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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
PHONE: 402-898-9862 EXT. 101
FAX: 402-898-9865



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

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IMA MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WEEKEND 2015

Commemorating the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To Educate, To Celebrate, To Inspire"

FIFTH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TEACH-IN
Presented By IMA and Office of Multicultural Affairs
Where: Creighton University Law School
2133 Cass Street
When: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10a.m.-2p.m.
Continental Breakfast & Registration, Teach-in Program, Break Out Sessions Lunch, Door Prizes and Presentations
For more information and reservations, call Rev. Kenneth Allen @ 402-707-8836 or email: allensat2006@yahoo.com

31 ST ANNUAL IMA MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. UNITY SERVICE featuring the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Choir
GUEST SPEAKER: BISHOP JOHN D. SHEARD.
GREATER EMMANUEL INSTITUTIONAL
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Where: Salem Baptist Church, 3131 Lake Street
When: Sunday, January 18, 2015 6:00 P.M.
Contact Person: Pastor T. Michael Williams - 402-679-3737 email: hisgrace48@msn.com

LAYING OF THE COMMEMORATIVE WREATH
By Omaha Association of Black Professional Firefighters(OABPFF)
Local 385, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)
Where: IMA Martin Luther King, Jr. Cornerstone Memorial Plaza, Northwest Corner of 24th & Lake Streets
When: Monday, January 19, 2015 9:00 A.M.
Refreshments, Fire Safety Program Immediately following.
Contact Person: John Farmer, 402-578-9257

31 ST ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL LUNCHEON Presented by IMA Tickets $40 thru January 5th; $45 after January 5th
Where: The Omaha Hilton Hotel, 10th & Cass Street
When: Monday, January 19, 2015 -11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Contact Persons: Rev. Dr. Stan Rone or Mrs. Mary Wilson, 402-341-4297
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
2401 Lake Street
Omaha, NE 68111




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Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes, Jr., Pasto Emeritus,
St. Luke Community United Methodist Church
Dallas, Texas

Rev. Holmes, Jr. will be the guest speaker at the MLK Memorial Luncheon. The Missouri River District has reserved two tables at the luncheon. If you are planning on attending and would like to be part of our group, please contact Catherine at the District Office. cmcgowan@greatplainsumc.org

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE VOTE ENDS CLERGY HEALTH BENEFITS EFFECTIVE 2015

Bishop Scott Jones has reviewed the tally of the votes cast by clergy and lay members of the Annual Conference. An overwhelming majority approved the use of the mail/email ballot instead of asking for a special session. The vote was also overwhelming to approve the recommendation of the Connecting Council to end the Conference health plan for clergy appointed to local churches and enrolled lay staff. (Remember that employees of the Conference and clergy appointed to our largest church will continue to be covered by their employers.)
The results of the ballot are as follows:
1.Do you approve the use of this mail ballot?

1149 Yes 59 No

2.Do you approve the Connecting Council recommendation to end our Conference health insurance plan to pastors appointed to the local churches and enrolled lay employees of local churches?

1066 Yes 158 No

Thus, there will be no special session of the Annual Conference on Oct. 25. And therefore, the Conference health plan will no longer be in effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

To help clergy and local church leaders in this transition, a resource called "Guidelines and Instructions for Great Plains Clergy Health Insurance" can be found at www.GreatPlainsUMC.org/HealthInsurance. This web page will supply information on how to complete clergy compensation forms as well as all the background leading up to the vote. The Frequently Asked Questions document is updated regularly.

"This has been a difficult and complex decision, but I am proud of our Pensions and Health Benefits Team, the Conference staff, the Cabinet and all of us for the way we have carefully considered our options and taken a clear and timely decision," said Jones.

NOVEMBER 8, 2014 - BRINGING FORTH THE KINGDOM: Addressing Poverty in Our Community

Community advocates will lead a conversation about:
Health of our Community
Economic Stability
Education
The goals are to raise awareness of challenges and opportunities in our community and IDENTIFY concrete action steps people of faith can DO to Bring Forth The Kingdom.
8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. @ Omaha First UMC, 7020 Cass, Omaha, NE
Please register at fumcpovertyforum@fumcomaha.org (no fee)

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GETTING READY FOR ADVENT?

Have you checked out the new church resources offered on umc.org?
And many are FREE with FREE printing to add your local churches address, worship times and much more!

PRESENTATION @ ST. ANDREWS ... NOV 17th @ 8:30 P.M.
YAZIDI'S AND CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ WHO HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY ISIS

On Monday, Nov. 17 from 7 -- 8:30 p.m., you have an opportunity to learn about the Yazidi's and Christians of Iraq who have been displaced by ISIS. St. Andrew's will be hosting guest speaks who are part of the Yazidi community that lives in Lincoln. This will be a very informative and timely presentation. A free-will offering will be collected to help those families who have fled from their homes in Iraq due to religious persecution. Childcare is available. Please fill out the Childcare Request Form on our webpage at www.standrewsomaha.net by Friday, November 14th.

JOB OPENING AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, OMAHA

Yes, it is true. Catherine is retiring in Feb, 2015!

Job Description:
Full-time Administrative Assistant for the Missouri River District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, demonstrate computer skills, especially with microsoft office, be knowledgeable of accounting, and have good relationship and communication skills. A bachelors degree is preferable. Compensation commensurate with experience and skill. Send a resume including references to Dr. Dan Flanagan, 2665 Farnam St. #102, Omaha, Ne 68131 or email drdanflanagan@cox.net by December 15, 2014. -
See more and apply on line at: https://regionalhelpwanted.com/omaha/jobs-administrative-assistant-missouri-river-district-umc-omaha-ne/117277779/#sthash.jZxNmOzU.dpuf

JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE TOUR

January 28 - February 7, 2015
Journey Through The Bible with Bishop Scott Jones and Mary Lou Reece.
$3196.00 from Omaha, Wichita or Kansas City
Your journey includes: Basic Tour & guided sightseeing, roundtrip international airfare, daily buffet breakfast and dinner, deluxe motor coaches, first class hotels and much, much more!

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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.