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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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Donna Nichols: Serving in Oklahoma

By Donna Nichols, oklagrey@hotmail.com, Oklahoma The word "retired" - indeed the entire concept of being retired - has yet to gel in my brain. After retiring from Missouri Conference in 2015 and moving to Oklahoma, and nearly seven years of not being appointed, as of April this year, I am once again serving a church as a part-time local pastor in Oklahoma Conference (LOL on the "part-time" concept). And I still have time for my horse. I love being a pastor and feel quite humbled at having this ...

Gene Hinrichsen: Serving in Iowa

By Gene Hinrichsen, genehhinrichsen@gmail.com, Urbandale, Iowa Enjoying retirement in the Des Moines metro. Serving to awesome churches in the Iowa Conference.

Larry Linville: Preaching and Writing Poetry

By Larry Linville, llinville2@kc.rr.com, Pleasant Valley Thelma continues a slow recovery from her stroke. We have neither one had COVID. We've had all our shots and flu shot. I've kept my sanity by continuing my poetry. I've written over 1,000 poems since COVID hit, and half of those have been this year. My mind has slowed down, and I've done poetry to keep it going. I have also been doing Wordle to use a different part of my brain. I preached at Paradise after Christmas and at North Star ...

Drs. David and Marsha Kerr: A Bit of Humor

By Drs. David and Marsha Kerr, dr.david.kerr@hotmail.com, St. Louis We value the connection of the Retiree Newsletter! Thanks to the Conference staff for the good work. We miss having the names and addresses of our retired friends in the Conference Journal as we have no means of knowing where folk are living and no connections (phone/address). Identity ... Speaking of identity, we like the humorous story of President George H. W. Bush and Barbara. She was speaking at a retirement community. ...

Roger Jespersen: Staying Connected to Family

By Roger Jespersen, rjespersen13@sbcglobal.net, Ballwin Susan and I are doing well. We enjoy another part of our family moving close to us in Ballwin. Ross and Mary and kindergarten twins, Leon and Lennon, moved from Sacramento to 14 minutes from our house. Three of our 4 kids now live within a half hour of our house. What a joy!  I have started tutoring two, 1st grade boys mostly in reading and continue to be active in Kiwanis and church projects. Susan is back in a community choir.  We did ...

Cleo Kottwitz: Continuing in the UMC Connection

By Cleo Kottwitz, Columbia Judy and I continue to enjoy our life in Lenoir Woods Senior Community in Columbia, especially our monthly RUMPS luncheon led by James Powell. We were pleased that Max Marble came through Columbia a few weeks ago and joined us for lunch at the Lenoir Grille. We would be happy to host other friends when you come this way. Our activities off campus mostly relate to Missouri UMC; this fall that included Heifer and Rainbow Network displays for Welcome Back Sunday, CROP ...

Clayton Smith: Publishing a Book and Traveling

By Clayton Smith, Claytonlsmith@icloud.com, Stilwell, Kansas This newsletter is so appreciated as it helps us with ongoing "connection" and care for clergy friends, past and present. I am pleased to announce the publishing release of a new book about Dr. Elbert Cole, founder of the Shepherd's Center here in Kansas City and over 50 centers across the country. It is available at Amazon Books and it is titled: A PROVEN EXPERIMENT: The Shepherd's Center Story, By, With, and For Older Adults. ...

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, ...

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