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The Missouri Mid-South Conference is the collection of 139 local congregations in the United Church of Christ denomination. We cover the geographic region of Missouri, Arkansas, and Memphis, TN. Within these congregations are over 48,500 members.
The United Church of Christ is just that—a united church. That means our 5,287 churches across the country are as diverse as the country as a whole, and we encompass a broad spectrum of beliefs, values and worldviews under the umbrella of a united church. To manage our many autonomous congregations, the UCC is divided into 38 conferences.
This week, I bring greetings from my Conference office. We have lifted the travel ban for MMS Conference staff but it is always the staff member’s prerogative whether they feel safe enough to meet or worship in person. I plan to travel to the Conference once a month because COVID-19 is still very dangerous and my apartment complex and St. Charles do not require masks to be worn. I will continue to work virtually from my home office in Houston.
I also share that two of our MMS churches in Webster Groves were targeted with a hate crime last week as they both have actively and publicly declared Black Lives Matter. I am grateful for both churches and their pastors as they make wise decisions while also being commited to demanding neighbors to hear that Black Lives Matter. May Lamentations 3:22-23 be our reminder of God’s presence in the midst of the pandemics of white supremacy and COVID-19. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
MMS Micro-grant Fund Offers Relief to Congregations
As the churches of our conference begin the process of discerning how to move forward in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Mid-South Conference has established a COVID-19 micro-grant fund in the amount of fifty-five thousand dollars ($55,000). The purpose of this grant is to allow our congregations to dream and discern ways and opportunities in which to improve and enhance ministry within their congregations and community.
The grant committee, consisting of clergy and laity from various parts of the conference determined that we would not name specifics of how the funds might be used, or what the funds might be used for. Rather, we invite you to dream and vision how these funds would best be used in a congregation’s ministry context.
The opportunity to give is not over! You can write a check to the Missouri Mid-South Conference or donate here.