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Volume 81 Issue 8
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In This Issue.....

A Message from Pastor Jeff
Shannondale
Christmas in July
Food Collection
Guangyu Lou's Ordination
First Friday Bridge Builders
Women's OTL


Preschool

     News


From the Youth Minister

     What We're Learning
     Rainbow Ringers
     Teacher Thank You
     Rally Day
     Parent Night Out




 

Chinese Ministry

     Float Trip
     Culture Class


Schedules and Calendars

     Attendance
    
Anniversaries and Birthdays
    
     Next Month's Calendar
    
     Volunteer Schedules
     Calendar

     Staff and Consistory
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A Message from Pastor Jeff

In a world where there has been so much bad news, I thought I’d share with you some good news.  At our Conference Annual Gathering last month we heard about an innovative program that is bringing money to support the ministries of the Missouri Mid-South Conference.  Many of you know that we have Camp Mo-Val, a program driven camp where many of our youth have gone for a week in the summer.  What you may not know is that we have another camp, Shannondale, that some of our youth have enjoyed as well. 
 
Shannondale is not a program camp that runs summer church camp experiences like Mo-Val, rather it is a place where youth and adults can go to get away for a while.  Just off the Current River, it is a great place for float trips.  They have all kinds of lodging arrangements from pitching tents or bunking in what used to be the “goat barn, ” to a lodge with a commercial kitchen and houses on the site that provide air conditioned accommodations.  Anyone or groups of folks are welcome to go and enjoy the beauty and hospitality of Shannondale.
 
But Shannondale is more than a camp of the church.  It also serves a vital ministry to the people of Shannon County, one of the poorest counties in Missouri. There is an active UCC congregation on site that serves as a community center and provides meeting rooms for the area.  Shannondale provides after school tutoring programs during the school year for children and youth and operates a craft store that sells handiwork done by people of the community.
 
For years, Shannondale has operated a tree farm that has been cleaning the air from pollutants, but only recently did we learn that being good for the environment can also be good for the pocket book.  Below is an article written by Emily Schappacher for the UCC News that tells a bit about the Carbon Offset program that Shannondale has become a part of.  It is indeed Good News – for the environment, for the community of Shannon County, and for the ministries of our Missouri Mid-South Conference!
 
Yours in Christ,
~Pastor Jeff

Shannondale Tree Farm

By Emily Schappacher


Since 1929, the Shannondale Tree Farm and Community Center have been beloved mission projects of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ, serving rural Missouri's spiritual, educational, and economic needs. But through a carbon offset credit program, the 4,000-acre forest in Salem, Mo., is now positioned to be a reoccurring source of revenue that will fund ministries of the Missouri Mid-South Conference and beyond for centuries to come, while helping to protect God's creation.
"The roots of the reason why this ministry began are now even stronger and growing in more places," said the Rev. Ginny Brown Daniel, conference minister of the Missouri Mid-South Conference. "We are taking what we have had for a long time and recreating and replanting it. We are listening to God's vision for us in creative ways."

About eight years ago, the conference was struggling financially and had proposed the idea of selling the Shannondale Tree Farm. The Rev. Jeff Faulk, pastor and director of the Shannondale Community Center, started researching other ways to make use of the land and learned about carbon offsets, which are tradable commodities defined as the capture of one metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas into the Earth's atmosphere, and the cap-and-trade system, a market-based solution designed to mitigate global climate change by capping and reducing CO2 emissions.

After seven years of "crossing T's and dotting I's" the conference partnered with the Finite Carbon Corporation, a developer of forest carbon offsets, and registered Shannondale with the Climate Action Reserve, an agency created by the State of California to administer a cap-and-trade program. The conference's potential income from carbon credits is expected to make Shannondale financially secure within five years and add $20,000 to the Shannondale ministry annually.
"We are really excited and learning as we go," Faulk said.
 
Through a carbon credit legacy program, the conference was also paid for the 86 years they had owned and protected the forested land, receiving a sum of $900,000 in December 2015. Portions of that money have since been invested in the UCC's Cornerstone Fund, have gone toward renovations at Shannondale, and have been committed to the UCC's Our Church's Wider Mission. Brown Daniel has also proposed a grant program through which the conference would fund efforts of its local churches wishing to be more environmentally just, and hopes the program will be up and running within the year.
"My hope is that we will connect very intimately the ministry of Shannondale with the ministry of our churches seeking to be environmentally and ecologically friendly," Brown Daniel said. "It's our responsibility to be good stewards of this legacy and continue to reseed, if you will."

The 4,000-acre Shannondale Tree Farm was purchased in 1929 by a group of evangelical UCC pastors who were concerned that the timber in rural Missouri was being sold too quickly, jeopardizing the livelihood of the area's poorest residents. The property provided the area with jobs, security and a sense of community – ministry which only continues today.  

"When I heard this story I immediately thought of social justice and seeing the plight of those with no power and no voice," Brown Daniel said. "This is social justice at our best."
 

Toy Collection to Benefit BRO


The toys, books, and games you have brought in during July will soon be finding a home with BRO.  The Brotherhood of Religious Organizations will take these toys and clean, repair, and package them to be given to children in need throughout the St. Louis area. 

This week, the VBS kids will be helping to move all of the supplies into cars for the trip down to BRO.  Pastor Jeff will be videotaping the experience so the kids can experience service to the community. 

If you missed the first video Pastor Jeff did, you can send an email to Anna Muhm at secretary@samuelucc.org and she will email it to you.

 

Don't forget to bring in items for our monthly Collection
Sunday, Aug 7!

Dr. Guangyu Lou's Ordination:
Sunday, Aug 14 at 3pm


Join us as the United Church of Christ ordains Guangyu at a special worship service and time.  This ordination is a result of both Guangyu's hard work and the congregation's vote to extend to him a Call.  Please note that this service will not be at our traditional service time in order to allow other clergy to attend.  A reception will follow the service in Weise Hall.

Come and let us welcome Guangyu into Ministry and into Samuel Church. 

First Friday Adult Bridge and Game Night


We'll be starting our game night back up in September.  If you are interesting in hosting this event. please contact Doni Driemeier-Showers. 

Women's Out to Lunch


We'll be starting our lunches again in September.  If you are interested in helping to coordinate locations, please contact Sanny Moore.

Preschool News:


Our Preschool year will begin in September.  Please consisder mentioning Samuel Pre-K to your friends and family with children aged 2-5.


~ Jane Strauss

What we're learning in August:

Below are the themes that students will be learning about
during Sunday School this month:
 

Aug

7

At the Beach: Chillax

Aug

14

At the Beach: Sandcastles

Aug

21

At the Beach: Don't forget the towels

Aug

28

Teacher Thank you Day

A Children's Bell Choir Aug 28  at 9:30am


Starting this summer, children from preschool to 8th grade are welcome to join us for the Rainbow Ringers, a Children's Bell Choir.  Unlike other choirs, this choir won't require a lot of rehearsal time, and you don't have to read music to participate. 

We will meet at 9:30am on Aug 28 to practice our song, then perform it at service later that morning. Please note that in the July Call, the date was listed incorrectly as Aug 14.

We are planning on meeting about once every other month or so to show our talents to the congregation.  Save the date and prepare to ring out a rainbow of song! 

Sunday Aug 28:  Teacher Thank you Day


Calling anyone who has taught Sunday school in the last year, you are invited to a special service where the children will say thank you to anyone who taught Sunday School in the last year. 
 

Alex Miller 

Jessica Graetz

Alice Karandjeff

Lauren Warren

Ann Schroer

Liam Neely

Betty Karau

Melanie McCormick

Cindy Neely

Shannon Fritts

Deni Bouillon

Susan & Jim Craig

Jane Strauss

Tommy Karandjeff

Save the Date Sept 11 Rally Day


Join us on Sept 11 for a special day to kick off the new program year!  We'll have a special fellowship time and play some getting to know you games. 

All teachers and children age 14 and under are welcome.

Parents' Night Out:
     Friday, Sept 16
     5:30pm to 8:00pm


Last February, we hosted a Parent's Night out that was hugely popular, so we're going to do it again.  School's back in session and Moms and Dads need a chance to breathe from the hubbub of getting everything ready for school.  On Friday, Sept 16 we will gather together again for an evening of:
  • Dinner
  • Games
  • A Movie
Open to children aged 3 and above

Cost:  Two canned goods to benefit Pilgrim UCC's Food Pantry. 

Space is limited; RSVP is required. 

To reserve your spot or for more information, please email Anna Muhm at secretary@samuelucc.org.

Annual Float Trip

Everyone is welcome to join our Chinese friends on an annual tradition - a float trip! 

Guangyu is still working on finalizing the date and location.  It is tentatively set for the during the week of Aug 22, provided that we can find accomidations. 

Chinese Culture Class:  Sunday, Aug 21 at 11:30am


Join us after service in late August for a day of learning Chinese culture. The topic will be the city of ChongQing, the largest city in China by population on the Yangtze River.  It was greatly effected by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam.  Mark your calendars to share some fellowship time with our Chinese friends and neighbors. 

Jul

3

63

Jul

10

48

Jul

17

51

Jul

24

60

Sep

2

First Friday Game Night

Sep

4

Worship/Food Collection/Communion

Sep

5

Labor Day - Office Closed

Sep

7

Preschool Starts

Sep

8

Choir Starts

Sep

11

Rally Day

Sep

16

Parent's Night Out

Sep

18

Special Lecture on Aging

Sep

20

Call Articles due

Sep

21

Women's Out to Lunch

Sep

21

Consistory

Volunteer Schedules

Sep

Anne Rossi
  Brent Tetri
  Doni Driemeier-Showers
  Scott Driemeier-Showers
  Sean Krysowaty
 

Oct

Faye Gillis
  Tim Poor
  Carolyn Hileman
  Melanie McCormick
  Lauren Warren

Aug

Paivi Tetri Jan Congdon
 

Sep

Gail Clasby

Aug

Scott Driemeier-Showers
  Corey Rauss
  Tim Poor
 

Sep

Dan Clasby
  Dorothy Sithole
  Imani Warren

Aug

7

Rutger Strauss

Aug

14

Dale Drape

Aug

21

Rutger Strauss

Aug

28

Dale Drape

Aug

7

 

Aug

14

Jan Congdon

Aug

21

 

Aug

28

 

Aug

7

The Brietlings

Aug

14

The Drapes

Aug

21

Jo Ann Mulcahy

Aug

28

Helen Ziercher

Aug

7

 

Aug

14

The Groenes

Aug

21

Anna Muhm

Aug

28

 

TBD

Aug

7

Alice and Tommy Karandjeff

Aug

14

Shannon Fritts and Anna Muhm

Aug

21

Craig family

Aug

28

Anna Muhm  

Mon Aug 1

9:00am-12:00pm Samuel VBS  

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

     

Tue Aug 2

9:00am-12:00pm Samuel VBS  

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  SIA   LF

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Wed Aug 3

9:00am-12:00pm Samuel VBS  

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

7:00pm – 9:00pm Consistory   ZR

 

     

Thu Aug 4

9:00am-12:00pm Samuel VBS  

 

9:30am – 11:30am  ESL Class   LF

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Debtors Anon   LF

 

     

Fri Aug 5

9:00am-12:00pm Samuel VBS  

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  Women's AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Sat Aug 6

9:00am – 10:00am  CODA   LF

 

12:00pm – 2:00pm Private Event Groene  

 

     

Sun Aug 7

10:00am – 11:00am Worship/Food/Communion  S 

 

2:30pm – 3:30pm Celina concert  S 

 

     

Mon Aug 8

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

     

Tue Aug 9

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  SIA   LF

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Wed Aug 10

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Thu Aug 11

9:30am – 11:30am  ESL Class   ZR

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Debtors Anon   LF

 

     

Fri Aug 12

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  Women's AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Sat Aug 13

9:00am – 10:00am  CODA   LF

 

     

Sun Aug 14

10:00am – 11:00am Worship  S 

 

3:00pm – 4:00pm Guangyu's Ordination  S 

 

     

Mon Aug 15

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

     

Tue Aug 16

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  SIA   LF

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Wed Aug 17

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Thu Aug 18

9:30am – 11:30am  ESL Class   ZR

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Debtors Anon   LF

 

     

Fri Aug 19

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  Women's AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Sat Aug 20

CALL articles due!    

 

9:00am – 10:00am  CODA   LF

 

     

Sun Aug 21

10:00am – 11:00am Worship  S 

 

     

Mon Aug 22

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

     

Tue Aug 23

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  SIA   LF

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Wed Aug 24

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Thu Aug 25

9:30am – 11:30am  ESL Class   ZR

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Debtors Anon   LF

 

     

Fri Aug 26

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  Women's AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Sat Aug 27

9:00am – 10:00am  CODA   LF

 

     

Sun Aug 28

9:30am-10:00am Rainbow Ringers  

 

10:00am – 11:00am Worship  S 

 

     

Mon Aug 29

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

     

Tue Aug 30

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

5:30pm – 6:30pm  SIA   LF

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Wed Aug 31

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

7:00am – 8:00am  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Thu Sep 1

9:30am – 11:30am  ESL Class   ZR

 

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Debtors Anon   LF

 

     

Fri Sep 2

7:00am – 8:00am  Overeaters Anon   LF

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm  Open AA Meeting   ZR

 

     

Sat Sep 3

9:00am – 10:00am  CODA   LF

 

     

Sun Sep 4

10:00am – 11:00am Worship/Food/Communion  S 

Staff

 

Pastor

Rev Dr Jeff Groene

Minister of Outreach

Dr. Guangyu Lou

Children, Youth, & Family Minister 

Anna Muhm

Director of Music

Neal Richardson

Nursery Caregiver

Leslie French

Preschool Director

Jane Strauss

Office Administrator

Anna Muhm

Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Dr. Hale Schroer
   

Consistory

 

President

Kelley Barger

Vice President

Akin Owoso

Secretary

Jessica Graetz

Treasurer

Rutger Strauss

Members at Large

Christine Krysowaty
  Susan Craig
  Brent Tetri
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