By United Methodist News Service
United Methodists responded quickly to tornadoes in
One United Methodist died and St. Luke UMC in
Disaster recovery coordinators with the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference were surveying the damage on March 2, and representatives of the United Methodist Committee on Relief are scheduled to visit the site as well.
Killed was Cliff Gaston, a member of the
Anyone wishing to send a work team to help should call 866- 340-956 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, residents in the rural Arkansas Delta community of Dumas flattened by a powerful Feb. 24 tornado are sifting through what’s left of homes and businesses as The United Methodist Church assists in relief efforts. The storm destroyed a third of the town’s business district and left an estimated 800 jobless in the town of 5,300 people. Almost immediately after the tornado, members of First UMC gathered and began preparing food for displaced residents, most of whom are being housed at the local Baptist church. “They were doing this without lights. I just can’t say enough about the people in this church,” said the Rev. Glenn Pettus, pastor of the
UMCOR is providing a $10,000 assistance grant to aid in the relief effort, said Martha Taylor, director of communications for the Arkansas Annual Conference. The conference is seeking donations of nonperishable food and bottled water. Mission teams and other volunteers are asked to contact Don Weeks, the conference Volunteers in
Report on ministry ignites conversation across nation
He reported on conversations and reactions to the eight recommended changes to the church’s system of lay, licensed and ordained leadership during the commission meeting Feb. 22-24 in
Ruling by Judicial Council reveals conflicts among UMs
NASHVILLE — A ruling about pastoral authority by the highest court of The United Methodist Church revealed conflicts over church membership criteria, ecclesiology and the authority given to appointed leaders. Those conflicts were explored as pastors, bishops, theologians, seminary deans and denominational staff members gathered Feb. 15-16 in a consultation over implications of Judicial Council Decision 1032 in the case of a
Specifically, the Judicial Council ruled that “the pastor in charge of a
WNBA star sees first-hand need for bed nets in
The nets cost $10 each. Health officials say the nets can reduce transmission by as much as 90 percent. To send a net, visit Nothing But Nets (www.NothingButNets.net) or United Methodist Communications (www.umc.org). United Methodists also can give through their churches by designating their gift for Advance #982015.