NEWS AND FEATURES
Laity leadership revitalizes young adult ministry
WHEELING, Ill. (UM News) — Instead of relying on a pastor to oversee its young adult ministry, First Korean United Methodist Church entrusted it to a devoted and committed volunteer layperson with a calling and vision. The once-struggling program now has 50 to 60 young adults worshipping together every Sunday. The Rev. Thomas E. Kim has the story.
North Texas Conference
Church’s ‘Body and Soul’ program honored
DALLAS — St. Paul United Methodist Church’s Body and Soul Ministry has been honored with the North Texas Conference’s Bishop William Oden Award, which recognizes interreligious cooperation and dialogue. Body and Soul has provided fellowship, food and toiletries to needy people for 25 years. Volunteers come from a range of religious traditions. Monica Frazier reports.
Support for nursing moms in Sierra Leone
ATLANTA — A breastfeeding support system at Jaiama United Methodist Health Center is helping patients such as Seray Mara in Sierra Leone. After giving birth at the clinic, Mara encountered one of the center’s employees on the street and told her that she was having trouble nursing. The worker, Vandi Koroma, recognized the issue, met with the family and pointed them toward the correct treatment. Christie R. House has the story.
Western North Carolina Conference
Podcast interviews activist Shane Claiborne
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The Revs. Gloria Hughes and Lory Beth Huffman have a conversation with author, activist and speaker Shane Claiborne in a guest episode of the Western North Carolina Conference’s “Means of Grace” podcast. Claiborne heads up Red Letter Christians, which is a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.”
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Pastor brings worship to the table
AURORA, Ill. — Empty. That was the sanctuary at Wesley United Methodist Church last Sunday. Instead, surprised congregants were welcomed to the Gathering Place room by the Rev. John Bell, Wesley’s pastor. The move to small, roundtable groups is part of a monthlong focus on building a caring community. Al Benson has the story.
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