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March 24, 2017

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HEADLINES

Don’t Miss Any of The Exciting Events for Lent & Easter!
You'll find a complete list of our Lent and Easter events online. Be sure to share the link with family, friends or out-of-town visitors. Let's pack the church!
 
Worship Time Changes for Apr. 1 & 2
Saturday, Apr. 1. Our 4 & 5:30 services will be COMBINED into a 5:00 pm service only, held in the Sanctuary. Sunday, Apr. 2 Services will be COMBINED into 9:30 & 11:00 only (no 8:00 worship.) During these services, the Music Makers Choir will present “We Like Sheep,” a fully-staged musical based on the parable of the lost sheep. This is a perfect opportunity to invite friends to church! Freewill offering will provide SHEEP for families in need through Heifer International. Check the flyer for details.
 
Parents, Preschoolers and Playground!
Begins Sun., Apr. 2, 10:30-11 a.m., MUMC Playground
This is a new parent group that meets on Sunday mornings. Grab a doughnut from Fellowship Hall and come join us on the playground for fellowship time between services. Led by Nate and Michelle Roman. Register
 
A Service of Prayer and Discernment
Wed., Apr. 19, 7p, Sanctuary
It’s vital that we come together as a congregation to worship and pray about God’s direction for us in the coming years. Mark your calendar for a special service seeking guidance on the initiatives discussed in our listening sessions. Childcare provided. More details coming soon.
 
Paul Wallace, Author, Scientist, and Theologian to Speak
Sat., Apr. 22, 7p., Keynote Presentation; Register
Sun., Apr. 23, Lunch & Learn with Paul Wallace and Rev. Weeks; Register
Delve into the intersection of science and faith with author and professor Paul Wallace as he shares insights from his new book, Stars Beneath Us. Dr. Wallace is an astrophysicist and professor at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. Purchase his book in the Narthex on Suns., or in the main office M-F, 9a.-5p; cost: $11. Please register for these free presentations.
 
EVENTS (in date order)
 
Lenten Breakfasts
Weds. Until Apr. 12; 6:30a
Come and enjoy great food, camaraderie, a little music, a little humor, and an excellent speaker. We promise to have you back on the road by 7:30!
 
Meals & Ministries (M&M)
Weds., 5:15-6:15p
Mar. 29 – Time for BBQ!
Purchase meals in Fellowship Hall on Sun. mornings or online. Advance purchase is required.
 
CPR/AED Training
Sun, Apr 2, 1-3p Rm 141
Learn new skills that will further your abilities to minister to God's people and maybe save a life. This course teaches how to respond to and manage first aid, choking, and cardiac arrest in infants, children and adults. Each class is limited to 8 people. Led by Denise Keller, R.N.
 
Easter Eggstravaganza!
Sat., Apr. 8, 9-11a
Join us for this FREE event. Children 5th grade and younger, including parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.), are invited to celebrate the Resurrection with crafts, sweet treats, games, and an inside egg hunt. Please register by Apr. 5.

Easter Eggstravaganza Needs Help & Donations!
We need volunteers to help with the Easter Eggstravaganza, Apr. 8 from 8:30-11:30a. We also need donations of plastic eggs and egg sized wrapped candy (no nuts please). Drop off yours in the decorated bins in the Children’s Area and Narthex from Mar. 1-Apr. 2. For more info, contact Chessey Brenton or visit the website.
 
“The Way of the Heart” Opens Holy Week
Apr. 9-15, Marble Narthex 
A highly creative art installation of the Stations of the Cross will open during Holy Week. Presenting their original pieces, local artists tell the story of Jesus’ crucifixion in a way that words aren’t necessary. Free and open to the public. More info to come.
 
Spring Awakening Weekend
Apr. 22-23
MUMC's Reconciling (LGBTQ+) Ministry Team, along with others in the MO Conference, will gather for a great weekend. Workshops will be held at Grace UMC on Apr. 22 and RMN director, Matt Berryman, will preach at Centenary UMC on Apr. 23 at 1 p.m. More info to come.

Epworth Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon
Fri., Apr. 28, 10a, Silent Auction, 11:30a Luncheon
Register by Apr. 13 by contacting Kim Hartmann. Tickets are $18.

MISSIONS
 
MO-Hab Riders Training
Sat., Mar. 25, 1p, Sailboat Cove
We’re raising funds for Habitat for Humanity with a big 5-day ride across Missouri in June. This training session is 20 miles on paved trails in Creve Coeur Park. Bring your helmet, a spare tube and water. Ride leader: Tina Heuer, 314-799-6903. For more info about MO-Hab Riders, contact Joyce Smith, 314-602-9346.
 
Used Laptops Needed
The Computer Rehab Ministry needs your old laptop! We recondition it, remove all personal info and restore it for needy kids or families in the area. Bring your donation to the volunteer room (across from the church office). For more info, contact Emil Mariani.
 
“Be the Church” T-Shirts On Sale!
On the back of these blue, long-sleeve tees it says, “BE THE CHURCH, Protect the environment, Care for the poor, Forgive often, Reject racism, Fight for the powerless, Share earthly & spiritual resources, Embrace diversity, Love God, & Enjoy this life.” Cost is only $10. Sold by the Missions team at all services this weekend or see Rev. Beth Elders.

Mozambique Hit by Cyclone – Help Rebuild!
Cyclone Dineo made landfall in Mozambique on Feb. 15, causing major damage. The location of the worst damage includes the epicenter of Methodism in Mozambique including Cambine Mission Station (orphanage, seminary, agriculture areas, etc.), Chicuque Rural Hospital, and Hanhane's Women Shelter. More than 100 Methodist churches were in the line of this storm. Help rebuild our ministries: Give Now. Be sure to select ‘Mozambique’ under the dropdown.
 
Bike Rehab Work Weekend
Apr. 28, 6-9p & Apr. 29, 8a-1p
We need your help in Fellowship Hall to fix and clean bikes prior to delivery to Kingdom House. No bike experience necessary. We need: bike cleaners, mechanics, hospitality, clean up, delivery, fitting helmets, and assisting in other areas. Rehabbed bikes will also be available for purchase during these work sessions; proceeds benefit the bike ministry. For info, contact Jim Vail at 314-724-8272 or jandlvail@sbcglobal.net.

CLASSES
 
New This Week!
There are a number of exciting new classes on tap this week. For complete descriptions, visit the Adult Faith Formation page on the website.

  • For the Sake of All, Weds, Mar. 22-Apr. 12, 6:30p, Rm 311 Register
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Tues., Mar. 28-June 13, Evenings Register
  • Exploring Food Access STL, Wed., Mar. 29, 6:30p, Rm 311 Register
  • Why Is It So Difficult To Talk About Racism?, Sun., Apr. 2, 9:30a., Rm 311 Register

 
MORE NEWS

VBS Registration Now Open for Participants and Volunteers
Hero Central VBS is an amazing high-energy week of Bible learning. Kids will enjoy Bible stories, music, crafts, science, and much more. You’ll find all the details including dates, times, registration information, and more on our website. While there, check out information about our Mini-VBS program and Adult or Youth VBS volunteer opportunities.

Thanks Teachers and Volunteers!
Thanks to your response, our Sunday school classes are now full of wonderful teachers and behind-the-scenes help. We couldn’t do it without all of our fantastic volunteers. Thank you!
 
Children’s Books Needed
We’re collecting gently used books for a new children's library to inspire young readers. We need books for babies, preschool & elementary-aged children. Drop your donations at the Sunday School welcome desk.
 
Nursery Needs On Easter
We need more volunteers to help with our little ones, ages 2 and under, on Easter Sun. Apr. 16. If you are Safe Sanctuary certified and can help at 9:15, 10:30, or 11:45, contact Sally Cleveland.

Flower Cross on Easter Sunday
We're creating a living cross outside the entrance to the Narthex. Bring flowers to add: any kind, any color. Extra flowers available for those who don't have them. Contact Ann Garber for more info.

Buy Easter Altar Flowers Now
Purchase Easter flowers in memory or honor of a loved one. Lilies: $9.00, Tulips: $7.00, Geraniums: $6.50. Contact Corrine Thompson, or look for the order cards in the sign-in booklets.
 
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