Midwest Review

Newsletter for the Midwest District of the Missionary Church

Reminder from the Psalms

In Psalm 9, David encourages us with these words: "I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you, I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High." As we reflect on some of the happenings within the Midwest District of the Missionary Church, may our hearts be filled with praise to God, and may we have hope as we consider what God might accomplish in the days to come.

Thank You from the Petros

Ramona and I want to say “Thank you” for your generosity this past Christmas season. We count it a privilege to serve you, and we look forward to continued partnership in ministry in the coming year. God bless you!

Pastor Andy

Sanctuary Dedication in Newton, KS

On January 26th, approximately 160 people gathered at First Missionary Church in Newton, KS for the dedication of their new sanctuary. This service culminated a series of events that began in 1968 when First Missionary Church purchased a small church building in Newton from a Free Methodist congregation that was relocating. In 1995 a fellowship hall/multi-function addition was completed and that addition served as their sanctuary until now. In June of last year they broke ground and construction began on their long-anticipated sanctuary. Today they are rejoicing in God's goodness and enjoying this newly completed facility which is dedicated to the service of God and to His glory!

Midwest District Conference

On March 23rd and 24th, pastors, delegates and guests from the Midwest District will gather at Hillside Missionary Church in Clarinda, IA for the 52nd annual District Conference. Beginning with the dinner on Monday evening, conference will continue through Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the normal business proceedings, Missionary Church president, Rev. Steve Jones, will be speaking on several occasions on the topic "You Will Receive Power." There is still time to register for the conference and reserve housing at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites before the March 2nd deadline. Check the district website (themidwestdistrict.com) for further details.


On the day that Newton's First Missionary Church dedicated their new sanctuary, the congregation also had the privilege of witnessing the ordination of Ray Anthony Adams II. Anthony, who grew up in a pastor's home, gave his heart to the Lord as a 7th grader, and has been growing in Christ ever since. As a sophomore in high school, on a missions trip to Bolivia, he sensed God's call to the ministry. Since that time there were many questions as to what the fulfillment of that call might look like. However, he is firmly convinced that God has now led him and his family to serve in the ministries at FMC in Newton.

"Fearless Followers"

The 2020 Family Camp will be held at Timber Lakes from July 28th - August 2nd. Rev. Gary Aupperle, from the Hope Missionary Church in Blufton, IN, will be the camp speaker and will be sharing biblical insights into what it means to be a Fearless Follower of Jesus Christ. Round up your family and spend a wonderful, relaxing, and spiritually challenging week at the 2020 Midwest District Family Camp! Registration information can be obtained from your local Missionary Church or it can be accomplished online at themidwestdistrict.com.

Junior Camp 2020

"GO" is the theme for this summer's Junior Camp for 9-12 year olds. Sam and Mandy Petro will return to share with the campers what it means to be a follower on the GO for Jesus. It will be a great week of fun, food, fellowship, and life change!

Remember: campers who register by March 1 save $60, so don't delay, check the district website for details.

2020 Junior Camp Promo Video


The 2020 Youth Camp will be held at Timber Lakes on July 13-17. Speaker, Greg Neumeyer, will be sharing insights from God's Word on Jesus, our uncommon Savior, and how we can live UNCOMMON lives of devotion and service to Him. Adam DeMike will again be leading camp and Elias Martinez will be leading worship. It's going to be a great week and you won't want to miss it! As with all of our district camps, registration details can be found on the district website.

Churches Needing Pastors

Please pray for the New Life congregation in Culbertson, NE as they continue their search for a new pastor.

Also pray for the congregation of Northeast Missionary Church in Lincoln, NE as they search for a replacement for Pastor Dave Miller who will be retiring on or before August 1st.