Church News

We're Hosting a Hand Bell Concert
The William Jewell College Advanced Bell Choir under the direction of Christie White will be ringing at our church sanctuary!  The 13-member bell choir will play on Friday evening, February 23.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. here in our sanctuary and include a freewill offering for the choir.  The bell choir will perform on over five octaves of hand bells and hand chimes and will present a varied program of classical transcriptions, sacred arrangements, and original works.

We are also planning a potluck dinner in the fellowship hall at 6:00 p.m. just prior to the bell choir concert.  The church will provide some of the food, but everyone is asked to bring his or her favorite dish to share.  This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a great meal and go to an outstanding concert all on the same night and at the same place!  So, put the date on your calendar right now before you forget.  It's going to be a great night!

Pictorial Directory Plans
We are planning a new pictorial directory this spring.  Portrait photo shoots will be Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24, 2018.  We are partnering with Life Touch Photography to take the photos and print the directories.  Each family who gets their picture taken will receive a free church pictorial directory as well as a free 8x10" portrait.  The photographer will take several poses.  Life Touch Photography will, of course, give you an opportunity to purchase additional pictures from any of the poses.  You'll hear more about all this at the beginning of the new year, but for now please put March 22, 23, 24 on your calendar.  We want EVERYONE's picture in the new directory.  Beginning on Monday, February 18, you will be able to go online to sign up for a day and time to have your picture taken.  Sign up sheets will also be available at the church beginning Sunday, February 17.

Lay Servant Training
A "Basic Course" for Lay Servant Training is being offering by our district office.  It will held at Evolution U.M.C. in St. Joseph, MO.  This is a 5-week course on the Monday evenings from February 19 to March 19.  Each week it will be taught by diferent United Methodist Pastors.  This is a fundamental course designed to equip church leaders and renew current leaders in the United Methodist Church.  [More Information].

Welcome Scouts
For the last few years we have had a Boy Scout troop meeting in the church fellowship hall on Monday evenings.  Sadly, that group has not been able to find adequate adult leadership to carry on.  In their place, we now have a Cub Scout Pack that meets here on the third Monday and a Wolves and Bears scout group that meets here the second and fourth Monday evenings.  Please pray for these young scouts and their adult leaders.  We are glad that we can be of help by providing them a safe place to gather.

Upper Room Magazines
The January-February 2018 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Fall Food & Fellowship Report
Thanks to everyone who helped with this fun (and delicious) annual tradition.  We raised $1,612.08 this year.  The Church Council voted to direct all the proceeds this year to the Scholarship Fund.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays. Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Pictures Needed
Our new church pictorial directory will include pictures of our church activities. If you have taken pictures of church events (or will in the next few months), please send them to the pastor or call him at 542-0277.  He is now collecting pictures for the new directory.

Church Steeple Repair
Long ago our church steeple had a decorative topper.  However, it broke off many years ago (10 years at least).  At that time a coffee can was placed on top of the steeple as a quick fix.  A couple of years ago we noticed that the coffee can had disappeared; probably blown away in a storm.  Since then the Trustees have wondered how to get to the top of the steeple to determine its condition.  The concern was that there might be a hole up there that would allow rain and snow to get in.  Well, thanks to a camera-bearing drone we now have our answer.  As you can see there is definitely a hole that needs to be addressed.  We are currently trying to decide the best way to cap off the hole and how to get up there to do it!!  No small challenge to be sure.  Thanks to Dan Gawedzinsky who was kind enough to bring his drone to the church and take the photos.  If you would like to see more detail, click here to see pictures

Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]