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July 22, 2016

Parting Shot

While crossing an open field, I noticed this dragonfly. Dragonflies are often symbolically linked with illumination and transformation. As I approached, it flew away. When I stopped to switch to a macro lens, it returned...

July 22, 2016

What To Say, What To Do

By Rev. Willis Johnson I am a pastor, in New York City with my wife on a few days of summer leave. Over a 24-hour period my phone, social media channels and email blew up. Your attention was arrested, too. My colleagues...

July 22, 2016

Worship Looks Outside of SCJ Walls

Rev. Junius Dotson began the second full day of the South Central Jurisdictional with a worship session that looked beyond the process of electing bishops or the state of the church and addressed the state of the world. ...

July 21, 2016

When Friends Fight

By Rev. Kim Jenne When I first heard about the making of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), I complained to anyone that would listen that Batman and Superman cannot fight, insisting, “They’re friends!” Besides, ...

July 18, 2016

The A-poké-alypse

By Kim Jenne Above: Natasha is responsible for keeping six boys occupied all day. She visited Good Shepherd’s Pokéstop for a “real world adventure,” free pizza while there connected with the pastor and learned about the...

July 16, 2016

COB President Addresses Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election Results

Peoria, Ill.:  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement regarding the results of today’s Episcopal election at the Western Jurisdictional Conference of ...

July 16, 2016

College of Bishops Statement

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: While these can be turbulent times in The United Methodist Church, these are also times of emerging and fruitful ministries. Lay and clergy leaders are creating ...

July 16, 2016

Episcopal Assignments Announced

The South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee announced bishop assignments at about 11:30 p.m. Friday night. Bishop Bob Farr has been assigned to Missouri. Because he is returning to the area from which he was ...

July 15, 2016

Friday afternoon update: 10 ballots cast, 1 election

10 ballots were cast, and Rev. Bob Farr was elected as Bishop.

July 15, 2016

Friday morning update: 6 ballots cast, 1 election

Election Results   Ballot #19: Results were given at 8:52 a.m., 422 votes, 6 invalid, 416 valid, 125 needed to elect. No election. The results were:    Name Number of Votes Jimmy Nunn 111 David Wilson 85 Lynn ...

July 15, 2016

Thursday evening update: 7 ballots cast, no election

Election Results   Ballot #12: Results announced at 7:15 p.m. 423 cast, 416 valid, 7 invalid, 125 needed to elect. No election. Results were:   Name Number of Votes Jimmy Nunn 104 David Wilson 92 Lynn Dyke 73 ...

July 14, 2016

Conference Honors Those Who Have Passed

South Central Jurisdictional Conference opened with a Memorial Service celebrating those lost in the last quadrennial.

July 14, 2016

Thursday afternoon update: 6 ballots cast, no elections

Six ballots and numerous reports, yet no elections.

July 14, 2016

Thursday morning update: 5 ballots cast

Five ballots were cast and one Bishop was elected before lunch break on Thursday.

July 12, 2016

Bishop Schnase Delivers His Final Missouri Conference Episcopal Address

By Pam Ekey and Susan Sneed While Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase said he would save his final reflection on his 12 years of ministry in the Missouri Conference until Monday morning, he had a lot to say Friday afternoon...

July 12, 2016

Clergy Support Team Reports on Pensions, Insurance

The Clergy Support Team, chaired by Rev. Steve Pinnell, is also known as the Board of Pensions. Its primary responsibility is oversight of clergy benefits, and today they reported on the benefits for the upcoming year.  ...

July 12, 2016

Conference Budget to Decrease Slightly for 2017

By Joan DeBoe Tom Hilton, Chair of the Council on Finance and Administration, reported that during his tenure on the committee a number of positive changes had taken place. The Conference identified, purchased, and ...

July 12, 2016

Conference Recognizes Anniversary of Full Ordination Rights for Women

This year is the 60th anniversary of the full ordination rights for women in the United Methodist Church. There were many women on June 4 seated in the plenary with red shirts, most of those shirts featuring a picture ...

July 12, 2016

Contemporary is temporary, Keep Relevant

By Pam Ekey Rev. Ron Watts, senior pastor at La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, is intent on creating the kind of church your children would want to invite their friends to attend. During the Bishop’s ...

July 12, 2016

Core Practices Get Things Rolling with Improv

By Fred Koenig More than 70 people got their Conference started with a laugh, and a challenge to think fast on their feet in the Thursday night session from the Core Practices Team.       It would be wrong to call the ...

July 12, 2016

Evangelism: Hospitality to People Who Aren’t Here Yet

For his Sunday Morning Learning Time, also known as the largest Sunday school in the state of Missouri, Rev. Matt Miofsky addressed evangelism – but not just his take on it. He explored the scripture.      “Evangelism is...

July 12, 2016

Five Practices Fund Nears $80,000

For more than a decade, Bishop Robert Schnase has been a bold and transformative leader for Missouri Methodism. Through word and deed he has helped to revitalize and refocus Missouri’s clergy and laity around the idea ...

July 12, 2016

Foundation Manages $86 Million, Supports Ministry, Scholarships

The Missouri United Methodist Foundation, under the executive direction of David Atkins, currently manages over $86 million in investments. More than 215 United Methodist churches and agencies invest long-term funds at ...

July 12, 2016

Letter from the Editor: Annual Conference 2017

The Missouri Methodists came into being with the Annual Conference edition in July of 2013, so it’s always exciting when that time of year rolls around again, and it’s time to put together a full magazine out of a ...

July 12, 2016

Memorial Service Celebrates Past, Gives Thanks for Future

This year, the traditional service of remembrance was combined with recognition of local pastors and the commissioning service to create a Celebration of Ministry held on Saturday morning. In this way, the Conference ...

July 12, 2016

Opening Business Session Prepares Conference for Work

By Susan Sneed Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase called to order the 2016 Annual Conference and John Wright, a lay member from Grace UMC in St. Louis, offered the opening prayer. Immediately following the worship and ...

July 12, 2016

Ordination Service

By Susan Sneed Worship opened with powerful music provided by a praise band under the direction of Rochelle Collette, Wesley UMC (Springfield). The procession included carrying in of the symbols of the ordained orders:...

July 12, 2016

Retirees Honored for Service

The retirement service opened this year with exciting music by Kuomba Pamoja (Worship Together) of Central UMC (Kansas City). This is a new church start of African immigrants, already at 200 members strong at only a year...

July 12, 2016

Why It Worked

Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase began his last Learning Time session at Annual Conference with gratitude. “I simply want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you – for your ministry, your trust, and your ...

July 12, 2016

Worship Honors Roots, New Beginnings

On June 3 the 2016 Missouri Annual Conference kicked off with a noteworthy opening worship experience that cherished the old and welcomed the new.

July 01, 2016

Archives and History Recognizes Churches That Are More Than 200 Years Old

John Wright, chairman of the Archives and History Commission for the Missouri Conference, opened the Archives and History breakfast with a word of thanks. “We are grateful for the churches that have endured,” ...

July 01, 2016

Barbara Crumes-Love Receives Unity Award

Barbara A. Crumes-Love is the recipient of the 2016 Unity Award which was presented by the Values Team of the Missouri Conference. For the past 10 years, she has served as chairperson of the organizing committee for ...

July 01, 2016

Bartelsmeyer Receives Marble Mission Award

By Susan Sneed Jeff Baker, director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries, presented the Advance Specials for approval of the conference and they were accepted. He then introduced Max Marble to present the Robert ...

July 01, 2016

Board of Ordained Ministry Works on Improving Process

By Linda Gastreich  Rev. Bruce Baxter, chair of the Board of Ordained Ministries brought a report to the Annual Conference that was filled with news of progress and new initiatives. As the fourth year of the current ...

July 01, 2016

Brian Hammons Completes 8 years as Lay Leader

By Franci Schwartz Hammons Reflects & Gives Thanks Conference Lay Leader Brian Hammons reflected on his eight years in office. He expressed his thanks for support and encouragement from family, friends and co-workers....

July 01, 2016

CMU Strengthens UMC Connection

“People find it surprising that I’m a college president,” said Roger Drake, president of Central Methodist University. “I admit I just don’t look like a college president.” In his Kentucky drawl he went on to ...

July 01, 2016

Deacons Celebrate 20 Years

This year Deacons celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Order of Deacons. The Order came into being as a result of the 1996 General Conference. Deacons are ordained to Word, Service, Justice and Compassion. ...

July 01, 2016

Domke Receives Social Justice Award

Fred Domke is the recipient of the 2016 Social Justice Award. This year because two outstanding nominations were received, two awards were given - one for laity and one for clergy. Domke received the laity award. He ...

July 01, 2016

Jefferson Receives Social Justice Award

Rev. Monica Jefferson received this year’s Social Justice Award for her ongoing leadership and successful collaborative work in North St. Louis County before, during and after unrest in Ferguson/Florissant. Jefferson ...

July 01, 2016

Leaders from Missouri’s Black UMCs Gather at Conference

On the first night of Annual Conference Session, African American clergy and laity, and people who attend churches that are primarily African American, gathered together for a dinner and a time to get to know each other.

July 01, 2016

Lubula, Miofsky Receive Denman Awards

“Do you know Mama Riziki?” It was a question asked by a someone who met her while living in a Congolese refugee camp. You see, when Riziki Lubula came to the United States she remembered her friend, Solomon ...

July 01, 2016

Lydia Patterson Achieves 100% College Placement

Dr. Soccoro De Anda, president of the Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) brought greetings from the institute and presented a video sharing the struggles of LPI students. These students are committed to getting an ...

July 01, 2016

Missouri Annual Conference Street Party

On Sunday night of Annual Conference Session, there was a barbecue dinner outside, and a concert inside from by the band “I Am They.”

July 01, 2016

Mozambique Initiative Continues to Thrive

on June 5 the Missouri Annual Conference formally met Craig Stevenson, the new Director of the Mozambique Initiative. Stevenson reported on MI’s financial success – highlighting the $700,000 plus support raised in 2015 ...

July 01, 2016

Next Generation Ministries

To kick off the report of Next Generation Ministries, Emma Woods, Campbell UMC, shared scripture from Ephesians and Alex Riddle, Christ UMC, led in prayer. Emma and Alex are both members of the Conference ...

July 01, 2016

Parting Shot

For the next several months The Missouri Methodists will be featuring the photography of Rev. Eric Mattson (First UMC New Madrid/Lilbourn) on the back cover. To see more of Eric’s work, go to www.flickr.com/photos/eric_m...

July 01, 2016

Staying Grounded

By Joan DeBoe We live in a time when electronic resources abound, all of which were designed and redesigned and improved for the sake of making our lives easier. In this “easier” life, we are so bombarded with demands ...

June 22, 2016

Everybody is Somebody

Missouri Conference Director of Congregational Excellence Bob Farr started his sermon on Sunday morning with a story about being a church visitor. He was there unannounced, and tried to remain anonymous. At first it was ...

June 22, 2016

Sweetness in the Midst of Sending Forth

Ozarks District Superintendent Lynn Dyke led the Service of Sending forth on the last day of the Missouri Annual Conference Session morning with a wedding story. No, not the love verses from Corinthians, or the ones ...

June 01, 2016

Biggerstaff Chairs Journal Committee

Every morning of General Conference, all those United Methodist from around the world were greeted by Randy Biggerstaff, as he gave his report at chair of the Journal Committee. “Good morning General Conference!” ...

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