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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TABLE GRACES

I am thankful that I grew up in a family that said grace before eating our daily supper, and I tried to do that with my own children too. Our prayer was helpful if you have non-Christians sharing your meal: From all that dwells below the skies let words of love

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Winter Jam Recap

Twenty three students and four adults from Troy UMC and Worden UMC were in the packed Scottrade Center in St. Louis last Saturday night to enjoy Winter Jam – Christian music’s largest tour!  The crowd was as diverse as the music genres – pop, rock, hip hop, heavy, and country. 

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SHOPPING AND DATING

In yesterday’s sermon (the first in the Belong series), Pastor Dennis mentioned that he does not believe visitors who tell him they are “church shopping”. I think he meant that visitors have a vision of what they seek; if they can share that with us we may be able to

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PRAY THIS WEEK FOR THE CHURCH

Commission On The Way Forward Begins Meeting Today in Atlanta.  The Commission On A Way Forward holds its first in person meeting today-Thursday in Atlanta.  Commission members include our own Pat Miller and Tom Lambrecht of Good News. Our Illinois Great Rivers Conference is called to pray this week, based

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PRAYING OUT LOUD

One of the many things I love about being Director of Lay Ministry at our church is that I have so many opportunities to grow and learn.  Praying out loud is something I need to learn and practice more; as do many of you, I tremble when asked to pray

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2016 Giving Facts

Thank you for your faithful giving to the ministry of the Troy United Methodist Church during 2016. I have just received the final financial reports.  I thought I would use this space to give you some financial updates. Here are some facts about giving in 2016: 2016 Ministry Budget:  $665,606

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