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THE DAILY STAR-JOURNAL, WARRENSBURG, MO., FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012

Coffeehouse offers ministry AMANDA LUBINSKI Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – To help make “everything one does become a ministry,” First United Methodist Church turned the former Wesley Foundation building, 305 S. Holden St., into a coffeehouse. “About a year ago when we were deciding what to do with the space. We prayed about and really thought hard about what we could do to offer a place where ministry can happen,” Associate Pastor Mike Cassidy said. The result is the Rock at FUMC.

“We wanted a place where people from different faith backgrounds could just hang out. We wanted a place where the word of God sounded different, looked different and tasted different,” he said. “Here we don’t own the ministries but just provide a place for them to occur. It provides the younger community a place to meet others.” The ROCK, which will hold a grand opening Nov. 6, is open 7-11 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. It offers free trade coffees, teas, soda (non-free trade), Wi-Fi in-

ternet service and homemade soups and bread from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. “Our coffee comes from a group called Equal Exchange which partners with farmers in areas like South America and Africa so you can see where your beverages and foods are coming from. You can see that it is reaching out and helping to support a family that needs it,” Cassidy said. “We are also working with a refugee group based in Kansas City to supply vegetables for our soups and breads.” “A coffeehouse, Cassidy

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THE ROCK, a free coffeehouse offered to the community by First United Methodist Church, will hold a grand opening at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. said, sets the Methodists apart from other campus ministries in the area. “Before it was all of the campus ministries here on the row doing a lot of the same things and we were getting overlap so we wanted to change that. We do have space where small groups can meet

and meditate and do have worship here on Monday nights but we wanted to offer more than that,” he said. The ROCK will also help showcase local artistic talent. “We are gearing up with our entertainment space where we can host musi-

cal acts and have spoken word contents and poetry slams,” Cassidy said. “We also are almost finished to where we are going to have three panels where artists can come in and hang their art.” For more information about the ROCK, call Cassidy at (660) 747-8158.

Warrensburg’s First Church of the Nazarene welcomes new pastor Warrensburg – The congregation of First Church of the Nazarene, 603 E. Hale Lake Road, will install Rev. Robert Denham as pastor during a wor-

ship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Denham graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho

and pastored churches in California and Nevada. Denham said his passion is for people to find their gifts and use them for the

kingdom of God. The installation service is open to the community. For details, call (660) 747-8949.

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