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November 23, 2020

Not Alone

The Caring People ministry provides community and support for single mothers.

November 23, 2020

Young and At Risk

The Rare Breed ministry in Springfield provides a help to homeless and at risk teens.

November 20, 2020

Extending A Hand to Louisiana

By Scott Burdin, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Seeing a street lined with refrigerators is always surprising the first time you notice it. Our Disaster Response team deployed to Louisiana early Oct. 27 from ...

November 19, 2020

Bishop Farr Discusses His Nov. 18 Guidance

Bishop Bob Farr discusses his Nov. 18 guidance on COVID-19, pandemic fatigue and how to minister in this challenging season.  

November 19, 2020

Turning Internships into Jobs

Two Crossroads interns how worked through the pandemic have stayed on the job at their churches after their internships were up.

November 19, 2020

United Methodist Churches Serve as Polling Places

Several United Methodist churches in Missouri offer up their facilities to be used as polling places.

November 18, 2020

Missouri Conference COVID-19 Update

Dear Missouri Conference Clergy and Laity,   As we live into our first General Rule of doing no harm, I strongly encourage that in-person worship services be suspended until further notice for congregations located in ...

October 12, 2020

Bishop Farr Encourages Voting

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr issues a statement encouraging people to vote, assist others in voting and do what they can to support fair elections.

October 10, 2020

Nurturing Your Mental Health

Written by Robin Ewy, LPC The year 2020 has taken a toll on most of us. God made us for community, and the political/social climate and Coronavirus have thrown us for a loop. We are not meant to be alone yet social ...

October 09, 2020

Leading Through Anxious Times

Bishop Farr shares encouragement about leading through anxious times.

October 01, 2020

Communion Circles Offer Safe Way to Receive Holy Communion

Church offers communion in circles (small groups) to meet local health guidelines.

September 29, 2020

Pray for Election Day 2020

Lay pastor Ivan James has been watching with concern the national dialogue as the country nears the November 3 election. Deepening political divisions in America and the fear that votes won’t get counted, has eroded ...

September 28, 2020

Baptisms During Distancing

Baptisms of youth continue during time of shutdowns.

September 28, 2020

Be Fed to Feed Others

A monthly drive-through event offers communion and mission opportunities.

September 28, 2020

Providing Meals Through the Pandemic

Church continues to provide meals while facing increasing need during the pandemic.

September 21, 2020

Bishop Leads Ride for Mozambique Motorcycles

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr led motorcycle riders on ride hundreds of miles around the state to raise awareness and money to provide motorcycles for pastors in Mozambique.

September 18, 2020

Annual Conference Goes On, Online

After a summer of Annual Conference related learning opportunities and reports online, the Missouri Annual Conference Session was held as an online event on August 22.

September 18, 2020

Church Helps Students During Shutdown

Elsberry UMC upgraded it’s Internet service and opened its facility to be used as a socially-distanced learning center while the high school is online only due to the pandemic.

September 18, 2020

Diversifying the Pastor's Study

Barth, Bonhoeffer, Brueggemann, Calvin, Craddock, Luther, Moltmann, Tillich and Wesley. These are the names that line many pastors’ studies. They are the standards or “classics” of seminaries and theological education ...

September 18, 2020

Ice Cream Social - Socially Distanced Version

Church takes ice cream social on the road via an improvised ice cream truck.

September 18, 2020

On Their Way

Important milestone passed as clergy are commissioned on the path to the ordination.

September 17, 2020

Deacons, Elders Welcomed into Full Connection

A sacred moment of the Service of Ordination is the Laying on of Hands by the bishop, as he prays for God to pour the Holy Spirit upon the person being ordained.

September 17, 2020

United Methodist Church and Episcopal Church put full communion plans on hold

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United Methodist – Episcopal Church Dialogue Committee has agreed that it is not prudent for our churches to press forward with action on full communion next year.  Instead, the Committee ...

September 11, 2020

Vital Signs Data Entry Suspension

Friends in Christ, This year, COVID-19 changed our means of doing ministry in ways that we could not have imagined. Many of our churches have developed new and creative ways to engage their congregations, communities, ...

September 08, 2020

Introducing NextGen Conversations

NextGen Conversations is a podcast that seeks to empower children’s, family, youth and college-aged leaders to create dynamic, Christ-centered ministries. Local church leaders often don’t have the time, energy or ...

June 04, 2020

Bishop Farr Check-In

Bishop Farr offers a reflection after a difficult week and encourages Missouri pastors and lay leaders to listen and take action. See more from Bishop Farr here.

June 03, 2020

Statement on Local Church Scouting Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

STATEMENT ON LOCAL CHURCH SCOUTING ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC The Missouri Annual Conference is aware that several local churches charter boy scout troops. The Conference is also aware of questions with ...

June 02, 2020

United Methodist Pastors Have Presence at Protests

United Methodists pastors have a presence at protests around the state as tensions continue to escalate.

June 01, 2020

Bishop Farr Expresses Outrage, Need to be Antiracist

Missouri Bishop Bob Farr expresses outrage over death of George Floyd and calls for United Methodists to do some homework to help them see their own bias and move to be anti-racist.

May 29, 2020

BISHOP FARR TO SERVE AS MISSOURI EPISCOPAL LEADER THROUGH POSTPONED JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE

Due to the impact of COVID-19, and the subsequent postponement of the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, Bishop Bob Farr will continue to serve as Resident Bishop of the Missouri Conference through the South Central...

May 28, 2020

Pre-Conference Briefing 2020

Pre-Conference Briefing 2020 from MoUMethodist on Vimeo.

May 28, 2020

The Church & COVID-19 Ministry Webinar: How to Welcome and Connect with Church Guests Online

How to Welcome and Connect with Church Guests Online   Churches of every size are now meeting online for worship and experiencing the blessing of new people attending their services for the first time. Learn ways your ...

May 26, 2020

Laity Voices: The Sunday Drive

 Have you ever been on a Sunday drive?   When I was very young, once a month, my family’s Sunday drive activity included a trip to Hiawatha, Kansas to see my grandfather.  There were many of these trips where I was the ...

May 26, 2020

Methodists Support LifeWise STL During Pandemic

LifeWise STL doubles-down on helping people in need during the pandemic in St. Louis, and are back by United Methodist churches in their efforts.

May 22, 2020

Guidance on Returning to Our Sanctuaries Remains Unchanged

Friday, May 22, 2020 Dear Colleagues in Ministry, This morning, President Donald J. Trump issued a statement calling on governors to allow houses of worship to open. In Missouri, Governor Mike Parson's Show Me Strong ...

May 19, 2020

Missouri Methodists and the 1918 Flu Epidemic

Conference newspaper provides some account of churches dealing with being shut down during the 1918 Spanish Flu.

May 18, 2020

Summer 2020 Camping Update: NextGen Camping Track Canceled

The Office of Next Generation Ministries has made the difficult decision to cancel the entirety of their NextGen track for mobile camping this summer. The health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), ...

May 14, 2020

Saying Goodbye in the Time of Coronavirus

Missouri United Methodist colleagues in the midst of pastoral moves share in a collaborative conversation around the challenges of leaving in the midst of COVID-19 limitations.  

May 04, 2020

Returning to our Sanctuaries

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   In the days since Holy Week and Easter Sunday, I have found myself asking what is God saying to us during this time of quarantine? How does our response through corporate and private ...

April 30, 2020

June Camps Canceled

Missouri Conference camps scheduled for June have been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

April 30, 2020

Missouri Annual Conference 2020 Session Postponed

Missouri Annual Conference Session, originally scheduled for June 5-7 in Springfield, has been postponed, and aspects of the Conference will now be conducted online.

April 21, 2020

Zooming to Church

Church takes care to include those who are not online during social-distancing worship.

April 17, 2020

Front Lines

St. Louis chaplain relies on faith and combat experience as she meets the Coronavirus head-on.

April 16, 2020

2020 Apportionments

2020 Apportionments Potential consequences Conference finances Paid 2020 Apportionments District apportionments 2020 Apportionments On April 14, 2020, during its regular spring conference call, the Missouri Conference ...

April 06, 2020

Sharing Space

Church allows ambulance crew to move into the church while it is being unused during social distancing.

April 02, 2020

COVID-19 Legislation and the Church

Families First Act CARES Act EY Webinars Offering Guidance on Market Volatility Families First Act On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the ...

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