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Hey, everyone! We are going to use this page to post information about things going on in the life of our church as well as to encourage one another through Pastor Chuck’s devotional writings. We hope you will visit this page regularly and share it with friends. Happy reading!

Feb 24
2021
Return to In-person Worship, Midweek Meditations
Hi, everyone. Thank you for being part of our mission at Byers Avenue, “…to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I have a couple of exciting announcements to share!

Barring unforeseen circumstances, we will make our return to in-person Worship on Sunday, March 7...
 
Jan 13
2021
Continued Suspension of In-person Worship
Good afternoon, families and friends of Byers Avenue. Recently I had suggested a tentative return to in-person worship on January 17th. Due to continuing high numbers of Covid-19 cases in the area, however, I, along with our church’s advisory council and other church leaders, have made the difficu...
 
Dec 28
2020
Poinsettias, Tree of Life, Date for Potential Return to In-person Worship
Hey, everyone. Good things are happening at and through Byers Avenue. Thank you for all you do in support of our mission of “…making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Here’s some of what’s going on…

First, a couple of housekeeping items…
1. We are so ...
 
Dec 17
2020
Christmas Greetings and Additional Thoughts
Dear families and friends of Byers Avenue and Bethel United Methodist Churches,

Greetings to you in the name of our Savior Jesus! He is Immanuel, God with us, gift-wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger. It is because of him that we can experience a joyous Christmas despite the difficulties of ...
 
Dec 14
2020
Christmas Eve Online, Tree of Life
Hi, everyone! Here is some of what's happening at Byers Avenue...

Due to the ongoing pandemic and at the request of our Bishop, we have temporarily suspended in-person Worship at Byers. This includes our Christmas Eve service, which will be offered in an online format only. I would encourage you ...
 
Dec 03
2020
Christmas Shoppe With God's Resort
Good morning, families and friends of Byers Avenue! Following is some important information concerning “The Christmas Shoppe 2020” with our ministry partner God’s Resort.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to host “The Christmas Shoppe” this year. We had planned on doing so on December ...
 
Nov 28
2020
Potential Return to In-Person Worship Set for Christmas Eve
Hello, friends. Thank you for all you do to further the ministry and mission of Byers Avenue UMC! Together we are “…making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Here’s some of what’s going on at the church…

As you are probably aware, we have paused in-person ...
 
Nov 19
2020
Statement on Suspension of In-person Worship
Good morning, families and friends of Byers Avenue and Bethel. I must share some difficult news with you. Late yesterday afternoon, I received word from our Missouri Conference Bishop Bob Farr encouraging the suspension of in-person worship of United Methodist churches throughout much of Missouri. A...
 
Nov 17
2020
Discipleship Hour, Worship, Give 'em Five, Save the Date
Hi, friends. Thank you for all you do for the mission of Byers Avenue UMC! Together we are “…making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Here’s some of what’s going on at the church…

Every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in our Kids’ Crossing space downstairs,...
 
Nov 11
2020
Discipleship Hour, Thanksgiving Baskets, Save-the-Date
Hi, friends. Thank you for all you do for the mission of Byers Avenue UMC! Together we are “…making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Here’s some of what’s going on at the church…

Every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in our Kids’ Crossing space downstairs,...
 
Nov 04
2020
Sunday School, Adult Discipleship, Worship, Save the Date
A lot of really great things are happening at Byers Avenue! Here’s some of what’s going on at the church…

Every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in our Kids’ Crossing space downstairs, our children are involved in Sunday School. Currently, our children are preparing for their upcoming Christma...
 
Oct 30
2020
Children's Program Practice, Adult Discipleship Hour, Worship, Christmas Events
Hi, everyone! Here’s some of what’s going on in the life of Byers Avenue…

This Sunday, November 1st, we are launching our Children’s Sunday School and Adult Discipleship Hour from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Our children will practice for their upcoming Christmas Program in our newly renovated “Ki...
 
Oct 21
2020
Worship, Charge Conference, Discipleship Hour, Christmas Events
Hi, everyone! Here’s some of what’s going on in the life of Byers Avenue…

This Sunday, October 25th, we’ll have a little bit of a different style of Worship service. We’ll still have most of the worship elements including times of great music and reflective prayer. In place of our norm...
 
Oct 14
2020
Worship, Discipleship Hour, Christmas Events
Hi, everyone! Heres some of whats going on in the life of Byers Avenue

This Sunday, October 18th, well wrap up our current message series on The Kingdom. In this series weve been looking at some of the parables of Jesus. This week well be discussing The Parable of the Pearl of Great Pri...
 
Aug 22
2020
Mask Protocols Revisited
Hello, friends. I hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to a restful weekend.

We are steadily getting more and more people back to Sunday Worship, and I am pleased with the willingness of our attendees to make adjustments in light of the coronavirus pandemic. I also respect those ...
 
Aug 20
2020
Worship, Renovations, Right Now Media
Hi, everyone! Thank you for being part of the Byers Avenue family as we live out our mission of "...making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Here's some of what's going on at the church...

This Sunday, August 23rd we'll continue our current message series on "The Boo...
 
Jul 11
2020
Mask Protocols
Good morning, friends. As you are likely aware, the Joplin City Council has enacted a mask ordinance in an attempt to address the spread of Covid-19. I feel that it's necessary to offer some guidance in regards to how our church family should deal with this ordinance as it relates to our practice o...
 
Jun 24
2020
Additional Appointment
Hi, everyone! I have some exciting news to share.

In addition to serving at Byers Avenue, I have received an appointment from our bishop to serve at Bethel UMC in Carthage. Beginning this Sunday, June 28th, I will lead Bethels 9:00 a.m. Worship Service prior to Byers 10:45 a.m. Worship Service....
 
Jun 19
2020
Worship, Challengers and Children's Church, Pie, Upgrades, Grants
Good morning, everyone. Heres some of whats going on at Byers Avenue

This Sunday, well continue our current message series called Questions from the Garden with a look at Gods question to Adam, Who Told You? Its also Fathers Day, so well recognize the men in attendance with a special...
 
Jun 11
2020
Worship, Preschool, Pie Sales, Renovations
Good morning, everyone. Heres some of whats going on at the church

In-person Worship resumes this Sunday, June 14th at 10:45 a.m. In light of Covid-19 concerns, well have social distancing and other precautions in place. The Challengers Class and Childrens Church will not meet, but will resu...