The Road will continue to refrain from gathering in person through April 24th.

March 24, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Greetings from your Elders and Pastors! I hope this email finds you well and safe in our “lock down” circumstances. We are praying for you all and covet your prayers for each other and for us!

I just wanted to communicate a couple of things for your consideration and thoughtful participation.

First, I hope you all took the time to listen to our first Pastor’s Roundtable message from Dale and Charles. They did an outstanding job! The comments and insights they shared brought encouragement and clarity to some of what we are experiencing as members of the Body of Christ and this great nation in which we are privileged to live.  With the uncertain status of many things in our world, it very likely we will not be able to begin meeting as a family again until some time in late April. Armed with that information, the elders have agreed to have our pastors continue with a weekly Pastor’s Roundtable message to be posted on our website.  Charles and Dale will record the message and get it posted to the website on Sunday mornings.  An email will be sent out (and perhaps a text message as well!) to let you know when the file is uploaded and available for your listening pleasure.  This is one way that we can hear from our pastors and gain insights in the Word on a regular basis.  I hope you take advantage of this resource and share it with your friends and family as a source of encouragement.  The first week’s conversation was very good and they have set the bar high for themselves!

Secondly, the elders held our first “virtual” Elders meeting last night utilizing a free video conferencing app called Zoom.  I know many of you may already be familiar with this tool, but all us “old guys” were pretty impressed with its ease of use and functionality.  We hope this will be a tool our small groups and ministry teams can use to stay connected to one another.  It allows you to use your desktop, laptop, smart phone or tablet to participate in the group video discussion.  It presents an image of everyone on the call and it is pretty neat to see your brothers and sisters in this way and be able to see each others reactions and expressions. It takes a little bit of setup to use, but as long as your device has a camera and a microphone, you can join the party!  I know that technology stuff can be intimidating, but this is a pretty easy tool to set up and use.

Without getting too technical, there are a few things you can do to prepare to use this tool:

– This is a FREE service, so there is nothing for anyone to purchase.

– Download the app for your smartphone or tablet.  For Apple users, go to the App Store and search for Zoom Cloud Meetings (or click on this link Apple App Store).  For Android users, go to Google Play and search for Zoom Cloud Meetings (or click on this link Google Play).  Install the app and allow the app to access your camera and microphone. Your team or small group leader will send you an email invite to the meeting with a link and any info you need to join the meeting at the appointed time. The app may request that you create a log in account to use the app.  It will ask for your email address and for you to create a password

– You can also install Zoom on your desktop or laptop. When you receive the invitation email for a Zoom meeting, click on the link and allow your browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) to download any files it requests and enable your camera and microphone as well. Again, the service may request you to create a log in account.

– You can go to www.zoom.us if you would like more information.

As the Elders have discussed many times, this is an unusual time in our history and it will require us to utilize some different tools and methods we are not used to or deeply familiar with.  Remember, we love the Lord and each other and want to use whatever tools we have at our disposal to stay connected to Him and to each other.

And finally, Dale or Charles will be reaching out to you via telephone call to check on you and answer any questions you may have.

Communication is key to helping us get through this time. Please reach out to one of the Pastors or Elders with any concerns or needs you may have.  With our current situation, there may be unexpected needs that may come up and we want to be here to help support you in any way we can.

We love you and are praying for you all!

Your Elders and Pastors

Worship
The Road is a God-centered church in Blue Springs, Missouri that meets every week to worship the Almighty, Triune God of the universe.

Love
We are cultivating deep, Christ exalting relationships in order to fulfill the “one-anothers” of the Bible in each other’s lives and that we might fulfill the words of Jesus in John 13:35.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Serve
We serve our community with acts of love and service. We want them to know that we love them, because Christ first loved us.

Background

Sunday Morning

Beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings, our children meet for a one hour Sunday School class. The children engage with God’s Word in the Bible through lessons, activities, and games that teach the truth of God’s Word. Parents are welcome to attend Adult Sunday School beginning at 9:30 or have a cup of coffee and conversation near the Connect Table. There is also a Youth Sunday School class that meets at 9:30 a.m. as well.
All Sunday School classes will be dismissed at 10:15 a.m.
During the worship service we will have a nursery available for children ages four and under. (Children five-years-old and older are encouraged to worship with their parents.)

The Road Kids

Kingdom Builders

Kingdom Builders is our Wednesday night gathering for children.

Kingdom Builders meets at Lucy Franklin Elementary in Blue Springs. We meet in the Small Gym/Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.

At Kingdom Builders this year we are teaching through a children’s book from Truth78 called God’s Gospel by Jill Nelson.

Parents: Please begin dropping kids off at about 6:50 p.m.

Connect Table

You’ve found it! Just like on Sunday morning, the Connect Table is where you get all your information about the the announcements from the front. You’ll also find our church calendar here.
Background

The Road Global  Outreach

The Road wants the whole world to know and love Jesus Christ. Therefore, we take short-term trips for the sake of the gospel and support people who live and work in cross-cultural settings for the sake of the gospel. If you want to find out what God is doing through The Road Global Outreach, you will find it here.

The Road Local Outreach

We love the community around us with the love that Christ has for them. Because of this, we serve our community in Christ-exalting ways, as God gives us opportunity, in order to help make his love real to those who need it. Our local ministry focuses on teaching the Word of God and serving those who are in need with practical help.

“It is the value of the man on the cross that makes the sacrifice for our sin sufficient.”

(Pastor Charles, Easter 2015)

The Road Mailing Address:

The Road | PO BOX 3013
Grain Valley, MO 64029