On May 26th, all three churches from our fellowship in the state of Missouri met for our first state wide worship service in over a decade. There were over 500 in attendance between the three churches in St. Louis, Columbia, and Springfield. The Gateway City Church in St. Louis hosted the service and brought back the “Luau” theme of these old services, as many disciples wore Hawaiian shirts and were given leis to wear during and after service.

Vince Hawkins kept the “luau” theme going by preaching on “Ohana,”a word that means family, and how family means no one gets left behind. The excitement for increased unity and cooperation among our churches was literally fed by a full meal served to everyone by the Gateway City Church, along with disciples from Columbia roasting a 250-pound pig onsite! The service ended around noon, but the fellowship lasted well into the afternoon outside as disciples ate, laughed, and built new memories.

We ended service excited to see one another again in Kansas City this upcoming Labor Day weekend as the Missouri churches join the rest of the Heartland family of churches for our first regional Jubilee weekend in almost a decade. Please continue to pray for our unity and faith here in Missouri and the rest of the Heartland family of churches!