Hope over hype
Chris Mesa has been giving away Bibles “to those at risk of getting caught up in consumerism” to remind them of the meaning of Christmas.
Black Friday becomes Bless Friday
Serving rather than shopping the day after Thanksgiving? “We want to begin our Christmas celebration by serving others just as Jesus did."
Sierra Leone appoints 2 women to D.S. posts
‘We will not fail you,’ promises lay leader as appointments end 15 years without a woman in district superintendent post.
Philippine clergywomen celebrate gains
Hoping for a woman bishop and more opportunity, women pastors in the Philippines ‘lift up, level up and lead on’ as their numbers grow.
Women, clergypersons of color earn less
Study finds that race and gender do play a role in clergy salaries – but for different reasons. What is the largest differentiating factor?
Zimbabwe project welcomes ex-prisoners
Prison Fellowship works with churches to reach out to recently released to provide a church home for re-entry.
United Methodists give flood survivors hope
Volunteers, case managers and canvassers ease physical, emotional load for those affected by April 2010 disaster in Tennessee.
Dinner and a show delight homeless
Homeless dine with dignity as church members serve and socialize. "They need to know people care and feel like they have a family."
Artificial limbs change Sierra Leone lives
Recipient loses leg when rebels attack village and invade his home but regains life through United Methodist-supported program.
What about worship for special needs?
Church had traditional, contemporary and Hispanic worship. Now “Joyful Hearts” meets on Mondays for those with special needs.
Fire rekindles vital congregation
Blaze is blessing in disguise as congregation welcomes new ministry and members. “The church is not the building. The church is the people.”
UMTV: Restaurant Owner On Mission
Steve Pool cooked up a way to help others. “No matter who you are or where you live, there are missions within ten miles of your house.”
United Methodists offer job seekers hope
United Methodist congregations provide services for the unemployed ranging from networking opportunities to auto repairs.
New tools add punch to vital congregations
Church agency launches Innovative Leadership Project to connect visitors to church, strengthen teamwork and nurture spirituality.
UMTV: Church’s Harry Potter Halloween
Each year, one UMC becomes Hogwarts for a day. Some call it magic. “To be bold enough to sponsor a Harry Potter festival, it’s remarkable.“
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