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mumc facts 2017

All about the people, places and reach of the ministries of Missouri United Methodist Church

 

A note from the lead pastor...

Our mission at Missouri United Methodist Church is: Connecting All People to Jesus Christ. Inside you will find our Mission Report which highlights some of the ways we have measured that in 2017.

You will notice that this report has quite a few numbers. These numbers are important to us, because every number has a name, every name is a person, and every person matters.

So, let me suggest that this report reflects the names of people who check out our website, listen to a sermon, read a publication or attend one of our services or events, seeking a life-giving connection to God in their lives.

Our Mission: We exist to connect all people with Jesus Christ. We do this by welcoming enthusiastically, growing deeply and serving courageously.

In addition, this report is about the names of 16 young people who confirmed their faith and committed to following Jesus. This is about the names of many children who have learned about God’s love through our ministry with them. You will see the names of 43 people who pledged to serve Christ as they joined our local family of faith. You will see the names of people who lead us in worship and praise through music, people who serve in mission endeavors and service projects, people who give generously to advance the cause of Christ beyond the walls of this church.

You will also see the names of people who open the doors, extend hospitality, make the coffee, teach the Bible lessons and serve the needs of others. In short, to use the language from our mission statement, you will see the names of people who seek to connect others to Jesus by “welcoming enthusiastically, growing deeply and serving courageously”.

As you read through our Ministry Report, I hope you’ll celebrate the ways your name is represented, and pray that God will take our shared ministry and lead us to make an even greater impact in 2018.

I’m excited to see what God will do in this new year through the ministry of the people who make up this great congregation!

Blessings,

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Worship

Getting the Word Out

attendance

532

average weekly attendance at Sunday morning services (503 in 2016)

1321

 attended Easter services

1,808

attended Christmas Eve evening services

38

online Sunday sermon listeners weekly

3,694

total plays of sermon audio in 2017

7

worship services are held monthly in care facilities serving 90 homebound adults

1,900

Messenger newsletters emailed or mailed weekly

550

subscribers open or read the Messenger weekly

75

subscribed to new youth ministry weekly newsletter email

42

subscribed to new youth texting service

community

People finding new ways to connect with Jesus Christ through our ministries

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43

new members

16
youth confirmed

9
infant baptisms

10
families the staff and clergy pray for weekly

Online

1,836

Facebook followers (439 new followers in 2017)

103

Instagram followers

1,200

Visitors to moumc.org monthly

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ADULTS

23

Better Together Groups (3 new groups

added in 2017)

175

people attended a Better Together Group

27

served as group facilitators

40

attended Hello Hospitality workshops

12

attended new Catch Your Breath Retreat

90

homebound adults on average attend

monthly worship services in care facilities


Youth

Launched

new “High School Hangs” to

help older students stay connected

27

youth on average in weekly programming

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CHILDREN

85

children on average in weekly programming

(Kid’s Worship, Sunday School, FX, choirs)

65

children participated in Vacation Bible

School

53

children from 45 families in Discovery Days

Preschool

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College Age

Launched

Ignite Sunday evening contemporary worship service

Transformed

coffee shop area into Ignite worship space

Launched

Tuesday night Bible study

55

college age persons connected with MUMC on leadership team, as a volunteer, nursery worker or participant

22

college students attend Ignite Worship weekly on average

19

college students attend weekly Bible study on average

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MUSIC

70

Chancel Choir members

20

handbell choir members

8

praise band members

Giving

Making deposits, multiplying life change

$1.37

 million dollars in member contributions during 2017, up 6%

2017

ended with a balanced budget thanks to strong year-end giving

100

percent conference and district apportionments paid ($180,348)

67,943
dollars given directly to missions outside MUMC in 2017

13,733
dollars given to local, national and international missions through United Methodist Women

115,000
dollars received from Heritage Fund for building improvements

19,000
dollars MUMC Foundation awarded in seminary scholarships in 2017

11,410
dollars MUMC Foundation awarded for missions work in 2017

Our Three Signature Ministries

32,200

dollars given to homeless ministries at Wilkes Blvd. UMC in Christmas offering

999

dollars given in 2017 to annual covenant and support of our sister church in Mozambique, Malhangalene UMC

11

years MUMC has hosted and supported Room at the Inn Winter Shelter since establishing it in 2008 to provide for those who have no place to go in the cold winter months

Serving

Rolling up our sleeves to help

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180

signed up to “Say Yes” to serving

39

volunteers serve each Sunday (including 12 hospitality--ushers, greeters, coffee shop, guest coffee bar, 11 children’s ministry, 2 youth ministry, 5 adult group facilitators, 2 transportation, 5 youth acolytes, 2 worship tech)

16

additional volunteers serve on Communion Sundays once a month

16

college students serve on the Linked to Learn Tutoring Ministry Team that serves MUMC’s Partner in Education, Jeff Middle School

8

college students served on mission trip to inner-city Los Angeles in January

11

middle school students served on summer mission trip to Kingdom House in St. Louis

19

high school students served on summer mission trip to Nashville in summer

27

students served at the Urban Garden and Boone Landing during Youth Week

A few examples of our impact

856

kits and school bags donated to Festival of Sharing by United Methodist Women in 2017

875

clients served by the AARP Tax Aide Program in 2017

12

middle school students are tutored weekly on average

Facility resources

The building that seldom sleeps

 

150

meetings of community and ministry groups on average each month

7+

large annual community-wide events or programs, such as the True/False Film Festival, Voluntary Action Center's 'Christmas in July,' Empty Bowls Fundraiser, Room at the Inn Winter Shelter and AARP Tax Aide

17

weekly 12-step programs

250

people with addictions served

 

6

annual concert series events

4

days a week Discovery Days Preschool

1,200

walk-through per week estimated in the Connector