Heartland North News:
November 20, 2013
Cooper joins GreenFaith Fellowship Program
Rev. Chad Cooper, Missions & Community Outreach Director at
Platte Woods UMC, was selected to participate in the 2014 Fellowship Class of GreenFaith, the world's only comprehensive education and training program to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for environmental leadership. Chad will write his own eco-theological statement and carry out a leadership project in the Platte Woods community. For more information, read the full press release: GreenFaith
Other 2013-2014 Events Reminders
(see information previously posted below or on Conference website)
Nov 6-Dec 18: UM Communication online courses
Dec 3: One-Day Matching Advance Online Giving Day
Dec 7: 50-year celebration at Wilderness Retreat & Development Center
Dec 7: Concert for Imagine No Malaria in Independence
Dec 13-15: Lights of Galilee at Camp Galilee
Dec 14: Christmas Celebration at Blue Mountain
Jan 11: Converge One-Day
Jan 17: Candidacy Summit in Columbia
Jan 25 & 26: WOW in Springfield
June 6-9: Annual Conference in Springfield
July 24-27: Mission u in Fayette
November 5, 2013
Churches Helping Churches
Bellefontaine UMC in St. Louis is seeking assistance to provide food for 100 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas due to the depletion of financial and food resources at that church. Turkey, chicken, and canned goods or cash donations are needed. If you can help, please contact the church at 314-867-4934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BreakPoint organization is seeking assistance to provide Christmas gifts to children of incarcerated parents through the Missouri Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program. Register to help through http://www.angeltree.org/register-your-church or call 800-552-6435.
On-Line Advance Giving - One Day Special - Dec 3
For this one day only, donations made online to any *Advance project will be matched dollar for dollar doubling the impact of the gift. Go to UMC #GivingTuesday to participate.
*There are over 850 official projects and 300 approved missionaries that receive funding through the Advance including Imagine No Malaria and the 10 Missouri Conference Specials [Heifer International, MO Disaster Response, Mozambique Initiative, Prison PATCH, VIM Projects, PET, Wardrobe Hayti (MO), Baby Grace Ministry, Ludhiana Mission Ambassadors]
October 31, 2013
First Independence to host concert for INM - Sat, Dec 7:
Matt Vollmar & The Great Romance - a worship band from the St. Louis area - will perform at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W Maple in Independence at 7 pm (doors open at 6:15) Tickets are
just $5 per person - Call Rachel Andrisevic, FUMC Director of Youth & Family Ministries, for more info or for advance tickets at 816-863-4662. Concessions will also be available at the event. The goal is to raise $4,000 for Imagine No Malaria!
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, go to www.umcchurches.org
New Degrees Available at Candler School of Theology
Doctor of Ministry - apply by Feb 15 for fall 2014
Master of Religious Leadership - apply by Nov 1 for spring 2014 or by Jan 15 for fall 2014 and scholarship consideration
Master of Religion and Public Life - apply by Nov 1 for spring 2014 or by July 1 for fall 2014
Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work - apply by Jan 15 for fall 2014
Master of Divinity/Master of Development Practice - apply by Jan 15 for fall 2014
October 15, 2013
UM Communications On-line Courses Nov 6-Dec 18:
"Communicating Faith in the 21st Century" - $29, 1 CEU
"Tools for Increasing Your Church's Vitality" - $49, 2 CEU
"Welcoming Ministry 100" - $29, 1 CEU
"Web Ministry 100: What is Web Ministry?" - $49, 1 CEU
"Moodle 100 - Basic Training" - $89, 1 CEU
Then Training & Services, then Church Communication Training
Wilderness to Celebrate 50 years & Plan for Future
On Saturday, December 7, Wilderness Retreat & Development Center will be hosting a gathering for supporters, interested
individuals, and long-time friends to celebrate 50 years of changing
lives and to dream about the future. A presentation service will
begin promptly at 11 am and a meal will follow. Tours will be
available both before the service and after lunch.
WRDC is located at 34030 W 204 St, Lawson.
October 7, 2013
Free MUMF Brochures Available
Customize for your church - go to www.mumf.org for more info
"Giving Thanks at Year-End" order deadline is Nov 1
Registration for WOW & Youth Summer Missions Now Open
WOW - Jan 25 & 26; Cost is $65 before Dec 9 ($85 after)
August 27, 2013
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
August 2l, 2013
Churches Helping Churches:
LaPlata UMC will give 19 maroon adult small/medium choir robes with stoles - clean but need pressing - call 660-332-4508
Conference Camping & Retreat Events
At Camp Galilee:
Dec 13-15: Lights of Galilee
At Blue Mountain:
Dec 14: Christmas Celebration
August 19, 2013
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.
Wilderness Memorabilia Sought
Calling all friends of Wilderness! It is time for you to search your attics, photo albums, scrapbooks, and closets for pictures, t-shirts, and other memorabilia from Wilderness. The camp will be celebrating 50 years in 2014, and your help is needed to make this a special event for everyone. Your stories and pictures matter - email them to email@example.com or mail to 34030 West 204 St, Lawson, MO 64062. If you want items returned, please request.
August 6, 2013
UMC Market - generates donates to local churches!
The General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA) office of Corporate Partnership has announced a new program that allows members of UM churches the opportunity to shop online while generating a donation to their local church. Membership is FREE. Check it out at www.umcmarket.org.
Churches Helping Churches - Still Available!
St. Peter UMC - Furniture for sale (see picture links)
Call Rev. Jeff Long at 816-229-9889 for more information
July 30, 2013
Email Scam Alert
This is NOT a Conference address and is a phishing scam.
New Conference Publication
Reminder - The Missouri Conference Review newsprint edition is no longer in publication. The new Missouri Conference magazine, The Missouri Methodists, is now posted online at:
Print editions are also available to those in leadership positions. Others may subscribe to receive a print edition by sending a check for $20 payable to the Missouri Conference to Lorraine Sanders, 3601 Amron Court, Columbia, MO 65202.
July 11, 2013
From Net News re Imagine No Malaria:
Has your local NBC station scheduled the showing of "A Killer in the Dark,” the documentary narrated by "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette about how mosquitoes destroy lives? This is an excellent way to bring more people into the movement to eliminate malaria. For information on how to request an airing of the show on your local station, go to http://www.imaginenomalaria.org/akillerinthedark.
June 25, 2013
From Net News: History of Hymns
Other General Announcements:
IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rates for 2013:
56.5 cents/mile for business miles driven
24 cents/mile for miles driven for medical or moving purposes
14 cents/mile for miles drive in service of a charitable organization
Postage Rate Increase effective Jan 27, 2013:
First-class letter = 46 cents (1 ounce); 20 cents per additional ounce
Postcards = 33 cents
Missouri Minimum Wage Increase effective Jan 1, 2013:
$7.35 per hour (see poster for qualifications)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.