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August 2017

August 2017

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Mozambique Initiative: Renewing the Covenant

Craig Stevenson
  By Craig Stevenson   Mozambique and Missouri’s partnership began in the 1980’s and was formally created through the Mozambique Initiative in 1998. For 12 years now, our two conferences have had a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), working toward mutual understanding, learning, and ...

Mission Council Renews Annual Conference Contract for 2019-2020 with Springfield

Mission Council Renews  Annual Conference Contract for 2019-2020 with Springfield

After a 10-month review of proposals to host the Missouri Annual Conference for 2019-2020, the Mission Council selected the plan submitted by the Springfield, Missouri. Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The current contract runs through 2018. The renewal would extend this relationship ...

Being a Neighbor

Being a Neighbor

Avondale is a small community on the north side of Kansas City, in an area where it’s hard to tell when you go from one town to the next. It’s not far off of Highway 435, or from major landmarks like Worlds of Fun, but it’s tucked away in a spot that is easy to overlook by someone just ...

Innovative Program Aims to Commission 500 EarthKeepers

Innovative Program Aims to Commission 500 EarthKeepers

EarthKeepers is a new program of Global Ministries that trains and commissions laity and clergy for the work of caring for God’s creation. EarthKeepers are United Methodists who work within their communities: Lifting up the importance of caring for God’s creation at the heart of our ...

The Chronicles of Camping

The Chronicles of Camping

As dusk approaches croaking frogs intensify, campfire smoke fills the air, the sky turns orange then purple, children laugh and sing to silly songs and sticky fingers result from marshmallow treats. Sitting down by the river, the Holy Spirit moves into this place of joy to remind campers ...

Unsettled

Unsettled

When Della Lamb was started by United Methodist Women in 1897, it was focused on breaking the cycle of poverty wherever it was needed most. At that time the primary population being served was Italian immigrants. It’s main office is located on Woodland Avenue in Kansas City, in a ...

Laity Voices

The Gift of Presence and Music in Mozambique

The Gift of Presence and Music in Mozambique

By Amy Thompson Here are the words from an email that I received in May prior to traveling to Mozambique in June: “We are preparing to receive you and the team. Let me share with you what preparing to receive means. The sound of voices floating through the air as you turn the corner to ...

Letters from the Editor

Granted

Fred Koenig

Granted

You have one guess as to why you’ve got Ulysses welcoming you to this issue of The Missouri Methodists. President Grant wasn’t a church goer, but his parents were Methodists, and abolitionists. They took their belief seriously enough that they refused to go to Grant’s wedding when he ...

Now Read This

Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?

Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?

Margie Briggs grew up in Windsor. She has always been an active lay person in the United Methodist Church. Her book, Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas? The Turn Around Story of One Lay Minister and Two Small Rural Churches, was published by the Cass Community Publishing House ...

Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?

Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?

Margie Briggs grew up in Windsor. She has always been an active lay person in the United Methodist Church. Her book, Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas? The Turn Around Story of One Lay Minister and Two Small Rural Churches, was published by the Cass Community Publishing House ...

Missouri United Methodist Foundation

Parsonage vs. Housing Allowance

Parsonage vs. Housing Allowance

The Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and Education Building are all familiar structures for many United Methodist churches. In addition, most United Methodist churches also maintain a house for the pastor called the parsonage. A well-kept parsonage is a great help to pastors and churches as ...

Music Matters

5 Tips for Getting Started

Ryan McLouth

5 Tips for Getting Started

By Ryan McLouth Help! I just started a new position in music ministry, and I’m not sure what to do! This has happened to everyone at some point. Maybe you’re part of a church plant, you’re a new hire at a congregation you aren’t familiar with, or you’ve been asked to start a new service ...

Wesley in the World Today

Divergent Views of the Deity

Hal Knight
By Hal Knight Thomas Kidd recently published a biography of Benjamin Franklin focused on his religious life. Kidd sees Franklin as at the root of a uniquely American approach to religion, which sets aside as unimportant doctrinal and denominational differences and the conflicts they ...

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

By Eric Mattson Philippians 6:8 says: “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” My photos on Facebook are ...