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Jay Weaver, a founding member of popular Christian band Big Daddy Weave and a lifelong United Methodist, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on Jan 2. Photo courtesy of St. Paul United Methodist Church via Facebook.

Remembering Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave

The lifelong United Methodist was a founding member of the popular Christian music group. He passed away due to complications from COVID-19.
Multicultural Ministry
The three churches sharing Immanuel United Methodist Church’s facilities are represented in different languages on the sign in front of the church in Kenosha, Wis. The collaboration is reflected scripturally in the passage from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Photo by the Rev. Peter Daekyu Lee.

Bilingual appointments give new life to declining Korean churches

The Wisconsin Conference’s new appointment initiative helps respond to the trend of declining Korean and other ethnic churches.
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The God’s Flock children’s choir from Belmont United Methodist Church sings “Away in a Manger” during an outdoor service in 2021 at Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn. In this second Advent season during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church held two Christmas Eve services, one of them outdoors. United Methodist congregations are making adjustments to keep parishioners safe as the omicron variant surges. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches face another test with omicron

Some United Methodist congregations in the U.S. return to online-only gatherings as case numbers mount.
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Members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Tenn., enact the Nativity in 2020. The church plans to hold its Christmas Eve service outside in front of the stable and manger this year. Churches continue to be creative in finding ways to celebrate Christ’s birth and keep people safe during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Reviving Christmas cheer in dark times

In this second year of the pandemic, United Methodist churches are getting creative in helping people experience Christ’s birth and love’s pure light.

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