Missouri/Arkansas District

Church of the Brethren

July 2016

Frank Mason, 91, of the Warrensburg Church of the Brethren, died on Friday, August 5th, at the Clarence Care Center.  The Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, August 10, at the Clarence United Methodist Church at 10 a.m.  Visitation is on Tuesday evening. Contact Becky Baile Crouse for more information at [email protected] or phone number: 660-422-8165.

Cards may be sent to Martha Mason at:

Clarence Care Center
111 East Street
Clarence, MO 63437

Is everybody enjoying these little songsters? Now I admit, I did attempt to take some pictures (and this is not one of them). Out of about 40 shots I deleted 37 of them. Either I got shaky or they were in a new location faster than I could get ready.

With all of the sugar we have provided, you would think that you could see a weight gain. Ah, no—too much upper body physical training to see them gain an ounce.

They are beautiful, yes?—Marie

A little fish tale….Did Noah Fish?

A Sunday school teacher asked, “Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?” “No, of course not,” said Johnny. “How could he, with only two worms.”

Saturday, August 27th

5 p.m. to ?:?? p.m.


Serving US Pond raised Catfish Fillets, French Fries, Hushpuppies, Slaw, Desserts and more.

Please bring your lawn chairs and join us for an evening of good food and fellowship.


Contact person: Mike Stokes

[email protected]

What is happening at Bethany?

The spring and summer months at Bethany Church of the Brethren have been busy with special services, gatherings, and projects designed to help local and global concerns. In mid-April, I encouraged congregation members to invite their friends and family members, as we held “Bring a Friend to Church” services. Everyone always enjoys this event, and we had over 50 people in attendance that Sunday. On Saturday, April 30th, we held Love Feast in the evening at the church and celebrated together with the Lord’s Supper, the washing of one another’s feet, and a sacred meal at the table.

During the first week of May, we welcomed Rev. Sandy Bosserman and her husband Maurice to our worship hour. Sandy was the guest speaker that morning and a fellowship meal was served afterwards in the church basement. Also in May, Heifer International Representative Susan Mason came to give a short presentation on llamas, leading our children’s time one Sunday. She encouraged our congregants to raise money for llamas to be distributed to families in need globally ($150 buys 1 llama). Over the course of four Sundays, Bethany raised $1200 (enough to buy 8 llamas). The kids and adults both enjoyed learning more about llamas and Heifer International in the process.

On Sunday, May 8th, we honored our mothers with seed packets and a card; and our local graduates with a devotional book and card. Our two high school graduates also received a large quilt from the Bethany Ladies Aid. The two youth were given the opportunity to pick from a variety of different quilts that had been pieced and tacked together by the ladies that meet on Thursdays at the church. On Sunday, June 12th, we conducted a special service in honor of Flag Day (celebrated June 14th). Violinist Don Downing and organist Carol Waters played a patriotic melody while Larry Early narrated a poem entitled “The Ragged Ole Flag” by Johnny Cash. My message that morning was all about Flag Day, sharing some fun and interesting facts surrounding the history of the American Flag. The following week (June 19th), lay speaker Virginia Hollon came and shared God’s message with us from the Gospel of Luke. In addition, two college students (in chiropractor school) we supported through mission work in Haiti came to give a brief report on their travels, while sharing some pictures of their trip. We also celebrated our fathers as we passed out a variety of chocolate candy bars to all of the dads in attendance that day. --Pastor Jason Frazer


The “Weave Us Together” program, what was the sharing of visitors among congregations in the district has been cancelled due to a lack of interest in the program.

Come check this out….

The District office is complete!

Come by and visit Cindy in the office.

Her summer hours are

11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

From Across the DE’s Desk

I have not been able to attend Annual Conference in 12 years. What a conference for my return with two very heated issues on the agenda! Plus, I met my fellow District Executives for the first time and they certainly had opinions about those business items.

Most of all, I felt pain and anguish in our beloved denomination. There was discussion about splitting and churches just staying because the property is held by the district/denomination. People even talked about planning a way for churches to “gracefully leave the denomination” (if such a thing is possible).

Nonetheless, our moderator, Andy Murray, handled the business with grace and compassion which, I felt, spread across the room. People in the lines for a turn to speak at the microphone graciously yielded their turn to others who often did not share the same opinion on an issue. Even before the conference started, I sensed the love of Christ around our DE’s table as we dis-cussed these issues and shared hurt feelings from our congregations and personal lives.

Yes, Brothers and Sisters, we do still “Carry the Light” (our Annual Conference theme) in the Church of the Brethren. Though the darkness is always trying to overcome it, the Light will always win the battle if we hold high the Light of Christ.

Serving Together,


 Contact information for the Missouri Arkansas District Office is as follows:

Mailing Address:    P.O. BOX 177

                             CABOOL, MO 65689

Email Address:       [email protected]

Phone Number:      417-254-0858 

PEACE DAY 2016—How Are You Called to Build Peace?

On Earth Peace invites churches, peacebuilders, and seekers of justice to participate in Peace Day 2016. Plan a prayer service or community action event and reflect on how you and your community are called to build peace during the week surrounding September 21, 2016.

We are all called to build peace in unique and transformative ways. Some are called to resist and undo racism, some to pray without ceasing, others to heal God’s creation, and others to stop war.

Some are called to build peace in their neighborhood, in their church congregation, in their local community, or somewhere across the world.

This Peace Day we invite you to follow God’s call to wherever you and your church community can build peace together to God’s glory and your neighbor’s good.

Learn more about Peace Day and get involved:

  • Tell us what you’re planning and how we can help!
  • Follow us on Twitter @peacedaypray
  • Join the Peace Day Facebook Group Conversation

Special Events coming up….

    If any Mo/Ark Brethren happen to be traveling through Kansas in August, you are invited to attend our 50th anniversary party which will be held at Mayfield, just off U.S. Highway 160, seven miles west of Wellington, on Saturday, August 13th, from the noon potluck, and   a 2 o’clock "entertainment" 50/50 auction for Heifer International (for the purchase of a goat), then through a 3 p.m. with a cake and punch reception.  You are invited to attend all or a part of our day! 

We will be celebrating at the Mayfield, Kansas, Community Center.  Mayfield can be reached by taking the Kansas turnpike through the state to the last exit, which is the Wellington-US Highway 160 exit.  Go west through Wellington and keep on 7 more miles to the Mayfield corner.  Turn left to the first exit into town...left again for two block to the Green Steel Center.

          P.S.  This route will take you through some beautiful Southeast Kansas scenery!

Kansas…the land of ahhhhhhhhhhhhs. J

Lorene and Byron Moore

Turkey Creek Church to Celebrate

the 80th Birthday

of Joyce Bybee-Brown

The congregation of the Turkey Creek Church of the Brethren will be celebrating the 80th birthday of life-long member Joyce Bybee-Brown on September 11th. The day will begin with Sunday School at 10 a.m. followed by worship. There will be a carry-in dinner after worship service is over with a reception following lunch and plenty of birthday cake.

If you are not able attend, you may send greetings to Joyce at the following address:

20524 Hwy CC

Warsaw, MO 65355

A   Sunday school teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most   quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23.  She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.  Little Rick was excited about the task - but he   just couldn't remember the Psalm.  After much practice, he could barely   get past the first line. On   the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the   congregation, Ricky was so nervous.  When it was his turn, he stepped up   to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I   need to know."


If you can add this to the newsletter I would appreciate it. The district is trying to finish putting together a budget for 2017. 

If you church has not sent in your commitment for 2017 we would appreciate it soon.  So far I have commitments from Turkey Creek, Messiah, Spring Branch and Broadwater.

We would like this by July 22nd.

Send to Paul Landes at [email protected] 

or 816-231-1347 or 

Paul Landes

11911 E 62nd St

Kansas City, MO 64133


Happenings at Messiah………………

The Messiah Women’s Fellowship has been busy sewing dolls for Nigeria. “Later this spring representatives of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) will be traveling to Nigeria to work on trauma healing with children, working with women theologians of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria).”

We also will work directly with women and children who have been affected by the violence of Boko Haram. As part of the curriculum being developed for this work, we will be taking art and play materials to Nigeria to distribute to those who will be conducting trauma healing training workshops.

CDS invites anyone who likes to sew to help make 100 hand-sewn soft dolls and stuffed animals (new only, not used) to use as examples of the kinds of comfort items that could be made locally in the future.

from Church of the Brethren Newline

Could someone investigate the continuing need for these items and maybe more of us would get on board to make them

AND…The women @ Messiah have been making lap robes for the Cancer Center and baby blankets for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

It was a joy to join First Central Church of the Brethren on July 3rd to watch the Annual Conference morning worship. Both congregations shared a meal together that day!

Registrations and Reports Due

Please remember to send in your registration for the delegates from your church to Lisa Irle by July 20th. Every church is allowed 4 delegates: pastor, moderator or board chair, and 2 members at large. This does not register them for attendance at District Conference.

All people who are attending District Conference need to fill out a registration form and mail it to Cindy with the registration fee of $20 per adult. All churches have received a copy of the registration form in the mail which can be copied for your church use. Also, the registration form and information can be found at the district website: www.missouriarkansasbrethren.org The form is an old one but the only thing that has changed would be that rooms in the Lake View Lodge and Dogwood Lodge are available at $80 each. All meetings will be held in the Lake View Lodge. Please list any special needs!

Also, all reports are due at the District Office by August 1st including a report from your congregation on the ways in which your church has demonstrated “Servant Love” in the past year.

Hammond Mill is only 2 weeks away!



July 31st-August 6th

Need somewhere to cool off?

Blue Springs is there for you.



Opening: Sun.--July 31st at 3:00 p.m.

Closing: Sat.--August 6th at 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $85.00 for the week

$20 extra for canoe trip

Registration date has past….but don’t despair. You are welcome. If you are coming and for more info contact:

Tommie Leet, camp manager

HCR 67 Box 124 A

Warsaw, MO 65355


FACEBOOK or [email protected]

DAY VISITS WELCOME for those of you unable to come for the week--Go out on a limb and swing by for a visit.

NOTE—Congregations without campers or leadership to send may be part of this annual outdoor ministry for the district.

First and foremost—please keep those involved in the MO/AR District camping program in your daily prayers.

Second—if your group would like to donate food items for the kitchen—homemade cookies, garden veggies, fresh or canned fruit, breakfast cereals, lemonade drink mix or Koolaid--let’s say send with someone who you know is coming our way. We can always incorporate these into the menu.

Third—if your congregation or individuals within your congregation would like to donate funds to be used for camp scholarships or camp operating expenses—these are always welcome.

Our campers will be divided into three age groups…Seedlings, Sprouts, and Saplings. We are looking forward to a “tree”-mendous time together.

Upcoming Events-Mark your calendars!

July 20th--Delegate registrations are due to the District Clerk, Lisa Irle

July 23rd--District Leadership Team meeting in Bolivar, MO, in the home of Tommie Leet

July 27th--Registration forms for District Conference are due at the District Office

July 30th-Aug. 6th--District Church Camp at Hammond Mill Camp—DE in attendance

August 1st--All reports are due for the District Conference Booklet

August 13th—Byron and Lorene Moore’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in Kansas


September 11th--80th birthday celebration of Joyce Bybee-Brown at Turkey Creek

September 16th-17th---District Conference at Windermere Conference Center in Roach, MO

September 21st---International Day of Peace

September 25th---Peace Sunday

October 15th HOMECOMING @ McPherson College

October 17th-19th---CODE West meeting in McPherson, KS

October 21st-22nd---Fall Minister/Spouse Retreat 

One last laugh….


The   preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed   his head for a moment before starting his sermon.  One day, she asked him why. "Well, Honey," he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages.  "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon."

"How come He doesn't answer it?" she asked.