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We serve the eastern area of Nebraska along the Missouri River from Blair, NE., south to the Nebraska, Kansas border.


OMAHA, NE 68131

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

Dr. Dan Flanagan

2665 FARNAM ST. #101
OMAHA, NE 68131


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 Missions and Education
402-964-2740 Email: dkeeney@bigmuddyumc.org

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


When: Sun 10/19/2014 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Where: Omaha St Andrew's, 15050 W Maple, Omaha, NE

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version


Dear friends,

All too often for people in poverty, hope is fleeting and the future is uncertain and scary. Last week at United Methodist Ministries, we were blessed to be a part of one woman's journey from homelessness into hope.

This woman, whom I will call Jackie, was on her first mission experience with us. She is recovering from substance abuse and transitioned out of a homeless shelter into an apartment only in the last couple of months. She has been attending her local United Methodist Church, but is not a member. Her local church has provided support and hospitality to her and her children. She has found hope and community there.

During her time in Omaha, Jackie was touched by the opportunity to give back to those in need by serving in a food pantry. She has received groceries from food pantries in the past and was able to relate to those she was serving in Omaha in a very personal way.

While she was with us, Jackie asked if she could be baptized. United Methodist Ministries Director of Communications, Jaimee Trobough, arranged for Jackie to be baptized at Hanscom Park United Methodist Church the next day. Her mission team, including her eight-year-old son, gathered around her in the dimly lit sanctuary, as Rev. Zach Anderson poured the water and Jackie made her commitment to follow Christ. It was a holy and powerful moment; Jackie cried upon her baptism.

The work we do at United Methodist Ministries truly has the power to transform lives. We are grateful and humbled to be able to be a part of it, and we invite you to join us in this work.

God's Blessings,
Nathan Morgan
Executive Director


Pastor Andrew Moyer
Serving Ashland and Cedar Hills UMC

Rev. John Hogue
Serving Falls City First and Rulo Trinity UMC

Rev. Dean Joy
Serving Humboldt and Table Rock UMC

Pastor Sam Fisher
Serving Omaha Olive Crest UMC

Rev. Angela Washington
Serving Omaha TRI-Community UMC

Rev. Galen Wray
Serving Springfield First UMC

Rev. Larry Adams
Serving Weeping Water and Nehawka UMC


New Hope UMC in Lincoln, Neb., to host prayer retreat Come Away -- to Pray. All are welcome to attend the retreat to be held on Aug. 30, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Worship (Warren UMC) campus at 1205 N 45th St., in Lincoln, Neb. Cost is $5. Sally Ruggia-Haden, pastor at New Hope UMC, will lead the retreat. This is an opportunity to enrich your spiritual life with some early and new prayer practices. To register, call 402-466-5238 or 402-467-6351. Please bring a sack lunch or place an order with Jimmy John's. Pray always -- pray all ways.

Director of children's and youth ministries needed in Omaha

St. Luke UMC in Omaha, Neb., is searching for a full-time director of children's and youth ministries. St. Luke UMC is moderate in its theology with a well-established presence in Omaha. The birth to graduation team (leadership of the children's and youth ministries) has been working for over a year to create infrastructure and bring sustainability to an already strong program. This group of dedicated volunteers will partner with the new staff member to achieve the goals and vision for both ministries.

The director of children's and youth ministries will be responsible for welcoming children and youth into a community that encourages and develops discipleship, worship, mission and outreach while serving as the spiritual leader and role model, implementing the mission and vision of St. Luke UMC's children and youth ministry program. The position will directly supervise and equip the children's and youth ministries' support staff and volunteers.

Qualified candidates should have a bachelor's degree in education or youth ministry (or comparable field). This is preferred but the search team will consider other experience; Christian education training is a plus. Those interested in applying should also have three or more years of experience leading a children and youth program in an education setting or in church ministry.

Please send a cover letter and resume to sherrie@stlukeumc.com.

Dr. Alyce McKenzie
Great Preaching for the Great Plains

This five-session studio features Dr. Alyce McKenzie, LeVan Professor of Preaching and Worship, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology; and Dr. Richard F. Ward, Fred B. Craddock Professor of Preaching and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary, as the faculty for the second year of the the Great Preaching Studio.

There will be three, two-day teaching retreats in Wichita, Kan. These retreats begin at 1 p.m., on Monday and end at 3 p.m., on Tuesday and will be held at Collage Hill UMC, 2930 E. 1st St. N., Wichita, KS. The remaining two sessions will be gatherings of a small group of participants and one facilitator. These groupings will be geographically determined. Facilitators will be recruited from those who participated in the first studio. The studio is limited to 50 participants. The cost to participate is $100, which covers the cost of motels and meals for all five sessions. The purchase of required books is the responsibility of the participant.

Christ-centered excellence in preaching and worship is one of the missional priorities of the Great Plains Conference. The Rev. Nancy Lambert, director of Clergy Excellence, says, "Preaching is one of the most visible skills of a clergyperson. Each of us can improve our preaching no matter how many sermons we have already delivered." This studio is an opportunity to develop new practices that lead to more effective preaching.

The studio is made possible by a generous donor gift. This second cohort follows one held in 2013.

•September 8-9, 2014
Plenary session with Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Ward in Wichita, Kan.
"What Not to Say!" Telling the Story"

•October 13-14, 2014
Local sessions in geographical groups
"Say Something Significant, Demand Something Substantive: Preaching Sermons with a What, a So What and a Now What"

•November 17-18, 2014
Plenary session with Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Ward in Wichita, Kan.
"Nurturing Creativity in the Preaching Life and the Creative Sermon"

•January 12-13, 2015
Local sessions in geographical groups
"Crafting Memorable, Moving Sermons"

•February 16-17, 2015
Plenary session with Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Ward in Wichita, Kan.
"Honing Skills as Communicators"

It is expected that each participant will complete all reading assignments and incorporate insights into sermons that are recorded and made available to the professors and facilitators. Download flier with list of required reading.

Please note that there are seven books on the required book list. If you ordered your books from Cokesbury at the Great Plains Annual Conference Session, one has been added since.

Contact the Rev. Nancy Lambert, director of clergy excellence, for more information at nlambert@greatplainsumc.org. Motel reservations will be made for you at double occupancy. If you prefer a private room, you will be changed the difference.


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
Mary Stevenson: secretaryfumc@neb.rr.com
Kathy Habben jkhabben@windstrem.net
Pastor Charles: ckmurithi@hotmail.com

Orders & Fellowship Meeting - January 21-22, 2015

Orders and Fellowship gathering for clergy will be held January 21-22, 2015, at St. Mark's UMC in Lincoln, Neb.

Our featured speakers are Rev. Jay Hansen and Anne Bosarge. They come to us from The Chapel, a United Methodist congregation in Brunswick, Ga.

They do not have names that you would recognize from their latest book or having been speakers at a continuing education event you attended because they have not done either of these.

What they have done is develop a discipling and leadership program for their congregation, with Jay as the senior pastor and Anne as the Director of Discipleship. The discipleship program begins intentionally with children in the fourth grade.

We have asked them to share with us how they developed this program and implemented it congregation-wide to give us inspiration for developing spirit-led leaders in the local churches of the Great Plains.


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