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Seoul Train

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Pastors find their way from South Korea to Missouri

MOAC Staffing Announcement: Angel Garcia

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The Office of Next Generation Ministries is pleased to announce that Bishop Bob Farr has appointed Rev. Angel Garcia to a part-time position as Youth Specialist effective immediately. The focus of this new role is to ...

From Mozambique to Northern Missouri

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A  friendship that was forged by a Mozambique Initiative Volunteers In Mission team lead to a family relocating to Missouri to serve churches here. Rev. Naftal Naftal had no thoughts of moving to the U.S. when he ...

Alpha Bet

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Churches Look to Alpha as a Way to Reach People Outside Their Walls

Missouri ERTs Assess Damage After Hurricane Ida

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On October 10, a team of 15 people traveled from Missouri to Golden Meadow United Methodist Church in Galliano, Louisiana, to assist with disaster response assessment. The team was made up of members from La Croix UMC in...

Mission Council Moves Culture Work Forward

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At the Missouri Conference Mission Council meeting on September 21, council members heard the full report of the Episcopal Task Force on Race and Culture. Presented by task force chairperson and retired Elder Rev. Cody ...

Protective Factors to Increase Resilience

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By Amy Thompson, Conference Lay Leader Resilience. We have heard this word a lot during the pandemic. I have marveled at the resilience of medical professionals, school administration and teachers, and so many others ...

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Chartering Development

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You may recall that the Office of Finance and Administration released a statement with respect to the Boy Scouts of America and the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration’s recommendation that ...

Carrying God's Name

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By Jill Wondel, Associate Conference Lay Leader The other day I was listening to an old Bible Project podcast (if you don’t know about the Bible Project, be sure to check it out at thebibleproject.com). They were ...

Carrying God’s Name

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By Jill Wondel, Associate Conference Lay Leader The other day I was listening to an old Bible Project podcast (if you don’t know about the Bible Project, be sure to check it out at thebibleproject.com). They were ...

Crossings That Matter

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On September 4, 1771, Francis Asbury left Europe on a ship headed to America to join the new Methodist mission field of lay and local preachers. The trip took seven weeks at sea, lots of time to think and wonder about ...

NOMADS Live Mission in Motion

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Some Missouri United Methodists live on the road as they move from one mission project to the next.

Speaking the Word

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Pastor uses technology to deal with sudden onset of a disability.

Missouri Worship Leaders "Get Together"

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By Kiersten Rose When I was 21, my friends asked me to join them in singing the 1967 Youngbloods hit “Get Together” at our church. I was a new Christian with no knowledge of church music other than “Amazing Grace.” My ...

Episcopal Task Force Update on Race and Culture

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By Rev. Kim Jenne During the Pre-Conference Briefing on May 27, Bishop Bob Farr and Rev. T. Cody Collier presented a Conference update on culture work as it relates to race and ethnicity. In January 2021, Bishop Bob ...

What Outrageous Assignment Has God Given You?

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God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. ...

Disaster Response Updates: Louisiana, New Jersey and New York

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Many of you have graciously asked how you can help our Louisiana neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Scott Burdin, Missouri Disaster Response Coordinator, has been in close contact with Louisiana Conference ...

Practicing Gratitude and Finding Joy

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By Amy Thompson, Missouri Conference Lay Leader While sitting in a training two months ago, the speaker mentioned that she had been missing joy in her life. This comment resonated with me. During the pandemic my joy has...

UMCOR Launches Haiti Response

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The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on August 14 is underway. The quake, which particularly damaged the southern and western regions of the island, has ...

UMCOR Supports Afghans in Need

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Those interested in supporting UMCOR’s response in Afghanistan and Haiti can make gifts online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450/ or by checks sent to Global Ministries/UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY ...

Camps 2021

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It wasn't the "back to normal" summer that people had hoped for, but church camp did happen in the Missouri Conference in 2021, and youth enjoyed the opportunity to get together again.

Crafts to Cash

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Costner-Fulton grant helps fund small enterprise development ministry in rural church that aims to help local artisans find ways to derive profit from their skills.

Encouraging Mental Health

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Missouri Conference Encourages Pastors to Make Use of Mental Health Benefits to Engage in Counseling

Planning Worship to Unify the Body

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By Nikki Lerner Worship music can be one of the most divisive or unifying tools in the church today. It amazes me how many conversations I have had with fellow worship leaders and pastors centering around the subject of...

Straight Talk About Risk Management

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This year, your Missouri United Methodist Foundation was pleased to become a member/sponsor of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. This membership, in turn, gives every UM church in the Missouri Conference an affiliate...

Being a Neighbor

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New Awakening Launches with Embrace of Community

Daring to Lead

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By Amy Thompson, Missouri Conference Lay Leader If you know me well or heard me speak or lead a meeting, you are familiar with my interest in Brené Brown’s work. Her willingness to explore vulnerability, courage and ...

The Gift of Fresh Sight

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By Rev. Sandy Nenadal, Assistant to the Bishop It’s moving season in the United Methodist Church. This summer United Methodist pastors in Missouri have been moving to new locations, preparing to begin ministry with new ...

More than Money: Building Community Wealth with Social Capital

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By Sarah Hultine Massengale, Community Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development, University of Missouri Extension in Dent County The holidays aren’t yet on the horizon, but let’s talk a minute about the ...

Telling the Story

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By Rev. May Saou, Worship Pastor at North Cross UMC in Kansas City In a pandemic-era conversation with our lead pastor, I was caught by the question: “If people have the option to worship online anywhere in the world, ...

COB Approves Episcopal Supervision Recommendations for SCJ

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The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ), due to the retirement of two bishops. The recommendations were made...

Breaking Bonds

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Recovery ministry finds a new partner in Missouri church.

Christ In All

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“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless ...

God Has Prepared All Of Us

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By Lori Bruens, Heartland District Co-Lay Leader Over the years, I have come to a specific mantra. At the beginning of the year, I anticipate that I will be different by the end of the year than on January 1. Over the ...

COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship (May 1, 2021)

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that may allow reducing restrictions on gatherings particularly in outdoor spaces.  In the spirit of doing no harm, Bishop Farr suggests that local...

The Road Towards Healing

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By Rev. Sandy Nenadal Watching the news as March neared its end, I was struck by the amount of grief and loss people in our nation are experiencing. Over 550,000 people have died from COVID-19. The economic impact of ...

5 Ministry Ideas from NextGen Conversations

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The NextGen Conversations podcast seeks to empower NextGen leaders to create dynamic, Christ-centered ministries. In its debut season, we spoke with several Missouri ministry leaders about concepts and ideas that are ...

Faith Leaders Concerned About Legislation Opening Door to Guns

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Missouri Area United Methodist Bishop Robert Farr joined Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Catholic Church and other faith leaders at the Cardinal Rigali Center in St. Louis on Wednesday morning to express opposition ...

Play Ball!

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Missouri Methodists have role in shaping major league baseball.

The Call to Motherhood

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Three Missouri Conference clergywomen follow their call to be foster and adoptive mothers while following their call to ministry.

Virtual Session Planned for MOAC21

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  Based on where we currently are in the vaccination rollout and in our efforts to do no harm, we have decided to hold this year’s annual conference session virtually with invitation-only in-person attendance. This ...
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