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Features

Arriving in Style

When you see a stretch limo cruise by, you probably wonder who is inside. A celebrity, a CEO of a large company, a foreign dignitary? For people in the know in Peculiar, they are more likely to think, “Probably some kids going to youth group at their church.”       Peculiar UMC does not ...

Notre Maison: Our House

Gertrude Bein-Aime was a nun with Missionaries for Charity. The organization, founded by Mother Teresa, has two facilities in Haiti, a home for children, in which they provide care to children who are malnourished and extremely ill, and Sans Fil, a home for the dying. While serving ...

Respire

In January of 2011, 24-year-old Megan Boudreaux went to Haiti committed to help and trusting that God would guide her to a way to do that.      What started out as a small feeding program quickly grew to be a school for vulnerable children. Now only six years later, Respire is a ...

Soul Connections

Soul Connections is a Missouri Conference retreat that aims to help clergy and laity take spiritual conversations deeper than they have an opportunity to do in their typical day-to-day life. It is structured so the participants have an opportunity to share stories, listen and connect more ...

Summer Fun with the Bible

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News and Updates

2017 Annual Conference Offerings

Sunday Morning Worship  The Chicuque Rural Hospital (CRH) is a United Methodist supported hospital with more than 150 beds in Mozambique. CRH provides healthcare services to more than 500,000 people in the Inhambane province. The 2017 Mozambique Initiative Annual Conference offering will ...

A Night to Shine

Three years ago the Tim Tebow Foundation launched at Night to Shine, a formal dance for people with special needs. This year First UMC in Sedalia hosted the event for a second time. More than 150,000 volunteers in more than 375 churches around the world served more than 75,000 honored ...

Cyclone Dineo in Mozambique Prompts Lenten Giving Campaign

Cyclone Dineo in Mozambique Prompts Lenten Giving Campaign

On February 15, Cyclone Dineo devastated Methodism’s heart in Mozambique. More than 100 churches and their parsonages were impacted. The historic mission stations of Cambine and Chicuque also sustained significant damage. Outside of the church, Dineo caused more than 100,000 people to be...

Transformational

What does a church do when it has a small lot in front of it that accumulates trash and debris? One young woman at Jefferson Avenue had a vision of establishing a Memory Garden to honor individuals in a pleasant, serene setting. The church’s trustees saw merit in the project and suggested...

Laity Voices

Show No Mercy in Doing Justice

By John Miller When Methodists met, and John Wesley was in their midst, he often took special offerings for the poor, including five in one day from what his brother Charles called the “same poor exhausted people!” Charles said of John and his captive congregation. “He has no mercy on ...

Letters from the Editor

Christian

Fred Koenig
My Dad once said I should be a preacher. His advice wasn’t based on my oratory skills. I couldn’t have been worse in that area. I’m also sure he didn’t think I was in possession of some wisdom that needed to be bestowed on the masses. It was more practical than that. He thought since most ...

From Bishop Farr

Lent: A Journey in Preparations

Bishop Farr
We all know the experience of getting ready for something: Getting ready for a trip, for a birthday party, for Christmas, a big meal or company.       What does it mean to get ready when you don’t know for what you’re getting ready?      The disciples didn’t know for what they were ...

Missouri United Methodist Foundation

Love and ... Gift Annuities

On paper, Deane and Fancine Thompson might not seem to have a lot in common.  She grew up in University City in St. Louis; he grew up on a farm in Indiana.  He is an engineer and number-cruncher by training; she is a creative designer and seller of jewelry.  She is Jewish, and he is United...

Music Matters

Reaching Youth Via Tech

By Ryan McLouth The last few weeks we’ve been talking about technology, sound production and notation—all practical components of worship. This month, let’s talk about getting youth involved with worship.      I think we would all agree that the success of the church and ministry in ...

Wesley in the World Today

Deny Thy Self

Hal Knight
By Hal Knight Wesley argues that these two things—“denying ourselves and taking up our cross”—“are absolutely, indispensably necessary” for discipleship.” Here this why: “If we do not continually deny ourselves, we do not learn of Him, but of other masters. If we do not take up our cross ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Eric Mattson

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Art drew me into photography, and photography has shaken hands with my ministry. Modern photographers tend to care about things like technical mastery, creative composition and lighting, originality and significance of content, captured decisive moments.      This boldly ...

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