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This Week's Events
FEB

25

SUN
Sunday School
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
We offer Sunday School classes for all ages, toddlers through adult. Please join us.
Choir Practice
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
The Chancel Choir will practice in the choir room before worship.
New Membership Class
9:15 AM to 9:45 AM
Pastor Laura will be leading a New Membership Class for anyone interested in joining the church. The class will run 4 weeks on Sunday mornings. Call the church office to learn more: 816-637-2138
Worship Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Staff/Servant volunteer safety, security training
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
All church staff plus servant volunteers (ushers, greeters, etc.) are encouraged to attend a special safety and security training led by John Simmons. The training will last about an hour and will start after the worship service.
Service At Convalescent Center
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
FEB

26

MON
Back Snack volunteers meet at GSC
9:00 AM
Volunteers wanting to help pack backpacks for the Good Samaritan Center are invited to join our group at the GSC downtown. This program, sponsored by Harvesters, helps put nutritious foods in the hands of students who normally would not get to eat away from school and home for the weekend. This program discreetly helps these children have a regular meal.

This week, volunteers will be stuffing backpacks with 2 weeks of supplies. The work usually takes a couple of hours, depending on the number of helpers.

To learn more, contact Sandy Cogdill at 630-5926.
Finance Meeting
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Boy Scouts Weekly Meetings
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Boy Scouts Meet throughout the year. Cub Scouts meet September though May. The Scouts meet on Monday Nights at 7:00 p.m. The Troop meets in the Fellowship Hall (as long as there is not a church sponsored function that takes precedence) as well as several classrooms
The Spring Band Practice
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Spring Band will practice on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the church Sanctuary
FEB

27

TUE
Mighty Diapers pick up
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mothers with young children needing financial assistance with diapers can come and sign-up to see if they qualify for free or reduced costs on diapers. Or parents can come and purchase diapers from our program at extremely reduced costs.
FEB

28

WED
Hand and Foot Club
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chancel Choir Practice
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
The Chanel Choir will practice on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
MAR

01

THU
Girl Scouts #737 - Rebecca Bender
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Troop #737 meet every Thursday during the school year, except on Christmas break. Troop #737 meet in the Overflow room
Girl Scouts Meeting #3653 - Julie McCartney
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Troop #3653 meets in room #7 every Thursday from September to May except over Christmas break.
New Women's Bible Study "Esther" by Beth Moore
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A new women's Bible Study, "Esther" by Beth Moore will begin on January 4 for 10 weeks. The group will meet each Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
MAR

03

SAT
Kitchen and Fellowship Hall Reserved - Jean Herzog
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The kitchen and fellowship hall is reserved - Jean Herzog's birthday on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 11 to 3 p.m.
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Pastor

Laura Blevins

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Hello, I'm Pastor Laura Blevins and I came to the First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs in June of 2015.  My husband, Jeremy, is also a pastor and currently serves the wonderful people of the Richmond United Methodist Church.  Jeremy is a great partner and is always putting up with me talking about him in my sermons.  Together, we have two amazing kids and one ornery golden retriever.
 
One of the best things about my position at the First United Methodist Church is that I get to watch God working through the amazing people at my church.  I am extremely interested in history and have found so much wonderful history to celebrate both here at the church and in Excelsior Springs.
 
I love to laugh and tell jokes (all of which I think are hilarious).  I also enjoy to read and play a mean game of Apples-to-Apples.  Most importantly, I love my family and always look for ways to have fun together. I've told you a little bit about me, now I would love to hear about you. Please e-mail me and let's get to know one another.
 

Administrative Assistant

Karen Glamann

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Hi, my name is Karen Glamann.  I am originally from Sioux City, Iowa but now live in Kearney.  I have worked as the Administrative Assistant  here at the First United Methodist Church for almost 8 years, beginning in October 2008.

My favorite thing about the church is the people.   I truly enjoy the relationships with my friends here at First United Methodist Church and I enjoy helping people.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Trent and and we have two children.  We live in Kearney and we have a furry child, a golden retriever, named Sky. My favorite hobby is reading and learning to sew.  I love spending time with my family.

I organize and orchestrate the business operations here at the church. I assist Pastor Laura with her scheduling and other responsibilities. I also am responsible for the scheduling of meetings and events here at the church. When you call the church, I'll be the one on the other end of the line! If you have questions or need assistance with anything here at the church, I'll be happy to help.


Communications Director

Brian Rice

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Hi, I'm Brian Rice, communications director for the First United Methodist Church. I've been part of this church family most of my life, but recently returned to this church with my lovely wife, Christi, and youngest daughter, Emily. I have two other children, Brad and Laura, who are well on their way to becoming young, talented responsible adults of their own.

My "day job" is newspaper publisher of The Excelsior Springs Standard and Town & Country Leader, but my love is to use my talents of creativity, writing and graphic design for God's purpose and to help our church reach out to as many people as possible. My dream is to not only help our church family grow closer together, but to help everyone in our community get a chance to learn about God and to learn what a difference He can make in their lives. Plus, I get to design some really cool stuff!

I love to draw cartoons and thus my family jokes around a lot! I've been a fan of Star Trek all my life and so I've become quite fond of technolgy and all the gadgets that now exist because of ST -- especially anything that begins with a lowercase "i". If you have news to share or need information about our church, I'm the guy to contact!


Music Director

Mallory Mahon

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Mallory's biography coming soon...


Accompanist

Jerri Morris

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Jerri Morris is originally from Nebraska where she obtained her degree as a piano accompanist.  She and her husband, Jim, now live near Kearney, MO.  Jerri has been the accompanist/organist at First United Methodist Church since August 2014.

Jerri has been accompanying at churches since she was 12 years old.  Additionally, she has been accompanist for numerous musicals, high school choirs and soloists, and private lesson students.  Jerri spent seven years as a pianist in the U.S. Air Force.  She works full-time for Commerce Bank in Kansas City, MO.

Jerri and Jim enjoy the friendly, accepting people at FUMC.

Jerri and Jim live in the country with their various animals – goats, dogs and cats – where they are building their retirement home.  They have four children and three grandchildren.  They enjoy attending musical theater events, comedy club performances, and spending time with their animals.


Preschool Director

Darla Sims

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Darla's biography coming soon...

Assistant Preschool Director

Jenna Olcott

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Jenna's biography coming soon...

 


Nursery Assistant

Wilma Smith

Hi, I have been the nursery assistant for our church for over 10 years. It all started when Sandy Cogdill asked me one summer to volunteer to help in the nursery during Vacation Bible School. I fell in love with the little ones and have been taking care of them ever since.

I love their innocence and their innate goodness; it shows us what God wants us all to be like.

I am a retired teacher and enjoy knitting and reading. The Jeff Shaara historical novels are a favorite of mine.


Church Custodian

Melissa Roberson

Melissa's biography coming soon...