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Zooming to Church

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

Front Lines

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

2020 Apportionments

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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 ...

Sharing Space

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

COVID-19 Legislation and the Church

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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 ...

Partnering with Schools to Encourage Reading

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Hood UMC in Republic uses national Read Across America Day (March 2) to kick-off a week of reading to all of the local elementary schools and giving every student a book.

Drive-Up Church

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Church borrows FM transmitter from business to have parking lot worship service.

Recovery in Isolation

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12-step groups built around coming together reach for ways to stay connected in isolation.

When you Can't Stay at Home

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Homeless people and their service providers face special challenges during the pandemic.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Church

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On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The text of the legislation can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text. The bill ...

Helping Out at Home

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Church responds to request from local nursing home for masks.

Rising Again

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New church honors historic structure lost to fire, creates new opportunities.

Loving Your Neighbor

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Church Group Reaches Out to People Living in Extended-Stay Motels

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Due to the strong restrictions related to public gatherings issued by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am strongly encouraging all our churches – ...

The Church + the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Dear Colleagues in Ministry,   Like you, I have watched the growing anxiety as we learn more and more about the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Let us be in prayer for those affected by the virus, especially those ...

Celebrating Our Progress

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As I sit down to write this article, I am in front of a window and can see the radiant sunshine despite a chilly day. The sunshine looks inviting and feels good after so many days of cloudy, dreary weather. In ...

Lead Us Into Ministry

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Our vision for the Missouri Annual Conference is to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers. The primary ways in which the Conference seeks to live out this ...

Open Hearts, Open Books

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Each Wednesday morning during the school year, my wife and I make our way to one of the local elementary schools where we meet with our KidsHopeUSA students. KidsHopeUSA is a nationally recognized program where Christian...

Baby Grace

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An effort by lay members at one church to meet a community need ends up expanding to 20 churches.

Baby Grace Camp

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Camp provides relief, bonding experience for parents of young children.

Missouri's Earthkeepers

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United Methodists combine their spiritual life with care for the environment.

But We've Always Done it That Way

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Amber Hirsch is the Lay Leader for the Gateway Central District. She is the Director of Worship Arts Communications for St. Mark’s UMC in Florissant. She is a life-long United Methodist, a proud P.K. (Preacher’s Kid), ...

Multiplying Kingdom Impact

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What impact can a body of believers have on their community? It’s an aspirational question, and one the Missouri Conference hopes can help local churches multiply their ministry.  When Rev. Roger Ross started his job as...

Three Churches in MKI

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Three Kansas City area churches share their stories about getting started in MKI.

Game Time

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Missouri Bishop Bob Farr takes a turn preaching for the United Methodist worship service that takes place at Arrowhead Stadium before each Kansas City Chiefs game that has a kickoff time at noon on Sunday.

Missouri Statement on Protocol of Separation

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Dear Colleagues in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus. I write to call your attention to the results of a mediation process undertaken by 16 United Methodists, entitled “A Protocol of ...

Inked in the Holy Land

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Several Missouri Conference clergy take part in an ancient Holy Land tradition of getting a tattoo to mark their pilgrimage.

Open Hearts, Open Books

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Church in Warsaw embraces Missouri Conference Open Hearts, Open Books initiative.

Thrive 2020

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Traditional Black churches in Missouri discuss ways to strengthen their ministries.

Alice Fowler Installed as Southwest District Superintendent

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Alice Folwer is installed as the Southwest District Superintendent at First UMC in Carthage. Becoming a district superintendent wasn’t exactly in Rev. Alice Fowler’s career plans.  “She may have been the most ...

Breaking Ground

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Construction begins on One Joplin duplex.

Rural Conversations

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Sidney Owens has been listening. In her role as Missouri Conference Community Engagement Specialist, she has conducted a series of rural conversations this fall, with meetings at Columbia, Cameron, Advance and ...

Sharefest

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Wrap-up of 2019 Sharefests

Apprenticeship Through Community

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This fourth installment in the Clergy Health Series highlights the importance of covenant groups.

Bishop Farr's Response to Mainstream Moratorium Request

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 Dear friends, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! I hope all is well in your life and ministry. I am praying for each of you as we draw close to the Advent season.   Every bishop has been ...
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