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Its not too late to give alternative gifts for Christmas

12/17/2010
During the Holiday Season we often find ourselves uncertain when it comes to giving gifts. We struggle finding gifts that are useful and meaningful. Consider this list of alternative gifts when doing your Holiday shopping this year:  Gift clean water for up to ten years to a family in Haiti for only $35: www.hydraid.org  Donate to United Methodist Ministries through The Advance: www.new.gbgm-umc.org/advance/  Provide Livestock and Training through...

Women's prisons receive gifts from Festival of Sharing

12/17/2010
On Thursday, December 9, David Hayden volunteered to drive a truck and trailer with 1,572 personal Hygiene Packs.    Jim Bryan volunteered to deliver a 1,000 wall calendars to the women offenders in the Chillicothe correctional facility. Missouri has twenty-one state correctional centers. There are two facilities that house approximately 2,500 women.   Festival of Sharing has tried not to overlook or ignore the persons serving time in these facilities. The...

Haitians in need of gift of clean water

12/4/2010
The Gift of Clean Water As the alarm went off this morning, I climbed out of bed and walked to the bathroom sink. I turned on the faucet and placed my toothbrush under the water, put some toothpaste on the brush, and began brushing my teeth for the full two minutes that most dentists recommend. After brushing my teeth, I placed a small cup under the faucet and took a drink to rinse my mouth. This is such a simple task yet not everyone can do this.  In September, I spent ten...

Help on the hoof makes it to Mississippi

11/8/2010
October 16th was a spectacularly beautiful day in Sedalia for the 29th annual Festival of Sharing. At 11:15 a.m. around 60 participants gathered under a clear blue sky on the grassy hillside next to a corral containing twelve beautiful black heifers. Rev. Mel West, a Heifer International cowboy and former Heifer Board member was there to provide a blessing. The heifers were part of the gifts received at the Festival for a Heifer International project near Brandon, Mississippi. Some were...

Festival of Sharing Preliminary Material Gifts distributed

11/3/2010
Non-cash Gifts Delivered and Distributed   Church World Service     Emergency Clean-up Buckets 215 ...

Heifers bound for Mississippi pastures

10/25/2010
A dozen of the volunteers at the Festival of Sharing didn’t have anything to do but wait, and didn’t have anything to say at all.  Perhaps it’s a stretch to call them volunteers, but they were definitely in service. The bred Angus heifers were being donated to farmers in South Ranking County, Mississippi, where farmers are still struggling with damage caused by hurricane Katrina. The heifers will have calves and become productive parts of beef cattle herds for farmers in...

Thousands come together to give through Festival of Sharing

10/25/2010
When Dr. Shanon Jung of Saint Paul School of Theology looked out over the crowd gathered for worship during the Festival of Sharing, he declared that the scene must be what heaven looks like: all sorts of different people coming together, concerned with giving.  “You are here today because you believe in the power of sharing,” he said. “You believe that God has shared with you, and that God continues to share with you.”  The Festival of Sharing was held Oct....

Quilts to be previewed around state

9/27/2010
The third Saturday of October is approaching and events leading up to the Festival of Sharing on October 16th are underway. The First quilt show was held at Wentzville UMC on Saturday September 18th. Many Church Women United and quilt enthusiasts came from the around the area to see the beautiful quilts that have been generously donated to the Festival of Sharing.  Proceeds from the quilt auction are donated to Church World Service Blankets+ program. Blankets+ provides...

Volunteers needed for team to go to Mexican border area in January

9/26/2010
Let’s Put Our Hands Together Manos Juntas, which in English translates to “hands together”, is a mission organization of the Mexican Methodist Church. They do vital work in the border areas of Rio Bravo, Reynosa and Monterrey providing health care, safe housing, and places of worship in communities of great need. There has been much news lately regarding violence in border towns due to the Mexican Governments war on drugs. This violence is a reality; it does...

Anonymous Donor Helps Struggling Families

9/24/2010
 “I want to give a donation to Heifer International.” So began a phone conversation last month between a mid-Missouri United Methodist Church member who wishes to remain anonymous and Max Marble, Director of the Office of Creative Ministries (OCM). The caller noted that if OCM staff were aware of pressing needs, she would like for us to send her gift to Heifer where it would do the most good. If not, she had a list of animals she would like to fund; twelve heifers,...

Camping trailer donated to Office of Creative Ministries

6/30/2010
Creative Ministries has a new addition. No, it’s not a bouncing baby boy. No, we don‘t have any new staff. Barbara Burner donated a 38’ recreational RV camping trailer to the Office of Creative Ministries. Barbara, a long time United Methodist and Missouri native, had spoken with a friend in Virginia about the RV she owned for the last ten years. Due to health concerns, her doctor told Barbara she could no longer travel with the RV. So Barbara began to look for an...

OCM announces new mission start-up grants

5/20/2010
The Creative Ministries Team will be awarding some 2011 grants for launching new mission projects. Email your one-page only grant proposal to Max Marble by email by October 1, 2010. The proposal needs to include a mechanism for evaluating the success of the mission after 6 months and 12 months. In addition to the onepage only proposal send a budget showing anticipated income and expenses and showing where additional funds will be received. Three $3,000 grants and six $1,000 grants will be...

Health ministry workshops scheduled

5/20/2010
 Two health ministry workshops have been scheduled for the Mark Twain District. The first one will be held at First UMC in Kirksville on Friday, June 25th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and the second one on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Arch UMC in Hannibal. The workshops entitled “Health Ministry Through Clustering and Collaboration” will be presented by parish nurse, Julie Taylor. The registration fee is $15 for the first person and $5 for each additional...