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…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, We celebrate Pentecost this Sunday in worship as we continue the series Little Books with a Big Punch. This week’s message takes us to the prophet Joel’s words: “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, Little Books with a Big Punch invites us to visit a different small Old Testament Book each Sunday. We are hearing “the word of the Lord” through the prophet Nahum this week. The series is designed with a two-fold purpose: To improve our biblical knowledge by checking out some obscure biblical books…

As we move toward summer activities and hopefully a less hectic pace, I want to encourage you when you are in town, don’t skip out on Sunday worship. Our Worship staff has planned a seven-week series beginning this Sunday I think you’ll find interesting. We will be sharing messages each week from a different Old…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, We have gotten a positive response from this series of messages as they have touched places deep in the heart. If you have missed some of these messages, I encourage you to listen or watch the podcasts of the previous messages: April 23-Why Forgiveness?  April 30-Steps Toward Forgiveness,  May 7-Seeking Forgiveness. You…

Dear Schweitzer Friends, Flooding Update Missouri has experienced flood damage in multiple parts of the state with anticipated impact still to come as rivers continue to crest. Missouri state officials are asking that the United Methodist Church not send volunteers at this time due to high water and road closures. Missouri UM Disaster Response is…

Dear Schweitzer Friends,   We continue the message series FORGIVENESS this Sunday.  Forgiveness isn’t something most of us do easily or by our own will power or strength. Thankfully, forgiveness begins with a gracious and merciful God. Yet, after receiving God’s forgiveness, we personally decide whether to offer forgiveness or withhold it. Our struggle with…

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