• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Welcome the 2017 Confirmation Class!

    On Palm Sunday, April 9th, one student was baptized, nine students confirmed their faith in Jesus Christ, and the 2017 Confirmation Class was received into membership to The United Methodist Church!  The students promised, and members of the congregation reaffirmed their Christian faith and commitments, to faithfully participate in the...

  • 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...

  • 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-...

  • Spring Cleaning

    SPRING CLEANING! Troy UMC middle school students reported to Betty Cothran, Ministries Unlimited food pantry Coordinator, last Saturday morning for Spring cleaning.  The group worked together to sweep and mop floors, clean insides of refrigerators and freezers, cleaned windows, and dusted the office area and cleaned shelves in the customer...

  • 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...

  • MUSIC

    Here’s an inspiring quote for all connected to music:

  • 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...

  • 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!...

  • 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...

  • 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...