April 04, 2013
"Parents were saying it was just so hard to find time to have a conversation with their children about not just daily life activities but (also) biblical teaching. So, I thought what better way to incorporate that into everybody's lives than to use the drive time that you have from activity to activity?" - Susan Elswick of Cordova, Tenn.
United Methodist creates 'Drive Time Devotionals'
CORDOVA, Tenn. (UMNS) - Susan Elswick, a member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Cordova, believes family driving time can be sacred. Casey Northcutt of the Memphis Annual (regional) Conference reports that Elswick has designed devotions that offer guided discussions for parents to use on the road to talk to their children about the pastor's weekly sermons.
Choir sings Easter cantata at jail
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Eighteen choir members from Lake City United Methodist Church, carrying their robes over their arms, went to jail on the Saturday before Easter. Annette Spence, editor of The Call in the Holston Conference, shares the choir's experience.
Adrian College's anti-human trafficking campaign recognized
ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) - WDIV-TV, an NBC and CNN partner station in Detroit, featured students at United Methodist-related Adrian College for their campaign against human trafficking. Women at the college initiated the One Dress, One Month initiative in March to raise awareness about the problem.
Bishop Hagiya authors book on leadership
DES MOINES, Wash. (UMNS) - Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya's new book, "Spiritual Kaizen: How to Become a Better Church Leader," is now available at cokesbury.com. Drawing from both secular and church models, it looks at the traits, qualities and characteristics of effective clergy. Hagiya's area includes the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest conferences.
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United Methodists join in 'PBJ for Hunger'
DENVER (UMNS) - United Methodists in the Rocky Mountain Conference and elsewhere on April 7 will spread the love by spreading peanut butter. Groups from all over will make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, packing lunches and giving them to the hungry in their communities. The idea came from the Rev. Jerry Herships, a United Methodist pastor in Denver.
Help for churches during tax season
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - At a time when church members are filing their tax returns, it may be a good idea for church leaders to make sure they are aware of Internal Revenue Service rules that apply to churches, including requirements for church contributors to receive charitable-donation deductions. For help with these and other questions, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary suggests consulting the free IRS publication, "Tax Guide for Church and Religious Organizations."
See tax guide
Approach immigration reform as act of faith
ORLANDO, Fla. (UMNS) - In the debate on immigration, Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. reminds readers that the Bible narrates an "unfolding story of a love that transcends human tribes and divisions." His commentary appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.
Differing perspectives on the March 31 Google doodle
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) - The Google doodle featuring the labor and human rights activist Csar Chvez on March 31, rather than recognizing the Easter holiday, has caused a stir across the blogosphere. Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner, in his E-pistle, offers his thoughts on Google's choice, noting that plenty of people missed Easter, but they can still rediscover the living Christ in this holy season. The Rev. Morgan Guyton, associate pastor of Burke United Methodist Church in Virginia, offered his take on the controversy and the role Christianity played in Chvez's activism. Incidentally, the late United Methodist Bishop William W. Dew Jr. was among the Christians who worked with Chvez.
Read Bishop Coyner's E-pistle
Read Guyton's commentary