Fall Programming 2021

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Get connected this fall through one of these opportunities for worship, study, fellowship or service.

Christianity 101
Aug. 15, 22, 29 and Sept. 5
Many of us don’t believe we know much about the Bible or theology and the version of Christianity we see in the news doesn’t always ring true to our own core beliefs. In a multi-religious and increasingly secular culture we may feel adrift spiritually. This four-part series will explore basic themes of our faith and invite us to reclaim the essence of the journey with God as revealed in the living Christ.

Dr. Teresa Hord Owens Preaching
Sept. 12 Dr.
Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination, will preach at all three worship services.

Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3
When we have drifted apart, how do we come home to each other? When we have lost connection with our own spiritual center, how do we come home to ourselves? When God seems distant, how do we come home to God? This three part series will invite us to renew, deepen and celebrate our faith as we journey towards the divine presence of God who waits to welcome us home.

Oct. 3 – Centennial Celebration Sunday
One service at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception.

Classes meet Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall

Living a Spiritual Life in a Disenchanted World
Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4
Led by Dr. Mike Graves 

Our world is often described as “technological” or “secular,” terms that are loaded and often tossed about carelessly. Scholars prefer the term “disenchanted,” that we are living in a time when it’s easier not to believe in God and mystery. In these interactive sessions, we’ll think about how best to describe our world, as well as what it means to live a spiritual life these days.

Pick and Trowel: Archaeology and the Biblical World
Oct. 18, 25
Led by Dr. David May  

We are separated from the biblical world by time–and also mounds of dirt. Through excavations into the soil of the ancient world, archaeologists attempt to reconstruct the everyday material world of our ancestors in faith. We will consider how archaeologists go about their tasks of excavating, as well as the dark side of looting cultural antiquities. Join in as “armchair” archaeologists in these sessions.

Christianity 101:The Conversation Continues
 November 1, 8, 15
Dr. Mike Graves 

When elders and deacons in our church were asked to name ideas for sermon series, the basics of the Christian faith were near the top of the list. But limiting the faith to four sermons is a daunting task, and there are many competing views for what Christianity looks like. That’s why in this three-part course we’ll explore the question further, reflecting together on the essence of our faith tradition and our own congregation’s expression of Christianity.

In addition to the Monday night classes, the podcast Heart and Mind with Dr. Graves will return this fall. New episodes are posted regularly ccccckc.org/heartmind or Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Pathways to Learning is a series of elective offerings open to everyone, focusing upon timely topics on the Bible, spirituality, current events, family life and technology. 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.

The First 100 Years: A History of Our Church
Sept. 19, 10:00 a.m., Social Hall.
Led by Dr. Linna Place 

As part of our centennial celebration, our own Dr. Linna Place has authored a wonderful history of our congregation. In addition to her presentation, copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Hosted by Dr. Mike Graves, this popular men’s group meets for conversation on a host of spiritual topics, with a guest speaker each session. 

September 16, 6:30 p.m. under the tent in the backyard —  guest speaker is Lynn Horak, retired CEO of Wells Fargo, and Mike Graves’s golf buddy

October 14, 6:30 under the tent in the backyard – speaker is Dr. Mike Graves

For women of all ages, with guest speakers on spirituality and real-life issues. Connect with other women looking for conversations that matter. 

September 30, 6:30 p.m. under the tent in the backyard — guest speaker is Rev. Angie Colina McNeil, Pastor at Country Club United Methodist Church

October 7, 6:30 p.m. under the tent in the backyard — guest speaker is Rev. Buzzy LeCluyse, Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church

Disciple Bible Study
A year-long study of the Bible with a group of women, led by Lesley Holt. This 34-week study begins on Wed., Aug. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in-person at the church, with every other session meeting on Zoom. For more information on this transformative course, email Lesley Holt at [email protected] 

Neighborhood Communion Small Groups
Breaking bread together was one of the hallmarks of the early followers of Jesus. It’s in this spirit that you are invited to participate in small group gatherings in your neighborhood for a similar experience of fellowship and guided discussion. For information or to sign up, contact Mike Graves, [email protected]ccckc.org.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Begins Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m., Room 206. With Rev. Dr. George Gordon.
A Fresh Look at Some of Our Most Notable Passages in both Testaments. Bring your Bibles and Minds, Hearts and Bodies. We will begin with the two Creation Stories in Genesis.

Women exploring scripture and forming friendships. Come and go as your schedule permits on either Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Wednesday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Call 816-333-4917 for information.

Adult Sunday School Groups
Sunday School classes are currently gathering on an ad hoc basis. For more information about a particular class, call 816-333-4917.

Certified yoga instructor Jill Conners teaches yoga to all levels of expertise via Zoom. Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. $10/class. Call 816-333-4917 for more information.

Green Team
This group of volunteers cares for the church grounds. Meets at church Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. 

Faith and Grief Virtual Support Group
Offering a safe place for those who grieve to remember, listen, and pray together. This ministry is a collaboration of area churches.
For information, call Rev. Joe Walker at 816-333-4917 or visit faithandgrief.org.

Circles of Care Ministry to Homebound
Nurture friendships across the generations of our church. Phone calls, visits, and cards help elderly and shut-in members stay connected with the rest of the congregation and engaged in our ministries. One hour per month commitment. For information, contact Joe Walker, 816-381-9249

Aging Transitions Workshops
Workshops on aging, transitions in the later years, downsizing, and end-of-life planning, dates to be announced. For information email Lisa Tang at [email protected] or call 816-333-4917.

Knitting and Sewing Ministries
Share your talents by knitting items for women and children in developing countries, for shut-ins and other needy individuals or by making masks, bed linens, lap robes for shut-ins, and other projects. Please call 816-333-4917 for more information.

Roots provides opportunities for adults in their 20s and 30s to connect as a community, to learn and grow spiritually, and to make a change in our city through service-learning projects. For each event, we’ll practice social distancing and stay outdoors. Find out more about upcoming events by signing up for texting reminders at: Website: cccckc.org/roots • Instagram: @cccckc roots • GroupMe: http://bit.ly/rootsgroupme • Email list: contact [email protected]


Sunday Restart. Every Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Coffee, connection, and a guided discussion about faith and life for a Sunday re-start.


August Social. Sporting KC Game. Sat., Aug. 28, 7:00 p.m. RSVP  at bit.ly/rootssporting.

September Social. Louisburg Cider Mill. Sun., Sept. 26, 2:00-5:00 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/rootscider.

October Social. Ben and Whitney’s. Thurs. Oct. 28,  7:30 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/rootsoctobersocial.

November Social. Board Game Night. Sun., Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/rootsboardgame

December Social Christmas Party. Fri., Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/rootsxmas21


Monthly learning opportunities! Each will provide accessible and meaningful conversation about the Bible in community.

September Bible and Beer. Thurs., Sept 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Location TBA. RSVP and more info at bit.ly/septbiblebeer

October Bible and Brunch. Sun., Oct. 10, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Features catered brunch from a local restaurant ($10 suggested donation, first time free!) RSVP at bit.ly/octbiblebrunch.

November Bible and Beer. Thurs., Nov. 11, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Location TBA. RSVP at bit.ly/novbible beer.

December Bible and Brunch. Sun., Dec. 5, 12:15-1:30 p.m. RSVP and more info at bit.ly/decbiblebrunch.

Donuts and Discussion
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Connect every Sunday morning over conversation on a topic related to our faith and lives, then split into small groups based on age.

High School Monthly Dinner
First Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Panera Bread in Prairie Village (8300 Mission Rd.).

Sunday Night Opportunities
Connect (almost) every Sunday night during the school year from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. This fall, we’re introducing a new rotation along with Club Kids’ Sunday night programming. The first Sunday of every month, we will have a Fun and Games night; the second Sunday, a family night with programming and activities for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and parents; the third Sunday, a service project; and the fourth Sunday, an off-site social. 

Sign up for email and/or texting updates at the link below to stay up to date!

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Email Updates: www.cccckc.org/connect/

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For more information, email Rev. Tyler Heston at [email protected]

Parent Playdates
Parents with infants and toddlers are invited to an informal time of connecting with other families. Babies bring your parents to play. Fall playdates will be hosted at 10:00 am August 29, September 26 and October 24.  The August playdate will be in the backyard of the church.  

MOPS (birth – Kindergarten)
Meets first Wednesday of the month, Sept.-May from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Center.  Mom’s night out the 22nd of the month. Playdates in a.m. and p.m. each month.

Children’s Ministries Sunday School
9:55 – 10:55 a.m. 

Preschool – Kindergarten. Worship & Wonder This Montessori style class presents simply told Bible stories that have room for wondering and allow for imaginations of children to connect the faith stories with their own life experiences. 

1st – 5th Grades. Footsteps in Faith Series
Using children’s literature we will explore Biblical foundations that call for us to love God and love neighbor, to care for each other and our earth and to celebrate this diverse world!  

Sunday Evening Programming
3rd to 5th graders are invited to share a meal, play games, and build friendships from 4:30 -6:00 p.m. each Sunday evening. The first Sunday of every month, we will have a Fun & Games night; the second Sunday, a family night with programming & activities for 3rd – 5th graders, their siblings and parents; the third Sunday, a service project; and the fourth Sunday, an off-site social. 

Vocal Ensembles
Our vocal ensembles are still on hiatus due to concerns with singing associated with the spread of Covid-19. 

Any kids or youth wanting to perform either a vocal or instrumental number during online worship please contact Sara Goering at [email protected] or 816-381-9246.

Jubilee Ringers Bell Ensemble
Rehearses Thursdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Rm. 100. For more information, email [email protected]

Metro Mission
Metro Mission service opportunities focus on education, eliminating hunger and moving people to self-sufficiency. Many of our partner agencies have adapted their volunteer opportunities to respond to the current situation. Several of our partners are moving to utilize more on-site volunteers. Contact Catherine Stark-Corn [email protected] or visit www.cccckc.org/ serve/serve-our-community/ for current details.

Mission Partners and
Focus of Service

Cross-Lines Community Outreach – Feeding hungry neighbors.

Della Lamb Community Services – Various projects serving the refugee community.

Grace United Community Ministries – After- school tutoring and feeding hungry neighbors.

Hartman Elementary School – Tutoring, afterschool programming and Harvester’s Backsnacks.

Micah Ministry – Feeding hungry neighbors. 

Sheffield Place – Projects assisting mothers experiencing homelessness and addiction.

Virginia Reed Food Drive – Monthly food assistance to local agencies.

Collection Connection – Monthly requests for specific items used in our partner agencies.  

Mission and Service
Learning Trips

The Adult Mission Trips Team is planning our international mission trip for February 2022 to work with FEDICE in Ecuador. Registration will be available in September. Save the dates for Feb. 12-20, and reach out to Rev. Tyler Heston
at [email protected] for more information.