Merry Christmas – Mission Road Newsletter – December 23, 2018



The number of breakfast volunteers has recently been reduced from 5 to 4. We need more volunteers willing to provide the Sunday morning breakfast (of donuts, bagels, milk and OJ). If you’re available to cover January 12, please inform the Pastors. We really are in need for 2-3 more volunteers (starting in March) to volunteer on a regular basis. If we had 7 volunteers total (3 more than our current 4) each volunteer would only have to cover 1 or 2 breakfasts every quarter. If you want to know more about what is required contact one of the current volunteers ( Karen Birkby, Marge Trinkl, Bob Andes or Jonathan Bacon).


The Adult Class will continue to the study of "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez each Sunday.

Next week’s class will complete the discussion of Chapter 26 “The End of an Era” and Chapter 27 “The New Order.” Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.


With Daylight Savings time going away and the fall colors are showing their beauty it’s time to think about Ole Man Winter coming soon. With the arrival of winter, it means colder weather and perhaps some snow. It’s also time to remember to clean out the closet of the gently used coat that you don’t plan to wear anymore and help someone else keep warm this winter. If that’s not the case with you perhaps you can afford to spend a few dollars on a new coat for someone else. Central Avenue Center of Hope is starting the annual winter coat drive. Please remember those that may need a new coat this winter. Please hang up your coat gift on the coat rack by the office door. Look for the sign.


Remember to also add to the collection of gloves and mittens being collected for Central Avenue Center of Hope. Tis the Season.


Do you know who your delegates are to the 2019 Community of Christ World Conference? Here’s the list:

Karen Birkby

Kennetha Kuttler

John O’Neal

Adrienne Reine

Clint Reine

Deborah Rushfelt


The All Good Books group will discuss "With Love, Wherever You Are" by Dandi Daley Mackall at our next meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 PM. No meeting is planned for December 2018.

Discussion questions for the January novel will be posted soon.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at


Honduras Nurse program

For the past two years, the Mission Road family has shared generously with HMA in our effort to provide health care to residents of remote villages in Honduras. These are people who would not receive any professional health care if not for the visits provided by our dedicated nurse, Saira Giron and the Health Teams of HMA. 85% of the donations to this program go for providing nurse’s salary, advanced training, medications and clinic supplies and transportation costs to get to the villages. The remaining 15% covers the costs of postage, wire transfers, and a small amount for preparing and printing the pledge brochures. All health care teams provide 100% of their own costs for travel, room and board and insurance. All the Board members for HMA are unpaid volunteers.

If you are willing and able to make a pledge to help us continue to provide for this program in 2019, please complete a pledge form (found in Sunday’s bulletin) and return to Paul Bennetts. Or provide Paul with your name, address, and pledge amount for 2019.


We’ll be offering the following courses over the next couple of weekends.

We will be providing other courses for other offices and Introduction to Scripture during Jan-March. Please forward scheduling requests to StanTroeh.

The teaching staff includes: Stan & Grace Troeh and Kyle Joyce.

Introduction to Priesthood Ministry:

When: Saturday, December 29 9A-5P and Sunday, December 30 afternoon 2 or 3PM per class decision for roughly 2 hours.

Where: Bethel Congregation, 8510 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109

Text: (from Herald House — $29.95 paper, $12.95 pdf)

Ministry of the Priest:

When: Friday, January 4, 7-9PM and Saturday, January 5 9-5 or as adjusted by class decision.

Where: Bethel Congregation, 8510 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109

Text: (from Herald House — $29.95 paper, $12.95 pdf)


Please update your listing in the Congregational Directory that is on the table in the narthex. If you’ve given Clint updates and they are not reflected in the printed draft, don’t worry. The changes are added after every printing! If you want your picture updated, please see Clint at church so he can take a new photo of you. If you have any other updates write them down on the copy on the table in the narthex. Thanks!


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.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – All Church Activities Canceled.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Karen Birkby), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, December 30, 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 "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:30 AM – Kennetha Kuttler will speak on the theme "Grow in Wisdom" with Charles Athey serving as presider and worship planner. Susan and Merrill Clark will provide the ministry of music and Brian Libeer will provide the PowerPoint.


Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at This is a short URL for a Google Drive folder with past recordings.

Recordings are located in folders corresponding to the year (e.g., 2017, 2018). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

Each audio recording begins with the date of the service (20180805 represents August 5, 2018). The date is followed by a dash and the first initial and last name of the speaker.

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:

23 December 2018 message by John O’Neal, filename 20181223-JONeal.mp3

16 December 2018 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20181216-ALeonard.mp3

9 December 2018 message by Brian Libeer, filename 20181209-BLibeer.mp3

2 December 2018 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20181202-JRushfelt.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 our Congregational Pastoral Care Coordinator.


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 link to Mission Road worship service audio recordings 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 are both in the Church Directory.

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