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Registration Open for Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

Registration Open for Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

4/28/2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 27, 2016 – United Methodist clergywomen from around the world will gather in Houston August 29-31 to celebrate 60 years of full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition, and 20 years of the full-clergy-membership diaconate for United Methodist deacons. The gathering is the culmination of regional gatherings of ...


Matthew 25 honors Mt. Vernon UMC Church of the Year

Matthew 25 honors Mt. Vernon UMC Church of the Year

4/27/2016

Matthew 25 held their annual Celebration Event on April 5, 2016, in commemoration of a successful year supporting their neighbors and to honor a volunteer, church and corporate partner of the year. This year Mount Vernon United Methodist Church was named Matthew 25 Church of the Year. "It is truly the volunteers that push forward Matthew 25's ...


First-hand view of the destruction in Ecuador

First-hand view of the destruction in Ecuador

4/25/2016

This first-hand account of the devastation in Ecuador was written by my good friend Paul Martel.  His foundation, FIBUSPAM, is on the ground already making a difference.  Their website suggests ways to help in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. - Arthur McClanahan 11:55 on the night of April 21st, 2016 finds me in the 34th hour of my trip ...


An Update from Change a Child's Story

An Update from Change a Child's Story

4/22/2016

Cherie Miner, a member of Grant United Methodist Church, is part of the Bishop’s Poverty to Opportunity Taskforce, which has led to the creation of Change a Child’s Story. This initiative, which has recognized that educating young children is one of the best ways to ultimately keep them out of poverty, is dedicated to providing kids with books and ...


Bertram UMC and HCI Builds Strength

Bertram UMC and HCI Builds Strength

4/22/2016

Just outside of Cedar Rapids is the small township of Bertram, once a railroad town and now the center of a sprawl of new housing developments. “The church in the town is the only institution,” says Bertram UMC pastor Jenny Seylar. “And part of being the only institution is that a lot of people in the town claim the church as their church, although...


First UMC in Ottumwa and HCI Expands Reach

First UMC in Ottumwa and HCI Expands Reach

4/22/2016

Marva Philipsen and her husband have been attending First United Methodist Church, located in downtown Ottumwa, for about five or six years. They found it friendly and warm, and small groups helped them to get involved and connected. But it’s an older church, with an aging membership, and, she explains, it has perhaps tended to be a bit too inward ...


Greenfield UMC and HCI Revives Ministries

Greenfield UMC and HCI Revives Ministries

4/22/2016

While the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) has been in place in the Iowa Conference for four-plus years, many congregations were putting elements of the initiative that equips clergy and laity to reach new people into practice prior to its official inception, and sometimes since without having fully implemented the program. One such church is ...


Manning UMC and HCI Focuses on the Mission

Manning UMC and HCI Focuses on the Mission

4/22/2016

An already fruitful and thriving ministry at the Manning United Methodist Church was blessed to grow and reach more people through the work of church members and pastors involved in the ministry, aided in part by the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) process. With The Source worship service and its parent Recovery Bible Study ministry, Manning UMC is...


Mapleton community receives books to Change A Child's Story

Mapleton community receives books to Change A Child's Story

4/22/2016

Rev. Jena Manchester, pastor of St. John’s UMC in Mapleton, was collecting books for the Change A Child’s Story initiative to take to the Annual Conference when she started thinking about what those books might be able to do to help people in her own community. “I was praying about what could we do with the books -- how can we change a child’s ...


A Gathering of Colleagues

A Gathering of Colleagues

4/21/2016

“We’re trying to find ways to be better connected to each other and to our churches, and to the world at large. And we’ve got some amazing speakers with some amazing teaching going on. And we’re in the beauty of nature,” says chairperson Rev. Ron Carlson of the annual School for Ministry, taking place at Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, ...


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