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The Lamplighter

United Church
of Christ
April 2015
Inside This Issue

1 Pastors Peace
2 Palm of Prayer & Worship Ways
3 Community & Conference Clamor
4 This Months Events
5 Expression Session
6 Butterfly Room
7 Celebration Occasions

Worship Whirl

5-6 The

angel spoke to the

women: There is nothing to fear

here. I know youre looking for
Jesus, the One they nailed to
the cross. He is not here. He
was raised, just as he said.
Come and look at the place
where he was placed. Matt 28:6 (MSG)

When the
Sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene,
Mary the mother of
James, and Salome
bought spices so that
they might go to
anoint Jesus body.
Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise,
they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each
other, Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of
the tomb?
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone,
which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white
robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
Dont be alarmed, he said. You are looking for
Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He
is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go,
tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into
Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out
and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. (Mark 16:1-8)
Our lives are full of great stones which need to be
rolled away. But sometimes we seem content just to let
them stay put. We each have pockets of darkness within
our souls which we avoid facing and sometimes ignore
even when they are crying out from the depths. This is
human nature, and we as Gods creatures are drawn
away from the deep caves of human nature into green valleys and powerful hills of grace.
Jesus told his disciples what was going to happen,
yet they avoided and ignoredit was too horrific to imagine. Three days passed, seemingly a lifetime without Jesus, and there was anticipation in faith of what needed to
be done next. This was custom. Ritual must be followed.
Who would roll away the great stone?
And here, as the women went to the tomb to anoint
the body and try to begin their lives without their Master,
they were reminded, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. The
stone had been rolled away; Jesus was yet again going
ahead of them to prepare the way.

Zion United Church of ChristEstablished 1880

105 N. Mary, Mayview, Missouri 64071-8224
Phone and FAX: (660) 237 - 4355

Each year we celebrate that the stone has

been rolled away and the tomb is empty. Jesus is
risen and has gone ahead of usall we need to do is
to follow and we will be shown the way. Acts 15:11
reminds us that we believe we are saved through the
grace of our Lord Jesus, yet we often act as if this
grace is dependent upon what we do. There is
nothing we can do to achieve grace, yet only to allow
our own stones of fear and hesitation to be rolled
away, in faith that indeed our Master has gone ahead
of us for us.
We often need to be reminded and that is
okay. And what now will we do with this new life that
bursts forth with the fragrance of spring?
Christ is risen, hallelujah!
Pastor Kristin

PALM of PRAYER 16 For God so

loved the world that he gave his one and only

Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
Concerns Please continue to surround
in love and prayer, those experiencing
health difficulties &/or recovering from
surgery, the loss of family and friends, & those
adjusting to new seasons in their lives: Rob Smith,
Faye Redhage, Dorothy Begemann, Terry Wade,
Step-daughter of Tracy Dyer, Albert Ryun, Samuel
Mason Burroughs, Kyle Benson, Lisa Kaiser, Charles
Cole, El Dean Dickmeyer, Terry Abney, Cindy Abney,
Norman Schemmer; family and friends of Dean
Baker, Jeremy Meyer and familydeath of mother;
first responders; military personnel and their families;
families around the world that are in the midst of
disease, natural disasters, immigration crisis,
tensions, conflicts and wars which are going on in
different parts of the world.
Engagement of Tiffany Amos and Quentin
Bainbridge; Birth of a son, Samuel Mason Burroughs,
5 lbs 14.6 oz, 19 1/2 long to David and Sammi
Burroughs; Odessa Middle School Spelling Bee
Winner, Austin Aardema Faigh, 6th grader; Ordination
of Pastor Kristin; Ronnie Bertz Farmer of the Year;
Birthdays and Anniversaries, the Risen Christ!

Benefit Taco Dinner for Team Samuel

Saturday, April 25th, 5:00 PM
New Horizons Presbyterian Church Odessa

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Good Friday Community

Join us on Friday, April 3, 6:30
PM at First Baptist Church-Pastor Tommy Lindon from Zion
AME will share the message.

Easter Sunrise Service will be

held on the parsonage parking lot
beginning at 7 AM and led by the
Youth. Following the service the men
of Zion UCC will prepare and host

The 7th Annual Community Easter
Egg Hunt will be held Saturday,
April 4th at 3 PM at Lafayette
Park in Mayview and is open to all children in the
community ages 12 and under. In addition to the
egg hunt, the children will enjoy crafts, snacks and
games. This activity is sponsored by the Zion UCC

My favorite weather is bird

chirping weather
Youth enjoyed roller skating in Higginsville on
March 8 for our All Church Skate--attendance was
small, but activities were a blast! Youth have
enjoyed movies and activities during Lenten
Gatherings. Discussions have begun regarding
Vacation Bible School. The summer worship
schedule has been set for June 7th thru Sept. 6th.
There will be no Sunday School classes, there will
be fellowship time starting at 9:30 AM, followed by
worship service starting at 10 AM.

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Ordination of
Kristin K. Aardema Faigh

I can do all things through Christ who

strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
The Western Association
of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the
United Church of Christ
and Zion United Church of Christ Mayview
cordially invite your presence for the
Ordination of
Kristin K. Aardema Faigh
to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament
on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 3:00pm
at Zion United Church of Christ
105 N. Mary Street
Mayview, MO 64071
Kristin serves currently as Licensed pastor at
Zion UCC Mayview. Rev. Dr. Tommy Faris
from Salem UCC, Higginsville, MO, will offer the
sermon. For clergy: robes and stoles (red or of
multiple color) are encouraged. Please plan to
gather by 2:30pm for procession. Dinner to be
served immediately following service.

Community, County &

Conference Clamor
Join us Saturday, April 11th at
10 AM in the park as we join
forces to clean up the streets in
Mayview and feast on hot dogs.
The City of Mayview will host a
tire pick up at 7 AM. SAIL will
provide hot dogs, buns and
condiments, everyone is invited to bring a dish to
share. Enjoy a day working together in our
Spring is here
welcome all the new beginnings.


The Lafayette Area Womens Fellowship will
hold their spring meeting on Thursday, April
23, 2015, at Bethel United Church of Christ in
Concordia. Registration will begin at 9am with
fellowship and coffee time. The meeting will
begin at 9:30am. The program will be presented by Harold Gertz and DeLoda Hempenius about The Blue Springs Terrace. The offering will go to The Terrace. Snacks will be
provided by Higginsville, Mayview and Emma.
Levasy will offer the Devotional. Concordia
will be in charge of Registration and the printing of the bulletins. Lexington will do offering.
Memorial Time will be observed, led by Rev.
Alan Gatewood, so send or bring list of members who have passed since last springs
meeting. The Benediction and meal prayer will
be given by Grand Pass. The noon meal will
be a salad luncheon; please bring extra as we
have invited the residents of the Terrace to
come and share. PLEASE COME AND
BRING A FRIEND! Both men and women are
encouraged to come.
Thank you.
Martha Hawthorne, Secretary
I just ordered a chicken and an
egg off the internet to see
which one comes first... I will
keep you posted

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S.S.9:30 A.M.
Worship10:30 A.M.
April 1, 2015
All Fools Day
Choir, 7 pm
April 3, 2015
Community Good Friday Service @ First Baptist
Church 6:30 PM
April 4, 2015
Community Easter Egg Hunt Mayview Park 3:00 PM

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April 5, 2015
Easter Sunrise Service 7:00 AM
Breakfast Following

The 2015 Missouri Mid-South Conference Annual
Gathering is set for June 4-6, 2015.

April 7, 2015
Bd Christian Ed Meeting 7:15 PM

Annual MMSUCC Men's Retreat

April 8, 2015
Choir, 7 pm
April 11, 2015
Mayview Community Cleanup & Hot Dog Roast
10:00 AM @ Park
April 12, 2015
Mayview 150, 2 pm
4-H at Zion, 5 pm
Community Betterment, 6 pm
April 15, 2015
Choir, 7 pm
April 19, 2015
Ordination of Pastor Kristin, 3 PM
April 22, 2015
Earth Day
Choir, 7 pm
April 23, 2015
Laf Area Womens Fellowship
Concordia, 9 am
April 25, 2015
Wester Association Meeting
Peace UCC, Hartsburg, 10 am3 pm
April 25, 2015
Benefit Taco Dinner Team Samuel 5:00 PM

The Annual Men's Retreat will be held on May 1-3

at our own Shannondale Community Center.

Annual MMSUCC Women's Retreat

The Annual Women's Retreat will be held on May
1-3, 2015, at our own Camp MoVal. This year's
theme is "Under the Shelter of God's Wings".


The end of the year financial report for the Missouri Mid-South Conference, including the report
of Conference operations as well as the operations of our two outdoor ministries for the year, is
now completed, and the news is as good as we
could have hoped for. All of our endeavors have
ended the year with a positive balance. This good
news is, of course, partly due to budgetary economies, but could not have been accomplished without faithful stewardship among our congregations.
We thank every church that increased OCWM giving in 2014 and every church that made sacrificial
decisions to support the work we do together. We
are hopeful that this faithful trend in our united
ministry will continue with growing commitment in
the months to come.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was

crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we
are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)

Dear Friends at Zion in Mayview,
I write this letter not only as your former pastor,
but also now as the nominee for the next General Minister and President. I have not gotten
used to writing that, yet.
I won't take long, but I
had to write to you all and
say a few things.
One, thank you. What you taught me about
how to be a pastor changed me, and made me
the person and pastor I am today. Your constant
love and grace, your joy at even the simple
things, your enduring faith through the hard
times, your deep commitment to mission gave
me a picture of what the church can be at its
Two, I will carry that with me when I take my
ministry now to Cleveland to lead this denomination. Your imprint is all over what I do and who I
am. Thank you. I could not be where I am today
without all of you. You are deeply imbedded in
my heart, and I smile every time I remember you.
I just wanted you to know how grateful I am to
you. When I stand before Synod to face election
in June, I will be holding you all in my heart. It
can be no other way. The world will soon know
of the light that shines on the hill in Mayview, and
of your capacity to bring the gospel to those who
most need it.
Mimi also sends her love. We will be grandparents in about three weeks. John and Kelley will
soon present their son, Jacob Ellar, to the world.
We will have to bring him back some day to
show him where his father, John Jacob, first
learned of the love of God.
With all sincerity, I write with a joyous and
grateful heart. Thank you.
In Christ's name,
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
Southwest Conference Minister and
Nominee for General Minister and President of
the United Church of Christ
Ps, if this is read in the first five minutes of service,
someone share it with Carl and Helen when they finally decide to show up. And make sure they don't
drive home and leave one of their grandkids sitting on
the front porch of the parsonage.

Thank Yous
I would just like to say "Thank you" to all who
took the time to cook and prepare the meal for
our family following Tom's funeral. I am forever grateful for each and everyone!
During a time like this we realize how much
our friends and relatives really mean to
us............Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered.
The Begemann Family
Dear Zion Family,
Thank you so much for all the cards and phone
calls for our 65th wedding anniversary! They
are much appreciated!
Wilbur and Detta Neher
The family of Samuel Mason Burroughs would
like to thank friends, family and the community for the many prayers, calls, visits and support as we welcomed our precious baby into
this world. God is working miracles with Samuel, and we thank you for continued prayers.
David & Sammi Burroughs
Jeff, Connie and Tyler Sanders

3 And

if I go and prepare a place for you, I will

come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3

Easter: Resurrection as a
Spiritual Practice
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, an event
many consider to be the centerpiece of their faith.
But Easter is more than just a day. What happens
when we think of it as a verb? Then the resurrection becomes a spiritual practice in daily life.
Megan McKenna, the prolific and profound
Catholic writer, saw it this way when she was
leading a Bible study. She shares the following
vignette in her book Not Counting Women and
Children: Neglected Stories from the Bible.
Once in a parish mission when I was studying
this scripture (Luke 7: 11-17) with a large group,
someone called out harshly, Have you ever
brought someone back from the dead? I had
been saying that life happens when we are inter-

rupted, and that some of the most powerful acts of

resurrection happen to the least likely people; that
we are the people of resurrection and hope, called
to live passionately and compassionately with others, to defy death, to forgive, and to bring others
back into the community, to do something that is
life-giving, that fights death and needless suffering. And then this challenge from the back of
the church.
My response was Yes.
I went on to say, Every
time I bring hope into a
situation, every time I
bring joy that shatters
despair, every time I forgive others and give
them back dignity and
the possibility of a future
with me and others in
the community, every
time I listen to others
and affirm them and
their life, every time I
speak the truth in public,
every time I confront injustice yes I bring
people back from the
Lets identify some
ways we can practice
resurrection in our
daily lives.
Walk the path of beauty and notice the spiritual
radiance in people, places, and growing things
more signs of rebirth.
Leave the past to Gods mercy. Leave the future
to Gods discretion. Living in the present moment,
the only time when God brings forth new life, is a
way of affirming your belief in resurrection.
Whenever you with compassion open your heart,
mind, and soul to the pain of the world, you help
bring suffering beings back into the land of the living.
Enthusiasm is the mark of a life-giver. When you
can laugh and sing and relish life, you are practicing resurrection.
Faith enables us to live with confidence amidst
doubt and paradox. When you can trust in your
relationship with God, all kinds of leaps and rebirths are possible.
Practice gratitude and you are slaying the deathdealing forces of boredom, despair, and takingthings-for granted.
When you can welcome guests and alien ideas

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with graciousness, you are participating in a new world
of hospitality.
Your work for justice, freedom, and equality sets the
stage for resurrection. When you feed the hungry and
stand up for the oppressed, you are a life-giver.
Your little acts of kindness tenderize the world, add to
the fund of good will, and set the table
for resurrection.
Love God, love your neighbor, and love
your new life as marks of the resurrection.
Nurture yourself eat right, exercise,
get plenty of rest and you are helping
God resurrect your body.
When you stay open to all people and
situations, you affirm your belief that all
things can be made new.
Every peace treaty that you sign with
someone who is your enemy or opponent is a sign of resurrection.
Sometimes you feel refreshed by the
simplest things laughter, games, play.
This, too, is resurrection.
Other times it is the thrill of
the quest that spurs you on to be all you
were meant to be as a person reborn.
When you practice reverence for life,
you cant help but notice all the little resurrections going on all around you, the
continual process of creation on Earth.
Find a place where you can regularly practice silence; it
will rejuvenate your soul.
Welcome changes big and small in your experience and signal your receptivity to transformation and
Pay attention to visions and visionaries as likely conduits of resurrection for yourself and your community.
Every time you bring to life anothers sense
of wonder and affirm that you are all standing on holy
ground, you practice resurrection.
By respecting the mystery of God, human nature, and
the natural world, you bear witness to the ineffable nature of renewal and rebirth.
By accepting your identity as a child of God and your
mission as a copartner with the Holy One in the unfolding
drama of the universe, you embody the resurrection principle.
Practice resurrection with zeal. Be aroused by life and
cherish every moment as a gift from the One Who Renews us day by day.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

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Celebration Occasions

Office Hours

April Birthdays


Maggie Barresi

8:00 AMNoon

Austin Aardema Faigh

Donovan Aardema Faigh
Kyle Hawthorne

6:008:00 PM


Ron Wagner
Addison Wagner
Virginia Bertz

8:00 AMNoon


Bill Wright


James Bayless



Community Breakfast
3rd Saturday
Jan, Feb, Mar & Apr
7:00 am 9:00 am
Mayview Community Building
Free will donation
Proceeds to Mayview 150 Club
(Mayview Sesquicentennial)

April Anniversaries


5:009:00 PM

Serving Souls



Trinity Alvested

Kenny & Mildred



Tanner Burns

Vernon & Kim Koch


Adam Hoefer

Brian and Rachel Murry


Alyssa Hoefer

Laura Nolte &

Judy Pragman

Administrative Affairs
Kristin Aardema Faigh

Home(660) 237- 4902

Church (660) 237-4355
Cell (660) 641-1038

Scott Alvested
Council President

(816) 230-4450

Bob & Jenny Holt


Robert & Mary Brueggenhohann

Angie Lawson
Church Secretary

(660) 237- 4355


Dwight & Denise Dickmeyer

Jenny Holt

(660) 237 - 4923

Teresa Begemann

(816) 633 - 4133

Dawn Stuart

(660) 237 - 4355

The deadline for submissions for the
May newsletter is
Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
Send your submissions to: or
Or Call (660) 237-4923

Zion United Church of Christ

105 North Mary St.
Mayview, Missouri 64071-8224
Generous - Loving - Dedicated Christians
Sunday School 9:30 am
Worship at 10:30 am



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Zion UCC Mission Statement

The avowed purpose of our church shall be:
To worship God, to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the Sacraments; to experience Christian fellowship, to build unity, and to practice charity within this congregation and the wider church; and to share this witness of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Worship Whirl
Traditional Worship

10:30 AM


Come As You Are Service

10:30 AM

Monthly - 3rd Sunday

Sunday School

9:30 AM




Monthly 1st Sunday & Special


Church Council

7:00 PM


Board of Christian Education

7:00 PM


SAIL (Serving All in Love)

7:00 PM

Monthly - 4th Tuesday