Mission Road News



This coming Sunday, March 26, 2017, the Adult Sunday School class will continue discussion of Chapter 16 and proceed on to Chapter 17 (starting on page 393 in Mark Scherer’s "The Journey of a People”, Volume 3). Jane Landrum will lead the discussion in the Church Library!


Mission Road Congregation donated 70 lbs. of food to the Center in February. Can we beat that in March?

The Central Avenue Center of Hope is in need of the following food items. Are you able to help? Spinach, Canned Chicken, Spaghetti Sauce, Beef Stew, Vegetable Soups, Rice, Rice side dishes, Pasta side dishes, Stuffing mix, Jelly, Juices, and Plain Oatmeal.

Are you aware that the Center provided 12,828 kitchen meals last year? Did you know that the Pantry served 206 households last year or that school supplies were provided for 80 children? Also last year, volunteers from our congregation began serving a meal a month at the Center? Additionally, the Feed the Elderly program served 196 individuals!

There is a great need and maybe it’s time for each family in Mission Road to start bringing one food item each week for the Food Pantry. Can you imagine the impact it would have if each of us brought even one can of fruit or vegetables or a box of cereal or other staples each Sunday for the Food Pantry? And don’t forget that the Center runs a Thrift Shop too, so your still usable clothing, shoes, and household items can be donated!


Our congregation’s leadership are working on scheduling a Storytellers event with Barbara Walden; tentatively scheduled at 7 PM on Sunday evening September 17, 2017. Mark your calendar!


The next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will be on Thursday, April 13, 2017 (Thomas Jefferson’s birthday) at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will discuss “Two If By Sea” by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Plan to join us next month.


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

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Eloise Snider and Bob Andes), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, March 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, discusses "The Journey of a People,” Volume 3, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood. Join the class in the Church Library.

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 10:30 AM – Jerry Rushfelt will speak onthe theme "I Was Blind and Now I See" with Robin Payne presiding and serving as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Dorothy May. The ministry of music will be provided bythe Susan and Merrill Clark. Jason Scott will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Monday, March 27, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.


Avis will be hosting art classes starting on the last Sunday in April (the 30th) beginning at 6 PM. The location is her studio, Art by Avis and Others, in downtown Overland Park (8012 Santa Fe Dr.). Everyone, from beginners with no art experience to expert artist are invited! Specific classes will be scheduled by the group at the first meeting to be held perhaps on a monthly basis based on interest! Come and join the fun!


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 volunteering please contact one of the pastors. Or if you know of someone with editing skills, let the pastors know.


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


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 March 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20170319-JBacon.mp3

12 March 2017 message by Avis Garrett-Baptist, filename 20170312-ABaptist.mp3

5 March 2017 message by Dorothy May, file name: 20170305-DMay.mp3

26 February 2017 message by John Wight, filename: 20170226-JWight.mp3

26 February 2017 Norman Bernauer Memorial Service, filename: 20170226-NBernauer.Memorial.mp3 this version is too large to play online but can be downloaded and played. A second version is playable online but with lower quality audio, filename: 20170226-NBernauer.Memorial.32.mp3

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


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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