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Circuit rider coming to history banquet

6/25/2010
On May 21, circuit rider Jacob Lanius was featured prominently in the Moberly Monitor-Index, promoting his appearance that Sunday at New Hope UMC. Actually, the picture was of Rev. Cleo Kottwitz, a retired elder who makes historical presentations on horseback and in period dress in the guise of Lanius, a circuit rider who served churches in Missouri from 1831 – 1851. Lanius preached his first sermon at age 17 at a camp meeting near Caledonia. At age 24, he was appointed presiding elder...

Gray leaves legacy of courage, kindness

5/21/2010
The Missouri Conference was in mourning in May, saying farewell to the beloved Mai Gray. Gray, 88, died on May 6. She was hospitalized after falling at the UMW Assembly 2010 a few day before, and never recovered. “She was doing what she loved,” said Rev. Kevyn Amos of St. Andrew UMC in Kansas City, Gray’s home church. “She loved the church and serving in mission.” Gray was very active at St. Andrew’s, serving on committees and in the UMW. Her husband, Rev....

Mountain View UMC looks to the future

4/2/2010
Rev. Kathy Osiel cried out with joy when she heard the consultants who hired “mystery visitors” to attend churches to assess their services failed to find someone to come to Mtn. View UMC. “You mean those visitors we’ve been getting are real visitors?” she said. “That’s the best news I’ve heard all day.” She didn’t even mind Bob Farr teasing her by saying that they couldn’t even pay people to go to her church. Mystery visitor...

Saturday School at Rader UMC provides Christian education

4/2/2010
If you’ve traveled U.S. 63 through central Missouri, you’ve probably noticed a picturesque United Methodist Church on the east side of the highway. The classic white church with a steeple just adds to the scenic vistas of the highway. And the chapel-design of the building is still a great design for Sunday morning worship. Other church activities, though, can be a little challenging. “We only had one small room, about five by six, where we could have a Sunday school,”...

Bishop Schnase's Reflections on Health Care

3/30/2010
Last week as the Health Care Bill was approved by Congress, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi expressed appreciation to various churches and organizations for their support. Among those she thanked was the United Methodist Church. This statement has prompted many people, both for and against the legislation, to ask what she was referring to. Did the UMC support this particular bill? Only the General Conference can speak for the United Methodist Church, and since General Conference has not...

Morning Star UMC makes room for more

3/15/2010
MSC adds service to accommodate growth The fastest growing church in the Missouri Conference is taking steps to keep up its momentum. In response to a marked increase in attendance since January, Morning Star Church (MSC) has added a second Saturday evening service. The new service times, which started the last weekend in February, are Saturdays at 4:30 and 6:30 pm and Sundays at 9:15 and 11:15 am. In the last quarter of 2009, weekend attendance at MSC averaged just over 1,500. The year end...

Campus ministries come together at Connect

3/8/2010
Steve Garber began addressing the group of college students from around Missouri by telling about himself, and noting that remarkably, his wife still loves him. “It’s one of the hardest things to do – to really know someone and still choose to love them,” he said. “It’s hard to love the world after you get to know it.” Garber was speaking to students from Missouri’s United Methodist campus ministries at an annual event called Connect, at First...

1,000 people give day to Mission Blitz

4/29/2009
Trinity UMC Bloomfield March 28 was a cold and rainy day but that didn’t stop over 1,000 people from reaching out with acts of kindness in the Bootheel of Southeast Missouri. Mission Blitz ’09 joined together churches from several towns, along with Fellowship of Christian Athlete organizations and civic groups to share the love of Jesus. Red t-shirts were seen all over the Bootheel with a yellow smiley face and the words, “Mission Blitz 2009, God is in this City.” There...