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Conference Annual Gathering Set for Oct 13-14 in Jefferson City, MO

This year’s Conference Annual Gathering (CAG) for the Missouri Mid-South Conference is set for Oct. 13-14 in Jefferson City, Mo. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel Convention Center. Keynote speaker, UCC Minister Ann Kansfield from New York City, is lined up with a full two-day agenda.

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St. Louis Church Opens Inclusive “Logan’s Community Playground” as Memorial

St. Johns Evangelical UCC, St. Louis, Mo., recently opened “Logan’s Community Playground,” an accessible and inclusive playground in honor of a late member of the church, Logan Zielinski. (more…)

Board Extends Transitional Conference Minister Contract through 2025

The Missouri Mid-South Conference Board of Directors at its regular July 2023 meeting approved extending its contract with Transitional Conference Minister Rev. Mary W. Nelson through December 2025. The Board wanted to provide continuity of leadership in the Conference as we prepare to host General Synod in 2025, and to ensure that the Conference’s discernment process can proceed free of pressure from our hosting responsibilities. (more…)

Strengthen the Conference Bike Ride Across Missouri Starts June 3

And they’re off…Transitional Conference Minister Mary Nelson and Board Member Rev. Andrea Asselmeier are driving across Missouri today from St. Louis to St. Joseph. Starting tomorrow, Mary’s seat will be quite different for her return trip.

She will begin the Strengthen the Conference Ride Saturday morning, June 3, departing on her bicycle from  Zion UCC, St. Joseph, Mo. and ride daily to UCC churches across Missouri to arrive Saturday afternoon, June 10 in St. Louis, Mo.

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Friend of the Conference Norma Klemme Receives Honorary Degree from Eden Seminary

Missouri Mid-South Conference (MMSC) treasured friend Norma Klemme of Union Mo. received a Doctor of Humane Letters at Eden Seminary’s 173rd commencement May 19.

Before the ceremony, Norma and her husband Rev. Armin Klemme also received a surprise announcement that family and friends established a new Eden Seminary scholarship in their name.

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The MMSC Board of Directors recently created two new positions, keeping Glenn and Tiffany Svetnicka on staff in Outdoor Ministry roles for both Shannondale and Camp MoVal.

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Peace UCC Holds Final Service Earlier Than Expected

More than 100 years of worship services ended earlier than expected at Peace UCC, Webster Groves, Mo.

While members of the congregation had planned their last worship service to be Christmas Eve before making a final move to Eden Theological Seminary, it ended up being Palm Sunday April 2.

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Annual Board and Staff Retreat at Shannondale Provides Eye-Opening Experience

Aware of their shared work on behalf of the Missouri Mid-South Conference, the Board of Directors and staff met together March 17-18 at Shannondale for a second annual retreat.

“It was a great success,” says Transitional Conference Minister Rev. Mary Nelson. “The Board and staff are working actively to deepen relationships and ‘de-silo’ our ministries, clarify responsibilities and priorities, and strengthen and inform their common approach to our ministries.”

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MMSC Introduces New Core Ministry Team for Pursuing Justice & Equity (PJ&E)

The Conference has a new Pursuing Justice & Equity (PJ&E) Core Ministry Team called to serve as an ally against acts of injustice and inequity as well as a resource and conduit to connect individuals, congregations, and organizations with an interest in justice and equity issues.

Co-Chairs Rev. Tom Baynham (Eastern Association representative) and Rev. Krissy Avise-Rouse (St. Louis Association representative) are joined by other members Rev. Andrea Asselmeier, Joyce Bathke, Rev. Laura Callendar (Western Association representative), and Randy Hundley.

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Hope UCC, St. Louis Recognized as Creation Justice Church — First One in Missouri

The United Church of Christ has officially recognized Hope UCC, St. Louis, Mo. as a Creation Justice Church.

As the first church in Missouri to receive this designation, the congregation is dedicated to helping heal and restore the earth and working on behalf of all those who face issues of environmental injustice and oppression.

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Search Committee Recommends Historic Choice for UCC General Minister and President

After a year-long search, the United Church of Christ Board’s Search Committee for General Minister and President has made a historic choice in recommending Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson as nominee. If elected, she would be the first woman, and the first woman of African descent, to lead the denomination.

MMSC Looks Forward to Working in Partnership with Nominee
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The Board of Directors recently approved an updated COVID-19 Safety Policy with guidelines for Conference-sponsored events.

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New Youth Ministry Resource Coordinator Joins Staff

Jay Wiesner, part-time pastor at Zion UCC, Troy, Mo., joins the MMSC staff as our new Youth Ministry Resource Coordinator. He is a Member in Discernment with the Eastern Association.

Wiesner began Feb. 13 and will work part-time for MMSC, while continuing to serve as pastor at the church.

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Shannondale Transitions Smoothly with New Acting Executive Director

Shannondale UCC, the Community Center, and its Outdoor Ministries were in transition with new staff, following the departure of Executive Director Nathan Fulk this past summer.

The transition has been smooth with the arrival of Acting Executive Director Glenn Svetnicka, whose contract will extend into 2023.


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Camp MoVal Thriving with Activity

From hiring two new key staff members and hosting volunteer work days, to reopening summer camps, launching a new fall Sunday family dinner series, and scheduling retreats and youth events, Camp MoVal was a busy place throughout 2022.

After a long two years of closure at Camp MoVal due to COVID-19 and staffing changes, here’s how MMSC was working hard to reopen, bringing back campers, forging ahead for fall, and setting sights on summer 2023.

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Board Approves Transitional Conference Minister Contract Extension

The Missouri Mid-South Conference Board of Directors at its regular July 2022 meeting approved a recommendation from the Personnel Committee to extend its contract with Transitional Conference Minister Rev. Mary W. Nelson through April 2024.

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Peace UCC Partners with Eden Seminary in New Vision of ‘Being the Church’

The decision has been years in the making. Peace UCC, Webster Groves, Mo., recently voted to sell its 2.5-acre campus — home to the congregation since 1920, and including its current 1937 building — to partner with Eden Theological Seminary in a new vision of “Being the Church” in the 21st century.

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