Christmas with Dave Para, Cathy Barton, and Friends
Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas with Dave Para, Cathy Barton, and Friends

The Village of Arrow Rock is hosting nationally celebrated Missouri Folk Artists Dave Para and Cathy Barton at their annual Christmas Folk Sing on Sunday, December 3rd. Dave and Cathy have performed in Arrow Rock every year since 1976. The program, called Christmas with Dave Para, Cathy Barton, and Friends, features traditional folk Christmas songs, poems and readings about Christmas with lots of audience participation. The doors open at 3:30 with the concert beginning at 4:00. The concert is open to the public free of charge. The program is sponsored by the Arrow Rock Federated Church in conjunction with the Village of Arrow Rock.

It will be held at the Federated Church in Arrow Rock, located one block left of Main Street at the corner of Fifth and High. Read more>

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Men's Special Gathering for Resource & Response
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Men's Special Gathering for Resource & Response

Sacred Conversations on Sexuality: Unmasking the WHY in the Headlines
Toward a Healthy & Whole Masculinity

Everyday, it seems a new disturbing high-profile revelation ranging from sexual misconduct to crime is revealed.  The airways are filled with much opinion and commentary for retribution but little is said with regard to helping men in the church come together and dialog for greater understanding of their sexuality, power, and deep faith perspectives on our ways of loving God, better loving ourselves and engaging in mutually healthy relationships.  This gathering will be the first in my special such opportunities.  As we are specifically providing a safe space for men to share first-hand and personal perspectives, we are limiting this initially to men only.  All men are welcome.

The Program has been provided by Mid-America Men: A Transformational Ministry for Disciples Men and, thanks to mission contributions, is at no cost to those in attendance.  Participants will be asked to bring $10 for lunch.  Reservations are necessary for a proper count so please contact Paul Koch at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net or at 636-221-7065.  He will be happy to explain more of what to expect at the gathering.

Sacred Conversations are facilitated by Rev. Dr. Paul Koch, Regional Minister Team, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America and Mid-America Men Coordinator; Dr. Belden Lane, Professor of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University; and Bill Priesmeyer, Illuman-Missouri/Southern Illinois.

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Mid-America High School Winter Retreat
Jan
13
to Jan 15

Mid-America High School Winter Retreat

Senior High youth, please plan to join us for this retreat over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. We will have tons of fun as we sing/worship/eat/play/chill together and explore social justice and how it intersects with faith. 

  • January 13-15, 2018
  • 9-12 graders
  • Jo-Ota Retreat Center - Clarence, MO (10 miles east of Macon)
  • registration due by January 5
  • $99

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People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico
Apr
17
to Apr 26

People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico

You are invited to take part in the Mid-America Regional People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico April 17 – 26, 2018. The Pilgrimage is sponsored by CCMA and Global Ministries. Our CCMA Mission Co-worker Partner, Elena Huegel, and the Intituto de Estudios e Investigacion Intercultural will be our hosts. The pilgrimage is open to nine adults (age 18 or older) from across CCMA. Dr. Larry Colvin, Regional Minister Team member will serve as regional group leader.

This area of Mexico was struck with an earthquake on September 7, 2017. Please consider making a donation to "Roots in the Ruins" as they recover. Our Disciples Women have committed to supporting this effort and we hope you will, too!

Learn more about this opportunity
Tentative itinerary
Registration form - registrations due by November 1, 2017 (form will download in Word)
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MBCC Hike Against Hunger
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

MBCC Hike Against Hunger

This will be the 44th annual Hike Against Hunger sponsored by Memorial Boulevard Christian Church.

Details will be posted as they become available. Last year's event had a goal of $12,000 raised. The first $10,000 was for West Timor to "improve the food security through aflatoxins prevention actions." Receiving $1,000 each were MBCC's Food Bank and Emergency Assistance program and the Week of Compassion Endowment Fund.

Traditionally the 20 KM hike features breakfast after 10 KM and lunch at the end. Hikers are welcome to walk as little or as much as they want to as drivers will pick people up along the route as needed. 

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DoC/UCC Youth Event
Jun
19
to Jun 22

DoC/UCC Youth Event

  • Grinnell College - Grinnell, Iowa (map)
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This is a multi-state event with our partners in the United Church of Christ, and our Regional Minister Rev. Dr. Paul Koch is on the planning team. It is for youth completing grade 6-12. The keynote team is the Convergence Music Project featuring Andra Moran and Christopher Grundy. Find more information on the event website.

We will be coordinating bus transportation to this event.

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Shane Claiborne Speaks Against Death Penalty
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Shane Claiborne Speaks Against Death Penalty

  • Brentwood Christian Church - Springfield (map)
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Author and advocate Shane Claiborne comes to Springfield to talk about his book EXECUTING GRACE: HOW THE DEATH PENALTY KILLED JESUS AND WHY IT’S KILLING US.

Once a supporter of the death penalty, Shane looked deep into issues of justice, retribution, and redemption and came to believe in abolition.

All are welcome to this FREE event.

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Middle School Retreat
Nov
17
to Nov 18

Middle School Retreat

This event is brought to us by our ministry partners in the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. Our own Rev. Dr. Paul Koch serves as an ecumenical outdoor ministries representative on the event's planning team.

It is for those in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The theme is Emotional Rollercoaster and The Emoji Movie and Inside Out will be part of the curriculum. $65.

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Retirement Celebration for Rev. Dr. G. Mike Weinman
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

Retirement Celebration for Rev. Dr. G. Mike Weinman

  • Central Christian Church - Springfield (map)
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Rev. Dr. G. Mike Weinman began serving Mid-America as the Ozark Lakes Area Minister on January 1, 2003. Having served these last 15 years, Mike is now planning to retire as our Regional Minister Team member in the Southwest effective December 31st. 

We are grateful for his many contributions to the Region and wish him all the best in his retirement! All are invited and encouraged to come celebrate his ministry with us. There will be a brief worship service in the sanctuary at 3, and then we will move to the fellowship hall for a reception. No gifts please, but cards are welcome!

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National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering
Nov
8
to Nov 10

National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering

What does it mean to live as a follower of Jesus today?

Through powerful speakers, seminars, and presentations we will find inspiration to come together as people who are called to bind up wounds, fight injustice, and protect the poor and vulnerable.

Resilience:  How do we grow, adapt, and thrive when we get discouraged?Resistance: What does it mean to “stand in the way?”
Persistence: Where do we go to find the strength to remain engaged?

Our 2017 Christian Unity Gathering will examine all these questions through our theme, “Resilience, Resistance, and Persistence.” Come and be inspired and equipped for the long journey ahead! Learn more.

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Developing a Spiritual Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Developing a Spiritual Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence

  • First Christian Church - Cameron (map)
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This event is brought to us by the NW Commissioning Ministry Team.  Clergy can receive up to 5 hours of CEUs depending on their level of participation.  Terry Robison, member of the NW Commissioning Ministry Team has been working in partnership with the Maryville Children and Family Center for the past six months to provide this opportunity.  The goal of the training is to encourage local community partnerships to be created to work together to create a spiritual and healing response to domestic and sexual violence. 

This event is being presented by the NW Commissioning Ministry Team in response to requests for CEU events that are accessible to clergy in the NW part of the state.   The workshop facilitator is Meghann Kosman, a Court/Victim Advocate at the Maryville Children and Family Center.  The event is open to clergy with the recommendation for teams that include pastors, laity, and community members.   Registrations are due by Friday, October 27. The registration fee is $10.00 to cover the cost of lunch and snacks and will be collected the morning of the training event.  For event details and registration information, see the event flyer.

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Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit Training
Nov
4
8:30 AM08:30

Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit Training

  • Compton Heights Christian Church - STL (map)
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This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning the tools and process we suggest to churches that are considering an Open &Affirming process, or even churches that are interested in opening up welcome, even if Open &Affirming isn't yet a conversation in that congregation. -Mark Johnston of Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, presenter

Using the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit, this workshop will provide the tools that empower congregations to create a grace filled, respectful process towards becoming Open & Affirming, a process uniquely designed for each congregation’s specific needs.

$30 registration fee includes lunch. See event flyer for more information.

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Disciples Women Fall Retreat
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Disciples Women Fall Retreat

  • First Christian Church - Bonne Terre (map)
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The Southeast Gateway women will be hosting this Regional event. The beginning and ending times have been finalized. See the flyer for more information including the schedule, registration form, and directions.

The theme this year is "All Things Are Possible." The featured speaker will be Betty Quicksall who participated in the 2016 Global Ministries Woman to Woman Pilgrimage to South Africa and Ghana.

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9th Annual Fair Trade Bazaar & Harvest Lunch
Nov
3
to Nov 4

9th Annual Fair Trade Bazaar & Harvest Lunch

  • Community Christian Church - Camdenton (map)
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The Lake Community is invited to enjoy an expanded international shopping experience (9 am to 2 pm) and a delicious harvest lunch (11 am to 1 pm) on Friday, Nov. 3.  SHOPPING will continue again on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 am until noon.  FAIR TRADE items being offered for sale are made by WOMEN in 3rd world countries struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children by breaking cycles of poverty and exploitation; providing along the way fewer opportunities for Human Trafficking.  Fair Trade labeling is similar to the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” in that standards have been implemented regarding working conditions, wages, child labor, and the environment in the developing countries these products represent.  The Fair Trade label carries a message to us as consumers that we are purchasing products that are produced in a socially just way.

Lake area shoppers will appreciate the international market experience this Fair Trade Bazaar brings to our community.  Just in time for Christmas Shopping, these beautiful, unusual products include house wares, baskets, toys, cards, clothing, scarves, musical instruments, jewelry, candy, coffees and much more.

The HARVEST LUNCH which includes homemade soups, salad buffet, dessert and beverage is only $8 for adults and $5 for children.  Call ahead for carry-out lunches at 573-346-5546.

The event is hosted by the women of Community Christian Church in the Family Life Center at 1064 North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.  All proceeds go to support 20 local and global mission projects. See event flyer.

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Regional Gathering - Clergy & Laity Day with Festival of Sharing
Oct
21
8:00 AM08:00

Regional Gathering - Clergy & Laity Day with Festival of Sharing

We begin today at the Festival of Sharing taking part in hands-on mission opportunities, hearing a speaker from Heifer International, and visiting displays.

After lunch at the Festival or elsewhere in Sedalia, we'll meet at 1:30 at First Christian Church (200 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301) for desserts, discussion groups, and closing worship. Cost for this portion of the event is $10, but is free to all clergy who attended one of yesterday's sessions.

The closing worship at 2:30 will be live streamed via the FCC website - join us!

Find more information, including lodging, on the event flyer.
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Regional Gathering - Clergy Day
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Regional Gathering - Clergy Day

This Regional Gathering has been planned to work in conjunction with Festival of Sharing.

The clergy day (Friday) will start with a training session from 1 to 4. Ministers have their choice of two different topics for this session. The first is a Boundary Training (Ministerial Ethics) designed as a second level for those who have had boundary training before. The cost of this session is $30. Registration is due by 8am on October 16th. The other is an Introduction to MissionInsite: Knowing Your Church's Mission Field and Growth Potential. This session is an overview of the demographics program that the Region has made available to all congregations. The cost of this session is $10.

At 4:00 we'll convene for "We are the Mid-America Region...The Good, The Bad, and The Holy." Participants will learn more about what's happening in our Region and meet the two new "settled" Regional Minister Team members.

The day qualifies as five hours of continuing education towards the annual 15 hour requirement.

Find more information, including lodging, on the event flyer.
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Disciples Seminarians Conference
Oct
19
to Oct 22

Disciples Seminarians Conference

Registration is now open for this year's Seminarians Conference. The gathering will take place in Indianapolis, IN beginning on Thursday October 19, 2017 and ending on Sunday October 22, 2017. This is a great opportunity for Disciples seminarians to learn about various aspects of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including information about general ministries, opportunities and programs available for ministers, and additional resources. The Seminarians Conference is also a wonderful opportunity to meet, network, and fellowship with other current Disciples seminarians.

The cost of registration is only $75.00; however, deferred payment is available. Find all the information here.

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Revealing A Future Vision from the Past
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Revealing A Future Vision from the Past

  • First Christian Church - Boonville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. M. Eugene Boring, one of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s most respected New Testament Biblical Scholars will be presenting three lectures at the Boonville First Christian Church on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  This one-day event explores the theme "Revealing A Future Vision from the Past" and is the inaugural event for the newly established Boonville First Christian Church Izola Jones Annual Lectureship Fund.  Because of this fund, the event is open to the public free of charge.   

For more information on Dr. Boring's presentations and how to register click here. Find a printable bulletin insert here.

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ATiiM Annual Conference
Oct
4
to Oct 5

ATiiM Annual Conference

  • Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center (map)
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The Association of Trained Intentional Interim Ministers Annual Conference will be October 4-5 at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center.  The theme: Bringing Justice: Immigration and Civil Rights will feature two speakers - Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles, Professor of Theology at Eden Seminary and Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, Acting Executive of UCC Justice & Witness Ministries and Senior Pastor of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, MO.  Both have broad experience in bringing people together in response of faith to issues such as immigration and civil rights, as well as sensitivity to those who struggle with the biblical command to bring God's justice.  Both were likewise identified as for their response in faith to the crisis in Ferguson, MO.

Registration and payment can be made by mail and online at www.cciwdisciples.org and at www.ilucc.org.  Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested in this special event.

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Reconciliation Special Offering
Oct
1
8:00 AM08:00

Reconciliation Special Offering

The Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission imperative to become an pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizingexperiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue. Our efforts to promote healing, relationship and restoration in the whole family of God are enlivened by funds from this offering. Through it we are able to provide programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships within the Church and our communities. Learn more here.

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Injustice Anywhere Update
Sep
27
2:00 PM14:00

Injustice Anywhere Update

  • Centennial Christian Church - St. Louis (map)
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Mid-America Disciples Clergy and Congregations Event
Injustice Anywhere Update
Special Guests: GMP Rev. Terri Hord-Owens Minister of Reconciliation Rev. April Johnson

Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM
5PM Dinner & Fellowship
6PM Protect Action Participation (Optional)

Description: Gather with Disciples leaders and local protest clergy to hear about what’s been happening in St. Louis since the verdict in the Stockley case and to process our public witness, and to equip clergy and congregations for action.

Agenda:
- Updates from STL Racial Justice Group
- Hear from GMP and Reconciliation Minister
- Question & Answer Session
- Connect and process with other Disciples
- Direct Action Training

Register online now!  or contact the Southeast Gateway office to register (314) 918-2515.

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Reconciliation Special Offering
Sep
24
8:00 AM08:00

Reconciliation Special Offering

The Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission imperative to become an pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizingexperiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue. Our efforts to promote healing, relationship and restoration in the whole family of God are enlivened by funds from this offering. Through it we are able to provide programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships within the Church and our communities. Learn more here.

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Charting Our Course: Restorative Justice in Missouri
Sep
22
8:30 AM08:30

Charting Our Course: Restorative Justice in Missouri

  • Missouri State University - Plaster Student Union (map)
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On September 22nd at the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, join justice practitioners, victim service advocates, school administrators, teachers, school counselors, academics, social workers, human service professionals, social justice advocates, and others to network and learn about restorative practices in Missouri. Conference tracks include community, school/education, and justice system.

The keynote speaker is Stephanie Frogge and our own Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church will lead one of the breakout sessions. Learn more and register.

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