Everything you want to know about this year's
special projects and events!
Missions Fair and Living 6:8 Photos:
1950s Living History Video
Old Mission's 75th Anniversary made the Kansas City Star! Read about it here:
Shawnee Mission Post also covered our upcoming festivities. You can read about it here:
ARTICLE FROM GPCONNECT:
Suburban Kansas City Church Celebrates 75th Anniversary
After 75 years of consistent and faithful gifts of time, talent and money to help others, what does a church do next? Throw a party! And prepare to move on to the next 75 years.
Fellowship Hall at Old Mission United Methodist Church in Fairway, Kansas was jam-packed following worship on April 30. Following an uplifting worship service that focused on the church’s DNA of helping others, the congregation celebrated afterwards at a Missions Fair held in honor of 75 years of service to the community, nation and world. Fair-goers enjoyed a taco bar, live music and games for children as they learned about new opportunities to volunteer with various mission groups and non-profit agencies supported by the church and its members. Old Mission bakers provided a stunning array of delectable desserts for a bake-off contest and sampling.
Even then, the service to others did not take a pause: Helpers of all ages made cloth dolls for Children’s Mercy Hospital and tray favors for Meals on Wheels. They dropped off donations of children’s books and healthy snacks for delivery to a local elementary school. These activities were part of the church’s fifth year of Living 6:8, when Old Mission lives out its vision of taking the church to people by doing community and mission projects. (Living 6:8 is named after the Bible verse Micah 6:8).
Organizers hung a service project timeline in the church office hallway to remind the congregation of its impressive history of helping others over seven and a half decades.
A few highlights on it:
A Prison Fellowship Ministry representative at the fair praised the congregation’s years of support for her group’s Angel Tree Ministry, which provides Christmas gifts to children of prisoners. Volunteers like these are “the hands and feet” of Jesus, she said.
During worship, Dr. Michael Gardner, senior pastor, underscored that the church has no plans to rest from its work in meeting the need: “We worship God in order to get ready to serve the world,” Gardner told the congregation. “We come from serving the world to this place of worship to connect with Jesus and one another and to prepare to go out and do it all over again.”
Old Mission is the only church in Fairway and is a landmark stone structure along a busy highway in Northeast Johnson County. The Missions Fair is one of several activities the church has planned in conjunction with its 75th anniversary. The big celebration is in September with food trucks, music and activities for children on Sept. 16 and two music-filled worship services with a commissioned anthem on Sept. 17.
Old Mission members have completed a fund drive to replace the church’s 10 huge sanctuary windows and the steeple windows in time for the September events. Living history videos are being shown in worship and a children’s commemorative book is in the works.
SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER 16 AND 17, 2017
Old Mission’s 75th celebration continues throughout this year with living history videos shown periodically in worship, a commemorative children’s book, a Missions Fair April 30 (combined with Living 6:8) and new sanctuary windows, to be installed in late summer.
The celebration culminates in a special anniversary weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 16, join in the outdoor fun with activities for children, food trucks, and music. On Sunday, Sept. 17, Dr. Gardner and current and former Old Mission clergy will lead two music-filled worship services. All Old Mission musical ensembles will play, sing and ring.
A choral anthem has been commissioned for our Chancel Choir for the worship celebration by Dr. Paul A. Aitken, Director of Worship Arts and Composer in Residence at Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise, Idaho, a United Methodist congregation.
If you'd like to join the choir for the new work, contact Karen Eisele at firstname.lastname@example.org for music and details on rehearsal, Sept. 16.
Please make plans to join us in September to celebrate 75 years!
OLD MISSION HERITAGE
Our founders conceived Old MissionIn nineteen forty-two, We met at the Fairway Theater The members just a few.As our congregation multiplied It was very soon understood That a church must be built Of concrete, stone, and wood.The land was purchased, A cornerstone laid At Shawnee Mission Parkway Where Indians once played. In Patton Parlor and Hanson Hall We sat on folding chairs, It wasn't very fancy But God listened to our prayers. A sanctuary and a Chapel, New parking lot to share, A beautiful pipe organ, All answers to our prayer. A church must have good ministers, If it is going to last. We certainly have had our share of them, A really all star cast Now it's not the edifice That makes a church so dear But all the congregation And work we're doing here.All through these many years, Since that auspicious start. A real Old Mission Church is found In every member's heart.
Shirley Brown Swedlund Charter Member
Capital Campaign Announcement
The Capital Campaign Committee of the Old Mission 75th Anniversary Celebration team would like to thank all donors for your pledges and contributions. Thanks to your generosity we have exceeded our goal. The 75th Anniversary Capital Campaign total announced March 12, 2017 was $262,513.16! Please be sure all donations are in by July 1, 2017, so we can complete the project by our 75th Anniversary.