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Pastor hits pavement, cleans toilets, to share faith
ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (UMNS)—The Rev. Timothy Patterson was called to expand his ministry the day after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “There wasn’t anything more important than me checking on people in town,” the pastor of Salem United Methodist Church decided. And so began a journey that found him handing out some 264 prayer cards and candies each week. For Holy Week, he cleaned the bathrooms of some local businesses. The reaction of townspeople has ranged from astonishment to deep gratitude that leads to varied opportunities to minister outside the four walls of the church.
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Bryant to stay at Board of Discipleship
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—The Rev. Stephen Bryant, outgoing world editor and publisher of Upper Room Ministries, is staying put. Effective July 1, Bryant becomes special assistant to the top executive secretary for development of international resources and initiatives at the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship. In this newly created position, Bryant will work with the Rev. Karen Greenwaldt, top executive, to develop a strategy for meeting the needs of ministries in countries outside the United States. Bryant will collaborate with Central Conference and other denominational leaders to support ministry.