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Community Share:
Greg Wilson
Mission Center President

Third grade changed everything.  Cursive writing.  A new bike.  Neighborhood friends. Baptism.  My first Summer Church Camp! For me, this camp was the point when my formation as a disciple grew beyond my family and into a lifelong journey with Christ.  My counselor, Stewart, played the guitar for the camp theme song, Follow Me (John Denver).  This song of invitation, sung in a camp community of love, filled me with a new understanding of myself as a beloved child of God.  It is amazing how individual points in time can have such dramatic impacts across your life.  I am grateful my parents and grandparents made sure I was there.
 
Camps are underway for this summer.  Children and teens are hearing the same invitation I heard, the same invitation the first disciples heard; Come and Follow Me. As cherished children of God everyone belongs in this community of love where we continually form our lives to be more like Jesus. Summer camps and reunions are not the only points of invitation into this sacred community.  In Community of Christ, each one of us also serves as an invitation, extending God’s love and compassion and creating sacred communities for all to belong as beloved children of God.   This summer, wherever you find yourself, invite others to Christ through your actions and words. 
 
Plan your life changing summer 2023!
Colorado High Adventure (HS) June 2-8                        Camp Moja June 12-17
Agape Reunion June 21-26                            High School Camp June 27-July2
Junior Camp July 5-9                                          Middle School Camp July 10-15
SPEC: dates not yet released                                   Children’s Camp July 28-30

 
Become a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation
 
In our 2013 USA National Conference, the marriage and ordination of LGBTQ+ people were adopted as official church policy in the United States. People of all gender identities and sexual orientations are invited to participate fully in the life and ministry of the church. If you or your congregation is interested in learning more about the official process of becoming a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation, please contact our Central Mission Center coordinator, Tammie Lay at welcoming@centralmission.org.
 
Central Mission Center News:
Trauma Informed Ministry

Trauma Informed Ministry Training
 
Schools, Mental Health Providers, Community Agencies have been working for several years to understand the impacts experienced from trauma and how to respond. As disciples of Jesus, we share the personal journey of life with others, the good times and the bad.  Understanding Trauma Informed Care will help us better support others in the work of Christ. Professional Trauma Informed Care Trainer Kreasha Williams will facilitate a three-hour interactive training for us on Saturday August 13, 2022 from 9am to noon.  
Through group activities and discussions, Ms. Williams will cover:
o Definition of trauma
o Human Stress Response
o Impact of trauma on brains, bodies, and behaviors
o Definition Trauma Informed Care
o Trauma Informed Principles
o Trauma Sensitive Practices
o Self-Care and resilience building strategies
 
Plan now to attend!  Please register here
Save The Dates

Priesthood Gathering- October 21-22 2022, Hybrid Event- More Details Soon

Fall Mission Center Conference- November 19, 2022
World Conference Is Happening Soon -
April 22-29, 2023

Please plan on being a Delegate for Central Mission Center!
“I was a stranger, and you took me in.” (Matthew 25:36)
 
The plight of so many displaced persons around the globe has resulted in a growing “What can we do?” response. For Missourians living in greater Kansas City, the most comprehensive answer to that question comes from Della Lamb Community Services, a 125-year-old agency recognized by the State Department for refugee resettlement. Since 2014, Della Lamb has placed 1,2l0 refugees—most recently more than 100 from Afghanistan.
 
Do you feel called to “do something” about the world’s 26 million refugees? Here are a number of ways to join Della Lamb in extending hospitality and welcome to those making a new start in a new land:
 
1)Go online to Della Lamb’s website and sign up for emails about up-to-date service opportunities. The link is dellalamb.org. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to “Join the Della Lamb Flock,” by providing your first name and email address.
2)Transportation is an ongoing need for newly arriving refugee families. Della Lamb sends transportation requests to a volunteer pool, and volunteers select the need they are able to meet. If interested, reach out to Cori at cwallace@dellalamb.org and she will walk you through the next steps. 
3)Persons interested in gathering furnishings to set up a home can form a House-to-Home Team. This is a short-term, one-time commitment. Once donations are gathered, and Della Lamb is notified of an arriving family, the team is mobilized to set up the home or apartment. Persons interested in forming a team can contact Sarah Kolsto at skolsto@dellalamb.org. More information on House-to-Home Teams can be found here.
4)The most extensive and intensive volunteer option with Della Lamb is to partner with the agency as cosponsor of a refugee family. Cosponsors raise a minimum of $3,000, recruit leaders for seven teams (transportation, education, health, etc.), form a team of 12 to 25 volunteers, collect all items (except appliances) needed to furnish a household, devote 15-20 hours a week to accompany the refugee family in the early weeks of transition, and provide ongoing support for six months, as needed, toward the family’s self-sufficiency. Cosponsorship could be undertaken by a single congregation, or by combined congregations. Walnut Gardens Congregation is Central Mission Center’s first cosponsor. Team coordinator, Jim Hannah, can provide further information. Email: jim@jays.net.   
 
 Efforts are underway to find a point person or persons who will coordinate Central Mission Center’s efforts in refugee resettlement. The mission center leadership considers this ministry of welcoming and hospitality a vital expression of what it means to be Community of Christ.  
Young Adults:
Lake Doniphan Happenings:
The summer has started at Lake Doniphan! As camps and reunion hit full swing, we wanted everyone to see some of the awesome projects that have been completed in the recent months!

Because our new dam is complete the lower lake looks gorgeous! Children’s camp and reunion had a blast canoeing and boating. During reunion we had several participates catch some huge fish in the lower lake as well. We are so excited the dam is completed so we can enjoy the lakes of Doniphan
to their fullest.


The new retaining wall by South Mini lodge looks incredible! Here are a few photos to show the fantastic work done:



A special ‘Thank you’ to all those who worked hard and gave so much to help get these projects completed. Central Mission is enjoying a great summer at Lake Doniphan! 
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