This Week’s Upcoming Events and Activities: September 11, 2017


The All Good Books discussion group will meet on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM to discuss the novel “Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve. We’ll meet in the Church Library. There are discussion questions available at which we may use to get the discussion rolling.

This is our second annual “Chocolate Meeting!” If you don’t remember what that means or you missed last year’s “Chocolate Meeting,” then show up on the 14th and find out!

Further, if you haven’t had time to read the book this month, come join us anyway. We always have a lively, wide-ranging discussion, so we hope you can join us!


What could be better than an evening of storytelling? 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. The event will be held at Mission Road 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 free will offering will be held to support the Alma Blair Internship Program for young adults. You’re invited to attend and contribute if you are able. No RSVP is needed. Refreshments and fellowship to follow the program!


The Ice Cream Social, originally planned for next Saturday, September 16, has been rescheduled for a week later on Saturday, September 23, 2017 starting at 6 PM. It’s a “Potluck” Ice Cream Social, so bring cookies, pie or ice cream to share.

Face painting will be provided by Avis Garrett-Baptist, so bring the kids for a fun evening.


The Youth Group has been hard at work for the summer painting their teen center. It is not quite done yet, but it is taking shape. Next they will finish painting the Teen Loft and hallway to the balcony. The final paint project is the hallway in the basement. Be sure to give them kudos – not only are they real troopers but they are amazing artists!


The photo is this issue is of the “Trust” exercise during Ron Millard’s August 13, 2017 morning message. Check out the audio recording of the service at The audio filename is: 20170813-RMillard.mp3


You’re invited to read Chapters 3-4 of The Letter to the Philippians for this week’s Adult Sunday School Class as well as Chapter 5 (“Paul’s letters”) of Tatha Wiley’s book “Encountering Paul.” We’ll focus on pages 74-96 in the Wiley book (through the discussion of Philippians). Jane Landrum will lead the class discussion. If possible, bring your Bible (any version).

A list of questions for Chapter 5 was passed out last Sunday and this week in class. Use it as a guide for your reading. We’ll discuss the questions selected by the class from the list next Sunday.


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.


The congregational paper drive to help Central Avenue Center of Hope in underway! The Center needs 20,000 of each of the following items for serving food to the homeless. Please bring what you’re able.

8–9” foam plates,

5–6” dessert plates,

8 oz. foam cups,

12 oz. foam bowls,

Napkins, forks and toilet paper.

Central Avenue Center of Hope continues to respond to the mission initiative of "abolishing poverty and ending suffering." Thousands of meals are served each year to individuals and families through your continued generosity. Thank you! Please join us in this important ministry; no paper item gift is too small.


Join the Midlands Mission Center Leadership Team for the following scheduled Coffee Talks:

October 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM, at the Bethel Congregation.

November 10, 2017, time and place TBA

December 8, 2017, time and place TBA


Beginning Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM until Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Camp Chihowa.

Don McLaughlin will be the guest minister. $60 for a weekend of food, fellowship, sharing, learning, and spiritual growth. Watch for more details.


Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 7:45 PM – Prayer Circle meets at the church.

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:00 PM – All Good Books discussion group meets to discuss “Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve.

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Jonathan Bacon), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 17, 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, September 17, 2017, 10:30 AM – Kirk Barnhard will speak onthe theme "Forgive Each Other" with Clint Reine presiding and serving as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in "Community of Christ Sings" will be Margaret Athey. The Mission Bells will provide the ministry of music and Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 7:00 PM – Heritage Day Storytellers Night with Apostle Art Smith, Mark Scherer, and Barb Walden. Refreshments to follow.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6 PM – Annual Ice Cream Social.


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:

10 September 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename 20170910-SHolben.mp3

3 September 2017 message by John O’Neal, filename 20170903-JONeal .mp3

27 August 2017 message by Mary Reichenbach, filename 20170827-MReichenbach.mp3

20 August 2017 message by Steve Holben, filename 20170820-SHolben.mp3

13 August 2017 message by Ron Millard, filename 20170813-RMillard.mp3

6 August 2017 message by Clint Reine, filename 20170806-CReine


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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