Mission Road News



Thanks to everyone who helped and supported the Camp MITIOG Fundraiser Saturday evening. The evening netted the camp $4,021.50. Way to go!!


Underway is the annual congregational paper drive to help the Central Avenue Center of Hope, August 1 – September 25, 2016.

The CACH needs 25,000 of each of the following items for serving food to our clients:

8–9” foam plates; 5–6” dessert plates; 5–7 ounce cups; 5–7 ounce foam cups; 12 ounce foam bowls; 4–6 ounce dessert bowls; napkins, paper towels; and toilet paper.

Our congregation has entered a little friendly competition (we want the trophy that will be given at the Fall Mission Center conference. CACH uses a formula to be fair to all congregations, large or small (the number of items given divided by our September 18th attendance).

The Central Avenue Center of Hope continues to respond to the mission of "abolishing poverty and ending suffering." Thousands of meals are served each year to individuals and families through your continued generosity. Please join us in this important ministry. No gift is too small.


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.


The world church has begun charging local congregations $.45 per month per person to mail offering envelopes to each home. Over a 12 month period that adds up ($5.40 per person per year), especially when multiplied by the number of members in the congregation. If you are giving online (see https://www.cofchrist.org/give) or do not need envelopes sent to your home each month, please contact Pennie Bunkers. She’ll cancel the envelopes and save the congregational funds for other purposes.


The start of school is as close as the middle of August and students need to START school with the necessary school supplies so the next couple of Sundays are crucial! Every year many students go to the first day of class without the supplies they need to be successful. 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 add 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!


Next Sunday, on August 7, 2016, the adult Sunday School class begins reading and discussing Mark Scherer’s The Journey of a People: The Era of Worldwide Community (Volume 3).

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 of Mark A. Scherer’s church history gives readers explanations, stories, anecdotes, and illustrations plus pictures, maps, and illustrations that aid in understanding this period of church history.

If you do not already have the book, it can be ordered direct from Herald House (go to http://www.heraldhouse.org/cart/edit.asp?p=347112).

Class teachers include the usual suspects: Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum, and Dennis Wood. Paul Bennetts will teach the August 7 class.


The All Good Books club will discuss The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown at 7:00 PM, on Thursday, August 11, 2016. The group meets in the Church Library.

For those interested, PBS will air a documentary based on the book on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8 PM.

Be sure to check the book club’s Meeting Dates and Books page at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/ for upcoming meetings and topics.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Library. Come and join your fellow prayer warriors.

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, August 7, 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, August 7, 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. Janice Hedrick will be the song leader.

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM – Arlene Leonard will speak on the theme "Practice Wise Stewardship" with Larry Birkby presiding. Larry will also serve as the worship planner. The ministry of music will be offered by Gloria Giles.


The next Priesthood meeting will be on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM. Mark your calendar!


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:

24 July 2016 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20160724-JBacon.mp3

23 July 2016 Joselyn Cortes’ Quinceanera service, filename 20160723-JCortez.Quinceanera.mp3

17 July 2016 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20160717-GRushfelt.mp3

10 July 2016 message by Clint Reine, filename 20160710-CReine.mp3

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