February 4 – February 10

February 4 – February 10



The Adult Sunday School class will continue the study of the epistles of Paul next Sunday at 9:15 AM in the Church Library. Dennis Wood would like you to prepare for class by reading chapters 4 – 6 of Romans.


Responsibilities for the “Mission Center Support Specialist” include:

• Offer planning support to camp directors

• Serve on MC Youth Ministry Council

• Address Active Network questions

• Other duties as assigned

Some reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. mileage, relevant training, required utilities) may be available. Anyone who is interested can please send a resume and letter of interest to the Presidents at presidentteam by January 31, 2018.


Youth from all over the mission center have been gathering together during quarterly TWIST weekends. Although these events have a lot of time built in for fun and socializing, the main goal of their time together is Teens Working In Service Together.

This means that Saturday is a day of service. They either help the congregational members from the church where they are staying or move into the community to volunteer locally. Everyone comes away from the experience touched in one way or another.


Immersing ourselves in the nurturing and comforting Spirit of God, March 2 – 4 @ Camp Doniphan.

Ladies age 14 and older are welcome to join Apostle Janné Grover and explore God in a feminine sense. The $100 cost covers food, bedding, towels and accommodations in the main lodge. Registration starts at 6:30 pm. To allow for food preparations, please RSVP by February 3. Download the registration form at www.midlandsmc.org or contact Wendy Gunn for questions: wendyjgunn@att.net.

Bring your friends, your scriptures, games for free time, and your favorite snacks to share on Friday and Saturday evenings. An auction will be held to defray the cost of the retreat. Please bring nice items for this event…and your checkbook to buy them! If you need financial assistance to attend, you may contact Pam Mathena. Please don’t let finances keep you away from this amazing weekend with your sisters and your God.


Please encourage your teenagers to send their Interest Forms for the 2018 Youth Historic Caravan into the MMC office or give them to Clint Reine. Students that are currently enrolled in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades can attend. The Caravan will be held June 7-16, 2018 (9 ½ days) with an additional orientation pre-night at Mission Road Congregation on June 6, 2018. Please see Clint for an Interest Form or grab one from the table in the Fellowship hall. No child has been left behind on past caravans because of space issues, however we have about 48 seats on a larger bus designated for teens (the remaining for adult chaperones) and we have 40 student Interest Forms turned in as of December 5. This is a record setting pace (40 in 10 days and more are promised to be turned in!) Th is quickly approaching the largest Caravan in size, which was 2010 with 56 students. We have received 53 Interest Forms (Teenagers) for the Historic Caravan in June! This number helped us decide to switch to the larger 56-passenger bus. These forms are still available for download on the Mission Center website (midlandsmc.org).

Students will be able to Register for the camps (including Historic Caravan) starting February 1, 2018 on the Mission Center website. (midlandsmc.org) The Caravan is a "first come first served" registration process. We, of course, do not want to leave anyone behind but so get the Registrations in quickly!

Our goal is to send out an update on our fundraising efforts and additional Registration Information by the end of the month. Please remember we still have the $4000 matching offer until February 15, 2018! For every $1 donated a generous Donor in our Mission Center will match your donation up to $4,000!

Donations should be made payable to the Midlands Mission center and given to your Congregational Financial Officer or mailed to the Midlands Mission Center at 7615 N Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118. All donations are tax deductible. Please note your donations are for the Youth Historic Caravan.

HMA Honduras Nurse Program Pledge

In the continuing effort to support our full-time nurse (Saira Giron) in providing healthcare to the villages in the area near La Buena Fe, Honduras, we are collecting pledges for 2018.

All pledges are fully tax-deductible as HMA is a 501c3 organization. Thanks again for your help with this very worthwhile project.

The HMA will hold a "Hearts for Health" benefit dinner on February 24, at 6pm. An evening of food and entertainment honoring Dr. Howard Braby for his lifetime of service to HMA. If you are interested in attending and supporting this cause, please contact Paul Bennetts for more information.


While it has been several months since the GoFundMission fundraiser, Saira now has a 2007 diesel 4X4 Nissan pick-up truck delivered to her Wednesday by the Central American Mission Center President Gonzalo Mejia.

HMA is so excited about the possibilities that this truck now offers Saira and the rural communities. Saira’s 2017 report was 33 pages of healthcare provided, data collected, infrastructure created, and possibilities for improving the lives of these folks.

Thank you so much for your generosity with this Program that helps so many brothers and sisters in Honduras!

Have a Blessed 2018.

Paula Rummel, HMA International Committee Chair


Due to dropping temperatures and possible frozen ice on sidewalks and drives, we’re postponing this evening’s book club meeting to Thursday, March 8, 2018. The revised schedule for the book club is available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/

Hopefully by March, the weather will have improved and Spring will have (almost) sprung.


If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email and does not use Facebook, please let Jonathan Bacon know. We’re trying to be sure everyone in the congregation has access to periodic news updates and information on congregational activities.


June 6-16 Historic Caravan

June 7-22 Middle School Camp

June 24-29 Doniphan Reunion

July 5-7 Youth Quest

July 8-13 Chihowa Reunion

July 20-21 International Youth Forum

July 21-28 Spectacular

July 22-27 MITIOG

July 29-August 2 Junior Camp


We recently received some very good news. On Friday, January 12 Guy Malone was inducted into Shawnee Mission South Hall of Fame. Guy started the SMS wrestling program in 1968 and was the head coach for 17 years. He earned state finishes three different years; in addition he coached 3 state champions. He also started the very first inter-scholastic intramural program for the school district. He was assistant football coach. His teaching duties included 20 years as the SMS Art Department Chairman. Another of his accomplishment was his leadership in creating the Student Activity Council which brought all students together across a multitude of activities to create a “Raider Nation,” inclusive of everyone and establishing the ethos that, “Once a Raider, Always a Raider.” Guy and Peggy are long time congregation members and live in Overland Park. If you would like to congratulate Guy in his success you can find his contact information in the Mission Road Directory.


Sunday, February 11, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Bob Andes), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, February 11 2018

  • 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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:30 AM – Marilyn Slauter will speak onthe theme "Listen for the Voice of God" with Karen Birkby presiding. Karen Birkby is the worship planner. Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.


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:

4 February 2018 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20180204-KKutler.mp3

28 January 2018 message by Jane Landrum, filename 2018128-JLandrum.mp3

21 January 2018 message by Clint Reine, filename 20180121-CReine.mp3

14 January 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20180114-JRushfelt.mp3

7 January 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20180107-JONeal.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.


Please continue prayers for Jonathan Bacon’s daughter Jennifer who underwent a second surgery, Monday, February 5, for breast cancer. Her last biopsy showed some additional tissue needed to be removed. Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers for Jennifer.


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 link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings at https://goo.gl/wREl03

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.

Chihowa Work Day

There is work for everyone – all abilities welcome!

9:00 am Saturday, February 17

Last month a pipe burst in the lake lodge causing water damage. We have the funds to do the necessary repairs and make some improvements in the basement bathrooms. In addition, the partitions in the upstairs dormitory wings need to be finished. Tasks include: demolition, masonry, framing, electrical, plumbing, sheetrock, trim work, painting, staining, hauling and cleaning. Lunch will be provided.

Mission: Learn

9am – 4pm Saturday, March 24 at Mission Road Congregation

An event to build community, learn about mission, and collaborate together as Midlands Mission Center so we can explore new ways to live out Christ’s Mission. Cost is $10 plus a donation for lunch.

9:00 Registration, Fellowship

9:45 Worship

10:00–10:45 Class Option 1

10:45–11:30 Class Option 2

11:30 Mission Center News and Discussion

12:15 Lunch (Youth Fundraiser)

1:00 Prayer for Peace

1:15–2:00 Class Option 3

2:00–2:45 Class Option 4

3:00–4:00 Mission Center Spring Conference

MMC Spring Conference

At Mission Road Congregation following Mission: Learn.

  • Ordination of Mary Gill to High Priest
  • Setting apart the Mission Center Financial Officer Team
  • Amendment to CACH Bylaws

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