Adults

Encouragement for Life’s Challenges

by Pastor Sheila Pippin. In the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey becomes overwhelmed by the circumstances of his life and is “rescued” by a guardian angel named Clarence. One of George’s lines is a last-resort prayer that begins, “Lord, I’m not a praying man, but…” The Congregational Care Ministry at Schweitzer Church is fully aware our lives are made up of challenges...

New Staff Spotlight: Shoji McGhee

The beginning of 2024 has been exciting as we expanded our staff team. In late January, Shoji McGhee joined our staff as our Director of Connections. For over a year, Cory Luczywo has served in two roles as the Director of Connections while also overseeing groups and classes. The addition of Shoji to the team will allow Cory to focus on supporting our growing groups...

Strengthening Your Marriage (Fall Marriage Class)

by Mark MildrenWhen I was in seminary at Southern Methodist University, Pastoral Care and Counseling was a required year-long class. That was a very...

A Legacy of Generosity: Launching the Schweitzer Foundation

Faithfulness and generosity have always been central to the Schweitzer Church story. With God’s leading, an acre of land on the edge of Springfield...

Exploring Faith Honestly with Alpha

Most of my life I was afraid to ask questions . . . especially about the really hard stuff. Sure, I was curious about...

Outdoors in the Ozark

God’s creation is often on full display as we enter spring and summer. The Ozarks is filled with places to explore – including many...

Caring For Real Life Needs

Life is hard. Every day, we experience real challenges. In some way or another, we encounter the unexpected – a bad diagnosis, job loss,...

One Year of Second Season

When the Second Season ministry launched in the fall of 2021 as a ministry for people 55 and up, we had no idea how...

Healing Prayer Training & Service

Prayer is literally built into the core of our church – from the prayers written on the back of the wood planks in the...

Navigating Grief

When someone dies, oftentimes people say, “Sorry for your loss.” As the receiver of these words, we typically respond with, “Thank you,” but step...

Why Small Groups?

Not many years ago, I had a lot of acquaintances, but hardly any who were truly close to me. I floated between different groups...

Diving Deeper Into God’s Word

When Pastor Jim headed off to “mostly retire” in spring, we knew in the midst of boating, spending time with Roxanne and playing pickleball...