Mission Road News



We need your help! This coming week, you’re invited and encouraged to bring school supplies to church in support of our annual drive. Needed: Paper, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, and all the usual supplies that children need for the start of school. Picking up supplies for your own child? Get some extras and bring to church this Sunday. Grocery shopping this week? Find the school supply aisle and grab some supplies for children who need more than their families can supply! If you are blessed, pass it on.


Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, August 30, 2015 at 5 PM for the Annual Mission Road Ice Cream Social! The children’s Sunday school class made a signup sheet, which is on the bulletin board. Signup soon so we can make this another great Mission Road Ice Cream Social.


If you like to sing and want to share your talent, come join the Saint’s Chorale, a group of dedicated, loyal, and caring people. New members are welcome and we hope to see all members from last year return for the 2015/2016 season. If you have friends that like to sing and are not members of our church and would like to join a choir, please invite them to join our choir.

The new season will begin with the first rehearsal on Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. Our first Performance will be on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Our heartfelt THANKS to Janice Hedrick for the many years of leadership she provided for the Choir, truly an era to cherish! A big welcome to Jack Cave who has accepted the major responsibility as the new Saint’s Chorale Director.

A special thank you to ALL the musicians who so willingly give of their time and talent to enhance the Mission Road Worship experience. Y’all Rock! (According to Charles Athey, Music Coordinator)


Musicians wanted! You are invited to be a part of the Mission Bells this coming season. We perform on the third Sunday of each month and rehearse two or three Monday evenings per month beginning September 14, 2015 at 7 PM. Tutoring is available on hand bells. The ability to read music is needed. Contact Dorothy Kelly May if you have questions.


From Barbara Borkowski, Central USA Mission President. Midlands USA Interim Mission President: Dear Friends, I just wanted to share information about the new pilot “Ministry of the Elder.” If you have individuals who need this class prior to ordination…this is a great way for it to happen!

September 5–November 27, 2015 “Ministry of the Elder” Temple School Class offered through eLearning. Temple School will offer a pilot of the new course “Ministry of the Elder” as an 8-week online class through the new Community of Christ eLearning. Registration begins August 5 at 8:00am (Central Time) and ends September 5. This class is limited to 20 people.

To be eligible, students need to:

• Have access to a computer or tablet with high-speed Internet access

• Be able to dedicate 1.5 hours each week (8 weeks) Sept. 5-Nov. 27, 2015

• Pay the reduced pilot fee of $15 (credit or debit card) by calling Herald House Customer Service toll free at 800-767-8181 or locally at (816) 833-1000 x 1004


The Adult Sunday School class is studying Mark Scherer’s "The Journey of a People: The Era of Reorganization, 1844 to 1946." On Sunday, the class will begin discussing Chapter 14 (“The Peak of Leadership in the Presidency”). Dennis Wood will lead the class discussion.

In addition, class members are invited to consider topics for the next Adult Sunday school class. We anticipate completing Volume 2 of the church history (by Mark A. Scherer) by mid-October. In order to allow time for class teachers to prepare, we would like to settle on a class topic over the next few weeks. Suggestions to date include studying:

1. The life and letters of Paul

2. What did Jesus really say in the scriptures and

3. Live, Love, Share: Visibly One in Christ: a six-lesson text that includes articles and readings related to words of counsel presented at Community of Christ World Conference 2013. It explores liberating disruption, covenant principles for priesthood ministry, faithful disagreement, generosity, and commitment and response. Recommended 2015 reunion resource

4. What would you add to the list? Contact Education and Communication Coordinator Jonathan Bacon with suggestions.


A wedding shower will be held on August 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM for Alisa Morse and Bill Johnson in the church library. Please plan to attend.


On August 26th, Violet Lorenz, a member of Mission Road, will celebrate her 106th birthday. She is surely our congregation’s oldest member. Her memory has failed, but she still enjoyed a greeting card. Please, remember Violet with a Birthday Card.

Violet Lorenz

Overland Park Nursing and Rehab Center

6501 West 75th Street, Room #201

Overland Park, KS 66204-3017


The Central Avenue Center of Hope Paper Drive begins on September 1 and runs through October 25, 2015. Needed: plates, napkins, cups, spoons, forks, toilet paper, and paper towels. What can you provide?


Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 7:00 PM – The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (Lee and Arlene Leonard), come and join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:30 AM – Sunday school classes for children and adults.

· Nursery available – 9:30-11:30 AM in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:30-10:15 AM taught by Robin Payne

· God’s Kids – 9:30-11:30 AM – Children’s Library (Second Sunday of the Month Only) starting a study of the Book of Mormon.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak on the theme "Prepare!" with Ron Millard presiding. Ron will also serve as worship planner. Cheryl Kennedy will offer the ministry of music.


The next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will be held Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Community of Christ (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS) in the Church Library. The book we will discuss is "We Are Called to Rise" by Laura McBride.


Our congregational worship audio recordings are hosted online at https://copy.com/ej21J9e1xKOCiJwX

Recently added audio recordings include:

Larry Birkby message presented on July 5, 2015, filename 20150705-LBirkby.mp3

Brian Libeer message presented on July 12, 2015, filename 20150712-BLibeer.mp3

Paul Bennetts message presented on July 19, 2015, filename 20150719-PBennetts.mp3

Jonathan Bacon message presented on July 26, 2015, filename 20150726-JBacon.mp3

Margaret Athey message presented on August 2, 2015, filename 20150802-MAthey.mp3

Avis Garrett-Baptist message presented on August 9, 2015, filename 20150809-ABaptist.mp3

Richard Emslie message presented on August 16, 2015, filename 20150816-REmslie.mp3

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the Sunday of the audio recordings. 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.

Audio recordings 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.

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