A group of ladies at Union United Methodist Church in St. Louis fulfill their mission project by making lap quilts for the St. Louis Peregrine Society. The Peregrine Society was formed 65 years ago to improve the quality of life for cancer patients living in the area. The Peregrine sewing group at Union has been donating items for over 50 years.
The lap quilts made especially for children are bright and colorful and have an extra surprise attached. For example, a quilt with toy cars in the...
I’ve been listening to the song, I Will Wait, by Mumford and Sons quite a bit lately. Initially, I was captured by the song’s sound but the more I listen to it, the more I am drawn to the lyrics. It’s about a season of waiting that has both a sense of resignation and anticipation.
I know these themes of resignation and anticipation around the practice of waiting. As of the writing of this article, I am one day away from going on a highly anticipated journey. For years I have...
La Croix Set To Make Next 25 Years As Important As Its First
When it comes to church anniversary celebrations, 25 years is just getting started. There are churches in the Missouri Conference that have eight times that much history behind them. What sets La Croix apart isn’t its number of years, it is the numbers in those years.
On Sunday, October 6, La Croix UMC in Cape Girardeau celebrated 25 years since its launch. They wanted to have a celebration where their whole church could come together. Even though their theater-style sanctuary seats 900,...
La Trinidad Finds Welcome Home at Concord Trinity
For nearly a year, Concord Trinity United Methodist Church in South County St. Louis has housed La Trinidad and its efforts to connect with the Hispanic community. Worshippers originally from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama, the United States, and elsewhere all gather on Sunday at 12:30. Just in that short span of time, the service has grown from three families to an average of 60 to 80 people on an average Sunday.
Pastor Jose Marino Chacon Mayorga said that...
Delivering Hope with IMA World Health
Community volunteers are the key to radically improve a community. The Festival of Sharing is that kind of community. We are a community that spreads across the state with hearts that are committed to ending poverty and hunger. These passionate hearts do not stop at the arbitrary boarders of government boundaries or denominational divides. Festival of Sharing is a community that moves families and neighborhoods into better possibilities. Packs are collected for local needs; kits are collected...
Festival of Sharing: Rice Man Larry Reid
Rice is Nice was the project name in 1984 when Festival of Sharing first started purchasing bulk rice and distributing to Missouri agencies. Festival purchased the rice from Arkansas and in 1988 Festival also started purchasing dried beans as well. Raising funds to purchase the rice and beans became an annual project with many churches using plastic “rice bowl banks” to collect coins and donate the funds to Festival of Sharing. Churches also had tasting dinners where everyone...
"You Heard What" Communications Workshop postponed due to illness
Healthy Communications Event Postponed
Due to the illness of the keynote speaker, the “You Heard What?” Communications Event for this Friday, November 15 is postponed. The new date is tentatively changed to January 20. This date will soon be confirmed. Watch for more information to come....
Festival of Sharing
The 2013 Festival of Sharing was held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia once again on the third Saturday of October. For 32 years the Festival of Sharing has been about the ministry of alleviating hunger through gifts of mercy, advocacy and education, and helping people in need in other ways.
About 2,000 churches are involved in the Festival, either by attending and participating or by donating items. The gifts came in during the morning and were shipped out to food pantries and...
United Methodist Communications Offers Web-Hosting
United Methodist Communications is offering assistance to local churches in setting up websites. A basic site can be set up for no charge, or more fully featured sites can be established for $5 to $19 per month. For more information, go to www.umcchurches.org
Residents in Ministry
In the past, the time between someone answering the call to ministry and someone being ordained could be a lonely one. In between the assessments and interviews, candidates could feel isolated. The Residents In Ministry program was designed to help candidates stay connected.
The RIM event in Missouri is coordinated by Director of Pastoral Excellence Karen Hayden, and all five Missouri Conference directors speak to the provisional elders and provisional deacons. This year it was conducted...
If you ask Pastor Ivan James, III what lead him to accept the pastoral position at Asbury United Methodist Church in St. Louis, he doesn’t even hesitate.
“I saw a group of folks who have a desire and passion for this church, for Methodism,” said James. “I saw that they had a ‘no quit, no die’ attitude about their work here, and I wanted to help them realize and use the gifts that God had given them. My intent was to help them to help the church grow so that...
Pastor Offers Training Programs for Community Chaplains
You could say Rev. Llewellyn McGhee has spent most of his career with one foot in the military and one in church, but it would be more accurate to say both feet were the foundation of the uniform he proudly wore, and his ministry for the most part wasn’t in church, but with people. As a military chaplain, McGhee saw first-hand the importance of offering spiritual care to people experiencing trauma, regardless of their religious affiliation. Now he’s working on a way to make that...
Getting Your Congregation to Sing
As I’ve interacted with Worship Leaders around the country, several questions seem to surface consistently. One of the most frequently asked is this: How do I get my congregation to sing more? Sometimes questions are better answered with questions. Here are a few that may help.
For Whom Are You Selecting Your Music?
Now, don’t misread this question. If you’re a musician and leader, you absolutely should be trusted to select the songs. I certainly don’t support the idea...
Tech Talk: 5 Steps for Storytelling with Storify
Article writing and photography are communication classics that will never go out of style. However, if you’re looking for an easy way to add multimedia elements and quotes from participants, you should definitely check out Storify. This tool allows you to bring together media from across the web into one comprehensive story.
Here’s an example: http://storify.com/UMNS/ bagging-a-record-feeding-hungry-kids. When North Georgia United Methodists and Rethink Church teamed up to feed...
Children's Ministry Webinar Series Today: Top 10 Tips from Seasoned Children's Ministers
Children’s Ministry Webinar Series
Top 10 Tips from Seasoned Children’s Ministers
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
10:00am – 11:00am
If you could offer a new children’s minister a list of all the things you wish you’d known during your first few years, what would you include on that list? Join Jill Plant, Elizabeth Christie, Dena Kitchens, Debbie Mecca, and Melanie Gordon for a wonderful interactive videoconference on some of the most useful tools for...
Reflections on Serve 2013
erve 2013 was September 7 and 8 and our local United Methodist Churches were involved in a flurry of activity all around the state of Missouri. In a few days following this event you all have shared with me hundreds of photos and countless stories of the amazing work that was done. I will be sure to share the exciting numbers and results with you as more information becomes available, however, I wanted to take a moment to bite into the real fruit of what you were a part of this weekend.
The Art of Neighboring
What does it mean to be a good neighbor and to love your neighbor as yourself? Could it be as simple as starting where you live? When Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves, do we begin with our actual neighbors? The same people we drive by every day, wave to, and never even learn their names?
In a recent sermon series called “The Art of Neighboring” based on the book of that title by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, Pastor Mitch Henson of Richland United Methodist issued a...
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Preparing for the Worst
Pastor Meg Hegemann of Wilkes Blvd. UMC in Columbia recently hosted a ‘Church Readiness/Intruder Security’ workshop presented by the Office of Creative Ministries. Dan Steska, Disaster Response Coordinator, provided insights and reminders of areas in which most churches are unprepared. Examples included fraud protection, record protection, building safety audits, insurance coverage, volunteer liability, and the development of an Emergency Plan. A main emphasis of the workshop was...