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.“
UMTV: Church Welcomes Job Seekers
Roswell UMC has 360 volunteers who offer networking opportunities and spiritual support to those looking for work.
UMTV: Art by Grieving Children
Center helps kids share feelings. “I wish every community had some way to recognize that they’re grieving and to do something about it.”
Circles of Care for Immigrants
Therapist-turned-pastor provides free mental health support for immigrants facing long separations from family and fears of deportation.
Family Vacation from Cancer
Church gives trips to those dealing with disease. “It takes their childhood away. When you get to just have fun, that’s giving a piece of that back.”
Churches Rethink 9/11
A Chicago community is rethinking church by honoring 9/11 heroes as well as their own first responders, “who stand up and protect us every day.”
9/11 Memories: Arlette Kitenge
From Rwanda, Arlette Kitenge had been in the U.S. for one year when terrorists struck on 9/11.
9/11 Pastor Seeks Peace
Myrna Bethke lost a brother on Sept. 11, but the pastor channelled her grief by helping others work toward making the world more peaceful.
Memorial Honors U.S. Military
6,400 ribbons pay homage to service people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "People have grown cold to the fact men and women are still dying.”
Hope for Inmates
Chaplain champions the HOPE program, a support group in which prisoners write letters to children in Africa and send money for school fees.
Deportations Leave Teen Alone
When Jasmine Franco’s parents had to leave the U.S., church friends gave her shelter. Now she is the first in her family to go to college.
Mother for African Orphans
Kay Oursler is a person whose life has had many different chapters. Now the Arkansan lives in Tanzania most of the year to fulfill a pledge to help orphans.
Second Chance After Prison
My Sister’s Keeper pairs female inmates with professional women on the outside to build relationships that can last long after a person is released.
RVers Repair Churches
A group of retirees is giving up some free time to offer free repairs for congregations.
UMCOR Spring Storms
Leaders say the relief agency has already responded to as many storms as in all of 2010, and almost as many as in 2009.
Family Volunteer Vacation
For the past few years, the Kiefer family has given up vacation to use their talents in the family construction business to help people rebuild their homes after storms.
House That Phil Built
Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name?" He was the master of tragedy, triumph, and irony... and just such a Shakespearean drama has engulfed a small community in Alabama.
The pastor of the largest UM church in Missouri wants you to keep your phone on and out during services to say what’s on your mind.
Volunteers Adopt Hospice Pets
Deacon recruits foster parents for pets when owners are dying. “People want to help because they wonder, ‘What would happen to my pets?’”
AIDS Awareness Church
“It’s God’s work.” Hollywood UMC supports those with HIV, visits clinic patients. “They can go all day without anything to eat, or a hug, or smile.”
Pauley Perrette: Acting on Faith
She’s a TV star, but her church and her faith keep her grounded. “I have Romans12:21 tattooed on my finger. It gave me my power back.”
Driving Kids To Graduate
One pastor who had a lot of help completing his studies is now making sure other students have what they need to finish school.
Pastor ayuda como chofer escolar
Un pastor que recibió mucha ayuda para completar sus estudios, ahora se asegura que otros estudiantes tengan lo necesario para terminar la escuela.
Tornado Losses, Lessons
The Rev. Kelly Clem lost her child and her church in a 1994 tornado. Now she is comforting others recovering from storms.
Creative and Color Blind Church
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell’s forward thinking is embodied in his non-traditional choice in a new associate pastor.
Mentoring and Ministry
In three decades of leading one of the largest congregations in the U. S., the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell has developed his own style of preaching, and his own strong opinions about staying vital.
Omaha Celebrates Community Day
United Methodists came together in Omaha, Nebraska for a unique effort to reach out to their neighbors and help change the world.
Car Care for Single Moms
Church makes mothers’ day. "They came for free gas, but the look in their eyes when you said ‘I would be glad to pray for you’ was a God moment."
Life After Foster Care
Two-thirds of kids in foster care don’t graduate and half end up homeless. Advocates make sure those without parents have someone to turn to.
Garden Grows Community Care
Members of 30 churches left the pews and put on their work gloves to help neighbors. “We want them to see people out there in need.”
Good Friday Cross Journey
A pastor took a tree from his yard and created a 14 ft., 425-lb. cross neighbors carried for 14 miles. “We became a church without walls.”
Malaria Lab Fights Killer
Andrea Henkel is a scientist with personal reasons to Imagine No Malaria. She got malaria in Togo and children close to her died from the disease.
Reflections on the Titanic: Historian Phil Gowan
United Methodist Phil Gowan is a historian with a wealth of knowledge about Methodist ties to the Titanic.
Ties to the Titanic: Methodist Band Members
Historian Phil Gowan says the band leader had Methodist roots, and the last song was probably not "Nearer my God to Thee."
Ties to the Titanic: Methodists on the Titanic
Among the many intriguing stories of survivors, historian Phil Gowan says a Methodist man married a woman he met on a lifeboat.
Blind Photographer’s Vision
Tiffany Chartier is a young mother, an active church member, and a professional photographer. She also has a disease that is robbing her of her sight.
Research shows that there are four categories of factors which show up over and over again in thriving churches.
Hospice Care with Pets
Giving up beloved animals can be heartbreaking for the terminally ill. A United Methodist chaplain found a way to keep people and pets together.
First-time volunteer at 91
We are all called to serve others. There are no rules for when or where, and no age limits. Meet a volunteer whose stamina might surprise you.
Congo Pilot Medical Missions
Meet the son of an African bishop who found his calling in the cockpit of a rescue plane.
Rasmus’ Church Growth Tips
Pastor Rudy’s challenge: make the most of 52 Sundays a year. His church grew from 9 members to 9,000. The secret: “Don’t bore ‘em!”
Malaria Ravages Congo Poor
George Clooney’s malaria made news but in Africa, the disease is ever-present. The UMC offers aid but it came too late for one woman’s family.
Women’s Spirituality Club
Members focus on one self-improvement goal each year. From different faiths, they take on topics like prayer and the Sabbath.
Success Secrets of Young Pastor
One 25-year-old loves his church so much he has become the lead pastor for two congregations.
One Year Later: Haiti Quake Survivor
The Rev. Jim Gulley was trapped for 3 days under the Hotel Montana. The tragedy served to strengthen his resolve to change lives in Haiti.
Church Adopts Haiti
Bronwen and Bill Pope adopted two sons from Haiti. Now their friends at church make clothes for children affected by the earthquake.
Sermons For Truckers
Wilma Foreman first preached to a washer. Now her sermons are on CDs at truck stops “to reach people nobody wanted to reach.”
Kalamazoo Rethinks Christmas
Volunteers welcomed 1,500 neighbors with a warm meal, warm clothes and a warm feeling.“We’re a little church doing a big thing.”
Modern Shepherd at Christmas
Herding is one of the world’s oldest occupations, and shepherds are some of the key figures in the story of Christ’s birth.
UMTV: Holiday Warmth for Armenia
“Coats for Carrie’s Kids” honors the memory of a missionary. Friends sent winter wear for 400 kids in 11 remote villages. “Carrie would be proud.”
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