Members are invited to an all-church Charge Conference immediately after the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 29 (Memorial Day weekend). A vote of all church members will be taken at this charge conference to authorize the sale of the church parsonage via this motion that:
“University United Methodist Church shall sell the UUMC parsonage (7928 Teasdale Ave., St. Louis, MO) and establish a housing allowance for the pastor. Proceeds from the sale of the parsonage would be invested in a designated United Methodist Foundation Fund that meets all guidelines in the United Methodist Book of Discipline and Missouri Annual Conference Journal.” Read More
Your Ministry Team met on April 14, 2016. Read this post for the highlights! Read More
On April 28, the UUMC Leadership Council unanimously decided to have a congregational vote on whether to sell the church parsonage.
This decision process started last July, when the Council requested that the UUMC Trustees review the long-term needs and costs of the church parsonage. Their review indicates that providing a housing allowance to the Senior Pastor is a better long-term alternative for UUMC rather than providing a parsonage. Read More
In July 2015, the UUMC Leadership Council requested that the UUMC Trustees review the long-term needs and costs for the church and parsonage of University United Methodist Church. The Trustees concentrated on the parsonage portion of the request. Their review indicates that providing a housing allowance to the Senior Pastor appears to be a better alternative for UUMC rather than providing a parsonage. Read More
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 Read More
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
Your Ministry Team met Thursday August 27, 2015 to coordinate the ministries of University United Methodist Church. Here are the highlights: Read More