As was announced a few weeks ago we have instituted a new program to introduce New Hymns from the Community of Christ Sings Hymnal in our services. In order for this to happen in a consistent and organized manner, the following procedure is suggested.

  1. Janice Hedrick will select TWO NEW Hymns for each Sunday in accordance with that date’s worship theme. One month before that date, she will give titles of those two hymns to the Worship Planner and Presider. The Worship Planner or Presider will choose one of the two suggested hymns to be sung by the Congregation in the 10:20 “New Hymn Moment.”
  2. On each Sunday, Worship Planners may or may not use that New Hymn later in the Worship Service.
  3. Implementing this activity will require consistent attention to the following: 10:15 Chimes will “chime” for ending Classes.

10:20 The “New Hymn Moment” will begin.

10:25 Instrumental Prelude begins for Worship.

10:30 Worship Service begins. This is a very tight time-line which behooves ALL to be prompt!

4. Weekly Song Leaders will be listed on the regular monthly worship schedules.

We invite all to come each Sunday, 10:20 AM, to share in the New Hymn Moment.

Thank you for your attention to this new way we can learn some new hymns that can be used to enhance our worship experience. We hope you will find this experience helpful and fun as we learn some new hymns. Perhaps you will discover a new favorite hymn.


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). Notice there’s also a non-attending fee for those who want World Conference materials sent to them (after conference) but cannot attend in person.


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.


Mary and Gary Libeer will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 3-6 PM on May 28, 2016 at the Highlands Community of Christ church (7615 N. Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO.) Sock hop and camp attire is requested along with an RSVP to garylibeer


Lucile Kill will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 3, 2016! We invite you to participate in a card shower for Lucile. Please send a birthday card to:

Lucile Kill
Delmar Gardens of Lenexa
9705 Monrovia, Rm #911B
Lenexa, KS 66215-1564


The All Good Books club will meet on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to discuss Sarah Gruen’s “At the Water’s Edge” at 7 PM in the Church Library.

The schedule of upcoming books (to be discussed) has been updated on the book club’s website at http://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/.


Please consider signing up for the nursery so that we can more easily staff it for our youngest children. Consider it an opportunity to get to know some of the younger families of our congregation and those cute little kids! Please see Caryn Brown or Pam O’Neal about how you can help!


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 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 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 29, 2016 – Session Seven: Behavior that Wounds – discussion led by Jonathan Bacon

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


Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7:00 PM – The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library. Come join the Prayer Warriors of our congregation.

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn and Ron Millard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, May 29, 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 29, 2016, 10:20 AM – Meet in the Sanctuary to learn new hymns from our new hymnal, “Community of Christ Sings.” You will learn a new hymn for use in the morning worship.

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak on the theme “Recognize faith, Wherever It Is Found” with Karen Birkby presiding. Karen will also serve as the worship planner.


  • 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 on 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:

  • 22 May 2016, testimonies by Arlene Leonard, Judy Hennessy, and Kirk Barnhard, filename 20160522-Testimonies.mp3
  • 15 May 2016, message by Melanie Baker, filename 20160515-MBaker.mp3
  • 8 May 2016, message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20160508-JBacon.mp3
  • 1 May 2016, Jeannette Calderia Baptismal Service, filename 20160501-JCaldeira.Baptism.mp3
  • 1 May 2016, message by John O’Neal, filename 20160501-JOneal.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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