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What makes a meaning-full gift? It’s care, not cost

Want ideas for an unforgettable present this Christmas? United Methodists talk about their most memorable gifts. Read More

Geoffrey Booker, 6, prays before mealtime at his home in Brentwood, Tenn. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Counting your day-to-day blessings

Get ideas for family conversation starters to use leading up to Advent. Two weeks of suggested topics help you start or end your day with gratitude. More

Youth of Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles serve a meal during their annual

Easy ways to share gratitude this Thanksgiving

Find creative ideas to make this season of thanks more about giving than receiving. Read More

Elysia, 2, hugs a state flag during a visit to Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Fairfax County, Va. More than 1,500 soldiers were killed or wounded during this Civil War battle on Sept. 1, 1862. Photo courtesy of Seth Cooper.

20 ways to reach out on Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day. Learn ways individuals and congregations can engage in ministry with U.S. military, vets and their families. Read More

Volunteers place wreaths on every gravestone at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery at Killeen.

Holiday Wreaths for Veterans

Some volunteers in Texas have chosen to honor soldiers' sacrifices with a special holiday tradition. View

Photo illustration portrays Arnola Verna Triplett, mother of Bishop James Swanson. She was killed when he was 18.  Illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications. Photos courtesy of Bishop James E. Swanson.

The day I lost Momma: How domestic violence changed a life

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Bishop James Swanson shares his personal story to help others. "The man she chose to marry killed her." Read More

Joe Hirsch prays over Franz the cat during a pet blessing. Video image by Clay Kisker, United Methodist Communications.

UMTV: Church Welcomes Pets

Hearts and Paws offers pet adoptions, a prayer hotline, and memorials. People say, "If you take care of my pets, you will take care of me." View

Bishop Gary E. Mueller. Photo courtesy Bishop Mueller.

Commentary: Great-Grandma Williams

Bishop Gary Mueller honors the woman whose encouragement ‘literally guided me … and sometimes dragged me as I started down the path of a journey I continue still today.’ Read More

LynnMarie Rink and her son James in family photo as seen in

A Mother’s Blessing: A Photo Reflection

"I am who I am because of my mom." Real people talk about how their mothers modeled Christ just by being themselves. Grab a tissue. View

Santa’s Toymakers at Church

Church volunteers have made 25,000 toys for kids in need. "It's not just what's going in the box, it's what's going on inside that building." View

Ernestine Shepherd runs 10 miles a day. Video image by Barry Simmons.

World Record Female Bodybuilder: Ernestine Shepherd

Ernestine Shepherd is over 75, runs 10 miles a day, and credits workouts and her United Methodist faith for turning her grief into joy. View

A Christmas tree in a window. Photo by Raysonho, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

When going home for the holidays hurts

Celebrating Christmas with extended family can sometimes threaten to steal your joy. A United Methodist counselor offers advice. Read More

The Rev. Chip Hale of Mobile, Alabama, writes about honoring his mother and father in a most unusual way. Photo courtesy of Chip Hale.

Pastor used cell phone for graveyard connections

The Rev. Chip Hale, a United Methodist pastor in Mobile, Ala., finds faith lesson in honoring an unusual request. Read More

Video image shows children at United Methodist Lazy F Camp.

UMTV: Seminarian Supports Military Kids

"Kids serve too. Small programs can make a huge difference." Learn how United Methodist Lazy F Camp focuses on the children of the deployed. View

Native American teens participate in a tobacco prevention program hosted by the Committee on Native American Ministries of the North Carolina Conference.

Native American Teens Stop Smoking

Tobacco use among Native Americans is much higher than in the general population. Now teens in a top tobacco-growing state pledge not to smoke. View

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