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March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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...

March 24, 2017

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...

March 24, 2017

Christian

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

Deny Thy Self

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 ...

March 24, 2017

Global Mission Fellow Works with Jubilee Initiative to Combat Predatory Lending

By Larry R. Hygh, Jr. “I was born and raised a Methodist and had this feeling from when I was little that I wanted to do something cool when I grew up,” says Margaret “Maggie” Lohmeyer. That “something cool” for ...

March 24, 2017

Lent: A Journey in Preparations

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

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!” ...

March 24, 2017

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 ...

March 24, 2017

Summer Fun with the Bible

Spring has sprung, which means summer is just around the corner. For many churches, summer means Vacation Bible School. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on with VBS at a few of our local churches around the ...

March 24, 2017

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...

March 03, 2017

10th Annual Leadership Institute Featuring Popular Speaker, Reverend Dr. Mike Slaughter

On April 27, 2017, Reverend Dr. Mike Slaughter will present “The Passionate Church: Ignite Your Church and Change the World” at the 10th Annual Leadership Institute at Central Methodist University, sponsored by the ...

March 03, 2017

5 Things You Missed at WOW17

At WOW17, speaker Rev. Telley Gadson had the crowd shouting “WOW!” in awe of what God has done; and what an awe-filled weekend it was. In late January, youth from the state gathered in Springfield for a WOW weekend ...

March 03, 2017

Education and the church in Mozambique

By Craig Stevenson 2016 proved to be a wonderful year. Thanks to the generosity of our congregations and people within Missouri, the Mozambique Initiative provided $670,271.56 in ministry support last year. We drilled...

March 03, 2017

Four Corners: Southeast

Ask someone in mid-Missouri to name a town in the southeast corner of the state, and the answer you’ll probably get is Cape Girardeau. That answer would probably get a chuckle out of someone in Pemiscot County, where ...

March 03, 2017

Getting Closer to God During Lent

By Amy Thompson Well, Missouri Methodists, we are entering the season of Lent. Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter, excluding Sundays. It begins with Ash Wednesday. If you have attended an Ash Wednesday service then you...

March 03, 2017

Missouri in Haiti

Last year the Missouri Conference celebrated 200 years of Methodism and recognized churches that had been around since the beginning. Haiti celebrated 200 years of Methodism last month. The current relationship between ...

March 03, 2017

Motivation Behind Discipleship

By Dr. Hal Knight What motivates someone to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? While not using the term “disciple,” John Wesley identifies two types of motivations to follow Jesus, both of which are in response to God and ...

March 03, 2017

New Conference Directors

Bishop Bob Farr announced his intent to appoint Rev. Tina Harris as Director of Mission, Service and Justice and Rev. Jeff Baker as Director of Next Generations effective July 1.      These Cabinet-level appointments ...

March 03, 2017

Notes on Notation

By Ryan McLouth I’m excited to be back with you again this month, continuing the discussion about practical and technical components of worship. Last month we discussed how to get the best sound from your worship team ...

March 03, 2017

Parting Shot

Ansel Adams said “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” From ...

March 03, 2017

Roger Ross Named Director for the Center of Congregational Excellence

Bishop Bob Farr announced his intent to appoint the Rev. Dr. Roger Ross as Director for the Center of Congregational Excellence. Ross is currently serving as senior pastor of First UMC in Springfield, Illinois, in the ...

March 03, 2017

Supporting the Connection

The churches of the Missouri Annual Conference again paid Conference apportionments at near-record levels. Conference leadership and Bishop Bob Farr are especially grateful to the churches that paid 100% or more. The ...

March 02, 2017

Marching in Unity

  Missouri Bishop Bob Farr opened the Martin Luther King Day Unity Walk in Wentzville this year as part of his pledged monthly effort to engage with African American communities across the state.       “If there’s ...

February 17, 2017

Bicentennial of Methodism in Haiti

It has been 200 years since Methodism first came to Haiti, at the request of Francis Reynalds, captain of the ship Hebe. You can read about that, and how Methodism has developed since, in Leslie Griffith’s ...

February 17, 2017

Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Impact Assessment Taking Place

On Wednesday, Feb. 15th, Cyclone Dineo made landfall with the worst of the storm hitting the historic and heart of strong United Methodist areas in Mozambique. With sustained winds of 70 MPH, gusts of more than 100 MPH, ...

February 17, 2017

Haiti is complicated

If you want to know more, I’d suggest trying the library. The one down the street from my house has about 120 books and videos on Haiti in the nonfiction section. Many are about natural disaster. Some focus on political ...

February 17, 2017

Listening and Taking Action

Over the last four months, I’ve had the privilege of traveling the Missouri Conference and engaging in 33 listening session across seven of our nine districts. Over 300 clergy and lay persons have come together around ...

February 13, 2017

Bishop Farr Lifts up Social Justice and Next Generations as Priorities Moving Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Jenne, Director of Connectional Ministries kjenne@moumethodist.org (573) 441-1770   Bishop Farr Lifts up Social Justice and Next Generations as Priorities Moving Forward   ...

February 01, 2017

A Light in the Darkness

We hear Jesus say, “I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35), and it sounds simple. Yet, to fulfill his call to be with “the least of them” in prison is a little more complicated and a whole lot more ...

February 01, 2017

Becoming a Disciple

By Hal Knight At the end of Matthew’s gospel, the risen Jesus tells his disciples to go and make more disciples, from people of all nations. The current mission of the United Methodist Church echoes this: “to make ...

February 01, 2017

Conference Awards Call for Nominations

Unity Award Call for Nominations The Values Team of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church is now receiving nominations for the Unity Award. The Unity Award celebrates the spirit and work of an individual...

February 01, 2017

Gardens, Grants and Grace

Manchester UMC Ministry Grant of $1,000 The Young Adult Ministry at Manchester United Methodist Church has worked to switch its mission focus from working “for” persons in need of assistance to working “with” those same...

February 01, 2017

Letter from the Editor: Missed Opportunity

Now that we’re nearly a year past the first parts of last year’s General Conference, I’m going to share with you what was, for me, the low point of the whole thing.      The delegates were on break. I was in the lobby, ...

February 01, 2017

Lifting Up Downtown

Resurrection Downtown moving forward with building new church.

February 01, 2017

New Boundaries Video Resource

There is a new free, downloadable learning resource available that has been produced for Pastor Parish Relations Committees on clergy boundaries. The resource is designed specifically with lay leadership and paid and ...

February 01, 2017

Onward in God's Name

Some of you know that I’m a big Francis Asbury fan. Asbury was America’s first Methodist Bishop. In fact, he was ordained, made deacon, made elder and commissioned a bishop all in three days. (The procedures were a ...

February 01, 2017

Opportunity Missed

Now that we’re nearly a year past the first parts of last year’s General Conference, I’m going to share with you what was, for me, the low point of the whole thing.      The delegates were on break. I was in the lobby, ...

February 01, 2017

Parting Shot

Street photography is about building an intentional bridge into the human experience, about engagement between artist and life. As with all bridges, the photographer must cross over and stand on the other side with the ...

February 01, 2017

Rural Ministry in Missouri

By Karen Shearer, Mark Twain District Lay Leader A pastor friend of mine recently sent me some statistics that may be surprising: 77 percent of our United Methodist churches here in Missouri have weekly attendance of ...

February 01, 2017

Safe to Sleep

Romona Baker has been working with Safe To Sleep to provide emergency shelter to homeless women in Springfield for five years. Yet, during a routine interview with reporter asking basic questions about the program, she...

February 01, 2017

Small Church Baptizes a Dozen

Prairie Chapel celebrated the baptism of 12 into the universal church on November 6th. It was years in the making.       Claire and Cody biked past the church one Saturday, looked for information on the web only to find ...

February 01, 2017

Social Issues and the Rural Church

This story is the final installment of a four-part series exploring ways the University of Missouri-Columbia Rural Sociology Department has been and continues to be engaged with United Methodist Churches in rural ...

February 01, 2017

Sound Advice

By Ryan McLouth I hope your new year is off to a great start, and that your Christmas season was fantastic. Heading into the new year, I am reminded of things that I told myself I would focus on to facilitate successful...

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