Mission Road News



Starting this coming Sunday, May 14, we will hold an adult class for people interested in learning about church membership. This class is informational, if class members want baptism or if class members simply want to know more about Community of Christ. Baptism is not necessarily an outcome of class attendance. The class will be held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). Please let the pastors know if you wish to attend the class. It will be taught by Ron Millard and Karen Birkby.


Do you love a good story? If so, we have an exciting evening for you! Celebrate Heritage Day this year with Apostle Art Smith, Mark Scherer, and Barb Walden as they share some of their favorite stories from church history at the Mission Road congregation on Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 PM. Our storytellers will share the theme "Preserve the Past ~ Inspire the Future."

The Storytellers evening is sponsored by Mission Road congregation and Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation in support of summer interns who share the church’s stories at our historic sites.

A donation opportunity for the Alma Blair Internship Program will be available for those interested in supporting this unique educational opportunity for young adults. All are invited. No RSVP needed.


Camp MITIOG has been supported by members of the Mission Rad Congregation for the last 46 years that. The camp has been accepted as a recipient of matching funds from the Camps for Kids organization in 2017. This means that for every dollar donated, Camps for Kids will match the donation up to $1,500.00 per donation made before July 31, 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity for the campers, because even a $20.00 donation will go twice as far in providing a quality, American Camping Association accredited camp. Camps for Kids has granted $17,000 designated in matching funds this year. Please help them match the entire amount. If you are contemplating donating to this wonderful cause “NOW” is the time to maximize the benefits of your donation.

1.) Please send all donations made payable to:

Camps for Kids-MITIOG

NOTE: all checks made payable to out to “Camp MITIOG” without “Camps for Kids” in the payee line will be returned to MITIOG unmatched and will be deposited through the Mission Center.

2.) Mail the contributions to: Camp MITIOG, C/O Camps for Kids, 8014 State Line Road, Suite 103, Leawood, KS 66208

3.) Write in the Memo section of the check or money order, For Camp MITIOG.

Thank you for your consideration of this important project..


We will soon be implementing a children moment during our 10:30 worship service. If you are interested in leading a children’s moment, please let the pastors know.


We’ve reported on the progress of Nick Keehler’s GoFundMission project which has 9 days to go and is now $145 short to reach his goal (see below for more details). If no one commits to donating the remaining $145, none of the funds go to Nick and the project is unfunded. ANY amount will help. Please consider donating $5, $10 or $20 toward Mick’s YouthQuest mission. We have a very close connection to Nick in that he’s participated in Mission Center youth activities.

From Clint Reine: I just wanted to make everyone aware of an opportunity to help a young adult college student (formerly a very active teenager who went to all our MMC summer camps) from the Highlands Congregation. Nick has helped out with a lot of youth events here at Mission Road. He is studying Religion at Graceland University and was selected by World Service Corps to go help the Community of Christ in England at Dunfield House. He needs to raise funds (through the World Church affiliated "Go Fund Mission" website. If you are able to give any amount of money he would be very appreciative. His parents, by the way, have been Camp Directors for Junior Camp for many, many years and even helped at YouthQuest, which is held in our own building. This is a very active family in our Church, Mission Center, and has been helpful to Mission Road on many occasions. Your donations will therefore help someone who is going to help our church and a person who has helped Mission Road.

You can donate at: https://www.gofundmission.org/projects/wsc-nick/

If you wish to donate by check, please send a check made payable to – Community of Christ – USA Fields; GoFundMission, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050. Please include your e-mail address and identify which project you are wishing to support.

Check out the website for more detailed information about Nick and his World Service Corps project.


This Sunday, the Adult Sunday School class will discussion Chapter 18 (Contest for the Church’s Future, “Like a Phoenix Rising”) in Mark Scherer’s "The Journey of a People”, Volume 3. We’ll begin on page 476 with Dennis Wood leading the class discussion on “Let Us Arise and Build.”


Join the Midlands Mission Center President Team for “Coffee Talk” (Open to all congregations). This is your chance to get together and chat about happenings in the Mission Center, World Church, and in your congregation and life. All are welcome!

9:00 AM Friday, May 12

Mission Road Congregation

7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS


The next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 (a week later than normal) at 7 PM in the Church Library. The group will discuss “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. Please plan to join us!


Remember that the order of worship for the Sunday Bulletin plus announcements are due at least one week prior to the Sunday you are presiding. This deadline is to give pianist, musicians, speakers, and really everyone a minimum amount of time to properly prepare for the service. It is important that these services be sent to all participants the Sunday prior to the Sunday you are planning. The service should also be sent to Clint, for formatting and typing at the same time at the church email address: mrcoc


Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 6:30 PM – Saints Chorale rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene and Lee Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, May 14, 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 Debbie 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.
  • Adult Class Exploring the Community of Christ – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard (contact them if interested).

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 10:30 AM – Debbie Rushfelt will speak onthe theme "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life" with Clint Reine presiding and serving as the worship planner. Saints Chorale will provide the ministry of music. The song leader for learning a new hymn in the “Community of Christ Sings” will be Janice Hedrick. Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells Rehearsal.


The schedule has been posted for the Summer Camping Program. Check the dates for Youth Camps and Family Reunions and get registered early. Registration is now open at https://goo.gl/HiIWai

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:

7 May 2017 message by John O’Neal, filename 20170507-JONeal.mp3

30 April 2017 message by Kirk Barnhard. Filename 20170430-KBarnhard.mp3

23 April 2017 message by Arlene Leonard. Filename 20170423-ALeonard.mp3

16 April 2017 Easter message by Steve Holben, filename 20170416-Easter;SHolben.mp3, also see text not file 20170416-Easter;SHolben.txt

14 April 2017 Good Friday Service, filename 20170414-Good.Friday.mp3

9 April 2017 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20170409-KKuttler.mp3

2 April 2017 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20170402-LBirkby.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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