The start of school is not as far away as you might think. Every year many students go to the first day of class without the supplies they need to be successful in the coming school year. Now’s the time you can help by buying and bringing supplies to help students succeed.

There’s a table in the Narthex where you can deposit your contribution of school supplies. Further, there’s a handout with typical supplies for grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Even without the list, we can assure you the following items are in great demand for elementary school students: boxes of Kleenex, boxes of #2 pencils (24 count), boxes of crayons (24 count), Clorox wipes, bottles of hand sanitizer, black dry erasers, composition notebooks, pink erasers, small ear buds, pencil bags, quart zip lock bags, package of glue sticks, pages of index cards, children’s scissors, packages of multicolor construction paper and more!

Help a child with the supplies they need for school success!


Based on the vote last Sunday by the adult Sunday School class, the adults will begin reading and discussing Mark Scherer’s The Journey of a People: The Era of Worldwide Community (Volume 3) on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

The 685-page book (20 chapters) recounts the church and its journey from 1946-2015. It focuses on the church’s evolution from Latter Day Saint identity to worldwide community. The third and final volume in this popular series by Mark A. Scherer gives readers explanations, stories, anecdotes, and illustrations. In addition pictures, maps, and illustrations add another dimension to understanding this period of history.

The book costs $34.95 plus tax and to save shipping ($9) per book, Jonathan Bacon will pickup copies but you’ll need to let him know you want a copy no later than this coming Sunday, July 24, 2016. That will enable us to get the books handed out on Sunday, July 31; the week before the class starts.


You’re invited! We will have a special worship on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the afternoon with Joselyn and her family as the religious ceremony portion of her Quinceanera! Please come and worship and fellowship with all here at Mission Road! Robin Payne will be presiding with both Avis Garrett-Baptist and Clint Reine speaking. The congregation is also invited to the Reception at the Knights of Columbus, 11221 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203 immediately following. Food will be served at the Reception from 4:00 pm to 6:00 PM and the Dancing will be from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM!


Please email (mrcoc ) or provide Clint with a written update to any addresses or name changes for the congregational directory or newsletter mailing list. Certain college students and a few others have moved since October/November of last year and we are getting a number of newsletters returned for incorrect address information. In short order there will be a final proof copy of the directory made available in the fellowship hall for you to have one final check. NOW is the time to send Clint any new information that has obviously changed.


Get your tickets (contact Kennetha, Caryn or Marge) for the Saturday, July 30, 2016 CAMP MITIOG Fundraiser at Mission Road. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to have Camps for Kids match funds collected for MITIOG. Our congregation will host a Show and Share Dinner on the 30th. You can buy a seat at the table or a complete table space ($100 for 8 people; only one remains) If you buy an entire table you can then decorate it with a theme of your choice. If you 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 including such items as jewelry, Royals tickets, a pie, a handbag, an ostrich egg, a bag pipe performance, AMC movie passes, brand new books (for children and adults) and a hand-crafted ceramic vase. Music CDs (both contemporary Christian music and Pop music) and DVDs will also be for sale ($1 each for the CDs).

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.


We are asking for donations for the silent auction at the MITIOG Fundraiser. If you have something you would like to donate, big or small, please contact Kennetha Kuttler as soon as possible. Many thanks!


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/.


Over the next two weeks, the Adult Sunday school class will wrap up discussion of the “Words of Counsel” which after World Conference approval is now section 165 of the Doctrine and Covenants. The remaining class sessions are listed below:

Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Session Twelve: This Burden and Blessing – discussion led by Paul Bennetts.

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


Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Library. Come and join your fellow prayer warriors.

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books club meets in the Church Library to discuss Therese Park’s “Gift of the Emperor.” Come and join the discussion.

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene and Lee Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, July 24, 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, July 24, 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, July 24, 2016, 10:30 AM – Jonathan Bacon will speak on the theme "Ask, Search, Knock" with Jack Cave presiding. Jack will also serve as the worship planner. The ministry of music will be offered by the String Ensemble.


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 July 2016 message by Clint Reine, filename 20160710-CReine

3 July 2016, message by Brian Libeer, filename 20160703-BLibeer.mp3

26 June 2016, message by Larry Birkby, filename 20160626-LBirkby.mp3

19 June 2016, message by Ron Millard, filename 20160619-RMillard.mp3

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


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.


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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