Plus, North Park United Methodist receives grant
By American staff
Prophetess Marcia Morrison of Morrison Ministries, the author of the book Leprosy in the Church, is coming to St. Louis with several speaking engagements around town.
She will speak August 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Greater Pentecostal Church of God Women's Conference, 6080 W. Florissant Ave. The following evening she will sign copies of her book at Family Christian Store, 10807 W. Florrisant, from noon until 4 p.m.
On August 28, she will speak during morning worship at the Greater Penecostal Church of God. These events are all leading up to Discipleship Classes she will conduct beginning in October at the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, 6500 Natural Bridge.
In her Discipleship Classes, "Traveling School of the Spirit," she teaches Biblical principles of spiritual, personal and business discipline, leadership and creativity for 21st century ministry and enterprise.
Morrison's accomplishments extend beyond the pulpit. She holds a dual MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and a bachelor's of science degree from Washington University. She was the first two-time recipient of The Wharton School's Shils Zeidman Entrepreneurial Scholarship.
She worked as a research chemical engineer with Merck & Co., co-inventing new prescription medicines including AIDS therapy Crixivan and asthma drug Singulaire. She has also served as pharmaceutical consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, developing business strategies for companies such as Merck, Bristol Myers, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.
By the time she was 35 years old, Morrison had been widowed twice and was left with two young daughters to raise. She uses her life experiences as inspiration for her work.
Morrison founded the Minstrel Seth Morrison Scholarship Foundation in memory of her late husband, who was a gospel musician. The foundation provides scholarships to help others develop and polish their gifts and talents in music through vocal, dance and key board.
For more information on Marcia Morrison, please visit www.morrisonministries.com.
North Park United Methodist receives grant
North Park United Methodist Church of St. Louis has received a $15,000 grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for a new worship training program with youth and young adults to help them become more involved in the church.
North Park will begin a year-long worship training program with youth and young adults in the areas of music, praise dancing, dramatic presentation, liturgy and multimedia. Other churches in St. Louis will also be invited to partner with North Park in this endeavor.
North Park United Methodist Church, 1525 Orchid Avenue, was one of only 53 churches and organizations awarded grant funds from the Calvin Institute. Over 150 grant proposals from 36 denominations and 38 states and four provinces were submitted.
North Park United's worship training will begin in September. For interest, enrollment and other information, please contact Pastor Lisa Scott Joiner, D. Min. at (314) 868-6868.
"This year we are especially encouraged by the number of proposals from congregations who seek to discover new ways to worship as the Body of Christ across barriers of age, gender, race, and language," said Betty Grit, program manager of the Worship Renewal Grants Program.
"One of the most heartening parts of the evaluation process is discovering so many faithful and creative people at work outside the limelight, in ways that nourish the church but don't make headlines," said John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Funding for the Worship Renewal Grants Program is provided by a grant from Indianapolis-based Lily Endowment Inc.
The next application deadline for the Grants Program is January 10, 2006. For more information, including an introductory brochure and application information, see the grants section of www.calvin.edu/worship.