Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – May 12, 2019



In the CACH Monthly Report for April 2019, they listed several items needed.

For the Kitchen: Kool aide mix, lemonade mix, milk, eggs, bleach

For the Homeless: shampoos, soaps for showers, shoes, summer items

For the Thrift Store: kitchen items, underwear, linens, knickknacks

Remember, there is always a need for food items to add to the Food Pantry. If you have donations, bring to church or talk with Susan Clark.


The Adult class will continue discussing "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez.

Next Sunday we will discuss Chapter 37 “The Portuguese Enterprise.” Jonathan Bacon will lead the discussion.


The Adult Sunday School class will complete the study of “The Story of Christianity” Volume 1 within a couple of weeks and then follow up with a discussion of Volume 2 (which covers “The Reformation to the Present Day”) also by Justo L. Gonzales.

New copies of the paperback edition are available for class members for $20 each. If you’re interested in a copy, they’re available on the bookshelf in the Church Library. Funds for the books should be added to your weekly offering with a notation that the additional donation is for the “Adult Class Book.”


The All Good Books group will meet again on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7 PM in the Church Library to discuss "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan. This is one week later than normal in the month.

A link to discussion questions by the publisher is now available online on the book club’s website: https://allbooksclub.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/crazy-rich-asians-in-may/

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

Saira continues to provide care to the Honduran mountain villagers. Each month she sends photos of people she has stitched back together after an accident. Where would these folks go if Saira was not providing this service?

Saira was able to attend a professional nurse’s conference in Mexico in February and came back very excited about the things she learned. This continued professional growth and networking is very important since she works alone.

If you were not able to attend World Conference and pick up a 2018 Program Review, I have attached it for your viewing. (you can access the Stats at https://bit.ly/2Yg2pt4 and the 2018 Impact Brochure at https://bit.ly/2WwpvLi). You can see a photo of the new metal bars added to the truck. These allow Saira to transport people legally in the pick-up bed– like taking children to the dentist!

A new project of HMA is the scholarship assistance to additional auxiliary nursing students. This decision was made at the April Open Membership Meeting. HMA is collaborating with Friends of Education, Honduras to match the $150 stipend it provides to 4 auxiliary nursing students. Even $300 will not begin to cover all the expenses incurred by a student, but it will make a big difference. Several years ago, I was told one father sold his only horse so his daughter could continue this program. When the daughter questioned this decision, he said that he could carry the heavy loads because one day she would be financially able to help the family. What a sacrifice!!

Many people have donated to help with Saira’s salary and keep these Programs improving the lives of people. Thank you for your generosity!

We live in a land of plenty. Last week we took our daughter and son-in-law out for dinner. The bill came to $120 and we thought nothing about it. Is there room in your family budget for $100, $500, or even $1000 to support these Programs?

HMA needs donations to cover these new scholarships and HMA still needs funds for Saira’s Program to continue beyond 2019. Please contact or send your donation to:


1001 West Walnut

Independence, MO 64050

816-833-1000 X 1262



Paula Rummel

HMA International Chair


Come join for family fun, fellowship, fishing, swimming, campfires, canteen, classes, boating, good food, study, and wonderful guest ministry.

Doniphan – Excelsior Springs, MO – June 23 to 27

Guest Minister: Apostle Janné Grover

Director: Josh Huyett 913.707.3905

Chihowa – Perry, KS – July 7 to 12

Guest Minister: Richard Betts, Generosity Team Leader

Director: Sarah Marolf 785.730.5222

Directors are looking for individuals willing to help in many ways. Please call Josh or Sarah and share your ministry.

**Nursery workers must be Youth Worker certified.

2019 Reunion Prices

Adults (age 18+) $240

Youth (age 13-17) $125

Children (age 5-12) $75

Children (age 0-4) $25

**Camperships Are Available**


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


Monday, May 13, 2019, 7:00-8:30 PM – Mission Bells rehearsal in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:30 – Saints’ Choral end of season party.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – No Prayer Circle this week.

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Donna Emslie), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, May 19, 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, May 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – Karen Birkby will speak on the theme "All Encompassing Love" with Kirk Barnhard serving as worship planner and Jonathan Bacon as presider. Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:00 PM – The All Good Books group will meet in the Church Library to discuss “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan.


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:

12 May 2019 message by Clint Reine, filename 20190512-CReine.mp3

5 May 2019 message by Ron Millard, filename 20190505-RMillard.mp3

28 April 2019 message by Arlene Leonard, filename 20190428-ALeonard.mp3

28 April 2019 Business Meeting recording, filename 20190428-Business.Meeting .mp3

21 April 2019 message by Jerry Rushfelt, filename 20190421-GRushfelt.mp3

19 April 2019 Good Friday service, filename 20190419-Good.Friday.mp3

14 April 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20190414-PBennetts.mp3

7 April 2019 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20190407-KBarnhard.mp3


If you know someone in the congregation that 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.


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.


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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