Mission Road News



On Sunday, October 9, Mark Scherer, author of the 3-volume The Journey of a People (JOAP) will join the Adult Sunday School Class for a discussion of Chapter 8 (“The Right People at the Right Time”). If you have questions on any of the first two-volumes or the chapters we’ve discussed in Volume 3, please forward them to Jonathan Bacon by Monday evening, October 3.

Mark will also deliver the morning message on October 9, so come join us in worship with the former World Church Historian.

Also mark your calendar: Joe Bayless, who served the church as a missionary in Germany for sixteen years between 1960 and 1981, will join the Adult Sunday School class on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM. Plan to attend and meet Joe and hear of his experiences.


Join the leadership team of the Midlands Mission Center for a 9:00 AM Coffee Talk on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Perkins (6292 North Oak, Gladstone, MO) or on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Lawrence University Congregation (1900 University Drive, Lawrence, KS). All are welcome to join us, and chat about the Mission Center, World Church and your congregation and life.


On Sunday, October 23, 2016, the Annual Mission Road Chili Supper & Cook-Off begins at 5:00 PM. Bring your pot of Chili (mild, regular, spicy or burning-all-the-way-down variety) and compete for the “Best Chili Recipe” apron. Not a Chili cook? Come prepared to enjoy a warm bowl of chili (plus dessert). Tickets are $7 for age 7 and older, under 7 eat free. Proceeds benefit Outreach International, Central Avenue Center for Hope and Camp MITIOG. Plan now to compete or just eat!


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 allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/ Come join us!


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. Kids in 9th-12th grade will serve lunch to benefit camperships for SPEC. Kids who work get funds! Also childcare will be provided.


The Central Avenue Center of Hope just published their Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Food List. Here are the needs for this year. Donations of any of these food items would be greatly appreciated.

Six turkeys 15 pounds or larger, 6-8 hams boneless, 10 pounds each, 60 pounds of potatoes, 5 #10 cans of green beans, 4 #10 cans of sweet potatoes, 24 boxes of stuffing mix, 8 cans of chicken bouillon, 10 pounds of stick butter, 1 gallon of milk, assorted desserts.

Remember the Christmas day shoebox gifts will be needed again this year to include socks, gloves, capture shirts, candy and personal items. More information on this project coming soon.


From Aaron Laughlin, Chair, Camp MITIOG Council: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Saints of Midlands Mission Center, Community of Christ for your continued support over the last 46 years. 2016 has been a very successful and we were able to cover all the camp expenses this year and have a little bit left over for future years of operation. In addition to the funds received by the Saints, we were granted three significant grants in 2016 which helped us purchase new computers and printers for the camp to use to produce the Camp Log and daily newspaper for the campers. We were successful in providing the camping experience for 50 campers and 50 counselors this year. Thank you for your support!”


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.


Monday, October 3 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM – The Mission Bells will rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:30 PM – The Saints’ Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Library. Come and join your fellow prayer warriors.

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10am to 4pm – Midlands Mission Center Fall Conference at the Olathe Congregation.

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Donna & Rich Emslie), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, October 9, 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, October 9, 2016, 10:30 AM – Mark Scherer (former World Church Historian) will speak on the theme "Be Grateful" with Karen Birkby presiding. Karen will also serve as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Sharon Wood. The Saints’ Chorale will offer the ministry of music and Clint Reine will provide the worship service PowerPoint.

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books club will meet in the Church Library to discuss “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House” by Kate Andersen Brower.

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 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.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

2 October 2016 message by Roger Parrish, filename 20161002-RParrish.mp3

25 September 2016 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename 20160925-JLibeer.mp3

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 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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