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A wreath with three lit candles marks the third week of Advent. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

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Tuesdays at the Table


Deck the halls...with Poinsettias!




In United Methodist churches and homes throughout the world, poinsettias signify the Christmas season has begun. Check out this video that tells the history of the festive plant.


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Giving, Gratitude & Generosity with Linda Bruner: Get Your Spirit in Shape, Ep. 104

Giving, gratitude & generosity

Lifelong United Methodist Linda Bruner, who works for the denomination at United Methodist Communications, discusses generosity and why being part of a local congregation is important to her faith journey.

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Prepare for Advent

With the Advent season upon us, check out these new books to help you and your family prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth. Photo by Canva.

Advent booklist for all


Generous gratitude

Gratitude works a bit like your muscle. The more you work it out, the stronger and more capable it becomes. A photo illustration of the Rev. Gary Henderson by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

Exercise your gratitude muscle



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What we believe

United Methodists know Christmas, but maybe not these things. Photo via

Five things you may not know about Christmas


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Teach me, O God, to be generous. Amen.

Get Them Talking: Generosity


How we serve

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UMCOR responses in 2021 continue to climb


How we serve

Society of St. Andrew and United Methodists across the connection partner to address food insecurity through the Old Testament practice of gleaning. Mike Smith, member at Concord United Methodist Church, is a long-time volunteer gleaner.  Photo by Stacey Hagewood, United Methodist Communications.

Hunger: Biblical problem solving for today


Radical hospitality

United Methodist Eve Newman (left), who suffered a brain injury at age 5, is a member of the Commission of Religion and Race's Disabilities Miinstry Committee. "I think that people with disabilities deserve to have opportunities to learn as much as people without disabilities," she says. Puppets (above right) were created by the Flames group members, including Newman. Angels (below right) were painted by Newman. Canva photo collage by United Methodist Communications.

Inviting all: Prioritizing inclusivity


The Faith we sing

Reading and singing the hymns of Charles Wesley are wonderful ways to come into the presence of Christ. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas


Meet the 'Apple Butter Man'

After teaching for more than three decades, United Methodist James Sink says God led to him a retirement ministry of making apple butter, which he and others sell to fund outreach programs in rural Bland County, Virginia.

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Native peoples

Josephine Deere serves communion to participants in an immersion experience held by The United Methodist Church’s Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. A group of 40 people spent several days learning about Native American history and culture, as well as challenges facing indigenous communities. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

Group gets immersion in Native history, concerns


Church music

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Spanish-language United Methodist hymnal, Mil Voces Para Celebrar, which introduced new texts, tunes and rhythms for worship. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Spanish-language hymnal turns 25


Creation care

Families bathe and wash clothes in the Taia River, near Taiama, Sierra Leone. Churches are lobbying the government to limit water pollution caused by diamond and gold mining. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Church joins fight against river pollution