"Gracious God, I pray for families who over the next years come through these doors, that they might find healing for their spirits, that there would be laughter here and, Lord, love shared through these rooms." - The Rev. Kevin Lyon, senior pastor of Henderson United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark., blessing an apartment remodeled by church volunteers for long-term cancer patients.
Extreme makeover, church edition, aids sick children
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS) - Reality TV could not have done it better. Over 10 days this fall, members of Henderson United Methodist Church completely remodeled the apartment for long-term cancer patients at the Ronald McDonald House near Arkansas Children's Hospital. They replaced the floors, widened the kitchen, repainted walls, installed new countertops and set up new furniture - all with the hope of creating a more inviting "home away from home" for critically ill children and their families.
Candler releases art-filled Christmas DVD
ATLANTA (UMNS) -- Emory University's Candler School of Theology has released "A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art," a new DVD presentation that blends the school's extensive collection of the art of John August Swanson with the well-known biblical narrative of the Christmas story. The 50-minute DVD has six sections, or "chapters," each featuring a passage of Scripture from the Christmas story and a work from Swanson's six-paneled "Birth Narrative" depicting the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Designed for use in Sunday school classes, Bible studies and other church group gatherings, the DVD is accompanied by a participant study guide. Further information, including a video preview, is available at www.candler.emory.edu.