Mission Road News



The Spring Worship and Service Availability Forms are included in your Sunday bulletin. Please check your calendar for opportunities to serve and returned it by February 5, 2017. That is just three short weeks away. So please act quickly to let the Worship team know where, when and how you can help with the Spring Worship services.


The schedule has been posted for the Summer Camping Program. Check the dates for Youth Camps and Family Reunions and get registered early.

Sr. High Camp: June 11 – 16

Middle School Camp: June 18 – 23

Doniphan Reunion: June 25 – 30

Youth Quest KC: July 6 – 8

Chihowa Reunion: July 9 – 14

SPEC: July 22 – 29

MITIOG: July 23 – 28

Junior Camp: July 30 – Aug 3


Monday, January 23, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:30 PM – Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Marge & John Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 – Sunday School Classes

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Pre-baptismal Class begins – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Debby Rushfelt
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • 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, January 29, 2017, 10:30 AM – Guest Speaker Kat Hnatyshyn will speak onthe theme "Listen to Jesus" with John O’Neal presiding. Debbie Rushfelt will serve as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Margaret Athey. The ministry of music will be provided by Cheryl Kennedy. Brain Libeer will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Sunday, January 29, 2017, Kat Hnatyshyn will be our guest speaker. Kat is a member of the Midlands Mission Center Presidency leadership team.


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 sustain professional nurse Saira Giron’s full time employment for the entire year. Thank you again for your support of this exciting program to reach out and bring healthcare to so many.

Those of you, who have made pledges, 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!


Our nurse, Saira Giron, began full time employment with HMA this month. Donation pledges to cover her first year’s salary have been committed and much of that money is already in the account. Saira has already planned her itinerary to visit villages near her town of La Boquita through the entire year. In addition, she will be assisting the leadership of the Central American Mission Center from time to time in various activities. Here is a picture of Saira with a group of campers at a youth retreat that was held this month at La Buena Fe campgrounds. This is the first time that a Honduran youth camp has had a real camp nurse! This is incredibly exciting. Thanks again to Mission Road Community of Christ for being part of the reason this is happening!


The bulletin board includes a thank you note from the Pastors, Karen and Larry Birkby, for the Christmas gifts given them by the congregation. Also, a thank you note from Barbara Bernauer for the support the congregation gave to Norman and her in Norman’s final days.


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.


On Sunday, January 29, 2017, the adult Sunday school class will continue the discussion of "The Journey of a People” Volume 3 by former Church Historian, Mark Scherer. Paul Bennetts will lead the discussion of Chapter 14 (“New Pathways on the Journey”) starting on page 329 and continue into Chapter 15.


If you’re interested in reviewing the discussion papers (also called the position papers) mentioned in the Adult Sunday School class, they’re available online at http://home.earthlink.net/~jptandy/rlds/papers/index.htm. These are the documents that generated a great deal of discussion and controversy in the church in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


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 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:

8 January 2017 message by John O’Neal and Pennie Bunkers Ordination, filename 20170108-JONeal;PBunkers.ordination.mp3

1 January 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20101017-KKuttler.mp3

25 December 2016 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20161225-KBirkby.mp3 including the YouTube video 20161225-Christmas per kids.video.mp4 and notes about the video in 20161225-Christmas per kids.txt

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

11 December 2016 Charlie Brown video used in Steve Holben’s message, filename 20161211-CBrown.video.mp4

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 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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