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Tips for Including Church Members in Your Service

9/23/2016

Worshippers at Easter fill Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, where attendance has been on a steady rise. Photo by Joseph McBrayer By Darby Jones, United Methodist Communications The word laity is from the Greek word, laos, meaning "people of God." It is used to describe members of a congregation or parish ...


Church Families Rescuing, Rebuilding After Floods

9/22/2016

By Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service Six trillion gallons of rainwater fell in just three days in southern Louisiana. The recovery, though, will take years. Rivers ran over their banks, and when the waters receded, thousands had lost homes, churches, schools, and places of business. Their possessions ended up in piles of debris on the...


Forrester to Head National Disaster Organization

9/21/2016

From UMCOR The director of The United Methodist Church’s disaster relief program in the United States has accepted a new position as chief executive of a national association of relief organizations. Gregory A. Forrester will become president and CEO of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) after serving for three years as ...


Wespath Board Organizes for Four Years

9/19/2016

From Wespath Benefits, Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications, (847) 866-4296 or cnies@wespath.org Glenview, IL—Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) held a meeting of its members in Glenview, Illinois on September 7-9, 2016 to organize and elect its Board of Directors for the new quadrennium. Wespath’s Board consists of thirty two ...


Campaign for Africa University Launched

9/16/2016

Photo by Rick Wolcott, UMNS. Aubrey Lucas outlines a campaign to increase Africa University’s endowment fund to $100 million during a Sept. 12 banquet celebrating the work of longtime supporter and board member Maggie Jackson. By Vicki Brown and Rick Wolcott, United Methodist News Service   A campaign to increase Africa University’s endowment fund...


Louisiana Churches Join Hands, Look for Blessings

9/15/2016

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS The Rev. Robert Johnson (second from right) leads a prayer with maintenance worker Kevin Oliver (right) at a flood-damaged apartment complex in Duson, La. Praying with him are the Revs. Todd Rossnagel (left) and Susan Ferguson. By Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service After the deluge come the blessings. And ...


Unrest, Economic Problems Burden Africa University

9/14/2016

Photo by Vicki Brown, UMNS Munashe Furusa, vice chancellor of Africa University, said the United Methodist university is open and operating smoothly despite political unrest in Zimbabwe, although some students have been unable to register for financial reasons. Retired Bishops J. Lawrence McClesky (left) and Ernest Lyght (middle left) and Marcus ...


Two Mississippi Moms Lead Fight Against Malaria

9/12/2016

By LERAE COLLINS, UNITED METHODIST COMMUNICATIONS Two moms are determined to help the Mississippi Annual Conference raise $1 million in one year to fight malaria. Meet Charity Gordon (pictured right) and Darlene Dotherow, two mothers on a mission to make sure children anywhere do not die from a preventable disease. And they’re doing something about...


Responding to Hate: 9/11 and the Power of Love

9/9/2016

  Photo courtesy Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications “Love one another” was written in chalk on the base of a statue of George Washington in Union Square Park, New York City, in the days following 9/11. Acts of love and service were a meaningful response to the terror attacks. A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino, United Methodist ...


Responding to Floods, Tornadoes in Indiana

9/8/2016

Photo by Skyler Nimmons Volunteers and workers in Kokomo, Ind. unload donations and supplies to assist those in need after a tornado struck the city. You can help those affected by natural disasters by supporting the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). By Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service   When a tornado barreled through ...


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