Dear Schweitzer Friends, It seems each week has new stories of destruction perpetrated by human hands or natural disasters. As the news this week recounts the deadliest massacre in US history in Las Vegas and the ongoing plight of citizens in Puerto Rico, our prayers unite in crying out for God’s mercy and comfort to…

Dear Friends, One of our values at Schweitzer is learning. We never reach the place where there is not much more to learn, whether it is learning how to become more competent in our vocational skills, growing in our relationship with Jesus, or understanding how the culture around us is continually changing. We experienced a…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, I will be preaching in all our worship services this Sunday a message I am calling Building Culture at Schweitzer. In seeking to build a culture of Christ-like character, I will share with you three simple rules that we are following and Methodists have claimed since the days of John Wesley. I…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, Looking for ways to connect at Schweitzer? Depending on where you are in your growth as a disciple of Jesus, I recommend you choose one of the following three classes beginning in a few weeks: A small group model for anyone who desires a truer sense of Christian community and spiritual growth….

  Dear Schweitzer Friends, We continue this significant series of messages with this Sunday’s Message, Experiencing True Christian Community. The sermon will address the dynamics of moving from pseudo community to true community as we borrow wording from the late M. Scott Peck. Our emphasis will be on how we move through chaos to experiencing…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, GROWING AS A COMMUNITY isn’t simply the title of our current message series. Growing as a Community is a genuine aspiration I have for Schweitzer. I don’t think it is a passing phase but a desire that truly comes from the heart of God. We long for a community that is founded…

Our series continues this week with the question: Why Rest?  It’s a natural follow-up to last week’s question, Why does Work Matter?  If you are traveling or away on weekends this summer, one way of staying connected is to listen to the podcast of each week’s message on our website sumc.co. If you missed my…

Dear Schweitzer friends, The place is rocking this week with hundreds of kids enjoying and hundreds of adults serving at Vacation Bible School. What a privilege I have in hanging out with three-year-olds as we experience music, art, story-telling, play, snacks and worship. If you want to experience the energy of the Fun Factory and…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, We live in a troubled world with volatile hot spots around the globe.  There is violence on many fronts. I cannot help but note that the upheaval the prophets spoke into seems similar to our own. While it is hard for many to believe in a God who can take an active…

  Dear Schweitzer Friends, It’s summer time! I look forward to a little bit slower and restful rhythm as the summer humidity has hit Springfield. I encourage you to stay in rhythm with God in your daily life. The Daily Text is a great resource with which to begin your day http://sumc.co/news/daily-text/. Another way to…

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