You are invited to the Adult Gathering Event on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 8:30 AM until 3 PM at the Good Shepherd Community of Christ (4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133). The theme will be “Now in This Moment” with speakers Matt Purcell and Janné Grover. Final registration date is September 26, 2016. Please register ($8 cost) by calling 816-833-4300.


Come and be part of “Sing for Peace” on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 2:30 PM in the Community of Christ Temple Sanctuary. This event is part of the "Concert across America to End Gun Violence.” See In the Kansas City area it is sponsored by the Community of Christ and the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The concert will feature Jan Kraybill, principal organist, Community of Christ, The Trinity Choir, Soulful Praise Ensemble, and others in memory of the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence. Music is central to how we offer worship, praise, teach scripture, and promote peace and love. Let’s join together and lift our voices to raise awareness among our congregations, families and friends about the importance of preventing gun violence.


The next book selection for the All Good Books discussion group is “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House” by Kate Andersen Brower. We’ll discuss this non-fiction work at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 13, 2016 in the Church Library. You can always find a schedule of upcoming book discussions at Come join us!


We are now following this schedule listed below:

  • Breakfast 8:45 AM join us for conversation & fellowship.
  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Robin Payne.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, team taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in Church Library.
  • God’s Kids – 9:15-11:30 AM – Children’s Library (Second Sunday of the Month Only) studying Bible stories.
  • Morning Worship – 10:30 AM – The “Learn a new Community of Christ hymn activity will be incorporated into the morning worship. This may mean that at times the morning service goes 5-10 minutes beyond the anticipated 11:30 closing time.

In summary, breakfast starts 15 minutes earlier allowing adult and children’s Sunday school classes to begin 15 minutes earlier. The net result is the Sunday school hour will be extended to 60 minutes from the current 45 minutes.


The adult Sunday School class (9:15-10:15 AM on Sunday mornings) has begun reading and discussing Mark Scherer’s The Journey of a People: The Era of Worldwide Community (Volume 3). Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum, and Dennis Wood will teach the class.

For next Sunday, September 25, 2016, the class will discuss Chapter 6 (“State of the Church on the Cusp of a New Day”). Please read and be prepared for the discussion led by Jonathan Bacon.

Also mark your calendar for Sunday, October 9, 2017 when Mark Scherer, former Community of Christ Church Historian and author of the three volume set of church history, will meet with the class and offer the morning message during the 10:30 AM worship service.


Remember the annual congregational paper drive to help the Central Avenue Center of Hope, is still underway until next Sunday, 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.

Thousands of meals are served each year to individuals and families through your continued generosity. Please join CACH in this important ministry. No gift is too small.


Mark Saturday October 8, 2016 on your calendar as the date for the Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference. The theme will be "A Bright Future" The conference will be held at the Olathe Congregation, 15520 Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS from 10 am -4pm.

Guest Ministers are Apostle Janné Grover ,Seventy John Wright and Field Support Specialist Barbara Borkowski.


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.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:30 PM – The Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Library. Come and join your fellow prayer warriors.

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Bob Andes), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 – Sunday School Classes

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Robin Payne.
  • Children’s Pre-baptismal Class begins – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Debby Rushfelt
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, team taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in Church Library.

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10:30 AM – Jennifer Libeer will speak on the theme "Generosity: Motivated by Love" with Steve Holben presiding. Dennis Wood will serve as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Margaret Athey. Mission Bells will offer the ministry of music.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30 PM – The Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 – Mark Scherer, former Community of Christ Church Historian, will be available during the Adult Sunday School class to answer questions on his three-volume “The Journey of a People” and will also provide the morning message at the 10:30 AM service.

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 9:30 AM – Priesthood meeting.


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 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:

18 September 2016 message by Ron Millard, filename 20160918-RMillard.mp3

11 September 2016 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20160911-KBarnhard.mp3

4 September 2016 message by John O’Neal, filename 20160904-JOneal.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

Facebook Page (public) at

Facebook Group (open only to congregational members) at

The All Good Books discussion group website at

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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