Schweitzer News – October 8, 2019

Schweitzer UMCNews

Are you new to Schweitzer? Pastor Spencer invites you to join him, along with the other pastors, on Sunday, October 20, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Enjoy some great City Butcher food, along with a tour of our campus. Childcare is provided. Read more and sign up here.

Pavers are now available to be engraved in our Prayer Garden, to honor or memorialize a loved one, or commemorate a group or event. For a $50.00 donation, a paver will be engraved with the information you choose (18 character limit/line, including spaces, 3 lines maximum). You may complete an order form online here or fill out a form at the Connection Desk on Sunday morning.

“Others First” Youth Series

On Wednesday evenings, starting Oct. 9th, our adult youth leaders will be helping our students at Schweitzer see others, put others first, and humble themselves to raise up others. Taking the golden rule a step further and teach students not to just to treat others the way they treat them, but how Jesus would treat them—even the way we would treat Jesus Himself. Two big questions to ask in this series are: Who are the people we don’t see? and Who do we need to stand up for? Come join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Area!

Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image

You are invited to join the 9:40 a.m. Lost & Found Sunday class on October 20, in Room 207, as they begin a 7-week study on Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image, by Dr. Paul Brand and bestselling writer Philip Yancey. Discover here the eternal truths revealed by our seemingly ordinary existence. The human body is a window into the very structure of God’s creation and a testament to God’s glory.


Making a great “First Impression”

Repetition.  Repetition.  Repetition.
It has been proven that REPETITION INCREASES RETENTION. Can this be applied to ministry? ABSOLUTELY!  Our goal is to make a meaningful contact with everyone who walks through the doors at Schweitzer at least three times before they enter worship. We have several opportunities in place to make this happen. Read more here.

  • NEW!  Volunteer Appreciation Team  – Help us thank our ministry volunteers in creative ways.
  • NEW!  Green Team – Beautify our church campus by keeping our gardens weed free.
  • Hospitality Team – Help out in our amazing hospitality area!
  • Mobile Greeting Team – Welcome people to our campus while driving a golf cart!
  • Photo Ministry Team – Help document special events in the life of the church family.
  • Sanctuary Set-up Team – Work behind the scenes to prepare our sanctuary for Sunday.

For more information, contact Sheila Pippin, Director of First Impressions at 881-6800, ext. 230,, or 417-861-0861.


Did you know that Entrance B has a new brighter face? Thank you, Mary Decker, for picking out some fun colors to brighten up this entry.

We are also excited to announce the new Children’s Art Gallery. This will also be located inside Entrance B along Cather Hall. Each classroom from our Grow to Know Preschool and Children’s Sunday School will create a picture. These pictures will be displayed in the hallway, and then auctioned at the end of each school year.

Did you know that Diane Tucker taught the first lesson of the new season to the Good News Club last Tuesday, October 1, at Pittman school? She enthusiastically explained how God is pure and perfect. Students participated in songs, the review game, and enjoyed learning our first memory verse of the season, John 3:16. Good News indeed!


Schweitzer sponsored and hosted the SGF Urban Summit on Thursday, October 3. The impetus for the event was obedience. Schweitzer has been, and is, dedicated to contributing to the community in good and beautiful ways. We recognize that there are others, who we live and labor along side of, who are contributing to God’s Kingdom in a variety of ways. The Summit was a place for those stories to be shared, for God’s good and beautiful work to be celebrated, and for those who care deeply about these efforts to be encouraged and equipped. Read more here.