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org • March 1, 2018 • Volume 31, Number 9

Worship Looking Ahead


Services • Thursday-Sunday, March 1-4: MUMC
Four unique hosts the True/False Film Festival;
worship Coffee Shop open 8am-10pm
• Sunday, March 4: Donut Sunday in
Sunday, March 4
opportunities
are offered on Cornerstone Coffee Shop 8am, 9:15am & 10:30am
Sunday. • Sunday, March 4: NO Ignite Worship
• Sunday March 11: Spring Forward, “Imperfect Communion”
Daylight Saving Time Begins. Set your
8am
McMurry
clock Saturday night so your not late to Rev. Charity Goodwin
church!
Chapel • Sunday, March 11: Dessert with the
Informal worship Pastor at 1:30pm in Whittler Hall
with a personal • Thursday, March 15: Central
touch. Sharing Methodist University Choir concert at
prayer concerns 7pm in the Sanctuary
is welcomed. • Sunday, March 18: Welcome Sunday

9:15am
for those transferring or joining
• Monday, March 19: Easter Lily
Sand and Stone
By Fred Leist, Lead Pastor
Sanctuary Dedication forms and payment due
Contemporary • March 25 & April 1: NO Ignite Worship A few weeks ago, I came across the story of two friends
worship that • March 25: Palm Sunday services at who were walking through the desert. During some point
includes a 8am, 9:15am & 10:30am in the journey, they had an argument, and one friend
children’s time, • Sunday, March 25: Help us deliver slapped the other in the face. It was an insulting blow
Praise Band. lily plants to the homebound to enjoy that hurt deeply. But without saying anything, he simply
through Easter. The plants and delivery wrote in the sand, “Today my best friend slapped me in
instructions will be available in the the face.”
10:30am
Sanctuary Connector. They kept on walking until they found an oasis where
Traditional • March 29: Maundy Thursday service they decided to take a refreshing break and renewing
worship with at 7pm bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire
music from the • March 30: Good Friday service at 7pm and started drowning, but his friend saved him. After he
choir. • March 31: Holy Saturday guided recovered from the near drowning, he carved on a stone,
prayer 1-4pm in the MPR “Today my best friend saved my life.”
• April 1: Easter Sunday services at
7pm 6:30am Sunrise, 8am, 9:15am and
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend,
Cornerstone asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and
10:30am now you write on a stone. Why?”
Coffee Shop • April 8: Joy & Jazz Sunday with Tim
Contemporary Whitmer Consort The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us,
worship led • Saturday, April 21: Columbia we should write it down in sand, where the winds of
by the Ignite Community Band at 7pm forgiveness and grace can erase it away. But when
College Age • Sunday, April 22: MUMC Blood Drive in someone does something good and kind for us, we must
Ministry Team. the Atrium 8:30am-12:30pm engrave it in stone, where no wind can ever erase it.”
• Sunday, June 10: Hot Summer Night’s Two weeks ago, Christians around the world began their
Concert (7pm at Missouri Theatre) spiritual journey to Jerusalem with Jesus. For many
MUMC Choir and the Missouri Symphony Christians this Lenten journey focuses on the action of
Orchestra giving up something as an expression of commitment to
• Sunday, July 1: MUMC Blood Drive in Christ and personal discipline.
the Atrium 8:30am-12:30pm
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Help Feed a Choir?
As Wesleyan Christians we believe that God calls us to We are hosting the 55-member choir from Central
both holiness of heart (attitudes) and holiness of life Methodist University for a meal before their concert at
(actions). The Lenten Journey 2018 handout that we made MUMC on Thursday, March 15. If you can help with the
available a few weeks ago focuses on the holiness of life meal, please contact Tim Coday at tim@moumc.org.
aspect by suggesting actions and disciplines that we can
practically engage each day of the week. Let me suggest March 11: Dessert with the Pastor
that we also focus on our inner attitudes (holiness of We are sorry that weather and health issues have
heart) as an essential part of our preparation for Easter prevented us from hosting the Dessert With the Pastor
this year. event. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 11
Or to put it another way, if you are going to “give up” at 1:30pm in Whittler Hall. Welcome Sunday has been
or “take up” something for Lent, consider following rescheduled for March 18.
the teaching of Paul and the example of Jesus found in
Ephesians 4:31-5:2. This passage clearly outlines some
Easter Lily Dedications
One of the special ways members of our church family
attitudes of the heart that need to be discarded and given can enjoy the spirit and beauty of the Easter season is to
up, as well as some that must be taken up and embraced. purchase a lily in honor or memory of a loved one. If you
“Put away from you all bitterness and anger and would like to dedicate a lily to be used in our sanctuary
wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and and chapel on Easter Sunday, please complete the forms
be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one available in the kiosks and in the office. A special bulletin
another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore, be with a list of those being honored or remembered will be
imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, available on Easter morning.
as Christ gave himself for us, a fragrant offering and
sacrifice to God.” Hospital Calls/Pastoral Visits
Hospitals do not inform churches/pastors when a
parishioner is admitted. That practice was discontinued
as a consequence of HIPAA legislation. Therefore, we ask
that you alert the church office when you are admitted to
a hospital, when you will have a scheduled hospital stay or
when you would like to receive a pastoral visit. The same
would hold true when you learn of someone else in our
church family experiencing health and/or life challenges.
Your pastoral staff wants to walk with you and remind you
of God’s love and grace at such times. Someone is available
throughout the week to make hospital calls and pastoral
visits. After hours, you can email or leave a voice mail at
443-3111 that we can pick up the next work weekday.

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Week of
March 5-
March 11

“Imperfect Communion” - March 4


Lenten Check-In Scripture: Matthew 26:26-35 (NRSV)
We’re half way through our time of fasting. How is it going? While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing
it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my
I’m not fasting. body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them,
saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant,
Of course, this is your choice. And it’s still not too late to decide to add which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you,
something to your life or take something away. Consider starting this
I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I
week.
drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
I started but I screwed up.
When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Fasting is a practice. There is no failure. Give yourself grace and start
again. You might ask yourself what you believe about second chances Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me
or mistakes. How can you treat yourself with compassion in light of this night; for it is written,
what you deem failure? What other lessons can you learn from this
experience? ‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
I’ve been fasting this whole time.
What new insights have you gleaned? What do you think about But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said
permanently living with or without what you’ve offered during the fast? to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never
How do you feel about your commitment? About your relationship with desert you.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before
Christ? the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him,
“Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all
Wherever you are in the journey, there are lessons and insights. Take the disciples.
time this week to check in: what are you thinking, feeling, and doing.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the
Blessings on your journey, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
All rights reserved.
Charity
My Notes:

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Heads up for parking downtown Sunday: last day for the True/False Film Festival

Set clocks forward


Saturday, March 10

Nursery Help Over Spring Break


Due to staff leaving for Spring Break, the nursery needs
help on Sunday, March 25 and Sunday, April 1. If you are
able to volunteer for any services on these dates, please
contact Gabriella Miller, MUMC Nursery Coordinator, at
gabriella@moumc.org to get more information.

Say Yes to Kids


The Say Yes board is back. This time it's all about kids.
Featuring behind the scenes, small tasks that make a
great difference. Check out the board on Sunday, March
18th in the Connector.

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Staff: Lead Pastor Fred Leist. Laura Bentley, Administrative Assistant; Adam Bordoni, Facilities; Tim Coday, Director of Music Ministries; Debbie
Craighead, Finance Assistant; Joan DeBoe, Pastor of Worship & Administration; Adriene Floyd, Office Manager; Courtney Gaunt, Director, Discovery
Days; Teressa Gilbreth, Director of Communications; Charity Goodwin, Pastor of Discipleship; Jacqui Jamieson, Assistant Director, Discovery Days; Katja
Jones, Director of Youth Ministries; Linda Leist, Children’s Ministry Coordinator; Jo Lee, Events Coordinator; Gabriella Miller, Nursery Coordinator;
Kim Parker, Pastor of New Generations; Preston Williams, Tech & Facility Steward; Music Staff: Craig Datz, Organist; Kaye Miller, Director of Wesleyan
Ringers; Rochelle Parker, Associate Organist; Marilyn Rowe, Serendipity Choir; Rachel Blomquist, Grace Notes Choir