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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The Story Behind The Doxology

The story behind “The Doxology.” taken from Robert Morgan’s “Then Sings My Soul”, 150 of the Greatest Hymn Stories.” “Before Charles Wesley or Isaac Watts, there was Thomas Ken who has been called “England’s first hymnist.”    He was enrolled as a youth in Winchester College, and after being ordained...

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Students MLK Serving Trip 2017

Martin Luther King Day Observance – 2017 Students from Troy UMC will impact the lives of 700 people through just one day of volunteering at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL.  Together this group of seven assembled 700 personal dignity kits (PDK) – enough to fill 35 boxes! ...

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Give Your Family Your ALL!

Did you know that Fred Rogers (of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” fame) was an ordained Presbyterian minister? I have a book of his quotes and chose one as an opening prayer Sunday: “There’s something unique about being a member of a family that really needs you in order to function well....

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Register for Club Serve Volleyball

Club Serve Volleyball Spring 2017 Volleyball Training, Team Building, Conditioning, Service Projects 3rd-4th graders: 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2 from 6-7:30 p.m.* 5th-6th graders: 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 from 6-7:30 p.m.* Cost: $35 includes all five sessions, a t-shirt, and a medal Questions? Contact Coach Court at clubservetroyumc@gmail.com or...

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NOTES AND QUOTES, EMILY OTTWEIN

Congratulations Director Mark Nelson, and cast and crew of “The Gift of the Magi.” This timeless classic story about giving from the heart was so beautifully portrayed. Your generous giving of time and talent is very much appreciated by all who had experienced it. CHOIRS and BELLS: Rehearsals will resume...

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TRADITIONS

We will serve biscuits and gravy at the church on Sunday; that is a new New Year’s tradition to me. Many families (including Dave Roderick’s) observe the southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas. The family of our staff members Sharie Meyer and Courtney Bettis starts off the year by eating...

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ADVENT

On Sunday I started the daily readings in Dale Clem’s A Calendar of Devotions- Advent 2016. It’s not too late for you to get started. We have plenty of booklets. So far the author has been doing some interesting musing about walking around in the dark. Where he lives he...

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From The Pastor’s Desk

I always look forward to our Christmas Candlelight Services. Over the years we have put a lot of energy into inviting and welcoming people to the services. Several very active members of our church first attended a Christmas Eve service. I still remember meeting them and where we were standing...

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