Mission Road News



Since we just scratched the surface of Fredrik Backman’s "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry" at the last meeting of the All Good Books club, we’ll continue discussing the novel on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7 PM.

Be sure to visit the website for possible discussion questions at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/why-my-grandmother-asked-me-to-tell-you-shes-sorry/


The Adult Class has begun discussing the “Words of Counsel” offered by Prophet-President Veazey at the April 2013 World Conference. There will be no text for the class other than occasional handouts. Following the curriculum offered by the World Church, the schedule for upcoming classes follows (may change depending on class discussion).

Sunday, April 17, 2016 – Session Two: A Divine Vision – discussion led by Jane Landrum

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Session Three: Let Nothing Separate You – discussion led by Paul Bennetts

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Baptismal Service, no class!

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Session Four: Continue to Align Communities – discussion led by Paul Bennetts

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – Session Five: Free the Full Capacity – discussion led by Jonathan Bacon (KU Graduation, Paul gone)

Sunday, May 22, 2016 -Session Six: Oneness and Equality in Christ – discussion led by Jane Landrum

Sunday, May 29, 2016 – Session Seven: Behavior that Wounds – discussion led by Dennis Wood

Sunday, June 5, 2016 (World Conference)

Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Session Eight: Wonderful Complexity – discussion led by Paul Bennetts

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – Session Nine: Unity in Diversity – discussion led by Jane Landrum (Paul gone)

Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Session Ten: God Calls – discussion led by Jonathan Bacon (Paul gone)

Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Session Eleven: Spiritually Forming Communities – discussion led by Dennis Wood (Paul gone)

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Session Twelve: This Burden and Blessing – discussion led by Jonathan Bacon (Paul gone)

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Session Thirteen: Trust in this Promise – discussion led by Dennis Wood


"For Everyone Born: A Place in the Story" is back by popular demand! After last year’s bus tour, Barbara Walden and Peter Smith agreed to repeat the 14-day tour 3–16 October 2016. Explore the diverse people and experiences within the community of Christ story, witnessing or 185-year history of practicing unity in diversity in the worth of all persons. Worship in the Kirtland temple and Palmyra’s sacred grove. Learn about the history of Nauvoo, Plano, and Lamoni. Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Women’s Rights National Historic Park; Gettysburg; Washington, DC; colonial Williamsburg; and much more! Tour price is $1,799 per person for double occupancy, $2,599 per person single occupancy. Price includes luxury bus transportation from Independence, Missouri area, lodging, tour fees, and most meals. Reservation forms and a full tour itinerary are available on the Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation website, or contact Linda Etchison at (217) 453–2246. Seating is limited. Reserve your place today!


Camp MITIOG has been accepted as a recipient of matching funds from the Camps for Kids organization in 2016. This means that for every dollar donated, Camps for Kids will match the donation up to $1,500 per donation made before July 31, 2016.

This is a fantastic opportunity for campers, because even a $20 donation will go twice as far in providing a quality American Camping Association accredited camp. Camp MITIOG has $17,000 designated in matching funds this year. Please help us match all of that money. If you are contemplating making a donation to this wonderful cause "NOW" is the time to maximize the benefits of your donation.

Please send all donations made payable to: Camps for Kids – MITIOG. Mail the contributions to Camp MITIOG, c/o Camps for Kids, 8014 State Line Road, Suite 103, Leawood, KS 64208. Be sure to write in the memo section of the check or money order: For Camp MITIOG.


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.


The CACH desperately needs pantry items to share with the needy families they serve. Food pantry items: Pork & Beans, Pinto Beans (dry or canned), Spaghetti Sauce.

Kitchen items: kitchen trash bags, bleach, and dish soap.

Thrift Store items: Kitchen items, Linens, and summer things.

Thank you for your continued support of Central Avenue Center of Hope.


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.


World Conference 2016, with the theme "One in Christ", runs from June 3-11, 2016. Registration is now open at www.cofchrist.org/2016-world-conference. Registration fees are listed on the website (see the Register tab).


Monday, April 11, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM – The Mission Bells will rehearse in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6:30 – Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:35 PM – The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library. Come join the Prayer Warriors of our congregation.

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books club will meet in the Church Library to discuss “"My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry" by Fredrik Backman.

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Alisa and Bill Johnson), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, April 10, 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 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, April 10, 2016, 10:30 AM – Greg Stollsteimer will speak on the theme "Follow Me" with Jane Landrum presiding. Jane will also serve as the worship planner. The ministry of music to offered by the Mission Bells.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 9:30 AM – Baptismal Service. Anyone, who may be considering joining the church, should contact Larry or Karen about this opportunity. There will not be any Sunday school class this Sunday so everyone can share in this sacrament. Conformation will follow during the 10:30 worship service along with our regular communion service. Please plan to join us for this celebration.


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 www.midlandsmc.org

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 https://goo.gl/wREl03. 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!

NOTE: If you experience problems playing these audio files be sure you’re running the latest version of your browser or try a different browser. In some cases, you may be required to download the audio file before playing it.

Some of the recent audio recordings are listed below:

10 April 2016, message by Jill Strom, filename 20160410_JillStrom.mp3

3 April 2016, message by Jack Cave, filename20160403_JCave.mp3

27 March 2016, Easter message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20160327-Easter;GRushfelt.mp3

25 March 2016, Good Friday service with Saints Chorale, filename 20160327-Good.Friday.mp3

20 March 2016, message by Larry Birkby, filename 20160320-LBirkby.mp3

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

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


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.


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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