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Six new members provide key change for Mizzou Forte

A cappella group Mizzou Forte is rehearsing, as it does every Sunday, in the small chapel of the Missouri United Metho

Progressives work to revive political fortunes at Columbia meeting

This year’s elections gave Republicans hostile to the Affordable Care Act a bigger majority in the Missouri General Assembly, but advocates for expanded eligibility under the Medicaid program are not giving up.

Four “action days” will put the issue before state lawmakers during the first three months of the legislative session, Michelle Trupiano of the Missouri Medicaid Coalition told activists taking part Saturday in the “Progressive Summit” at Missouri United Methodist Church.

Room at the Inn extends winter shelter period

Columbia’s Room at the Inn emergency winter shelter has extended its length of operation by four weeks and will open for the 2015 winter season Dec. 11 at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway.

EnCircle Technologies looks to grow after successful fundraising campaign

"In EnCircle’s classroom on the fourth floor of Missouri United Methodist Church, Lloyd shows off a website for a fictional coffee business he worked on. For this assignment, he had to troubleshoot problems in the code to see what made the menu, pictures and text display incorrectly."

True/False adds three new venues for 2015

The True/False Film Fest will add three screening venues on the University of Missouri's campus for its 2015 festival.

Festival planners decided to add the new venues after it was announced that Jesse Hall was being closed for renovations. The new campus locations will help make up for the loss of the 1,700-seat Jesse Auditorium.

The new 2015 venues will include: Bush Auditorium at Cornell Hall, Keller Auditorium at Geological Sciences, and Rhynsburger Theatre at the MU Department of Theatre.

Missouri United Methodist Church sees growing diversity with pastor, congregation

For more than 80 years, the 1928 Skinner pipe organ at Missouri United Methodist Church droned out hymns at services led by male pastors.

Today, the organ is still there, but a bright-eyed woman has taken over as senior pastor, the first female cleric to serve in that role.

The Rev. Amy Gearhart greets her congregation with a cheery "Good morning all; come in!"

A HUGE ROSE: To 200 mem­bers of the Missouri United Meth­odist Church!

While attending its state conference in Springfield, the church had a service project June 8 working with members of Friends of the Garden, Master Gardeners of Greene County and others doing garden maintenance at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and the Xeriscape Garden. Volunteers carried a slip of paper that said, “My service today is an offering to God.

International Journalists Attend Missouri UMC

Missouri UMC has been a place of worship for some special visitors in the past several weeks. People participating in the
University of Missouri East/West Journalism Exchange Program from Pakistan and North Korea have attended Sunday morning worship at the church. Most of the journalists were experiencing a Christian church for the first time.

A Beautiful Storm: Elisabeth Sobczak finds inner peace in her faith

Brought together by Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Elisabeth Sobczak and Betsy Reeves find acceptance in Columbia. The couple married on the fourth anniversary of the storm.

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