Social Concerns
A group of old Singer sewing machines sit in the pews at Bethlehem Methodist United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Minn. Photo courtesy of Bethlehem Methodist United Methodist Church.

Sewing machine collection surpasses goal

An effort to collect 50 sewing machines to help disadvantaged people make a living has exceeded its goal. The Rev. Randy Koppen of Bethlehem United Methodist challenged the church’s quilting group to take on the project.
Social Concerns
Munashe Bhero checks on the solar system he installed at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Bhero attends a different United Methodist church but got the job through the church’s WhatsApp business group, which connects church members around the region. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UM News.

Church WhatsApp group fosters business collaboration

United Methodists use social media tool to promote each other’s companies and services and offer other support.
Social Concerns
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tenn., is responding to the needs of their community through food distributions, emergency housing, and more. Photo courtesy of Pastor Kimberlynn Alexa

Church responds to homelessness epidemic

When St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Memphis decided to create an emergency housing ministry, it connected with church and community partners to fill in the gaps.
Human Rights
The Rev. Neelley Hicks. Photo courtesy of the author.

New mission church brings Gospel parable to life

Merging two Nashville, Tennessee, congregations enriches both church and community as new initiatives spark hope for the future.

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