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204 S. Ninth St. • Columbia, MO 65201-4818 • 573-443-3111 • www.moumc.

org • April 26, 2018 • Volume 31, Number 16

Worship Looking Ahead Exciting News…Moving


Services • Thursday, April 26- Sunday, April
Forward!
Four unique 29: UMW’s annual Geranium Sale for
worship Missions By Fred Leist, Lead Pastor
opportunities • Saturday, April 28: Otto The response to our week of
are offered on
Sunday.
Steinhaus Memorial Service Town Hall Meetings regarding the
proposed reconfiguration of our
at 2pm in the Sanctuary, Sunday morning worship schedule
8am followed by a visitation in and programming was very positive
McMurry the parlor. indeed! A total of 225 people attended the meetings and
Chapel • Sunday, May 6: Donut Sunday in
offered very helpful feedback and input. In summary,
Informal worship there was broad affirmation for the way the process itself
Cornerstone Coffee Shop
with a personal was handled. In addition, there was an overwhelming vote
• Sunday, May 20: Honoring Our High
touch. Sharing of approval among the congregation in support of the
School Graduates during worship,
prayer concerns proposal.
followed by a reception after the
is welcomed. 10:30am service This week our Lead Team met and offered their
• Sunday, June 3: Donut Sunday in unanimous approval for the proposal to move forward as
9:15am Cornerstone Coffee Shop presented at the Town Hall Meetings. The new schedule,
Sanctuary • Sunday, June 10: Hot Summer Night’s which will be instituted in the Fall of 2018, is as follows:
Contemporary Concert (7pm at Missouri Theatre) 8:00 Early Worship in McMurry Chapel, 9:15 Blended
worship that MUMC Choir and the Missouri Symphony Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:45 Modern Worship in the
includes a Orchestra MPR and 10:45 Traditions Worship in the Sanctuary.
children’s time, • Sunday, July 1: MUMC Blood Drive in Sunday School will be offered at 9:15. Children’s Worship
Praise Band. the Atrium 8:30am-12:30pm will be at 10:45.
• July 29-Aug. 3: Vacation Bible School A detailed time-line will be provided in the coming
10:30am weeks, and upgrades in the MPR (lighting, audio/visual,
Sanctuary staging, furnishings, etc.) will begin taking shape over
Traditional the Summer. Join us in earnest prayer as we recommit to
worship with our primary mission of “Connecting all people to Jesus
music from the Christ!”
choir.
New Message Series Begins This Sunday
This Sunday we will begin a new six-week message series.
7pm The series entitled, FUEL: Faith Unleashed in Everyday
Cornerstone Life, will focus on five big catalysts that God consistently
Coffee Shop uses to drive and power our growth in faith to new and
Contemporary
worship led
Geraniums for deeper levels. This will be a powerful and practical
message series that offers insights on how to leverage
by the Ignite Mother’s Day each of those critical catalysts for the sake of growing our
College Age Mother’s Day 1 week away. Remember trust and confidence in God. We hope you’ll be here this
Ministry Team. Mom with Geraniums that last all Sunday for the opening message that lays the groundwork
summer. Sale of gorgeous plants from for the entire series.
Strawberry Hill this week in Church
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Great Investment…Huge Lead Team Digest April 23
Want to know who serves on our Lead Team? See
Dividends! the complete list online at moumc.org/lead-team.
We are seeking “shareholders” who are willing to make
MUMC’s Lead Team met on Monday, April 23.
an investment in the lives of our youth here at MUMC. Our
youth have two mission trips scheduled for this Summer. Kate Stull provided another update on the planned
Middle School youth are going to Heifer International renovation of the children’s ministry facilities.
in Perryville, Arkansas. High School Youth are going to Construction will begin at the end of the preschool year,
Parsons, Kansas where they will partner with Group and an open house and ribbon-cutting will celebrate the
Missions. You can buy a “share” for $25, with the proceeds renovation sometime in July!
being used to help underwrite the expenses of those Approximately 225 members attended last week’s town
youth mission trips. This is a great investment that will hall meetings, and the Lead Team is grateful for the
pay huge dividends. Help us reach our goal of 100 shares input! Following analysis of the data collected through the
in support of these fine young people. Later this Summer, meetings, the Lead Team approved moving forward with
the youth will invite you to a reception and will share the proposed change to a four-service schedule beginning
stories of how their mission trips impacted their lives and late fall. You’ll be hearing lots more about this in the near
shaped their Christian discipleship. Please designate your future!
donation “Summer Youth Mission Trips.”
MUMC currently has an opening for a worship leader,
who will be an integral part of the contemporary
worship service. This is a part time position which will
Staff Transitions Announced be responsible for recruiting and training praise band
The Pastor Parish Relations Committee would like to share members as well as leading the direction of the worship
the following information with the Missouri UMC family service through the choice of appropriate and effective
regarding upcoming pastoral staff transitions: music. Applications are currently being accepted!
• Joan DeBoe has accepted an appointment to become Trustees Chair Don Gruenewald shared that the Trustees
the new pastor of Eldon United Methodist Church, will be installing new carpet in the second-floor offices in
effective July 1, 2018. We are currently interviewing May. The current carpet is several decades old and in need
candidates to follow Joan in her position as our Full of replacement, and we thank the Trustees for seeing this.
Charge Bookkeeper for MUMC.
Finance Chair Logan Dale reported that through March,
• Kim Parker will be moving to another appointment, the operating budget is running a surplus! Expenses are
effective July 1, 2018. slightly ahead of budget, but revenues are ahead of
• We are pleased to announce that Madi Denton, will budget by more. Let’s keep the momentum going!
be our new full-time Director of College-Age Ministry. Pastor Fred shared with the Lead Team his excitement
Madi, who will graduate in May from the University about the current energy at MUMC, his pleasure at the
of Missouri, was deeply involved in youth and college great turnout for the town hall meetings, as well as the
age ministries at her home church, Liberty United thoughtful and heartfelt comments made by our church
Methodist, in suburban Kansas City. She served as family at those meetings, and his thankfulness for the
a Crossroads Intern twice – once with Liberty UMC commitment it takes to listen to God’s call as we move
and their C2 College Ministry and once as an intern forward. Fred stressed that it is GOD’S mission we seek to
with Ignite, our MUMC College Ministry. She directed fulfill – not our own – and that, if we keep that in mind as
the Student Mobilization Program at Mizzou and has we look to the future, we will serve in the right way.
served for the past 2 years in a part-time capacity
What does God’s mission hold for you? How are YOU called
with the Mozambique Initiative at our Missouri Annual
to serve?
Conference Office here in Columbia. We welcome
Madi on board and are excited about the focus and
leadership she will bring. Do you Have Scaffolding?
• In the coming weeks we will host a reception for both Do you have some scaffolding you could lend to the
Kim and Joan and give you an opportunity to drop by church? We are looking to borrow ASAP scaffolding on
to thank them for their service and assure them of our wheels that is up to 20ft. tall. If so, please contact Adam
prayers and best wishes as they transition into their Bordoni, Facilities Coordinator, at adam@moumc.org or
new ministry settings. leave a message at ext. 1107.
Members of PPRC include Chair Trudy McManus, Lisa
Lenoir, Kevin Begley. Donut Sunday is May 6 in our Cornerstone
Coffee Shop, and the Mission for May: All
tips are donated to our Youth Summer
Mission Trips.

2 MISSOURI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH April 26, 2018 - Vol. 31, No. 16
Week of April 30-May 5
Sunday
growing deeply
MONDAY: Philippians 3:12-16 Process
With any skill or ability, there is always something to learn, something to improve. “Grace Anatomy”- April 29
The same is true of our spiritual lives. Perfection comes within the process – it is a Scripture: Philippians 3:12-16 (NLT)
journey and not a destination.
REFLECTION: Reflect on a skill or ability that you enjoy or strive to master. Do you I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have
foresee a time in which you will have mastered all there is too know, or do you already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which
recognize a constant path toward improvement? Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved
it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what
TUESDAY: Philippians 3:12-16 Perfection Through Christ lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize
In this passage, Paul shares his understanding that the pathway toward perfection – for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
that complete unity of spirit with God – comes through walking with and emulating
Christ. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on
CONSIDER: Consider Jesus as the pathway toward perfection. Consider that Christ some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the
offers constant guidance and continual forgiveness and second chances. progress we have already made.
New Living Translation (NLT)
WEDNESDAY: Philippians 3:12-16 Looking Forward, Not Behind Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of
Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Our human nature pulls the emphasis of our thoughts to our short-comings. We
tend to focus on our failures and look behind us rather than ahead of us.
QUESTION: When you make a mistake, do you immediately return to past MY NOTES:
difficulties or do you look forward and use the errors as learning opportunities?
How would your success improve if you kept your focus forward?

THURSDAY: Philippians 3:12-16 Making the Connection


At times we may feel a sense of knowing: an inkling that something is going to
happen or a sense that someone is near. God’s grace reaches for in that same
sense.
REFLECTION: Reflect on a time when you felt guided. Imagine God reaching
toward you as that guide and as the first step in relationship.

FRIDAY: Philippians 3:12-16 Building a Relationship


First, we feel God reaching for us, then we reach out for God. As we recognize the
power and beauty of connection with God, we work toward a life-long relationship
with God that is built on faith and trust in God’s grace.
CONSIDER: Consider a reality in which you feel connected to God throughout your
life journey.

SATURDAY: Philippians 3:12-16 Constancy


PRAYER: God of the journey, help us remember that you have designed a way to
be connected to us throughout our lives through your means of grace. May we cling
to your promises through every bend along our spiritual and physical journey. AMEN Read or subscribe to the weekly guide at moumc.org/grow
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Memorial Service for Otto Steinhaus on Saturday, April 28 at 2pm in the Sanctuary.

Church Family News Help Us Honor Our Grads!


Condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Otto Honoring our Graduating HS
Steinhaus, who passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Seniors!
A retired United Methodist pastor, Otto served seven On Sunday, May 20, we will
churches during his 44 years of ministry. A memorial recognize our graduating
service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018 High School Seniors in all of
in the Sanctuary at MUMC. There will be no visitation our morning worship services
preceding, but there will be a visitation/reception and host a reception in their
with the family immediately following the service in honor following our 10:30am
the church parlor. If you would like to share a story Sanctuary Worship Service.
or memory of Otto (or read the stories shared by If you have a graduating senior in your family, please
others), please visit the Nilson Funeral Home website at contact Teressa in the church office at communications@
nilsonfuneralhome.com. moumc.org. She will gather information and pictures for a
If you would like to announce a church member’s death or a birth slide presentation honoring our graduates. We don’t want
in a church member’s family, please send details to messenger@ to leave anyone out, so please let us know about your
moumc.org. Submissions will be edited for length and clarity. graduate!

Vacation Bible School July 29-August 3


moumc.org/vbs
Join us for the ride of your lifetime with God! Your rafting adventure will
include inspiring Bible stories, amazing science, fun music, creative crafts,
and rowdy recreation.
Your opportunities to sign up for the excitement will be this Sunday,
April 29th. Please stop by the promotion corner in the connector to find
opportunities for everyone, including volunteers that want to help bring
God’s love to life. See you there!

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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