Next Sunday, July 30, 2017 will include the ordination of Jeanette Caldeira Cave to the priesthood office of Teacher during the 10:30 AM worship service. Following the morning worship, everyone is invited to a potluck (bring your favorite dish to share) and a send-off party for Jack and Jeanette. They will be moving back to Hawaii soon. Please plan to join us!


Members of the Mission Road Congregation were instrumental in funding the Health Ministries Association project to provide nursing services to remote areas of Honduras. There is a new need as described below. Please read the following message and support this GoFundMission effort, if you’re able.

Greetings from Paula Rummel, HMA International Committee Chair and Board of Director:

We now have 6 months of data for the Honduras Rural Health Care Program. I believe you will be quite impressed with Saira’s work. Here’s a few statistics.

1406 total patients visits
12% of visits were on infants under 2 years old
33% of visits for children 3-18
17 village health clinics in 4 remote locations
2 educational classes- dental hygiene and Community 1st Aid (photos below)
353 family surveys of health and living conditions

You may ask the importance of surveys. We need a baseline of health so we can access whether we are making a positive impact in Hondurans’ health and living conditions. Of the 353 families surveyed, 12 families do not have drinking water and are using well water, 119 do not have vented stoves, 106 have no latrines. Families drinking contaminated water will have intestinal worms and bloated stomachs. Families without vented stoves will have burns and respiratory problems with open fires and smoke. No latrines spread disease. Yes, she has identified many educational opportunities and public health projects.

Currently Saira is unable to travel to 1 village because it is the rainy season and her small car cannot ford the swollen river. HMA feels that it is important to assist Saira in purchasing a 4X4 vehicle and has started a project. HMA is trying to raise $10,000 for a no interest loan so she may purchase a vehicle that will greatly improve her ability to get to the most remote communities.

The purchase of a truck will allow Saira to be in the villages more to do the work that you have already contributed to. If you desire to make a contribution, that would be appreciated, however, the success of is that many people can be donors (in amounts that fit their budget) and are able to feel they are making a difference in Honduras. You have seen photos and read updates on how Saira is already making an impact. You can share the success you have witnessed.

Go to the website, "Like" and post this activity on social media and offer your friends, family, and contacts the opportunity to also be a part of Saira’s great work. All money must be raised by August 4, 2017 so please do not delay- people’s health may depend on your response!


There were questions regarding the GoFundMission drive and here’s the clarification: 100% of the funds from the GoFundMission drive will go toward a vehicle for Saira (the World Church does not charge a surcharge on donations). If people prefer to donate by cash or check, instead of by credit card online, they can make checks out to HMA and give them to Paul Bennetts. HMA will put the donations on the HMA credit card so the GoFundMission project will get the credit and the donor will still receive a receipt. If, by chance, donations exceed $10,000, 100% of the excess amount will go for HMA projects and Paul Bennetts will report back on those projects to the congregation after the next Board meeting in mid-October.

The important thing to remember is that unless the $10,000 goal is met by August 4, 2017, none of the credit card donations will be charged against donor accounts so no funds will be made available for the vehicle purchase.


The Fall 2017 Worship Availability form is now available online. You can download a Microsoft Word version at The form covers the months of September through November 2017. Please download, complete a copy and submit to the Worship Coordinators (Pam O’Neal and Caryn Millard) by July 30.


On Sunday, July 30, the Adult Sunday School class resumes the discussion of "Encountering Paul: Understanding the Man and His Message" by Tatha Wiley. The class will focus on Chapter 4 ("The Truth of the Gospel") with Jonathan Bacon leading the discussion.


A second adult class meets each Sunday for adults interested in learning about church membership. This class is informational, for anyone wanting to know more about the Community of Christ. The class is held during the regular Sunday School hour (starting at 9:15 AM). All are invited to join the class taught by Ron Millard and Karen Birkby.


Roger Parish has researched the upcoming Sun Eclipse event that is occurring on Monday August 21, 2017. Roger has researched close locations that would provide the best (longest viewing) time and the city park near Kearney, MO is one site well suited to view the Eclipse. Kearney is about 39 miles away and drive time is typically about 40-45 minutes. Several people have expressed interested so Roger has rented a shelter at the park for a minimal fee. Parking is close to the shelter but first come first served. If interested in attending, please indicate your interest on the signup sheets on the bulletin board in the Narthex. We need to know how many people from Mission Road are interested in gathering to experience this historic event, so Roger can acquire sufficient viewing glasses to protect everyone’s eyes. Please add your name to the signup sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

See Roger to get your pair of viewing glasses.


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.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:00 PM (summer schedule) – Prayer Circle meets at the church.

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Roxann Kosmicki), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

  • Nursery available – 9:15-11:30 AM, in downstairs Nursery.
  • Children’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Mary Reichenbach.
  • Teen’s Sunday School class – 9:15-10-15 AM, taught by Clint Reine.
  • Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "Encountering Paul” by Tatha Wiley, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.
  • Adult Class Exploring the Community of Christ – 9:15-10:15 AM, taught by Karen Birkby and Ron Millard.

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 10:30 AM – John O’Neal will speak onthe theme "The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like…." with Jack Cave presiding and serving as the worship planner. Jeanette Caldeira will be ordained to the office of Teacher during the worship service. The song leader for learning a new hymn in "Community of Christ Sings" will be Janice Hedrick. An instrumental ensemble will provide the ministry of music. Plus Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Sunday, July 30, 2017, after church – Potluck and farewell party for Jeanette and Jack Cave in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us and bring a dish to share!

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM – The Art Group will meet at the Art by Avis and Others studio (downtown Overland Park at 8012 Santa Fe Drive). Everyone is invited to attend and develop your own creativity with hands-on activities.


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

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 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:

16 July 2017 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20170716-ALeonard.mp3

9 July 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename 20170709-SHolben.mp3

2 July 2017 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20170702-GRushfelt.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 is both in the Church Directory.

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