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July 2016

July 2016

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When Friends Fight

By Rev. Kim Jenne When I first heard about the making of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), I complained to anyone that would listen that Batman and Superman cannot fight, insisting, “They’re friends!” Besides, everyone knows Superman could squash Batman like a bug ...

Bishop Schnase Delivers His Final Missouri Conference Episcopal Address

By Pam Ekey and Susan Sneed While Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase said he would save his final reflection on his 12 years of ministry in the Missouri Conference until Monday morning, he had a lot to say Friday afternoon on how the conference has fared in the past year and the past ...

Conference Recognizes Anniversary of Full Ordination Rights for Women

Conference Recognizes Anniversary of Full Ordination Rights for Women

This year is the 60th anniversary of the full ordination rights for women in the United Methodist Church. There were many women on June 4 seated in the plenary with red shirts, most of those shirts featuring a picture of a female circuit rider. They represent the sisterhood of women clergy...

Ordination Service

Ordination Service

By Susan Sneed   Worship opened with powerful music provided by a praise band under the direction of Rochelle Collette, Wesley UMC (Springfield). The procession included carrying in of the symbols of the ordained orders: a Bible, a cross for both Elder and Deacon, the Shepherd’s crook for ...

Why It Worked

Why It Worked

By Fred Koenig   Bishop Schnase came to Missouri as a young pastor, younger than anyone else on the cabinet. He had never held a Conference staff position or served as a District Superintendent. He’d only been in Missouri two days before in his life.       “You gave me a chance. We ...

Brian Hammons Completes 8 years as Lay Leader

Brian Hammons Completes 8 years as Lay Leader

By Franci Schwartz Hammons Reflects & Gives Thanks Conference Lay Leader Brian Hammons reflected on his eight years in office. He expressed his thanks for support and encouragement from family, friends and co-workers. He also gave thanks for all the United Methodist congregations in ...

Missouri Annual Conference Street Party

 

Everybody is Somebody

Missouri Conference Director of Congregational Excellence Bob Farr started his sermon on Sunday morning with a story about being a church visitor. He was there unannounced, and tried to remain anonymous. At first it was easy, as it was a “self-service” church. “You know the type, no one ...

Finding Sweetness in the Midst of Sending

Finding Sweetness in the Midst of Sending

Ozarks District Superintendent Lynn Dyke led the Service of Sending forth on the last day of the Missouri Annual Conference Session morning with a wedding story. No, not the love verses from Corinthians, or the ones about Christ being the bridegroom of church. She went back to Judges, for ...

News and Updates

Clergy Support Team Reports on Pensions, Insurance

The Clergy Support Team, chaired by Rev. Steve Pinnell, is also known as the Board of Pensions. Its primary responsibility is oversight of clergy benefits, and today they reported on the benefits for the upcoming year.  The Team reported the following: In regard to the pension plan, team...

Conference Budget to Decrease Slightly for 2017

By Joan DeBoe Tom Hilton, Chair of the Council on Finance and Administration, reported that during his tenure on the committee a number of positive changes had taken place. The Conference identified, purchased, and implemented a new accounting software system, built a new building, and ...

Contemporary is Temporary, Keep Relevant

By Pam Ekey Rev. Ron Watts, senior pastor at La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, is intent on creating the kind of church your children would want to invite their friends to attend. During the Bishop’s Learning Time on June 4, he shared his insights on how to reach the ...

Core Practices Get Things Rolling with Improv

Core Practices Get Things Rolling with Improv

By Fred Koenig More than 70 people got their Conference started with a laugh, and a challenge to think fast on their feet in the Thursday night session from the Core Practices Team.       It would be wrong to call the session a workshop – playshop would be more appropriate. Led by Rev. ...

Evangelism: Hospitality to People Who Aren’t Here Yet

Evangelism: Hospitality to People Who Aren’t Here Yet

For his Sunday Morning Learning Time, also known as the largest Sunday school in the state of Missouri, Rev. Matt Miofsky addressed evangelism – but not just his take on it. He explored the scripture.      “Evangelism is just hospitality to people who aren’t here yet,” Miofsky said. “What ...

Five Practices Fund Nears $80,000

For more than a decade, Bishop Robert Schnase has been a bold and transformative leader for Missouri Methodism. Through word and deed he has helped to revitalize and refocus Missouri’s clergy and laity around the idea of fruitful, vital congregations.      This Annual Conference Session ...

Foundation Manages $86 Million, Supports Ministry, Scholarships

The Missouri United Methodist Foundation, under the executive direction of David Atkins, currently manages over $86 million in investments. More than 215 United Methodist churches and agencies invest long-term funds at the Foundation, and numerous individuals and foundations have created ...

Memorial Service Celebrates Past, Gives Thanks for Future

Memorial Service Celebrates Past, Gives Thanks for Future

This year, the traditional service of remembrance was combined with recognition of local pastors and the commissioning service to create a Celebration of Ministry held on Saturday morning. In this way, the Conference recognized God’s work through the ministry of those who have departed ...

Opening Business Session Prepares Conference for Work

Opening Business Session Prepares Conference for Work

By Susan Sneed Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase called to order the 2016 Annual Conference and John Wright, a lay member from Grace UMC in St. Louis, offered the opening prayer. Immediately following the worship and baptism service, Bishop Schnase recognizing the 200th anniversary of ...

Retirees Honored for Service

The retirement service opened this year with exciting music by Kuomba Pamoja (Worship Together) of Central UMC (Kansas City). This is a new church start of African immigrants, already at 200 members strong at only a year old.      Other participants of the service included Rev. Keith ...

Worship Honors Roots, New Beginnings

Worship Honors Roots, New Beginnings

By Amanda Pelletier Rev. Yvi Martin delivered the opening message and scripture, skillfully interweaving the ‘upside-down’ Mozambican Baobab tree with Paul’s message in Ephesians to be strongly rooted and established in love.       Conference attendees examined what kind of soil their own...

Archives and History Recognizes Churches That Are More Than 200 Years Old

John Wright, chairman of the Archives and History Commission for the Missouri Conference, opened the Archives and History breakfast with a word of thanks. “We are grateful for the churches that have endured,” he said. Director of Congregational Excellence Bob Farr was the keynote...

Barbara Crumes-Love Receives Unity Award

Barbara Crumes-Love  Receives Unity Award

Barbara A. Crumes-Love is the recipient of the 2016 Unity Award which was presented by the Values Team of the Missouri Conference. For the past 10 years, she has served as chairperson of the organizing committee for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration in Wentzville. ...

Bartelsmeyer Receives Marble Mission Award

By Susan Sneed Jeff Baker, director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries, presented the Advance Specials for approval of the conference and they were accepted. He then introduced Max Marble to present the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award.       This award was initiated by the...

Board of Ordained Ministry Works on Improving Process

By Linda Gastreich  Rev. Bruce Baxter, chair of the Board of Ordained Ministries brought a report to the Annual Conference that was filled with news of progress and new initiatives. As the fourth year of the current quadrennium comes to a close this year, Baxter noted that it has been ...

CMU Strengthens UMC Connection

“People find it surprising that I’m a college president,” said Roger Drake, president of Central Methodist University. “I admit I just don’t look like a college president.” In his Kentucky drawl he went on to rightfully brag about the Central Methodist Chorale, who sang at the General ...

Deacons Celebrate 20 Years

Deacons Celebrate 20 Years

This year Deacons celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Order of Deacons. The Order came into being as a result of the 1996 General Conference. Deacons are ordained to Word, Service, Justice and Compassion. The opening service of Annual Conference helped to mark that anniversary by using ...

Domke Receives Social Justice Award

Domke Receives Social Justice Award

Fred Domke is the recipient of the 2016 Social Justice Award. This year because two outstanding nominations were received, two awards were given - one for laity and one for clergy. Domke received the laity award. He worships at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church. In 2011, Rev. Kathleen...

Jefferson Receives Social Justice Award

Jefferson Receives Social Justice Award

Rev. Monica Jefferson received this year’s Social Justice Award for her ongoing leadership and successful collaborative work in North St. Louis County before, during and after unrest in Ferguson/Florissant. Jefferson has been the senior pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in ...

Leaders from Missouri’s Black UMCs Gather at Conference

Leaders from Missouri’s Black UMCs Gather at Conference

Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, pastor of St. James UMC in Kansas City, opened the evening with a brief explanation of why they were all there.  “Back in March Bishop Schnase called a meeting of all large church pastors. Since I’m the only African American on the invitation list, I always make ...

Lubula, Miofsky Receive Denman Awards

Lubula, Miofsky Receive Denman Awards

“Do you know Mama Riziki?” It was a question asked by a someone who met her while living in a Congolese refugee camp. You see, when Riziki Lubula came to the United States she remembered her friend, Solomon Kasongo King, and prayed that one day she would be able to connect with him again ...

Lydia Patterson Achieves 100% College Placement

Lydia Patterson Achieves 100% College Placement

Dr. Soccoro De Anda, president of the Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) brought greetings from the institute and presented a video sharing the struggles of LPI students. These students are committed to getting an education, understanding clearly that is what will enable them to escape the ...

Mozambique Initiative Continues to Thrive

By Amanda Pelletier Rev. Yvi Martin, the Chair of the Mozambique Initiative Team, affirmed Stevenson’s enthusiasm, “It has been a record breaking year for the MI in a number of ways – wells completed, dollars raised. But our most significant work together is always the connections we make...

Next Generation Ministries

To kick off the report of Next Generation Ministries, Emma Woods, Campbell UMC, shared scripture from Ephesians and Alex Riddle, Christ UMC, led in prayer. Emma and Alex are both members of the Conference Youth Leadership Team.      Next Generation Ministries staff person Kim ...

Staying Grounded

By Joan DeBoe We live in a time when electronic resources abound, all of which were designed and redesigned and improved for the sake of making our lives easier. In this “easier” life, we are so bombarded with demands on our time and energy that we can’t get through a day without ...

Letters from the Editor

Annual Conference 2017

The Missouri Methodists came into being with the Annual Conference edition in July of 2013, so it’s always exciting when that time of year rolls around again, and it’s time to put together a full magazine out of a four-day event.       This issue wouldn’t have happened without teamwork. ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

For the next several months The Missouri Methodists will be featuring the photography of Rev. Eric Mattson (First UMC New Madrid/Lilbourn) on the back cover. To see more of Eric’s work, go to www.flickr.com/photos/eric_mattson Following Ordination, I put my Nikon DSLR away and got out a ...