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Columbia Eve Fest will ring in New Year without fireworks

Thursday’s Eve Fest will welcome the New Year not with its traditional fireworks display, but with a light show.

'Before I Die' chalkboard inspires ideas both poignant and ridiculous

A huge chalkboard outside Missouri United Methodist Church is crowded with writings scrawled in colorful chalk. On the board are half-started sentences saying, "Before I die, I want to...." Community members are invited to finish the sentence with a personal aspiration or bucket list item.

Local church begins forum to promote change in Columbia

Missouri United Methodist church held their inaugural "Strangers to Changers" event on Wednesday. The church said the event combines TED Talks and think tanks that will hopefully put inspiration for change into action in Columbia.

Departing pastors reflect on Methodist community

With the advent of summer, Missouri United Methodist Church enters a new cycle in its pastoral life with an exodus — and a genesis — of sorts.

Beginning Thursday, three new pastors, the Rev. Kendall Waller, the Rev. Charity Goodwin-Rosario and the Rev. Kim Parker will take up the mantle of their predecessors, three pastors who have held appointments at MOUMC for varying times and are now moving on to new callings in their own lives this year.

Columbia Independent School Students Celebrate Ancient Rome in Togas

Unbridled silliness abounded Wednesday on a stage at Missouri United Methodist Church as Columbia Independent School students celebrated Toga Day. Wednesday marked the 17th iteration of the event, created in 1998 by founding faculty member Sue Anne Moore. The annual event is held close to April 21, the anniversary of Rome’s founding.

Missouri higher education figure Charles McClain dead at age 83

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St.

“The Faithful Struggle to Forgive” with speaker Joretta Marshall

Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St., hosts “The Faithful Struggle to Forgive” with speaker Joretta Marshall from 9 a.m. to noon in the church’s Whittler Hall. Marshall is the executive vice president and dean at Brite Divinity School and the author of “How Can I Forgive? A Study on Forgiveness.”

Interactive art installation 'Camera Obscura' adds depth of field

The camera, titled "Camera Obscura," was created by fine carpentry artist and Columbia resident Duncan Bindbeutel. The 8.6-by-12 structure made its first appearance in 2014 at the True/False Film Fest.


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