Vacation Bible School

We have received word from our friends at the First Christian Church (the host church for this summer's VBS) that the one-day Vacation Bible School event that had been planned for this month has been postponed to later in the year due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in our area.

Read the Bible in One Year

Susie Bliss is inviting you to read through the Bible in one year with her.  The reading program she will be using consists of 6 readings per week (one each day).  The seventh day is intended to be a day of contemplation, have a group meeting, or catch up if you fell behind.  Susie, and several others, began on July 5.  If you want to join them in this spiritual journey you can do so at any time.  Call the church office to join up.  [More Information]

Sunday School News

The Class 13 Group will hold off on returning to Sunday School until it is safer to do so. However, Mildred Dorsey has made sure each class member has a copy of the lesson book so everyone in the class can read the weekly lesson.
Members of the In-B-Tween Group feel they are ready to return to their class. They will begin meeting on Sunday, August 2, in the Fellowship Hall. To ensure each other’s safety, they will observe social distancing by sitting 6 feet apart around their large table.

Sanctuary Improvement Project

Painting all the walls with two coats of paint began on Tuesday, April 28, and took about a week.  Once the painting was complete, new carpeting was laid. Insulation was also been installed in the ceiling.   Replacement of the front steps was the next step.  This included a new more secure hand rail on both sides of the steps.   We’ve been planning this project for well over a year.  Your contributions have made this possible.  See photos of the work that has been done.

Pastor’s Online Sunday Morning Messages

Since the onset of the coronavirus Rev. Williams has posted an online sermon each Sunday.  Now that we have returned to worshiping in the sanctuary, the posting of the sermon on the church website has been delayed until the afternoon (it takes a while to produce and upload).  We are still offering the sermon online for the benefit of those who are understandably remaining at home due to COVID concerns.  However, we are curious as to how many folks are still benefiting from the online sermons.  Please email Rev. Williams to let him know you are listening.

A Bit of Art Presented to the Church

Sculptor & artist Michael Mistler and his wife, A.J., are friends and former church members from Anselm’s past. You know his work; the wind sculpture that was installed on the courthouse yard in the middle of the Carrollton square was designed and created by Michael Mistler. Last week Mike and A.J. popped in at our church to surprise Anselm and Susan. They unexpectedly presented our church with one of Mike’s creation. It is an artistic optical illusion entitled, “Crown of Thorns Tree.” Anselm and Susan have hung it in the hallway near the bulletin board. Next time you are at the church come by and check it out!

Children’s Ministry Page

Knowing the schools have closed due to the coronavirus and our children are staying home from school, Rev. Williams wanted to provide the children of the church a little something to do while they were at home; something that would be fun but would also teach about Christ and God’s love. So, he has posted a children’s web page on our church’s website. It contains online coloring pages, as well as puzzles and activities sheets that can be downloaded and printed. Something new will be added each Wednesday. So, parents and kids, check it out at:

Face Masks
The Newest Fashion Statement

We have a church member who has made some face masks and she is happy to unanimously share them with others.

Supplies are very limited. So, if you would like to have a face mask, please call the church office and we will make sure you get one (while they last).  Also Rev. Williams has put together some information about how to make your own face mask.  He will be posting that information on our website at:

Graduation Announcements

We have five high school graduates from our church this year.  We wish each of them the very best in the years to come.

Peyton Pierson

The son of Justin & Tiffany Pierson.  He was active in baseball and football and plans to attend Grand River Tech School to become an electrician.

Kylar Mulch

The son of Michael & Lynette Mulch.  He was active in track, basketball, HOSA, NHS, A+, Honor Roll, All Conference Freshman-Senior year for all sports.  He plans to attend University of Missouri and major in Pre-Professional Physical Therapy.

Garrett Calvert

The son of Chris & Gail Calvert.  He was active in basketball, football, baseball, A+, Academic All State Football, and other sports.  He plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University and major in Recreational and Corporate Wellness.

Sally Schmidt

Sally is a member of the graduating class of 2020 at Carrollton High School.  Her future plans are to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in Agriculture Education and Leadership: Emphasis in Communications.  Sally is active in our church and our Youth Group.  A celebration to honor Sally will be held at a later date.

Brittany Hays

Brittany is the daughter of Stephen and Jennifer Hays.  She was a member of show choir, concert choir, marching band, pep band and concert band.  Brittany was also a member of Skills USA and DECA.  She is an active member of our church and Youth Group.  She plans to become certified in medical coding and billing.

Supporting the Church

Thanks to the many church members and friends who have mailed in their Sunday Offerings in an effort to continue their support of the church’s mission.  Those gifts are being blessed and dedicated for God’s work just as we would normally do at worship on Sunday morning.

Upper Room Magazines

The July-August 2020 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is available.  If you would like a copy, call the church office and we will mail it to you.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.  Let us know which version you prefer.

Janet Plackemeier
Runs in 5K Fund Raiser

Janet’s daughter, Melanie Barone, found a 5K run that supports Fire Fighters. Since Janet’s husband is a volunteer Fire Fighter, her daughter decided she and her mother should both take part. Janet’s other daughter, Keri, also decided to get into the act. All three of them ran on the same day, but in different places. This was Janet’s first 5K run. Janet completed the course, but she reports she was “extremely sore” by time she finished. With just a hint of sarcasm, Janet said, “This was a big accomplishment for me since I’m in such good shape!”


Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so. Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway. The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

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Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges

Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Large Print Worship Bulletins

In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars

Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]