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Dear Church Family,
Easter is almost here!! Palm/Passion Sunday is on April 13th, a schedule for Holy Week Worship Services can be found inside. At MUMC we will celebrate Maundy Thursday at 7:00pm on april 17th and we will host the Community Good Friday Worship at 6:00pm on April 18th. Our Sunrise Worship will be at Sunrise at the Disney Park amphitheater followed by an Easter Breakfast and Our Easter Sunday Worship at 10:10am.
We have entered into “A Month of Praying for God’s Vision for Our Church.” On Saturday April 12th from 9:00am until 12:30 pm. Rev. Rod Kelly will lead us in a “Day of Visioning.” (See inside for the difference between a mission statement and a vision statement.) PLEASE PRAY FOR GOD’S VISION FOR OUR CHURCH and this DAY OF VISIONING!! During this workshop led byRev. Kelly, THE CONGREGATION will discern whether our current vision statement needs to be modified; or if this is God’s vision for the preferred future that states the unique method that our church can live our mission:
“To Make New Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.” EVERYONE IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT DAY IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH!!
JESUS MUST BE LIFTED UP! If we are to grow in depth of our faith and in making disciples, JESUS MUST BE LIFTED UP!
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.