Schweitzer News – August 20, 2019

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Group Night is a place for all people to experience the wonderful power in Christian community. Starting Wednesday, August 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m., we will gather in the Outreach Center for teaching, discussion, and prayer–all centered around Scripture. Week after week, your same small group will interact during the breakout time, so that you will start to feel a sense of community. Childcare will be provided. Sign up and bring a friend.

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Parents and children (through 6th grade), join us on Wednesday, August 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., for Fall Family Night in our main parking lot. Enjoy family games, get equipped for fall, and celebrate with snow cones!

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Become equipped and encouraged, and take the next step in mentoring on August 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Memorial Hall. This mentor training is designed for past, current, and future mentors. Read more here.

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Have you, or someone you know, gotten off track in life or work? Jobs for Life offers you the chance to escape chronic unemployment and feelings of hopelessness, improve interview skills, and give you the confidence you need. This course starts Tuesday, September 3, 2019. To register as a student, become a champion/mentor, or volunteer to drive the van, contact Scott Warren at (417) 766-8812 or

Faith and Finances is a 12-week class, September 4-November 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 102/104, that equips low and fixed-income individuals and families with Biblical money principles. If you want to get relationally and financially healthy, this is the class for you. We are also looking for mentors who can walk alongside a student.

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This award is given annually to a Jobs for Life leader or volunteer who has significantly and positively impacted lives in the community and shown exemplary leadership and support in the Jobs for Life class. He will be accepting this award in Raleigh, NC.

In July 2016, Scott Warren became the site leader at the Schweitzer JFL. Since then, he has transformed from a competent site leader into a skilled instructor, instructor-trainer, site-leader trainer, and city leader. When Scott took the helm, Schweitzer’s Jobs for Life program had 13 business partners, about 20 people in the mentor pool, and had 38 graduates. They now have 23 business partners, 67 people in the mentor pool, and have graduated another 79 students. He also helped launch two other Jobs for Life sites in Springfield, by training their instructors and leaders, and helping teach some of their classes.

Would you like to be a friend or host an International Student at Missouri State University this upcoming school year?

Schweitzer has been historically supportive of the International Friends Program, and MSU is anticipating a large number of international students this year. These students are looking to develop quality friendships with at least one American family while they are studying. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email

Ministry Spotlight

On Friday, August 9, the collaborative partnership with Pittman Elementary school and volunteers from Schweitzer met for a luncheon in Memorial Hall. There was time to really converse with teachers and volunteers at each table as we enjoyed lunch together, and presentations were made for each of the ministries we participate in. If you would like to volunteer with Cents of Pride, All Pro Dads, Tutoring, and/or Good News Club, contact Gail Randolph, 417-766-3202, to learn more about these opportunities.