(November 25th, 2018)

United Methodist Women

“The Girls”  are 13-17 years old, have been sexually abused, are pregnant and live in a private safe house.  Come to UMW on Tuesday, November 6 to hear their story and buy the jewelry they make to earn some spending money.  Devotions begin at 11:30, followed by lunch then the program. We also will contribute to the World Thank Offering. Make reservations for lunch by calling Barbara Logsdon at 636-376-4255.  If you need a ride, call Robin Tellor at 952-6620.

Circle meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 9:30 in the CLC Great Room with Robin Tellor answering the question:  “Why do we fold sheets and where do they go?  All women are welcome.

(September 28, 2018)

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Coming Together in Times of Disaster

There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; 5 and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

As an Ordained United Methodist Deacon who has been engaged in disaster relief for quite some time through both UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the American Red Cross, I’ve seen how natural disasters can impact communities – demolishing homes, businesses, livelihoods, and hope.

But the aftermath of these disasters often also brings about a spirit of unity and determination – both from those directly impacted and from those who come in before/during/after to help bring about restoration, healing, and hope.

In my primary appointment, I serve as the Information and Planning Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross of Missouri-Arkansas. During non-disaster times, I help equip staff and volunteers (95% of our workforce are volunteers) around the 199 counties we serve to better prepare for and respond when disasters occur in our Region. During times of disaster, both in our Region and around the US, I serve in a lead planning role, using data-driven decision making to help us better serve those in need in a variety of capacities. Most recently, I was deployed to North Carolina for Hurricane Florence.

I arrived 2 days before Hurricane Florence made landfall and was embedded in Fayetteville to help lead our response in 9 counties in eastern North Carolina. One of the things I think that most people outside of disaster response don’t know is that each agency/nonprofit that engages in some sort of disaster preparedness or response has a distinct role – each working together to help communities impacted better recover from disaster.

The American Red Cross’ primary roles in times of disaster are sheltering, feeding, distribution of emergency supplies, and providing health/mental health/spiritual care services. In the United States, we are the primary entity charged with sheltering those in need before/during/after times of disaster (both natural and man-made). So, before Hurricane Florence made landfall, we were working with the state and county governments to establish hundreds of evacuation shelters, providing a safe place for folks to be.

After landfall, the Red Cross then works with numerous other agencies (many of which are faith-based nonprofits) in community recovery and resiliency. The Southern Baptists do feeding – and they do it well. They have large, portable commercial kitchens that can each supply tens of thousands of hot meals a day. The Red Cross delivers Southern Baptist meals to all of our shelters and drives through impacted neighborhoods to insure food gets to those in need that may not be in shelters. The 7th Day Adventists step in to help with warehousing and with other volunteer needs.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) primary role is to distribute clean-up kits and other needed items and then, through ERTs (volunteer early response teams) in local UMC’s throughout the nation, assist with clean-up and re-building.

And the list doesn’t end here. AmeriCorps, Catholic Charities, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and many many others each have a distinctive role to play during times of disaster – each working together despite theological differences to be the Church in the world, becoming the hands and feet of Christ for those in need.

If you’d like to learn more about UMCOR or The American Red Cross or find ways that you can volunteer to make a difference in the lives of others through these agencies, give me a call or drop me an email.

Yours in Service,

Rev. Beth Elders

Charge Conference
The annual Charge Conference for our congregation will take place alongside many of our sister churches on Sunday, October 21. We will meet at the new site of The Gathering, 2360 McCausland Avenue from 3-5pm.
We will worship, authorize documents for 2019 and learn from Roger Ross, our Conference Director for Congregational Excellence. Roger’s book, Meet the Good people: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith is published by Abingdon Press. A Charge Conference is an annual requirement for a United Methodist Church. The slate of leaders for 2019 along with other business documents will be presented for vote.

UMW October general meeting:   Tuesday, October 2     Devotions in the CLC Great Hall at 11:30 a.m.   The program after lunch is on Epworth Teens with guest speaker Lynne Cannon who is a volunteer at the Epworth drop-in center.  Come and find out what goes on there to help kids in need.
Tuesday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m. the circle will be led by Kathy Dessent.      Why Do We Make Pancakes?    This will be the week after we have assisted the Rotary Club with their Annual Pancake breakfast on Friday, October 5.
All women are welcome at both meetings.
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(August 31, 2018)

Munch Lunch Bunch
Munch Lunch Bunch’s August finger food lunch was preceded by an energetic and wide-ranging session with staff members who helped with the plea:  “Help!  My Smart Phone Is Smarter than I Am!,” resolving a number of small techno-communication problems with patience and much laughter.
Next Munch Lunch Bunch:  Thursday, Sept 20, 11 am to 1 pm, Great Hall, CLC.  For more information, contact Barbara Matt 314-968-1465, mattrhbg@aol.com

United Methodist Women
All women are invited to attend the Tuesday, September 4 meeting of UMW.  Devotions begin at 11:30 in the Great Hall of CLC followed by a salad lunch – a tasty assortment brought by the women.  The program is the St. Louis Soldier’s Memorial with speaker Karen Goering.  Arrangements for the speaker by Dave Schroeder.  Hostesses are Kathy Dessent and Robin Tellor.  Let’s start off the year by getting together again.  Call Barbara Logsdon 636-376-4255 for reservations.

Baptism of Leigh Buchanan
Congratulations to Chris and Lori Buchanan and big brother Connor on the baptism of Leigh Aversman Buchanan baptized August 19th at the 9 am service.

Welcome New Member, Maggie!

Maggie Gann has been and done a lot of different things in the course of her life.  She was raised on a farm near Springfield, Missouri, where her family still lives and raises beef cattle.  Maggie studied music and medieval history at Drury University and theology at Boston University.   Between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she worked doing accounts receivable, first leading a team that made collection phone calls, and then leading a team that managed national advertising contracts.  Until recently Maggie served as solo pastor of a small church, and she is currently listening for the next thing to which God is calling her.  Maggie likes reading, hiking, wine, music, sustainable agriculture and community-driven food practices, ethics, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, hanging out with her niblings (nieces and nephew), the epic dramas of HBO, and the newsy stylings of John Oliver.  She believes we are all creative, no matter what we were told in school, and that our creativity and diversity reflect what it means to be made in the image of God.

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