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 in contact with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ( and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). UMCOR is also keeping a close eye on the situation and is in touch with Missy Lindner, Disaster Response Coordinator. Please pay attention to local requests for volunteers by county and city/town officials. That is the best and safest way for immediate service. The UMC Disaster Response Facebook page  (@umcdisaster) will help share these local requests. We are sending 108 buckets to West Plains and Van Buren and 20 to Branson from Schweitzer. Please continue to pray for the people of flood-affected areas and for the lives lost due to the rising water.

 One of the ongoing ministries of Schweitzer is our Food Pantry—open now three days each week, Monday through Wednesday, 9:00am to 2:00pm. The number of adults receiving food monthly ranges from about 200-250. You are invited to bring a sack of groceries with you to worship this Sunday, May 7, to help us restock our shelves. Money donations are also appreciated.

It is my pleasure to announce that our own Jake Hotchkiss will be joining our pastoral staff this summer. Bishop Farr will be appointing Jake to serve at Schweitzer as a student pastor as he continues his seminary work. In addition to his primary roles as the Director of Young Adults and preaching, Jake will also be licensed to officiate at marriage ceremonies and authorized to perform the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We’ll give you a special opportunity to offer your blessings and best wishes to Jake on Sunday, June 11, as we celebrate Jake becoming a pastor!


Join us July 10–13, 9:00 a.m.–12 noon, for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School. Kids 3 years of age to those that have completed 5th grade will become hands-on inventors that discover they are lovingly crafted by God and built for a purpose!

The message series shifts this week to the importance of Seeking Forgiveness. This Sunday’s message will talk about what to do when others hold something against us as we seek to build a day-to-day culture of forgiveness and harmony. Just as we pray for the spring floods to abate, we need to identify possible entry points where our relationships are flooding with toxicity. Join us in worship as we seek ways to repair the breach.

Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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