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org • March 8, 2018 • Volume 31, Number 10

Worship Looking Ahead


Services • Sunday, March 11: Dessert with the
Four unique Pastor at 1:30pm in Whittler Hall
worship • Wednesday, March 14: Prayer Shawl
opportunities Ministry meets at 1:30pm in the Parlor.
are offered on Anyone who would like to participate in
Sunday. the blessing of the shawls is welcome.
• Thursday, March 15: Central
Methodist University Band concert at
8am
7pm in the Sanctuary
McMurry • Sunday, March 18: Welcome Sunday
Chapel for those transferring or joining
Informal worship • Sunday, March 18: UMW Sophia Circle
with a personal will have an informational display
touch. Sharing in the Connector to collect Personal
prayer concerns Hygiene Kits.
is welcomed. • Monday, March 19: Easter Lily

9:15am
Dedication forms and payment due
• March 25 & April 1: NO Ignite Worship
“I AM...”
By Fred Leist, Lead Pastor
Sanctuary • March 25: Palm Sunday services at
Contemporary 8am, 9:15am & 10:30am An American businessman was standing on the pier of a
worship that • Sunday, March 25: Help us deliver coastal village in Mexico when a small boat with just one
includes a lily plants to the homebound to enjoy fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large
children’s time, through Easter. The plants and delivery yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican
Praise Band. instructions will be available in the fisherman on the quality of the fish and asked how long
Connector. it took to catch them. The fisherman said, “Only a little
• March 29: Maundy Thursday at 7pm while.”
10:30am
Sanctuary • March 30: Good Friday at 7pm The American tourist then asked the fisherman why he
Traditional • March 31: Holy Saturday guided prayer didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish. “I caught
worship with 1-4pm in the MPR enough to support my family” came the reply. The visiting
music from the • April 1: Easter Sunday services at American said, “But what do you do with the rest of your
choir. 6:30am Sunrise, 8am, 9:15am and time?” The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play
10:30am with my children, take a siesta with my wife, and stroll
• April 1: Easter Egg Hunt during into the village each evening to play the guitar with my
7pm 10:30am Sunday School!!! amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”
Cornerstone • April 8: Joy & Jazz Sunday with Tim
Coffee Shop The American scoffed, “Look, I have a Harvard MBA, and I
Whitmer Consort could help you. You should spend more time fishing. With
Contemporary • April 15: Confirmation Sunday at the
worship led the proceeds, you should buy a bigger boat. With the
10:30am service profits from the bigger boat, you could buy several more
by the Ignite
College Age boats. Eventually you would have a small fleet of fishing
Ministry Team. boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you
could sell directly to the processor and eventually open
your own cannery. You would control the product, the
processing, and the distribution. You would need to leave
this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City,
Set clocks forward then to LA, and eventually to NYC, where you would run
Saturday, March 10 your expanding enterprise.”
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The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will
Lead Team Digest
all this take?” “At least 20-25 years” the visitor said. moumc.org/resources
“But what then, senor?” The American laughed and Keeping up with what the Lead Team is doing? You can
said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right, you find the summary of the meetings online at moumc.org/
would announce an IPO, sell your company stock to the resources. Paper copies are available in the office.
public, and become very rich. You would make millions!”
“Millions, senor? Then what?” March 18: Empty Bowls Event
The American said, “Then you would retire, move to a The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture invites you to
small coastal village where you could sleep late, fish a Empty Bowls on Sunday, March 18 at the Missouri United
little, play with your grandkids, take a siesta with your Methodist Church. A simple soup, bread and water meal
wife, and stroll into the village each evening to play your will be served from 11am – 3pm at this free community
guitar with your amigos!” event to raise awareness of hunger in our community.
I don’t know the source of this story, but I understand why Donations are encouraged, and will support the Columbia
it makes the rounds every so often. It illustrates the truth Center for Urban Agriculture’s local food philanthropy
that sometimes the way…the clear path to purpose and project, Planting for the Pantry. Donations made to
deep meaning in life is right before us, but we just don’t Planting for the Pantry ensure that fresh local food from
see it. the Urban Farm is distributed to local food pantries, as
well as support CCUA’s garden education programming.
This Sunday we will continue our Lenten message series
Anyone who donates at Empty Bowls will leave with a
focused on the “I AM” sayings of Jesus in the gospel of
hand-made bowl made and donated by either students
John. Together we’ll explore what Jesus is affirming when
from Lee and Shepard Elementary schools or community
he says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one
members, volunteers, and artists through Access Arts.
can come to the Father, except through me.” (John
14:6) Empty Bowls is a grassroots organized project to impact
hunger in collaboration with local artists, businesses and
Unfortunately, this passage has been misused by some
community organizations. Founded in 1990 by a ceramic
Christians to dismiss and invalidate other religions,
artist and an art teacher in Michigan, the Empty Bowls has
and has even been employed as a weapon justifying
expanded to over 150 events throughout the world.
mistreatment and abuse toward people of other faiths.
In my opinion, to do so is to miss the compassionate and Planting for the Pantry is a local philanthropic effort
compelling message that Jesus is trying to communicate to ensure that fresh local produce is grown and made
to us about the true way to real life. My sermon this available at local food pantries in Columbia, MO. CCUA’s
Sunday will seek to shed some light on that message of Urban Farm at 1209 Smith Street grows fresh produce with
hope from Jesus. And I hope you’ll be here to join that help of volunteers and takes food weekly to local food
conversation. pantries to be distributed to people in need.

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Week of
March 12-
March 17

MONDAY: John 14:1-14 Directions


Have you ever been lost? Sometimes even with our sophisticated means of
“Who’s Going to Guide Me? - I AM!”- March 11
plotting a course from point A to point B, we can become confused as to which Scripture: John 14:1-14 (NLT)
way to turn.
REFLECTION: Reflect on the idea of Jesus as the path to finding God. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is
more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have
TUESDAY: John 14:1-14 Trust told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I
Maps are helpful, directing our path and giving us guideposts along the way. will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you
REFLECTION: Reflect on a time when you had doubts about your path. Which know the way to where I am going.”
was greater, your trust in outward, tangible directions, or your trust in an inner
directive spirit? “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are
going, so how can we know the way?”
WEDNESDAY: John 14:1-14 Proof and Knowing
Thomas had difficulty understanding the messages shared by Jesus. He wanted to Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the
know exactly what Jesus meant. Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who
QUESTIONS: Ask yourself these questions regarding your spiritual life: Do I need my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
tangible or explainable proof to believe in God? Do I need tangible or explainable
proof to accept Christ? Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
THURSDAY: John 14:1-14 Parents and Children
Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father before they would truly believe. Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t
Jesus attempts to help him understand that Father and Son are one and the know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you
same. Mothers and daughters; fathers and sons: we are our own selves, yet we asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and
are our mothers and fathers as well. the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives
REFLECTION: Reflect on this concept of different yet same when it comes in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the
to mothers and fathers and their children. Transfer the concept of a healthy, Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
perfect relationship to that of God and God’s son, Jesus.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have
FRIDAY: John 14:1-14 Continuation done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You
Jesus does the work of the Father. As a follower of Christ, we emulate the can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring
behavior and the good works of Christ. Through our connection with Christ, we glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
are connected to God. New Living Translation (NLT)
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CONSIDER: Consider this concept of being connected to God through Christ. Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Consider the continuation of relationship from God, to Jesus as the Christ, to all
MY NOTES:
of humanity.

SATURDAY: John 14:1-14 The Way, The Truth, and The Life
PRAYER: Directing God, thank you for sending us Jesus as the Christ who shows
us a pathway to understand and connect with you. Help us to follow His path,
glean the truth of your love and grace, and live the fullness of life you intend for Read or subscribe to the weekly guide at moumc.org/grow
us. AMEN Printed copies are available at the Connector Desk.
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March 18: Say Yes for Kids


“Join us to discover the many ways to say “Yes” for our kids and youth of the church! The Say
Yes Board will be open March 18-30 and in the Connector. For more information contact Linda
Leist at Linda@moumc.org or Katja Jones at Katja@moumc.org

Saturday Breakfast Café


Returns in April
Volunteers are needed to help serve breakfast between Easter Candy Donations
7:30-9:30am, and provide food or Hy-Vee gift cards each Easter is right around the corner! This year we’re having
Saturday in April for the Breakfast Café. Five churches in an Easter Egg Hunt during 10:30am Sunday School on
downtown Columbia take turns hosting this event which is Easter Sunday, April 1. Children’s Ministry needs your
designed to reach those less fortunate in our community. donations of egg-sized candy to fill the eggs. Some
MUMC hosts the breakfast in April and June. If you are favorites are Starburst, mini Tootsie Rolls, Laffy Taffy,
interested in volunteering one Saturday in April, or if Hershey Kisses, etc. Please bring your donations to the
you can provide a breakfast item such as a loaf of bread, office no later than Sunday March 25. Only individually
gallon of milk, box of cereal, etc. or Hy-Vee gift card to wrapped candies, please. Questions? Contact Linda Leist
offset the cost of scrambled eggs and sausage, please at linda@moumc.org.
contact Emily Murray at eagmurray@gmail.com.
April 15: Confirmation Sunday
Nursery Help Over Spring Break Confirmation Sunday will take place during our traditional
Due to staff leaving for Spring Break, the nursery needs service at 10:30am on Sunday, April 15. Join us as we
help on Sunday, March 25 and Sunday, April 1. If you are celebrate our confirmands on this special day that is a
able to volunteer for any services on these dates, please spiritual marker in their faith journey. Contact Kim at
contact Gabriella Miller, MUMC Nursery Coordinator, at parker@moumc.org, or Katja at katja@moumc.org with
gabriella@moumc.org to get more information. any questions!

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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