• Highland Community Chorus Concert at Troy UMC!

    The Highland Community Chorus will present the memorial concert, “Look to the Heavens” this Saturday March 11th at 7:30 pm at Troy UMC. Director Luanne Murphy explains the concept behind this concert: “In times of uncertainty, stress and loss, we look to the heavens for comfort. Through the gift of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Junior Worship Band Schedule For The Spring

    The Jr. Band Practices on Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in the Upper Family Life Center.  ­­ Leading Worship Dates: Sunday, March 5 – Ministry Trip to Rockbridge, IL Leave on the church bus at 2:00 pm, home at 8:30 pm. Sunday, March 12 – Special Music at the 9:00 and 10:35...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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! ...

  • 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....