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Worship, Children's Church, Discipleship Hour, Day Camp


Good morning, everyone! Thank you for being part of our church’s mission of “…making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Here is some of what’s going on at Byers Avenue UMC…

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This Sunday, July 11th in Worship, we’ll be visited by District Lay Leader, Mitch Ross, who will speak on “The Ministry of the Laity”. Mitch will provide helpful information on how each of us can further serve in the ministry of the Church. Worship is at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Church will be available during the entire service for those who would like their child(ren) to participate.

Each Sunday morning, we offer two Adult Discipleship Studies from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Challengers meet in their classroom downstairs, while our Adult Discipleship Class meets in the Chapel outside the Worship Center. Remember, too, that we have Children’s programming available during this time in our Kids’ Crossing area downstairs. Join us for either of our Adult Discipleship Classes or for our Children’s programming and stick around for Worship!

Our 4th of July Pie Sales was a huge success with the church selling around 900 pies! Proceeds from our pie sales will benefit several outreach and mission opportunities. Thank you to everyone who helped support this amazing endeavor!

Children’s Summer Day Camp takes place on Monday, July 19th through Friday, July 24th. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is open to children who have completed any grade from Kindergarten through 6th. Spots are filling up fast, so don’t wait to register. You may do so through our church website. This year’s Day Camp is in partnership with First UMC of Joplin and will be hosted at their location at 4th and Byers Avenue.

Day Camp Challenge: Our 4th of July Pie Sales team has graciously agreed to donate $2,000 of their proceeds toward Day Camp so that kids from our churches and community can attend at no cost. I would like to challenge our congregation to match this amount. If you would like to donate above and beyond your normal giving toward this cause, please make checks payable to Byers Avenue UMC and include “Day Camp” on the memo line. Further, if you would like to volunteer to serve any amount of time during Day Camp Week, let me know and I will get you connected.

Kona Ice Celebration: In celebration of what will be a successful Summer Day Camp experience, the Kona Ice truck will make a return to Byers Avenue on Sunday, August 1st following our 10:45 a.m. service. Everyone in attendance that day will be treated to a flavored ice treat.

That’s all for now. Keep loving God and one another! And, as always, stay on mission! Have a blessed day!

Pastor Chuck