Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – May 20, 2019



The next meeting of the All Good Books group will be this Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7 PM in the Church Library. We’ll discuss "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan.

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/.


Over the next month, we’ll have two offerings during each service: the regular one and a “noisy offering” for change that will go to Camp MITIOG. So, bring your checks, cash and noisy change so we can make a lot of noise for MITIOG. All funds up to $1500 going to MITIOG will be matched by a grant fund.

If you wish to contribute directly, make checks payable to: MITIOG and put “For Camp MITIOG” in the memo. Checks may be mailed to: MITIOG, 5919 Woodson Road, Suite 211, Mission, Kansas 66202.


Work will begin this coming Friday on replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the main sanctuary. We do not anticipate it being completed by next Sunday, so if the room becomes too warm, we’ll move the worship service into the Fellowship Hall or Children’s Library because they will not be affected by the repair work.


Plans are for the Adult Sunday school class to finish discussing "The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Volume 1" by Justo Gonzalez next Sunday. We’ll cover the remainder of Chapter 37 “The Portuguese Enterprise” and all of Chapter 38 “The New World and the Old.” Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.

On June 2, 2019, the class will begin the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, also by Justo L. Gonzales.

We still have a few copies of the paperback edition available for class members @$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.”


Russ May recently was able to digitize two old (1988) audio cassette tapes and make them available online. Simply go to https://bit.ly/2MSgZW8 and select the 1988 folder. The recordings include:

31 July 1988 message by Greg Stollsteimer and ordination of Russ May, filename 19880731-GStollsteimer;Russ.May.ordination.mp3

28 August 1988 message by John Pennington, filename 19880828-JPennington.mp3

If you happen to still have some of the cassette tapes made before 2012, and especially those made before 2000, Russ would love to borrow them so he can put them online. Please consider lending your church service audio cassette tapes (pre-2012) to Russ while he digitizes the recordings.


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.


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 20, 2019 – Mission Bells PARTY to celebrate the completion of another year of ministry!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:30 PM – Prayer Circle meets in the Church Library.

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.

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Caryn Brown), join us for conversation and fellowship.

Sunday, May 26, 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 26, 2019, 10:30 AM – Kennetha Kuttler will speak on the theme "Listen for the Holy Spirit" with Paul Bennetts serving as worship planner and presider. Robert Sindt will provide the PowerPoint and the service will include an instrumental ministry of music.


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:

19 May 2019 message by Karen Birkby, filename 20190519-KBirkby.mp3

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

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