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Retiree Newsletter


For many years you may have received a paper or digital Retiree Newsletter, in which Conference retirees of all ages shared life updates and wisdom in a bi-annual publication. Like many things in 2020, the Retiree Newsletter went virtual! We're excited to provide a digital space for you to share longer updates and even photos of what you're up to, wherever you may be.

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Frederick Zahn: Celebrating 56 Years Together

By Frederick and Laura Ann Zahn, flazahn@yahoo.com, Springfield Frederick and Laura Ann Zahn living on Lovers Lane as we approach 56 years together. We began that celebration with a 10 day vacation in Phoenix, Arizona, and continue to celebrate each month into the year. We give thanks COVID has not found us, and we continue to avoid crowds and non-masking gatherings. We just wish others would be respectful of folks like Laura Ann who have a compromised immune system. We like our freedom as much...

W. Paul Jones: Working at Hermitage and Publishing a Book

By W. Paul Jones, monk15@juno.com At age 92, I am still functioning acceptably as Director of the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center, and in addition spending a quarter of my time each month as a monk at Assumption Abbey, both places in southern Missouri. Check out HSRC at www.hermitageretreats.org. We do not charge, and it would be good to see you again. I just published my 15th book entitled Remnant Christianity in a Post-Christian World: Plight of the Modern Church. I think it is my best, ...

Cleo Kottwitz: Traveling and Celebrating

By Cleo Kottwitz, Columbia On April 5, Judy and I celebrated one year in our duplex home at Lenoir Woods Senior Community in Columbia. We enjoy good neighbors and various on campus activities as well as our continued involvement with various church and community relationships, including Container Project, Rainbow Network, Heifer, CROP Walk and the interracial Race Onward group of folks from MO UMC and Russell Chapel CME. Each Sunday evening we have resident led "Vespers" in the Epple Chapel, ...

Tom Frank: Retiring and Moving to Asheville

By Tom Frank, frankte@wfu.edu, Asheville, North Carolina I retired from Wake Forest University in June 2021 after 35 years of ministry in academia: Eden Theological School for a year, Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University for 23 years, and Wake Forest as a University Professor for 11 years. I always found new challenges and never tired of the work, but I don't miss it -- retirement with freedom to enjoy or work on whatever I want is fantastic. I've...

Bruce and Peggy Jeffries: Staying Active at Lenoir Woods

By Bruce Jeffries, revbrucejkbbk@yahoo.com, Columbia Things are going well for Bruce and Peggy Jeffries at Lenoir Woods in Columbia. We have been waiting to attend the Baptism of our grandson, Lucas Ian. Like our children, Nathan and Amy want him to be baptized by their Bishop. Unfortunately, their Bishop has had some health issues the past couple of years. We are anticipating that it will happen in June. Peggy will be preaching at the Maundy Thursday service at Lenoir. Bruce has inherited the...

Mel and Barbara West: Celebrating 77 Years and Looking For a Rural Health Contact

By Barbara and Mel West, melwest@aol.com, Columbia Barbara and I are "keeping on keeping on," with our cat, Pumpkin, and many friends. We will celebrate our 77th in June - a record for us. We are looking forward to another year of gardening, but I have given in and hired some help for that. If any of you know where there is a good Parish Nurse Program at work, please give me a contact. With so many rural hospitals closing, and all else that is happening in rural America, I working on an ...

Susan Cox - Crocheting for a Cause

By Susan Cox, skcox54@gmail.com, Kansas City My most significant ministry over the last three years is crocheting and distributing beanie-style hats to the homeless/houseless persons in Kansas City as well in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and Santa Rosa, California, where my brother lives. I’ve donated over 700 over these years. These are made of bulky synthetic yarn, and it takes between 11/2 to 2 hours to make, justifying the hours I watch St. Louis Cardinals on TV during the baseball season. If...

Larry Linville: Writing Poems and Celebrating 60 Years

By Larry Linville, llinville2@kc.rr.com, Pleasant Valley We have continued to recover from Thelma's stroke, and we've kept close to home because of COVID. I preached a couple of times in December and will preach at North Star on June 12 as our pastors will be at Annual Conference. I've continued writing poetry and posting on Facebook. I've written over 700 poems in the last couple of years and over 2,000 since retiring. Thelma turned 79 in December, and I reached 80 in March. On June 16th, we...

Drs. David and Marsha Kerr: Getting Ready to Garden

By Drs. David and Marsha Kerr, dr.david.kerr@hotmail.com, St. Louis We do enjoy reading the updates to the Retiree Newsletter. We thank Lauren and the Conference Staff for the good labors in providing this link. This week we will plant our vegetable seeds in small starter pots that will sit by southern windows. By Mother's Day, we will be past any freezing temperatures, and we'll transfer them to the garden bed. How we enjoy gardening and the resulting nutrition and flavors of fresh veggies. ...

Clayton Smith: Celebrating Legacies

By Clayton Smith, claytonlsmith@icloud.com, Stillwell, Kansas Grateful to God for good health and blessed with a wonderful family. In this troubled world, I find it ever important to give God thanks. Humor helps too! One of my friends wrote this confession: "My tolerance for idiots is extremely low today. I used to have some immunity built up, but obviously there is a new strain out there!" The Shepherd's Center Older Adult ministry in Kansas City is celebrating the 50th Anniversary this year....

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