We're building a boat this week!

Your weekly update from Marceline UMC

Hello Church,

We are making progress! This week we’ll be putting the playset together in the backyard. If you’ve got some time and can lend some expertise or just some muscle to hold things up, we’d appreciate it. Watch Facebook for times.

We’ve also got some plants started in the garden. I’m looking forward to what we will be able to get out of it this Summer. I’m also looking forward to what we’re going to be able to do with it in the future.

This week we’ve got some fun things going on. Orpha will be out at Pioneer to sing for the first time in almost two years, and the youth will be heading down to Lake Nehai next Sunday after church.

Check later in the email for info about Celebrate Recovery, and an updated list of devotions and prayer resources.

Our parting shot for this week is a promise of what is still to come, and the work that it takes to get there. Take a look at the end of the email to see it!

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Have a great week!

Pastor John

Going On This Week



  • 4pm Facebook Live Centering Prayer

  • 5:00pm Prayer Group in the downstairs Elementary Classroom


  • 2pm Orpha Circle at Pioneer


  • 9am Facebook Worship

  • 10:10am In Person Worship in the Sanctuary

  • 11:30am Youth meet to go to Lake Nehai

Community Calendars
Marceline School Calendar
My Country 99.1 Community Calendar

Worship Links
Online Worship Posts
Youtube Services, Messages
Worship Music Lists: YouTube, Spotifiy

You can sign-up to serve a meal at Celebrate Recovery from July to December of this year. Just click on the link. Check the box or boxes for what you want to do. Then click "Submit and Sign Up" at the bottom of the screen to enter your name, email (optional), and any comments like what you want to bring.

CR Sign-UP

You can still sign-up in the back of the sanctuary too, and we'll keep the list updated every week.

Sharing Table

The Sharing Table is in the sanctuary by the entryway and will continue through the last Sunday in September. You are invited to donate plants, fresh produce and baked goods any Sunday. The items donated will be sold for a donation which is given to eight Missouri based service agencies.


Below are questions I’d like you to consider for our listening sessions. More info will be coming out about them soon:

  1. What do you see as the purpose of the church?

  2. In your opinion, what are the most important ministries of the church?

  3. How would you describe our church to someone new to our area?

  4. What do you think are the greatest needs of our community?

  5. When you talk to someone who is struggling/hurting what scripture/songs/words of comfort would you share with them?

  6. What has changed for you during Covid? What has remained the same?

  7. How has our community changed? How has it remained the same?

  8. How do you live differently now than you did before March 2020?

  9. What is your greatest fear about any changes that might or might not come from Covid?

  10. What gives you hope?

Prayer & Devotions

The Hours
The Examen
Prayer Guide - PDF (book format), Online Format

Daily Devotions
Seedbed Devotions
The Upper Room
GPS Guide from Church of the Resurrection
Our Daily Bread
Daily Meditations from the Center for Action & Contemplation

Church Blog
Check our church blog for recent announcements and newsletters. That's where we try to put more information for things that are going on.

Other Resources
RightNow Media: Sign-Up if you haven't already
Bible Project: Videos that explain books of the Bible
Five Day Bible Reading - Read through the Bible in a year
YouVersion - Online Bible

Breakthrough Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, come show us how we can be the spiritual heart of this community, Amen
Goals: Grow in faith, Understand our role in the community, Listening for God's voice daily

Church: Denomination, Conference, Area UMC's, Area Churches
Schools: Students, Teachers, Administrators, Employees
Government: Leaders, Local, County, State, National
Young Adults, Newcomers, Unchurched

Situations: Covid-19 Pandemic, Racism, Economic Disparity

Individuals: Poulson Family, Pat Watkins, Kris Wyatt & Kristen, Glenn’s sister Reba, Pat Biswell, Bob Marriott, Ed McLachlan, Mary Preston, Pat Watkins, John Hendrickson, Kevin Stanfield, Jonathan Fagan, Ron Chrisman, Gene Liebhart, Linda Sterbenz, Gary Carlson, Kyle Lake, Bryant Dunn, Linda Ewigman, Kara Robinson, Kenny Bailey,  Angie Builder, Bob & Pat Magee, Zoe Tolliver, Joan Sportsman, Shane Cavanah, Dan Brooks, Wayne Heins, Ruth Farris, Lynn Fellmann, C.A. Lain, Thomas Wellman

Pioneer: Mabel Worley, Marilyn Mears
Life Care: Annie George
Lenoir Woods: Ed McLachlan

Military Service
Patric Munson, Nick Cain, LTC John Casey Welch, Tyler Nanneman, Jeffrey Tucker, Kelly Tucker, Brandon Wellman, Heath Floray, Steve Graves, Michael Pyrtle, William Leukenotte, Kerry Lowrey

Parting Shot

Its amazing how unlevel that space behind our parking lot is. It looks good until you get ready to do something on it, then you realize how much work it still needs. But, thanks to a few folks that were out getting it ready, we have a place ready. By this time next week we should see something new and fun ready for lots of kids to enjoy. Also, on September 12th, we’ll be worshipping outside there by the boat as we see what we’ve done and look to the future.