we turn our thoughts to the Easter Season, we remember the sacrifice that Christ made for each of us. Help us to remember the teachings he has provided us in the scriptures. We remember the forty days that Christ spent in the wilderness as he fasted and prayed. We have been somewhat isolated for but a few days. We have several things to help keep us connected. May we reach out to each other in this time of isolation and give comfort to each other. Lord we ask that you continue to bless us and keep us safe. Guide and direct our lives in ways you would have us serve our fellow beings. Grant us the strength to carry your love to those we may contact. Help us to be the example you would have us be.

For these many favors and blessings we ask these things in the name of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

THIS WEEK’S WORSHIP MESSAGE AND FOCUS MOMENT

You’re invited to read Roger Parrish’s message and focus moment that was originally prepared for this morning’s service at Mission Road. You’ll find the focus moment on the congregation’s website at https://mission-road.org/2020/03/29/todays-focus-moment-by-roger-parrish/ and Roger’s message at https://mission-road.org/2020/03/29/todays-message-breathe-on-me-breath-of-god/

BETHEL AND PAST MISSION ROAD WORSHIP RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

Though Mission Road is not offering specific online, live worship services, you are invited to join one offered by the Bethel Congregation. And don’t forget that you can access past Mission Road Congregation worship service podcasts (recordings) online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8.

JOIN ONLINE WORSHIP ACTIVITIES

During this COVID-19 season, don’t be isolated from your church family. There are numerous online opportunities for worship, Sunday School Class (both for adults and children), prayer service, and Sunday Chat and more. Check out the complete list on the world church website below.

https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

THE PRAYER CIRCLE MOVES ONLINE

The weekly Prayer Circle that typically meets in the Church Library on Wednesday evenings has moved online using a videoconferencing tool called Zoom. Plan on joining us on Wednesday evening at 7 PM. Everyone is welcome and further instructions will follow early this week. You’ll be able to access the session using your computer, tablet, smartphone or simply dial-up using any phone.

MARILYN GAIRNS FATHER TURNS 99

Marilyn is one of the teachers for the Adult Sunday School class. She recently posted to Facebook the following message: “My father who is locked-in until we are all well (the pandemic ends) in a nursing home. He will be 99 years old on April 6 and I don’t know how we can help him share his birthday since we can’t see him.

If you would like to send my dad a card, for his 99th Birthday, on APRIL 6, here is his address. Please don’t feel obligated. I really didn’t expect you all to want to reach out yourself. I was just trying to figure out what I could do since I couldn’t be there. You may want to mention that you know one of his seven children, since I can’t be there to explain who sent the card when they arrive. Thanks so much in advance for caring.

Martin Parisot
c/o Hope Creek Care Center
4343 Kennedy Drive #1225
East Moline, Illinois 61244-4203

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). If you use the eTithing site, select the United States link. Any of these options work.

REMINDER GOODBYE TO STEVE AND LAURIE HOLBEN!

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re unable to hold the farewell potluck for Laurie and Steve. Without that opportunity to thank the Holbens for their service and friendship, we’d suggest you can contact them using email (sgholben) or using Facebook. There’s no snow in Kansas but maybe we can create a blizzard of messages to Laurie and Steve!

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

There will be no activities at the church building this Sunday.

REPLACING ENTRANCE TILE AT CHURCH

Remember, the floor tile inside the main entrance of the church is being replaced. While this project is underway it will be necessary for everyone to enter the church from the other exterior doors. If you have a key to the front door, it will open any of the exterior doors including the back door to the Fellowship Hall, the basement door at end of the hall by the teen center and the basement door at the bottom of the ramp that enters by the ladies restroom in the basement.

Sorry for this temporary inconvenience. The main entrance should be available again by midweek next week. When the main entrance is available, we will get the word out. Please make sure to turn off the lights and lock the building when you leave. Thank you for your understanding.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS MESSAGE

When church services resume at Mission Road, we’ll continue the adult Sunday School class with a discussion of Chapter 1 of Amy-Jill Levine’s book “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.” Be sure you’ve read the Introduction too.

If you’re curious to learn more about the author, who is Jewish but teaches classes on Christianity, check out her humor and her comments on faith and belief at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFy_jjP2WzU

NEED A COPY OF THE NEW ADULT CLASS BOOK?

If you wish to purchase a copy of the adult Sunday school text (“Short Stories by Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine) please contact Jonathan Bacon (his phone and email address are in the church directory). We can arrange to have the book delivered to your home.

The text is optional but provides insights and information that cannot be covered in the weekly Sunday school class.

The cost of the book is $13 and should be added to your offering with an indication that it’s for the Sunday School text.

ALL GOOD BOOKS GROUP MEETING ONLINE

The All Good Books discussion group was scheduled to meet at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 16, 2020, to discuss “The Confession Club” by Elizabeth Berg (the author of “The Story of Arthur Trulov,” “Night of Miracles” and “Open House”).

At this point, it appears that will not be possible due to the Coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders. We’re exploring the possibility of conducting the book club meeting online using Zoom, a videoconferencing tool. More information to follow, but please keep reading!

2020 REUNIONS

Doniphan June 12–16 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Art Smith. Contact: Josh Huyett, (913) 707–3005

Chihowa July 12–17, 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Dave Nii. Contact: Sarah Marolf (785) 213–8308

***Please note Doniphan reunion date change***

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’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.

FOR FUTURE CHURCH CLOSINGS

In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.

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 link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

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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