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  • Daily Lectionary Readings for October 22, 2014
    Morning Psalm 65 1   Praise is due to you,           O God, in Zion;      and to you shall vows be performed, 2        O you who answer prayer!      To you all flesh shall come. 3   When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,           you forgive our transgressions. 4   Happy are those whom you choose and bring near           to live in your courts.      We […]

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Presbyterian Women Service Opportunities

Presbyterian Women all over the world join together to make a positive difference in Mission.  Click on the link below to learn about how Presbyterian Women in Missouri Union Presbytery are working together in a wide variety of mission projects.

  Mission Projects Instructables-2014 (2.7 MiB, 16 hits)

We Want Your College Students!

Get Connected!

If any of your High School graduates are getting ready to attend college in Columbia, Kirksville, Fulton or Marshall, we want to know!  Just give us their name, email address and home church information and we’ll take care of the rest.  A campus minister in their college town will contact them and help them ease into adjustment of college life and connect with other Christians students interested in continuing their faith journey.  Just click on the name of the city inwhich your students will be attending college and fill out the form!


The MUP Pac is Here!

Here is your copy of the MUP Pac for the August 23, 2014 Missouri Union Presbytery Meeting at Camp Covenant Point in Holts Summit, MO.

Clerks, please forward these documents to the commissioner from your church attending the meeting.  They should print them out and bring the documents with them.  This Pac also contains information for others in your congregation.  Please share it with them!  

MUP Newsletter
Minutes of the May 10 Presbytery Meeting
Committee on Ministry Report
Statement of Faith- Rich Hansen
Financial Graph
Camp Directors Report
Prebyterian Women Newsletter
 PW Fall Gathering Flyer
 Fall Gathering Info and Registration
 Fall Gathering Bulletin Insert 
OASIS Christian Education Conference
Festival of Praise Flyer
What Type of Follower Attends Our Church?
Do Your Mission and Method Fit Your Size?
How Can Churches Partner With Local Schools?
How Can We Prevent Suicide?


Directions to Camp


Facts related to the recent action of the General Assembly and a letter from the Moderator

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June 19, 2014

To congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Earlier today, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Assembly Committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues allowing for pastoral discretion to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls them to perform,” where legal by state law.

They also approved a recommendation to change language in the Book of Order to indicate that “marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

Both decisions came with much thought, discussion, and prayer, and clearly the entire body that is the PC(USA) will be interpreting these actions for some time.

Please know that the same triune God in whom we place our hope, faith, and trust in is still in control, and that the assembly’s action today is the result of deep discernment to hear God’s voice and discern God’s will.

We concur with the feelings expressed by Teaching Elder Commissioner Jeffrey Bridgeman, moderator of the Assembly Committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues, during his presentation to the assembly.

“The apostle Paul tells us that ours is, in fact, ‘the ministry of reconciliation’ as ‘ambassadors of Christ,’ and he died for us so that we might be reconciled, that we might become reconcilers,” Bridgeman said.

In this season of both happiness and sadness over the assembly’s decisions, we call on you to remember the overflowing grace and love God gifts us with, and to take seriously our charge to bestow the same grace and love on one another.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

Ruling Elder Heath K. Rada, Moderator,221st General Assembly

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Ruing Elder Linda Valentine, Executive Director, Presbyterian Mission Agency


Missouri Union Presbytery Seminary Graduates-2014

Missouri Union Presbytery Candidate, Susan Presley, graduated May 18 with a Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Missouri Union Presbytery Candidate, Joe Siefkas, graduated May 18 from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis with a Masters of Divinity.

Congratulations from Missouri Union Presbytery for these accomplishments.

Highlights of Presbytery Meeting May 10, 2014

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The Presbytery met on a gorgeous Saturday in May [sounds like a song!] in the newly renovated and expanded facilities of the Lake Presbyterian Church.  Bob Duncan opened the meeting and Rev. Jeff Martin led the Presbytery in singing.  We were a small gathering, with just over 50 attending.

It was a great meeting:  The facilities were wonderful, the food plentiful and good, the worship was uplifting, the Inquirer and Candidate who spoke inspired us, ….and we adjourned early!!

The Stated Clerk reported:

.       Annual Statistics for 2013 for membership and congregational finances.  On December 31st, there were 7,259 active members in 69 congregations. Over the year, our congregations lost 156 members and gained 130 new members.

.       The Remedial Complaint filed against the Presbytery with the Synod has been dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction

.       On the annual distribution for Elder Commissioners, there is no change needed.

.       Angela Pool introduced the report of the Annual Giving of the MUP congregations

Mrs. Pool reminded the Presbytery that Evelyn Bedell Award nominations are due July 31st. Continue reading Highlights of Presbytery Meeting May 10, 2014

Dates of 2014 Presbytery Meetings

Date                                                            Location

February 4, 2014                             First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, MO

 May 10, 2014                                       Lake Presbyterian Church, Osage Beach, MO

August 23, 2014                                Covenant Point Camp, Holts Summit, MO

 November 6, 2014                          Broadway Presbyterian Church, Sedalia, MO


Churches of Missouri Union Presbytery

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Two Young Adult Volunteers from MUP

Two churches in Missouri Union Presbytery are definitely doing something right! Both Trinity Presbyterian Church in Columbia and First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City have members who are participating in the YAV or Young Adult Volunteer Program. YAVS typically have a year long experience for persons aged 18-30 to participate in direct service and service learning, working with local ministries and agencies. While doing so, they live simply and engage in an intentional Christian community and grow in personal discipleship. 

Daniel Edmonds, from Trinity PC will begin serving in Atlanta, Georgia. Daniel will put his faith into practice through living in community, exploring urban issues, developing a contemplative life and serving the city of Atlanta. He will work in agencies near downtown Atlanta that seek to impact and advocate for positive change in the city.
Laura Robinette will be serving in Hollywood, CA in the neighborhood ministry program out of La Casa de la Comunidad. This site seeks young adults to serve and learn with the people of Hollywood, to engage in intentional Christian community and personal discipleship, to work with local ministries and agencies and to explore urban, multicultural ministry as a vocation and calling.

Want to learn more about YAVs?

Local Missouri Union Presbyterian Churches donate over $440,000 to mission projects!

According to the results of the Inventory of Missional Giving for 2013, churches in Missouri Union Presbytery gave over $440,000 to 226 different entities including various food pantries, children’s services, benevolence funds and community projects.  That’s over $60 for every Presbyterian on the rolls in Missouri Union Presbytery!
But that’s not all, we also looked at volunteer service hours donated by members in the name of the church.  Presbyterians donated over 23,700 hours of service organizations and projects in the community.  That is like having almost 12 people working full-time 40-hour a week jobs doing mission work in Missouri Union Presbytery all year long!  That’s A LOT OF LABOR.  But it’s not just a labor…it’s a labor of LOVE.  It’s a labor for the LOVE of CHRIST.  When you look at the BIG Picture …there is an army of Presbyterians building the kingdom of GOD in Missouri Union Presbytery!    

  Missional Giving by Missouri Union Presbytery Churches in 2013 (160.4 KiB, 137 hits)