Covenant Point Last Hurrah!
To help us say goodbye, we're inviting everyone out to spend one last afternoon at Covenant Point.

On Saturday, January 18th, starting around 3:00pm, come join us for hot chocolate and s’mores around the camp fire. This will be a good time, sharing our fond memories about a camp that has been such a special place for so many of us. There will also be a brief service beginning at 4:00pm.

Please RSVP for this event no later than Friday, January 17th so we know how many s’mores to make! Also, don’t forget to dress for the weather; this event will be held outside at the upper fire circle just off of the parking lot – sun or snow*. For more information, please contact Jason Hilkerbaumer at:, or call: (573) 301-0650.
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 or on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (keyword: mupministry)

Join us this summer!
Free Lenten Worship Webinars Offered January 9th & 16th
On January 9th and 16th, Dr. Marcia McFee, worship professor and workshop leader, will host two free webinars on the topic of deepening spirituality and enhancing leadership skills in worship, specifically related to getting planned ahead for a deeply meaningful Lent season.

These webinars available for FREE and the recordings will be available to anyone who registers if the dates and times don’t work with their schedules.
These webinars will take you through 5 things you can do right now to improve their worship that does not require big budgets, is not too "out of the box" for your congregations, and yet enhances the depth and height of what you already do.

Dr. McFee is Creator and Visionary for the Worship Design Studio and a Ford Fellow Visiting Professor of Worship at San Francisco Theological Seminary. 
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.
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!

Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference
May 13-16, 2020

Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, TX
(Dallas/Ft. Worth area)
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.