Central Mission Center
will be closed
Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day

Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center celebrates 75 years of service in 2019!
We need photographs of people & buildings at camps, retreats and reunions.
We’d prefer electronic files, but will take hard copies with name and info on the back.
Send to or 500 W. Pacific Ave, Independence MO

Reunion & Camp Registrations Open


  • August 4-10, Adventurer’s Reunion You are invited to “Reconnect” with friends from many places, coming together to create sacred community.  This adventure is NOT for the faint of heart. Activities will include strenuous high altitude hikes, white water rafting & horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies. Singing, playing, laughing, dialogue and worship will be some elements of this unique gathering!  God will be waiting! There is NO programming for children or youth. We will be offering excursions during the trip (whitewater rafting and horseback riding will be an additional fee). Attendees must be 1 year out of high school or older to attend. Click Here for more details.
  • May 23,26 Child Protection Training at the Family Life Center (500 W Pacific Ave, Independence) at 6:00 pm on Thursdays ( May 23) and 1:30 pm on Sundays (May 26).  For children and youth workers, CIT’s, camp staff, ordinands, and priesthood who have not yet taken the class. Please register with Tyler Horringa ( with your name, contact info, and date you will be attending. Participants only need to sign up for & attend one training date.

Esperanza and Harambe Reunions  

A message from the reunion directors:

We are excitedly planning reunion and hope many of you can join us at Lake Doniphan this summer! Both Esperanza and Harambe Reunions are family camps that will be full of worship, fun, and fellowship. Just choose the dates that work best for you. We want to encourage everyone to please indicate on your registration if you are willing to help in any way (assisting in worship, music, children’s classes, prayer for peace, unique talents that might be part of a breakout class or activity, etc.). Your registration is the best way for us to know who is able to help. Thanks, and see you soon! For more info CLICK HERE


  • eLearning Classes: Registration begins March 22 (first come, first-served.
    • Children & Youth Core Training (0106) Students work through the training necessary to prepare for registration (note: C&YW Registration is not complete until training, application, and approval as required).April 7—July 15 (class takes about a week and can be completed anytime between these dates).

Please visit and click on “USA Registration Form” page after March 22.


  • MOMS meets on first and third Fridays from 9:45 am-noon at Colonial Hills (3539 S 7 Hwy Blue Springs).  For young children please bring a labeled sippy cup, stroller, and diaper bag.  For more information Click Here
  • 1st,2nd & 4th Thursdays 10:00 am—2:00 pm, Crochet skills needed for plastic mat preparation for the homeless at Village Heights
  • First Fridays at East 39th Congregation—Project Linus Blanket Day sewing ministry. Contact Sharon Parcel 816-289-7593 or
  • May 22, 3:00-7:00pm Blood Drive at Beacon Heights (19402 E. Holke Rd., Independence).  Early scheduling encouraged , enter BH.  Contact Larry Martin: or 816-550-4429.”
  • May 25, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Osage Hills Annual Garage Sale in the parking lot west of McDonalds on 24 & 291 Hwys.


  • July 8—11, 9 am—Noon, Music & Art Kids’ Arts Camp Imagine and Create at Good Shepherd, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd. KCMO. For kids who have completed grades 1-7. Mark your calendars and watch for registration details that will be posted here on April 28. Fourteen interesting and fun classes; all of the favorites & some new classes to choose from. Looking forward to seeing Returning Campers and to meeting First Timers!
  • Wednesdays  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Kids’ Club for grades K-5 1st & 3rd Wednesday s at Woods Chapel and 2nd & 4th at Lee’s Summit.  Dinner served weekly at both locations (LS at 5:30 pm—WC at 6:00pm).
  • ALL AGES WELCOME  Colonial Hills Youth Ministries invites you to Play Group (birth-pre-k), Community Kid’s Club (K-5th), or Youth Group (6th-12th) where we meet regularly.  Join us as you would like! Calendars of events may be found at
  • GRACELAND UNIVERSITY Your Church/Your School…”The Power of Together.” Contact your admissions counselor, Kevin Brown, for information on joining the Graceland Family. or 641-784-5149


  • Graceland Alumni Coffee Clubs at Perkins Restaurant (Hwy 291 and 39th, Independence). One meets at 10:00 am on the First Friday of each month and the other at 11:30 am on the second Monday of each month. Come join us for great fellowship and information about all the exciting “happenings” at Graceland. You are welcome to join one or both groups. Questions? Call Yvonne Donald, 816-478-9765 or Gretchen Booz, 816-847-8074.
  • TODAY, 6:00—7:00 pm Open Mic Event to share Poetry & Music @ Main Street Coffee House. No age limits! Sponsored by Stone Church Ministry of the Arts (Informal Arts Ministry…I AM). Contact Marcia Pugh Or Stone Church 254-2211.


  • June 23rd-27th; at Colonial Hills Sunday-Breakfast at 8:30, Activities 9:15-11:30; M-Th-Dinner at 5:30, Activities 6:15-8:30. To register, visit   Directors:  Donna Sheehy and Whitney Sheehy


  • The Peace Pavilion is greatly in need of volunteer tour docents. Docents teach a brief peace lesson and explain the exhibits to visitors.  Tours are usually scheduled in the morning on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays.  If you enjoy working with children and have completed the Child Protection Training or are willing to do so please contact or 816-521-3033 for more info. 
  • MOMS group is seeking Childcare volunteers. Grandparents and friends who would like to help are needed on first and third Fridays from 9:45 am–noon at Colonial Hills congregation (3539 S 7 Hwy Blue Springs.) Thank you for spreading the word! Please let Greg Wilson ( know of volunteers.


  • Intern Positions at IHQ: History Intern—Nauvoo and History Intern—Kirtland. If interested go Applications accepted until positions are filled.
  • Part-time position at IHQ: Facilities Housekeeping and Set-Up. The position description and application can be found at

Multiple positions are available at Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center. 

Seasonal Leadership Program (19 years and older, great for college students)

  • Kitchen Assistant – Training, certification and responsibility will focus on Hospitality and Food Service. Specific responsibilities may include office and guest support, meal preparation, inventory, sanitary/safety requirements, etc. Staff may live on site during summer season, and be provided housing and meals.
  • Grounds Keeper – Training, certification and responsibility will focus on Grounds Upkeep and Maintenance. Specific responsibilities may include office and guest support, landscape maintenance, small engine maintenance/care, inventory, sanitary/safety requirements, etc. Staff may live on site during summer season, and be provided housing and meals.
  • Summer Activities staff – Training, certification and responsibility will focus on four areas Program, Administration/Hospitality and Program/Water Safety. Specific responsibilities may include lifeguard, waterfront, sports, office and guest support, pool management, archery instruction, small watercraft instruction, leading games/activities, sanitary/safety requirements, etc. Participants will reside at the campgrounds, and work 35-45 hours per week from approx. May 22 through August 11.

Permanent full-time

  • Maintenance & Grounds Keeping Manager – Responsibilities include but are not limited to, overseeing the daily operations of the maintenance of camp property including scheduling and supervision of full time, part time and seasonal employees; developing, implementing, and monitoring progress of a strategic plan for the facilities and grounds maintenance department; performing and managing a wide array of repairs including mechanical, plumbing, electrical, structural, HVAC, vehicles, painting, etc.; supervising grounds keeping operations and staff to maintain grounds and facilities to provide a safe, attractive, and clean environment for all, assisting where needed. Hands on and direct participation in all aspects of facilities and grounds maintenance expected.

Questions or interest please contact Katelin Calhoun at