THE MISSOURI RIVER DISTRICT OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 60 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 OFFICES2665 FARNAM STREET SUITE 102
OMAHA, NE 68131
HOURS: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2665 FARNAM ST. #102
OMAHA, NE 68131
UNITED METHODIST MINISTRIESRev. Stephanie Ahlschwede
402-898-9862 X103 Email: email@example.com
Director of Volunteers and Communications
402-898-9862 X104 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator of Volunteers and Communications
402-898-9862 X110 Email: email@example.com
Director of Blue Flamingo Thrift Shop
402-964-2740 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Garden Director
402-898-9862 X105 Email: email@example.com
HELP FOR TORNADO VICTIMS......................Tornadoes have devastated many communities in Oklahoma. Currently there are two ways to help. One is to pray for those dealing with the pain, loss and mental anguish. Another way to help is by putting together relief supplies-relief kits and cleaning buckets.
For specific instructions for preparing these supplies, click here. The UMCOR Relief-Supply Network will help you find where to take or ship these supplies.
If you want to make a donation towards the kits and shipping, the Advance numbers are 531-Material Resource Ministry (901440) and 536-Contain Your Joy (982730), respectively.
You can also help by making online donations to US Disaster Response, Advance #901670 or by calling toll-free 1-800-554-8583. To make an immediate $10 donation text RESPONSE to 80888. Your donations matter. If you would like your contribution to be credited to your church you will want to send them to the Nebraska United Methodist Conference Center, Attn: Disaster Relief 3333 Landmark Circle, Lincoln, NE 68504.
Opportunities will develop for Volunteers in Mission (VIM) to go into the area needing help. The Nebraska Volunteers in Mission Facebook site will post contact information. Charles Spence is the interim VIM coordinator for Nebraska. He is working with the coordinators in Kansas and Oklahoma and will provide updated information.
Spence can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PRE-CONFERENCE BRIEFINGS MATERIALS
Pre-conference briefing materials are available at www.umcneb.org/ac2013. The 2013 pre-conference briefings will be an online experience. There will not be a webcast or any district gatherings. Materials include the Plan of Organization, a video that features highlights from the latest draft of the Plan of Organization for the Great Plains Conference and comments from Great Plains Transition Team members, schedule, lodging information and all of the reports and materials necessary to participate in the annual conference session. Middle School/Youth Annual Conferences and Children's Annual Conference will again be offered.
Print versions of all the materials can be requested by emailing Roxie Delisi at email@example.com or by calling 402-464-5994, ext. 107. They will be printed and mailed for a fee of $25.
Links to online registration forms are available at www.umcneb.org/ac2013
1. Registration links and the 2013 camping brochure are available at www.umcneb.org/Camps.
2. Although Camp Norwesca suffered damage from a wildfire last summer, they are still planning on and gearing up for summer camps!
3. In 2013, all returning campers can get half off of their registration fee when a first time camper signs up AND attends camp. A first time camper can only be claimed once.
4. Every pastor and every UMW in every Nebraska United Methodist church can EACH invite one first time camper to attend any UM camp of their choice at half price. This offer is not valid with any other offer. See the attached "Promise of Hope" certificates. Copy certificates and include with registrations or register online and mail certificate to camp of choice. If you don't have any kids in your church or there aren't any kids in your church who are interested, send family and friends or do outreach in your community. This would be a great way to make connections with a family or two to your church. Or, raise funds and work with your closest camp to offer "camperships."
One of the biggest reasons we hear to keep kids home from camp is that camp is so expensive. Between church, district and conference scholarships, we can get every child to camp at an affordable rate! If you have questions about any of the offers mentioned above, contact your local camp:
Comeca: 75670 Road 417, Cozad, NE 69130; 308-784-2808, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.campcomeca.com
Fontanelle: 9677 County RD 3, Nickerson, NE 68044; 402-478-4296, email@example.com, www.campfontanelle.com
Norwesca: 79 Norwesca RD, Chadron, NE 69337; 308-432-3872, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.norwesca.org
Camp is a life-changing experience for many. It also offers opportunity for leadership development and spiritual growth. Pastors and those working in lay ministries often identify camp as the place they first heard their call from God. Thank you for all you do to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Your partnership towards this end is much appreciated and essential to making our ministries as effective as possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let's give our children and youth every possible opportunity to grow in their faith as a child of God. That is our mandate and a true measure of success in our ministries.
Your Nebraska UM Camp Directors
Trent Meyer, Valerie Rahrs, John Butler, Kathryn Witte
SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS TO BE ACCEPTED APRIL 1Beginning 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 Annual 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 Scahill Family Scholarship
- The Verl & Sylvia Miller Memorial 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/special_programs/scholarships.html. 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.
Please note that the Foundation has a new scholarship application form this year.
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.
- Start the Disciple Bible Study program.
- Have more people trained as Disciple Bible Study facilitators.
- Have current facilitators brush-up on facilitating Disciple Bible Study.
The training will be held at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 15050 W. Maple Road, Omaha, NE.
The training will be led by Director of Vital Faith Formation, Diana Faust, from St. Andrew's UMC. Diana holds a Certification in Christian Education, and has been involved with the Disciple Bible Study program since 1995. She has taken the training offered by Cokesbury and also facilitated classes of Disciple Bible Study as well as trained others to do the same.
The cost of the training is $60 which includes all training materials. Make check payable to St. Andrew's UMC and send to:
St. Andrew's UMC
15050 W. Maple Road
Omaha, NE 68116
Contact Diana for a reduced rate if you already have the materials. Lunch will be on your own. The deadline to register is June 30. If you have any questions, contact Diana at 402-431-8560, ext. 31 or email@example.com.
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!).
IMAGINE NO MALARIA BBQ TOOLKIT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like some for your event.
Everything you need can be found at http://shootfornomalaria.net/resources.
Questions? Contact Trish at email@example.com.
More information to come and check out the event at www.stpaulspapillion.org
Marcia McFee is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been called "refreshing", "inspiring", and "unforgettable". Marcia combines her background and experience in professional companies of music, theater and dance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. She has provided worship design and leadership at numerous international and regional gatherings.
Dr. Marcia McFee Bio:
Dr. Marcia McFee is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been called "refreshing," "inspiring," and "unforgettable." Marcia combines her background and experience in professional companies of music, theater and dance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. Marcia has provided worship design and leadership at numerous international and regional gatherings.
Marcia's passion for helping the church to worship God fully is especially directed toward the education of local congregations. She travels extensively in order to teach regional workshops that are accessible to congregational leaders and worship teams. These one-day workshops are usually hosted by a church, underwritten by district or conference bodies or by registration fees, and open to all churches in a particular area. Participants have commented that these workshops are inspirational as well as practical, no matter the "style" of worship practiced or denomination of the participants. Additionally, Marcia has begun a program of continuing education events in her home town of Lake Tahoe and an online subscription service to Worship Design Studio that offers inspirational and educational help for worship teams featuring a ground-breaking worship design application.
Great Plains Uniting Conference
August 22-24, 2013
The Uniting Conference for the Nebraska, Kansas East and Kansas West annual conferences will be Aug. 22-24, 2013.
Lay and clergy members of the three annual conferences will convene at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas.
Lodging information and a map of the Salina area are available at GreatPlainsUMC.org/uniting. Registration will begin June 17, 2013.
- LODGING INFORMATION
TECH SHOP AND HP LAUNCHES A NEW WEBSITE FOR UNITED METHODIST HARDWARE PURCHASES
United Methodists now can buy discounted computer hardware and peripherals, thanks to a new affiliate website launched by Hewlett-Packard Co. and TechShop, a ministry of United Methodist Commuications. The service, available to United Methodist Church members as well as church organizations, features the entire line of HP computers, laptops, tablets, printers and other equipment at prices 8 to 10% below retail.
You can reach the website at www.hp.com/go/umc. The HP website does not require a registration process to qualify to purchase at TechShop prices.