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How to Contact Us...

If you would like to speak to someone at the Cooter United Methodist Church by email, please click on the following email address:




Come Worship with Us!

Welcoming Smiles are Here for You!

A Note from the Pastor


Changing the World Through Faith

How lovely to think that no one need wait even one moment. We can start now...start slowly changing the world...Ann Frank

How to Find Us

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John Wesley and the United Methodist Church

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Where to find out more about Methodism...

Would you like to know more about John Wesley, the founder of Methodisim?  Click here:


If you'd like to know more about what United Methodists believe, click here:


Just for Fun!


CNN News Update

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A Great Place for Children's Sunday School Ideas!


Looking for some really great ideas for young children's Sunday School or after school activities?  Click on the link below!

Bible Games and Crosswords

Do you like crosswords and other games?  Try these links:

Programs and Activities

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Wednesday Activities

Most Wednesday evenings throughout the year there are Bible studies and fellowship activities at the church. Check the calendar on the home page frequently for a listing of those events.


Vacation Bible School 2011!


Vacation Bible School 2011!

Children's Ministries

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Our Youngest Christians

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Cooter UMC has embarked on the mission of providing young children's ministries. Sunday School for children, Children's time during our worship service and other kinds of ministries geared specifically for children, such as puppet ministries and children's music are an important part of the ministries at Cooter UMC.


Welcome Lindley!

Christmas 2007

Youth News

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Don't forget to use the scroll down arrow so you don't miss something at the bottom of the page!

Youth Welcome!

At Cooter United Methodist Church, we believe in youth and their families. We are in a continual process of developing our youth ministries, including youth group activities, family activities with the youth, and children's ministries. Contact the church at 573-695-4523 if you have questions. Better yet, come join us and bring a friend!!! News of the love of Christ awaits you.


Very Important Persons!

Our youth group got front row seats at Winter Jam!

Winter Jam

Cam's going for Eagle Scout!

Cameron (far right) works on his Eagle Scout project while the youth group drops in to "supervise". :)


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Safe Sanctuaries Training Available Online!

Anyone working with children or youth at the Cooter United Methodist Church will be expected to complete Safe Sanctuaries training.  It can now be taken online at the link below.

Southeast District

See what's happening with the Southeast District on the link below...


And then use the "back arrow" to return to the Cooter UMCwebsite!

The Missouri United Methodist Conference

See what's happening with the Missouri United Methodist Conference!  Click on the link below...


And then click the "back arrow" to return to the Cooter UMC website!

Funeral Notice

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Funeral Notices

This is the page where we list upcoming funeral services...the time of the dinner, visitation, and service; and also the funeral home handling the service and the place of interment.


Photo Archives

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A Fellowship Trip...Tennessee Safari Park!

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FaithFest 2008 Great Success!

Faith Fest 2008, held September 13th at the Old City Park in Steele, Missouri was an interfaith event in which eleven churches participated. The City Government, local community services and businesses, and many, many individuals donated time, money and resources to make this day a great success! Thanks to all who made it so special!


Winter Jammin' in Memphis!

Inside the Prayer Oasis

Praise God!

We know Whom we serve!

Youth Bowling Trip

Getting Ready for Festival of Sharing '08

New Fire Dept Recruits!

The Prayer Oasis

Face Painting

The Fire Department kept it cool!

Christmas 2007

Five Practices.Org (We're Featured Here!)

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Intentional Faith Development

Intentional Faith Development Exercise Benedict’s steps for filling one’s heart with Scripture: 1. Read a passage of Scripture until you find a phrase that inspires you to stop. 2. Repeat the phrase over and over again until you memorize it. Then, repeat it over and over again from memory. Repeat it until it seems like it comes from the heart, not the voice, until the power of the word of God takes over. 3. When the phrase loses all meaning except that power, the person falls silent, still not thinking, but letting the inspiration of the Holy Spirit speak about the meaning in the heart. 4. Finally, you will sink into contemplation, going beyond the voice, beyond the intellectual understanding, to sit in the presence of God in the divine Word. Take fifteen minutes today or this week and follow the Benedictine steps.

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A Note from Bishop Schnase

Bishop Schnase, of the Missouri Annual Conference sends this message to us...please navigate to to see more!  Stay tuned to this website to see how Cooter UMC practices these five practical outreaches in the name of Christ...we are transforming from within! 



The purpose of is to identify and connect congregations and church leaders who seek to multiply their ministries by repeating, deepening, and improving on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations:

This website serves as a source for new ideas, best practices, suggested readings, sermons, study guides, internet resources, teaching congregations, and event announcements that strengthen the basic practices of congregational ministry. The purpose of is intended to encourage sharing, downloading, and free distribution of helpful ideas. 


We invite you to learn with us, and to share with us, as we seek to fulfill the mission of the church.  Feel free to use the materials and to offer your experiences, sermons, and best practices related to the Five Practices. We ask only that you help us maintain a mutually respectful tone by avoiding offensive or antagonistic comments and by observing common courtesy. Please make yourself at home, and help us all learn and grow to the glory of God.


Thank you for joining with us, and may God bless you in your ministry.


Mission Opportunities

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Mission Teams Forming with UMCOM

The United Methodist Church is Deployed to Joplin, MO.  Please see the information below for more:


 Learn about forming a Volunteers in Mission Team for later cleanup and recovery

Please do not self-deploy before coordinating with the Office of Creative Ministries. For a list of other response options including joining future VIM teams and providing materials resources please visit the Office of Creative Ministries at

Vacation Bible School at Cooter UMC! Photos!


Faith Fest!


Safe Sanctuaries Training

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Safe Sanctuaries REQUIRED

Safe Sanctuaries


The Safe Sanctuaries program is a process developed to train and certify persons as safe workers with children and youth in Conference Ministries. The policies were adopted in 1999, in response to God's call to welcome all children and to protect them from the devastating effects of child abuse.  If you work with children at any United Methodist Church, Safe Sanctuaries training is required.  It is now possible to take Safe Sanctuaries training online.  Follow the link below to get the process started. 


Safe Sanctuaries Online Training


Intentional Faith Development; Worship

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Scripture Readers

Here are the Scripture Readers for: January: Tom and Becky Campbell February: Mark Brackin March: Todd and Kathy Campbell April: Clay and Brandy Snider May: Tom and Phyllis Winter June: Mary Robinson July: Tony and Sheila Booth August: Karen Neil September: Jerry and Cindy Brown October: Kathy Robinson November: December: Steve and Renee Reid

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Need a daily Bible reading plan? Try this:

Lectionary Readings 2011

June 12, 2011 [Red] Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (UMH 826) 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 John 7:37–39 June 19, 2011 [White] Trinity Sunday (First Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 1:1–2:4a Psalm 8 (UMH 743) 2 Corinthians 13:11–13 Matthew 28:16–20 June 26, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Second Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 22:1–14 Psalm 13 (UMH 746) Romans 6:12–23 Matthew 10:40–42 July 3, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Third Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49,58–67 Psalm 45:10–17 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795) Romans 7:15–25a Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30 July 10, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 25:19–34 Psalm 119:105–112 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756) Romans 8:1–11 Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23 July 17, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Fifth Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 28:10–19a Psalm 139:1–12, 23–24 (UMH 854) Romans 8:12–25 Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 July 24, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Sixth Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 29:15–28 Psalm 105:1–11, 45b (UMH 828) Romans 8:26–39 Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52 July 31, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 32:22–31 Psalm 17:1–7, 15 (UMH 749) Romans 9:1–5 Matthew 14:13–21 August 7, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Eighth Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28 Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b (UMH 828) Romans 10:5–15 Matthew 14:22–33 August 14, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 45:1–15 Psalm 133 (UMH 850) Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32 Matthew 15: (10–20) 21–28 August 21, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 1:8–2:10 Psalm 124 (UMH 846) Romans 12:1–8 Matthew 16:13–20 August 28, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 3:1–15 Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45c (UMH 828) Romans 12:9–21 Matthew 16:21–28 September 4, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 12:1–14 Psalm 149 or Psalm 148 (UMH 861) Romans 13:8–14 Matthew 18:15–20 September 11, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 14:19–31 Exodus 15:1b-11, 20–21 (UMH 135) Romans 14:1–12 Matthew 18:21–35 September 18, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 16:2–15 Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45 or Psalm 78 (UMH 799) Philippians 1:21–30 Matthew 20:1–16 September 25, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 17:1–7 Psalm 78:1–4, 12–16 (UMH 799) Philippians 2:1–13 Matthew 21:23–32 October 2, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20 Psalm 19 (UMH 750) Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33–46 October 9, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 32:1–14 Psalm 106:1–6, 19–23 (UMH 829) Philippians 4:1–9 Matthew 22:1–14 October 16, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 33:12–23 Psalm 99 (UMH 819) 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10 Matthew 22:15–22 Luke 16:19-31 October 23, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost Deuteronomy 34:1–12 Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17 (UMH 789) 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 Matthew 22:34–46 October 30, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Joshua 3:7–17 Psalm 107:1–7, 33–37 (UMH 830) 1 Thessalonians 2:9–13 Matthew 23:1–12 (May be used on first Sunday in November) November 1, 2011 [White or Red] All Saints Day Revelation 7:9–17 Psalm 34:1–10, 22 (UMH 769) 1 John 3:1–3 Matthew 5:1–121 November 6, 2011 [White or Red] All Saints Sunday or Ordinary Time/Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Revelation 7:9–17 Psalm 34:1–10, 22 (UMH 769) 1 John 3:1–3 Matthew 5:1–12 or If not celebrating the day as All Saints Sunday Ordinary Time/Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (Green) Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25 Psalm 78:1–7 (UMH 799) 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 Matthew 25:1–13 November 13, 2011 [Green] Ordinary Time/Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Judges 4:1–7 Psalm 123 or Psalm 76 (UMH 797) 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 Matthew 25:14–30 November 20, 2011 [White or Gold] Christ the King/Reign of Christ Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 Psalm 100 (UMH 821) Ephesians 1:15–23 Matthew 25:31–46 November 24, 2011[Green, White, or Red] Thanksgiving Day (Red or Green) Deuteronomy 8:7–18 Psalm 65 (UMH 789) 2 Corinthians 9:6–15 Luke 17:11–19 November 27, 2011 [Purple or Blue] First Sunday of Advent, Year B Deuteronomy 8:7–18 Isaiah 64:1–9 Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 (UMH 801) 1 Corinthians 1:3–9 Mark 13:24–37 December 4, 2011 [Purple or Blue] Second Sunday of Advent Deuteronomy 8:7–18 Isaiah 40:1–11 Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13 (UMH 806) 2 Peter 3:8–15a Mark 1:1–8 December 11, 2011 [Purple or Blue] Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11 Psalm 126 (UMH 847) 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 John 1:6–8, 19–28 December 18, 2011 [Purple or Blue] Fourth Sunday of Advent 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16 Luke 1:47–55 (UMH 199) Romans 16:25–27 Luke 1:26–38 December 24, 2011 [White or Gold] Christmas Eve Isaiah 9:2–7 Psalm 96 (UMH 815) Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1–20 December 25, 2011 [White or Gold] Christmas Day Isaiah 52:7–10 Psalm 98 (UMH 818) Hebrews 1:1–4 (5–12) John 1:1–14 December 31, 2011 [White or Gold] Watch Night/New Year (A,B,C) Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Psalm 8 (UMH 743) Revelation 21:1-6a Matthew 25:31-46

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To Ask for Prayer

If you are in need of prayer, don't hestiate to call the church office at 573-695-4523, or use the email address below:

The Upper Room Devotional

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To learn abou the Upper Room Prayer Line, click on the link below:


Christmas Ministries


The people of Cooter UMC collect and wrap gifts for the people of our local nursing homes.

The River Oaks Christmas Wrapping Event

UMCOR Relief for Joplin, MO

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Help for the People of Joplin Mo from UMCOR


If you would like to give assistance to the people of Joplin, MO, who have been strcken by tornado, please click on the link below.


Because local churches have a system of apportionments to pay administrative expenses for operation, 100% of your donation goes directly to the tornado victims. 

Trun!k or Treat!


Trunk or Treat 2009

And you thought the sixties were dead!

Under Construction!

Christmas Eve


Cafe Church

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Christy Berry White, a participant in Cafe Church writes: Tonight's "Destination Unknown", ended up being the Bank Star parking lot. After having sandwiches, we sat down along the side of the road and just watched the cars go by. We noticed that many people were in a hurry, much like our every day life. Our lesson for tonight, was to just "slow down".....God will take care of us. Lisa asked us to make signs sharing this message for the drivers to see. Many people slowed down because they were interested in what we had to share. Then, there were some, who just rushed by, almost afraid of what they might see. I used to be one of these people. One who would just rush on by, embarrassed to share my feelings about God, much less learn about him. Proudly, I'm not one of those people anymore. I'm excited about God, I'm excited about Cafe Church. Thank you to all who came tonight...I had a blast...and a special thank you to Lisa.

What is Cafe Church?

What is Cafe Church? Cafe Church is an eclectic collection of events designed for young adults and young families. We invite you to come and experience the presence of God in a life-transforming way; in engaging worship services and events where you will learn how God and His Word directly apply to your life and the circumstances your are dealing with today. Our doors are wide open to everyone, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey,and the services and ministries of Cafe Church events are all designed to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Come as you are; from shirt and tie to sandals and shorts, everyone is welcome! Cafe Church Events, repeated frequently: Connections Cafe events: are short term small group experiences over coffee. Members create and choose when, where and how to meet. Bring it On! events: are coffee-cup discussions surrounding those "hot topics" we've all wondered about. We'll wrestle with hard questions and what the Christian tradition and teaching has to say about them. World Impact! The United Methodist Church is in the forefront of missional work around the world. Have you ever wondered where God is calling you to serve in His church, community and perhaps in the world? Discover your God-given spiritual gifts, personal style, and ministry passions. Then make an impact on God's world through mission service! Sticky Church events: are informal church worship services that engage the whole family. The Biblical message is meaningful to all ages. Bring the kids. We'll connect with them without losing the adults who came along!


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Members of the Cooter and Steele UMCs witness to our neighborhoods

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About Communion in the United Methodist Church

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About Baptism in the UMC

If you are our guest at the Cooter United Methodist Church, you are invited to take part in the Lord's Supper, regardless of denominational affiliation. Like baptism, Holy Communion is regarded by Protestants as a sacrament. That is, it’s an act of worship ordained by Christ and is a means of grace. This does not mean that we become any more worthy of God’s grace by taking part in Communion. Rather, we open ourselves to the divine love that’s already there; we become more ready to receive that love and to respond to it. As with baptism, we use common, physical gifts of the earth, bread and wine—though in United Methodist churches we prefer unfermented grape juice. All Christians are welcome at our table, whatever their denomination. Holy Communion is a family meal, and all Christians are members of Christ’s family. Therefore, in each congregation, when we receive the bread and cup, we join with millions of brothers and sisters across the ages and around the world. Holy Communion (or the Lord’s Supper) is a mystery too deep for words. Its meaning will vary for each of us and from one time to another. But three essential meanings are caught up in this proclamation in our Communion service: “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again” (The United Methodist Hymnal, p. 14). “Christ has died” In part, Communion is a time to remember Jesus’ death, his self-giving sacrifice on our behalf. As he said to the disciples at their last meal together, “Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). In remembering his passion and crucifixion, we remember our own guilt; for we know that in our sin we crucify Christ many times over from day to day. So the Lord’s Supper is a time of confession: “We confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart….We have not heard the cry of the needy” (The United Methodist Hymnal, p. 12). “Christ is risen” But Communion is not a memorial service for a dead Jesus. It’s not a time to wallow in our own guilt. It’s a time to celebrate the Resurrection, to recognize and give thanks for the Risen Christ. The bread and wine represent the living presence of Christ among us—though we do not claim, as some denominations do, that they become Christ’s body and blood. In Luke’s Resurrection story, the Risen Christ broke bread with two of his followers at Emmaus, “then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him” (24:31). So, as we’re nourished by this meal, our eyes are opened; and we recognize Christ here in our congregation, our community, and our world. What’s our response? Thanksgiving! In fact, another of our words for Communion, the Eucharist, means thanksgiving. “Christ will come again” In Communion we also celebrate the final victory of Christ. We anticipate God’s coming reign, God’s future for this world and all creation. As Jesus said, “I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29). We believe that we’re partners with God in creating this future, but the demands of discipleship are rigorous. In the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper, in the fellowship of Christian friends gathered at his table, we find the nourishment we need for the tasks of discipleship ahead. —From The United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised and Expanded by George E. Koehler (Discipleship Resources, 2006).