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Friday June 18-Saturday June 19

St. Joseph Juneteenth Observance

Saturday June 19
Recital by Beth McLenaghan (All are welcome!) Sanctuary 5 PM

Sunday June 20 - Happy Father's Day
Adult Bible Study (via Zoom) 9:00 AM
Online Worship via YouTube 10:45 AM

In-Person Worship in our Sanctuary 10:45 AM
Royal Family Kids Camp begins

Tuesday June 15
Book Discussion group 9 AM (via Zoom)

Thursday June 24
Birthday Party (morning) & Carnival (evening)
at Royal Family Kids Camp - Volunteers Needed

Looking Ahead:
Sunday July 4
Outdoor Worship at Krug Park  10:45 AM

This Sunday our worship, in-person and online, focuses on expanding our understanding of "kinship" as a way to live into the new creation God's Spirit is doing through us.  In our in-person service, we'll welcome back our Director of Music Beth McLenaghan, along with Ann Pittman Zarate, sharing a special vocal anthem.  In our online service, we'll be hosted by church friends Mike Pittman, Jessie Lent and Pastor Brian. 

Worship in our building begins in the sanctuary at 10:45 AM. Our online service premieres as usual on You Tube at 10:45 AM and can be experienced at the same link any time after that. You will always find the link for the most current online worship service pinned to the top of our page on Facebook.
Can you lend a hand this coming week as we host Royal Family Kids Camp, our annual outreach to local at-risk children? We love hosting this week-long camp for these special kids and it takes lots of volunteers to make it happen!
Can you:
__Help with camper registration at church on the morning of June 21.
__Help serve breakfast to campers at registration.
__Help set-up the all-camp birthday party  the morning of June 24.
__Help host games at the camp carnival the night of June 24.
__Greet the children when they return to the church on June 25.
__Help with clean-up at the camp on Friday June 25.

If you are available to lend a hand in any way, please call the church office, contact our camp co-directors Theresa Pinson and Tyson Huff-Garza, or sign up in worship this Sunday. 
What a difference a few weeks make. After so many months of keeping our building closed, life and ministry are teeming again at the corner of Faraon and 10th Street in downtown St. Joseph. As I write this, our church office is busy with camp staff preparing for Royal Family Kids Camp. Rehearsal for a recital is happening in our sanctuary. Church staff are in their offices. Church members are dropping off donations. And we are preparing for our second in-person worship service after a 14-month hiatus.  Even as all of this life happens in our building, we continue to develop our online ministry to those who join us (both locally and far away) for worship via their phones and laptops and tablets. 

I'm excited to see how we will live into news ways of being "church" together in the coming days.  As we move forward, I'm sure some things we'll do together will feel familiar and comfortable. Others will push us out of our comfort zones and invite us to rethink ministry and who we are called to be as a progressive Christian community. Through it all, I have no doubt that wherever this journey takes us, we'll continue to be a people led by God's Spirit of compassion, justice, and new life. -- Pastor Brian

Join our denomination's National Convocation online for a Juneteenth 2021 observance as we celebrate African American Disciples history, music, poetry, faith, and freedom!

Saturday, June 19 at  1PM.   Learn more at here.
Our food pantry shelves are almost bare and we need your help to keep our Blessing Box full of food for those in need in our neighborhood. Please consider bringing food items with you to worship this Sunday (or dropping them by the church this coming week).  We especially need items that are easy-to-open and that can be consumed without cooking.  This might include peanut butter, breakfast bars, canned meats, canned fruit.  But any and all non-perishable food items are welcome. Individual hygiene items are also welcome. 

The theme for our denomination's online June 27, 2021 Pride worship service is Transforming the Story. The service will particularly celebrate and uplift our trans and non-binary siblings. Additionally, the service will emphasize the power of storytelling as a transformative tool toward advancing justice. Worship participants will be encouraged to reflect on our own experiences and challenged to transform the ways in which we participate in a white-centered society. Together, we can transform the narrative of injustice and work to write the next chapter of liberation.  

Pride worship will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Learn more here

Interested in becoming part of our tech ministry, either for our online presence (shooting video, editing, social media posting, etc.) or for our in-house presence (running sound, staffing the powerpoint slides,  lighting, "stage design" of the sanctuary, etc.)? If so, please contact Pastor Brian or Kenny Crawford to learn more. Volunteers are needed now, more than ever, as we strive to maintain both our online and in-person ministry presence. 
It's so easy to give online to support our ministries.  Either use this direct link or simply download the free app to your phone, tablet or computer. Then select our church by name or zip code (64501), connect your bank or credit account and start giving. Use the drop down menu on our app to let us know which fund or ministry you are supporting (and consider checking the box labeled "cover fees" to help us cover the processing fees.) 

Global Ministries: This week we pray for our partners and projects in Mexico. Learn more here
Mike Barton, recovering from brain surgery.
Sandy Hamlin, recovering from eye surgery. 
Chuck Medley's sister Amy, recovering from surgery.
Judy Spencer, recovering from hip surgery.
Johnathan Loesch, recovering from an injury.
Dorothy Wenz, friend of our congregation, in the hospital. 

Judy Van Vickle, recovering from hip surgery.
Carole Walters, now living at the Riverside care facility.
Beth Kar, daughter of Bev Grienke, living with cancer
Arlene Sollars, living with cancer

Steele, teenage son of Sara McLaren's cousin, recovering from a serious head injury.
Bette Lampton, in care at home
Sandy Hamlin’s father, Wiley Wilson, dealing with health issues

Judy Spencer,  continuing cancer treatment.
Kathy Long, friend of Janet Pullen. 
Carolyn Koftan, sister-in-law of Sandy Hamlin, in hospice care.

Robin Knotts, mother of Kayla Ann Harris, living with cancer. 
Our foster parents, Mark & Miranda Virden, Chuck Vaughn & Chris McCarty, and Derrick & Molly Ring. 
Our Homebound:  Frances Hesnault, Bette Lampton
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