News Update 01-05-2023

New Spirit Update, January 5, 2023

In this issue: West Missouri churches open for National Day of Racial Healing, the history of the hymn ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ preparing for the 2024 budget, a summary of the 2022 clergy transitions, and more.

New Year — Any Payroll Changes?

One-minute read. Please contact Elaine Gilligan with payroll changes for employees of your organization.  It is important for correct information to be input online in a timely fashion for correct pension billing and benefits.

Lift Every Voice and Sing: more than a mere hymn

Five-minute read. Many of the hymns in the Hymnal 1982 have very interesting histories. However, hymn 599 stands out as one that embodies the history of African American people.

Church and Clergy Transitions 2022

Two-minute read. Details of the churches in transition as of December 2022, and a month-by-month summary all the clergy transitions that took place in 2022.

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