“They are one great family. No one is left behind. They know all too well what it feels like to be left behind.” — The Rev. Karen Lyon, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Clarkston, Georgia, about a soccer team of refugee kids.
Kids + soccer + school + church = home
CLARKSTON, Ga. — The Fugees Family is a soccer team of refugee kids coming from some of the world’s most troubled spots. Their coach, Luma Mufleh, an immigrant from Jordan, also created a school, housed at First United Methodist Church in Clarkston. National Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist immigration ministry, reports on the successful collaboration.
How one church became multiethnic
CLEVELAND (UMCOM) — Since 2004, Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church has grown from about 200 to 1,100 worshippers. No ethnic group comprises more than 52 percent of the congregation. Laura Buchanan of United Methodist Communications reports on how the church reached more people.
Commissioning set for young adult fellows
ATLANTA — Sixty-four young adults, representing 22 countries, will be commissioned as Global Mission Fellows during an Aug. 2 service at Global Ministries headquarters in Grace United Methodist Church. Ivy Couch has the story.
Breakfast ministry helps homeless
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Eddie Jackson, who has been homeless for five years, faces plenty of challenges. But one thing that keeps him going is the weekly free hot breakfast provided by a ministry organized by Bethel United Methodist Church. Jessica Brodie of the South Carolina Conference reports.
New book on becoming a 'Great Commission Church'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has released “GO! How to Become a Great Commission Church,” by Mark R. Teasdale. He is the E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor in Evangelism at United Methodist Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
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Thursday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 13
Registration deadline for Summer Preaching Seminar: Getting to Grace — 1 p.m. CDT. United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, Ohio. Paul Scott Wilson, professor of homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto, will explore theological and practical matters of preaching grace. Other presenters include Joni Sancken, associate professor of homiletics at United; Richard Eslinger, professor emeritus of worship and homiletics at United; and Elise Eslinger, compiler and editor of "The Upper Room Worshipbook." This three-day seminar provides practical information that can be immediately applied to preaching. This seminar is eligible for 1.4 CEUs. Details
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