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January 29, 2015

Remembering King: St. Lukes Offers Community Hospitality as Host for MLK Day

By Fred Koenig Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes on a life of its own in many areas, as community organizers work to insure that the day isn’t just a day off. In Columbia, St. Luke UMC is a central part of the civic ...

January 29, 2015

Rising to the Challenge: Ministry Grants Add Momentum

By Fred Koenig The Foundation Ministry Grant Program continues to grow in service to our local congregations,” states Foundation executive David Atkins. “The feedback we receive affirms how a grant can help folks focus ...

January 29, 2015

Southeast District Coat Drive

By Fred Koenig Several churches in the Southeast District came together to respond to an urgent call from the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY. Their thrift store, which serves many low-income people, had almost no ...

January 29, 2015

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight From colonial times to the present America has struggled with race. It was self-evident to most white Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth century that African Americans and Native Americans were ...

December 18, 2014

2015

By Brian Hammons Happy New Year!  What an opportunity we have! 2015 – a whole year in front of us. 365 days of life, each one a gift from God. As I look back on 2014, there are many blessings; and also many challenges,...

December 18, 2014

Administrative Shift in Camping & Retreat Ministries

By Camping and Retreat Ministries In order to best meet the needs of Next Generation camping and retreat ministries, The Missouri Conference announced an administrative shift in the oversight related to these ministries...

December 18, 2014

Attract Your Community Using Content Marketing

By Eric Seiberling C.C. Chapman and Ann Handley, in their book Content Rules, compare content to a campfire. It attracts people, provides warmth, is a place where people tell their stories and often creates a sense of "...

December 18, 2014

Beginning Again: The Next 100 Years

By Fred Koenig Celebrating its 100th year this year, Wilkes Boulevard UMC certainly isn’t the oldest church in the Missouri Conference – some churches double that age. But it does hold the distinction of being the ...

December 18, 2014

Church Funds New Primary School in Mozambique

By John Heskett The Mozambique Initiative advanced another step in November. A Mission Team from Manchester United Methodist Church led by Rev. Beth Elders, Director of Missions and Outreach participated in the ...

December 18, 2014

Foundation Scholarships: Growing Resources for Missouri Students

By Fred Koenig Costs for higher education continue to rise. National average tuition, fees, and room & board expenses for four-year undergraduate education exceeds $23,000 annually. Some top institutions and graduate ...

December 18, 2014

Going Mobile

Local Churches Can Apply to Host Mobile Camps By Raymond Varner The camping division of the Missouri Annual Conference Next Generation Ministries is pleased to announce a one-year partnership with the Eagle Lake ...

December 18, 2014

Lawyer Turned Preacher Takes Helm of Historic Downtown Kansas City United Methodist Church

By Dan Cambridge Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church formally installed its first African-American female pastor on Sunday, Nov. 9. Tina L. Harris, an attorney and diversity expert with two international law ...

December 18, 2014

Letters From the Editor

By Fred Koenig Back in November, Pizza Hut came to Gasconade County. They set up at the city park in Bland on a cold Saturday for a family fun day. They donated $10,000 to the park for planned renovations.       With ...

December 18, 2014

Loyal Through the Ages

By Fred Koenig Kenneth Parmer has been part of Wilkes Boulevard UMC since 1957. It’s where he met Anita.  “The pastor told me a young lady visited the church who was interested in singing in the choir. I asked, ‘How ...

December 18, 2014

MO Explo

By Fred Koenig On November 15, the Missouri Conference sponsored MO  EXPLO, a day for persons discerning how God might use them in ministry in the Church.       “I like to say it’s for people thinking about thinking ...

December 18, 2014

Music Matters

By Mark Roach We talk about clean slates all the time, but rarely do we discuss them more than at the beginning of a new year. Now, just as a bit of clarity right up front, I’m not entirely sure how much God really ...

December 18, 2014

Rich Hill: A Documentary

By Fred Koenig Let’s be clear right off the bat: the documentary Rich Hill is not about the town, Rich Hill, Mo. The town of Rich Hill is a small town located south of Kansas City. It is much like any small town in the ...

December 18, 2014

South Central Jurisdiction Black Methodist for Church Renewal Hosts Youth Oratorical Contest

By Shirley Davis Congratulations to the youth who participated in the South Central Jurisdictional (SCJ) Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR) Oratorical contest. The participants submitted a speech on the SCJ BMCR ...

December 18, 2014

We Are the Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig Sometimes the kids can bring the parents to church, even when those kids are adults and no longer live at home.       Mary Jo and Jim Bemke spend Christmas Eve with Jim’s (adult) children at O’Fallon. ...

December 18, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight As each new year begins, millions of Americans make resolutions, resolving to change for the better in the days ahead. But whether these resolutions have to do with relationships, lifestyle, growing the ...

December 18, 2014

What do you tell the kids?

By Fred Koenig United Methodist Church children and youth workers in the St. Louis area took up the topic of Ferguson during their monthly meeting on November 20 at Kirkwood UMC. Most hadn’t been asked about the ...

December 18, 2014

What is a Disciple?

By Sherry Habben “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King! Let every heart, prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing!”       So sings the grand old Christmas carol, with the implication that ...

December 08, 2014

Administrative Shift

In order to best meet the needs of Next Generation camping and retreat ministries, The Missouri Conference announced an administrative shift in the oversight related to these ministries for youth and young adults. This ...

November 30, 2014

7 Ways to Help a Sermon Preach All Week

By Eric Seiberling Break the preaching schedule into SERMON themes Whether you use the lectionary or create a sermon series to structure your message, you need to group topics into a theme. Like the title of a book ...

November 30, 2014

Call & Response: A Strategy to Intentionally Develop Faith

By Charity Goodwin-Rosario One of our best opportunities to intentionally develop faith is maximizing the Sunday worship experience by inviting the congregation to respond in worship and beyond worship into one’s daily ...

November 30, 2014

CRM Board Meets with Camp Directors to Plan Summer of 2015

By Fred Koenig When it was announced in September that there would not be camps at the four Conference owned camping and retreat centers in 2015, it was also announced that the camping program would continue, it would ...

November 30, 2014

Giving the Gift of Mobility for 20 Years

By Fred Koenig Most people are familiar with the basic story of PET – how Mel West, a retired United Methodist pastor, felt called to do something to help people with disabilities in other countries who have no means to...

November 30, 2014

Good News of Great Joy

By Brian Hammons I love Christmas. The sights, the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the feelings. Special choir music, caroling to neighbors, and Scripture messages of good news. Reflecting upon blessings of the year, ...

November 30, 2014

Letter From the Editor

By Fred Koenig I recently participated in the annual meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators. The meeting has workshops, presentations from United Methodist Communications, and opportunities to ...

November 30, 2014

Loving a Church Through Transition

By Royal Speidel Few churches in America have gone through a radical physical change as successfully as First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City has since 2011. For starters, the traditional church pews in the ...

November 30, 2014

O Come Let Us Adore Him

By Fred Koenig If you’re anything like me, Christmas—from a musical standpoint—is a season in which elation and frustration flow mingled down. Our job, after all, as Worship Leaders, Ministers of Music and Arts ...

November 30, 2014

Our Connection

By Nate Berneking If you weren’t aware, Christians don’t always agree. Sometimes, it seems like we never do. Sometimes, it seems like we look for any means possible to divide ourselves. We even take labels to highlight ...

November 30, 2014

Soul Connections: Sharing, Listening, Connecting More Fully With Christ

By Fred Koenig Everyone needs some time apart. Missouri Conference clergy and laity recently came together for conversation and quiet reflections at Soul Friends: a Journey of Holy Conversation and Connection.      The ...

November 30, 2014

The Blessing of Pets

By Fred Koenig Some people who might be reluctant to accept an invitation to church will come for the benefit of their loved ones, even when those loved ones aren’t human. When Broadway UMC in Plattsburg had its “...

November 30, 2014

Urban Forum: Making Mission More Than a Trip

By Fred Koenig Kingdom House wants volunteers that come to the agency to take home more than pictures and memories. They would like them to gain some insight.       Kingdom House provides a wide range of social services...

November 30, 2014

Walking with Nehemiah

By Rev. Linda Settles The story of Nehemiah is one of my favorites. It is a story of compassion, strife, and triumph, all occurring in the context of community. Pastor Joseph Daniels uses the story of Nehemiah as a ...

November 30, 2014

We are the Missouri Conference...

By Fred Koenig The Missouri Conference didn’t gain or lose any members when Mel Fortney took Janie to be his bride. They just got shuffled between churches. Their wedding was at Janie’s church, Brashear UMC, but their ...

November 30, 2014

Wesley in the World Today

By Hal Knight In the season of Advent we prepare for the coming of Jesus. Advent anticipates two comings of Jesus: his coming at Christmas, and his second coming at which there will be a new heaven and a new earth. Even...

November 30, 2014

WJSDSJ?

By Carolyn Herkstroeter Remember WWJD- “What Would Jesus Do”? How about WJDSJ- Would Jesus Do Social Justice?       Social Justice is about stepping out of the pews, out of our comfort zones. It is about advocating for ...

November 21, 2014

St. Louis area UMC youth workers discuss how to help children and youth during unrest in Ferguson

What do you tell the kids? United Methodist Church children and youth workers in the St. Louis area took up the topic of Ferguson during their monthly meeting on November 20 at Kirkwood UMC. Most hadn’t been asked about ...

November 17, 2014

A Call for Prayer: Bishop Schnase on the church's role as people await the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson

  A Call for Prayer I’ve preached twice in recent weeks in St. Louis, and as I visited in our churches, the tension is palpable as people await the news from the grand jury in the Michael Brown case. Fear runs deep that...

November 06, 2014

Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources

Camp and Retreat Ministries FAQ Three: Stewardship of Resources This is the third in a series of three FAQs aimed at answering questions regarding the direction of Camp and Retreat Ministries in the Missouri Conference. ...

October 31, 2014

Angel Gowns

By Martin Summer Grandview United Methodist Church was recently featured on the Kansas City evening news (KSHB-41) for their new Angel Gown Ministry, led by Dianne and John Wright.  Dianne and John first learned about ...

October 31, 2014

Beginning Again

By Fred Koenig The old wives may tell that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but no one ever said it couldn’t follow a tornado. For the second time in less than a decade, severe weather completely destroyed...

October 31, 2014

Camping: A Future With Hope

By Brian Hammons The future of Camping ministries in Missouri has generated a lot of discussion in the past few weeks. I’ve heard from several folks concerned about the changes and the process, read many e-mails and ...

October 31, 2014

Conference Trustees, Mission Council and Finance and Administration Team Affirm Proposal to Sell Camp Properties

By The Camping and Retreat Ministries Board Following two years of research and analyzing various options, the Camping & Retreat Ministries Board, over the past month, has outlined a bold new approach to camping and ...

October 31, 2014

Coverage: A Retreat by Pastors for Pastors

By Fred Koenig The annual Converge event returned to one of its churches of origin this year, and was hosted by Saint Paul’s UMC in Joplin September 8 - 10.       Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase opened the event, talking...

October 31, 2014

Do It Yourself

By Mark Roach I don’t know about you all, but I have had plenty of experience with well-intentioned expedience that has backfired. Let me elaborate by way of example: You decide you want to do that cool pop tune as a ...

October 31, 2014

Home Church

By Fred Koenig You may have heard of Calhoun UMC as being a different kind of church, in that it’s growing at a time when many are fading. One might think that Calhoun UMC is special in some way, and that wouldn’t be ...

October 31, 2014

I Am the Missouri Conference

By Fred Koenig When you look over Paul Derks’ resume, it looks like a course catalogue of all the available extra-curricular activities in high school. On the sports side, you have football (senior captain), basketball,...

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