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December 2018

December 2018

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POV: Conversations About Human Sexuality

POV: Conversations About Human Sexuality

By Kim Jenne Over the course of three weeks in late autumn, nearly 85 members of Church of the Shepherd engaged in a structured, conversational experience called Point of View (POV) designed to foster conversation and facilitate understanding about different perspectives regarding human ...

News and Updates

Kindness, Confidence Encouraged

Kindness, Confidence Encouraged

Missouri Conference Welcomes Two New District Superintendents with Installation Services By Fred Koenig You only get installed as a District Superintendent once. Rev. Melissa Dodd had a few ideas about what she wanted to share with her district during her moment.       First, she ...

National Workshop on Christian Unity Coming to St. Louis

National Workshop on Christian Unity Coming to St. Louis

By Fred Koenig Next spring Missouri Methodists will have a unique opportunity to participate in a conference in St. Louis that aims to bring Christians of different faiths together for a time of learning and faith development.  The National Workshop on Christian Unity will be held in St. ...

Progress in Puerto Rico

Progress in Puerto Rico

By Lucas Endicott “We’re seeing God at work.”  Pastor Alex Gerena of the Methodist church in Ezperanza, Puerto Rico recently reflected on the year since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. On September 20, 2017, sustained winds of 150+ miles per hour ripped off the roof of his church. ...

Responding to Community Need

Responding to Community Need

By Fred Koenig Court Street UMC in Fulton is addressing food security, with some literacy and community engagement added as well. How they got there wasn’t according to plan, but it progressed naturally.       In 2016, Court Street UMC did a Lenten study based around F. Willis Johnson’s ...

Sharefests Bring Givers Together in Seven Locations

Sharefests Bring Givers Together in Seven Locations

By Sidney Owens This year brought many new and exciting adventures for Festival of Sharing. For six weeks during September and October there were seven Sharefests across Missouri: Kansas City, Tipton, Macon, Cameron, Dexter, Ferguson and Springfield. More than 500 volunteers packed 28,000...

Taking On Big Challenges In A Small Church

Taking On Big Challenges In A Small Church

By Fred Koenig Gaye Lynn Blankenship knows that much of rural Missouri is plagued with substance abuse. Alcoholism, opioid addiction and methamphetamine use top the list of social problems. She knows her Dent County community was faced with those problems just like any other rural ...

UMM Look to the Future

UMM Look to the Future

By Fred Koenig The new leadership team of the Missouri Conference United Methodist Men are anxious to go to work to help support a vital future for UMM groups across the state, but before they make plans, they are going to start by listening.       The UMM are inviting men around the ...

Laity Voices

Radical Hospitality

Radical Hospitality

By Jill Wondel In the summer of 1996 I gazed out the window as my plane landed in Kiev, Ukraine. It wasn’t my first international trip, but it was the first trip I would take to a country entirely foreign to me, the first time I would live in a place where English was only spoken through ...

Letters from the Editor

Applying Advent

By Fred Koenig One came and said to him, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” And he said, “You know, the commandments and all of that. Do those. Say, did you know that my mom was still a virgin when I was born?”       They say unto him, Master, this ...

From Bishop Farr

The Beauty of Our Story

The Beauty of Our Story

In Christian tradition, beauty, goodness and truth are known as the “transcendentals.” They help us transcend beyond our own physical world to something much more spiritual; something deeper within all of us; something more meaningful than our everyday lives. The Christmas story reminds ...

Now Read This

Wrapped in Prayer

Wrapped in Prayer

By Fred Koenig Sometimes having a physical, artistic representation of a metaphor helps bring home the message. Webster Hills UMC was doing just that when the church came together to wrap the church in prayer one Sunday morning on October 21.       In addition to wrapping the church in ...

Missouri United Methodist Foundation

C2FM

Making a Difference for Missouri Clergy & Churches Since 2016, Missouri’s United Methodist clergy have benefitted from a new resource called C2FM the Clergy & Church Financial Ministry administered by the Missouri United Methodist Foundation and funded by a grant from Lilly.  Educational ...

Music Matters

Keyed Up

Keyed Up

By Ryan McLouth In the last four issues, we’ve been talking about the standard role of instruments in the contemporary worship ensemble. So far we’ve discussed acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums. This month we’ll cover style tips for the keyboard.      Don’t overplay....

Wesley in the World Today

Love Divine

Love Divine

By Hal Knight Love was at the center of John Wesley’s theology and ministry from beginning to end. It was at Oxford in 1725, 13 years prior to his famous Aldersgate experience, that Wesley became convinced that to be a Christian was to obey the two great commandments of loving God with ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson The ongoing practice of photography is like creating a mirror made up of images. Imagine gazing at a glass mirror fractured into a web of cracks. By viewing the mirror at different angles, the photographer can see fragments of a reality made up of their physical ...