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org • May 31, 2018 • Volume 31, Number 21

Worship Looking Ahead


Services • Work continues in Whittler Hall
Three unique Preschool classes moved to CLC 104
worship due to construction in Whittler
opportunities Nursery care moved to the Parlor
are offered on (across from the Sanctuary)
Sunday. • Sunday, June 3: Donut Sunday in
Cornerstone Coffee Shop
• Sunday, June 3 – Missouri Symphony
8am
Conductors Concert at 7pm in the
McMurry Sanctuary
Chapel • June 8-10: Missouri Annual
Informal worship Conference in Springfield, Mo.
with a personal • Sunday, June 10: Jim Bryan will be
touch. Sharing guest preaching at all three worship
prayer concerns services
is welcomed. • Sunday, June 10 – Hot Summer Night’s
Concert at 7pm in the Sanctuary
9:15am • Sunday, July 1: Commissioning of
Sanctuary the students going on the High School
Contemporary Mission Trip during worship
worship that MUMC Blood Drive in the Atrium
includes a 8:30am-12:30pm
children’s time,
Praise Band.
• Sunday, July 1: Donut Sunday in
Cornerstone Coffee Shop Opening Doors and Opening
• July 8-14: High School Mission Trip to
Parsons, Kansas
Hearts
10:30am By Fred Leist, Lead Pastor
Sanctuary • Sunday, July 15: Dessert with the
Traditional Pastor Imagine this scenario. For a while now you’ve wanted to
worship with • July 29-Aug. 3: Vacation Bible School look inside a certain house here in Columbia. You don’t
music from the Rolling River Rampage! Find more info know the owners, and of course, it would be inappropriate
choir. and registration at moumc.org/vbs to boldly knock on the door and ask for a tour!
• Sunday, Aug. 5: VBS Sunday
Perhaps you are intrigued by the architecture of the
Donut Sunday in Cornerstone Coffee
house, or the uniqueness of some interior feature about
Shop
which you’ve heard. And yet, even when the property is
• Aug. 5-10: Youth Week
listed for sale and an “entry” is offered, you hesitate, not
• Friday, Aug. 10: Whittler Hall Art
wanting the realtor to mistake your simple curiosity for an
Show & Ribbon Cutting
active buyer’s interest. Finally, you notice a Sunday “Open
House” sign, and you slip inside with others, a mixed
crowd of the curious and the interested.
Often, we who are inside the church forget how
intimidating church doors can be to those who have never
entered, or who may have departed years ago after a
bad experience. Some people may pass by our church,
knowing something related to God and spirituality takes
place inside. Some people may come to a point in life
where they are curious enough to want to take a peek
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July 12: VAC’s Christmas in
inside. And occasionally, some may even be bold enough
to walk through the doors to look around. But for many July Event at MUMC
people, their spiritual needs or curiosities aren’t enough Volunteers are needed to donate food and help serve
to overcome their reluctance, fear and questions. Are at the Annual Christmas in July Dinner to be held this
people rolling in the aisles? Will I be stared at for being July 12 at our church. This dinner provides food for low
new? Am I dressed correctly? Will I hear the same guilt- income families from 5:30-7pm that day. Santa will visit
laden message that turned me away years ago? Can I and children will be entertained with craft activities.
speak “Methodist”? Donations of children’s activity books,crayons, and cash
are also welcome. If you would like to be involved, please
It would serve us well to think about the real and
contact Suzanne McDavid at 474-4416 or suzmcdavid@aol.
perceived barriers that people might have about entering
com, Mary Ouart at 446-2490 or mandmouart@aol.com,
our church for the first time. This is a big and imposing
or Pat Martin at 445-5603. This is the 27th year MUMC will
place. While we offer many points of entry, both
host this event for Voluntary Action Center!. The generous
physically and programmatically, nothing is more effective
donations of our members have provided dinner for 250-
than a personal invitation. And nothing is more reassuring
450 and help Voluntary Action Center raise funds for basic
to a guest then knowing that a friend is here to welcome
needs and emergency services for low-income citizens.
them, show them around, and connect them to others.
The warmth, thoughtfulness and personal touch of a
friend can make all the difference in the world. Whittler Hall Renovations
Look around. Be alert to those who might be open to an Starting next week, our pre-school area will be getting
invitation from you. And when you see a new face around a face lift! Whittler Hall, the Nursery Hallway and their
here, greet them and welcome them. For the greeting we adjoining classrooms are all being refreshed to be safe,
offer is not simply a welcome to MUMC, but a welcome to functional and welcoming for all families. Many of these
a place where they can experience the life-changing love spaces will be getting new furniture, cabinetry and
and grace of God in Christ. flooring, while other spaces will be refreshed with bright
colors and directional signage.
UMW Scholarship for Women As a result, of these changes, PreK Sunday School will be
Missouri United Methodist Women is accepting applications
held in CLC 104 from May 27 to June 10. On July 15, these
for a $500 scholarship. Forms are available in the MUMC
classes will resume in Whittler Hall, as usual, once the
office. This scholarship is for women who meet the
new space is finalized. Children’s Church, during the 9:15
following criteria:
service, will also be in CLC 104, but the Nursery will still
• Member/affiliate of MUMC
be held in W7.
• Completed two years of study at an accredited college
or university Lastly, there will be no Sunday School, PreK-5, from June
• Financial need 17-July 8. If you have questions about this, please visit
• Preparing for a career choice of ministry/helping with a representative at the Family Connector Desk.
profession (teaching, medical related, etc.) NURSERY NOTE for Sunday, May 27: The Nursery will
• Involvement in church related or community activities be temporarily relocated to the Parlor (across from the
Deadline for application: June 15 Sanctuary)
Scholarship will be announced no later than July 1.
Contact: Sondra Flaker, 443-3501, sondra.flaker@gmail.com Open Door Hosts Movie Night
MUMC Open Door Ministry, in partnership with The Center
Project, will host a viewing of “Gender Revolution”
Vacation Bible School on June 12 at 6:30pm. This 2017 National Geographic
July 29-August 3 documentary, hosted by Katie Couric, explores the rapidly
evolving complexities of gender identity. The evening will
moumc.org/vbs also include an opportunity for discussion and socializing.
Join us for the ride of your
lifetime with God! Your Seekers Class Plans for June
rafting adventure will include On June 3, June 10, and June 17 the Seekers class will be
inspiring Bible stories, discussing Adam Hamilton’s new book, Unafraid: Living
amazing science, fun music, with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by watching a
creative crafts, and rowdy DVD series based on the book. Hamilton offers a process
recreation. for helping people cope with fears based on crime, race,
Please stop by the promotion terrorism, politics, failure, insignificance, illness, dying,
corner in the Connector to and other events. All people who struggle with fear and
find opportunities for everyone, including volunteers that anxiety or who have interest in this topic are welcome to
want to help bring God’s love to life. See you there! join the Seekers class at 9:15am in Room 302.

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Week of June 4 - June 9
Sunday
growing deeply
MONDAY: Luke 13:1-5; 10-13 Cause and Effect
A great debate often occurs over the question of whether or not God causes things to “Pivotal Circumstances”- June 3
happen in our lives or responds with love and direction when they do.
REFLECTION: Reflect on a time when your life was touched by an unexpected event. Scripture: Luke 13:1-5 (NLT)
Reflect on how your response might have varied depending upon your understanding of
God’s connection to your life. About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people
from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think
TUESDAY: Luke 13:1-5; 10-13 What is Sin? those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?”
The best explanation of sin is rooted in the understanding that sin is anything that Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too,
comes between us and a perfect relationship with God. A general Old Testament unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen
understanding says that bad things happen to sinful people. people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst
QUESTIONS: Consider your understanding of sin and reflect on these questions: Do sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will
I wonder what I have done wrong when something bad happens? Do I wonder what perish, too.”
others have done wrong when bad things happen to them?

WEDNESDAY: Luke 13:1-5; 10-13 Punishment for Sin Scripture: Luke 13:10-13 (NLT)
In this passage, Jesus asks a very pointed question: “Do you think those Galileans were One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who
worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee? Is that why they suffered?” had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen
REFLECTION: Jesus answers his question by saying, “Not at all!” Reflect on that years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called
answer and reconcile it with your personal understanding of sin. her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he
touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!
THURSDAY: Luke 13:1-5; 10-13 Faith or Answers
Sometimes there are no helpful answers to the questions we have about life and our New Living Translation (NLT)
life circumstances. Always, faith is the key to helping us walk through troubled times. 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.
REFLECTION: Reflect on a circumstance in your life in which you sought answers. How
did or could faith carry you through? MY NOTES:

FRIDAY: Luke 13:1-5; 10-13 There is Never a Wrong Time to Heal


The religious law in the days of Jesus forbid any type of work on the Sabbath,
including healing. Jesus realized that the need of the crippled woman was greater
than the parameters of the law.
CONSIDER: Consider the story of the woman healed on the Sabbath. How could this
circumstance change not only her physical life but also her perspective on life? How
could the perspectives of the lives of the on-lookers been changed?

SATURDAY: Luke 13:1-5; 10-13 Forward Movement


When life-changing events occur both positive and negative, we are challenged to
move forward in our actions, our thoughts, our faith.
PRAYER: God of healing, you touch not only the needs of our bodies, but the needs of
our hearts, minds, and spirits as well. Help us to reach out in faith when life-changing
Read or subscribe to the weekly guide at moumc.org/grow
events occur and place our trust in you.
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Donations Needed for Scout


Project
James Loudenslager, Life Scout, Troop 708 is requesting
our help with his Eagle Scout Project by donating the
following materials for personal hygiene kits to be given
to un-sheltered persons. If you would like to donate
any of the following materials please place them in the
collection box in the connector. Items needed:
Crew Socks Toothbrushes
Bottled Water Travel-Sized Toothpaste
Granola Bars Dental Floss
The Wonder Of Being A Child Feminine Hygiene Products Men’s Deodorant
(Pads and Tampons) Women’s Deodorant
Let your inner child's creativity show through in this late
Gallon Sized Ziplock Bags
summer exhibition!
Artists are invited to express a memory of the joy, James thanks MUMC for your support for his project!
innocence, wonder, hilarity, peace, struggles, or simplicity
of being a child. Entries are open to all age groups!
Church Family News
We will be accepting artwork for this show on Friday, Aug.
Congratulations - Together with their family, Carole
3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 from 11am to 5pm at the Missouri
Babel and David Babel invite you to share in their joy as
United Methodist Church lobby. Please include a frame
they celebrate 60 years of marriage on Sunday, June 10
with your artwork.
at 2pm in the church parlor.
Opening Reception will be on Friday, Aug. 10 at 6pm. This If you would like to announce a church member’s death or a birth
is not a juried show, and will be free and open to the in a church member’s family, please send details to messenger@
public. Artwork not for sale. All works must adhere to the moumc.org. Submissions will be edited for length and clarity.
theme, and one entry per artist, please.
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outreach materials unless advised through a non-consent form. The church will not attach names to the photographs of individuals or groups unless prior permission is given. To obtain a
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Staff: Lead Pastor Fred Leist. Laura Bentley, Administrative Assistant; Adam Bordoni, Facilities; Tim Coday, Director of Music Ministries; Dawn Davis,
Full-Charge Bookkeeper; 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