In an earlier post, we presented some questions about the parsonage and the discernment process that had been submitted by congregants. Here follow answers to some of these questions:Read More
Thank you to everyone who attended the congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, April 17th! This was the second of two congregational meetings discussing the parsonage and the possibility of selling it and providing a housing allowance for the pastor. You can read the initial call to meeting on the Leadership Announcements blog.Read More
Further thoughts have come in regarding our parsonage question. Attached are the responses we received Sunday about the Parsonage/Housing Allowance decision. We had two people ask about how many other Methodist churches in the area are currently using a housing allowance as opposed to providing a parsonage. The District Office does not have those figures, but did inform us that well over half of the churches in the area now provide a housing allowance. The big churches in our District--Manchester, Living Word, The Gathering, and Salem in Ladue have all gone to housing allowances.Read More
The following is a summary of the questions and comments from the Parsonage Study
presentation led by Brad Hershey on Sunday, March 13. Please read them over and let
Ann Wymore know if you have any more questions, suggestions, or comments you would like to make. Get them to Ann by email before April 4. We will post updates with questions with answers, comments, and suggestions as we receive them.
You are invited to a congregational presentation and discussion on Sunday, March 13, after worship. This meeting will explore the role of owning a church parsonage within the context of University UMC’s Mission/Vision statement.Read More
UUMC Ministry Team works on a path to discipleship at UUMC, engaging with new guests, caring for our constituents, and encouraging summer worship attendance.
Your UUMC Ministry Team coordinates the ministries of University United Methodist Church. We met on February 18, 2016 to consider attendance patterns, how we engage and integrate with new guests, what it means to be a part of our community, and how we care for one another.Read More
Open meeting with particular invitations to members of Leadership Council, Ministry Team, Administrative Team and Nominations and Leadership Development Team
Nineteen people attended.Read More
As we wrap up 2015 and move forward into 2016, I want to say Thank You for all of your generous giving in 2015. Your gifts have supported the church throughout the year as we act out our call to be a church where people of all cultures, all nations, and all ages can come together to love and serve God and neighbor.Read More
The following letter was sent with giving statements in early December.
Dear Friends at University United Methodist Church,
Thank you for all of your generosity through 2015 at UUMC. Your gifts of money, time, and talents enable us to live out our vision and mission in our community.Read More
So, what is a path to discipleship, and why does UUMC need one?
A Path to Discipleship sets out a series of next steps new guests or seekers coming into contact with UUMC can take to follow Jesus, learn what that means for them, learn how this might happen at UUMC, and begin integration into our Christian community. This may result in baptism or membership.Read More
The UUMC Administrative Team's (AT) regular meeting was held on November 5. The AT handles the functions related to buildings and grounds, personnel, and financial matters with our vision of growing as a church for all cultures, all nations, and all ages.Read More
Your Ministry Team met Thursday, October 8. We are charged with coordinating the ministries of University United Methodist Church.
Part of our job is to look at the vital signs of the church. Average attendance at worship month by month is generally lower this year than in previous years. That is of major concern. We need to focus in on discerning what is happening and how we respond. Your insights are welcome.Read More
A report on the 2015 Missouri Annual Conference from Lay Person to Annual Conference, Stacy Brown Braeske:
I am tasked with telling you a little bit about the Missouri Annual Conference, which I attended back in June as your lay representative, along with Pastor Diane. Each year clergy and laity from every United Methodist Church in Missouri gather in Springfield for three and a half days of worship, education, prayer, and voting. Voting is usually limited to approving the conference budget, minor policy changes, and maybe some redistricting. Not very exciting. This year was a barnburner compared to the last 3 conferences I attended.Read More
Fifty-six (56) giving units (couples, families, or single people) completed Estimate of Giving Cards for 2015–2016 and committed a total of $271,368. We celebrate the increased number of people who shared estimates of giving with the church. This means that 56 givers have gratefully recognized God’s ongoing gifts and then intentionally planned how to return the first fruits of those gifts to God. Thank you!Read More
On September 10, the UUMC Administrative Team approved the motion to table the motion for approval of the 2015-16 UUMC budget. There are unresolved income and expense items that the full motion requires that we finalize within two weeks. This will provide enough time to adjust the budget and communicate it to the Administrative Team and Leadership Council before those bodies reconsider the budget at the Charge Conference on October 6 at The Gathering in Clayton.
-- respectfully submitted by Dan Barrett, Administrative Team Leader
Your Ministry Team met Thursday August 27, 2015 to coordinate the ministries of University United Methodist Church. Here are the highlights:Read More
Your Ministry Team coordinates the ministries of the church according to the core faith practices in our mission statement and in alignment with our vision and values.
The four core faith practices are:
- Passionate Worship
- Loving Fellowship
- Purposeful Spiritual Growth
- Willing Service
Last week (August 13), the UUMC Leadership Council (LC) met for second of the five regular meetings in the fiscal year. The LC is the strategic planning and final approval body of the church comprised of one member of each administrative and ministry team plus other key positions in the church.Read More
The UUMC Administrative Team (AT) met in late July for the first time of their service year that started July 1. The AT handles the functions related to buildings and grounds, personnel, and financial matters with our vision of growing as a church for all cultures, all nations, and all ages.Read More
In late July, the UUMC Leadership Council (LC) unanimously approved three priorities and two task forces for the 2015-2016 fiscal year of the church. The LC is the strategic planning and final approval body of the church comprised of one member of each administrative and ministry team plus other key positions in the church.Read More