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Sunday Sept. 12
Adult Bible Study (via Zoom) 9:00 AM
In-person Worship  10:45 AM

Online Worship via You Tube 10:45 AM
Anti-Racism Book study via Zoom 3:30 PM


Tuesday Sept. 14
Book Discussion group in Social Room @ 9 AM 
(Discussing "Jesus and John Wayne")

This Sunday in worship, Pastor Brian again invites us into an interactive exploration of scripture, as this week we pose the question "What are you hearing?" and consider the story of Jesus' encounter with the Syrophoenician woman.  

Worship in the sanctuary begins at 10:45 AM. Please wear a mask and social distance for the safety of yourself and others.   

As usual, our online service will premiere on YouTube, also at 10:45 AM, and may be found at the link below (and can be viewed at that link any time after that.)  The online service this Sunday will be led by Stefan Mathies, Kay Edson, and Pastor Brian.  

Experience our Online Service via YouTube.

Download/view the bulletin for this Sunday's online service
We'll host one last outdoor worship service in Krug Park on Sunday Sept. 26 around the main pavilion at the top of the park. In the tradition of the early church, our time of worship will be centered around a shared meal -- a catered picnic lunchSome extra seating and tables will be provided or you may bring your own seating.  To get an accurate estimate of how much food to order for the meal, we ask that you make a reservation by contacting the church office by email ( or phone (816-209-8212) by Tuesday Sept. 21 to let us know how many in your family plan to be in attendance. Join us for this special time of worship, fellowship, and seeking God's spirit in the gifts of the natural world. 
We celebrate with Sarah Read who became the newest member of 1st Christian during in-person worship this past Sunday. Sarah, a lawyer, is primarily an online member of our fellowship, as she and her husband reside in Columbia, Missouri. But she hopes to be with us for in-person worship as well (about once a month or so, when she is in town to visit with her daughter Molly Ring and son-in-law Derrick.)
What issues of our time are you most passionate about?

The data we gleaned from last May's all-church survey indicated a number of shared concerns in our congregation around social justice issues.  These issues represent "passion areas" that should inform our ministries, and so our intention is to form a number of small groups within the congregation to help us explore how to put our faith into action around these shared concerns.

The first "passion group" forming is around the issue of anti-racism. There is perhaps no more important issue in our day and age, as racism intersects with concerns over poverty, education, health and the justice system, to name only a few. Our goal with this (and other passion groups) is to move our work on the issue beyond the congregation and out into the community, to help create awareness, build coalitions, and advocate for change. If you would be interested in learning more, or if you'd like to become a "start-up" member of this passion group, please contact me and let's chat.   

Pastor Brian
Wondering how we can be of help with the growing crisis in Afghanistan? Watch this video to learn how a general ministry of our denomination, Week of Compassion, is already working with partners in the region, on our behalf, to aid refugees. See a way at the end of the video to give directly to this effort.
We hold in prayer all those with loved ones in the path of Hurricane Ida. Our partners through Week of Compassion are working on our behalf to provide support and relief in that area. You are invited to give directly to Week of Compassion, designating gifts for “hurricane.” through their website or by texting WoC to 41444.
What? You haven't downloaded our church photo directory app yet? It's so easy, and it gives you instant access on your computer or mobile device to phone, email, home address and other info on our church family. With the app you can directly contact a person or get directions to their home.  This is a secure app and is password protected. Only those listed in the directory can access the information and only you will know your personal password. 
How to Install the Instant Church Directory App: Go to your app store on your device. In the search space, type in Instant Church Directory (the icon is a little yellow church). Click on the install button. Once you have clicked the install button, this app will be downloaded to your device. Once installed, you'll be asked for the email address you have provided to our church. Type it in and click the “request password” button. You will be emailed your personal password.  Enter that password into the app and you are good to go! 
If the church does not already have your email and contact info, if you are not already in the directory, or you'd like to update your info and photo, please contact Kenny in the church office and he'll be happy to assist you. 
Food donations in our blessing box never last very long before they find their way into the hands of those in need in our church neighborhood. We welcome your non-perishable food donations at any time. You may place them in the basket in the foyer outside the sanctuary, drop them off at the church office, or place them directly in the red Blessing Box on the Faraon Street side of our building. Or you may contribute financially to this ministry by sending a check or giving a donation online by selecting "Food Ministries" from the drop down menu of our online Tithely giving app

It's so easy to give online to support our ministries.  Either use this direct link or simply download the free app to your phone, tablet or computer. Then select our church by name or zip code (64501), connect your bank or credit account and start giving. Use the drop down menu on our app to let us know which fund or ministry you are supporting (and consider checking the box labeled "cover fees" to help us cover the processing fees.) 
Ann & Creath Thorne, as Ann faces ongoing health issues.
Jessie Lent, as he begins his new ministry in Iowa. 
Ann Zarate, recovering from a fall, resulting in a cracked vertebrae. 
Micah Beedle, diagnosed with a serious joint condition.  
Stephanie Stewart's friend Dave, in the hospital with serious health issues.

Rev. Kimi Yokoyama, Zion UCC, living with cancer. 
Barry Hall, receiving treatment for ongoing health issues.
Kate Davison's husband Don, recovering from surgery. 
Janet Pullen's friend Angie in the passing of her father and mother-in-law

Sandy Rogers' friend, Terry Oldenberg, dealing with health issues. 
Dennis Beaderstadt, recovering from back surgery. 
John Chavez, 3 years old, friend of the Potter family, battling cancer. 
Manuel Zarate, recovering from  shoulder surgery.  
Mike Barton, recovering from brain surgery.
Dorothy Wenz, friend of our congregation, in rehab. 
Carole Walters, now living at the Riverside care facility.
Beth Kar, daughter of Bev Grienke, living with cancer
Bette Lampton, in care at home
Francis Hesnault, homebound
Sandy Hamlin’s father, Wiley Wilson, dealing with health issues

Judy Spencer,  continuing cancer treatment.
Kathy Long, friend of Janet Pullen. 
Robin Knotts, mother of Kayla Ann Harris, living with cancer. 
Our foster parents, Mark & Miranda Virden, Chuck Vaughn & Chris McCarty, and Derrick & Molly Ring. 

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