SUNFLOWER PROGRESS

On Easter Sunday everyone who came to church was offered a little packet of sunflower seeds. The seeds are resurrection symbols: they look small and dead but when planted will grow into 9-12 foot plants with blooms up to 1 foot across. Pastor Dennis chose the verse from John (12:24)

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“My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”

This hymn was written by Samuel Smith  while he was a student at Andover Seminary in Boston in 1831.  Because of his fluency in German, he had been asked to translate some German songs and materials into English.  As he sat in his room on a cold February afternoon, he

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I WAS A STRANGER, AND SHE INVITED ME IN

One of my favorite Bible passages is Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.” A friend of mine followed Matthew’s words but would have read:

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Quest Camp FAQ’s

Hello! Quest Camp is coming up very soon and I don’t want anyone to miss out!  June 4-6 Troy UMC Children’s Ministry will be teaming up with Harvest and heading to Lake Sallateeska! There will be bonfires, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and worship.  Our departure time on Sunday, June 4th is

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LISTS

I love lists. They help me gather my thoughts and focus on what to do next. I like to write them in the order the tasks should be done. I like to group “like” things together on the list. Lists gladden my heart. As a teacher, I learned that not

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More Transition Information

When we sent out a letter a few weeks ago announcing my retirement in July, I indicated that Bishop Frank Beard had given us permission for a transition period to be negotiated where I will be on staff in some capacity here until October 1, 2017. The Staff-Parish Committee and

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Two Special Student Events!

Seventeen girls from Troy UMC and Worden UMC enjoyed the Super Hero themed Beautiful U Girls Conference hosted last Saturday, 22 April, by Harvest Ministry.  Students were inspired and encouraged with messages from Sue Busler, Luann Warren, and Elizabeth Grant.  Girls participated in a variety of workshop including greeting card

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Easter Service Thank You!

A huge “thank you” to all of the talented and faithful singers, instrumentalists, and tech team members who made the music on Easter such a celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.  It takes so many tireless volunteers to create the worship music art, and each and every one of you are so

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RECEIVING AND GIVING BLESSINGS

I often remind myself that “things work both ways”- When I took karate lessons with my kids 20 years ago, it was difficult for me to learn to kick/punch left-handed as well as right-handed. I try to remember that to have a good friend I must be a good friend.

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Arise, My Soul, Arise

The Chancel Choir is singing a wonderful anthem for Easter entitled “Arise, My Soul, Arise.”  The text is by Charles Wesley, and is set to a different melody than the original hymn.  The hymn version is not in our Methodist hymnal, and before finding this anthem I was unaware of

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SERENDIPITY

The Cambridge English dictionary defines serendipity as “The fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance.”  Learning interesting and valuable things is something I love about being Director of Lay Ministry at our church, but I’m not finding them by chance.  God sends information in a lot of ways-

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Upcoming Concert

The Edwardsville High School Chamber Singers will present a concert of choral music in the sanctuary on May 7th at 2:00pm.   This group, under the direction of Emily Ottwein, is selected based on their voice quality and musicianship and work together daily.  This concert will be a concert of

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Welcome new pianist!

Please welcome Nick Guetterman to Troy UMC.  Nick has joined the staff as interim pianist.  Nick is currently a senior at Edwardsville High School and plans to go to DePaul University to study piano performance in the fall.  He is a wonderful pianist and we are happy to have him

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