Chuck Knows Church: Meaning of I-H-S
If you’ve seen the letters "IHS" around your sanctuary, you may have wondered what they mean. Chuck hunts down the answers.
Worship Ideas for Juneteenth
June 19, 1865 marked the end of slavery in the U.S. Now Juneteenth is a time to reflect on African-American history and heritage.
Road trip? See United Methodist landmarks
State by state guide lists heritage landmarks of the church across the U.S. including Johnstown church, site of 1946 Uniting Conference.
Undocumented citizens invisible post-disaster
UMCOR reports undocumented citizens are particularly vulnerable after violent storms. “The church has a role in helping those most in need.”
UMTV: Joining Families at the Border
Offering prayers and Communion on both sides of the wall, the Rev. John Fanestil serves loved ones separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Church in China: A Bible printing press
It took 20 years to produce the first 50 million Bibles, but only five years to produce the next 50 million.
The Church in China: Focus on disaster relief
When disaster strikes, Amity goes to front lines, a new action in a country where government traditionally managed disaster response.
‘Son-powered’ service after Oklahoma twister
Lack of electricity no deterrent to Moore-First church which is helping with recovery efforts. “We must light the darkness for others.”
The Church in China: To serve God, society
For the past 28 years, the Amity Foundation has worked to assist those on the margins of Chinese society.
Door open to Southern Baptist Scout groups
United Methodist Men responds to Baptist action to support church and families that want to cut ties to Boy Scouts.
$3.5 million pledged to fight malaria
Largest-ever commitment for Imagine No Malaria, announced by Bishop Palmer of the West Ohio Conference, is a “cause for rejoicing.”
The Church in China: Pews are full
Many of country’s historic churches now filled with thousands—instead of hundreds—as young people turn to churches in large numbers.
Prayers and resources for Father’s Day
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‘Fatherless’ on Father’s Day
As a young adult watching her dad say, “Our Father,” for the last time, Tiffany Dale is reminded that we are never “fatherless.”
U.S. envoy encourages Côte d’Ivoire students
“Practice, practice, practice,” urges ambassador in visit with wife to United Methodist Secondary School.
The Church in China: One pastor’s journey
At 69, he looks back on a Christian lifetime nurtured by his father and grandfather, who embraced the faith in the mid-19th century.
Wesley’s diet, exercise tips promote health
Drink lots of water, take cold baths, exercise regularly.
Furor over block to gay clergy candidate
Bishop asked to rule on due process in case of Texas woman who had completed steps toward ordination when she came out as lesbian.
The Church in China: A growth in size, faith
As the number of Christians in China climbs, Chinese faith leaders work to maintain relationships with faith groups internationally.
Church reaches out after floods in Europe
As Committee on Relief offers assistance, Bishop Wenner, Germany Episcopal Area, calls for prayers and solidarity with those affected.
Call for peace on Korean peninsula
At Ecumenical Korea Peace Conference, Christians, including Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, came together to pray and develop steps toward a “just peace.”
Young people inspire at preaching festival
Indiana Annual (regional) Conference lifted up by 18 youthful sermons at event designed to showcase and encourage.
Oklahoma climbs back after multiple tornadoes
United Methodists in Oklahoma extend relief work to areas hit by massive May 31 tornado, widest on record.
Myrlie Evers to present race relations award
The wife of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers will honor a group of Mississippi ministers who stood against discrimination in 1963.
Africa U. to offer palliative care degree
Palliative care treats the whole person — body, mind and spirit.
UMTV: Young Pastor’s Fresh Ideas
Stephanie Price encourages churches to partner with local farmers. “We’re closing that gap between people outside our walls and people within.”
McCord Scholar prepares to give in return
Program at 11 Historically Black United Methodist Colleges and Universities guides student toward deeper meaning in life.
Chuck Knows Church: Stained Glass
Ever wondered why stained glass is found in places of worship? Find out on how windows were used as teaching aids on this episode.
Gleaning: Ancient practice feeds hungry
Special ministry collects produce left after harvest. “If we gleaned all the edible food that we right now waste, we wouldn’t have hunger.”
Philander Smith acts on social justice legacy
United Methodist-related Arkansas college looks to actions of its founder and graduates for definition of its mission.
Clean water a source of hope in Nicaragua
Clean water partnerships, education and sustainability help build communities with strong relationships and “without sickness.”
The theology behind disaster relief, recovery
United Methodists put theology to work, “following and finding Christ in disaster situations,” explains head of mission agency.
United Methodists ahead of malaria goal
Fundraising for Imagine No Malaria reaches June goal of $40 million early, more than halfway to final goal of $75 million by 2015.
Church vitality: From ‘dying’ to ‘reborn’
Failing German congregation had planned to sell its building, but God had other plans. Last year the church was re-consecrated.
Aviation ministry gets new wings and a prayer
Slideshow: After United Methodists raised more than $2.1 million, supporters blessed plane bound for medical mission in the Congo.
Scouts’ food drive a loaves and fishes story
When Girl Scouts sent handwritten letters to companies asking for donations to feed local children, food poured in from all over the U.S.
2013 hunger report: Goals ‘within reach’
Report on world hunger notes measurable successes in poorest countries.
Food ministries flourish on different paths
May 28 is World Hunger Day. Two churches in Indianapolis find different ministries to feed the hungry and enable people to reach potential.
UMTV: Veteran Dedicated to Vets
In honor of U.S. Memorial Day, meet WWII and Korean vet Lou Riedlinger who created a ministry to recognize and serve those in the military.
Peace with Justice offering aids sojourner
Peace with Justice Sunday is May 26. A young woman who fled abuse finds job, hope with help of ministries funded by special offering.
Disaster response: On the ground in Oklahoma
From shipping supplies to offering training in early response, providing relief in Oklahoma is part of being “a holy people.”
Boy Scouts lift ban on gay members
Leaders voted on proposal that retained prohibition on gay adult leaders. Decision affects United Methodist ministries.
Methodists mark May 24 Aldersgate milestone
World Methodist Evangelism organizes events in London as “people called Methodist” remember the life-changing moment of John Wesley.
Mental health: Crises challenge rural pastors
United Methodists who serve churches in rural settings have a great opportunity to transform their corner of the world.
Bishop Dyck joins Chicago strategy summit
With violence escalating, United Methodists begin partnership with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and residents to address key issues.
Church protects people and pets in storm
Since 2006, church near Moore, Oklahoma shelters people and their pets whenever storms draw near — to the relief of all family members.
Oklahoma bishop urges strength after storm
Bishop Robert Hayes gives advice for those wanting to offer help, support and hope for the grieving: “We are prepared for the long-haul.”
Tornadoes: Responding to children’s fears
Consoling children after a tragedy can be difficult. Find resources, books, videos and more to help them cope.
Oklahoma pastor asks prayers after tornado
D.A. Bennett, who got news of his son’s safety but must perform funeral for another child, describes “how desperately we need prayers.”
Churches Dealing with Disaster
Whether a tornado, hurricane, flood, fire or earthquake, when disaster hits a community pastors and congregations need to be prepared.
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