Mission Road Congregational Newsletter – January 19, 2020



Each Sunday after the Sunday School Hour, you’re invited to move into the sanctuary starting around 10:20 AM to prepare for the 10:30 AM worship service. Announcements will be given at 10:25 AM. Following the announcements the musicians in our congregation will provide music for your personal mediation and reflection. We hope that this schedule change will allow you to better prepare for the Worship Service. If you wish to visit with your church friends, we invite you to do so in the Fellowship Hall or after the worship service.


A January Birthday Lunch with be held on January 25 at 11:30 AM at the Olive Garden restaurant at 6750 W 95th St. Overland Park. We will be celebrating all those that have their birthday in January. Please plan to join us. Let Karen know if you are planning to attend so she can reserve space for us at the restaurant. Be sure to put this date on your calendar. (Just East of Metcalf on 95th St)


Prepare Valentine cards to bring for the young people in the Congregation on Sunday February 9th.


The Adult Sunday school class continues to the study of “The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day,” Volume 2, by Justo L. Gonzales.

On Sunday, January 26, 2010, Jane Landrum will lead the discussion of Chapter 33 (“Geographic Expansion”).



I have finished compiling the 2019 data for Saira’s work. Once again, she has had a very busy year with 3158 patient visits and 78,098 doses of medications dispensed.

In August we were helping with some of the village clinics and her total care of the patient is so remarkable. At a recent clinic a child was treated for a kernel of corn in the nose. Having spent most of my nursing career in outpatient surgery, I chuckle at his facial expression. Children are children wherever they live!

Yesterday Saira emailed us about a 38-year-old mother with 3 children who has had abdominal surgery and needs medications. As part of this program, we provide $1000 for Special Medical Needs such as this. Saira asked permission to use $245 for her assistance. The Mission Center Financial Officer in Honduras holds these special funds so there is no delay when needed. Last year only $100 was used to help a man who had had a stroke. We were able to visit with him in August at a clinic and see how well he had recovered. HMA’s international healthcare experience acknowledges that these special needs will arise and your donations make this urgent assistance happen.

Saira continues to provide nursing care at church gatherings at La Buena Fe Campground activities. She provides consultation and care to about 1/3 of the attendees. These visits often extend well into the night and early morning. Saira is seen as a vital member of the staff and very well respected by all ages.

At the monthly clinics Saira sees the diabetics and hypertensive patients first. When you look at the medication doses, diabetic meds account for 12,700 tablets and hypertensive meds account for 16,376 tablets. These two diagnoses represent 37% of medications Saira dispensed. We knew that the cost of medications would be a significant cost to keep the Program running. Saira has a lot of experience treating diabetic and vascular ulcers so people seek her out.

HMA truly appreciates your donations to assist the Honduras Healthcare Program in rural villages. Saira and the Central American Mission Center appreciate your contributions as they help the persons in their country and in their church. They tell us this repeatedly in emails and when we visit in country. We pass along their gratitude and blessings! Thank You for making this Program a success!

Paula Rummel, HMA International Committee Chair

Please send donations to:


1001 West Walnut

Independence, MO 64050

HMACofChrist.org 816-833-1000 ext. 1262

It is nice to hear how the Mission Road Congregation is helping others through our outreach support. Please continue to support this very important ministry.


The Exploring Challenges discussion group will not meet on Sunday January 26th. The next meeting time will be announced.


The next two TWIST weekends have been set. All Middle

School and High School students — mark your calendars!

JAN 24 – 26 @ Bethel

APR 24 – 26 @ Topeka

Regarding the January TWIST gathering: Attention all 6th–12th graders!!! Complete the event registration form found online and bring your TWIST shirt if you have one. A $20 donation is suggested. Please RSVP by January 16 to Alan Keehler 816.810.5690 or Kat Hnatyshyn 816.506.6948.


(Assembly and Worship at the Temple)

When? 2 pm Sunday, March 8, 2020

Resolved, that over the next three years Community of Christ members and leaders discuss the role nonviolence plays in the pursuit of “peace on and for the Earth’” (D&C 165:1d) and in the life and mission of the church.

In response to this 2019 World Conference resolution and in the spirit of reverence and mutual regard, the Justice and Peace Action Team of Central and Midlands MCs will host a worship service and dialogue featuring John Dear, an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence.


Doniphan June 12–16 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Art Smith. Contact: Josh Huyett, (913) 707–3005

Chihowa July 12–17, 2020 with Guest Minister Apostle Dave Nii. Contact: Sarah Marolf (785) 213–8308

***Please note Doniphan reunion date change***


Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Saint’s Chorale practice in the Church Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:35 PM – Prayer Circle in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 8:45 AM – Breakfast (provided by Alisa Morse), join us for conversation and fellowship!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

· 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 Charles Athey.

· Adult Sunday School class – 9:15-10:15 AM, discusses "The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day Volume 2" by Justo Gonzalez, taught by Jonathan Bacon, Paul Bennetts, Marilyn Gairns, Jane Landrum and Dennis Wood in the Church Library.

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:30 AM – Debbie Rushfelt will speak on the theme “Face the Darkness” with Jane Landrum presiding and Roxanne Kosmicki serving as worship planner. Jennifer Libeer will provide the ministry of music and Steve Holben will provide the PowerPoint.


If you are not able to attend the Sunday Worship services at Mission Road, you can listen to our posted podcasts each week. If you miss our worship services and wonderful musical ministry, please join us for the peaceful Spirit of Worship. Links to our weekly podcast are listed below.


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 (20200224 represents February 24, 2020). 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 the most recent audio recordings:

19 January 2020 Testimonies by Paul Bennetts and Jane Landrum, filename 20200119-PBennetts-JLandrum.mp3

12 January 2020 message by Kirk Barnhard, filename 20200112-KBarnhard.mp3

05 January 2020 message by Jerry Rushfelt and the Ordination of Deborah Rushfelt to the Office of Priest, filename 20200105-GRushfelt;Debbie.Rushfelt.Ordination.mp3

29 December 2019 message by Paul Bennetts, filename 20191229-PBennetts.mp3

22 December 2019 Vespers Service recording, filename 20191222-Vespers.mp3

22 December 2019 message by Jonathan Bacon, filename 20191222-JBacon.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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