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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. #101
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 Missions and Education
402-964-2740 Email: dkeeney@bigmuddyumc.org

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

SAVE THE DATE.............ALL CHURCHES CHARGE CONFERENCE GATHERING

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

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

The annual Charge Conference is one opportunity for bringing renewed vitality to congregations. As our Great Plains Conference continues to develop great churches, great leaders, and great disciples who transform the world, you are invited to engage a process of prayer, discernment and planning for ministry that can lead your congregation toward that future.

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Pastor Bob Wynn
LOUISVILLE UMC KIDS RAISED MONEY FOR NIGERIA...AND PASTOR WYNN GOT THE PIE!

In the spring I challenged our kids to fill a coffee can with nickels for Nickels for Nigeria. I told them that if they did they could hit me with cream pies. A few Sunday's ago I paid the price. They raised over $135.00 for Nickels for Nigeria and had a good time getting me pie faced.
Bob Wynn
Great Job Kids!

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PLEASE WELCOME TO OUR DISTRICT ........

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

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PRAYER RETREAT TO BE HELD IN LINCOLN, AUGUST 30, 2014

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.

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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.

Dates:
•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.


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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

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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NEW UNITED METHODIST HANDBOOK

The new United Methodist Handbook is now available in an easy-to-read and share digital format.

The Handbook is among the best resources for laity providing leadership, people new to The United Methodist Church and clergy who occasionally get stumped by a question. It includes:
•United Methodist teachings,
•church structure and organization,
•denominational initiatives,
•what it means to be a worldwide church,
•connectional giving information,
•a glossary of United Methodist terms … and much more.