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Greg Wilson
Mission Center President
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic two years ago, all of us have been figuring out new patterns for life.  As a church we have done the same thing, figuring out new ways to be the church and continue Christ’s mission.  I think each of us, as disciples and leaders in Community of Christ, have done an incredible job mobilizing to bring newsletters to those without a computer, to offer online worship services, create safe outdoor events, offer book studies, gather online for discernment practices, share meaningful sacramental ministry through online methods and so much more.  
 
We have a serious challenge before us now.  All we have learned. All we have done.  All the possibilities we have created with God to propel the church into living its mission in our context today could be lost if we return to meet in person and just pick up our old lists of what we did before, fill in the blanks, and call that “church”.  We know that being the church is about living into Christ’s call. In Community of Christ, each will receive love and support as we discover renewed purpose for our life through compassionate, Christlike service that ends suffering and fosters justice and peace. It is important that we be mindful to look to the horizon. The journey before us requires we be prepared.  Be intentional. Be visionary. 
 
Doctrine and Covenants 162:2c
c. As a prophetic people you are called, under the direction of the spiritual authorities and with the common consent of the people, to discern the divine will for your own time and in the places where you serve. You live in a world with new challenges, and that world will require new forms of ministry. The priesthood must especially respond to that challenge, and the church is admonished to prayerfully consider how calling and giftedness in the Community of Christ can best be expressed in a new time. 
Central USA Mission Center will be conducting our previously announced 2022 Spring Special Conference.  This will be our first conference experience offering both in person and online participation options.  A team has been planning our experience for all ages to celebrate Women’s History month! A variety of individuals will share women’s leadership in the church- past, present, and future.  
Saturday, 26 March 2022
9:00am- Noon
Lee's Summit Community of Christ

1101 NE Independence Ave. Lee's Summit, MO 64086
-Community Of Christ Women's History Event
-Resolution to Reauthorize Financial Support for Lake Doniphan due to Pandemic which expired 12-31-2021
-Ordination Service

The Mission Center President Team wants all persons interested in participating in conference to have the opportunity.  For members wishing to vote in person or online we ask that you register so that you will receive all the communications and information prior to the conference. The mission center is happy to assist as we can.  For those not wishing to vote, a live stream of the proceedings will be shown on the mission center webpage at: www.centralmission.org.
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Central Mission Center News:
Hope House 

This year at conference we are inviting you to participate in helping us fill "starter" bags for residents of Hope House. If you are able, please consider bringing items with you to conference to support this cause. For a list of items or for information on sending finacial donations please visit centralmission.org/hopehouse
Summer Jobs

Are you looking for summer work? Great news! Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center is now hiring for the summer leadership program. We are looking for people 19 years of age or older who have completed one year of college to help in various areas. For more details please 
click here
Book Study

YOU ASKED FOR IT! Another JPAT book study.
 By popular demand the Greater Kansas City Justice and Peace Action Team is offering another book study. How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith will be discussed via Zoom. Save the dates for 7 bi-weekly sessions on Tuesdays: March 1,15, 29; April 12, 26; and May 10 & 24 from 7:00-8:30pm. Central & Midlands Mission Centers of Community of Christ look forward to sharing this important exploration with you. Order the book, begin reading and watch for more details!

 
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Temple School

Central Mission Center now has a class scheduled for those in need.
Introduction to Priesthood will be taught by Jeanne Earnest at the Mid Continent Public Library (1000 NE Colbern Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64064). Class will be April 7,14,21,28, and May 5 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. (If we need to adjust the time to accommodate more ordinands please reach out to Laura Reed)
Materials for these classes must be purchased in advance. They can be purchased here.
To register please email Laura Reed at laurareed@centralmission.org. Include the following information- Name, Contact information (email and/or phone number, and Congregation), and the class you wish to take.

Child Protection Training

There are new dates available for Child Protection Training. These session will be held online via Zoom. If you would like to attend please contact Tyler Horringa at tylerhorringa@centralmission.org. You only need to take this class one time. 
March: Sunday the 13th from 1:00-3:00pm via Zoom 
April: Thursday the 28th from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom 
Climate Webinar

Join us on Sunday, March 20 from 4:00 pm - 5:30pm CT to discuss "Issues in Eco-Justice: Going Deeper" 
Follow-up conversations will occur on Sunday, April 3 at 4pm CT. To connect please register here
SAVE THE DATES:
All are invited to engage in USA field-wide conversations on nonviolence. This experience is planned to address WCR 1319 in preparation for World Conference 2023. We honor and welcome the diversity of the life experiences and perspectives that shape our collective journey. 
Each online session is scheduled for two hours-
Session 1: Thurs, March 31, 7:00PM CT— Introduction—Barbara Carter, facilitator
Session 2: Thurs, April 7, 7:00PM CT— History—Lach Mackay, facilitator
Session 3: Thurs, April 21, 7:00PM CT— Scripture—Ron Harmon, facilitator
Session 4: Thurs, April 28, 7:00PM CT— Principled and Pragmatic Nonviolence—David Nii, facilitator
Session 5: Thurs, May 5, 7:00PM CT— What role should nonviolence play?—Robin Linkhart, facilitator
Information about registration and preparation materials will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Young Adult:
Peace is the Way
The Young Adult Ministry Team would like to invite all young adults to the upcoming retreat happening at Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center! We will be engaging in relationship, playing games, and exploring our own discipleship journeys. 


 
 
Dates: April 1st-3rd, 2022  Retreat Cost: $130.00

What’s Included in the price? Food, Housing, and Fun.
Don’t have $130 right now? No worries. A $50 deposit can be made to hold your spot!

 
Have Questions? Contact Eli Wilson at (816)878-7688 or email 
eliaswilson@centralmission.org
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Youth Ministries:
Calling all 6-12 graders! Join us for Rally 2022 this year as we journey with Jesus’ last days celebrating the Easter season! The four day worship experience will begin on Wednesday April 20th and conclude on Saturday the 23rd. During the event we will have hilarious entertainment, epic music, delicious food, interactive games, and much more! We are so excited to be back with everyone for Rally 2022: Alive! 
Central USA Mission Center is looking for two Summer Program Staff to work our amazing camping experiences throughout the summer. The individuals who serve in this position will gain practical ministry training in youth ministry, engage in activities to develop skills in youth ministry, utilize their gifts and call to the vocation of youth ministry, and provide support to the Youth Ministries program of the mission center. For more information click here
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