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2021 CENTRAL MISSION CENTER SPECIAL CONFERENCE

Central USA Mission Center will be conducting an online special conference in this spring to address specific business before the mission center. This conference will be held on April 11, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  The two items up for business for the conference will be:

Consideration of World Church Priesthood Calls

Consideration of Legislation for World Conference

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Community Share:
Kari Twombly

Are you looking for a New Expression of church? Do you want to find ways to live out the mission and message of our Creator? Stirred to Action may be the answer for you. 

Stirred to Action grew out of a desire to do more for our community to fight for the worth of all persons and to end needless suffering and to inspire others to join us. Our mission is to create a loving community of people who seek spiritual growth and work to end social injustice. We plan to bring in speakers from our community to educate us on community issues and/or stir us to discuss and take action against these issues. Our first series was on the global water crisis and what we can do at home to contribute to a better solution. We heard from Mary Guerra, Water Quality and Outreach Coordinator for KC Water. We also participated in our first group action by volunteering with Bridging the Gap to help clean up trash around Brush Creek so that it wouldn’t eventually end up in The Gulf of Mexico.

Stirred to Action meets every Second Sunday online at 9:00am. We usually start with a spiritual practice, a time for self reflection and centering, and to open ourselves to be more aware of those around us and prepare ourselves for a community experience. Then, we break into groups to learn more about each other. This is a time for us to build relationships, develop trust and the courage to share our authentic selves, and experience a safe space to question and explore. In this way, new relationships emerge, old relationships become stronger, and authentic community forms. Next, we hear from our expert, learn about the issue at hand, ask questions, discuss, and hopefully we are stirred to action whether that be something we can do individually or as a group.

We would love to have you join us. Simply email StirredToAct@gmail.com to get on the mailing list. This will get you the zoom link every Saturday before the monthly events. It will also get you the information to our group activities. We will continue to be online even after churches open back up. Our next 3-part series starts April 11 where we will be learning about refugees in the Kansas City area - what is a refugee and why do they come to Kansas City. We will also learn about programs in the Kansas City area that support refugees, and then volunteer at the New Roots for Refugees Juniper farm.

Please follow us on Facebook @StirredtoAct and Instagram @StirredtoAction and help us get the word out to those who may be looking for what we have to offer.

Central Mission Center News:
Join Community of Christ and Apostle Catherine Mambwe Sunday April 4th for an online Easter Worship. This service will be aired at 2:00 pm here and for those without internet please call 888 788 0099 Meeting ID: 814 9387 0631
Holy Week Observance

Community of Christ invites members and friends to a host of events celebrating Holy Week and Easter. 

  • April 1 – Gather with an online community for Maundy Thursday. Services will be offered throughout the day.
  • April 2 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time – Join us for a Good Friday service on our Facebook page at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, or watch it as you are able on our YouTube channel, starting at 8:00 a.m.
  • April 3 – Light a candle and practice a moment of silence. Share a picture of your candle and a statement of blessing on social media using #CofChristLent. 
Camp and Reunion Survey
As we begin to plan toward future events within the mission center we are in need of your help. We invite you to Click Here and answer a one question survey.
Online Lecture
Join us for a 4 week online lecture series by Dr. Sharon D. Welch.
April 19, 26 and May 3, 10 
7-8:30 p.m.
Please join us as we listen and share with Dr. Welch explore her new book After the Protests are Heard: Enacting Civic Engagement & Social Transformation. This isn’t just a lecture, this is an opportunity to explore meaningful social change and engage in sustainable social justice for our world.
For more information visit: 
https://www.graceland.edu/seminary/online-lecture-series
Climate Justice Webinar

You are invited to attend the Climate Justice webinar on April 11, with Dr. Richard Waugh of Wisconsin University.  There will be two opportunities for conversation following the webinar will occur on April 22 and April 25.  The topic concerns the Human Impact of climate disruption:  Drought, Flood, and Sea. To register please click here

Herald Subscription
Subscribe to the Herald today!  You will enjoy insightful commentaries from leaders as well as inspirational stories and important news. Click here to subscribe.
Marriage Preparation

FOCCUS is a nonprofit organization that provides marriage preparation materials dedicated to building, promoting and enhancing healthy relationships that "Facilitate Open, Caring Communication, Understanding and Study." A trained facilitator meets with couples to help them engage in discussion of a broad range of topics that will help enhance their lifelong relationship. A facilitator training session will take place via Zoom on April 24 from 8:30 am-noon with Pam Robison. Cost for the training (which includes copies of the facilitator materials) is $60. Space is limited to 10. If you are interested, contact Greg Wilson at 816-595-1707 or gregwilson@centralmission.org

Civil Conversations
Join us April 10th from 9am to Noon for an opportunity to learn skill and practice listening in ways that promote understanding. Click HERE for more details. 
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Emergency Preparedness

You are invited to learn more about Emergency Preparedness with CDRN (Community Disaster Resiliency Network) on Thursday, May 27th from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. This will be held on Zoom and is a free event. Please register to attend no later than May 20, 2021. 

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World Conference Update

After careful consideration of global pandemic recovery trends and consultations with field leaders and health professionals, the Community of Christ First Presidency has decided to delay 2022 World Conference until 2023. 

Upholding our Enduring Principles in light of the collective information we have at this given time, it was wise to delay the next World Conference until delegates from around the world can safely travel, enter the USA, meet together, and return without contributing to community spread of COVID-19 or its emerging variants.

 
Adventure's Reunion
Adventure Awaits!
Come explore Rocky Mountain National Park and have the adventure of a lifetime! Adventurer’s Reunion is August 4th- August 10th, 2021 and the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado will serve as our basecamp for the week. August is a perfect time to visit Rocky with warm temperatures, fewer tourists, and perfect hiking conditions. If you’re seeking an unforgettable summer adventure, now is your chance! Grab your hiking boots and let's hit the trail.
Adventurer’s Reunion is offered through Central USA Mission Center Community of Christ. Visit our website and register today! 
http://centralmission.org/adventurer/
Not the outdoors type but have a desire for adventure? 
Call Elias Wilson at (816) 878-7688 or email him at 
eliaswilson@centralmission.org for more information.

Youth Ministries:

A greeting from Tyler:
Friends! 
 The last 3 months I have had the privilege of spending time with my family! Brecken Demoire Reth Horringa joined our global community at 12:13 on December 6, 2021. Not only did Kinsey and I have a new little one to share our love with, but we had a big brother who was ecstatic to meet their new baby brother. I’ve spent the last three months bonding with a baby, running around the house playing with a toddler, and growing my relationship with Kinsey. 
 As of last Monday, I am back in the office from paternity leave and ready to continue living out Christ’s Mission! In the coming weeks I’ll be working with volunteers and Mission Center staff in preparing for a hopeful spring and summer season! Elevate continues to thrive as young people engage with meaningful content. Youth council will begin to meet again to discuss up and coming opportunities for youth. The Mission Center will soon announce its summer events plans. Mission is happening and opportunities are in the works!
 Within the last year, we have had a year full of loss, confusion, and loneliness. But I am hopeful in a future of beautiful opportunities, not only for the coming months but for years to come. May we remember that our calling of discipleship is to love and serve God’s sacred Kingdom… so let us go and feed God’s sheep. 
Rally 2021 
For the safety and wellbeing of our youth and their families, the Mission Center has decided we are unable to host a large social distanced modified Rally at this time. While this decision was not an easy one to make, we believe it is best to continue working in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We must be confident we can hold an event that does not put our youth and their families at high risk of transmission. We are hopeful in looking forward to an incredible Rally 2022! 
Save the Dates for 2021 Camps*
Central Mission Agape Reunion- June 22-27
Junior Camp- June 28-July 2
Children's Camp- July 2-4
High School Camp- July 6-11
Middle School Camp- July 12-17
Spectacular- July 24-31
Adventurer's Reunion- August 4-10

*subject to change or cancel as necessary due to COVID protocols
Outreach Ministries:
Central USA Mission Center and Community Services League are once again teaming up to provide a food distribution site in the southern portion of the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot. The first distribution will take place on April 6, 2021, time will be announced on Facebook (here) as soon as we have those details. We invite anyone who may be in need to come pick-up food at this time. Please share this information with individuals and families you know that may be looking for food assistance. This food distribution site will be a contactless drive-thru line. 
 
Lake Doniphan Update:
While Lake Doniphan is closed for the pandemic, 
yet many costs (for utilities, grounds keeping, maintenance, 
insurance, and essential staff) continue. These costs are
about $25,000 per month.  
 
Will you help? Until our campground opens 
again, can you give each month in 2021 to 
help cover these costs

Make monthly giving easy with: 
• Lake Doniphan’s Giving Portal: Click here to sign-up for monthly giving
 
• e-Tithing: Visit eTithing.org and sign-up for monthly giving. Select Central USA Mission Center, then Lake Doniphan (at the top)
 
• Check: Make your check out to Center Place Campgrounds, Inc., adding “Campfires of tomorrow” in the memo. Mail to: Central Mission Center, 500 W. Pacific, Independence, MO 64050  
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