This Week’s Calendar of Events


Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 9:30-10:30 AM – SPECIAL REHEARSAL for all children participating in the Vesper service on Sunday the 14th. This rehearsal is VERY important for all children; it will be the time for wearing costumes and, also, the Readers will practice using a microphone.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 8:45 AM – Donuts & Coffee Breakfast (Ron Millard), join the informal conversations in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 9:30 AM – Sunday School Classes for children and adults.

  • Nursery available – 9:30-11:30 AM in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Christmas Program Rehearsal (ages 5-15) – 9:30-10:10 AM
  • Adult Class will meet in the Church Library – 9:25 (early start) to 10:15 AM.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 10:30 AM – Bruce Rider will speak on the theme “Rejoice in the Lord (Joy)” with Robin Payne presiding. Debbie Rushfelt will serve as worship planner. Saints Chorale will offer the ministry of music.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 5:30 PM – Christmas Vesper Service, with music readings, and a visit from a special guest (and snacks) after the service.


The class will continue the discussion of the Book of Mormon facilitated by Jonathan Bacon.


Plan to attend the Mission Road 2014 Vesper Service this Sunday, December 14 starting at 5:30 PM. The children in our congregation, have been practicing music and readings, and will be among the participants in the service. A reception with cookies will follow and we expect a special guest to appear.


Volunteers needed to bring cookies on Sunday, December 14 for the 5:30 PM Vesper Service. The cookies will be the snack after the service when a special guest is expected to meet with the children. Contact Kennetha Kuttler if you have questions.


Needed: Mittens, scarfs, coats, hats…any winter clothing. Please remember those in need during this very cold season of the year. All items added to the Mitten Tree will be donated to the Central Avenue Center of Hope for distribution to the homeless and needy.


Tags were distributed Sunday for Christmas gifts but more are available. Contact the McLaughlins with questions or to obtain a tag brendamcl68). The tags identify the gender and age of the recipients. All donations are due back on Sunday, December 21, 2014 and the gifts will be distributed through the Central Avenue Center of Hope.


The Children’s Pre-Baptismal class will resume on December 21st and conclude either January 18 or 25, 2015. The class is not being held until the 21st so the children can participate in the rehearsal for the Christmas program.


In December, there will be no Art Group meetings because of the Christmas holiday. However, in January the meetings will resume and all are invited to the Church Art Group, which is held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of each month at the Avis and Jeremy Baptist Home from 6:00-9:00 PM. You do not have to be an artist to attend; only a willingness to try is necessary.


Our congregational worship service podcasts are hosted online at

Recently added podcasts include:

Melanie Baker’s message on November 2, 2014, filename 20141102-MBaker.mp3

John O’Neal’s message on November 9, 2014, filename 20141109-JONeal.mp3

Ted Scott’s message on November 16, 2014, filename 20141116-TScott.mp3

Gerald Rushfelt’s message on November 23, 2014, filename 20141123-GRushfelt.mp3

Phil Hedrick’s message on November 30, 2014, filename 20141130-PhilHedrick.mp3

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the Sunday of the podcast. The first 4 digits represent the year, the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month. In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker.

Podcasts from previous years are located in folders corresponding to the year (2005, 2006, 2007, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.


We will be taking down all of our Christmas decorations on Sunday, December 28, 2014 after the morning worship service. Please Sign up to help! We need your help so please sign upon the form posted in the Narthex (Hallway)!


The book club will not meet in December. The next meeting of the All Good Books Club is at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Leawood Pioneer Library (4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS) to discuss “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin.

Start reading now so you can join the discussion!

For information on upcoming book club dates and titles, plus a list of past reads, check out the book club’s website at


No meeting in December, but will resume in January. Do you have a Ukulele in your closet or ever wanted to learn to play? You’re invited to join a fun, social group that learning to play the Ukulele! The Ukulele Group meets at 6:30 PM on the first Thursday of every month. Part of the fun is sharing a potluck meal together as well! Contact Avis Garrett-Baptist for more information!


Please remember that all order of worships and any bulletin announcements are due one week prior to your worship service date. The musicians, pianist, PowerPoint person, printing and folding process, and many others need preparation time for their portion of the service. Everyone understands there may be unusual circumstances that require a worship planner and presider to be late occasionally. Please remember early preparation helps everyone to be in the appropriate spiritual place to contribute effectively to the worship experience. This has been our deadline for 20 years now.

Also please remember that it is generally the responsibility of the worship planner to consult the worship helps, designed the general worship experience, and call the individuals listed as participants that are on the quarterly worship schedule. The presider should be involved in this process and assist in this process as much as possible as well as execute the service plan.

Additionally please consult your pianist/organist as well as the Mission Bells and Saints Chorale directors as early as possible; two weeks would be ideal. These individuals can help in hymn selection, and placement of their groups music pieces in the best place during the service. It also gives the pianist/organist time to practice, versus sight read, the hymns.

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