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    Morning Psalm 51 1   Have mercy on me, O God,           according to your steadfast love;      according to your abundant mercy           blot out my transgressions. 2   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,           and cleanse me from my sin. 3   For I know my transgressions,           and my sin is ever before me. 4   Against you, you alone, have I sinned,           and […]

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Last Chances for Boundary Training this Year!

UCC – see www.missourimidsouth.org – for more information and to register

Thursday, October 1, 2015 – St. Peter’s UCC – Washington, MO – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

20 E. Fifth St, Washington, MO 63090


Mid-America Center for Ministry

–see www.center4ministry.org

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Good Shepherd Christian Church – Blue Springs, MO

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – First Christian Church – Brookfield, MO

August MUP Pac


Please join us at Camp Covenant Point on THURSDAY, August 27, 2015 for a Missouri Union Presbytery Meeting.

Below are the documents for the meeting.  Please print them off and bring them with you.  If there is information in the packet that would be of interest to others in your congregation, PLEASE SHARE IT WITH THEM!
June 13 Meeting Minutes
August 4 Meeting Minutes
Suggested Amendment to Standing Rules
Suggested Nominating Amendment
PW Summer Newsletter
Food Box Challenge Flyer

Financial Reports-(you might open the next three files and decide which ones you would like to print)
  Receipts/Expenditures-short form
Balance Sheet
   Receipts/Expenditures-Long form

10 Things Ruling Elders Should Know
MAP to Camp
Neighborhood Front Flyer
Parish Papers   (read before printing)

Congregational Strength is Always Plural
How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors

Can Congregations Attract  Young People
New Models for Churches

Continuous Discipleship

The Continuous Discipleship resource is provided for individual devotion and study or for use as an opening devotion for a session or committee meeting. The articles can also be used for adult, new member, or confirmation study. There are twelve article on five topics: Presbyterian, Book of Order, Bible, Worship, Mission. These brief one page articles provide small nibbles of the enormity of God and discipleship guidance.

Presbyterian Book of Order Bible Worship Mission
God Christ is Head of the Church How the Bible Came to Be Service of the Lord’s Day Church as Reign of God
Christ Great Ends of the Church Authority of Bible Daily Personal Worship Discernment
Holy Spirit Glossary Biblical Interpretation Christian Nurture Evangelism
Trinity Confessional Standards Old Testament Joyful Worship Congregational Meetings
Scripture Presbytery New Testament Prayer Administration
Grace Synod
General Assembly
God Speaks through the Patriarchs Scripture Church Property
Sin Presbyterian Seal …Kings and Prophets Preaching Pastoral Care
Church Diversity and Inclusiveness …Exile and Restoration Baptism Mission
Worship Membership as Ministry …Jesus Christ Lord’s Supper Compassion
Sacraments Ministers and  Church Professionals …Apostles and Early Church Self-Offering Justice
Predestination Elders and Deacons Revelation Relating to Each Other Caring for Creation
Presbyterian God Alone is Lord of Conscience Versions Church Year Church Discipline


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

  Frequently Asked Questions (45.2 KiB, 376 hits)

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


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?

February 2015 MUP Pac

Here are the documents for the Presbytery Meeting on Feb. 10, 2015 at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 10 E. Yerby St., Marshall, MO.  Registration begins at 8:30.  Some of the documents below contain information for others in your cogregation.  Be sure to share it with them.  There are also flyers for the church bulletin board.

MUP Newsletter
Minutes from Previous Meeting
Proposed Amendments to Presbytery Standing Rules
GA Proposed Amendments
Dismissal & Transfer Agreement
Budget Draft
Peacemaking Flyer
Camp Report
Youth Event Flyer
Camp Clean-Up Flyer
Camp Staff Flyer
Retreat Registration
PW Newsletter
2015 Prayer Calendar
Parish Paper-Our Future Pastors
Parish Paper- Retirement
Gary Hanson Lecture Flyer

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, 396 hits)