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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.

To opt-in to receive the digital Retiree Newsletter, please sign-up for our email list. For the time being, we plan to still send two editions per year.

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Clayton L. Smith: Reflecting on Shepherd's Center

By Clayton L. Smith, claytonlsmith@icloud.com, Stilwell, Kansas In the Fall Season of Life, I enjoy looking back on my life and thanking God for those who encouraged me. God knows we need greater encouragement during these pandemic times! My gratitude for the past moves me forward with hope! When I graduated from seminary, my first appointment was to serve as an Associate Pastor with Dr. Elbert Cole at Central UMC in Kansas City. I only served with Dr. Cole for 18 months before the Bishop ...

Greg Weeks: Writing Online and Offline

By Greg Weeks, greg@revgregweeks.com, St. Louis I've settled into a couple of fun hobbies since retiring in 2019. One is helping my wife Barbara in her antique business; I'm adjusting to my new title of Wife's Assistant. The second is writing. I have a website titled Being Christian Without Losing Your Mind, where I blog and send out a weekly devotion; am also enjoying writing for Cokesbury, contributing to their Adult Bible Studies curriculum. Hope this finds my fellow retirees healthy and ...

Janet Petty Kohler: Unexpected Loss and Home Updates

By Janet Petty Kohler, kohler_janet@yahoo.com, Villa Rica, Georgia Janice Petty, my twin sister, passed unexpectedly on Sept. 29, 2021. Janice was also a retired elder of the Rio Texas Annual Conference of the UMC. Services were held at graveside on Oct. 2, 2021, in Braymer, Missouri. I returned to Missouri to make arrangements, attend the service and also spent a few days with family. Currently, I am in the midst of some house updates. Workers have been here for a few days painting the ...

Larry Linville: Recovering and Writing Poetry

By Larry and Thelma Linville, llinville2@kc.rr.com, Pleasant Valley It’s been a crazy year as we continued in isolation except for doctor visits. Thelma is slowly improving after her stroke but still uses a walker. She is going to rehab to help with back pain. I’ve watched service on computer and Church of the Resurrection on TV. We have been able to attend North Star UMC with masks. I had a sinus cyst removed. It was very painful, and I lost two teeth. I have written poems about the ...

Max Marble: On the Road

By Max Marble I enjoyed my first United Methodist NOMADS project at the United Methodist Circle J Camp in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. I sold my house in Columbia and am traveling in my 2003 VW Camper Van.  My next NOMADS project is in Lousiana. Happy Thanksgiving! Editor's Note: You can read more about Missouri Methodists who are NOMADS in this recent article. Make sure to follow Max's adventures on his YouTube channel!

Drs. David & Marsha Kerr: Getting Outdoors

By David Kerr, dr.david.kerr@hotmail.com, St. Louis We have three small gardens and anticipate tasting a delicious tomato in early July. We have an abundance of flowers so we welcome butterflies, hummingbirds and the wonder of God’s creation. Traveling via RV to Missouri State Park and family reunion in Charleston, South Carolina. Prayers for our clergy/laity as they advance Christ’s love and grace. 

Ann Rathert: Invitation to Zoom

By Rev. Ann Rathert, revannrathert@gmail.com, Milwaukee, Wisconsin St. Louis-area clergy have gone to a Zoom format during this pandemic time. We meet each month on the second Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Just wondering if anyone wants to drop by and join us while meeting for lunch is still not possible. Feel free to contact me for the Zoom connection.

Wesley & Joan Ummel: Sunday Morning Thoughts

By Rev. Wesley Ummel, revummel@yahoo.com, Morrilton, Arkansas I had an observation at church last Sunday. There is uncertainty about who is sitting near us because we are all wearing masks! I looked at my image in the mirror just before we left for church, and I looked like some kind of a comic character from the Sunday cartoons! And there are more unknowns. When the COVID no longer is the primary issue, will our friends be at at our church? I don't remember having so many unknown issues in ...

Michael K. White: Serving in Central Missouri

By Mike and Linda White, sinbuster007@gmail.com, Keytesville, Missouri Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Linda and I are still serving Huntsville UMC and living on Lake Nehai in North Central Missouri. We have been busy with grandparent duties and enjoy watching our children's children grow in the Love and Admonition of the Lord! We were really looking forward to travel last year, but that is for another time, eh? Our bright yellow Goldwing Trike is ready to go, and we...

Eugene and Lettie Morse: Celebrating and Keeping Busy

By Eugene and Lettie Morse, emorse01@earthlink.net, St. Louis, Missouri This past year was one like no other as we learned to adjust and adjust to the ever-changing impact of COVID-19. Zoom and curbside have taken on new meaning. Time now is marked as before and after our “Freedom Day” (for us March 23rd as two weeks after our final COVID-19 vaccine)! We remain in our home in Webster Groves and, barring travel and NOMADS projects, we have been able to do most of our regular things. Lettie ...

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