Church Pr0file


MONITEAU EVANGELICAL ADVENT

 

 

CHURCH PROFILE

 

MONITEAU EVANGELICAL ADVENT

59349 Moniteau Church Road

Jamestown, MO  65046

www.MoniteauChurch.org


 


STATEMENT OF FAITH


We believe the Bible is the Word of God, written by men, inspired by God.  We believe in Salvation by Grace.  Grace is the undeserved, unmerited love of God for followers of Christ. Our works are never good enough to justify our salvation.  After man disobeyed God and sin came into the world, we were all affected by death, which is the wages of sin.  God created us to have life and has always wanted life for us.  He had a plan that if someone could live a sinless life, this would reconcile us to God.


We believe that Jesus fulfilled God’s plan.  That is why Jesus is the only way to eternal life.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and place our complete trust in Him and honestly confess our sins, we are assured by Holy Scripture that we are forgiven and restored to a right relationship with our Creator.  While we cannot be saved by our good works alone, we set an example of what we believe through how we live.


We believe the words of the Apostles Creed.  This means we believe in the one and only God who was made known to us as the “Triune God,”—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God the Father is the creator of all things.  God the Son is Jesus, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  Jesus is the Messiah (Savior) whom God had promised through the prophets for many years.  The Holy Spirit is God with us.  He helps us interpret Scripture and reveals truth to us.  He comforts us and strengthens us.  He gives us confidence when we doubt.  He leads us in the ways of God.  He even provides faith to us.


We believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, fidelity and holiness in marriage and chastity outside of marriage for the sake of the Kingdom.


BAPTISM as a sacrament is the visible evidence that we have put our old life behind, that we are born anew and become part of Christ’s body, the Church.  We practice both adult baptism and infant baptism.  We are not baptized into a specific local congregation; therefore, we accept the baptism of other churches.  We believe the Church is the living body of Christ, and that we become members of His body when we join the Church. 


            HOLY COMMUNION as a sacrament is the sharing of consecrated bread and wine as memorials of Christ's death, a symbol of the body and blood of Christ poured out for us sinners, bestowing a spiritual union between us and Christ.  We practice open communion; and therefore, all believers are welcome to share the Lord’s Supper.


            CONFIRMATION is the way by which we confirm our faith and accept responsibility as a member of the Body of Christ, the Church.  The pastor uses God’s Word, the Bible, to instruct the class about what it means to be a part of God’s family.  There is a cost, but also a joy in discipleship in this important life-changing decision.


 


 


WORSHIP SERVICES


Moniteau has traditional services with traditional hymns.  Music is an important part of our worship services.  Special music is provided by guests, members of the congregations, and youth Sunday School classes.  A children’s sermon is given before the regular message.  Announcements and concerns are shared by the members.  Times for church services are:


 Moniteau Worship Service – 9:00 a.m.


Moniteau Sunday School – 10:15 a.m.


            In addition to Sunday morning worship services, evening services are held for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Christmas Eve.


            Currently we are celebrating Holy Communion ten times per year:  Epiphany Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent; Maundy Thursday Evening as a communion supper; Easter; World Wide Communion Sunday; Pentecost; the beginning of Advent; plus three other Sundays – one in June, one in July and one in August.


 


HISTORY


Moniteau has it’s roots in Southern Germany and Switzerland following the Church Reformation Fathers Zwingley, Calvin, and Luther.  It began as the German Evangelical Church.  We were strong on missions, supporting a large missionary group who did a lot of work in India, Japan, and China.


From 1863 to 1893 there were three churches united together as one charge, Moniteau Advent organized in 1848, St. Peter’s of Pleasant Grove founded in 1849, and St. Paul’s, which came into being in 1863.  In 1893 Moniteau became independent, and St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s remained one charge.  In 1934 the Reformed Church of America merged with the Evangelical Church, and we became Evangelical and Reformed.  In 1957 the Evangelical and Reformed merged with the Congregational Christian Church, and it became the United Church of Christ. Moniteau remained independent until 1971, when the three churches once again formed a Tri-Church charge.  In 2004, after celebrating 165 years, St. Peter’s discontinued services. 


In 2006 St. Paul’s and Moniteau jointly voted to leave the denomination and restore the name Evangelical.  We joined the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches for help and support.  Since making the decision to leave the United Church of Christ, our churches have remained strong and financially sound, with growing congregations that continue to serve the Lord and our communities. 


 


            Over the past 45+ years our churches have been ministered by:

Steve Watson (February, 2017 - Present) Evangelical


(Interim) Russell Cobb (August 2015 – January, 2017) Independent Christian Church


Pastor Brian Bish (May 2010 - August 2015) Pastor Bish came to us as a new graduate with a Master of Divinity Degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  In July 2015, he accepted a call to be an associate pastor in Creve Coeur, MO at St. Paul’s Evangelical Free Church, a church that he had joined in January 2010 while in seminary.


Interim) Russell Cobb (2009 — 2010) Independent Christian Church


Pastor Chester Marshall (1991 – 2009) Pastor Marshall was formerly a farmer and area businessman who grew up in St. Paul’s Church.  Our previous pastor, Reverend Gardner, encouraged Pastor Marshall to become a minister.  In April 2007, Pastor Marshall was ordained into the Evangelical Association.  Pastor Marshall still attends St. Paul’s Church in Jamestown.


Reverend Troy Gardner (1988-1991) Methodist


Interim Ruth Hotle (1987 – 1988) United Church of Christ


Lay Pastor Joe Fay (1985 – 1987) Catholic


Reverend Richard Ferris (1969-1984) Presbyterian


 


LOCATION AND FACILITIES


            Moniteau Evangelical Advent is located on Route D approximately 6 miles west of Jamestown, 6.5 miles south of Prairie Home, and 10 miles north of California.


            The first log church was dedicated in 1859; the second church built in 1866; and the present church building was completed and dedicated in 1925.  The school house still stands on the church property and has been maintained and cared for over the years, being used for things like men’s fellowship.  After several years without having young children in the congregation, the last 4-5 years have been blessed with the presence and sounds of children’s voices in the church. Average attendance ranges from 45-55 people each week. Sanctuary and balcony seating would accommodate approximately 120 people.  There is one adult Sunday School class and three classes for children ranging from nursery to upper elementary ages. 


            The congregation has always taken pride in maintaining its church building and grounds and has an annual “work day” set aside for this purpose.  Some of the updates to facilities over the last few years would include new front doors, installation of a lift, new kitchen cabinets, and playground equipment.  The adjoining cemetery is located to east of the church building.  Moniteau also maintains a church website where you can learn more about us, listen to sermons and special music from our services, view the church calendar and photos taken at church events.


CHURCH AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITES


            CHURCH COUNCIL is the organized leadership responsible for the business oversight of the church. The Moniteau Church Council consists of five members.  These councils meet once a month in their individual churches.  They pay bills, see that the church is maintained, discuss what missions are supported, and organize activities.  They appoint committees for special tasks.  They prepare for communion and keep records.  They keep the congregation informed about matters of the church and care for the congregation.  


            EVANGELICAL COUNCIL is comprised of all Church Council members of St. Paul’s and Moniteau who meet jointly at least twice per year to plan the church calendar, evaluate the pastor, elect officers, appoint special committees as needed, and discuss other business of mutual concern to the two churches. 


            CEMETERY BOARD is a 3 member board that is separate from the council. This group is responsible for plots, mowing and funding of their respective church cemetery.  A special offering is held yearly to benefit each cemetery fund.  


SUNDAY SCHOOL An adult and 2 age differentiated children Sunday School groups meet in the church basement and refreshments are available to all. At the conclusion of Sunday school class, which usually last 30 minutes, all come together and join hands and recite the Lord’s Prayer.


FAMILY NIGHTS are highly anticipated and well attended.  We have delicious carry in meals with a special time of fellowship with our church families. Moniteau has five family nights per year; the most popular being the “No Talent Talent Show” in March, fish fry in May and homemade ice cream in August.  Recently, we have started delivering meals to shut-in’s and others that are not able to attend.  .


            MONITEAU’S MEN’S FELLOWSHIP group meets the second Monday of each month and has an average attendance of 12.  Fellowship and food, followed by a good card game are the main agenda. 


            MONITEAU’S LADIES NIGHT OUT occurs most months and meets in the evenings.  The dates differ from month to month to accommodate as many schedules as possible.  An average of 7 ladies meet for fellowship, enjoying either a potluck meal or ordering out, and frequently learning how to do something new.  Both groups welcome members from both churches.


MONITEAU’S CHILDREN’S FELLOWSHIP is held quarterly on Saturday evenings.  Children of the church are involved with crafts, singing, watching movies, swimming, playing games, eating sticky ice cream cones and having Bible Story time.  Adult and teenage volunteers have assisted up to 18 children during these events.


            MONITEAU’S PRAYER PAL is held annually and consists of adults and children of the church.  The adult commits to praying every day for the child that is their (secret) prayer pal for the year, as well as providing small gifts for the child’s birthday and holidays.  A “reveal party” is held during Sunday School at the end of the year so the children can find out who their Prayer Pal was.


MONITEAU’S SIT AND SEW is held the second Saturday of each month at the church.  A couple adult volunteers started this group to assist anyone interested in learning to sew.  This has been a growing outreach program for the church.


MONITEAU’S SIT AND SPIT ADVENTURE CLUB is the newest group who meets the first Saturday of each month.  This was designed for boys ages 6 and older to allow them the opportunity to explore life skills that will serve them during their lives, all based within Biblical and Christian context.


MONITEAU’S SUNDAY SCHOOL BREAKFAST is hosted by the adult Sunday School class each fall at a nearby location.  Everyone brings lawn chairs or sits on the provided hay bales and enjoys breakfast prepared over an open campfire.


MONITEAU’S NUTURING COMMITTEE was formed this past year as a member recommended the church reach out more to congregation members when they are hospitalized, miss church for a time, have had a death in the family, etc. Organized of 7 volunteers from the church, they stay in touch with people during those times by sending cards, providing updates to our congregation, making phone calls and requesting pastoral visits when needed or requested.


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is held each year in March.  St. Paul’s, Moniteau, Grace Methodist of Jamestown and Prairie Home Methodist collaboratively conduct the service, joining with churches around the globe in observation of prayer.  A program is led by volunteers, followed by a business meeting and fellowship.  Host churches are rotated each year and funds raised are donated to various organizations/missions.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) is held each summer.  St. Paul’s and Moniteau partner with Grace Methodist Church in a cooperative Vacation Bible School for children ages 3 – completed 6th Grade.  The 2015 VBS enrollment was 68, with average attendance each day of 63 children.


JAMESTOWN MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE is comprised of the pastors in the Jamestown community who volunteer to participate.  This alliance is a partnership that plans community-wide services such as the joint Labor Day Service, Thanksgiving Service, and an Easter Sunrise Service held at the high school with churches taking turns hosting breakfast.  The alliance pools their resources to address the needs of individuals and families in crisis.


Additional community involvement of our churches include but are not limited to:  providing a worship service at the two nursing homes in California, MO about four times a year; serving dinners for the family and friends before or after a funeral; some members volunteering at Moniteau County Christian Ministries in California, MO to sort used clothing that is sold at the store for a very low price.  St. Paul’s hosts an annual Red Cross Blood Drive. The churches facilities are used for showers, anniversary celebrations, family reunions, Baccalaureate service, the local National Honor Society’s ceremony, and many community meetings. 


MISSIONS


 


Our Church utilizes opportunities to support a variety of missions.  Special offerings are held during services and recipients include but are not limited to: Salvation Army, Food Pantry, Festival of Sharing, Mission Festival, Local Fall Fundraising Walk, Families in Need offering, and the Evangelical Children’s Home. 


Our Church also supports the Jamestown youth Mission Trips.  The Families in Need project is held at Moniteau during Christmas time that delivers food, gifts and monetary help to local families and individuals in need.