August Presbytery Meeting
Guest Speaker:
Rev. Diane Moffett
President & Executive Director
Presbyterian Mission Agency

August 22, 2020
To be held via Zoom

Registration is open NOW! Register and find the MUP Pac at:
Events and Programs
Union Presbyterian Seminary announces their Fall 2020 Continuing Education programs, inlcluding an online workshop entitled The New Testament & Current Social Concerns, let by Dr. John Carroll, Professor of New Testament at Union.
To find out more about Union's workshops and classes being offered this in Fall of 2020 and to be added to their email list - CLICK HERE
Emotional Systems Training
Grand Canyon/De Cristo Presbyteries offers an online seminar to assist leaders in understanding how to engage conflict and more toward healthy communication that supports ministry.

L.E.S.T. (Leading Emotional Systems Training) is being offered on Tuesdays, beginning on September 15th.

Click the link below for more information about the program and registration.
Virtual Conference Registration is Open for Stewardship Kaleidoscope
Meet Plenary Leader Eric Barreto

Opening our Stewardship Kaleidoscope virtual conference this year is Eric D. Barreto: Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. He is the author ofEthnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014).
Eric will be exploring the relevance of the Acts of the Apostles for a 21st-century audience, asking us to imagine what our call as stewards of the gospel looks like today, and how we can be a relevant, impactful church in the midst of crisis.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you. – Isaiah 43:1-2

Please join us in the Fall for three consecutive Tuesdays: September 22, September 29, and October 6 at 11:30 a.m. eastern/8:30 a.m. pacific. Each week we will hear theological, practical, and actionable perspectives. After the presentation a live Q&A session will follow – allowing additional time to share and learn further.

  • September 22: Hear from Eric Barreto of Princeton Theological Seminary on the Acts of the Apostles in the 21st century — imagination, vision, and creativity in responding to our call;
  • September 29: We will learn with consultant Bonnie Ives Marden about the ways in which faith shapes our financial health, and get practical tools for church financial management;
  • October 6: Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow will provide perspectives on engaging congregations across generations, cultures, and ethnicity to imagine building the church for forward thinking funding and functioning.

A link to participate in the weekly events will be emailed to registrants a few days prior to each program.

Register HERE and see more at
What Am I Going to Say?
Education Beyond the Walls
Offered by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminar
"What Am I Going To Say?"

September 3, 9am - 2 pm
Cost: $65
Location: Online
Red state/blue state politics have been threatening the foundations of our democracy and rending the fabric of our churches. Now, add to the mix heightened anxiety from living during a time of pandemic. And, if we weren’t aware before, the deep racial and economic disparities that exist in our country have now been laid bare before our eyes.

What should pastors say?

Congregations and church leaders require new perspectives and insights for navigating this complex and difficult time.

In this workshop for preachers, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will help you think strategically about your sermons. Based on her book Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), she offers a new way to approach preaching in this politically divisive climate using two tools: a “dialogical lens” for interpreting scripture, and the “Five Paths for Prophetic Preaching.” Together, participants will workshop sermon topics for the five Sundays preceding the national election using these tools.
NEXT Church News
More than Mindfulness

The latest from NEXT Church.

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Coffee with Colleagues
Missouri Union Presbytery continues its Zoom meeting for pastoral leaders, now on an every-other-week basis.

Join us on those Wednesdays at 9:00 AM. The event is called “Coffee with Colleagues”. An announcement with the Zoom link was sent to pastors. If you did not receive the announcement and would like to join in, call the Presbytery office for log-in information.
Leadership Positions in the Synod of Mid-America
Full-Time Youth Director - FPC/Jefferson, MO
First Presbyterian, Jefferson City, Missouri is a growing church with vital connections to the community and world mission sites. Our youth are a key part of our church and our community. The Youth Director will be growing the connections of youth within the faith family and fostering discipleship for generations to come. The creative and energetic self-starter will work with all youth from birth to college making a difference in these groups through
development, mission, and education. Share your talents and make a difference in the youth of the church and the community!

Bachelor’s degree in Education and/or Christian Education preferred. Email résumé and cover letter:

First Presbyterian Church 324 Madison, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
Youth Ministry Director - FPC/Salina, KS
If you are looking for an opportunity to join a ministry team that values accompanying youth on their faith journey, consider applying for the Youth Ministry Director position at First Presbyterian Church, Salina, Kansas.

We are looking for someone who wants to build relationships with our youth and families, to be creative in ministry, to exercise effective communication skills, and to learn and grow alongside our youth. CLICK HERE to read the posting on Indeed or click the link below to download the job description.
MUP Prayer Basket
We pray for Mike and Sharon Lewton and family on the death of Mike’s mother, Lois Virginia Havenner Lewton, 91, of Hannibal. She passed away at 11:58 pm Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Luther Manor Nursing Center in Hannibal. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, MO.

We also pray for Mike’s brother, Jeffrey “Gus” Lewton of Mexico, who is recovering from Covid 19.

This is Our Prayer Basket. If you have prayers of intercession or thanksgiving, please submit them via the e-mail link below.