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Job Openings:

Posted Aug 27 -
Director of Children's Ministry
Faith UMC in Grain Valley
Posted June 12 -
Family Ministry Coordinator
Platte City UMC
20-25 hrs/week
Posted March 24 - 
Nursery Attendant
Sundays (10 am to noon) at
Faith UMC in Grain Valley




August 25, 2014

Blood Drive & Craft Fair - Sat, Sept 26
At St. Peter UMC, 3609 SW State Rt 7, Blue Springs
Blood Drive - 10 am to 1 pm -
Offering 2 free tickets to Royals vs Red. Sox, Sept 11 game - sign-up online at savealifenow.org using Sponsor code: STPETERUNI
Craft Fair - 10 am to 3 pm -
Booth space available to rent for $25 - Call 816-229-9889 or office@stpeterumc.org

August 14, 2014

Wilderness Retreat & Development Center 5K - Sept 20
Registration deadline is August 30
Heifer International Mission Study Tour - Oct 3-5
Open to 15 people to travel from Columbia by bus to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR - Department at 1:30 pm on Friday; returning at 5:30 pm on Sunday - Cost based on 15 persons is $133
Other 2014/2015 Events Reminders
(see information previously posted below or on Conference website)
Sept 6: Deadline for quilt entries for Festival of Sharing
Sept 6-12: NOMADS meeting in Branson
Sept 8-10: 2014 Converge - Joplin
Sept 13 & 20: Basic & Adv Lay Servant Training in Hamilton
Sept 19 & 20: How to Reach New People - St. Louis
Sept 20: First Wilderness 5K at WRDC
Sept 24: "On the Road" quilt show in KC
Sept 24: MUMF seminar at Platte Woods UMC
Oct 18: Festival of Sharing & Rainbow Bike Ride
Oct 21: MUMF seminar in KC
Oct 23-25: SCJBMCR meeting in St. Louis
Nov 3 & 4: Soul Friends - Cross Point Retreat Center
Dec 2-4: ESC Leadership seminar in FL
Jan 24 & 25: WOW 2015 - Springfield
Mar 10: CMU Leadership Institute
Apr 14: Next Generation Convergence Conference - CMU

August 4, 2014


Costner-Fulton Mission Start Up Grants Applications Due October 1

The Creative Ministries Team will be awarding 2014 Costner-Fulton grants for launching new mission projects.  Email your one-page only grant proposal to office@umocm.com. The proposal needs to include a mechanism for evaluating the success of the mission after 6 months and 12 months. In addition to the proposal, send a budget showing anticipated income and expenses and showing where additional funds will be received. Several grants from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded.  Building projects do not qualify. To see a brochure go to www.moumethodist.org/costnerfulton. 
PAUMCS Workshop "Do What....and How?" - Sat, Sept 6
At the Conference Center in Columbia, 10 am to 4 pm, cost $20
Festival of Sharing Alternative Drop Sites:
Oct 4:  St. Paul's UMC, 18681 Hwy 59, St. Joe (10 am to 2 pm)
Oct 6-10: Cameron UMC, 201 N Pine St, Cameron (9 am to 1 pm)
Oct 11:  Cameron UMC (9 am to noon)
Oct 11: Woods Chapel Mission Center, 4201 NE Lakewood Way.
               Lee's Summit [south of church]  (10 am to 2 pm)
Oct 15: Woods Chapel Mission Center (5 to 8 pm)

July 29, 2014

2014 CONVERGE - Sept 8--10 (noon to noon)
Theme:  Fly
Keynote Speakers: Bishop Schnase & Erwin McManus
Location:  St. Paul UMC, Joplin
Cost: $70 ( includes event, 2 meals, & banquet - reduced from $75 per Annual Conference promo)
Register on-line at:
Lodging information at:

To download paper registration form:

July 21, 2014

Basic & Advance Lay Servant Training - Sept 13 & 20
At Hamilton UMC, Hamilton, MO
How to Reach New People Workshop - Sept 19 & 20 - Jim Griffith
At Union UMC, 3543 Watson Rd, St. Louis
For pastors and church leaders - $25 per person or $75 per team of 5

July 16, 2014

Save the Dates - More Information to Follow
Oct 23-25: South-Central Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church
                        Renewal in St. Louis
Lost & Found at Annual Conference
Items include a wooden cup and bracelet together in a paper bag, reading glasses, two umbrellas, a hematite bracelet and an earring.  For more information, email Lorraine Sanders at lsanders@moumethodist.org
NOMADS Annual Meeting - Sept 6-12 in Branson
NOMADS (Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service) provide volunteer labor for new construction, remodeling and repairs for churches, children's home, camps, colleges, outreach missions and disaster rebuilding throughout the US.  Most NOMADS travel and live in their RV while volunteering.  The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at the Branson KOA, Animal Safari Road.  Bishop Robert Schnase will lead the 6 pm Sunday evening worship and communion service and Bishop Gary Muller will lead devotions at 7 am on Monday..  The public is invited.  
For more info, go to www.nomadsumc.org. 

July 15, 2014

Churches Helping Churches
First UMC in Odessa needs a piano accompanist for the month of August for one service at 10:30 am each Sunday. This is a paid position.  Contact Rev. Sam Fisher at shfiv47@gmail.com.
Lexington UMC has 34 BLACK MUSIC FOLDERS to give to any church.
Call 660-259-2483 or email patty@reachingforyou.org
Future MUMF Seminar Dates:   Flyer Link
Wed, Sept 24 (new date) - 9 am to 3:30 pm at Platte Woods UMC:
 "Rich Church/Poor Church: Keys to Effective Financial Ministry"
Features renowned speaker, author & fundraiser, Dr. J. Clif Christopher.
An ideal opportunity for church leadership teams to gather practical ideas & insights into effective local church financial ministry.  Cost is $25 per person including handout materials & lunch.
Register at www.mumf.org or call 800-332-8238.
Tues, Oct 21 - 9 am to 1:30 pm at the National WWI Museum (KC): "Growing a Culture of Generosity"
Features Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity at COR.
Clergy & lay leaders will benefit from Dr. Smith's experience serving local churches of 35 to 3500 members as well as insights from his years assisting COR to develop its own extraordinary culture. Cost is $35 per person including handout materials, lunch and a post-workshop tour of the museum (a rich source of sermon illustrations!)
Register at www.mumf.org or call 800-332-8238.
Tues, March 10, at CMU Leadership Institute:
"Increase Generosity in Your Church" - Dr. Lovett Weems
More info on this seminar later

June 24, 2014

                        Future Conference Events:
Nov 3 & 4 (noon to noon):
Soul Friends: A Journey of Holy Conversation & Connection
At Cross Point Camp & Retreat Center, Rocky Mount, MO
Jan 24 & 25 - WOW 2015 
With passionate worship and contextualized faith development sessions, both  junior high and senior high students find this event serves as a catalyst for their faith journey.  
April 14 - Next Generation Convergence Conference 
For pastors, staff and volunteers ministering to children, youth, and college-age. Pathways for each age-specific ministry division will
be offered with corresponding labs throughout the day to equip leadership in outreach ad discipleship of the next generation.  This event replaces the bi-annual SURGE event; more info to follow.
Location: Central Methodist University, Fayette

                Register for these events at www.moumethodist.org
New Interim SPST President
Rev. H. Sharon Howell will begin on July 1 and will serve while the work of the seminary's Presidential Search Committee continues. For more information, go to:
Epworth Children & Family Services
A 5-minute video is now available that tells the story of 150 years of successfully providing support and healing to at-risk children and families.  Call 314-961-5718.
To view a short segment of that video #367 go to:

June 16, 2014

FREE Lowery organ available for a church - older model but in good working condition.  Must pick up in California, MO. For info email hartmans2587@hotmail.com

June 11, 2014

Annual Conference Follow-up Information
Imagine No Malaria Campaign total to date = $1,116,302
Special Offerings (rounded):
          Heifer International = $7,569
          MI Gondola Training Center = $12,249
          Haiti Clean Water = $28,654
Conference Budget $13,898,291 approved (0.7% decrease)
District Merger Proposal approved
Next Annual Conference - June 5-8, 2015, in Springfield
Marriage Workshop at St. Peter UMC, June 22 - Aug 24
Whether you have been married 5 weeks or 50 years, this workshop
is designed to take you and your spouse on a journey to renew or compliment your marriage. Dr. Scott Fletcher (Doctorates in Theology & Christian Counseling) will facilitate. Sessions begin Sunday, June 22, at 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm at 3609 SW State Rt 7, Blue Springs. Cost is $50 per couple - on-site childcare available.

June 4, 2014

FREE VBS Resources - Society of St. Andrew
Complete hunger-focused Vacation Bible School curriculum, "Abundance Orchard" - 2 options available for order or
download:  (1) as a missions component supplement to your
existing VBS program or (2) as a complete program.  
Remember - September is National Hunger Action Month
FREE Music Resource
Composed with smaller churches in mind and choirs that have
varying abilities and participation.  Free to download, copy and
ESC Leadership Seminar - Dec 2-4, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith will be one of three plenary speakers at
the Ecumenical Stewardship Center's seminar titled "Inspiring
Giving: Growing Generous Faith Communities".
On-line registration opens in July.

May 28, 2014

FREE Monthly Dementia Education Classes
Senior Helpers of Gladstone offers classes for family members
and friends who are dealing with dementia care issues.
1st Mon & Tues of the month, 5 to 8 pm - limited seating
Call 816-455-9300 for more info & to RSVP.
Festival of Sharing - Quilt Show Info
Finished quilts are now to be shipped to or delivered to:
Rev. Joyce Holley, McMurry UMC, 25 Eugene Field Road,
KC, MO 64119.  Deadline is Sept 6.  Entry form available at www.umocum.com/festival/resources.
"On the Road" Quilt Show preview on Wed, Sept 24, 2-4 pm, at
2nd Presbyterian Church, 318 55th St, KC, MO 64113
Volunteers and crafts/art work needed for "Work of Our Hands"
booth on Oct 18 at the Festival - contact Elaine at elaineauch@charter.net

May 27, 2014

Native American Ministries Sunday
Although this special offering Sunday was designated to be held
earlier in May, it can be done anytime throughout the year. Look for
the Native American Booth at Annual Conference for more info.

May 19, 2014

Rainbow Ride on the Katy Trail - Sat, Oct 18
The Festival of Sharing is sponsoring a bike ride fund raiser for The
Rainbow Network with the goal of each rider raising $360 for a full
year scholarship for a student in Nicaragua.  Riders will leave the
State Fair Grounds at 10:30 am to complete a 20-,50-, or 70-mile ride. Watch for more info & registration information or on Facebook search
for Rainbow Ride on the Katy Trail.

April 29, 2014

US Disaster Response through UMCOR
To read about UM disaster response to recent tornadoes or to donate
on-line, go to www.umc.org.  If you wish to send a check, make it payable  to Advance GCFA with memo To #901670 and mail to PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068.

April 3, 2014

Churches Helping Churches
Smithville UMC would donate these items to another church:
Folding chairs (adult & children)
Children's tables
Hammond Organ
Call 816-532-3200, Mon-Fri, 8 am to noon
Lawson UMC would give "Sonwest Roundup" VBS materials used last year to any church that is interested.  Contact Rev. Homer Davidson atpastor@lawsonumc.com or 816-296-7793.

March 18, 2014

youTheology Institute
Developing faithful leaders for a diverse church and world continues to be the mission of youTheology Institute, which has been working behind the scenes to transition from a multi-purpose program to a full-fledged youth-centric institute. As a Pan-Methodist youth ministry, the Institute prepares leaders, deepens faith by providing curriculum resources, on-line community building and outreach opportunities for middle and high school students and youth workers to serve their churches, communities and God.  For more information on the Institute and its success building spiritual leaders of tomorrow visit: http://vimeo.com/24024725 or www.youththeology.org.

February 4, 2014

Reminder: 2014 Mileage/Postage/Minimum Wage Changes:
IRS approved mileage rate:
56¢ per mile for business miles traveled
23.5¢ per mile for miles driven for medical/moving purposes
14¢ per mile for miles driven for charitable purposes 
Postage Increase Effective January 26:
First class = 49¢ (each extra ounce 21¢)
Postcards = 34¢
Missouri Minimum Wage Effective January 1:
$7.50 per hour for non-tipped employees
$3.75 per hour for tipped employees

January 27, 2014

Communication Tool - One Call Now
Rev. Michael Dunlap recently shared that he uses this mass notification system to send recorded voice mail messages to his Norborne UMC congregation about events, prayer requests, etc.  The pricing is based on the number of phone numbers that you use to spread your message. This system can also be used for text messages or emails. For information, go to:  www.onecallnow.com.
Solar Panels
Two churches in the Pony Express District are already having success in lowering utility costs by using solar panels. Contact Rev. Scott Moon at Maryville UMC (660-582-4821) or Rev. Ben Mulford at Clair UMC (816-233-0042) to learn more.


Other General Announcements:


Any church can host a fair trade market
Organizations like Ten Thousand Villages and SERVE will pack up a kit of products and send it to your church.  If some items don't sell, you can send them back.  Help eliminate poverty by providing growers and artisans with a living wage and fair price for their products. Go to the organization website links or get more information from the Office of Creative Ministries. 

Web Ministry 100:  What is Web Ministry?
6-week on-line course - See Net News Aug 26 for more info & to register -
Cost is $50
Website Assistance Available
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,
On-Line Lay Servant Advanced Courses
The General Board of Discipleship is now offering on-line courses that are
accepted by the Missouri Conference.  Costs range from $50-$80.
Go to www.beadisciple.com for a list of fall courses.
History of Hymns
Go to www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/history-of-hymns for the weekly column produced by Dr. Michael Hawn and Masters of Sacred Music students at
Perkins School of Theology.
Course of Study Information 
Book list and advance assignments can be found at
Cokesbury - All retail stores are closed now as Cokesbury moves into a new
phase of on-line ordering only with personal support offered by Community
Resource Consultants (CRC).  Our area CRC is Mrs. Erin Kincannon-Emler.  Her contact information is found on this website under the Resources menu,
then Links. 
Ministry Matters Website
A destination site for ALL church leaders, both paid and volunteer, and
launched by UM Publishing House.  The site's goals are to equip, connect,
and inspire people in ministry. Go to http://www.ministrymatters.com
Conference Office Resources – www.moumethodist.org
“Stay Connected” – available under the Publication Resources menu –
Subscribe (free) to any or all of these: NetNews (daily Conference newsletter); Shared Prayers (prayer requests for clergy); Bishop’s Blog; Mission Cast
(weekly 2 to 3 minute videos featuring stories from local congregations);
Mission, Service & Justice Ministries news; and Youth News.
Disaster & Recovery Information: The Office of Creative Ministries website
as well as the Conference website are good resources for updated information.
Invitation from Wilderness Retreat & Development Center:  Pastors:
Do you need a day apart to get things together? During the week the lodges at WRDC are available for you to retreat from the everyday routine, so come and rejuvenate in “the wilderness”. Please give us a call (816-580-4014) to set up a
time that works for both of us and then come. Just make a donation in
whatever amount you see fit after your visit. 
Ludhiana Mission Ambassador Available as Guest Speaker – Steve Hall,
the chair of missions at Red Bridge UMC and a member of many VIM
international teams, is available and eager to speak about his experience during Sunday worship or with any church group or fellowship gathering. He can share stories, personal testimonies, 3-minute video clips, brochures, and more. Invite
Steve to present at your church by calling him at 816-582-1426 or stevehall@everestkc.net
UM Communications – Tech Shop
Are you aware that discount software, hardware, and web solutions are offered
to United Methodist churches through this website? www.umcom.org/store
Other Website Assistance
The General Board of Global Ministries also offers 20 megabytes of free web
space to UM churches. Go to www.gbgm-umc.org, Global Ministries and
Programs, Get Connected, Free Web Space. FAQs and tutorials are also
available under the Resources menu.
GBOD Sabbatical Grants – Open to clergy, church staff members,
denominational staff, and others regularly employed in recognized positions of ordained or lay pastoral leadership – sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, Inc’s Louisville Institute. For more info, go to: