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September 2018

September 2018

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Living Word Church Partners with Meramec Elementary School

Living Word Church Partners with Meramec Elementary School

By Kelly Vincent St. Louis Public School District developed a Faith Initiative program which partnered individual schools with local churches to assist in student achievement. Children’s ministry staff, Rev. Brenda Stobbe and Susan Logsdon, imagined this might be a perfect fit for a ...

This Is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood

This Is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood

By Fred Koenig Hannah Shanks always loved writing, and had a childhood dream of being a writer, but this isn’t the book she would have dreamed of. She wrote it out of necessity. “This is the book that I needed that didn’t exist,” she said.       Three days after giving birth, Shanks was ...

News and Updates

First EarthKeeper Commissioned in the Missouri Conference

First EarthKeeper Commissioned in the Missouri Conference

By Cheryl Y. Marcum The Center for Mission Innovation at the General Board of Global Ministries launched the innovative EarthKeepers program in 2016. It nurtures and equips United Methodists, who discern a call from God to a vocation of caring for God’s creation, to lead projects to ...

Communicating via Art

Communicating via Art

By Fred Koenig Jewell McGhee describes herself as a community artist who uses diverse mediums to reach diverse communities. Sometimes that means employing her artistic talents to help pastors communicate with their congregations. Now, she has begun her journey of stepping into the pastor ...

Costner-Fulton Mission Start Up Grants

By Fred Koenig Applications Due October 1 The Costner-Fulton Fund for Missions is a grant program of the Mission, Service & Justice Team. Tom and LaVerne Fulton shared a passion for social work in their professional lives. Their activism was a calling, rooted in faith and given further ...

Pastoring in Partisan Times

Pastoring in Partisan Times

By Fred Koenig “They are my people. It’s where I came from,” Sample said. Sample grew up in Mississippi. His father had a fifth-grade education. His mother completed school through the 10th grade. His dad worked various jobs. His mother worked 20 years in a factory at quality control for ...

Tuesday Night Worship Express

Tuesday Night Worship Express

By Fred Koenig Lawson UMC recognized that sometimes attending a Sunday morning worship service does not work out for people. They wanted to try to give the people who couldn’t come on Sunday morning an opportunity to attend church for a weekly worship service. From that discussion, ...

Laity Voices

Three Priorities

Three Priorities

By Amy Thompson While at Annual Conference, the Bishop introduced to us the three conference priorities that have been affirmed by the Mission Council and Cabinet. During my laity address, I provided a brief introduction about the three priorities before the directors providing leadership...

Letters from the Editor

Cut

Cut

By Fred Koenig Tex Sample felt sorry for me. I don’t blame him. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself. I got him talking about the working class and class in America – his passion and life’s work. He had quite a bit to say. Midway through the interview, he paused and asked if what he was ...

From Bishop Farr

Focus

Focus

By Bishop Farr As most of you know, I wear glasses. I have worn glasses since second grade. They have changed in size, shape and color over the years. They have gone from single focus, to bifocal and to trifocal over the years. Yet, they still do what glasses are supposed to do: Focus my ...

Music Matters

Bass Talk

Bass Talk

By Ryan McLouth Last month we started a series discussing the role of each instrument and voice in a contemporary worship ensemble, starting with the acoustic guitar. In this issue, we’re all about that bass. In the last 20 years of teaching, producing, and performing with commercial ...

Wesley in the World Today

Wesley on Prayer

Wesley on Prayer

By Dr. Hal Knight Recently there has been a public debate over prayer. Persons have been criticized for offering “thoughts and prayers” for victims of things like gun violence while taking no action to address the problem. Sometimes in the process prayer has been equated to doing nothing....