Mission Road News



Work has begun on the Congregational Directory for next year. Please take a moment and check your individual or family listing(s) in the draft directory. The mark-up copy can be found on the round table in the Fellowship Hall. If your listing is correct and no changes are required, please write "OK" beside your directory listing. If you are new to the congregation, please make sure we have your name and contact information so we can add your name to the directory. We would also like a picture to include in the directory. Please, talk to Clint Reine or Larry Birkby about adding your name(s) to the directory. Thank you!


Please be aware that as individuals make changes, or swap spots with others, to the worship schedule the Worship Planners and Presiders for the weeks involved need to be informed as well as Clint Reine. A Phone call or email typically suffices. Additionally, changes should be made to the posted Worship Schedule in the 1st Floor Office.


For those unable to be at our business meeting last week, please be aware that in addition to sustaining our current Pastors and electing new officers/leaders. We also approved using our savings to pay off our total congregational debt/loan to International Headquarters which is approximately $42,180. Our savings (Investment Pool Balance) prior to these actions was reported to be $436,200. We also approved a resolution concerning the installation of an elevator (up to $100,000 from our savings).


If you wish "to financially support this project [please] do so by designating on [your] Mission Envelopes the amount [you] want to contribute to the "Elevator Fund.""


Saturday, November 28, 2015 @ 9 AM will be our annual Christmas Decorating Party at the Church. Come and help raise the Greens!


Alex White is again collecting shoes for the Osage City High School students. Please bring some to donate as soon as you can!


As in the past the Mission Road Congregation is supporting the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Central Avenue Center of Hope. We are collecting monetary donations to sponsor the dinner fund. As you know the cost of food keeps going up and the need to serve more meals has also risen. Please come prepared on Sunday to contribute to the CACH Thanksgiving Dinner fund. Please mark you offering envelopes with your donation to the "Central Avenue of Hope".

Thank you for your support.


The Adult Sunday School class has begun studying The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything by Brian D. McLaren each Sunday during the 9:30-10:15 AM Sunday school class hour. In class we’ll take a hard look at the message of Jesus; through new eyes and in-depth discussion. This is a view of Jesus’ message like you’ve rarely heard before…not the Jesus who embraces religion, but the Jesus who threw the money-changers out of the Temple. Not the exclusive Jesus of many religions, but the Jesus who preferred beggars, prostitutes and the outcast to the rabbis, politicians and religious leaders of his day. We’ll study and discuss the radical, revolutionary Jesus who exposes shame, and ignites hope. It’s an epic story of good news for everyone, whatever their gender, race, class, politics, or religion.

Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum, Jennifer Libeer, and Dennis Wood will team-teach the class. Copies of the book can be ordered through Barnes and Nobel or Amazon.com. It is available in paperback or from Amazon.com for the Kindle.

The tentative schedule for the month of November includes:

Sunday, November 22, 2015: Chapter 5 (“The Hidden Message of Jesus”) – class discussion led by Dennis Wood.

Sunday, November 29, 2015: Chapter 6 (“The Medium of the Message”) – class discussion led by Jane Landrum.


If you have news items you would like to have included in the news email please contact Larry Birkby at larry.birkby or call me at 913-488-9235.


The All Good Books discussion group will meet on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Community of Christ (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS) in the Church Library. The book for discussion is "The Dog Who Danced" by Susan Wilson, the same author who wrote "One Good Dog."


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 PM – Saints’ Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:45 PM – The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library. Come join the Prayer Warriors of our congregation.

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (Debbie Rushfelt), come and join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, November 22, 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.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:30-10:15 AM team taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum, Jennifer Libeer and Dennis Wood in Church Library.

· 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, November 22, 2015, 10:30 AM – Paul Bennetts will speak on the theme "Listen to the Truth" with Nadine Bennetts presiding and also serving as worship planner. The ministry of music will be offered by Merrill & Susan Clark.


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

Recently added audio recordings include:

Jack Cave music and message on September 27, 2015, filename 20150927-JCave.mp3

John O’Neal message presented on October 4, 2015, filename 20151004-JONeal.mp3

Jonathan Bacon message presented on October 11, 2015, filename 20151011-JBacon.mp3

Greg Wilson message presented on October 18, 2015, filename 20151018-GWilson.mp3

Margaret Athey message presented on October 25, 2015, filename 20151025-MAthey.mp3

Jerry Rushfelt message presented on November 1, 2015, filename 20151101-GRushfelt.mp3

Rollie & Beth Marolf message presented on November 8, 2015, filename 20151108-R&BMarolf.mp3

Joselyn Odalys Cortes Baptism on November 15, 2015, filename 20151115-JCortes_Baptism.mp3

John O’Neal message presented on November 15, 2015, filename 20151115-JONeal.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.


The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at www.mission-road.org

Facebook Page (public) at https://www.facebook.com/MissionRoad.CoC

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MissionRoad/


The All Good Books discussion group website at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/

Visit and "like" each of these sites to keep up-to-date on congregational news.

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