Mission Road News



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.


Because of World Conference, there will be no morning worship at the Mission Road Congregation on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Instead, all are invited to worship at World Conference, held at the Auditorium and Temple in Independence, Missouri.


To help everyone learn hymns from the new “Community of Christ Sings” hymnal, you’re invited to join us in the church sanctuary at 10:22 AM every Sunday Morning. The new hymn will be sung later in the morning worship service. Come enjoy the experience and learn new hymns with your church friends.


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


The All Good Books club will meet on Thursday, May 12, 2016 to discuss Fredrik Backman’s "A Man Called Ove" at 7 PM in the Church Library.

To view the schedule of upcoming books (to be discussed) visit the book club’s website at http://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/


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, 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

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, no church at Mission Road)

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

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

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

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

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 our 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!


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, May 2, 2016, 9:00-10:30 AM – One of the Mission Center presidents will be present for a "COFFEE" in the Fellowship Hall to chat about what is happening in the Mission Center, World Church and in our congregation and life. All are welcome!

Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM – The Mission Bells will rehearse in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:30 – Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:35 PM – The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library. Come join the Prayer Warriors of our congregation.

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Bob Andes), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Sunday School Classes

  • 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, May 8, 2016, 10:30 AM – Jonathan Bacon will speak on the theme "Proclaim Jesus Christ" with Steve Holben presiding. Steve will also serve as the worship planner. The ministry of music will be offered by the Saints’ Chorale. This will be the last service of the spring for the Saints’ Chorale until fall.


Sr. High Camp: June 12-17

Doniphan Reunion: June 21-26, Guest Minister Mike Hoffman, Lach MacKay and our new Apostle Janne Grover visiting with special Midlands Conference on Saturday, June 25, 7:00-8:15 PM.

Junior Camp: July 5-9

Youth Quest KC: July 7-9

Chihowa Reunion: July 10-15, Guest Minister Matt Frizzel with Janne Grover visiting n Monday

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:

1 May 2016, message by John O’Neal, filename 20160501-JOneal.mp3

24 April 2016, message by Bruce Rider, filename 20160424-BRider.mp3

17 April 2016, message by Greg Stollsteimer, filename GStollsteimer.mp3

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

3 April 2016, message by Jack Cave, filename20160403_JCave.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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