Upcoming Events and Activities: October 8, 2017


As you may be aware, all construction projects at all Community of Christ churches have been placed on hold. This “pause” is due to the church’s significant financial challenges; and specifically to fully fund the retirees’ pension fund through the Bridges of Hope campaign.

The Mission Road Pastorate has asked that the elevator project be exempt from the construction “pause.” In response, the Apostle in charge of our Mission Center has stated, “At this time, a project of this cost cannot be considered in isolation, but as part of the whole church’s mission opportunities. In that regard, I (Apostle Janne Grover) would be helped in knowing more about how the Mission Road congregation is engaged in mission. Specifically, what would be the setback to mission opportunities if the project is not completed at this time?”

The Pastors are requesting your input as we prepare a response to Apostle Grover’s request for more information. Please share your thoughts on this issue with Karen or Larry Birkby over the next few days.


The Annual Mission Road Chili Cook-Off and Supper will be held on Sunday evening, October 29th from 5:30-7:30 PM. The evening will include Karaoke and a Halloween Costume Contest in addition to the Chili Cook-Off competition. If you “know” your chili is “the best” sign-up at church to bring a pot and enter the competition! The costume competition will include an adult division as well as a youth division.

The cost for the evening is $7 for anyone 7 or older. Children under 7 are free. Proceeds again this year will go to Outreach International, the Central Avenue Center of Hope and Camp MITIOG.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for karaoke, chili, and a friendly costume competition on October 29th!


Next Sunday, the adult class will discuss Chapters 3-4 of First Corinthians. Be sure to read pages 100-105 in the Wiley book (the discussion of First and Second Corinthians). Jane Landrum will lead the discussion. Make it a habit; bring your Bible to class (any version).


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 usual.

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.


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.


October 9 through October 13 (which really means anytime you’re at church this week) is Peanut Butter Week in Prairie Village. This is your chance to lend support to Harvesters in their efforts to lessen some of the hunger of people in the greater Kansas City area (including Johnson and Wyandotte Counties). Please bring your jars of peanut butter to the church anytime before next Sunday, October 13. Harvesters food pantry will distribute the peanut butter to social and charitable organizations and agencies serving over 66,000 neighborhoods. Please join in the 33rd annual Prairie Village Peanut Butter Week campaign and help us make this year’s peanut butter week the best ever.


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

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, October 11, 2017, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints Chorale Rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Alisa Morse & Bill Johnson), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, October 15, 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, October 15, 2017, 10:30 AM – Clint Reine will speak onthe theme "The Banquet is Ready" with Robin Payne presiding and Dennis Wood serving as the worship planner. The song leader for learning a new hymn in "Community of Christ Sings" will be Charles Athey. Brad Athey will provide the ministry of music and Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint slideshow.

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM – Next Mission Bells rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 PM – All Good Books group will meet in the Church Library to discuss “The Westing Game.”


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:

01 October 2017 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename: 20171001-GRushfelt.mp3

24 September 2017 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20170924-JBacon.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 is both in the Church Directory.

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