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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 is going 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.

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If you have trouble with the form, don't hesitate to email Lauren Miers at lmiers@moumethodist.org

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Fall 2020

 

Don Slover: Teaching for CMU and Staying Connected

By Don Slover in Farmington, Missouri Don Slover here happily sharing life with Sally Ann in a condo in Farmington, Missouri. We are distantly in touch with all four of our children and their families and venturing outside daily to walk in nearby St. Joe Park. At home we stay busy with our online classes. Both of us are Adjunct Professors for Central Methodist University. Sally Ann teaches Education and Psychology, and I play with Philosophy and Religion. The 25 years of my retirement have seen...

Drs. David and Marsha Kerr: Traveling the U.S. in an RV

By David and Marsha Kerr, dr.david.kerr@hotmail.com, St. Louis, Missouri RV travel permits us to limit our outside contacts thus we have made several '20 excursions. This summer we hosted a family reunion in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. At the peak of autumn colors, we wound our way up the shoreline of Lake Michigan to the northern tip and Lake Otsego for a gathering with our youngest son and family. We brought home several pecks of Honeycrisp apples that crunch when you bit into one...

Hubert Neth: Writing and Reading Poems in Lee's Summit

By Hubert Neth, hneth@kc.rr.com, Lee's Summit, Missouri "Hello" from our cave in Lee's Summit where we hide most of the time. Still, read one of my poems on video almost weekly through Link2Lee'sSummit. It is a local news, views, arts and entertainment venue started by a young man here. I want to encourage him. Barbara paints regularly. Our daughters and grandchildren keep in contact. One daughter was appointed and then elected to fill an unexpired term as Johnson County, Missouri, Collector. ...

Stan & Jennie Lowrey: Working with NOMADS and Building a Woodworking Barn

By Stan & Jennie Lowrey, raylynne8888@yahoo.com, Pattonsburg, Missouri WOW, what a year! It began with Jennie's mother's death just after we arrived in southern Florida for our winter of NOMADS service. She returned to Missouri for 10 days of freezing weather and ice storms. Stan spent his birthday in the doctor's office but was happy to learn his terrible cold wasn't Covid-19. NOMADS were allowed to leave their projects early because of the virus, but at that time we were in a VERY rural area...

Cleo Kottwitz: Enjoying Fall and Learning New Things

By Cleo Kottwitz, cdk13@socket.net, Columbia, Missouri   COVID-19 has cancelled various travels we had planned for 2020, but we are doing O.K. and keeping busy. A couple of years ago we registered as "future residents" at the Lenoir Woods Retirement Community here in Columbia. We did an overnight in a guest house in August to check it out and enjoyed it. The best part was Carolyn Steinhaus contacting other residents, and they met with us in the small park shelter for conversation, including Mel ...

Bishop Fritz Mutti: Greetings from Lee's Summit

By Bishop Fritz Mutti, fritzmutti@gmail.com, Lee's Summit, Missouri We are living at John Knox Village in Lee's Summit. We have acquired scores of new friends and are grateful for that. Fritz tends a garden and is a member of the golf association. Etta Mae serves on the Nomination Committee. Fritz participates in the Council of Bishops and the Jurisdictional College of Bishops. Etta Mae is undergoing treatment for pulmonary hypertension. Fritz will have a cochlear implant in December. We ...

Nickolas Campbell: Writing and Sharing Hymns

By Nickolas Campbell, drolas94@gmail.com, Columbia, Missouri I want to share something which anyone can access during their COVID isolations: posts of old and (really) new hymns on YouTube. My original channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/drolas94, has over 22,000 subscribers. This channel contains over 400 videos of hymns, prayers, children's Christmas programs and a few sermons. Most of the hymns are found in the United Methodist Hymnal and Faith We Sing, though there are some from ...

Wesley and Joan Ummel: Delighting in Arkansas's Beauty

By Wesley and Joan Ummel, wummel@comcast.net, Morrilton, Arkansas Thank you Lauren and whoever else at our Conference Office is responsible for resurrecting our ability to contact friends! Especially in the midst of the COVID and political and United Methodist storms. We have a triple-header going on. Joan and I are hunkered down in our home near Morrilton, Arkansas. For the first time in our 57 years together, we are living in the country, about a mile from Interstate 40 and the small river ...

Carolyn Steinhaus: Staying Busy During COVID-19

By Carolyn Steinhaus, carolynsteinhaus@gmail.com, Columbia, Missouri Greetings to you all in these stressful days of COVID-19. I live in a patio home in the Independent Living Village of Lenoir Woods in Columbia. We actually have several of our RUMPS living here which is neat. (RUMPS=Retired United Methodist Pastors and Spouses). Otto and I moved here early in 2016, and he died in April of 2018. We were both content and thankful we could live here.  I still miss him but am thankful that we had ...

Michael White: Reaching New People and Relaxing

By Michael K. White, sinbuster007@gmail.com, Keytesville, Missouri COVID-19, politics, religious struggles, isolation, weather, natural disasters, school closures, etc. ... AND then there's Jesus! Ah, Yes! Then there is Jesus! What a friend we have in Jesus, EH? Linda and I are still serving a small church in Huntsville, Missouri, and we completed a new Fellowship Hall in time for COVID.  It has been a big challenge, but we are blessed to reach out to even more people for Christ with Facebook ...

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