One Final 2016 Merry Christmas and Next Stop: 2017!



Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 6:30 PM – NO Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church – note earlier time.

January 1, 2017 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 8:45 AM – NO breakfast and NO Sunday School, join us for worship at 10:30 AM.

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 10:30 AM – Kennetha Kuttler will speak on the theme “Welcome the New Year!” with Jonathan Bacon presiding. Jonathan will also serve as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Charles Athey. The ministry of music will be provided bythe Congregation. Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 6:30 PM – Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.


We’re happy to report that the Tangible Love Grant was approved by the World Church for our Honduran nurse program. The Health Ministries Association now has all the pledges needed to hire Saira Giron beginning in January 2017 and sustain her for the entire year. Thank you again for your support of this exciting program to reach out and bring health care to so many.

Many of you who have made pledges have already given checks to Paul Bennetts. He will be taking these over to Independence on Tuesday, December 27 to give them to the HMA Executive Director. If anyone else would like their donation to go in on the 2016 calendar year, please let Paul know so he can arrange to pick up the check from you.

Please make your checks out to Health Ministries Association (or simply HMA) and give your pledge amount to Paul Bennetts. Please do not make checks out to Mission Road.

Thank you again, for meeting the $5,750 pledge goal for 2017!


Got a coat that still has useful life but it is just hanging in your closet? Got an extra set of new mittens or gloves or a hat or blanket? The church is now collecting winter wear for the Central Avenue Center of Hope. Bring your worn but not worn-out winter coats, boots, or new gloves, mittens and blankets to church next Sunday. There are folks in desperate need since the harsh winter weather has arrived.


The next book selection for the All Good Books discussion group is “The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt” by Eleanor Roosevelt. The book club does not meet in December but will resume meeting on January 12, 2017 at 7 PM in the Church Library. Mark your calendar.

You can always find a schedule of upcoming book discussions at Come join us!


On Sunday, January 8, 2017, the adult Sunday school class will resume discussion of “The Journey of a People” Volume 3 by former Church Historian, Mark Scherer. Dennis Wood will lead the discussion of Chapter 13 (“Educating for Change”).


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. Shortly, 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.


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.

The following list includes some recent audio recordings:

11 December 2016 message by Steve Holben, filename 20161211-SHolben.mp3

11 December 2016 Charlie Brown video used in Steve Holben’s message, filename

11 December 2016 Vespers Service, filename 20161211-Vespers.mp3

4 December 2016 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20161204-PBennetts.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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