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Bishop Leads Ride for Mozambique Motorcycles

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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.

Annual Conference Goes On, Online

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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.

Church Helps Students During Shutdown

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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.

Diversifying the Pastor's Study

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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 ...

On Their Way

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

Deacons, Elders Welcomed into Full Connection

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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.

Vital Signs Data Entry Suspension

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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, ...

Introducing NextGen Conversations

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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 ...

Bishop Farr Check-In

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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.

Bishop Farr Expresses Outrage, Need to be Antiracist

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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.

Laity Voices: The Sunday Drive

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 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 ...

Guidance on Returning to Our Sanctuaries Remains Unchanged

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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 ...

Summer 2020 Camping Update: NextGen Camping Track Canceled

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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), ...

Saying Goodbye in the Time of Coronavirus

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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.  

Returning to our Sanctuaries

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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 ...

June Camps Canceled

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

Missouri Annual Conference 2020 Session Postponed

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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.

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 ...
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