Mission Road News


Ina Fite will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 24, 2016! We invite you to participate in a card shower for Ina. Please send a birthday card to:

Ina Fite

13800 W. 116th St., Apt. 2114

Olathe, KS 66062-7833

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, we will have a cake and punch reception for Ina immediately following the Sunday morning worship service. Please join us in greeting Ina and wishing her a happy year!


Save the Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016. As you may already know the Camp for Kids organization is matching donations made to CAMP MITIOG. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to capitalize on the generosity of this group. Therefore, we will be hosting a Show and Share Dinner. Participants will buy a seat at a table. If they buy a complete table space ($100. – 8 people) they will then decorate the table with a theme of their choice. If they share a table with others, all those sponsoring the table will work together to decorate it. The evening will also include a silent auction in conjunction with the meal. Members of the CAMP MITIOG board will present the entertainment and an evening of information. The cost for each chair space will be $12.50. Checks need to be in by July 24th to assure your donation is matched. Remember it is a charitable donation and Camp for Kids will match the funds you donate when you purchase a seat or table. Please purchase your place at a table early and contact Karen, Caryn or Marge with questions and your donation to the silent auction.


Please know that any member of the congregation can post prayer requests or share information about members and events on the Mission Road Members Only Facebook page. You do not need to send the information for approval to anyone. In fact doing so may slow down the dissemination of your request. Be sure to include the person needing prayers and what situation has occurred (if you wish to share that information). If your post concerns an event or news item, be sure to include the basics in your posting (such as who, what, where and when).

For prayer requests, if you do not have access to Facebook, then please call Paul Bennetts or John Trinkl Sr., our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinators.


Join us at the Mission Road Congregation for Vacation Bible School, 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, July 11-14, 2016. This year’s VBS theme is “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”


Vacation Bible School is in need to brown paper bags (grocery store type). If yu have any to donate, please bring to the church anytime between now and July 10.


You are invited to a birthday party for Eleanor Sandy on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Lenexa Congregation of the Community of Christ. Eleanor’s daughters, Gail and Nancy, are planning the event to celebrate their Mother’s 90th birthday. Mark your calendar today.


The All Good Books club will discuss Theresa Park’s book, “A Gift of the Emperor,” at the next meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016 (7 PM in the Church Library). Notice that the date is one week later than the regular meeting day of the month.

The group has also changed the November 2016 meeting to the third Thursday of the month (we normally meet on the second Thursday), so as you plan ahead be sure to check the book club’s Meeting Dates and Books page at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.


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!


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, June 19, 2016 – Session Nine: Unity in Diversity – discussion led by Jane Landrum

Sunday, June 26, 2016 – NEW: discussion of 2016 World Conference led by John O’Neal (open to everyone, all delegates and attendees are invited to share their experiences)

Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Session Ten: God Calls – discussion led by Dennis Wood

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – NEW: Priesthood meeting starts at 9 AM, everyone invited to attend.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Session Eleven: Spiritually Forming Communities – discussion led by Dennis Wood

Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Session Twelve: This Burden and Blessing – TBA.

Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Session Thirteen: Trust in this Promise – discussion led by Jonathan Bacon


Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Sanctuary. Come and join your fellow prayer warriors.

Sunday, June 19, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen & Larry Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, June 19, 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 in June by Debbie Rushfelt with Robin Payne returning in July.
  • 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, June 19, 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, June 19, 2016, 10:30 AM – Ron Millard will speak on the theme "Declare God’s Goodness" with Jeremy Strom presiding. Debbie Rushfelt will serve as the worship planner. The Ministry of music will be offered by Jean Bink and Susan Clark.


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:

12 June 2016, message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 20160612-JLibeer.mp3

29 May 2016, message by Steve Holben, filename 20160529-SHolben.mp3

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 Caldeira 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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