Mark your calendar now to include a Good Friday Worship Service at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 25, 2016. The service is being planned by Jane Landrum and Jack Cave. Then on Easter Sunday morning (March 27), join us for the annual Mission Road Easter Potluck starting at 8:45 AM. Bring your favorite breakfast dish to share. There will be no Sunday school classes that morning but the children are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt and the adults are invited to enjoy conversation and fellowship. The morning worship service, with Jerry Rushfelt providing the message, will commence at 10:30 AM.


On Sunday, April 10, 2016, the Adult Class will begin discussing the Words of Counsel offered by Prophet-President Veazey at the 2013 World Conference. Following the curriculum offered by the World Church, the schedule for the class follows.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Session One: Foundations for Discernment

Sunday, April 17, 2016 – Session Two: A Divine Vision

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Session Three: Let Nothing Separate You

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Session Four: Continue to Align

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Session Five: Free the Full Capacity

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – Session Six: Oneness and Equality in Christ

Sunday, May 22, 2016 – Session Seven: Behavior that Wounds

Sunday, May 29, 2016 – Session Eight: Wonderful Complexity

Sunday, June 5, 2016 (World Conference)

Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Session Nine: Unity in Diversity

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – Session Ten: God Calls

Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Session Eleven: Spiritually Forming Communities

Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Session Twelve: This Burden and Blessing

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Session Thirteen: Trust in this Promise

Depending on class discussion, we may move through topics more quickly than listed; in order to complete the study before World Conference, but that will be contingent on class discussion.

There will be no text for the class; the instructors will share handouts each week as needed. Jonathan Bacon will lead the first session.


World Conference 2016, with the theme “One in Christ,” runs from June 3-11, 2016. Registration is now open at Registration fees are listed on the website (see the Register tab).


We just scratched the surface in our discussion last week of Fredrik Backman’s “My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry,” so the All Good Books club is carrying the discussion over to next month’s meeting; to be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7 PM. If you haven’t read the book yet, here’s your second chance.

Be sure to visit the website for possible discussion questions at


The second semester of school is well underway, but that doesn’t diminish the need of many disadvantaged students for notebooks, pencils, paper, erasers, markers and all the traditional school items. There is no end date on this request. The Central Avenue Center of Hope can use your donations of school supplies anytime during the year. The need is always greater than the supply. Next time you are shopping, why not buy an extra notebook or package of pencils, erasers, or any school supply and bring to church.


Cheryl Kennedy is pleased to report that silent auction raise $2600.00 and the funds were raised for the five camperships she wanted to sponsor. There are several more camperships that need to be funded. If you are able to help please contact Cheryl.


Steve Holben, Jackson Tijerina’s grandfather, reports that at a 50 year anniversary celebration for The Riverside Congregation in Council Bluffs last weekend, Jackson was running and playing with the other kids in the church yard. Jackson you remember is Steve & Laurie Holben’s grandson and he had a serious tumor removed from around his brain stem only 4 weeks before. Jackson is a witness to the power of prayer and God’s blessings in the lives of each of us. Remember to Thank God for the blessings in your life.


We are collecting good new or used socks for the students at Osage City High School. Your past donations of shoes are gratefully appreciated; now we need socks! Please bring your donations of new or used (but still useful) socks to church this Sunday.


The Adult Sunday School class will wrap-up studying "The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything"by Brian D. McLaren over the next couple of Sundays during the 9:30-10:15 AM Sunday school hour.

Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum, Jennifer Libeer, and Dennis Wood are team teaching the class.

The schedule for the next few weeks follows:

Sunday, March 20, 2016 – Jonathan Bacon, Chapter 20 (The Harvest of the Kingdom)

Sunday, March 27, 2016 – (Easter Sunday), no class, Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast

Sunday, April 3, 2016 – Paul Bennetts, Chapter 21 (Seeing The Kingdom) plus (if time allows) Afterward and Appendix 1 (Why Didn’t We See It Sooner?) & Appendix 2 (Plotting Goodness)


Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM – The Mission Bells will rehearse in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:15 PM – Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:35 PM – The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library. Come join the Prayer Warriors of our congregation.

If you are not able to join the Prayer Warriors at church, please schedule time to remember those on our prayer list. Prayer is a strong power we each can use to support one another. Prayer Works!

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene and Lee Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 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) studying Bible stories.

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 10:30 AM – Larry Birkby will speak on the theme "Witness the Joyful Entry" with Karen Birkby presiding and serving as the worship planner. The ministry of music will be provided by the Mission Bells.

REMEMBER: Friday, March 25, 7:00 PM – Good Friday Service planned by Jane Landrum and Jack Cave. The Saints’ Chorale will provide the ministry of music.


Sr. High Camp: June 12-17

Doniphan Reunion: June 21-26

Junior Camp: July 5-9

Youth Quest KC: July 7-9

Chihowa Reunion: July 10-15

MITIOG: July 24-29

Spectacular: July 23-30

Middle School Camp: July 31-August 5

Online Registration is now available on the Mission Center website! Online registration is available for Camps and Reunion at

Under "Youth Camp and Reunion Registration" click on the Green Button

If you have questions call Larry & Karen or Pennie.

Summer Camp information booklets are on the table in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to know more about the Summer Camps, please pick up a copy.


Would you like to hear the message from last Sunday or a Sunday service from 3 years ago? Audio recordings of many of the last several years’ worth of worship services are available online at Note this is a new shortened URL that will take you to a Google Drive with many of the recordings from the past.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (2015, 2016, and so on).

If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the date of the service.

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. Enjoy!

Some of the recent audio recordings are listed below:

13 March 2016, message by John O’Neal, filename 20160313-JOneal.mp3

6 March 2016, message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20160306-KBarnhard.mp3

28 February 2016, message by Jonathan Bacon and panel of Adult Sunday School Teachers, filename 20160228-JBacon-Four.Panelists.mp3

21 February 2016, message by Jack Cave, filename 20160221-JCave.mp3

14 February 2016, message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 20160214-JLibeer.mp3

6 February 2016, message by Avis Garrett-Baptist, filename 20160206-ABaptist.mp3


The Mission Road Congregation hosts the following social media sites:

Congregational (public) website at

Facebook Page (public) at

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at

The All Good Books discussion group website at

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


If you have news items and calendar additions or changes that need to be included in the congregational news email please contact Larry Birkby. His email address and phone number are both in the Church Directory

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