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August 2018

August 2018

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Advance Planning For Advent

Advance Planning For Advent

By Fred Koenig It’s hot outside, and there’s still more than a month of summer ahead. Even though back-to-school time is closing in, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad to begin to think about ... Advent. Some Missouri Conference pastors have shared things they’ve done in their church to honor ...

Keep Families Together

Keep Families Together

By Fred Koenig Francis Street First United Methodist Church in St. Joseph hosted a rally on June 30 on behalf of the Interfaith Alliance to show support for children and families who have been separated at the border. People were invited to bring a pair of new shoes (child-youth) to ...

Licensed To Lead

Licensed To Lead

By Fred Koenig The licensed local pastor is a critical part of the United Methodist Church in the Missouri Conference, and the percent of clergy in this category is growing larger each year. A key step in becoming a licensed local pastor is participation in licensing school, which was ...

Meetings That Matter

Meetings That Matter

By Cody Collier It’s August, and I have a feeling that many church leaders are looking at their calendars, working to find out through email or Google e-vite the best date/time for a meeting in the fall. Some of you, who are great planners, already created the famous church calendar ...

Summer Lunch Program at Saint Luke’s Goes into Neighborhood

Summer Lunch Program at Saint Luke’s Goes into Neighborhood

By Fred Koenig Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Louis has a long history of doing acts of mercy to help the less fortunate. Often, this was collecting donations of things like books and coats that were then distributed by others, providing a service but leaving a gap between ...

Laity Voices

5 Cups of Coffee

5 Cups of Coffee

By Amy Thompson We are all called to be in relationship with God. We are called to be active in the world sharing God’s love with others. Sometimes it is difficult to respond to the second call. We sometimes do not know where to start. Our own uncertainty about identifying and using our ...

Letters from the Editor

Transition

By Fred Koenig I found this note on the back of an offering envelope in church one morning.  My first thought was perhaps it had been written by Senior Pastor Fred Leist and passed to one of the acolytes. It was his first Sunday preaching at Missouri UMC. There were some issues with the ...

Missouri United Methodist Foundation

Gift Annuity Rates Are Going Up

By Fred Koenig For the first time since 2011, the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) has recommended an increase in gift annuity rates for all new gift annuities, effective July 1, 2018. This is great news for anyone looking for a way to do some charitable giving while locking in ...

Music Matters

The Role Of The Acoustic Guitar

The Role Of The Acoustic Guitar

By Ryan McLouth So, you’re a strong singer, you’re pretty good at accompanying yourself or others from the guitar or keyboard, and you have a gift for leading a congregation in song. That’s awesome, but do you know what to tell your band members when rehearsing to get the appropriate ...

Wesley in the World Today

What is a church?

What is a church?

By Dr. Hal Knight The New Testament is filled with many images of the church: people of God, body of Christ, temple of the Holy Spirit, household of God, bride of Christ and many more. It would be beneficial for local churches to prayerfully study these biblical images together as a way ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson A God can reach into our brokenness if we sit prayerfully even if we can’t put our finger on what our need for healing is. Romans 8:26 tells us “… the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs ...