Presbytery Meeting Dates for 2020 Announced
February 22
Covenant PC, Marshal

May 19
TBA

August 22
Lake PC, Osage Beach

November 17
FPC, Kirksville
2020 Prayer Calendar
The 2020 Prayer Calendar for Missouri Union Presbytery is now available.

As we pray for our siblings across the Presbytery, we give thanks to God for their ministry and become ever mindful of their place in our midst.
PMA Offers Communications Workshops
Can your congregation say yes to these statements?
  • Our church has a clear and concise goal in mind for its communications.
  • Our church maximizes the use of its social media platforms.
  • Our church’s website is easy to navigate and tells the congregation’s story.
If you’re not sure about your congregation’ s responses to any of these statements, you may want to schedule a communications workshop in 2020.

This daylong workshop, conducted by communications professionals on the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff, will provide tips and techniques to better reach your audience. We’ll offer insights and guidelines on creating a communications plan and you’ll learn proven techniques for enhancing your church’s website and using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. The workshop also will include the "do’s and don’ts of media relations and "pitching" stories to your local media.

The workshops are completely free of charge. For more information or to schedule your 2020 communications workshop contact Gail Strange at  gail.strange@pcusa.org  or call 800.728.7228, ext. 5340.
MUP and DOC Teaming Up for a Great Camping Experience
Missouri Union Presbytery and the Disciples of Christ church are partnering up again to bring you another amazing camp experience!

There are camps for elementary, middle and high school youth, plus much more.

Registration and information, including bulletin flyers, about summer camps can be found on the Missouri Union Presbytery website.

You can also get updates on the MUP camping program on their Facebook page at facebook.com/mupministry or on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (keyword: mupministry)

Join us this summer!
Events and Programs
Hymnal 101 Coming on January 25
Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, contributing editor to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) “Glory to God” hymnal and Executive of PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) will present “Hymnal 101” on Sat., Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 324 Madison Street, Jefferson City. 
 
Rev. Gambrell will describe the intensive planning that goes into the preparation of a hymnal that is intended to be used for the next 20 to 30 years. This is a particular challenge in a time of changing tastes in church music and a shift from printed material to digital sources.
 
The presentation will draw attention to the breadth of material in the new hymnal. Some hymns step back in time including selections such as I Love to Tell the Story and Bringing in the Sheaves— hymns not appearing in Presbyterian hymn books for many years. Some of the steps forward encompass many new hymns and styles.
 
Rev. Gambrell is associate for worship in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship and coeditor (with Kimberly Bracken Long) of the Book of Common Worship (WJKP, 2018). He was an ex officio member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (responsible for the 2013 hymnal "Glory to God") and coordinated the 2017 revision to the PC(USA) Directory for Worship (part of the denomination’s Book of Order). Rev. Gambrell is author of Breathing Spirit into Dust: Fifty Hymn Texts (GIA, 2015) and Presbyterian Worship: Questions and Answers (WJKP, 2019).
 
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind First Presbyterian Church off Wall St. (between the church and Hawthorne Bank) Handicapped parking is available on Wall St. For more information, call First Presbyterian Church at 573-636-2149.
C.S. Lewis Lecture on February 6th
The 2020 Annual C.S. Lewis Lecture will be held on  Thursday, February 6th, at 11:00 AM , in St. Mary's Church on the Westminster College campus. The Lecturer will be the Reverend Larry Brown, Ph.D., Professor  Emeritus  from the University of Missouri, ordained Disciples of Christ pastor, gifted musician, and a renowned storyteller who frequently appears on PBS.

Since 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dr. Brown will be addressing the relevance of this author of  The Cost of Discipleship  and other books to contemporary Christian faith and Christian living in today's world.

The event is free of charge. However, St. Mary's fills up quickly, so early arrival is recommended.
Churches United for Safety
Sunday, February 23rd
1:00-3:00pm
FPC/Jefferson City
A FREE event led by Officer Chad Stieferman, JCPD

You and your faith family, staff, and anyone interested in safety in places of worship are invited to attend
The training will include: an hour of educational awareness, question and answers about how security and customer service relate to each other, security teams, and physical church security, followed by 1.5 hours of Active Shooter response training with stress management techniques for high stress. Officer Chad instructs schools and staff as well as numerous local churches and businesses. He is generously offering this event for an unlimited number of attendees. There is no charge for individual participants. 5 local churches are making this event possible. 

Questions may be directed to Pastor Angela at 636-2149 ext. 102
SAVE THE DATE!
Spirit of Stewardship Conference
March 27-18, 2020
Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church
Kansas City, MO

Sponsored by the Presbyteries of John Calvin, Heartland, Missouri Union and Northern Kansas.

Registration coming soon.
MUP Women's Spring Gathering set for April 30th
COME TO BOONVILLE on April 30th for an encouraging and informative women’s Gathering and, if you choose, a fun field trip afterwards! You’ll meet Presbyterian women from other churches in our presbytery, learn about local and national mission efforts within our churches and the Presbyterian Church (USA), gain deeper understanding of injustices and challenges within our communities and beyond, and leave with new ideas of how we may share Christ’s love in tangible ways in our own congregations, communities and around the world. All women welcome!

Registration and information, bulletin-size and full-size flyers, and the Winter 2020 PW Newsletter can all be found on the Presbyterian Women page of the MUP website!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference
May 13-16, 2020

Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, TX
(Dallas/Ft. Worth area)
Mo-Ranch Celebration
Hunt, Texas
June 20-27, 2020
Current 8th-12th graders

Contact:
Michael Moore
PYT Registrar for Missouri Union
mmoore@fpcmexico.com
(573) 473-1741
Leadership Opportunities
Full-time Youth Director - FPC/Jefferson City
Is God Calling YOU to Lead Youth?
Looking for a rewarding, high profile, creative, and vital calling where you can ‘Make a Difference?’

First Presbyterian Church Jefferson City, Missouri (There’s a Place for you to SERVE, CONNECT, GIVE, ENGAGE, and GROW)

Making a Difference in the world in 4 key ways :
  • Making a Difference through Youth Group
  • Making a Difference with Youth Development:
  • Making a Difference with Youth in Mission:
  • Making a Difference with Youth Education and Sunday Morning Christian Education Direction for Vibrant Discipleship Development

This is a full-time position to develop the youth program in a growing faith family. If you have experience, please send letter of interest and resume to Head of Staff, Rev. Angela Madden & Elder Nathan Weinert, Personnel Chair, 324 Madison, Jefferson City, MO 65101 or email your information to: amadden@fpcjcmo.org . Salary based on experience and education. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Christian education, education, theology, religion, or related field preferred.
MUP Prayer Basket
This is Our Prayer Basket. If you have prayers of intercession or thanksgiving, please submit them via the e-mail link below.