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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MUSIC AND DRAMA CAMP

2017 Music and Drama Camp will be held June 12-15th, from 9:00am -12:00pm.   This camp is for children who are currently in 1st through 5th grade.  During the week the children learn Christian principles through singing, acting in skits, and fellowship.  It is always great fun for all involved!...

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FEAR

Fear feels like a huge, empty pit next to me sometimes. Like the Grand Canyon, it is easy to tumble into Fear and hard to climb out of it. Many of us fear health issues and the insurance problems that are tangled with our health issues. We fear growing old...

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COURAGE

Courage is doing something in spite of your fear. I am afraid of many things, but God gives me the courage to do them anyway. God reminds me that I am capable of coping and helps me imagine doing things without disaster. When I was a child I could not...

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BLESSINGS JARS AND PRAYER BOXES

On New Year’s Day I began choosing a blessing to write on a small slip of paper daily. All the little slips of paper are collected in a big glass jar in my office. This discipline helps me to look for the good God sends instead of feeling overwhelmed about...

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DAILY DEVOTIONALS

I am a devotee of daily devotionals and nab the new “Upper Room” when I spot it here at church. Every morning as I sip my coffee I read from that little book. It comes up in conversations, so I know that others read it too. One of our church...

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Troy UMC Announces New Pastor Appointment

Changes Coming Up! Last week the congregation was informed of the fact that our Sr. Pastor, Rev. Dennis D. Price, will be retiring on July 1, 2017. (More about this on back page).  On Sunday, February 12, 2017, Mr. Tracy Kennett, Chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee here announced that...

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Breakout St. Louis!

This big group of Troy UMC middle school students and adults formed three teams to solve puzzles, crack codes, and follow clues with one simple goal – unravel the mystery scenario to escape the room in 60 minutes or less!  While each student team make great strides toward breaking out...

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