"People ask me sometimes, 'Do you think you are making a difference, Kay?' I think I am; I hope I am. I've given six years of my life to (Uhekule) village." - Kay Oursler on building an orphanage in Tanzania.
Grandmother builds orphanage in Africa
UHEKULE, Tanzania (UMNS) - Kay Oursler could have retired comfortably back in Hot Springs Village, Ark., near her biological children and grandchildren. But retirement would not be much of a mission for Oursler - certainly not like starting an orphanage in a small African village.
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Maryland D.S. takes prayer bike tour
FRIENDSHIP, Md. (UMNS) - "The church needs to engage itself &ellipsis; to meet people where they are," said the Rev. Evan Young, newly appointed superintendent of the three-county United Methodist Annapolis District, Baltimore-Washington Annual (regional) Conference. Young set out on a bicycle to do just that.
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New pastor also new football coach
ROCHESTER, N.H. (UMNS) - First United Methodist Church got a new pastor and Spaulding High School appointed a new assistant football coach, reports Foster's Daily Democrat. The pastor and the coach are one and the same.
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Wooden bank helps tell Florida church's story
PALM BEACH, Fla. (UMNS) - Little things can speak volumes about history, notes Eliot Kleinberg in the Palm Beach Post. He writes about a little wooden coin box shaped like a house that was distributed to members of a United Methodist congregation in Lake Worth to raise money for a 1916-1917 building project.
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Sept. 10 - Early registration ends for Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, "Love in Action: The Transformative Power of Nonviolence," Nov. 8-11, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.Details.
Sept. 11 - Webinar on "Serving Servants: Rethinking Volunteerism in Today's Church," 6:30 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register, scroll toward the bottom of the webpage.
Sept. 12 - Deadline to register for "Workable Evangelism Conference," 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT, Sept. 15, at First United Methodist Church, 3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas. Registration is $55, and lunch is included. To register and get more details.
Sept. 12 - Board of Ordained Ministry Legislation Training Webinar, 10:30 a.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Free. Details.
Sept. 13 - Webinar on "Five Key Elements in Successful Stewardship Strategies," 6:30 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.
Sept. 18-21 - 2012 National Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors Conference, "Guiding Your Ministry to be More Fruitful," Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration Hotel, Kissimmee, Fla. Register here.
Sept. 20 - Webinar "Church Council: Fall Checkup," 6:30 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.
Oct. 11-13 - "Beyond These Walls" mission conference, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Mission Society, McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, Powder Springs, Ga. Details and registration.