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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We are striving to be an A.C.T.S. 2 Church!! Adoring God, Connecting People, Transforming in Christ, and Serving God and God’s people by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our teams have been meeting as we set goals for our church to reach out in our community to fulfill our mission, “To Make New Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World!”
In Mark 12:29-31 Jesus answered the question from a scribe, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus said, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
We have formed our vision and our teams around the commands of Jesus. Please pray for our church and our teams; A.dore Team-led by Jane Frandson, our C.onnect Team-led by Andrea Vandeloecht, our T.ransform Team-led by Julie Tarpening, and our S.erve Team-led by Eleanor Ravens.
As you pray for each of our teams also pray to God to lead you to your ministry within our vision. Our Vision Keepers (formerly our church council) is hoping and praying that each person in our church will join the A.C.T.S. Team that God leads them to join.
When the disciples were all together in one place and in one accord that’s when God sent God’s Holy Spirit to the world and birthed the Church of Jesus Christ (See Acts of The Apostles chapter 2). WE at Marceline United Methodist Church have a chance to open up to that same HOLY SPIRIT and do what Jesus told us to do with his last Words in Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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.