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

August 22, 2020
To be held via Zoom
Registration to open at the beginning of August
Anti-Racism Statement Issued By Peacemaking & Public Witness Team
The Peacemaking and Public Witness Mission Team of Missouri Union Presbytery released an Anti-Racism Statement, signed by 125 Ministers of Word and Sacrament, Ruling Elders, Deacons and Members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Missouri Union Presbytery.

The statement has been released to area newspapers, having already been published in the July 6th edition of the Columbia Tribune. Click HERE to read the op-ed.

The document is on the Missouri Union website. Click below to read the statement.
Virtual Conference Registration is Open for Stewardship Kaleidoscope
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  StewardshipKaleidoscope.org
We Want to Hear About What Your Church is Doing!
During our August presbytery meeting we’d like to highlight new and continued outreach ministry that many of our churches have been engaged in since the onset of this pandemic in a special PowerPoint presentation.
Please share your stories and pictures, if you have any, of outreach ministries and local missions your church is currently engaged in.

The cutoff date for this project is Saturday, August 1 st. All information can be sent to me directly. Thank you.

Jason Hilkerbaumer
Director of Youth & Outreach Ministry
Missouri Union Presbytery Staff
Home Email: jdhilk@hotmail.com
Phone: (573) 301-0650
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.
Fall Bible Study for Presbytery Women
Presbyterian Women invite all to participate in this Fall's Bible Study,  Into the Light: Finding Hope in Prayers of Lament .  Even though PW selected this topic to be developed into the 2020-2021 Bible Study several years ago, it now seems especially appropriate in these times.  

Find out more about the Bible study and purchase copies at  https://www.presbyterianwomen.org/current-bible-study/ .  Using this Bible Study across our churches offers another way for us to all be “together” even as we are physically distanced.
The Church Financial Leadership Academy is Here
The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Church Financial Leadership Academy.

The CFLA is an E-learning platform designed to help pastors institute best practices for church financial leadership, introduce them to new models of giving and stewardship, and offer new ways to talk about money and form generous disciples within their congregation.

The CFLA will enable you to:
  • Complete the courses at your own pace
  • Use the courses as a resource later
  • Share your playlist with other congregational staff
  • Access courses and resources at no cost to you

Experience the interactive online educational tool for pastors today. Simply visit  Churchfla.org  and create an account using the registration code: PCUSA

If you have questions or comments feel free to contact us at  serving@presbyterianfoundation.org , or 800-858-6127 ext. 5904.
Events and Programs
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.
MUP Prayer Basket
We lift our prayers for Barbara Jarvis who is in Boone Hospital in ICU with a severe case of double pneumonia. She is very weak, but resting comfortably.

We also pray for Rev. Bob Bailey who is now healing at home from a fall.

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