Schweitzer News – March 10, 2020

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Coronavirus Precautions

Schweitzer will be taking immediate steps to protect our church family from the spread of the coronavirus:

  1. Please refrain from shaking hands during the greeting time in worship. A verbal greeting is appropriate.
  2. We will be changing how we offer food and beverage on Sunday morning.
  3. We will begin offering individual servings of communion elements.

We are following and supportive of guidelines set by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in protecting our church family. Currently, the Health Department is issuing a warning to those with chronic illness.

52 Stories

All of us have unique interactions with God, stories of God showing up in our lives. In these 52 Stories, people connected to Schweitzer share how God is present and transforming in their lives. In watching, may you be inspired in Hope, encouraged in Faith, and active in sharing your story of God’s presence in your life.


“I always had the calm assurance that Jesus was with us at all times.”
–Keith Breithaupt

Easter Volunteers are Needed!

We’re planning a GREAT CELEBRATION for EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 12, and our First Impressions Ministry is adding 65 extra volunteers! If you would be willing to donate an hour of your time to help out in our EASTER PHOTO BOOTH, GOLF CART TEAM, or HOSPITALITY TEAM on Easter Sunday, please contact Sheila Pippin, Director of First Impressions, at, 417-881-6800, ext. 230, or 417-861-0861 (call or text).  Thank you!

The Chancel Choir has welcomed a couple of younger singers to our group. 

Ainsley Cologna joins her mother Nicole Cologna for Wednesday choir rehearsals and Sunday worship. Ainsley is a 6th-grader at Cherokee Middle School and is very musical; she plays piano, violin, and ukulele and has been selected for school honor choirs. In January, she was in Kickapoo’s production of Frozen. Recently, Ainsley volunteered to give a devotional at rehearsal, which the choir really appreciated.

At 5 years old, Lucy Nelson is our youngest choir member! Lucy is a Kindergartner at Hickory Hills. She loves Barbie dolls, princesses and playing with her friends. Lucy has asked her parents for lessons in piano, guitar, violin and flute, which will happen as she grows older. On Sunday mornings, Lucy joins her mother Gen Nelson in the choir loft. She even has her own choir robe!

Are you new to Schweitzer?

Pastor Spencer invites you to join him, along with the other pastors, on Sunday, March 29, 12:00–1:30 p.m., in Memorial Hall. Enjoy some great City Butcher food, along with a tour of our campus. Childcare is provided.

Do you enjoy acting? Videography? Video editing? Are you interested in creating short films?

Be a part of the SATO 48-Hour Challenge April 17–19. Schweitzer will have 2–3 teams competing, and we are looking for actors, editors, production assistants, errand runners, etc. For more information, go to or email Taylor Likes at

Job Openings

Title: Communications Director
General Description: The Communications Director leads the Communications Team to design and implement the messaging priorities of Schweitzer Church in fulfilling its mission of “transforming lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ.”  Read more here.

Title: Assistant Director of Kids’ Ministry
General Description: We seek an enthusiastic Christ follower to be part of the Kids’ Ministry Team. The Assistant Director of Kids’ Ministry is part of a team entrusted with creating and facilitating excellent experiences for children and adult leaders. The team is entrusted with fostering the spiritual growth of the children and families of Schweitzer United Methodist Church, and the community – at – large. Read more here.

Title: Kids’ Worship Leader
General Description: We seek an enthusiastic Christ follower to be part of the Kids’ Ministry Team as the leader of Kids’ Worship. The Kids’ Worship Leader is entrusted with facilitating an experience that fosters spiritual growth for our children preschool through sixth grade. Read more here.