How Are You Living the Mission Initiatives?
Connecting through stories is a long-held tradition in Community of Christ. How are you pursuing Christ’s mission—our mission—in your community and life?
We need you to share your story! Take just a few minutes to write down how you and/or your congregation are living out the Mission Initiatives and Enduring Principles to make a difference in your community. Our stories are as unique as each of us and no one can tell your story, except you. Others need to hear/read/see these inspiring ideas for their ministry. Send photos and info to the Communications Team for potential publication in Herald, Daily Bread blog, or CofChrist.org.
Worldwide Mission Tithes Update
Thank you to all who give Worldwide Mission Tithes. In August, an estimated $890,000 was gratefully received. Year-to-date contributions total $10,450,000, putting the budget for worldwide mission 3.6 percent ahead of the $15,100,000 revised annual goal. Many opportunities call the church forward to live Christ’s mission by inviting people to Christ, abolishing poverty and ending needless suffering, pursuing peace on Earth, developing disciples to serve, and experiencing congregations in mission. Exceeding the $15,100,000 goal is the only way we can respond to some of those opportunities to change lives, transform communities, and better the world.
Year A Lessons Coming in October
Community of Christ lessons for children, youth, and adults will continue with Year A, beginning November 27. The first 14 will be available for download by the end of October. Additional lessons will be posted quarterly. When accessing lessons, users will find a brief form to provide useful information, and the opportunity to give to Worldwide Mission Tithes. A donation of $20 USD per quarter, or $80 USD per year, for each age is suggested.
Print PDF files or download lessons and save to your computer to print as needed. Lessons for all ages follow the Gospel Lectionary text from Worship Resources and Sermon & Class Helps, inviting further family and small-group conversation and study. Your generosity is an important investment in lifelong disciple formation and helps preserve and expand teaching and learning tools for the worldwide church. Thank you!
Graceland Seeks Your Help in Presidential Search
Graceland University needs the network of members to reach out to Community of Christ qualified candidates to make them aware of the search for the next president of Graceland. The roots of the relationship between the church and the university run very deep, and the shared values are central to the university's mission.
The Graceland Board of Trustees invites applications for the office of president of the university. A broad-based search has been launched for a new president, with a diligent search to identify Community of Christ members who are fully qualified by background and experience to be strong candidates. All Community of Christ candidates will receive a comprehensive review in the context of the position profile. Presidential Search Committee Chair, Dr. Kay Mussel, keeps Graceland's presidential search page updated. Applications may be sent to Jodi Seymour, executive assistant to the president, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA 50140.
Messiah Choir Centennial Continues
The Independence Messiah Choir will again join with the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus to perform Messiah this Christmas season. These performances will be at Helzberg Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 1, 2, 3, and 4. This year marks the choir’s one hundredth anniversary from when they first shared this “annual Christmas gift” in 1916, both in Independence and Kansas City.
Tickets are now available from the Kansas City Symphony box office by calling 816-471-0400 or online at www.kcsymphony.org.
A Bright Future: Reflecting on the 2016 World Conference
In “A Bright Future,” Apostle Linda Booth and President Steve Veazey reflect on Community of Christ’s 2016 World Conference, including new prophetic direction for the church.
USA Citizenship and Discipleship
We are citizens of a nation and disciples of Jesus Christ. How do those come together as we engage in the USA political process? A letter from USA apostles directs us to our Enduring Principles for guidance.
Doctrine and Covenants E-book Now Includes Section 165
We're excited to announce that the Doctrine and Covenants e-book for Amazon devices and apps has been updated to include Section 165. This new section was approved in June by the 2016 World Conference of Community of Christ.
If you have previously purchased the entire e-book, a standalone version of Section 165 is also available.
Community of Christ is registered as a charitable organization eligible to receive donations from the AmazonSmile Foundation. In the USA, people can connect to Community of Christ easily via this AmazonSmile link. To learn how to support the church via Amazon in Canada, please visit the mission center page.
CofChrist Peacekeepers Seek Nominees
Community of Christ's Association for Ministry to Military Personnel (The Peacekeepers) is seeking nominees to be considered for two leadership positions: president and secretary.
The Peacekeepers are dedicated to bringing ministry to Community of Christ members serving on active duty world-wide. If you or someone you know has a heart for providing ministry to military personnel (whether current association members or prospective new members) please have them submit their name as soon as possible to the current president via email. The association would like to complete the election by 30 September 2016.
2016 World Conference Minutes
The 2016 World Conference minutes were reviewed and approved by the Standing High Council Minutes Review Team. The review and approval procedure was included in the Standing Rules for the 2016 World Conference and approved by World Conference delegates.
Sunday Organ Demonstration Recitals to Continue at New Time
Through the end of July, enjoy daily 30-minute organ demonstration recitals at 3:00 p.m. at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. Beginning August 1, recitals will be held only on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Because International Headquarters is operating with less staff, the Sunday schedule will be condensed so the Temple can be open for the 1:00 p.m. Prayer for Peace and the recital at 2:30 p.m., except when the building is completely closed for holidays.
See details on when the Temple is open for tours, Daily Prayer for Peace, organ recitals and more. Learn more about how recitals are supported through your giving to the Worldwide Mission Budget in an official announcement. Many thanks to organists, tour guides, and Prayer for Peace volunteers who selflessly offer these quality experiences.
Family-friendly Spiritual Retreat in April
Join in a family-friendly spiritual retreat, Encountering God at Home, at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, April 7-9, 2017. This retreat will focus on nurturing household spirituality for families, children, and youth. There will be tracks for adults, youth, and children, with childcare available for children under 3. Though this retreat is designed for young families who are seeking ways to have meaningful spiritual experience in their homes, everyone who feels the call to work with children and families is encouraged to attend! Information and the retreat flier are on the Spiritual Formation Center website. Contact Katie with any questions.
All Music Is God’s - October Spiritual Formation Retreat in Kirtland
Join in a spiritual retreat, All Music Is God’s, at the Spiritual Formation Center and Kirtland Temple in Ohio October 21-23, 2016. Don Compier will be the guest facilitator and will be utilizing his book, Listening to Popular Music. This retreat will include a pilgrimage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We will explore the artificial lines we draw between sacred and secular and how God’s presence and activity can be found in every dimension of life, even by turning on the radio! Information and the retreat flier is on the Spiritual Formation Center website. Registration is open for this event and will close October 1. Limited spaces will be available. Contact Katie with any questions.
Church Launches New Online Giving Platform in USA
Community of Christ launched e-Tithing, a new online giving platform, for members and friends in the USA.
Giving is safe, easy, and flexible with e-Tithing! You can give on your desktop computer, tablet, and mobile device. Make one-time and recurring contributions by bank withdrawal, and with credit and debit cards. When you set-up a recurring contribution, you decide when giving starts and the frequency of recurrence (weekly, every two weeks, bimonthly, or monthly).
You can also contribute anonymously or create an account. With an account, you can:
- View your giving history
- Add a credit or debit card
- Change credit or debit card information
- Manage your recurring contribution
- Make a one-time gift
If your congregation accepts online contributions, you can give to Local Mission Tithes and Worldwide Mission Tithes. If your congregation does not accept online contributions, you can still give to Worldwide Mission Tithes.
Thank you for everything you do to support Christ’s mission!
Letter to USA Church Regarding Orlando
The USA Team of Apostles released this letter to the USA Church regarding the tragic events in Orlando. Please read and share it as we work to find solutions that foster justice and peace.
Your Generosity Makes a Difference
Check out the 2015 Generosity Annual Report and reflect on the difference you made on mission as we live out the five Mission Initiatives.
Community of Christ Releases an App
With the Community of Christ app, you can read daily spiritual devotions, watch inspiring videos, stay in touch with mission happening around the world, and much more.
The app development was funded through the generous offerings received during the USA National Conference after event expenses were met.
Support Community of Christ Through AmazonSmile
Community of Christ is now registered as a charitable organization through AmazonSmile.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Community of Christ whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider making Community of Christ the recipient of a portion of your eligible sales. Simply click this link to smile.amazon.com (for our Canadian members and friends, please use this link for a similar option at Amazon.ca) and Community of Christ will automatically become the charitable organization of your choice. You can change it at anytime. If you search for us, please search "Community of Christ Independence MO" in order have us show up on the first page of results.
New Ministry and Priesthood Courses
The full line of new Ministry and Priesthood courses from Temple School will be available at World Conference 2016. As courses become available, you will be able to purchase them from Herald House.
These classes emphasize spiritual formation, justice and peacemaking, modeling generosity, and providing ministry consistent with the church’s identity, mission, message, and beliefs.
Each lesson incorporates different styles of learning and focuses on what the participants need to know, how they are to be, and what they are to do as disciples and priesthood members.
TS-SS400 Introduction to Scripture by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith
This course is taught by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith on the Introduction to Scripture USB drive. Course facilitators will need this resource so everyone who takes the class can experience these excellent teachers. Each session has built-in places where students are assigned tasks or instructed to share in conversation along with the class in the video.
The Introduction to Scripture book is the resource that each student needs for the eight-session course. It is written by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith and defines and explores the nature of scripture in the life of the church. It helps students understand genre, literary context, and historical and cultural context. The lessons also provide guides in the responsible use of the Old Testament and dealing with difficult texts; provides a sample small-group Bible study; and explores the function of the Lectionary in sacraments, preaching, and teaching. Students practice an eight-step exegesis process.
TS-MP301 Ministry of the Disciple
These 10 lessons engage disciples in spiritual practices and active learning focusing on what is important to know, be, and do as disciples and ministers of Jesus Christ. The lessons work well in various learning and small-group settings.