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
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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.

Announcements - January 27

Lunch at Center of Hope

The Olathe Congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, February 11. 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 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.

Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir practices are at 9:15 am upstairs in the music room.

Upcoming Events:

  • February 10, 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting

  • February 17, 8:30 am – Prayer & Testimony Service

Pastor's Note - January 25

To our beloved Olathe family,

Sending our warmest wishes to each of you on this chilly day. Despite the cold of winter weather, we hope you have had the chance to warm your hearts through meaningful fellowship with dear friends and loved ones this week. Take a moment and think back on your fellowship this week. What were some special conversations, connections or contacts you made with people in your life? Did you enjoy laughter with another? Were you there for a friend in need? Did you share in a meal with someone else? All these special times of fellowship — may we take a moment to be grateful that we get to share our lives with others. 

In addition to the quarterly focuses on Be Builders, we also felt guided by our Congregational Blessing to spend time exploring our church sacraments and the different priesthood offices even deeper during this year. We will be intentionally highlighting one of the sacraments or a priesthood office each month, alternating between the two. One Sunday service a month will be dedicated to learning more and diving deeper into the one we are focused on. The schedule for the year is as follows:

  • January - The sacrament of Baby Blessing

  • February - The role of the Disciple (member)

  • March - The sacrament of the Evangelist Blessing

  • April - The office of the Elder

  • May - The sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation

  • June - The office of Teacher

  • July - The sacrament of Ordination

  • August - The office of Priest

  • September - The sacrament of Administration

  • October - The office of Deacon

  • November - The sacrament of Communion

  • December - we will focus our month on Advent

We are excited to spend some time as a congregation learning more and growing together in our understanding and love of our sacraments and the responsibilities and calls of priesthood and disciples. These selected Sundays will give us further opportunities to engage in fellowship together. We look forward to experiencing the first of these moments this Sunday as we celebrate the sacrament of Baby Blessing as Baby Erin Fogarty is blessed. Please plan to join us as we support the Fogarty family, the life of Baby Erin and the fellowship we can all offer in support to one another as we journey together. 

The Pastors

Announcements – January 20, 2019

Lunch at Center of Hope

The Olathe Congregation will be preparing and serving lunch at the Center of Hope on Monday, February 11. 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 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.

Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir practices are at 9:15 am upstairs in the music room.

Items Needed for Crafts at Conference Kids in April

  • Short Pringles cans

  • French’s fried onion containers (any size)

Please give them to Sharon Robertson.

Congregational Blessing

As most of you may know we are in preparation to receive our congregational evangelist blessing.  We have some important dates in the coming months as well as some pertinent information to share with you at this time:

  • Second Sundays of Each Month: A Service of Preparation for our Congregational Blessing
    • Each second Sunday between now and our blessing, we will focus on the preparing the congregation for the blessing. Our evangelists will be present on those second Sundays to worship with our community.
  • September 28-30: Congregational Retreat at Olathe
    • Our annual congregational retreat will be held this weekend at the church.
  • October 7: 40 Days of Preparation
    • Our congregation will focus intentionally on preparing for the 40 days leading up to the blessing. Focused materials will be provided to enhance our journey together.
  • November 18: Our Congregational Blessing
    • This is the day we receive our congregational blessing. We invite each of you to join us for a spirit-filled experience.

We invite you to dwell in the Doctrine & Covenants 164:9 as you journey with us during this exciting season of preparation. Our congregation will truly be blessed by both your presence ad by your participation.

Vacation Bible School

VBS 2018!! - Rolling River Rampage
Save the Date Now!
May 30- June 1

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:30-8:30 p.m. – Worship (pk-6 bible story,
recreation, crafts, music and adult class)
June 2nd
4:00 p.m. - Boating Fun at Kill Creek Park
5:30 p.m. - Cookout at Shelter #3
Address: 11670 Homestead Lane Olathe, KS
June 3rd
9-10:30 a.m.– worship, pk-6th bible story, recreation, music
10:30 a.m. – church with lunch following


VBS helpers need!!!  
We are in need of cooks, snack helpers, praise band members, and evening clean up help!!!  If you would like to help please email Brooke Trachsel brookerttrachsel@hotmail.com.  We also need camping and boating/rafting gear to transform our church in to a Rolling River Rampage!! If you have tents, camping chairs, camping gear of any kind, life jackets, small boats, rafts, canoes, oars, lanterns, out door camping table, etc WE WOULD LOVE TO USE IT!!!  Please put your name on these items and bring them to the gym starting this Sunday, May 20th.  We will start decorating Sunday, May 27th and would love your help!  It doesn't matter how old you are or how crafty you can be . . . we can use help from ALL!!!  If you can stay for 30 minutes or a few hours we would REALLY APPRECIATE your help!!!  Please plan to stay after church Sunday, May 27th to transform our church into a VBS experience your kiddos won't forget!!!

Congregational Blessing Information

Save the Date - May 13, 2018
Join us in a special service experience as we prepare for our congregational blessing.
9:00 am — 12:00 pm

9:00 am
Breakfast & Fellowship
Join us in the multi-purpose room for a casual breakfast with coffee and juice.

9:30 am
Sharing our Story
Our morning begins as we visualize congregational life before and after the day of our blessing.

10:20 am
Worship
We’ll spend some time singing and sharing together in prayer, testimony and worship.

11:05 am
What’s Next?
Our morning concludes as we discuss the next steps in our journey to our blessing.

Youth News

Youth News

All Youth Bowling!!!
This Sunday, April 15th after church at Mission Bowl Olathe.
Bring a lunch to eat at church and then we'll head to the bowling alley.  Please plan to pick up your youth at 1:30 at Mission Bowl.  See Shauna Ferguson for any questions.

Mexican Fiesta Campership Fundraiser
April 29th - we will be holding our annual Campership Fundraiser.  If you would like to be eligible to receive a campership from the congregation for a summer Community of Christ church camp, you must attend and help on April 29th.  We will have a sign up soon, so look for more details.