Thursday, October 29, 2020

Papa John's Pizza | CPRS Fundraiser

From: Sarah English



Papa John's Pizza | CPRS Fundraiser


       DO YOU LOVE PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA AS MUCH AS WE DO?     

Order from ANY Papa John's KC metro location on Thursday, October 29.
When placing your order by app, phone or online, use our school's promo code KSC024
and up to 25% of your order will be donated back to CPRS.

Look for more offers available at PapaJohns.com.

Even though only 4 locations are listed on the flyer,
all metro locations ARE participating in this fundraiser. 

Don't forget to use the promo code when you place your order. We MUST use the code to receive credit!




Sarah English
CPRS School Secretary
PHONE: 816.252.1715
FAX: 816.252.2900


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

2014 Cub Cadet Riding Lawnmower

From: Barb Allinder



2014 Cub Cadet Riding Lawnmower

2014 Cub Cadet riding lawnmower with tiller attachment

This automatic LTX hydrostatic lawn tractor only has a total of 203 hours of use. 

It was originally purchased for $1,600.00. Family is asking $850.00

Contact Barb
816-719-6173






Organ Recital - November 14

 From: King, Jeffery A (Jeff)



Organ Recital - November 14
 

Jeff King will be giving an organ recital at the Outreach Restoration Branch on Saturday November 14, 2020 at 4:00PM. Selections will be arrangements on Hymns of Thanksgiving and Praise.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Twin XL Mattress for Free

From:  Stacy 




Twin XL Mattress for Free

You will need to be able to haul it and move it out of my house.

Stacy 
816-520-0445



Protect the Flock

From: Abigail Cool



Protect the Flock



Triumphant Zion Ministries Presents:

Protect the Flock

J. Abigail Cool

Waldo Restoration Branch Live and Live Streamed

November 14th, 2020

1:00-3:00 CST

livestream.com/WaldoAvenue

 

Providing healing resources, support, and hope for victims of domestic violence in the church and Prevention Education-Training for those who shepherd the flock. 

 

 "Many Christians cannot bear to acknowledge that spousal abuse is an enduring problem within our very own walls. Both individually and as a faith community, we are ashamed and humiliated to admit the presence of such a problem. It is far easier to deny, to minimize, and to conceal...It's time to stop sweeping spousal abuse under the carpet." (Catherine Clark Kroeger, Peace and Safety in the Christian Home, 2008).

 

 

One Shepherd's Call to Shepherds of All Faiths to Stand Up for Healing and Justice: by Ken Chitwood

 

One time, I wrote a letter a letter to Pope Francis. I know…ridiculous.


What wasn’t ridiculous was the message I wrote to him: that before he goes off to save the climate and solve the refugee crisis and bring peace to the Middle East, he first needs to take care of priority number one—addressing sexual abuse in his church. 

 

The Catholic Church has gotten the bad rap of being the sole proprietor of sexual abuse within religious institutions. But, as James Nolan wrote for VICE a couple years ago, “Modern history has been riddled with revelations of religious child abuse.” From New Religious Movements to BuddhistsMuslim madrassas to Mormon schoolsHindu gurus to Methodist ministers, RLDS/Restoration/Community of ChristAmerican Orthodox Jewsseems that religion has a serious, systemic, abuse problem.

 

 Indeed, sexual abuse has plagued humanity for centuries. Even the Hebrew Scriptures contain tragic stories of abuse, rape, and incest. One of the historical books of these Scriptures relates how Amnon, the son of the famed King David, attempted to force himself on his half-sister, Tamar (2 Samuel 13:11-20).

 

There are still, today, plenty of Tamars. Too often, religious leaders play the part of Amnon when they are called to look after the vulnerable, especially children (Psalm 127:3Ephesians 6:4James 1:27).

 

As a member of the clergy, let me first tell you: if you are one of the abused, been impacted by this abuse, or you’ve been turned off of religion because of this hypocrisy, I am so, horribly, sorry.

This should go without saying, but abuse has no place in the sanctuary of a church or any other place supposed to provide love, safety, and justice to all regardless of age, gender, or position in life.

 

I hope that healing has come to your life and that you have not been been forced to continually carry a burden of abuse. But I know that some of you still live in the desolate conditions of someone like Tamar.

For you, there is the promise of Isaiah 61, which speaks to how God will deliver the oppressed, mend the brokenhearted, set free the captives, and comfort those who mourn. It is my prayer that these promises would all come true for you as you are supported by professionals, family, friends, and even the church as you lead a healthy, fulfilled life—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

Indeed, I hope that religious institutions do not continue to let you down. St. Francis of Assisi, the Pope’s namesake, once said that where there is injury, we should sow pardon. In this case, we must be clear that victims of abuse are not in the least bit responsible or at fault for the harm done to them.

In that vein, religious leaders and organizations must go beyond apologies and take appropriate action to hold accountable those who have abused their power and to prevent that type of abuse in the future. 

The pardon sowed in the case of these injuries should not be for the abusers. They must be prosecuted and punished accordingly. Further, churches need to take the issue of abuse as a loud and clear call for reform and to no longer protect the abusers, but admonish them, provide support for the abused, and protect future generations from having to suffer similar mistreatment at the hands of ministers and leadership figures. 

Our religious institutions must be remade into places of love, justice, and safety for people of all ages, genders, and dispositions.

This type of reform will not happen overnight. It will take years to make any form of reparation, rid religion of sexual indecency (or at least make the attempt), and bring transparency to religious leadership, which is too often clouded in secrecy and power.

So too, for people who have been abused, there is no quick fix. I wish I could say there was. However, as the promise from Isaiah makes clear, in Jesus there is hope and healing, liberation and justice. I can only pray that the reality of those promises are evident in your life in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Until then, religious leaders like me have work to do—to interrupt the injustices being perpetrated by our very own leaders on our very own people. 

Works Cited:​​

https://sojo.net/100sermons

https://www.theraveproject.org/preaching-sermons/?fbclid=IwAR3XSUf0f7tU031fM3jYGt3zjMC7UuhvZB--oc4Vm6GIGr7L6QqFuRAabss

https://www.facebook.com/Triumphant-Zion-Ministries-105719717892655

 If you are experiencing abuse or sexual abuse contact: 

MCADSV is not a 24-hour service provider and does not provide crisis services. 

For immediate help in Missouri, CLICK HERE ​ 

https://www.mocadsv.org/How-to-Get-Help/

or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673. For the Deaf Crisis Line videophone call 321-800-3323 or text HAND to 839863.

http://www.mocadsv.org

If you are experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 for confidential support.

https://www.thehotline.org

If you are a survivor of sexual violence, please call RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) at (800) 656-HOPE

https://www.rainn.org

SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

https://www.snapnetwork.org

To find a domestic shelter in your area: Domestic Shelters.org

https://www.domesticshelters.org/


Contact: triumphantzion@gmail.com for more information. 



Monday, October 26, 2020

ARE YOU READY??

 


From: Paul Gage


ARE YOU READY??
​​

Dear Saints and Friends,

ARE YOU READY FOR _____________________________________________? 

You can fill in the blank. Winter, election results, winter needs for your vehicle, ice melt, food shortage, another virus, etc. etc. etc.

We know we must be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ. That is spiritual preparation.

We must also be prepared for the needs of each season, as well as what the election results may bring. Remember how hard it was to find certain essential items just a few months go? Things could get worse!

I am just being realistic. America and the world is in a real jam. Only God knows how things are going to work out, but He still calls us to Be Prepared!!  

As the old saying goes, "It is better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it." What if your electricity, water, telephone, and/or gas goes off???

Yes, I know and believe with all my heart that God can supply our needs, but still yet, He tells us to be ready.

Feel free to pass this along to others. Maybe even our neighbors.

God bless
Paul Gage


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Meeting Reminder and Request

From:  Muriel Luedeman



Meeting Reminder and Request
 
Hello, Initiative Friends,

Reminder:
IIAW monthly meeting is Tuesday, October 27th, at 6:30pm at the Unity Center.

Cold weather is here and the Unity Center needs winter coats, blankets, gloves, hats, backpacks, and winter survival supplies to help the Beloveds.

Thank you for your generous support. Hope you can make it to our meeting. We have presenters with valuable information for the whole community.

Muriel Luedeman
Communications Secretary

Spiritually Won Knowledge Part 9

From:  B S TURNER Owner



Spiritually Won Knowledge Part 9
 
Moroni brings a powerful message in the 21st chapter of Alma. One that should bring guidance to us this day. 

41 And it came to pass that he rent his coat, And he took a piece thereof and wrote upon it - "In memory of our God, our religion and freedom and our peace, our wives and our children" - And he fastened it upon the end of a pole thereof;
Notice the order of priorities, he understood that if he put God first all things will follow…what would our list look like if we were in that same situation? Let’s look a little further into the story.
43 And he bowed himself to the earth, And he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land –
Today as with everyday this is the prayer that we should be offering up – notice that he prayed for his brethren…not himself. We need to make the effort and make sure that our brothers and sisters are blessed. 
45 Yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them gladly the name of Christ, or Christians, as they were called, because of their belief in Christ, which should come - And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians and the freedom of the land might be favored.
And again another part of the prayer that we should be offering…I am not sure what other conditions need to exist in our world before we learn what Moroni is teaching us here. 
50 And it came to pass that when Moroni had proclaimed these words, Behold, the people came running together with their armors girded about their loins, rending their garments in token, or as a covenant, that they would not forsake the Lord their God –

And as we read this step back and think of it spiritually. First they came running together to prepare for the fight that was about to take place. Embracing a covenant that we would not forsake our Lord. There are many fights that we should be running together towards this day and time. Remember there are many battles in a war and the more battles that you win the more likely you are to win the war!

Where else have we read about armor and how properly worn protects us from the very fiery darts that are being hurled at us today. 
Make no mistake, you may not see or even feel them but they are being thrown at you daily and weakening us a little at a time. Many do not have their armor properly fitted – if there are large of gaps in any of the pieces you are vulnerable. Think of the gaps as a lack of knowledge of the scriptures, doubts, judgements or even faith in the very promises that Christ died for.  

If we were to pray as Moroni prayed for our brethren what would happen? Paul gives us insight in 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

If Paul is right, and I think that he is, we have the mind of Christ which means that we have the mind (knowledge) to understand how to approach the Lord and ask him for a clarity of vision in all that is happening and all that we should be doing. 

Many times we are so sure of our direction and thoughts because of a “good feeling” that we do put blinders on and are not able to see the “signs” that are all around us. 

When Earl Curry was petitioning the Lord while at the Temple in Kirtland this insight was given to him “The working out, the achieving of the high purposes for life which are dear to the heart of Him who is the Eternal Father, in the finest and deepest meanings of that name, require extraordinary men and women in the body of the church are also required. Ordinary men could not be trusted with the great powers that shall arise out of the endowment because of their narrow self-centeredness that is so much a part of ordinary life. These great powers can only be delegated or placed upon His servants and His people as they are extraordinarily purified in body, mind, spirit, and purpose.”

What is the high purpose of your life? The answer is given in 1 Corinthians 12:8, check it out and see where you fit. Once you find where you fit the challenge is to get in the game!

Everyday that passes we are that much closer….closer to the election, closer to the end of life, closer to the end of time, closer to seeing Christ. Are you ready?

Brian 



Saturday, October 24, 2020

THIS IS AN URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

From: James McKay



THIS IS AN URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

The young son of Raymond and Calista James, from Kumba, Cameroon has been shot. His name is Golden, he is 10 years old. Approximately 15 children have died as some older boys came into the school and began shooting. He is being taken into surgery, I do not know the extent of his injuries. I have stayed in the James' home and they are beloved and faithful followers of Christ.

I am asking you to join me in praying for Golden, the James' family and the families that have already lost their children.




Slide Free

From:  Mark Colville



Slide Free

We have a hard plastic slide, 2 swings and a glider (no picture) for free. 

First email gets all just come to pick up in Independence.  Mzcolville@sbcglobal.net

Mark Colville





Eric Odida at Missionary Branch

 From:  Brian Mundy



Eric Odida at Missionary Branch

Brothers and sisters sadly Eric Odida‘s trip to the United States is rapidly growing to a close he leaves next Wednesday so tomorrow morning will be his last sermon here in the United States for this trip. He has a beautiful message of hope and encouragement planned for tomorrow which will include pictures. If anyone is interested in attending it will be at missionary branch at 3415 N. Elsea Smith Road, Independence Missouri. Sunday school starts at 9:45 preaching at 11:00.  We are also having a potluck afterwords that everyone is invited to attend.

So many have assisted in the work in Africa I just want to say thank you. Hope to see you tomorrow God bless you all

Brian K. Mundy
Bradlech Construction, LLC


FASTING AND PRAYING FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD OCTOBER 23, 2020

 


From: Paul Gage


FASTING AND PRAYING FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD  OCTOBER 23, 2020

Greetings Dear Saints,

We trust the Lord God Almighty is continuing to bless you in special ways, though you may still be going through many obstacles and difficult times. Generally speaking, trials and tribulations can do one of two things. Either turn us away from God or send us running to Him with open arms, His and ours, with a stronger faith. Refresh your memory of the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. Note verse 20 and know that God will do for you what He does for every child who comes to Him.

The theme for today, in the Sixty Day Response to the Solemn Assembly is, "Choose the Best Things." The scripture reference is Philippians 4. Consider verses 4-19. What does it say about rejoicing, giving prayer and supplication, finding peace. thinking (choosing) on the best things, contentment,  how we can do all things, a sweet smell, and who supplies all our needs?

All of these things as well as all the "jewels" in the scriptures are vital to each of us as we "Seek First to Build up the Kingdom of God and to establish His righteousness.." Matthew 6:38. All of God's commandments compliment each other with no contradictions. So, everything comes together with fasting and prayer.

In a booklet from 1966, by Aleta Runkle, entitled "Scriptures for These Days, in a chapter on "Trial," Sister Runkle talks about "Spiritual Loneliness." She states that there may be times when a person feels far away from God-lonely and insecure, but that the scriptures remind us that if we draw near unto God, He will draw near unto us. DC 85:16. It is stated that often that which is a spiritual problem can be related to a physical problem, after all DC 85:4a informs us that the body and the spirit are the soul of man.

Sister Runkle lists three physical things that may affect our spirit.1. When do we go to God in prayer? When we are exhausted or refreshed? Sometimes people fall asleep during a prayer. Don't be like the person who was always so tired that he wrote a prayer and posted above his bed, and would say, "There it is God, read it for yourself." Of course, we can pray at all times, but usually the best time is in our prayer closet when we are refreshed in body and mind.

Another item is an  unusual absorption with problems. This does not leave our mind free for active communication with God. A period of meditation before praying can assist in directing our attention to God. Some of the themes this week have been to get rid of the chaos in our lives.

A third possible factor to feeling spiritual isolation or loneliness may be a tendency to carry unnecessary burdens. Psalm 55:22 tells us to " Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee..."  Also, Matthew 11:29, "Come unto me, al lye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

From a 1970 Daily Bread, Roy Weldon had some comments about Fasting and Spiritual Health. The scriptures indicate that fasting, coupled with prayer is required of all those who would reach the mountaintop of spiritual sensitivity and blessing. The greatest names of scriptural history are associated with periods of fasting. Find at least three examples.

Brother Weldon said that he had joined a number of three-day fast groups. Her stated, "Suffice it to say that both in group and personal periods of fasting and prayer, there have come the greatest blessings I have witnessed n the church". A time of group fasting might be of great help. You can decide if you want to try. Select your own group and how you will fast.

God bless you in your efforts of fasting and praying for the Kingdom of God.