Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – September 1, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Dennis Wood will lead the discussion of Chapters 14 and 15.

MUSIC GROUPS RESUME REHEARSALS

Last Monday The Mission Bells resumed (approximately) bi-weekly rehearsals from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary (balcony). If interested, contact Dorothy May.

Last Wednesday the Saints Chorale resumed weekly rehearsals from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary. Singers are invited to join the Chorale in a new season of music and service. Contact Dorothy May for more information.

UPDATE: FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NEW LINK

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2Kme3gr, a link shared earlier in last week’s newsletter.

Printed copies are also available at church.

DESPERATE NEED: CENTER OF HOPE

Men’s pants sizes 32-38 are in very short supply at the Central Avenue Center of Hope. If you have new or used (but in good shape) pants, please consider donating them to the Center. You can bring them to church and leave in the Food Pantry cupboard.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Annual Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive has just ended for this fall’s Back to School Drive. You can give anytime; these supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

ANNUAL PAPER DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Annual Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) Paper Drive has begun for the month of September. We are looking forward to a friendly competition with other congregations in the Mission Center. Below is a list of Paper, Plastic or Styrofoam items to contribute to the Center.

Soup Bowls, 12 oz.; Dessert plates, 5"-7"; Plates, 8"; Sporks; Napkins; Styrofoam Coffee Cups, 8 oz.; Toilet Paper.

You can give anytime; these supplies make the difference for many families served by CACH.

TACO BAR @ BETHEL

All proceeds benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society

4 – 8 pm Saturday, September 7

Kill two birds with one stone: good food for a good cause! Please join us for our first annual TEAM JOJO all you can eat taco bar and DKMS cheek swab at Bethel Community of Christ: 8510 Leavenworth Rd, KC. Adults $10; kids age 12 and under $5. This event is to honor our loved one Joe Broderick. Please RSVP to Jill Billings 913.961.4245.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Sacraments: Expressions of Christ’s Peace on September 20 & 21

An opportunity for all Priesthood members in the Central USA

Mission Field: Central, Central Missouri, Far West, Gateway,

Midlands, and Mid-South Mission Centers.

Guest ministry provided by Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner.

Childcare and free will donation lunch available on Saturday.

Communion Service in the Temple Sanctuary

7:00 – 8:30 pm Friday, September 20

Worship and Sessions in the Temple

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, September 21

(Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

ADVENT at THE TEMPLE DECEMBER 8th 7 pm

Join Jan Kraybill at the organ for music and a message of the holiday season. The service is open to the public and will include online participation from around the world.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Sacraments: Expressions of Christ’s Peace on September 20 & 21

An opportunity for all Priesthood members in the Central USA

Mission Field: Central, Central Missouri, Far West, Gateway,

Midlands, and Mid-South Mission Centers.

Guest ministry provided by Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner.

Childcare and free will donation lunch available on Saturday.

Communion Service in the Temple Sanctuary

7:00 – 8:30 pm Friday, September 20

Worship and Sessions in the Temple

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, September 21

(Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

CRAWDADS IN SEPTEMBER

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7 PM to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. The book club meeting will be held in our Church Library.

Delia Owens, the author will appear at Unity Temple on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7 PM. Her appearance is sponsored by Rainy Day Books. If you buy the book from Rainy Day Books, you’ll receive two tickets to attend her appearance. For more information visit https://www.rainydaybooks.com/DeliaOwens

There’s also an interesting article about the novel at https://bit.ly/2TG26X6

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn Brown), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

· 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak on the theme "Carry the Cross" with Nadine Bennetts serving as worship planner. Jane Landrum will be presiding. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and the Saints Chorale will provide the ministry of music.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

1 September 2019 message by Jerry Rushfelt filename 20190901-JRushfelt.mp3

25 August 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20190825-PBennetts.mp3

18 August 2019 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 2019-818-JLibeer.mp3

11 August 2019 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20190811-DRushfelt.mp3

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.

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 Congregational Newsletter – August 25, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion of Chapter 13 (“Protestantism at the Edges”).

MUSIC GROUPS RESUME REHEARSALS

The Mission Bells have resumed Monday August 26, 2019 (approximately) bi-weekly rehearsals from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary (balcony). If interested, contact Dorothy May.

Beginning on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 the Chorale will resume weekly rehearsals from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary. Singers are invited to join the Chorale in a new season of music and service. Contact Dorothy May for more information.

UPDATE: FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NEW LINK

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2Kme3gr, a link shared earlier in last week’s newsletter.

Printed copies are also available at church.

DESPERATE NEED: CENTER OF HOPE

Men’s pants sizes 32-38 are in very short supply at the Central Avenue Center of Hope. If you have new or used (but in good shape) pants, please consider donating them to the Center. You can bring them to church and leave in the Food Pantry cupboard.

ONE MORE WEEK: SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive is in full swing. You can give anytime; the fall Back to School Drive will end on September 1st. You still have time to contribute. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

TACO BAR @ BETHEL

All proceeds benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society

4 – 8 pm Saturday, September 7

Kill two birds with one stone: good food for a good cause! Please join us for our first annual TEAM JOJO all you can eat taco bar and DKMS cheek swab at Bethel Community of Christ: 8510 Leavenworth Rd, KC. Adults $10; kids age 12 and under $5. This event is to honor our loved one Joe Broderick. Please RSVP to Jill Billings 913.961.4245.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Sacraments: Expressions of Christ’s Peace on September 20 & 21

An opportunity for all Priesthood members in the Central USA

Mission Field: Central, Central Missouri, Far West, Gateway,

Midlands, and Mid-South Mission Centers.

Guest ministry provided by Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner.

Childcare and free will donation lunch available on Saturday.

Communion Service in the Temple Sanctuary

7:00 – 8:30 pm Friday, September 20

Worship and Sessions in the Temple

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, September 21

(Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

CRAWDADS IN SEPTEMBER

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7 PM to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. The book club meeting will be held in our Church Library.

Delia Owens, the author will appear at Unity Temple on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7 PM. Her appearance is sponsored by Rainy Day Books. If you buy the book from Rainy Day Books, you’ll receive two tickets to attend her appearance. For more information visit https://www.rainydaybooks.com/DeliaOwens

There’s also an interesting article about the novel at https://bit.ly/2TG26X6

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Monday, August 26, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 1, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

· 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, September 1, 2019, 10:30 AM – Jerry Rushfelt will speak on the theme "Called to Mindfulness" with Kennetha Kuttler serving as worship planner and presider. Steve Hedrick will provide the PowerPoint.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

25 August 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20190825-PBennetts.mp3

18 August 2019 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 2019-818-JLibeer.mp3

11 August 2019 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20190811-DRushfelt.mp3

4 August 2019 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20190804-KKuttler.mp3

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.

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 AND PROJECTS: Week of August 18, 2019

MUSIC GROUPS RESUME REHEARSALS

The Mission Bells will resume (approximately) bi-monthly rehearsals on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary (balcony). If interested, contact Dorothy May.

On Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 AM the Saints’ Chorale will hold a reading session to learn new music and review previously performed works. The session will be held in the Church Sanctuary. Beginning on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 the Chorale will resume weekly rehearsals from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Church Sanctuary. Singers are invited to join the Chorale in a new season of music and service. Contact Dorothy May for more information.

DESPERATE NEED: CENTER OF HOPE

Men’s pants sizes 32-38 are in very short supply at the Central Avenue Center of Hope. If you have new or used (but in good shape) pants, please consider donating them to the Center. You can bring them to church and leave in the Food Pantry cupboard.

TWO MORE WEEKS: SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive is in full swing. You can give anytime; the fall Back to School Drive will end on September 1st. You still have time to contribute. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

UPDATE: FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NEW LINK

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2Kme3gr, not the link shared earlier in last week’s newsletter. Sorry for the confusion.

Printed copies are also available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion of Chapter 12 (“The Catholic Reformation”).

TACO BAR @ BETHEL

All proceeds benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society

4 – 8 pm Saturday, September 7

Kill two birds with one stone: good food for a good cause! Please join us for our first annual TEAM JOJO all you can eat taco bar and DKMS cheek swab at Bethel Community of Christ: 8510 Leavenworth Rd, KC. Adults $10; kids age 12 and under $5. This event is to honor our loved one Joe Broderick. Please RSVP to Jill Billings 913.961.4245.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Sacraments: Expressions of Christ’s Peace on September 20 & 21

An opportunity for all Priesthood members in the Central USA

Mission Field: Central, Central Missouri, Far West, Gateway,

Midlands, and Mid-South Mission Centers.

Guest ministry provided by Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner.

Childcare and free will donation lunch available on Saturday.

Communion Service in the Temple Sanctuary

7:00 – 8:30 pm Friday, September 20

Worship and Sessions in the Temple

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, September 21

(Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

CRAWDADS IN SEPTEMBER

The All Good Books group will meet on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7 PM to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. The book club meeting will be held in our Church Library.

Delia Owens, the author will appear at Unity Temple on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7 PM. Her appearance is sponsored by Rainy Day Books. If you buy the book from Rainy Day Books, you’ll receive two tickets to attend her appearance. For more information visit https://www.rainydaybooks.com/DeliaOwens

There’s also an interesting article about the novel at https://bit.ly/2TG26X6

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:00-11:30 AM – Saints’ Chorale Reading session

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Marge Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

· 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:30 AM – Paul Bennetts will speak on the theme "Embody the Sabbath" with Steve Holben serving as worship planner and presider. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and Pennie Bunkers will provide the ministry of music.

Monday, August 26, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

18 August 2019 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 2019-818-JLibeer.mp3 will be posted soon.

11 August 2019 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20190811-DRushfelt.mp3

4 August 2019 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20190804-KKuttler.mp3

21 July 2019 message by Mike Hartford, filename 20190721-MHartford.mp3

14 July 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190714-JBacon.mp3

7 July message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20190707-ALeonard.mp3

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.

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 Congregational Newsletter – August 11, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

ALL GOOD BOOKS CLUB TO MEET THURSDAY

The All Good Books club will meet on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library to discuss Kevin Kwan’s “China Rich Girlfriend” the second novel in his Crazy Rich Asian’s trilogy.

All are invited, whether you’ve read the book or not.

Possible discussion questions are posted on the book club website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/china-rich-girlfriend-novel-discussion/ (a shortened link for the site is: https://bit.ly/2MSf0Qu

UPDATE: FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NEW LINK

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2Kme3gr, not the link shared earlier in last week’s newsletter. Sorry for the confusion.

Printed copies are also available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 11 (“Protestantism in France”).

Prayer Mini Retreat @ The Temple

Fully Awake: A Day of Prayer and Spiritual Renewal

9 am – 4 pm Saturday, August 17

To register ($30) visit KHMcLaughlin.

TACO BAR @ BETHEL

All proceeds benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society

4 – 8 pm Saturday, September 7

Kill two birds with one stone: good food for a good cause! Please join us for our first annual TEAM JOJO all you can eat taco bar and DKMS cheek swab at Bethel Community of Christ: 8510 Leavenworth Rd, KC. Adults $10; kids age 12 and under $5. This event is to honor our loved one Joe Broderick. Please RSVP to Jill Billings 913.961.4245.

MISSION FIELD PRIESTHOOD GATHERING

Sacraments: Expressions of Christ’s Peace on September 20 & 21

An opportunity for all Priesthood members in the Central USA

Mission Field: Central, Central Missouri, Far West, Gateway,

Midlands, and Mid-South Mission Centers.

Guest ministry provided by Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner.

Childcare and free will donation lunch available on Saturday.

Communion Service in the Temple Sanctuary

7:00 – 8:30 pm Friday, September 20

Worship and Sessions in the Temple

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, September 21

(Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive is in full swing. You can give anytime; the fall Back to School Drive will end on September 1st. You still have time to contribute. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 7:00 PM – All Good Books discussion of “China Rich Girlfriend,” the second book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan. The group will meet in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Nadine and Paul Bennetts), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

· 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – Jennifer Libeer will speak on the theme "Discern Sacredness" with Robin Payne serving as worship planner and presider. Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint and Brad Athey will provide the ministry of music.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

11 August 2019 message by Debbie Rushfelt, filename 20190811-DRushfelt.mp3

4 August 2019 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20190804-KKuttler.mp3

21 July 2019 message by Mike Hartford, filename 20190721-MHartford.mp3

14 July 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190714-JBacon.mp3

7 July message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20190707-ALeonard.mp3

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.

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 Congregational Newslettter – August 4th, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

UPDATE: FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NEW LINK

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2Kme3gr, not the link shared earlier in last week’s newsletter. Sorry for the confusion.

Printed copies are also available at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 10 (“The Reformation in the Low Countries”).

PANCAKE BREAKFAST NEXT SUNDAY

Sunday August 11 we will have a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy the food and conversation!

BLESSING OF THE STUDENT BACKPACKS

Sunday August 11 at 10:30 we will have a special blessing of all student backpacks. We encourage students of all ages to bring their backpacks for this special blessing. We will also bless the backpacks that have been collected for donation to Central Avenue Center of Hope.

FULLY AWAKE MINI-RETREAT

This day of prayer will be an opportunity to grow deeper in our understanding and practice of contemplative prayer through spacious solitude and shared wisdom in sacred community. We will begin by exploring the contemplative tradition and why it matters in our world today. You will receive invitations for personal reflection and meditation in inspiring locations around the Temple. There will also be opportunities throughout the day for group spiritual practice, walking the Labyrinth, food and fellowship, and sharing our experiences together.

Facilitators: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, Charmaine Chvala-Smith, Donna Sperry, and Jane Gardner

When: August 17, 2019 9AM-4PM

Where: Community of Christ Temple (1001 W. Walnut St. Independence, MO 64050)

Registration Fee: $30 (lunch provided)

Register Here: https://cofchrist.wufoo.com/forms/z1yxl3bj1pbfusf/

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2019

For more information contact Katie Harmon-McLaughlin (Spiritual Formation Specialist) khmclaughlin +1 (816) 833-1000 ext. 2393

You can view more information about this event, including the flyer to download, here: https://spiritualformationcenter.org/fully-awake-mini-retreat/

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive has begun. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

eLEARNING TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Online Temple School Classes

Cost is $25. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration” on the left.

Ministry and Priesthood Classes

Open enrollment begins July 10 for 8-week online sessions (limited space available) held August 8–September 27:

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (MP300)

Ministry of the Priest (MP304)

Ministry of the Elder (MP305)

WOMEN’S RETREAT @ THE HIGHLANDS

Celebrating Women II

9 am – 12 noon Saturday, August 10

Women from Midlands, Central, and Farwest Mission Centers are invited to join together and share their life experiences, problems and joys. Guest ministry provided by Apostle Janné Grover, First People Field Specialist Carol Caplinger, and Highlands Elder Nancy Short. For questions please contact Mary Jane Stafford, Ph.D. at 816.335.5285.

AUDIO PODCASTS

If you happen to have some of the cassette tapes made before 2012, and especially those made before 2000, Russ would love to borrow them so he can put them online. Please consider lending your worship service audiocassette tapes (pre-2012) to Russ while he digitizes the recordings.

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 8:30 AM – Pancake Breakfast (coordinated by Karen Birkby), join us for pancakes, conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

· 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – Debbie Rushfelt will speak on the theme "Where Is Your Treasure" with Karen Birkby serving as worship planner and presider. Clint Reine will provide the PowerPoint and Dorothy May will provide the ministry of music.

The service will also include a special blessing on any school backpacks brought to the service plus a blessing on the backpacks that have been collected for donation to the Central Avenue Center of Hope.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

4 August 2019 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20190804-KKuttler.mp3

21 July 2019 message by Mike Hartford, filename 20190721-MHartford.mp3

14 July 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190714-JBacon.mp3

7 July message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20190707-ALeonard.mp3

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.

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 Congregational Newsletter, July 28, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

THE FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall 2019 Worship Schedule is now available online at https://bit.ly/2YvdV3x

Printed copies will also be available soon at church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion of Chapter 9 (“Further Developments within Lutheranism”).

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sunday August 11 we will have a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

BLESSING OF THE STUDENT BACKPACKS

Sunday August 11 at 10:30 we will have a special blessing of all student backpacks. We encourage students of all ages to bring their backpacks for this special blessing. We will also bless the backpacks that have been collected for donation to Central Avenue Center of Hope.

FULLY AWAKE MINI-RETREAT

This day of prayer will be an opportunity to grow deeper in our understanding and practice of contemplative prayer through spacious solitude and shared wisdom in sacred community. We will begin by exploring the contemplative tradition and why it matters in our world today. You will receive invitations for personal reflection and meditation in inspiring locations around the Temple. There will also be opportunities throughout the day for group spiritual practice, walking the Labyrinth, food and fellowship, and sharing our experiences together.

Facilitators: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, Charmaine Chvala-Smith, Donna Sperry, and Jane Gardner

When: August 17, 2019 9AM-4PM

Where: Community of Christ Temple (1001 W. Walnut St. Independence, MO 64050)

Registration Fee: $30 (lunch provided)

Register Here: https://cofchrist.wufoo.com/forms/z1yxl3bj1pbfusf/

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2019

For more information contact Katie Harmon-McLaughlin (Spiritual Formation Specialist) khmclaughlin +1 (816) 833-1000 ext. 2393

You can view more information about this event, including the flyer to download, here: https://spiritualformationcenter.org/fully-awake-mini-retreat/

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive has begun. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

eLEARNING TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Online Temple School Classes

Cost is $25. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration” on the left.

Ministry and Priesthood Classes

Open enrollment begins July 10 for 8-week online sessions (limited space available) held August 8–September 27:

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (MP300)

Ministry of the Priest (MP304)

Ministry of the Elder (MP305)

WOMEN’S RETREAT @ THE HIGHLANDS

Celebrating Women II

9 am – 12 noon Saturday, August 10

Women from Midlands, Central, and Farwest Mission Centers are invited to join together and share their life experiences, problems and joys. Guest ministry provided by Apostle Janné Grover, First People Field Specialist Carol Caplinger, and Highlands Elder Nancy Short. For questions please contact Mary Jane Stafford, Ph.D. at 816.335.5285.

AUDIO PODCASTS

If you happen to have some of the cassette tapes made before 2012, and especially those made before 2000, Russ would love to borrow them so he can put them online. Please consider lending your worship service audiocassette tapes (pre-2012) to Russ while he digitizes the recordings.

2019 SUMMER CAMPING SCHEDULE

August 1–3 Youth Quest @ Olathe Congregation

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

· 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 10:30 AM – Kennetha Kuttler will speak on the theme "Proactive Generosity" with Steve Holben serving as worship planner and presider. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and Jean Bink and Susan Clark will provide the ministry of music.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

28 July 2019 message by John O’Neal, filename 20190728-JONeal.mp3

21 July 2019 message by Mike Hartford, filename 20190721-MHartford.mp3

14 July 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190714-JBacon.mp3

7 July message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20190707-ALeonard.mp3

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.

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 Congregational Newsletter – July 21, 2019

MISSION ROAD CONGREGATION EVENTS AND PROJECTS

FULLY AWAKE MINI-RETREAT

This day of prayer will be an opportunity to grow deeper in our understanding and practice of contemplative prayer through spacious solitude and shared wisdom in sacred community. We will begin by exploring the contemplative tradition and why it matters in our world today. You will receive invitations for personal reflection and meditation in inspiring locations around the Temple. There will also be opportunities throughout the day for group spiritual practice, walking the Labyrinth, food and fellowship, and sharing our experiences together.

Facilitators: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, Charmaine Chvala-Smith, Donna Sperry, and Jane Gardner

When: August 17, 2019 9AM-4PM

Where: Community of Christ Temple (1001 W. Walnut St. Independence, MO 64050)

Registration Fee: $30 (lunch provided)

Register Here: https://cofchrist.wufoo.com/forms/z1yxl3bj1pbfusf/

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2019

For more information contact Katie Harmon-McLaughlin (Spiritual Formation Specialist) khmclaughlin +1 (816) 833-1000 ext. 2393

You can view more information about this event, including the flyer to download, here: https://spiritualformationcenter.org/fully-awake-mini-retreat/

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TOPIC

Next Sunday, the adult Sunday school class will continue the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales. Dennis Wood will lead the discussion of Chapter 8 (“The Reformation of Great Britain”).

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CENTER OF HOPE

The Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH) School Supply Drive has begun. These supplies make the difference for many children served by CACH who otherwise might be going to school without the tools they need to fully participate.

Items that are most needed include bottles of school glue (Elmer’s), sets of 24 crayons, pencil crayons, blue pens, red pens, package of twelve #2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pair of blunt tip (Fiskars) scissors, pencil cases, pocket folders, subject dividers, packages of lined paper, packages of plain (copy) paper, lined wide ruled spiral bound notebooks, 12” rulers, boxes of tissues, broad tip markers, packages of washable felt tip markers, 1” binders, pocket dictionaries, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and primary composition notebooks. These items cover school supplies needed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

When shopping for your children or grandchildren, pick up some extras for the CACH. Anything you can bring between now and the end of August will be a blessing for these school children.

eLEARNING TEMPLE SCHOOL CLASSES

Online Temple School Classes

Cost is $25. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration” on the left.

Ministry and Priesthood Classes

Open enrollment begins July 10 for 8-week online sessions (limited space available) held August 8–September 27:

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (MP300)

Ministry of the Priest (MP304)

Ministry of the Elder (MP305)

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sunday August 11 we will have a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

BLESSING OF THE STUDENT BACKPACKS

Sunday August 11 at 10:30 we will have a special blessing of all student backpacks. We encourage students of all ages to bring their backpacks for this special blessing. We will also bless the backpacks that have been collected for donation to Central Avenue Center of Hope.

PRAYER MINI RETREAT @ THE TEMPLE

Fully Awake: A Day of Prayer and Spiritual Renewal

9 am – 4 pm Saturday, August 17

To register ($30) visit KHMcLaughlin.

WOMEN’S RETREAT @ THE HIGHLANDS

Celebrating Women II

9 am – 12 noon Saturday, August 10

Women from Midlands, Central, and Farwest Mission Centers are invited to join together and share their life experiences, problems and joys. Guest ministry provided by Apostle Janné Grover, First People Field Specialist Carol Caplinger, and Highlands Elder Nancy Short. For questions please contact Mary Jane Stafford, Ph.D. at 816.335.5285.

AUDIO PODCASTS

If you happen to have some of the cassette tapes made before 2012, and especially those made before 2000, Russ would love to borrow them so he can put them online. Please consider lending your worship service audiocassette tapes (pre-2012) to Russ while he digitizes the recordings.

2019 SUMMER CAMPING SCHEDULE

August 1–3 Youth Quest @ Olathe Congregation

MISSION ROAD CALENDAR

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

· 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak on the theme "Prayer: A Holy Conversation" with Kirk Barnhard serving as worship planner and presider. Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint and Roxann Kosmicki will provide the ministry of music.

MISSED LAST SUNDAY’S SERVICE?

Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

21 July 2019 message by Mike Hartford, filename 20190721-MHartford.mp3

14 July 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190714-JBacon.mp3

7 July message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20190707-ALeonard.mp3

30 June 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20190630-CReine.mp3

23 June 2019 message by Jane Landrum, filename 20190623-JLandrum.mp3

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.

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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