Weekly Newsletter 11-15-19

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PFLAG Celebrates 25 Years!


We are pleased to invite you to celebrate the 25th anniversary of PFLAG Springfield, and lay the path for the next 25 years! There will be dinner, drinks, live music, and more! Funds raised at this event will support the PFLAG Springfield Scholarship Program, helping more LGBTQ youth access higher education. Brentwood has two tables reserved; tickets are $25 each. If you’d like to sit at the Brentwood tables please RSVP at brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com or call 417-881-0144.

Brentwood to host bystander training on Nov. 18th

aCTIVE bystander workshop

Love Your Neighbor Active Bystander Workshop
Organized by Disciples Uniting for Racial Justice, this workshop will take place at Brentwood on Monday, November 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop will be led by Tameka Bell, who has led trainings with more than 1,000 grassroots leaders —from first-generation immigrants and those returning from incarceration to clergy leaders and nonprofit executives. A light dinner will be served and childcare will be available.

This is primarily an activism and organizing primer for white people who have had the privilege of ignoring violence in our communities until now. Attendees will learn new tools and tactics to begin to combat incidents of identity-based violence. The training encourages people to be active bystanders and to de-escalate conflict by engaging the target (not the attacker), documenting the incident, and offering target support.

Register Here

About the Trainer, Tameka Bell:
Tameka has led trainings with more than 1,000 grassroots leaders – from first-generation immigrants and those returning from incarceration to clergy leaders and nonprofit executives. In 2014, she designed and led a communications and media seminar at Harris-Stowe State University for youth activists in Ferguson, Missouri. Her training portfolio includes active bystander intervention workshops that help to empower communities to combat situations of identity-based violence and “She Speaks: A Restorative Narrative Workshop for Black Women”, which centers the experiences of black women who are often pushed to the margins of the margins. She teaches story and media for Auburn Theological Seminary.

Tameka is a native Kansas Citian, and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Learn More About Tameka Here:

Trunk or Treat!

UPDATE: Please note that Trunk or Treat has been moved inside due to weather.

The good news is that you can still plan on dressing up and/or handing out candy (yay!). The disappointing news is that it will be difficult to accommodate all of the vehicle decorations (boo!). However, if you have one or two relatively small decorative items that could serve as tabletop displays, that might work. You can begin setting up as early as 5:00; pizza and drinks will also be available beginning at 6:00.

We look forward to seeing you tonight! Thanks for helping us provide a safe environment for our children to enjoy Halloween in a fun and not too spooky way!


This year’s annual Trunk or Treat will take place on Wednesday, October 30 starting at 5:45 p.m. in the Brentwood parking lot. We encourage you to bring your car along with some candy so you can decorate your trunk to show off your Halloween spirit. Pizza dinner will be provided.

Weekly Newsletter 10-18-19

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Meal Train for Katie & Casey


Our friends and fellow Brentwood members, Katie Klocksiem and Casey Gunn, along with their daughters, are facing an incredibly difficult time in their lives. Katie very recently found out she has Stage 3 breast cancer and began chemo this week that will last for 16 weeks, followed by additional interventions and treatment. This is going to be a long, difficult haul for this beautiful family, and we want to surround them with love and prayers and to support them in all the ways we possibly can. Please share this Meal Train link with anyone you know who might want to help in this way. We are setting it up initially for about 6 weeks to make sure the Tu/Th dinner plan is working well for them, and will tweak to add more days per week or change days if need be, so check back regularly. [Sign up for the Meal Train]

Also, gift cards are WONDERFUL ideas for area restaurants (favorites are Panera, Qdoba, Chipotle, Wheelhouse, Rocky’s and Heady’s BBQ in Republic), grocery stores (ALDI, Harter House, Walmart), and Visa Gift Cards to use wherever they need. If there are other ways you are willing to help with time, errand running, household maintenance, etc., please email your contact info to Shannon Smith (shansmith76@gmail.com) and we will make a list for them.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up as well so please share it far and wide. This is another way to be super helpful and supportive.

Thanks in advance for all the love and support you all will be pouring out on this family…It is truly the only way to make it through these times. This is what a church family (and support network beyond) is for– to come alongside each other during hardship to help carry the load, and to be the hands and feet of Jesus in real time.

The Color of Compromise


Come to a community conversation on race, equity and faith in Springfield. We will meet for four Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. starting on October 17th at Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park. We will use the book The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby as a springboard for our discussions. Join us for one or all four sessions. Each session will be self contained and passages of the book being discussed will be provided. The discussions will be moderated by Ally Henny, Heather Hardinger and Susan Schmalzbauer. We will also feature community leaders as guest speakers to bring the conversation to Springfield. Here is a preview of the sessions.

Session 1- General introduction (October 17 – 6-8 pm)

Overview of Book, primarily covering Chapter 1. Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Guest speaker: Rev. Phil Snider from Brentwood Christian Church.

Session 2- History (October 24 – 6-8 pm)

Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War. Guest speaker: Wes Pratt, Chief Diversity Officer at Missouri State University.

Session 3- Political/policy (October 31 – 6-8 pm)

Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration

Session 4- Moving Through (November 7 – 6-8 pm)

Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action.