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Dear Church Family,
The following vision draft is a result of over a year of prayer, training workshops, meetings, e-mail editing, sharing, discussion, and more prayer:
MUMC Draft Vision 6/25/14 A.C.T.S. Luke 10:27
ADORE-Jesus Christ has lit a fire in us, and we will wholeheartedly worship God, knowing that faith without acts is dead.
JESUS SAID, “LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART!”
CONNECT-We will reach out to all people, walking together as the Holy Spirit guides us to do God’s will.
JESUS SAID, “LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR SOUL!”
TRANSFORM-We will become true disciples of Jesus Christ through Intentional faith development; showing compassion like Jesus.
JESUS SAID, “LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND!”
SERVE-We will be true to God and God’s Word, serving God and our neighbors with our time, treasures, and talents.
JESUS SAID, “LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH! AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF!”
We hope to build “a strategic plan” around our mission statement and our vision statement at our Saturday July 12th Strategic Planning Retreat! that will run from 9:00am until 5:00pm in our fellowship hall. Please remember our MISSION is “To Make New Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.” That’s the purpose of all United Methodist Churches in Missouri; that’s what needs to drive us! Our vision statement is a picture of how we will strive to make disciples. Please plan on coming to the STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT on Saturday, July 12th.
It’s crucially important that we come together and intentionally plan to do what God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit told us to do in Jesus’ last words while on earth as recorded in the Matthew’s Gospel chapter 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Doug is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and currently the pastor of Marceline UMC. He has been a pastor for 15 years previously serving Trinity in Mountain Grove; Open Hearts Church and Wesley-Smith Chapel in Wright City, St. Mark in Florissant, and The Village Church of St. Louis.
Prior to attending seminary, he was a teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant School District for 18 years, 12 years in a 5th/6th grade classroom and 6 years at the district’s nature area. He worked for two years with St. Louis County’s Parks and Recreation Department’s award winning Wayfaring Program as an outdoor adventure educator. He holds an associate degree in liberal arts from St. Louis Community College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri University-Columbia, and a master’s of divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
Doug has been on one or two short-term Volunteers In Mission Teams every year since 1994 in the United States, and also to Mozambique, Kenya, Haiti, Turkey, and Mexico. His volunteer activities included serving on the Missouri Conference of the UMC Mozambique Initiative Committee, and is currently on the Mark Twain District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and Conference Social Justice Team. In Marceline Pastor Doug is already a part of the Ministerial Alliance, the Rotary Club, a Unit Commissioner for the Boy Scouts, and Chaplain for Serve Link Hospice program.
At his previous appointment he was part of the Mountain Grove Ministerial Alliance, Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Wright County Resource Team, board of directors of Ozark Action, Inc., the board of directors of Kid Fest: Coming Together In Love, the Lions Club, and was one of the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) at Mountain Grove Elementary School.
Pastor Doug lives with his wife of 30 years, Hope, in the church’s parsonage at 105 W. Huntoon; with their dogs Pete and Derby; and their cats Sophie and Phoebe. Their son, Jacob, attends Missouri State University in Springfield and their daughter, Sarah, graduated from Missouri University-Columbia last year and works for Macy’s in their executive training program in Chicago. Doug’s mother, Norma Kraus, lives in Chesterfield, MO near Doug’s brother, Daniel Kraus and his family. Hope’s father Irving Heritage lives in Wright City, MO with Hope’s sister Liz and our niece, Emily.