Mission Road News



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

Women’s Retreat March 3-5, 2017 at Camp Doniphan

Cost: $98 with guest minister Kris Judd, Staff Pastor for Community of Christ Headquarters. Share the theme of "Love, Joy, and Song". Check www.midlandsmc.org for more information and a registration form for the Women’s Retreat.


The Spring Worship and Service Schedule was included in the Sunday bulletin on February 12th. Please check your calendar for when you are scheduled to serve. If you did not get a copy there are extra copies on the table in the Fellowship Hall.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:30 PM – Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jeanette Caldeira & Jack Cave), join us for conversation and fellowship.


Sunday, February 26, 2017, 9:15 AM – Priesthood meeting lead by Steve Holben in the Library. Everyone is invited there will not be an adult Sunday school class.

Sunday, February 26, 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 Robin Payne.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, will be postponed because of the Priesthood meeting until next Sunday March 5th; when former Church Historian, Mark Scherer with be our guest to host a Q&A about his book "The Journey of a People”, Volume 3. Join the class in the Church Library

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10:30 AM – Senior President of Seventy, John Wight will be our guest speakerand will speak onthe theme "Listen to Him!" with Karen Birkby presiding and serving 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 Susan & Merrill Clark. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.


A Potluck Dinner will be held on Sunday February 26, 2017 after the 10:30 Worship Service with Senior President of Seventy, John Wight as guest speaker. Be sure to sign up for what dish you plan to provide on the sign-up sheet on the Narthex bulletin board.

Norman Bernauer Celebration of Life Service

The Mission Road Congregation will be hosting a Celebration of Life Service in memory of Norman Bernauer with his family on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Please come to support Barbara and her family as we celebrate the life of Norman together.


The bulletin board includes a thank you note from Barbara Bernauer for the support the congregation gave to Norman and her in Norman’s final days. A Celebration of Life Service to honor Norman will be held at Mission Road at 3PM on Sunday afternoon February 26, 2017.


  • On Sunday, March 5, 2017, the adult Sunday school class will resume when former Church Historian, Mark Scherer with be our guest to host a Q&A about his book "The Journey of a People”, Volume 3. Join the class in the Church Library


As you all know Norman Bernauer has been the editor of the quarterly newsletter that gets mailed out to the Mission Road membership. With Norman’s passing we need someone to step into this role. If you have an interest in serving in this role please contact the pastors. Or if you know of someone with editing skills let the pastors know.


Greetings on a beautiful day in February,

The Team from HMA and Oak Grove Missouri CofC congregation are back safely from our travels and work in Guatemala. Saira, HMA’s professional nurse from Honduras was able to come to Guatemala to assist with medical needs and to develop relationships with the team and the Guatemala HMA members and staff. I reminded the Team that for each person that travels out of the country- there are as many as 100 people who make it possible between donations, supplies, and prayers.

We had a wonderful week of building a structure that will be used for health clinics and community meetings. The nurses of our group along with Doctora Garcia ran a health clinic for the community. We saw 52 patients at this first community health clinic in Panatzan. The following day the nurses evaluated all 76 students at the school, taught and observed each one brushing their teeth, and applied fluoride treatment. We also had a Physical Therapist who checked for scoliosis, limb strength, gaits, and joint mobility at the clinics.

Saira noted that the poverty level of this village was similar to her villages in Honduras. She expressed that she saw many things that gave her ideas of how to provide better care to her patients in Honduras. She had never been to Guatemala and I doubt she had ever taken a vacation. The final afternoon Saira was excited to be able to do a little bit of shopping when we returned to Antigua. She was picked up by the shuttle service at 3am the next morning for the 3 bus changes and 15 hour ride back to her home. (It only took us 5 hours of air time.)

My husband, Gary, leaves for Honduras on Saturday with Dr. Mike Duke, a translator, and 3 sonographers to work with Saira in her rural villages and with the education program, Friends of Education, Honduras. Please add a little prayer for them next week!

Next month, when I report, I’ll have an update about their trip. Until then…..

Paula Rummel, RN, B.A.

HMA International Committee Chair

HMA Board of Directors


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:

19 February 2017 message by Clint Reine, filename: 20170219-CReine.mp3

12 February 2017 message by Jennifer Libeer, filename: 20170212-JLibeer.mp3

5 February 2017 message by Jack Cave, filename: 20170205-JCave.mp3

29 January 2017 message by Kat Hnatyshyn, filename 20170129-KHnatyshyn.mp3

22 January 2017 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20170122-ALeonard.mp3

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


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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