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THE MISSOURI RIVER DISTRICT OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

55 Churches and Friendly Congregations!
We serve the eastern area of Nebraska along the Missouri River from Blair, NE., south to the Nebraska, Kansas border.
COME WORSHIP WITH US!

MISSOURI RIVER DISTRICT OFFICES

2665 FARNAM STREET SUITE 102
OMAHA, NE 68131

HOURS: M-F 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Dr. Dan Flanagan
DR. DAN FLANAGAN

MISSOURI RIVER DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
2665 FARNAM ST. #102
OMAHA, NE 68131
402-898-9862



UNITED METHODIST MINISTRIES

Nathan Morgan
Executive Director
402-898-9862 X105 Email: nmorgan@bigmuddyumc.org

Jamie Trobough
Coordinator of Volunteers and Communications
402-898-9862 X103 Email: jtrobough@bigmuddyumc.org

Deb Keeney
Director of Blue Flamingo Thrift Shop
402-964-2740 Email: dkeeney@bigmuddyumc.org

Matt Freeman
Big Garden Director
402-898-9862 X104 Email: mfreeman@bigmuddyumc.org

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Pastor Bruce Davis performs songs by the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt during a service at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church.
Omaha clergy embrace new ways, like the Eagles, to captivate congregations

A church band played the Eagles' song "Desperado" while pastor Bruce Davis preached on a winter morning.

Davis tied the song's lyrics -- "You better let somebody love you, before it's too late" -- to God's love for all people. The Omaha pastor regularly weaves pop music into his sermons at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church to make his preaching more engaging.

Local clergy say it's more important than ever to deliver sermons that not just share God's message but capture people's attention and hearts.

See the entire article at: http://www.omaha.com/article/20140216/LIVING/140219072

IMAGINE NO MALARIA BBQ TOOLKIT

While it may not feel like it outside, summer is just around the corner, and that means barbeque season! We would like to suggest hosting a barbeque-themed event to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria. The Great Plains Area communications team has put together a "toolkit" to help you with planning such an event -- everything from a sample press release and best practices tip sheet, to a T-shirt order form and instructions on how to make PipeCleaner mosquitoes (a fun activity for kids!).
Also are available are some neon orange Imagine No Malaria fly swatters. These are free, but there are a limited number available; email Trish Johnson at tjohnson@umcneb.org if you would like some for your event.
Everything you need can be found at http://shootfornomalaria.net/resources.
Questions? Contact Trish at tjohnson@umcneb.org.

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EDWARD DANNER MINORITY STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship honors the late Nebraska State Senator Edward R. Danner who served in the Nebraska Unicameral during the U.S. Civil Rights era of the 1960's. Senator Danner introduced numerous bills that made discrimination on the basis of skin color illegal. In 1965, Danner's bill creating Nebraska's Fair Employment Act was passed. He also co-sponsored the fair housing practices bill which passed in 1969. It established the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission to investigate civil rights violations.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

The scholarship seeks to identify minority high school seniors who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and financial need. Preference is given to applicants who reside in Nebraska Legislative District 11.

Up to four scholarships will be awarded annually to qualified students ranging from $500 to $2,500. The scholarships are renewable for four years provided the student remains a full-time student holding at least a 3.0 grade point average. Recipients who attend an accredited four-year college or university in the Nebraska area are given preference.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2014

The Danner Scholarship is managed by the Missouri River District of the United Methodist Church. Applications will be screened during the three week period following the application deadline by the selection committee.


Missouri River District of the United Methodist Church
Dr. Dan Flanagan, District Superintendent
2665 Farnam St. #102
Omaha, NE 68131
Email: cmcgowan@greatplainsumc.org

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UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

For Youth:

The Missouri River District Youth Council will form in early 2014 and begin to provide opportunities for students interested in growing as leaders within the church and among their peers. If you are a youth interested in learning how you can grow as a leader, or you know of a youth who would be a great fit for the DYC, please contact chad@watersedgeomaha.com prior to March 8.

Upcoming Youth Events

High School Youth Overnight
Give Me Your Eyes: An experience in homelessness, hunger and poverty
February 28 @ 7pm - March 1, 2014 @ 12:00pm
Location: TBA
Cost: $20.00

Middle School Spring Retreat
"IDK" - I Don't Know
April 4-6, 2014 | Camp Rivercrest, Fremont, NE
Did you ever notice, Jesus asked more questions than he gave answers? Have you ever noticed, you probably have more questions that you do answers? Some questions are meant to be answered, others, not so much. So what happens when you have a question you can't answer? Over the weekend, we are going to take at look at our questions. We are going examine how God welcomes our questions as long as we're willing to follow His path for the answers, even if we never come to a conclusion. Bring your questions, bring your friends, get ready for a great weekend. But whatever you do, don't check your brain at the door. This is going to be a good one!

Registration: $99.00 - $10 discount if registered before March 9 ... Registration attached.

2014 MINISTRY OF LAITY AWARD - NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

It is once again time for local churches to submit the name of a member(s) or couple, from your congregation, whom you believe to be an outstanding church member for 2014. There is that one person you know, or others know, who has been active in many areas of the church ministry over the years and deserves to be recognized. The person(s) who is selected from the Missouri River District Laity Committee will be invited to this year's District Annual Conference breakfast for recognition

$30 WILL SPONSOR A CHILD FOR THE SUMMER FUN PROGRAM

The Hispanic Community Center, located at Grace United Methodist Church, offers a children's summer program in partnership with the "Summer Fun" program of the Peter Kiewit Foundation. Children participate in field trips around the Omaha area, recreational activities, crafts, nature exploration and VBS. We have planned a very busy summer for our children, but they need your help.

If you are able to help please complete the donation card and send it with your check to:
Hispanic Ministries, 2665 Farnam St. #102, Omaha, NE 68131

GREAT PLAINS CONFERENCE WILL RECEIVE DONATIONS FOR UMCOR AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The UMCOR receiving truck will be sent by the closest UMCOR depot, which is Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) at Chatham, Ill., a suburb of Springfield, Ill. The truck will be located at the Great Plains Lincoln Office, 3333 Landmark Circle, on June 10 and 11 to receive your items.

More information will be provided in the Annual Conference registration material regarding how to locate the office and specific hours when your gifts will be received.

Now is the time to organize your UMW, youth groups, local congregation, etc. in gathering or preparing donations to load into the truck. The best way to know how to assemble kits would be to go to www.midwestmissiondc.org and click on ‘Projects' or ‘Kits.' There you can see all the requirements for items.

Items currently needed include treadle sewing machines (MMDC has a repair shop to work on them), cloth diapers (MMDC has a pattern for making them), receiving blankets, hand towels and any of the UMCOR kits listed online -- bedding kits, sewing kits, school kits, birthing kits, cleaning buckets, health kits and more.

NOTE: Individual/bulk items WILL be accepted in addition to complete kits.

If you have questions or need ways to motivate participation in this mission giving, contact Mary Ann Bede at stringbedes@windstream.net or 402-421-8264 or Pastor Alan Gager, conference secretary of global ministries, at agager@greatplainsumc.org.

BENEFIT FOR STRONG TOWER ORPHANAGE

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KENYA MISSION TRIP JUNE 18 - JULY 4, 2015

THEME: WE ARE ONE IN THE LORD - KENYA - AFRICA
To share God's love with the people of Kenya through mission projects, life experiences with a hope of building bridges of friendship and enjoy the gift of life in another culture. Through our encounter we have come to believe what the bibles teaches us we are one in the Lord. We are Brothers and sisters on the way to heaven.


Contact Information:
First United Methodist Church -- Neb. City
1023 1st Avenue
Neb. City NE 68410
Phone: 1-402-873-3821
1-402-873-5115
Mary Stevenson: secretaryfumc@neb.rr.com
Kathy Habben jkhabben@windstrem.net
Pastor Charles: ckmurithi@hotmail.com

2014 Undergraduate & Seminary Scholarships

SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS TO BE ACCEPTED APRIL 1

Beginning April 1, the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation will accept application materials for the seminary scholarships it administers for students planning to pursue careers in the ministry within the Great Plains United Methodist Conference. These scholarships are:

• The Albert R. Murdoch Ministerial Scholarship
• The Alice Kruse Ministerial Scholarship
• The Alice Kruse Seminary Scholarship
• The Alva Clark Seminary Scholarship
• The Baldwin F. & Amy L. Kruse Scholarship
• The Charles and Marilyn Humphrey Seminary Scholarship Fund
• The Cowles United Methodist Church Memorial Scholarship
• The Murdock Ebenezer UMC Professional Church Leader Scholarship
• The Myrtle E. Williams Seminary Scholarship
• The Verl & Sylvia Miller Memorial Scholarship
• The Scahill Family Scholarship

The deadline for application submissions is June 30, except for the Baldwin F. & Amy L. Kruse Scholarship, which is May 31.

In addition to the scholarships listed above, the Foundation administers The Andrew & Nevabelle Howe Scholarship, with the assistance of the Gateway District Superintendent's Office. Preference is given to students from the Gateway District. Subsequent consideration is given to applicants of the other eleven Foundation scholarships that are submitted by the application process. The Foundation will also award The Cal Leeds Scholarship, The Rev. Albert W. Winseman Scholarship Endowment, The Atherton Memorial Scholarship Fund, and The Ben and Martha Simmons Scholarship Fund. An application process will not be required for submission for these scholarships.

For more information and printable application materials, please visit the Foundation's web site at http://www.numf.org/scholarships. As the scholarships have different application criteria, we ask that you please review each set of requirements and contact us if you have any questions.

The Foundation always looks forward to being able to distribute these funds for the benefit of our future and existing clergy. Thank you for helping us bring awareness to these financial opportunities for those pursuing futures in the ministry of our Conference. Please let us know whenever we may be of service to you.