Mission Road Congregational News – February 24, 2019



Please join us starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Mission Road Congregation for an opportunity to learn in the morning and participate in the spring MMC conference in the afternoon.

Class options include:

· CofC Financial Challenges and Opportunities – with Janné Grover

· Congregational Blessings and Visioning – with Mary Gill

· Outreach Through Electronic & Social Media – with Jim Fairchild

· Youth Worker Registration – with Dave Hall

Lunch will be provided by the youth as a fundraiser to help cover summer camp costs.

After lunch Janné Grover and Barb Borkowski will provide World Conference updates and information. World Conference delegates please plan to attend to join in discussions in preparation for your service in April.

The Spring MMC Conference will begin at 2:00 PM.


If you have not taken the Youth Worker Registration classes please plan to attend the class during the Mission Learn. Only those that have taken the Youth Registration classes will be able to teach or assist in youth classes and help in the nursery. Check with Clint to see if you are listed on the Church Youth Worker Registry.


The Center of Hope Food Pantry can use non-perishable food year-round. The need never ends. Remember, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Next time you’re shopping, why not get an extra box of breakfast cereal, rolls of toilet paper, school supplies, a canned good or two or whatever the spirit leads you to offer.


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 discuss Chapter 31 (“The Offensive Against Islam”). Paul Bennetts will lead the class discussion.


At the current pace, we’ll finish the study of “The Story of Christianity: Volume 1” in late March 2019. Over the next few weeks, the teachers invite members to suggest books or topics for discussion. You can share your ideas with any of the four teachers (Jane Landrum, Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts or Dennis Wood). We’ll discuss options during class.

Suggestions to date include the following (in alphabetical order):

· A People’s History of Christianity – The Other Side of the Story by Diana Butler Bass

· Christianity for the Rest of Us – How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith by Diana Butler Bass

· If the Church Were Christian – Rediscovering the Values of Jesus by Philip Gulley

· Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli

· Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine

· The Story of the Christianity: Volume 2, The Reformation to the Present Day by Justo L. Gonzales


With the days starting to slowly get longer we are still a long way from seeing Ole Man Winter leaving 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 in the midst of their 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.


The All Good Books group will not meet in February but will resume meeting in March. We’ll discuss "Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World" by Eileen McNamara at the next meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7 PM in the Church Library.

Discussion questions for the biography will be posted on the book club website at http://allbooksclub.wordpress.com soon.

The schedule of upcoming books for discussion is always available at https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/meeting-dates-books/.


June 9–14 Senior High Camp @ Chihowa

June 16–21 Middle School Camp @ Chihowa

June 23–27 Doniphan Reunion

June 29–July3 Junior Camp

July 7–12 Chihowa Reunion

July 20–27 Spectacular @ Graceland

July 21–26 MITIOG @ Doniphan

August 1–3 Youth Quest @ Olathe


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.


Monday, February 25, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Choral Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in Church Library.

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Alisa Morse), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

· 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, March 3, 2019, 10:30 AM – Brian Libeer will speak on the theme "Experience the Mountaintop" with Clint Reine serving as worship planner and presider. Brad Athey will provide the ministry of music and Kennetha Kuttler will provide the PowerPoint.


Audio recordings of past worship services are available online at https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8. 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 (20190224 represents February 24, 2019). 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:

24 February 2019 message by Larry Birkby, filename 20190224-LBirkby.mp3

3 February 2019 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20190203-KBirkby.mp3

27 January 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20190127-CReine.mp3

20 January 2019 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20190120-KBarnhard.mp3

06 January 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20190106-JBacon.mps. The YouTube video shown during the Communion Message is available at https://youtu.be/oHv6vTKD6lg

30 December 2018 message by Kennetha Kuttler, filename 20181230-KKuttler.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 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://bit.ly/2MSgZW8

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 are both in the Church Directory.

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