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Faith Stories
Betty Pensavalle poses with her Tom Brady cutout. Pensavalle was one of the inspirations for the movie, "80 for Brady." Photo courtesy of the New England Conference.

Church member inspired new movie

The feature film “80 for Brady” is based on a group of real-life friends who bonded over their love of football and especially quarterback Tom Brady. One of the film’s inspirations is 'cradle Methodist' Elizabeth “Betty” Pensavalle.
Mission and Ministry
"Kids Above All" Vice President of Resource Development Zulma Colon (left) poses with the late Rev. Doug Williams in 2017. The Rev. Doug Williams, who died in 2019, brought the idea of making and distributing toy wooden cars to his congregation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockford, Ill., in 2011 as a new ministry to children. Photo courtesy of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Toy car ministry rolls on

Two churches are continuing a unique ministry created by the late Rev. Doug Williams to make brightly colored wooden toy cars to give to children in foster care and those enrolled in the church's early childhood program. Between them, the two churches have distributed more than 17,000 toy cars.
General Church
Worshippers attend Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. The AME Church now has a retirement plan with Wespath Benefits and Investments, The United Methodist Church’s pension and benefits agency. The program is allowing the AME Church to get a fresh start after a crisis in its pension system. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.

Wespath expands services to Methodist kin

The United Methodist Church’s pension agency is now offering retirement benefits to both the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Global Methodist Church — building closer ties in a time of upheaval.
Multicultural Ministry
The Rev. Miguel Padilla. Photo courtesy of the author.

A Human Relations Day to remember

Three San Antonio churches of different racial/ethnic membership model “beloved community” by coming together for a special service ahead of MLK Day March.

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