Upcoming Events at Mission Road: September 18, 2017


The telecast of President Steve Veazey’s message on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 will be shown in the Church Library live at 7:30 PM.

According to the World Church, “There is an urgent need for us to work together to address significant financial challenges that will impact the future of the church. Specific steps to meet the church’s financial needs will be announced.” Come and join your fellow members in watching this important announcement.


Come join us for the annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, September 23, 2017 starting at 6 PM. It’s a “Potluck” Ice Cream Social, so bring cookies, pie or ice cream or whatever you have to share.

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

You’ll also be “exposed” to a trivia competition, so bring your head full of trivia!


This week the class will discuss Chapter 4 of the Letter to the Philippians as well as continue delving into Chapter 5 (“Paul’s letters”) of Tatha Wiley’s book “Encountering Paul.” Also read the Letter to Philemon (in most Bibles it is only a page long). We’ll continue to focus on pages 74-100 in the Wiley book (including the discussion of Philemon). Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of the last chapter in Philippians and Paul Bennetts will lead the remainder of the class discussion. Make it a habit; bring your Bible (any version).

A list of questions for Chapter 5 of the Wiley book was passed recently in class. Use the list as a guide for your reading. We’ll discuss the questions selected by the class each Sunday.


The All Good Books discussion group will meet on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM to discuss the novel “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin. This meeting is a week later than normal.

We’ll meet in the Church Library. The book by Raskin is a young adult book that many school students read in class. You have a month to read the book and we hope you’ll come and join in the discussion! Everyone, all ages are welcome.


Many thanks to all the folks who support and attended Saturday night’s Storytellers Event with Barbara Walden, Art Smith, Laura Horning, and Mark Scherer.

The Storytellers evening was sponsored by the 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.

If you missed the event or want to relive the stories, check out the podcasts (audio recordings) by going to https://goo.gl/wREl03. Two versions are available:

20170917-StoryTellers.LD.mp3 (small enough to play directly from Google Drive).

20170917-StoryTellers.HD.mp3 (must be downloaded from Google Drive so you can play on our computer).


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. A fee of $60 for a weekend of food, fellowship, sharing, learning, and spiritual growth. Watch for more details.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:30 PM – Live video message from President Veazey to be broadcast in the Church Library.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6 PM – Annual Ice Cream Social. Potluck: bring something (ice cream, cookies, pie) to share.

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by John and Marge Trinkl), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, September 24, 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 24, 2017, 10:30 AM – Jonathan Bacon will speak onthe theme "God’s Generosity" with Mary Reichenbach presiding and serving as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in "Community of Christ Sings" will be Dorothy May. Jean Bink and Susan Clark will provide the ministry of music and Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Monday, October 2, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Next Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.


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:

17 September 2017 Storytellers Night, filename 20170917-StoryTellers.LD.mp3 (small enough to play directly from Google Drive)

17 September 2017 Storytellers Night, filename 20170917-StoryTellers.HD.mp3 (must be downloaded from Google Drive so you can play on our computer)

17 September 2017 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20170917-KBarnhard.mp3

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 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 is both in the Church Directory.

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