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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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Bishop Fritz Mutti: Greetings from Lee's Summit

By Bishop Fritz Mutti, fritzmutti@gmail.com, Lee's Summit, Missouri We are living at John Knox Village in Lee's Summit. We have acquired scores of new friends and are grateful for that. Fritz tends a garden and is a member of the golf association. Etta Mae serves on the Nomination Committee. Fritz participates in the Council of Bishops and the Jurisdictional College of Bishops. Etta Mae is undergoing treatment for pulmonary hypertension. Fritz will have a cochlear implant in December. We ...

Nickolas Campbell: Writing and Sharing Hymns

By Nickolas Campbell, drolas94@gmail.com, Columbia, Missouri I want to share something which anyone can access during their COVID isolations: posts of old and (really) new hymns on YouTube. My original channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/drolas94, has over 22,000 subscribers. This channel contains over 400 videos of hymns, prayers, children's Christmas programs and a few sermons. Most of the hymns are found in the United Methodist Hymnal and Faith We Sing, though there are some from ...

Wesley and Joan Ummel: Delighting in Arkansas's Beauty

By Wesley and Joan Ummel, wummel@comcast.net, Morrilton, Arkansas Thank you Lauren and whoever else at our Conference Office is responsible for resurrecting our ability to contact friends! Especially in the midst of the COVID and political and United Methodist storms. We have a triple-header going on. Joan and I are hunkered down in our home near Morrilton, Arkansas. For the first time in our 57 years together, we are living in the country, about a mile from Interstate 40 and the small river ...

Carolyn Steinhaus: Staying Busy During COVID-19

By Carolyn Steinhaus, carolynsteinhaus@gmail.com, Columbia, Missouri Greetings to you all in these stressful days of COVID-19. I live in a patio home in the Independent Living Village of Lenoir Woods in Columbia. We actually have several of our RUMPS living here which is neat. (RUMPS=Retired United Methodist Pastors and Spouses). Otto and I moved here early in 2016, and he died in April of 2018. We were both content and thankful we could live here.  I still miss him but am thankful that we had ...

Michael White: Reaching New People and Relaxing

By Michael K. White, sinbuster007@gmail.com, Keytesville, Missouri COVID-19, politics, religious struggles, isolation, weather, natural disasters, school closures, etc. ... AND then there's Jesus! Ah, Yes! Then there is Jesus! What a friend we have in Jesus, EH? Linda and I are still serving a small church in Huntsville, Missouri, and we completed a new Fellowship Hall in time for COVID.  It has been a big challenge, but we are blessed to reach out to even more people for Christ with Facebook ...

James and Marie Powell: Staying Connected During COVID-19

By James and Marie Powell, jamesandmarie@powell101.com, Columbia, Missouri We two Powells are doing well, staying healthy and safe in our apartment at Lenoir Woods. We are blessed to be well cared for by a staff that works hard to provide everything we need. We get out for drives occasionally, and we do necessary errand running. We enjoy the friends we have here and are able to interact with them in various ways. We have learned how valuable technology is as we make use of Zoom, texting, SKYPE ...

Doug Kraus: Traveling to See Family and God's Creation

By Doug Kraus, d.kraus@juno.com, Innsbrook, Missouri Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, We continue to be bountifully blessed and wonderfully challenged! One big challenge was Hope, my wife, and I getting the COVID-19 virus in March. We traveled to Kearney, Nebraska, for the sandhill crane migration on March 10 and returned Friday, March 13; people come from around the world and someone brought the virus and shared it with us. Thank GOD, we did not pass it on to anyone at Harmonie Church, ...

Robert Neville: A Personal History

By Robert Neville, rneville@bu.edu, Milton, Massachusetts Dear Colleagues, I have been retired now since May 2018, when I was 79 (I'm now 81). From 1987 until my retirement I taught at Boston University in the Philosophy, Religion, and Theology Departments and was chair of Religion and director of the Division of Religious and Theological Studies beginning in 1987. From 1988 to 2003, I was dean of the School of Theology under John Silber and Jon Westling and defended (against them) the ...

Clayton Smith: Coping with the COVID-19 Isolation

By Clayton Smith, claytonlsmith@icloud.com, Kansas City-area So much is changing due to COVID-19. Isolation is my greatest challenge. I miss people because I am retired, and I miss even more people because of COVID-19. Perhaps, if I am real honest, I must say, "I miss most people!" For the last two years I have been part of the Renovare' Book Club. I just finished an online discussion of Peter Greig's book, How To Pray, with others from all over the country. We will study and discuss four ...

Bruce and Peggy Jeffries: Celebrating a New Grandson!

By Bruce Jeffries Bruce and Peggy Jeffries welcomed their first grandson, Lucas Ian Jeffries, on September 8, 2020. He is the son of Nathan and Amy Jeffries, both pastors in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. He was born a little early, so he had some compromised lungs, which with COVID-19 made him vulnerable. So, Bruce and Peggy had to self-quarantine for two weeks before they could visit and hold him without masks. Of course, they both think this little boy is the most precious and most ...

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