Schweitzer News – January 2, 2019

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Through Luke’s stories, the invisible are seen and the voiceless are given a voice. Luke wants us to know that God is doing a new thing—that He has a different approach!

Jesus welcomes and celebrates children and babies, blessing them (Matthew 19:13-15). This Sunday, January 6, in 9:40 AM worship, we invite parents and their babies to be welcomed and blessed. No need to sign up; just bring your baby to be blessed in and by the community of faith.

Join us on January 9, 6-8 p.m., in Memorial Hall, as we discuss different ways for parents to be the spiritual leaders of their families and how to be involved in their children’s faith development that includes modeling daily Bible reading, participating in Sunday school classes, and discussing faith topics at home. We will have dinner, talk about the Bible Made Simple class, hand out Bibles, and have fun with families! To sign up or for more information, contact Nina Verbanaz,

We talk a lot here about the importance of being in Christian community. But for some, it’s hard to imagine why we care so much about it. The idea of sacrificing time, meeting in a stranger’s home, and “getting spiritual” just doesn’t sound fun. So, we created The Living Room to give you a chance to try it out, without any long-term commitments. Join us on Wednesday, January 16, 6:30–8:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Center. For more information, contact Pastor Jake Hotchkiss,

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Revolutionize your reading of the Bible with “The Bible Made Simple,” an interactive class experience with fresh insights for Bible newbies, as well as seasoned saints. Engage Scripture with new understanding and enthusiasm—January 16–April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Outreach Center. Cost of workbook is $10. Sign up for your place at the table by contacting Jeff Fugitt,

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We need help putting together notebooks. The Bible Made Simple is an exciting new class we will launch this month. Each participant will have a notebook to use. These notebooks require assembly. If you are willing to serve by preparing notebooks, please contact Jeff Fugitt. or 417-881-6800.

In February 2019, the United Methodist Church will have a Special Called Session of General Conference. It will take place in St. Louis. The purpose of the session is to address an enduring debate within the church on homosexuality and its relationship to marriage, ordination, and its teaching of the Gospel. Pastors Jake Hotchkiss and Jason Leininger have written a booklet, “Generous Spirit – Strong Convictions; a pastoral word on human sexuality.” They will lead a discussion on the evenings of January 13, 20, 27, at 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Memorial Hall. They will speak to where we are at, the witness of Scripture, and possibilities before the Church. You can pick up a copy of the book in the foyer. A $5 contribution helps cover the costs. (On Kindle too).

Have you, or someone you know, gotten off track in life or work? The next Jobs for Life course starts on Tuesday, January 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. To register as a student, become a champion, or volunteer to drive the van, contact Scott Warren at (417) 766-8812 or

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Faith and Finances is a 12-week class that equips low and fixed-income individuals and families with Biblical money principles. If you want to get and stay relationally and financially healthy, this is the class for you.

January 16 – April 3
Wednesdays at 6:00PM

Contact David Freeman,

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