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  • Church of the Open Door Scholarship — Applications are being accepted!
    In 2013, the congregation of Church of the Open Door, United Church of Christ in Webster Groves, Missouri agreed that the proceeds from the sale of the church property go to the Missouri Mid-South Conference United Church of Christ to be invested with some earnings to benefit theological education in the form of a scholarship for a seminary student from the MMS Conference. The funds for this scholarship will be disbursed in accordance with the policies and practices of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. The number of scholarships and the amount of each scholarship may vary for year to year. The MMS Conference Executive Committee will review the scholarship applications and select the scholarship recipients. The names of those selected will be provided in the conference newsletter or e-Courier. The selected recipients will be notified of their selection and the amount of the scholarship awarded to them. Scholarship applications must be submitted to the Conference office for consideration for the upcoming school year. A student is eligible for the scholarship for a maximum of three years. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, fees and books. The amount awarded will be paid directly to the seminary where the student is enrolled. Applications may be submitted here through October 31, 2018.
  • General Synod 32 — Registration Opening Soon
    Wisconsin Center, 400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
    June 21st – 25th, 2019
    Learn More Here         http://www.ucc.org
  • U.S. Hurricanes
    FLORENCE: Slow-moving Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Sept. 14, then lingered over the region, causing catastrophic flooding, including prolonged significant river flooding, to the Carolina coast and inland. More than 40 people in the Carolinas and Virginia were killed.

    MICHAEL: Then fast-moving Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle Sept. 10, keeping its strength as it careened northward, causing tremendous destruction. It weakened to a tropical storm only after reaching Central Georgia. Next stop: Carolinas and Virginia.

    For more information on what the UCC is doing to help go to http://www.ucc.org

St. Louis Association Annual Business Meeting
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Charlene Polston and Jack Nobles represented St. Martin’s UCC Dittmer as Delegates at the St. Louis Association Annual Business Meeting. The meeting was held at The Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, located at 1000 North Vandeventer Ave. in St. Louis, Mo.
A welcome and gathering worship was led by Rev. Dr. Heather Arcovitch, President, St. Louis Association Council, Missouri Mid-South Conference, United Church of Christ.
Our keynote speaker/preacher was the Rev. Dr. Jane Fisler Hoffman. Jane is the author of Covenant, A Study for the United Church of Christ. Covenant encourages the members of the United Church of Christ to have meaningful discussion about the word, “covenant.” It is Jane’s hope that this resource will bring people together around this one word and show that, even with a diversity of views, people have more things in common than not in common.  Jane is a retired ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. Her ministerial standing is held in the Western Association of our Conference. She served as the interim conference minister of the Southern California/Nevada Conference, the conference minister of the Illinois Conference, and the Association Minister of the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky Association of the Ohio Conference. She received her M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary and is currently a member of Southwood United Church of Christ in Raytown, Missouri.
Morning Sessions:
The two morning sessions that we attended were:
Offerings of the United Church of Christ: The presentation were, What are the Offerings that make up the Five-for-Five program of the Church? How are they related and how are the different? How is the income used? The Presenter was: Lorin Cope.
(Note: St. Martin’s is a 5 for 5 church and has been for many years)
Unleashing Potential (UP), (formerly Neighborhood Houses): In this beautiful building, UP has their offices. We learned about the re-branding of the organization and the current mission undertaken by the leadership of this ministry of our Church. The Presenter was: Darlene Sowell.
Three additional sessions were available were:
Open and Affirming: The Missouri Mid-South Conference Council has voted to begin a process leading to the consideration of declaring the Conference an Open and Affirming (ONA) Conference of the United Church of Christ. Why was this action taken? What are the advantages and disadvantage of such a declaration? How will this enhance church vitality in our Conference? The Presenters were: Chase Peeples and Barbara Biedenstein.
Council for Health and Human Service Ministries: The health and human services ministries within the St. Louis Association and the Missouri Mid-South Conference are so important to the vitality of our common life. Emmaus Homes, Every Child Hope, Deaconess Foundation, Unleashing Potential, Lydia’s House, Cape Albeon and others have deep and valued connections to our churches, pastors, leaders and members. We learned about these places where actions come alive, lives are changed and ministry happens. Presenters: Cindy Bumb and Mary Paxton.
The Deaconess Foundation: We are surrounded by the beautiful new offices of the Deaconess Foundation. We learned about this important ministry and its current efforts on behalf of children and youth in our community. The Presenter was: Constance Rush.
Afternoon business gathering included:
Speak-outs
Call to Order and Roll Call of Churches – Tom Ressler, Acting Secretary
Greetings from the Missouri Mid-South Conference – Rev. Tyler Connoly
Approval of the minutes from the 2017 Annual Business Meeting
Report of the Committee on Ministry – Ecclesiastical Preparation –Jack Nobles Co-Chair
Report of the Committee on Ministry – Ecclesiastical Oversight-
Report of the Association Council
Report of the Mission/Outreach Team
Presentation of and Action on the Proposed 2019 Association Budget (Approved)
Report of the Nominating/Leadership Team
Presentation and Election of the Slate of Nominees
New Business
Closing Worship including the Installation of Newly Elected Leaders and Holy Communion.
Hold the Date
The Association Council has set the evening of Thursday, May 2, 2019 as the date for the Association’s Spring Program Meeting. The place has not yet been determined, but please put this date in your calendars now and plan to attend.
Respectfully submitted,
Delegates:  Charlene Polston and Jack Nobles

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