Category: People of Uncommon Character (page 1 of 2)

Lost and Alone


It is said that no one gets out of childhood unscathed. That may be true, but clearly, some are more scathed than others. You may be one that is feeling lost and alone; depressed and sad; or maybe unwanted and unloved. If so, there is one thing you need to know above all else. Despite all the abuses of this life, you are a child of God. You are wonderfully and awesomely made. And God loves you just as you are, without conditions. If you know nothing else, you must know this simple truth; this good news. If you have a church home we encourage you to attend regularly. If not, come explore the wonders of God’s love with us this Sunday morning at 10:45. We are the Francis Street First United Methodist Church, 12th and Francis, downtown St. Joseph. I’m Mike Perry, one of the leaders there and we’ll save a place, just for you. –Mike Perry

Russian-Speaking Community in St. Joseph


Saint Joseph Russian and Ukranian Speakers Meetup

Saint Joseph, MO
16 Members

Open to all immigrants from the former Soviet Union: Russian, Ukrainian Speakers, People Married to Ukrainians and Russians, Tadjiks, Belorussians, Parents Adopting children f…

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The Russian-Speakers group introduced New Year Celebration to St. Joseph community on December 30th. The organizers invite all who speak Russian language or have the interest to learn it.  Anybody who loves networking and participating in cultural and educational events will be delighted to experience authentic traditions, food, and music. Some fantastic people are part of this group and are interested in developing, growing, expanding their knowledge and share their experiences.

Advent Study

Mike Buckler Inducted into Coaches Hall of Fame

By Brandon Zenner, New-Press Now

CONCEPTION JUNCTION, Mo. – During his time as football coach at South Holt, Mike Buckler’s play sheet was rather simple.

In his time from 1991 until 1997,  Buckler guided South Holt to two state championships and amassed a 49-15 record. On Sunday night, Buckler became the newest member of the Missouri 8-Man Coaches Association Hall of Fame, along with his limited play calls.

“We ran veer to the right, and we ran veer to the left. We passed the ball;  if we had to pass the ball three times, that was too much,” he said, drawing laughter from the hundreds of players, coaches and parents at Tri-Meadows in Conception Junction, Missouri.

Buckler’s stops include as a player at Missouri Western from 1978-82 with coaching positions at Pittsburg State and back him alma mater throughout the ’80s. He coached South Holt in Oregon, Missouri, until accepting a position as principal at Robidoux Middle School. After 10 years, he decided he had been away from coaching long enough.

“I missed it. You’re around kids when you’re a principle, but it’s completely different,” Buckler said. He then was granted an opportunity to spend three seasons at Benton as an assistant before becoming Central’s defensive coordinator in 2010.

Ever since receiving the news this summer, Buckler has found time to reflect on some of his fondest memories while in the 8-man realms. His first game with South Holt, Buckler, and his wife Mary were going to celebrate by taking the team bus home with the players.  However, every player rode home with family, leaving the pair to share a bus ride home alone.

In Buckler’s second season, he let the school’s principal, a former coach, call the first play of the year. Excepting a fancy trick play or reverse, the call was for a quarterback sneak, “a guaranteed score.” The play ended with a 65-yard touchdown.

That second season ended with a  20-20  tie with South Nodaway in the state championship, meaning rings and trophies for everybody, Buckler’s next title came one year later, though it was also a 30-30 draw, this time with North Andrew.

“It’s just great to be able to reflect, see people and see these kids,” Buckler said. “But they still aren’t as big as the kids we had in Oregon.”



Stewardship 2017 – Bob Means, Finance Chair

Coping with Sudden Life Changes

In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down – that is, in fact, moving upward – is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions.

Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand “up”. We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right, and the disappointments of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys in the second half of life.

The discussions are on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

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