Mission Road Congregational News – March 10, 2019



Paul Hedrick is recovering from pneumonia at Advanced Health Care of Overland Park (4700 Indian Creek Pkwy, Overland Park, KS). Arlene Leonard is organizing meals for Janice, if anyone can assist. Paul is receptive to visitors and Janice could use visits and phone calls. And of course, Paul and Janice can use your prayers.

Memorial services will be held for Lonnie Jesser, Renata Ann Jesser-Wehry and Terry Wehry on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10 AM at the Webb Road Community of Christ (3500 S. Webb Road, Wichita, KS). Lonnie and Renata Ann are Wanetta Baldwin’s niece and nephew. Terry is Wanetta’s nephew-in-law.

The three were killed in a head-on collision when a semi-tractor trailer crossed the median and struck their passenger car on K-254 northeast of Wichita.

Wanetta and her husband Bill Baldwin are former members of the Mission Road Congregation. Please remember the entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

Funeral Services

Dr. Jeremy Strom’s grandmother Betty Strom passed away on March 7th. Funeral Services will be held in Chadron, Nebraska on Thursday March 14th. Cards are appreciated.


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 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 32 (“The Golden Age of Medieval Christianity”). Jane Landrum will lead the class discussion.


At the current pace, the Adulty Sunday School class will finish studying “The Story of Christianity: Volume 1” in early May 2019. The following books have been suggested as topics for discussion. Voting for the next book/topic began today and will conclude next Sunday during class time.

Suggestions on the ballot 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

· How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns

· 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


A bridal shower for Peggy Kearns, fiancée of Adam Hoehn, will be held on Sunday March 24, 2019, at the home of Dorothy and Russ May, 8005 Fontana, Prairie Village KS. Peggy and Adam are registered at https://www.theknot.com/us/margaret-kearns-and-adam-hoehn-apr-2019

Please RSVP to Debbie Rushfelt 913 226 3617, or Dorothy May 913 341 9031 by Sunday March 17, 2019.


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 All Good Books group will meet in March to discuss "Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World" by Eileen McNamara. The next meeting date is 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


In the future, if inclement weather forces the cancellation of church services at Mission Road, we’ll post the closing on our church Facebook page, send a message to the church email list and list the closing on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41.

Be sure to check the TV listings for either "Community of Christ – Mission Road" (KSHB 41) or "Community of Christ – Prairie Village" (KCTV5). The listing will be under one of those two names.


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, March 13, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM – Saints’ Choral Rehearsal in Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle in Church Library.

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Arlene Leonard), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, March 17, 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 17, 2019, 10:30 AM – Steve Holben will speak on the theme "Boldly Persevere" with Roxann Kosmicki serving as worship planner and Robin Payne serving as presider. Pennie Bunkers will provide the ministry of music and Jonathan Bacon will provide the PowerPoint.

Monday, March 18, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal.

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books group will meet to discuss "Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World" by Eileen McNamara in the Church Library.


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:

10 March 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon will be posted shortly, filename 20190310-JBacon.mp3

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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