Mission Road News: January 1, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

We send you greetings of hope, love, peace and joy for the New Year! May the Spirit of Christ remain in your heart throughout the coming year!

ADULT CLASS RESUMES DISCUSSION OF THE EPISTLES OF PAUL

The Adult Sunday School class study of the epistles of Paul will resume on January 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM in the Church Library with a discussion of II Corinthians Chapters 4-6. Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion. Please bring you Bible to class.

PASSING OF DAVID ANDES

We are saddened to report the sudden passing this past weekend of David Andes, the son of Marilyn and Bob Andes. David had an unexpected heart attach sometime overnight on Christmas Eve. No funeral or memorial service is planned. Marilyn and Bob are not on Facebook, so condolences may be sent to their home at 12444 Granada Drive, Leawood, KS 66209-2271. Please remember Marilyn and Bob in your thoughts and prayers.

YOUTH HISTORIC CARAVAN MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITY

A generous Donor in our Mission Center has made an offer and a challenge to the entire Midlands Mission Center. For every $1 donated between now and February 15, 2018 they will match the total donations up to a maximum of $4,000! As we close out 2017, please consider this opportunity to double your donation and help make the Sr. High Historic Caravan a reality. 48 teenagers so far have sent Interest Forms into the MMC and we anticipate more. We expect this to be one of the largest, if not the largest, Caravan in recent history! Thank you Midlands!

Donations should be made payable to the Midlands Mission center and given to your Congregational Financial Officer or mailed to the Midlands Mission Center at 7615 N Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. All donations are tax deductible. Please note your donations are for the “Youth Historic Caravan.”

JUST JESUS TEMPLE SERVICE

At 7 PM on Sunday, January 21, you’re invited to attend the “Just Jesus” Temple Service with Stassi Cramm and Matt Frizzel at the Independence Community of Christ Temple. It’s a celebration of Jesus’ message and mission. The service includes performances by the Graceland University Choir.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who 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.

JANUARY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will have two options to discuss. We will discuss both “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood as well as “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives” by Julie Lawson Timmer. Readers may read either or both books and come prepared to discuss what you’ve read.

Discussion questions for both books will be posted soon on the book club website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

2018 CAMP DATES

June 6-16 Historic Caravan

June 7-22 Middle School Camp

June 24-29 Doniphan Reunion

July 5-7 Youth Quest

July 8-13 Chihowa Reunion

July 20-21 International Youth Forum

July 21-28 Spectacular

July 22-27 MITIOG

July 29-August 2 Junior Camp

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Mindy and Eric Haase), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "Encountering Paul” by Tatha Wiley, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Adult Class Exploring the Community of Christ – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard.

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak onthe theme "Be Baptized" with Mary Reichenbach presiding and Karen Birkby serving as the worship planner. Cheryl Kennedy will provide the ministry of music and Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group meets in Church Library to discuss “The Hand Maid’s Tale” and “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives.”

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.

The first 4 digits represent the year; the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month.

In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

29 December 2017 Celebration of Life Service, filename 20171229-PWeber.Memorial.mp3

24 December 2017 message by Ron Millard, filename 20171224-RMillard.mp3

17 December 2017 Christmas Vesper Service, filename 20171217-Vespers.mp3

17 December 2017 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 20171217-JLibeer.mp3

10 December 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20171210-JBacon.mp3

3 December 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename 20171203-SHolben.mp3

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 or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.

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 is both in the Church Directory.

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Church Services Cancelled and Happy New Year!

Mission Road Congregation services are cancelled for Sunday, December 31, 2017 due to the anticipated temperatures and dangerous wind chill. We wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and look forward to you joining us again in 2018!

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The Week’s Events: December 24, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

We send you greetings of hope, love, peace and joy for the Christmas Season and all the days beyond! May the Spirit of Christ remain in your heart throughout the coming year.

THANK YOU TO ALL!

The Pastors would again like to thank the Congregation for your generous Christmas gifts. We never expect anything and are always pleasantly surprised when we are presented with your gifts. We feel very blessed to be your Pastors and are very appreciative of the support of everyone. So many step forward when there are projects that need many hands. It is truly a team effort and you are all so generous to help in so many ways. Thank you again for your support of our efforts to lead.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mission Road for Paula Stewart Webber on Saturday December 29th at 11 AM. Paula was a member of the Mission Road congregation a few years ago and has passed away.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS REMOVAL

We will remove the Christmas decorations next Saturday morning at 9:30 AM. Plan to help us put everything back in storage for another year. Many hands make the job go fast.

YOUTH HISTORIC CARAVAN MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITY

A generous Donor in our Mission Center has made an offer and a challenge to the entire Midlands Mission Center. For every $1 donated between now and February 15, 2018 they will match the total donations up to a maximum of $4,000! As we close out 2017, please consider this opportunity to double your donation and help make the Sr. High Historic Caravan a reality. 48 teenagers so far have sent Interest Forms into the MMC and we anticipate more. We expect this to be one of the largest, if not the largest, Caravan in recent history! Thank you Midlands!

Donations should be made payable to the Midlands Mission center and given to your Congregational Financial Officer or mailed to the Midlands Mission Center at 7615 N Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. All donations are tax deductible. Please note your donations are for the Youth Historic Caravan.

TAX DEDUCTIONS

With the new 2018 tax code changes it may be beneficial to make donations in the 2017 tax year. Check with your tax preparer for advice on what is best for you. Matching funds are available for both of our major funding projects (HMA Honduras & the Youth Caravan). Mission Road Congregation has pledged to help fund both of these worthwhile projects. We also support the Norton Heights Road Congregation youth with the Youth Caravan and the other Youth Camps. Norton Heights has 5-6 youth that have expressed interest in attending the Youth Caravan. Mission Road has truly been blessed as a congregation and I want to thank you for your continued support. I know it has not always been easy.

REVISED ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE FOR REMAINDER OF 2017

The Adult Sunday School class study of the epistles of Paul will resume on January 7, 2018. No Sunday school classes are scheduled for the next week, the 10:30 AM worship (only) on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

JUST JESUS TEMPLE SERVICE

At 7 PM on Sunday, January 21, you’re invited to attend the “Just Jesus” Temple Service with Stassi Cramm and Matt Frizzel at the Independence Community of Christ Temple. It’s a celebration of Jesus’ message and mission. The service includes performances by the Graceland University Choir.

HMA HONDURAS NURSE PROGRAM PLEDGE

In the continuing effort to support our full-time nurse (Saira Giron) in providing healthcare to the villages in the area near La Buena Fe, Honduras, we are collecting pledges for 2018.

All pledges are fully tax-deductible as HMA is a 501c3 organization. Donations can be made before December 31 if you want a receipt for 2017. Paul Bennetts will let you know when it is time to submit the payment for your pledge for 2018. Thanks again for your help with this very worthwhile project.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who 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.

BOOK CLUB ON WINTER BREAK

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will have two options to discuss. We will discuss both “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood as well as “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives” by Julie Lawson Timmer. Readers may read either or both books and come prepared to discuss what you’ve read.

Discussion questions for both books will be posted soon on the book club website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

2018 CAMP DATES

June 6-16 Historic Caravan

June 7-22 Middle School Camp

June 24-29 Doniphan Reunion

July 5-7 Youth Quest

July 8-13 Chihowa Reunion

July 20-21 International Youth Forum

July 21-28 Spectacular

July 22-27 MITIOG

July 29-August 2 Junior Camp

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – NO Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – No Prayer Circle. Will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • No breakfast!
  • No Sunday School Classes!

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 10:30 AM – Paul Bennetts will speak onthe theme "Blessed in the Temple" with Kennetha Kuttler presiding and serving as the worship planner. Ministry of Music by Pennie Bunkers and Jane Landrum and Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM – Next Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Next Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group meets in Church Library to discuss “The Hand Maid’s Tale” and “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives.”

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.

The first 4 digits represent the year; the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month.

In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

24 December 24, 2017 message by Ron Millard, filename 20171224-RMillard.mp3

17 December 2017 Christmas Vesper Service, filename 20171217-Vespers.mp3

17 December 2017 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 20171217-JLibeer.mp3

10 December 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20171210-JBacon.mp3

3 December 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename: 20171203-SHolben.mp3

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 or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.

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 is both in the Church Directory.

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MISSION ROAD NEWS: December 17, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

Mark your calendars and join us for our Christmas Breakfast Potluck on December 24th at 9 am. No Sunday school classes on that Sunday, but the breakfast will be followed by our regular worship service at 10:30 AM.


THANKS!

Thank you to all members of the congregation who contributed Christmas Gifts for the Central Avenue Center for Hope. Thank you Robin Payne for directing the children to make nametags for all the gifts. And thank you Mary Reichenbach for providing the children an opportunity to decorate gingerbread houses (made of graham crackers) yesterday morning. A big Thank You to Dennis & Sharon Wood, and Dorothy May and the Saints Chorale for a wonderful Christmas Vespers service. And to Karen Birkby and her team of helpers who provided refreshments after the Christmas program. I think the thirty plus kids had a great time talking to the jolly guy in the red suit. The Pastors were seen posing for a photo op with the big guy. As usual everyone had a great time.

REVISED ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE FOR REMAINDER OF 2017

The Adult Sunday School class study of the epistles of Paul will resume on January 7, 2018. No Sunday school classes are scheduled for the next two weeks, but don’t forget to join us for the Christmas Breakfast Potluck at 9:00 AM on Sunday, December 24 (followed by worship at 10:30 AM) and the 10:30 AM worship (only) on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

JUST JESUS TEMPLE SERVICE

At 7 PM on Sunday, January 21, you’re invited to attend the “Just Jesus” Temple Service with Stassi Cramm and Matt Frizzel at the Independence Community of Christ Temple. It’s a celebration of Jesus’ message and mission. The service includes performances by the Graceland University Choir.

DONATE MONEY FOR TOYS IN MEMORY OF ALISTER KOSMICKI

Roxanne is collecting money to purchase Christmas toys for needy children. If you would like to help, please see Roxanne.

PRAYERS FOR THE HEDRICK FAMILY

We’re saddened to announce the passing of Grant Hedrick. Grant, the grandson of Janice and Paul Hedrick, lost his battle with Cancer recently. Please pray for the entire family who are dealing with a great loss.

VERY FEW YOUTH HISTORIC CARAVAN SUMMER TRIP SEATS REMAIN

Please encourage your teenagers to register for the 2018 Youth Historic Caravan. Students that are currently enrolled in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades can attend. The Caravan will be held June 7-16, 2018 (9-1/2 days) with an additional pre-night orientation at Mission Road Congregation on June 6, 2018. Please see Clint for a registration form and additional information about this wonderful experience. The seats are filling fast for this historic event. Get your registration in soon while space is still available.

You can also help support this experience of a lifetime with your donations. The caravan will visit Palmyra, NY; Kirtland, OH; Plano, IL; Nauvoo and Carthage, IL; Lamoni, IA and Independence, MO. Fundraising efforts will insure that none of our youth are left behind, but it does require raising $40,000 ($13,000 of the goal already met).

All donations are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to Midlands Mission Center and noted for the Youth Historic Caravan. You can mail your donation to Midlands Mission Center, Attn: Historic Caravan, 7615 North Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. Questions? Contact Clint at 913-484-0651 or Kyle at 913-708-5950.

HMA HONDURAS NURSE PROGRAM PLEDGE

In the continuing effort to support our full-time nurse (Saira Giron) in providing healthcare to the villages in the area near La Buena Fe, Honduras, we are collecting pledges for 2018.

All pledges are fully tax-deductible as HMA is a 501c3 organization. No checks are needed at this time but donations can be made before December 31 if you want a receipt for 2017. Paul Bennetts will let you know when it is time to submit the payment for your pledge for 2018. Thanks again for your help with this very worthwhile project.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who 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.

BOOK CLUB ON WINTER BREAK

The All Good Books group will not meet in December 2017.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will have two options to discuss. We will discuss both “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood as well as “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives” by Julie Lawson Timmer. Readers may read either or both books and come prepared to discuss what you’ve read.

Discussion questions for both books will be posted soon on the book club website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

2018 CAMP DATES

June 7-16 Historic Caravan

June 7-22 Middle School Camp

June 24-29 Doniphan Reunion

July 5-7 Youth Quest

July 8-13 Chihowa Reunion

July 20-21 International Youth Forum

July 21-28 Spectacular

July 22-27 MITIOG

July 29-August 2 Junior Camp

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 24, 2017, 9:00 AM – Christmas Breakfast Potluck (bring your favorite breakfast dish or side to share) and join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • No Sunday School Classes, join the Christmas Breakfast Potluck!

Sunday, December 24, 2017, 10:30 AM – Ron Millard will speak onthe theme "He Will Be Called the Son of God" with Larry Birkby presiding and serving as the worship planner. Enjoy a Piano Duet by Sharon Wood & Richard Emsile and aFlute and PianoInstrumental provided by Sydney & Beth Thompson and Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 10:30 AM – Worship service only, no breakfast or Sunday School Classes.

Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM – Next Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group meets in Church Library to discuss “The Hand Maid’s Tale” and “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives.”

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.

The first 4 digits represent the year; the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month.

In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

17 December 2017 Christmas Vesper Service, filename 20171217-Vespers.mp3

17 December 2017 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 20171217-JLibeer.mp3

10 December 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20171210-JBacon.mp3

3 December 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename: 20171203-SHolben.mp3

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 or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.

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 is both in the Church Directory.

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Mission Road Congregation News: December 10, 2017

CHILDREN INVITED TO MAKE GINGERBREAD HOUSES

The children of the congregation are invited to decorate gingerbread houses during the Sunday School hour next Sunday, December 17, 2017 starting at 9:15 AM. The activity is scheduled in the Fellowship Hall.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CENTER OF HOPE

If you picked up a tag, for the annual Christmas Gift donation for the Central Avenue Center of Hope, your gifts are due back next Sunday, December 17, 2017.

However, there are many tags not yet claimed. You can bring a gift bag or box that matches any of these categories of recipients. Each gift should be in a gift bag or Christmas box that can be opened at the top so Center staff can determine whom best to match with the gift.

There are four groups of recipients to choose from:

  • Men
  • Women
  • Child age 1-10 (girl or boy)
  • Child age 11-16 (girl or boy)

Suggested gifts for the adults include: hats/caps, scarves, gloves, socks, cologne, make-up, flashlight and for all ages: candy. For the children, a game or puzzle, gloves, toys, and any child appropriate gift is welcomed.

PRAYERS FOR THE HEDRICK FAMILY

We’re saddened to announce the passing of Grant Hedrick. Grant, the grandson of Janice and Paul Hedrick, lost his battle with Cancer recently. Please pray for the entire family who are dealing with a great loss.

VERY FEW YOUTH HISTORIC CARAVAN SUMMER TRIP SEATS REMAIN

Please encourage your teenagers to register for the 2018 Youth Historic Caravan. Students that are currently enrolled in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades can attend. The Caravan will be held June 7-16, 2018 (9-1/2 days) with an additional pre-night orientation at Mission Road Congregation on June 6, 2018. Please see Clint for a registration form and additional information about this wonderful experience. The seats are filling fast for this historic event. Get your registration in soon while space is still available.

You can also help support this experience of a lifetime with your donations. The caravan will visit Palmyra, NY; Kirtland, OH; Plano, IL; Nauvoo and Carthage, IL; Lamoni, IA and Independence, MO. Fundraising efforts will insure that none of our youth are left behind, but it does require raising $40,000 ($13,000 of the goal already met).

All donations are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to Midlands Mission Center and noted for the Youth Historic Caravan. You can mail your donation to Midlands Mission Center, Attn: Historic Caravan, 7615 North Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. Questions? Contact Clint at 913-484-0651 or Kyle at 913-708-5950.

HMA HONDURAS NURSE PROGRAM PLEDGE

In the continuing effort to support our full-time nurse (Saira Giron) in providing healthcare to the villages in the area near La Buena Fe, Honduras, we are collecting pledges for 2018.

All pledges are fully tax-deductible as HMA is a 501c3 organization. No checks are needed at this time but donations can be made before December 31 if you want a receipt for 2017. Paul Bennetts will let you know when it is time to submit the payment for your pledge for 2018. Thanks again for your help with this very worthwhile project.

ADULT CLASS ON THE EPISTLES OF PAUL

For next Sunday, the adult class will begin discussing II Corinthians as we cover chapters 1-3. Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion. Make it a habit; bring your Bible to class (any version).

DONATE MONEY FOR TOYS IN MEMORY OF ALISTER KOSMICKI

Roxanne is collecting money to purchase Christmas toys for needy children. If you would like to help, please see Roxanne.

MISSION ROAD CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Please mark your calendars for the evening of December 17th for our annual Christmas Program. The Program will start at 6:30 pm; after the program we will meet in the Fellowship Hall for Christmas snacks and some Carol singing plus a visit from the bearded one in a Red Suit.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

Mark your calendars and join us for our Potluck Breakfast on December 24th at 9 am.

No Sunday school classes on that Sunday, but the breakfast will be followed by our regular worships service at 10:30 AM.

JUST JESUS TEMPLE SERVICE

At 7 PM on Sunday, January 21, you’re invited to attend the “Just Jesus” Temple Service with Stassi Cramm and Matt Frizzel at the Independence Community of Christ Temple. It’s a celebration of Jesus’ message and mission. The service includes performances by the Graceland University Choir.

WOULD YOU HELP POST TO FACEBOOK AND EMAIL?

We’re looking for someone to assist with posting the weekly email newsletter and posting congregational news to Facebook. If you’re comfortable posting to Facebook and sending email, you can help. Please contact Jonathan Bacon (jonathanpbacon) if you’re interested in assisting with Mission Road Congregation News.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who 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.

BOOK CLUB ON WINTER BREAK

The All Good Books group will not meet in December 2017.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will have two options to discuss. We will discuss both “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood as well as “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives” by Julie Lawson Timmer. Readers may read either or both books and come prepared to discuss what you’ve read.

Discussion questions for both books will be posted soon on the book club website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

2018 CAMP DATES

June 7-16 Historic Caravan

June 7-22 Middle School Camp

June 24-29 Doniphan Reunion

July 5-7 Youth Quest

July 8-13 Chihowa Reunion

July 20-21 International Youth Forum

July 21-28 Spectacular

July 22-27 MITIOG

July 29-August 2 Junior Camp

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Next Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "Encountering Paul” by Tatha Wiley, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Adult Class Exploring the Community of Christ – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:30 AM – Jennifer Libeer will speak onthe theme "Testify to the Light" with Brian Libeer presiding and serving as the worship planner. The Mission Bells will provide the ministry of music and Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 6:30 AM – Mission Road Christmas Program, including a visit by the white bearded gentleman in a red suit.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.

The first 4 digits represent the year; the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month.

In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

10 December 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20171210-JBacon.mp3

3 December 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename: 20171203-SHolben.mp3

26 November 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20171126-KKuttler.mp3

19 November 2017 message by Ron Millard, filename 20171119-RMillard.mp3

12 November 2017 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20171112-PBennetts.mp3

5 November 2017 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20171105-KBirkby.mp3

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 or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.

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 is both in the Church Directory.

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THIS WEEK’S MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS: DECEMBER 3, 2017

VERY FEW YOUTH HISTORIC CARAVAN SUMMER TRIP SEATS REMAIN

Please encourage your teenagers to register for the 2018 Youth Historic Caravan. Students that are currently enrolled in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades can attend. The Caravan will be held June 7-16, 2018 (9-1/2 days) with an additional orientation pre-night at Mission Road Congregation on June 6, 2018. Please see Clint for a registration form and additional information about this wonder experience.

You can also help support this experience of a lifetime with your donations. The caravan will visit Palmyra, NY; Kirtland, OH; Plano, IL; Nauvoo and Carthage, IL; Lamoni, IA and Independence, MO. Fundraising efforts will insure that none of our youth are left behind, but it does require raising $40,000 ($13,000 of the goal already met).

All donations are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to Midlands Mission Center and noted for the Youth Historic Caravan. You can mail your donation to Midlands Mission Center, Attn: Historic Caravan, 7615 North Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. Questions? Contact Clint at 913-484-0651 or Kyle at 913-708-5950.

ADULT CLASS ON THE EPISTLES OF PAUL

For next Sunday, the adult class will review any questions on the Spiritual Gifts (Chapters 12 and 14) and then finish discussing 1 Corinthians as we cover chapters 15-16. Dennis Wood will lead the class discussion. Make it a habit; bring your Bible to class (any version).

DONATE MONEY FOR TOYS IN MEMORY OF ALISTER KOSMICKI

Roxanne is collecting money to purchase Christmas toys for needy children. If you would like to help, please see Roxanne.

MISSION ROAD CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Please mark your calendars for the evening of December 17th for our annual Christmas Program. The Program will start at 6:30 pm; after the program we will meet in the Fellowship Hall for Christmas snacks and some Carol singing plus a visit from the bearded one in a Red Suit.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

Mark your calendars and join us for our Potluck Breakfast on December 24th at 9 am.

No Sunday school classes on that Sunday, but the breakfast will be followed by our regular worships service at 10:30 AM.

WOULD YOU HELP POST TO FACEBOOK AND EMAIL?

We’re looking for someone to assist with posting the weekly email newsletter and posting congregational news to Facebook. If you’re comfortable posting to Facebook and sending email, you can help. Please contact Jonathan Bacon (jonathanpbacon) if you’re interested in assisting with Mission Road Congregation News.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who 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.

BOOK CLUB ON WINTER BREAK

The All Good Books group will not meet in December 2017.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will have two options to discuss. We will discuss both “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood as well as “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives” by Julie Lawson Timmer. Readers may read either or both books and come prepared to discuss what you’ve read.

Discussion questions for both books will be posted soon on the book club website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

COFFEE TALKS

Stay tuned for Coffee Talks scheduled in 2018.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn and Ron Millard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "Encountering Paul” by Tatha Wiley, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Adult Class Exploring the Community of Christ – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard.

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 10:30 AM – Jonathan Bacon will speak onthe theme "Proclaim the Good News!" with Jane Landrum presiding and Debbie Rushfelt serving as the worship planner. The Saints Chorale will provide the ministry of music and Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Next Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.

The first 4 digits represent the year; the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month.

In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

3 December 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename 20171203-SHolben.mp3

26 November 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20171126-KKuttler.mp3

19 November 2017 message by Ron Millard, filename 20171119-RMillard.mp3

12 November 2017 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20171112-PBennetts.mp3

5 November 2017 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20171105-KBirkby.mp3

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 or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.

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 is both in the Church Directory.

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This Week’s Mission Road Congregation Activities: November 27, 2017

DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS

Join in the fun of decorating the church for Christmas on Saturday, December 2nd, at 9:30 AM. Many hands will make the decorating go faster.

CHILDREN NEEDED TO CREATE CHRISTMAS TAGS

On Sunday, December 3, after church the children of the congregation are invited to stay and help make nametags for our Christmas gifts for the Central Avenue Center of Hope gift exchange. Robin Payne will coordinate the event and provide lunches for the children. Please RSVP to Robin so she knows how many children will stay to help.

YOUTH HISTORIC CARAVAN SUMMER TRIP IS PLANNED

Please encourage your teenagers to register for the 2018 Youth Historic Caravan. Students that are currently enrolled in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades can attend. The Caravan will be held June 7-16, 2018 (9-1/2 days) with an additional orientation pre-night at Mission Road Congregation on June 6, 2018. Please see Clint for a registration form and additional information about this wonder experience.

You can also help support this experience of a lifetime with your donations. The caravan will visit Palmyra, NY; Kirtland, OH; Plano, IL; Nauvoo and Carthage, IL; Lamoni, IA and Independence, MO. Fundraising efforts will insure that none of our youth are left behind, but it does require raising $40,000 ($13,000 of the goal already met).

All donations are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to Midlands Mission Center and noted for the Youth Historic Caravan. You can mail your donation to Midlands Mission Center, Attn: Historic Caravan, 7615 North Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. Questions? Contact Clint at 913-484-0651 or Kyle at 913-708-5950.

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT: ADULT CLASS ON THE LETTERS OF PAUL

For next Sunday, the adult class is encouraged to read First Corinthians Chapter 10:14-11:2 and then skip the next few verses and continue reading Chapter 11:17-34. It’s important to skip Chapter 11:3-16 as part of this week’s reading assignment.

We’ll discuss interpolations vs. digressions and then continue on with Chapters 12-14 of First Corinthians. Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion. Make it a habit; bring your Bible to class (any version).

DONATE MONEY FOR TOYS IN MEMORY OF ALISTER KOSMICKI

Roxanne is collecting money to purchase Christmas toys for needy children. If you would like to help, please see Roxanne.

MISSION ROAD CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Please mark your calendars for the evening of December 17th for our annual Christmas Program. The Program will start at 6:30 pm; after the program we will meet in the Fellowship Hall for Christmas snacks and some Carol singing plus a visit from the bearded one in a Red Suit.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

Mark your calendars and join us for our Potluck Breakfast on December 24th at 9 am.

No Sunday school classes on that Sunday, but the breakfast will be followed by our regular worships service at 10:30 AM.

COMFORTABLE POSTING TO FACEBOOK AND EMAIL?

We’re looking for someone to assist with posting the weekly email newsletter and posting congregational news to Facebook. If you’re comfortable posting to Facebook and sending email, you can help. Please contact Jonathan Bacon (jonathanpbacon) if you’re interested in assisting with Mission Road Congregation News.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT EMAIL OR FACEBOOK ACCESS?

If you know someone in the congregation who 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.

BOOK CLUB ON WINTER BREAK

The All Good Books group will not meet in December 2017.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will have two options to discuss. We will discuss both “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood as well as “Mrs. Saint and the Defectives” by Julie Lawson Timmer. Readers may read either or both books and come prepared to discuss what you’ve read.

Discussion questions for both books will be posted soon on the book club website at allbooksclub.wordpress.com.

COFFEE TALKS

Join the Midlands Mission Center Leadership Team for the following scheduled Coffee Talks: December 8, 2017, time and place TBA

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Next Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Saturday, December 3, 2017, 9:30 AM – Help put the Christmas decorations in place for the season. Meet in the church sanctuary.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Mindy and Eric Haase), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "Encountering Paul” by Tatha Wiley, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Adult Class Exploring the Community of Christ – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak onthe theme "Come, Lord Jesus" with Karen Birkby presiding and serving as the worship planner. Brad Athey will provide the ministry of music and Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at https://goo.gl/wREl03. Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.

The first 4 digits represent the year; the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month.

In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

26 November 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20171126-KKuttler.mp3

19 November 2017 message by Ron Millard, filename 20171119-RMillard.mp3

12 November 2017 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20171112-PBennetts.mp3

5 November 2017 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20171105-KBirkby.mp3

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 or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.

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 is both in the Church Directory.

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