Mission Center Newsletter - May 2019

Reunion 2019

Something for everyone! Come join for family fun, fellowship, fishing, swimming, campfires, canteen, classes, boating, good food, study, and wonderful guest ministry.

Doniphan – Excelsior Springs, MO – June 23 to 27 
Guest Minister:  Apostle Janné Grover
Director:  Josh Huyett 913.707.3905

Chihowa – Perry, KS – July 7 to 12
Guest Minister: Richard Betts, Generosity Team Leader
Director:  Sarah Marolf 785.730.522

Directors are looking for individuals willing to help in many ways. Please call Josh or Sarah and share your ministry. **Nursery workers must be Youth Worker certified.

*Camperships are available*
Prices:
Adults (18+) - $240
Youth (13-17) - $125
Children (5-12) - $75
Children (0-4) - $25


Upcoming Events

June 9-14 - Senior High Camp @ Chihowa
June 16-21 - Middle School Camp @ Chihowa
June 23-27 - Doniphan Reunion
June 29 - July 3 - Junior Camp
July 7-12 - Chihowa Reunion
July 20-17 - Spectacular @ Graceland
July 21-26 - MITIOG @ Doniphan
August 1-3 - Youth Quest @ Olathe
August 4-10 - Adventure Reunion @ YMCA of the Rockies - www.centralmission.org/adventurer
August 10 - Women's Retreat @ The Highlands


Sharing World Conference

Throughout the church’s history, World Conference has been a formational experience and the 2019 event was no different. Videos are available to share at www.CofChrist.org/2019-world-conference.
“Becoming a People of the Temple”
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Temple
“Discover Your Future”
President Stephen Veazey’s closing sermon and words of counsel
Official Actions of the 2019 World Conference
Summary of the legislative actions taken by the conference
“Exploring Priesthood Ministry”
First Presidency’s presentation on priesthood ministry and recommitment
Financial Update – 2019 World Conference
The Presiding Bishopric shared information and held discussions about church finances and the New Way Forward.
“Discover Living Water”
President Veazey’s Sunday evening sermon


2019 Summer Camping Schedule

June 9–14 Senior High Camp @ Chihowa
June 16–21 Middle School Camp @ Chihowa
June 23–27 Doniphan Reunion 
June 29–July3 Junior Camp 
July 7–12 Chihowa Reunion 
July 20–27 Spectacular @ Graceland
July 21–26 MITIOG @ Doniphan
August 1–3 Youth Quest @ Olathe

**Camperships are available.**

Registration is LIVE!!!

 Go to www.midlandsmc.org and click on the green button.


A Note About Contributions

When contributing to MMC or its affiliates, please make your check payable to the organization itself and not the camp or fundraiser. If you have any questions please contact the MMC office or the MCFO Team.

  • Register/donate to camps – write the check to Midlands Mission Center and note the purpose in the memo line.

  • Donate to an affiliate (Central Avenue Center of Hope/CACH, Chihowa Retreat Center, or Center Place Campgrounds/Doniphan) – write the check directly to that organization and use the memo line.


Coffee Talk

Have questions, needs, or ideas? Please contact Donna Fletcher (316.644.4079) to schedule a chat near you!
 


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.


Emporia Cell Group

In conjunction with the LDSeekers cell group in Emporia, Seventy Craig Hidy is writing a weekly blog. Follow along and join the conversation at www.emporiacofchrist.org/blog. 


Online Temple School Classes 

Children & Youth Core Training
 
Complete temple school class #0106 online! Class takes about a week and can be completed anytime between April 7 and July 15. Cost is $25. To register, please visit www.developmetrics.org and click on “USA Registration” on the left.


Chihowa News

Chihowa is looking for a gas-operated power washer. If you have one to donate or want to contribute financially please contact Board President Rollie Marolf: 785.207.1359 or rollieandbeth@cox.net.

Don’t forget our online book club over Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World by John Dorhauer. Locate the “search this group” box on the left side of the MMC Facebook page and type “book club” to find the posts.

Plan Your Next Event at Chihowa!

Plan your next event at Chihowa! Congregational retreat, family reunion, business gathering…the possibilities are endless! An off-season weekend in the Lake Lodge (with newly built upstairs dorms) is available for MMC members for the special price of only $500. Call to schedule your weekend: (785) 597-5415.

Announcements - May 19

VBS 2019 Son Surf Beach Bash June 5-9
If you would like to help with the decorating (June 2-4), teaching, cooking, snacks, or anything else please contact Brooke Trachsel. If you have surfboards, blowup rafts, inner-tubes, life jackets, beach umbrellas, kid pools, beach chairs, etc. we would love to use them.

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, May 20If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Saturday, August 24, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Calling All Graduates
As the school year winds down, we want to take this opportunity to honor all of our high school, college, and post-graduate program graduates. If you are one of these or are the parent to one, please contact the pastorate so we can insure we honor everyone!

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events
Sunday, June 2 - Reception honoring graduates
Wednesday, June 5 - Sunday, June 9 - VBS

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

VBS 2019: Son Surf Beach Bash

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June 5-9th

Dinner: 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Opening Worship: 6:00 p.m.
Classes: 6-8:15 p.m.
Closing Worship 8:15-8:30 p.m.
Special Adult Scripture Class: 6:30-8:15 p.m. 

Saturday, June 8th- BEACH BASH POOL PARTY
Frontier Swimming Pool
Swimming 7:15-8:15 p.m. Dessert 8:15 -8:45 p.m.

Please come and join us as we make a SPLASH with our church family and grow closer to God and each other at our Son Surf Beach Bash VBS!!!  The week of preparation and the week of VBS are both fulfilling and fellowship building opportunities for our church.  We hope you reach out to your friends, family and neighbors to join us for this exciting week!

Help Needed: If you can help with any of the jobs below please email Brooke Trachsel:
Crafts/Science: We need 4 teachers (each one would teach either crafts or science with experiments for one night at VBS) 
Praise Band: We need members!!!!  
Snack Helpers: We still need 4 snack helpers (each one would get snacks for one night at VBS)
Sheep Herders: All kids 7th- 12th grade
Decorators: WE ALWAYS NEED HELP!!!!  We will start decorating Sunday June 2nd after church through Tuesday evening June 4th.  If you can stay for 30 minutes or for a few hours any donation of your time will help us transform the church into a SON SURF BEACH BASH!
Donations: We would love to use any beach items you have!  We are looking for surf boards, blowup rafts, inner tubes, life jackets, beach umbrellas, kid pools, beach chairs, swimsuits, towels, flip flops, etc. Please put your name on your items and bring them to church by Sunday, June 2nd.  You can pick your items up after church Sunday, June 9th.

 Special Scripture Class: Community of Christ Temple School Course Introduction to Scripture.  We will be using the video series by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith.  Shane and Alli will be facilitating the course.  It is an 8-session course that defines and explores the nature of scripture in the life of the church and helps us understand genre, literary context; and historical and cultural context.  It will help guide in the responsible use of the Old Testament and dealing with difficult text, provides a sample small-group Bible study; and explores the function of lectionary in sacraments, preaching and teaching.
8 Classes:
June 5, 6, 7: 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.
June 9: 8:45-10:15 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:00 p.m.
June 10th6: 30 – 8:00 p.m. and 8:00-9 p.m.

Thank you for supporting Vacation Bible School!

Announcements - May 12

VBS 2019 Son Surf Beach Bash June 5-9
If you would like to help with the decorating (June 2-4), teaching, cooking, snacks, or anything else please contact Brooke Trachsel. If you have surfboards, blowup rafts, inner-tubes, life jackets, beach umbrellas, kid pools, beach chairs, etc. we would love to use them.

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, May 20If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Saturday, August 24, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Fundraiser for Children’s Peace Pavilion - Read for Peace
Kids, pick up a packet from the foyer and begin reading. Prizes for all readers! You may have visited the Peace Pavilion at the Auditorium but it is expanding into a building of it’s own. Join the read-a-thon to raise money to help.

Calling All Graduates
As the school year winds down, we want to take this opportunity to honor all of our high school, college, and post-graduate program graduates. If you are one of these or are the parent to one, please contact the pastorate so we can insure we honor everyone!

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events
Monday, May 13 - 7:00pm - Graceland Choir Concert here at Olathe
Sunday, May 12 - 8:30am - Priesthood Meeting
Sunday, May 19 - 8:30am - Prayer and Testimony Service & Friends and Fellowship (Kid’s Prayer Service)

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

Announcements - May 5

VBS 2019 Son Surf Beach Bash June 5-9
If you would like to help with the decorating (June 2-4), teaching, cooking, snacks, or anything else please contact Brooke Trachsel. If you have surfboards, blowup rafts, inner-tubes, life jackets, beach umbrellas, kid pools, beach chairs, etc. we would love to use them.

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, May 20If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Saturday, August 24, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Fundraiser for Children’s Peace Pavilion - Read for Peace
Kids, pick up a packet from the foyer and begin reading. Prizes for all readers! You may have visited the Peace Pavilion at the Auditorium but it is expanding into a building of it’s own. Join the read-a-thon to raise money to help.

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 12 - 8:30am - Priesthood Meeting
Sunday, May 19 - 8:30am - Prayer and Testimony Service & Friends and Fellowship (Kid’s Prayer Service)

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

Announcements - April 28

Fiesta!
Please join us after church Sunday, May 5 for a Fiesta lunch! All proceeds will go to campers hips for our youth to attend church camps the summer. Adults - $8.00, Kids - $5.00.
Kids: Earn money for camp by helping set-up, serve, and clean up. OR participate in the T.W.I.S.T. event, being held this same weekend

VBS 2019 Son Surf Beach Bash June 5-9
If you would like to help with the decorating (June 2-4), teaching, cooking, snacks, or anything else please contact Brooke Trachsel. If you have surfboards, blowup rafts, inner-tubes, life jackets, beach umbrellas, kid pools, beach chairs, etc. we would love to use them.

Center of Hope Appreciation Diner
Those who have donated to Center of Hope through the year are invited to an appreciation dinner on Saturday, May 4, 5:30-7:00p.m. at the Highlands Community of Christ. Please RSVP to Missy Shields.

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, May 20If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Jeanne Mann’s home. We are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towels. It’s available at the public library in several formats. All women are welcome to this fellowship.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Saturday, June 15, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, August 24, 6:00-9:00PM - Dinner and a Movie at the church.
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Mission Center Dates
May 3-5 - TWIST, Cameron, MO Congregation

Fundraiser for Children’s Peace Pavilion - Read for Peace
Kids, pick up a packet from the foyer and begin reading. Prizes for all readers! You may have visited the Peace Pavilion at the Auditorium but it is expanding into a building of it’s own. Join the read-a-thon to raise money to help.

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 12 - 8:30am - Priesthood Meeting
Sunday, May 19 - 8:30am - Prayer and Testimony Service & Friends and Fellowship (Kid’s Prayer Service)

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

Announcements - April 21

Fiesta!
Please join us after church Sunday, May 5 for a Fiesta lunch! All proceeds will go to campers hips for our youth to attend church camps the summer. Adults - $8.00, Kids - $5.00.
Kids: Earn money for camp by helping set-up, serve, and clean up. OR participate in the T.W.I.S.T. event, being held this same weekend

Pot Luck
Join us next Sunday, April 28, after church for pot luck and fellowship. Please bring a couple of dishes to share and table service for your family.

Center of Hope Appreciation Diner
Those who have donated to Center of Hope through the year are invited to an appreciation dinner on Saturday, May 4, 5:30-7:00p.m. at the Highlands Community of Christ. Please RSVP to Missy Shields.

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, May 20If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Jeanne Mann’s home. We are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towels. It’s available at the public library in several formats. All women are welcome to this fellowship.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Saturday, June 15, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, August 24, 6:00-9:00PM - Dinner and a Movie at the church.
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Mission Center Dates
May 3-5 - TWIST, Cameron, MO Congregation

Fundraiser for Children’s Peace Pavilion - Read for Peace
Kids, pick up a packet from the foyer and begin reading. Prizes for all readers! You may have visited the Peace Pavilion at the Auditorium but it is expanding into a building of it’s own. Join the read-a-thon to raise money to help.

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

Announcements - April 14

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, April 15If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Jeanne Mann’s home. We are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towels. It’s available at the public library in several formats. All women are welcome to this fellowship.

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 20, 5:00PM - We need candy to fill the eggs. Must be NUT FREE.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Saturday, June 15, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, August 24, 6:00-9:00PM - Dinner and a Movie at the church.
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Mission Center Dates
May 3-5 - TWIST, Cameron, MO Congregation

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

Announcements - March 31

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, April 15If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Jeanne Mann’s home. We are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towels. It’s available at the public library in several formats. All women are welcome to this fellowship.

DISCOVER! World Conference is around the corner
World Conference is April 5-13, 2019. The World Church website contains preparation materials for delegates and attendees. You can also review the World Conference resolutions that have been submitted for approval on the church website.

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 20, 5:00PM - We need candy to fill the eggs. Must be NUT FREE.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Friday, April 12 - World Conference Hymn Fest. We’ll meet and sit together.
Saturday, June 15, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, August 24, 6:00-9:00PM - Dinner and a Movie at the church.
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Mission Center Dates
April 5-13 - World Conference
May 3-5 - TWIST, Cameron, MO Congregation

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

Mission Center News - April 2019

Twist Weekend

Please note the new date for our spring TWIST weekend. It will be held at the Cameron Community of Christ (902 W 4thSt, Cameron, MO 64429; 816.632.3303) from 7:00 pm Friday, May 3, to 11:45 am Sunday, May 5Please RSVP by April 26th. Bring your TWIST shirt (if you have one) and the Event Registration Form (found on the MMC website). We will shower at the YMCA Saturday evening, so please pack accordingly. The suggested donation is $20. For questions or to RSVP please contact Allen Keehler 816.810.5690 or Kat Hnatyshyn 816.506.6948.

A Note About Contributions

When contributing to MMC or its affiliates, please make your check payable to the organization itself and not the camp or fundraiser.  

  • Register/donate to camps – write the check to Midlands Mission Center and note the purpose in the memo line. 

  • Donate to an affiliate (Central Avenue Center of Hope/CACH, Chihowa Retreat Center, or Center Place Campgrounds/Doniphan) – write the check directly to that organization and use the memo line

For example, checks written to “Faithful Fifty” or “Campership Fund” cannot be deposited and will be returned toyou because those are not accounts. If you have any questions please contact the MMC office or the MCFO Team.

Summer Employment Opportunities

Chihowa is looking for a summer Lifeguard & Groundskeeper to live on site, provide lifeguard services for the resident camps, and assist the caretaker with various campground tasks such as mowing. Meals provided with the camps. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and possess lifeguard certification. If interested please contact Board President Rollie Marolf: 785.207.1359 or rollieandbeth@cox.net.

Seasonal and fulltime positions available at Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center – positions include kitchen, grounds, and activities staff. Prefer applicants 19 years and older. Contact katelin@lakedoniphan.com

Online Book Club

Join our online book club! The second book for the Book Club is Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World by John Dorhauer, who in 2016 was the newly-elected General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Even if this book takes a few chapters for you to get excited about it, persevering will be worth your efforts! This book is a useful tool and resource for those who desire to share and serve in this "postmodern world."

Find the book club discussions on the Midlands Mission Center Facebook page. Locate the “search this group” box on the left of the page and type “book club” to find the posts. I'm excited to join you on this adventure! Thanks for joining me!  ~ Shelly Twitchell

Online Temple School Classes

  • Introduction to Scripture (Temple School SS400) limit 30, 4/20–6/14

  • Ministry of the Teacher (Temple School MP303) limit 20, 4/20–5/31

  • Ministry with Latter-day Seekers (DS6377) limit 25, 4/20–5/10

  • Children & Youth Core Training (0106), class takes about a week and can be completed anytime 4/7–7/15 

$25 registration begins March 22. To register, please visitwww.developmetrics.organd click on “USA Registration”.

Open Arms Theatre Presents: Just Crucified…Even Now

A modern day adaptation of the life of Jesus co-written and co-directed by congregation members Suzanne Brownlee and Michael Crowley. Open Arms Community of Christ is located at 1021 W. College St., Independence, MO 64050.

Experience Reunion!

Something for everyone! Come join for family fun, fellowship, fishing, swimming, campfires, canteen, classes, boating, good food, study, and wonderful guest ministry. 

Doniphan– Excelsior Springs, MO – June 23 to 27

Guest Minister:  Apostle Janné Grover
Director:  Josh Huyett 913.707.3905

 Chihowa– Perry, KS – July 7 to 12

Guest Minister: Richard Betts, Generosity Team Leader
Director:  Sarah Marolf 785.730.5222

Directors are looking for individuals willing to help in many ways. Please call Josh or Sarah and share your ministry.**Nursery workers must be Youth Worker certified. 

2019 Reunion Prices

Adults (age 18+)             $240
Youth (age 13-17)           $125
Children (age 5-12)        $75
Children (age 0-4)           $25

**Camperships Are Available**

2019 Summer Camping Schedule

  • June 9–14 Senior High @ Chihowa

  • June 16–21 Middle School @ Chihowa   

  • June 23–27 Doniphan Reunion               

  • June 29–July3 Junior @ Chihowa           

  • July 7–12 Chihowa Reunion

  • July 20–27 Spectacular @ Graceland

  • July 21–26 MITIOG @ Doniphan

  • August 1–3 Youth Quest @ Olathe

Announcements - March 24

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, April 15If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackie Stowell’s home. We are reading Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. It’s available at the public library in several formats. All women are welcome to this fellowship.

DISCOVER! World Conference is around the corner
World Conference is April 5-13, 2019. The World Church website contains preparation materials for delegates and attendees. You can also review the World Conference resolutions that have been submitted for approval on the church website.

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 20, 5:00PM - We need candy to fill the eggs. Must be NUT FREE.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Friday, April 12 - World Conference Hymn Fest. We’ll meet and sit together.
Saturday, June 15, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, August 24, 6:00-9:00PM - Dinner and a Movie at the church.
Saturday, November 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Upcoming Events
Sunday, March 24, 6:00 pm – The Sweet Life of Community with Sidna Adams
Saturday, March 30 – Work Day at Chihowa

Mission Center Dates
March 30 - Chihowa Work Day
April 5-13 - World Conference
May 3-5 - TWIST, Cameron, MO Congregation

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

Announcements - March 17

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, March 18If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackie Stowell’s home. We are reading Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. It’s available at the public library in several formats. All women are welcome to this fellowship.

Lenten Devotional
Have you downloaded our Lenten Devotional yet? We hope that you'll join with us in the journey along the lenten path. The devotional contains a 40-day journey of weekly scriptures, focus thoughts, and reflections on our congregational blessing focusing on our Lenten theme of: "Let us rise to be blessers of life and builders of faith."

DISCOVER! World Conference is around the corner
World Conference is April 5-13, 2019. The World Church website contains preparation materials for delegates and attendees. You can also review the World Conference resolutions that have been submitted for approval on the church website.

Reminder: New Church Booking Scheduler
Starting in January of 2019, we have switched to a new scheduling system for the church. If you need to schedule a room for any reason, it is critical that you contact bookings@olathecofchrist.org to ensure that the church is available and your event is on the schedule. You can view the schedule on our website at www.olathecofchrist.org, click on “Links” and then click on “Room Bookings

Upcoming Events
Sunday, March 17, 6:00 pm – The Sweet Life of Community with Sidna Adams
Sunday, March 24, 10:20 am – Baptismal Service and Pot Luck after church.
Saturday, March 30 – Work Day at Chihowa

Administrations
If you are in need of administration please contact Jeanne Mann who will contact an elder that is available to administer this sacrament. You may also contact any of the pastorate.

LIFT (formerly Adult Social Activities)
Life In Fellowship Together - Upcoming Activities. Please mark these dates in your calendar. More details to come at a later date:
Friday, April 12 - World Conference Hymn Fest. We’ll meet and sit together.
Saturday, June 15, 5:00-9:00PM - Breakout KC (Leawood) & Dinner at K Machos (Overland Park Location)
Saturday, August 24, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Work and Play! Help at workday and then go Play!!! The Culinary Center in Downtown Overland Park, make and eat!

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 20, 5:30PM - We need candy to fill the eggs. Must be NUT FREE.

Mission: Learn

March 16th   9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Mission Road Congregation

9:00 Registration, Fellowship   

9:45 Worship  

10:00-10:45 Class Option 1

  • Janné Grover - Sanctuary

  • Jim Fairchild - Library

  • Olathe Pastorate -  Chapel

  • Youth Worker Registration – Basement 

11:00- 11:45 Class Option 2

  • Janné Grover - Sanctuary

  • Jim Fairchild - Library

  • Olathe Pastorate - Chapel

  • Youth Worker Registration – Basement

12:00 Lunch  (youth fundraiser)

12:45 Prayer for Peace - Lenexa 

1:00-1:45 World Conference Updates, Resolutions, Discussion with Janné Grover

2:00-3:30 Spring Conference


Class Information

"Where is the Spirit leading?— Janné Grover
Responding to financial and mission challenges and opportunities before us."

Seize the 167— Jim Fairchild 
Outreach through Electronic and Social Media   

Blessed to be a Blessing — Olathe Pastorate   
Conversation with the Olathe Pastorate on their recent Congregational Blessing

Youth Worker Registration Dave Hall
Anyone working with children/youth in church programs must be a registered children and youth worker, including all Priesthood members.

C.A.R.D Food Drive for Center of Hope

The Annual C.A.R.D. Food Drive for Center of Hope is February 3 – March 31, 2019.  All food and monies collected during this time will be matched. During 2018, Center of Hope served 9,588 hot, noon-time meals…THAT TAKES A LOT OF FOOD! Below are some foods the center can use. 

Boxed DinnersRamen NoodlesFlour
Peanut ButterAll PastasCanned Meats
Beef StewCanned GoodsSugar
Mac & CheeseInstant PotatoesMixed Fruit
Gravy MixBoxed DessertsSoups
CrackersSpaghetti SauceSpam
Instant RiceCanned TomatoesSpaghetti
Pork & BeansSide DishesJelly
Canned FruitCornbread MixSpinach
Canned GravyCake MixesOatmeal
Helper DinnersMustardKetchup
PuddingPeanut Butter 

Please place all donations in the container outside the sanctuary. Thank you for your Support!

MMC Announcements - March

Save the Date
March 16 - Mission: Learn @ Mission Road
March 23 - Seventy Gathering @ Shawnee Drive
March 30 - Chihowa Work Day *PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE*
April 5-13 - World Conference
April 30 - Pastor Conference Call
May 3-5 - TWIST (Location TBD)
August 4-10 - Adventure Reunion @ YMCA of the Rockies

Mission: Learn
Please join us 9:00AM Saturday, March 16 at Mission Road for Mission: Learn in the morning and spring MMC conference in the afternoon. World Conference delegates please plan to attend to join discussions in preparation for your service in April. Lunch will be provided by youth as a fundraiser for summer camp costs. After lunch Apostle Janné Grover will give World Conference updates and information. Spring MMC Conference will begin at 2:00PM.

Class Options include:
CofC Financial Challenges and Opportunities - Janné Grover
Congregational Blessings and Visioning - Olathe Pastorate
Outreach Through Electronic & Social Media - Jim Fairchild
Youth Worker Registration - Dave Hall

Conference Delegate Housing Needed
Approximately 80 KC-area homes are needed to house international delegates and field ministers April 1-13. Sharing your home with our visitors can enrich the entire World Conference experience for both the host and the guest. Whether you are a delegate or not, this is a unique opportunity to experience our worldwide church and make lasting friendships. For more information please contact the International Services Office: Dawn Pagat, Ken Brookens

Coffee Talks
Have questions, needs, or ideas? Please contact Donna Fletcher to schedule a chat near you!

Summer Employment Opportunity
Chihowa is looking for a summer lifeguard and groundskeeper to live on site, provide lifeguard services for the resident camps, and assist the caretaker with various campground tasks such as mowing. Meals provided with the camps. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and possess lifeguard certifications. If interested please contact Board President Rollie Marolf.

Online Book Club
Start the new year by joining our online book club! The second book for the book club is Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World by John Dorhauer, who in 2016 was the newly-elected General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Even if this book takes a few chapters for you to get excited about it, persevering will be worth your efforts! This book is a useful tool and resource for those who desire to share and serve in this “postmodern world.” Find the book club discussion on the Midlands Mission Center Facebook page. Locate the “search this group” box on the left of the page and type “book club” to find the posts. I’m excited to join you on this adventure! Thanks for joining me! ~ Shelly Twitchell

Seventy Gathering @ Shawnee Drive
Led by Seventy Rick Darling. 9AM - 3PM Saturday, March 23

Summer Camp Registration is LIVE!!!
Something for everyone! come join for family fun, fellowship, fishing, swimming, campfires, canteen, classes, boating, good food, study, and wonderful guest ministry. Directors are looking for individuals willing to help in many ways. Please contact camp directors and share your ministry. Note: nursery workers must be Youth Worker certified.

Doniphan - Excelsior Springs, MO - June 23-27; Guest Minister: Apostle Janné Grover, Director: Josh Huyett

Chihowa - Perry, KS - July 7-12; Guest Minister: Richard Betts, Generosity Team Leader, Director: Sarah Marolf

Reunion Prices *Camperships Are Available*
Adults (age 18+) $240
Youth (age 13-17) $125
Children (age 5-12) $75
Young Children (age 0-4) $25

2019 Camp Dates
June 9-14 Senior High Camp @ Chihowa
June 16-21 Middle School Camp @ Chihowa
June 29-July 3 Junior Camp @ Chihowa
July 20-27 Spectacular @ Graceland
August 1-3 Youth Quest @ Olathe

Announcements - March 10

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, March 18If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations may be given to Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackie Stowell’s home. We are reading Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. It’s available at the public library in several formats. All women are welcome to this fellowship.

Lenten Devotional
Have you downloaded our Lenten Devotional yet? We hope that you'll join with us in the journey along the lenten path. The devotional contains a 40-day journey of weekly scriptures, focus thoughts, and reflections on our congregational blessing focusing on our Lenten theme of: "Let us rise to be blessers of life and builders of faith."

DISCOVER! World Conference is around the corner
World Conference is April 5-13, 2019. The World Church website contains preparation materials for delegates and attendees. You can also review the World Conference resolutions that have been submitted for approval on the church website.

Reminder: New Church Booking Scheduler
Starting in January of 2019, we have switched to a new scheduling system for the church. If you need to schedule a room for any reason, it is critical that you contact bookings@olathecofchrist.org to ensure that the church is available and your event is on the schedule. You can view the schedule on our website at www.olathecofchrist.org, click on “Links” and then click on “Room Bookings

Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 am – Mission: Learn and Mission Center Conference at Mission Road
Sunday, March 17, 8:30 am – Prayer & Testimony Service and Friends & Fellowship for the kiddos.
Sunday, March 17, 6:00 pm – The Sweet Life of Community with Sidna Adams
Sunday, March 24, 10:20 am – Baptismal Service and Pot Luck after church.
Saturday, March 30 – Work Day at Chihowa

Announcements - February 24

Two Opportunities for Youth Worker Certification
IMPORTANT: if you are a priesthood member, someone who teaches Sunday school, or someone who works with children in the church in any way, you must be youth worker certified. We have two upcoming opportunities for Youth Worker Certification that are available:
- Next Sunday immediately after church (RSVP if you plan to attend)
- March 16 at Mission: Learn at the Mission Road congregation

Lunch at Center of Hope
The Olathe congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, March 18. If you can help, please see Sharon Robertson. Donations can be taken to the center by Sharon Robertson or Lois Viers.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will meet next on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackie Stowell’s home. We are reading Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. It’s available at the public library in several formats. Please join us in this fellowship.

Children’s Choir
Children's choir continues having practice every Sunday morning at 9:15 upstairs in the music room. We will be singing March 3rd then no practices until March 31st. 

DISCOVER! World Conference is around the corner
World Conferenceis April 5-13, 2019. This page on the World Church website contains preparation materials for delegates and attendees. You can review the World Conference resolutions that have been submitted for approval on the church website.

Upcoming Events
Sunday, March 3, 12:00 pm - Youth Worker Certification
Sunday, March 10, 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 am - Mission: Learn and Mission Center Conference at Mission Road
Sunday, March 17, 8:30 am – Prayer & Testimony Service and Friends & Fellowship
Sunday, March 17, 6:00 pm - The Sweet Life of Community with Sidna Adams
Saturday, March 30 - Work Day at Chihowa

More on the website
Looking for Mission Center announcements? Find them here.

Announcements - February 3

The Sweet Life of Community Class with Sidna Adams
You are cordially invited to The Sweet Life of Community - a class offered this Sunday evening, February 10th, 6-7:30 p.m., that Sidna Adams will moderate. It is an extension of our Blessing Companion/Journal that we used during preparation for the Congregational Blessing. The class will last no longer than 1.5 hours, and if desired, we will continue for a few additional weeks. We will explore our unique and incredible possibilities as individuals, and each will acknowledge their gifts in the church community. In this coaching session, you will learn how focusing on the heart, the mind, and body creates good health habits, sensitivity and compassion. We will explore ways to build our family, church and neighborhood community, and share in Loving What Is.

Please bring a notebook/journal and pen/pencil. The intent is to offer a safe environment where you can express your dreams, see your own perfection, and see the beauty of everyone in the room. See you Sunday!

LIFT Trivia Night - Feb. 16, 7-9 pm
The newly-renamed LIFT (Life In Fellowship Together team, formerly Adult Activities), has planned a trivia game night held at the church on February 16 from 7-9 pm. Please bring a safe nut-free snack or appetizer to share for the evening.

Friends and Fellowship
On each third Sunday, during the morning prayer service, Ashley and Tyson Harker will be leading Pre-K through 8th graders in a special worship and fun activity from 8:30 - 9:15 am in the gym. We will be focusing on the principles of Be Builders of Fellowship through games, songs, and activities. Any high school and college students are encouraged to come volunteer during this time.

Lunch at the Center of Hope
The congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, February 11. If you can help, please let Sharon Robertson know.

Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 10, 8:30 am - Priesthood Meeting
Sunday, February 17, 8:30 am - Prayer and Testimony Service

Children's Choir
The Children's choir continues to have practice every Sunday morning at 9:15 am upstairs in the music room. They'll be singing February 10th during the worship service.

Ladies’ Book Club
The Ladies’ Book Club will next meet on February 21 at 7:00 pm at Michelle Lundy’s home. We are reading The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. Copies are available from the public library. Please join us in our fellowship.

Mission Center Announcements

Save the Date
February 5 - Pastor Meeting at Shawnee Drive
February 12 - Pastor Meeting at Wichita
March 1-3 - Women’s Retreat at Doniphan
March 3 - CFO Meeting at 4pm via Zoom
March 16 - Mission: Learn at Mission Road
March 30 - Chihowa Work Day
April 6-13 - World Conference
April 26-28 - TWIST Weekend (Location TBD)
April 30 - Pastor Conference Call

Coffee Talks
7 pm Tuesday, February 26 - Financial Coffee Talk via Zoom - As the date approaches, find the phone or internet link on the MMC Facebook page or email Kat Hnatyshyn.

Around the Mission Center
Summer Employment Opportunity - Chihowa is looking for a summer Lifeguard & Groundskeeper to live on site, provide lifeguard services for the resident camps, and assist the caretaker with various campground tasks such as mowing. Meals provided with the camps. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and possess lifeguard certification. If interested, please contact Board President Rollie Marolf.

Online Book Club
Start the new year by joining our online book club! The second book for the club is Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World by John Dorhauer, who in 2016 was the newly-elected General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Even if this books takes a few chapters for you to get excited about it, persevering will be worth your efforts! This book is a useful tool and resource for those who desire to share and serve in this “postmodern world.” Find the book club discussions on the Midlands Mission Center Facebook page. Locate the “search this group” box on the left of the page and type “book club” to find the posts.

Temple School Class at Bethel
Introduction to Scripture - 2-5:30 pm on February 16, 17, 23, 24
This course will be based on the temple school book and use a video prepared by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith. Attendees should bring scripture and the Introduction to Scripture resource (available printed or PDF from Herald House). Please RSVP and direct questions to Stan and Grace Troeh.

Women’s Retreat at Doniphan
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3 - Along with guest minister Emily Hartford, we will “discover” God’s blessing, the true meaning of God’s love, God’s plan for your life, and your identity as a member of Community of Christ. We still need ladies to help plan and lead various activities. Registration is $110. Please contact Wendy if finances preclude you from attending. The registration form can be found on the Mission Center website. If you want to volunteer or have any questions regarding the retreat or registration, please contact Wendy Gunn.

2019 Summer Camping Schedule Registration is Live!
June 9-14 - Senior High Camp at Chihowa
June 16-21 - Middle School Camp at Chihowa
June 23-27 - Doniphan Reunion
June 29-July 3 - Junior Camp at Chihowa
July 7-12 - Chihowa Reunion
July 20-27 - Spectacular at Graceland
July 21-26 - MITIOG at Doniphan
August 1-3 - Youth Quest at Olathe

Mission: Learn
Please join us at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 16 at Mission Road for Mission: Learn in the morning and spring MMC conference in the afternoon. World Conference delegates please plan to attend to join discussions in preparation for your service in April.

Class options include:

  • Community of Christ Financial Challenges and Opportunities - Janné Grover

  • Congregational Blessings and Visioning - Mary Gill

  • Outreach through Electronic and Social Media - Jim Fairchild

  • Youth Worker Registration - Dave Hall

Lunch will be provided by youth as a fundraiser for summer camp costs. After lunch, Janné Grover and Barb Borkowski will give World Conference updates and information. The Spring MMC Conference begins at 2:00 pm.