Reminder to Churches: Input Call to Action Goals Online


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Church distributes toys, love and grace


For 18 years, the Sixty-First Avenue United Methodist Church in west Nashville has operated the Last Minute Toy Store, a powerful sign of this small congregation’s incarnational presence in the world. Read more>>

Dear Santa: Could you dry up the Rio Grande or erase the borders?


By A. Jonathan Mejía If you want to have even the slightest idea of what Judgment Day will be like, you have to go to an American Consulate to apply for a visa. The waiting room has a crowd with sweaty palms and a look on their faces as if pondering the question: “What if I get condemned?” I need to keep praying for a better world, the world to come, the world that has been promised to us, the world that will have no Rio Grande in its geography and no sun in the sky: The Land of the ...

Radical Hospitality Publication... Coming to Your Church Soon


Jesus said, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." The New York Annual Conference is pleased to announce the publication "Radical Hospitality."  Bundles of 5 magazines have been mailed to each local church, and should arrive between the 23rd and 27th of December.   Rev. Ann Pearson opens the magazine with the following: Dear Readers, We are pleased to offer this Radical Hospitality magazine as a resource for welcoming friends and neighbors to your church with a special focus on visitors. We ...

Young Adult Missionary Applications due 2/5/2012


For 60 years, Global Ministries has been sending young people into service. Through the US-2 and mission intern programs, we have enriched the lives of thousands of young men and women, and through their witness touched uncountable youth, adults, and communities. The US-2 and mission intern programs develop church leaders, as young people work in communities that face issues such as poverty, racism, or environmental justice. US-2s serve two years living out faith through social justice in the ...

Advent Week Three: Season Of Joy


A Season of Joy: Joy to the world, the king is coming! By Melanie C. Gordon, from Interpreter Online Photo Illustration by Kathleen Barry So often, we assume Advent is a season of joy for everyone.  We surround ourselves with glittering preparations for Christmas, the smells of pine trees and apple cider, the joyful noise of Christmas carols and the taste of turkey and sweet potato pie.  We see “visions of sugar plums,” and we feel our desire for that new gadget!  As we look at Advent ...

Peace depends on "courageous remnant"


A UMNS Report By Annette Spence* Dec. 9, 2011 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) The Rev. Bob Edgar (center) walks to the U.S. Capitol to raise his voice on behalf of the poor and vulnerable as Congress debates budget cuts. A web-only photo courtesy of Common Cause. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used nonviolent civil disobedience to change the world and society, but the church is too afraid of what others will think to take the same risks, says the Rev. Bob Edgar. “How sad it is now that our ...

United Methodists score high in survey


A UMNS Report By Joey Butler* Dec. 9, 2011 Jordan Bond and Laura Royer (foreground) of Lowman United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kan., work in Gage Park during a day of service organized by the Rethink Church campaign in April 2010. A UMNS file photo by Britt Bradley. United Methodists rank highest in favorability among five different faith groups in a new survey conducted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s research arm. The research shows United Methodists are held in more favorable regard ...

FAQ: What is an Advent wreath?


Wreaths used during the observation of Advent. Advent wreaths are of two basic types. The first is a circle, generally of evergreens, which is hung in the sanctuary of the church as part of the special decorations for the Advent season. Wreaths of evergreen and other materials are increasingly used during Advent to decorate the exterior doors of churches and people's homes. The other basic form of the Advent wreath is that of a circle holding four candles. Generally the color of all four ...

Bishop Park to serve as the first presiding bishop of the Mongolian Mission


“All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing…” (Colossians 1:6) December 1, 2011 Dear United Methodists of the New York Annual Conference: Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, the Prince of shalom, Healer of our brokenness, and Hope of the world! I am writing to share with you that I have been assigned by the Council of Bishops to serve as the first presiding bishop of the Mongolian Mission of The United Methodist Church. As you may know, bishops of our...

Occupy "astonishing opportunity for clergy"


By Sandy Brands* Nov. 18, 2011 The Rev. Monica Corsaro (left), pastor of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, talks with participants in an Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College. Corsaro is one of many clergy who has volunteered to serve as a chaplain to the movement, which opposes corporate corruption and greed. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. He saw it as an opportunity to be present as a pastor and a peacemaker and went appropriately garbed in his clerical robes, ...

$90 million budget advised for bishops


A UMNS Report By Heather Hahn* Nov. 17, 2011 Missouri Area Bishop Robert Schnase consecrates Communion elements at a worship service at Exploration 2011, a young adult event in St. Louis. A UMNS photo by Kathy Gilbert. The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body next spring will take up a recommended 2013-16 budget of more than $90 million to support the denomination’s 157 active and retired bishops. The Episcopal Fund, paid for by congregational giving, supports the salaries, housing, ...

Lazarus Project offers military families refuge


At ease, soldier! Update: With troops returning to Fort Campbell Army Post from Iraq almost daily, the demand for counseling through The Lazarus Project has "exploded," says the Rev. Jodi McCullah. The ministry continues to expand, seeking to be a place "where every door is the right door" for returning soldiers and veterans needing the services of counselors, pastors and social workers.  The Lazarus Project will resume support groups this spring as two brigades are deployed to Afghanistan from ...

United Methodists give flood survivors hope


By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* Nov. 11, 2011 | OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (UMNS) Lloyd Kaufman (right) and Steve Barnum renovate the kitchen at the Williams home in Old Hickory, Tenn. They are part of a Volunteers in Mission team from Lakewood United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa, Mich. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose. As the skies opened and the rain let loose on Friday, April 30, 2010, the Williams family settled in for the night. The next morning, they awakened to find their furniture and other belongings ...

Council of Bishops' Letter to The Church


Lire cette lettre en français>> Leia esta carta em Português>> November 10, 2011 Dear United Methodist Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ who calls us to faithfulness during a time of great and unsettling change around the world that God loves so deeply and also within the Body of Christ where Jesus is both head and redeemer. We give thanks for each one of you as you seek to be faithful witnesses and fruitful disciples wherever God has called you...

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