“I think the deacon background has always helped me. It’s helped me to look at people more holistically, and I’d like to think it’s helped me to be a more patient and better listener.” — The Rev. Diane Dyson, a United Methodist deacon and full-time hospital nurse who has lately been caring for COVID-19 patients.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Clergywoman also nurse on COVID-19 front line
FLEMINGTON, N.J. (UM News) — The Rev. Diane Dyson is a United Methodist deacon and registered nurse. For two months, she’s been caring for COVID-19 patients at a New Jersey hospital. It has been an intense, fearful stretch, but she’s also felt great support, including from United Methodists. Sam Hodges reports.
The Baltimore Sun
Maryland’s oldest resident, a United Methodist, dies at 112
BALTIMORE — Downing Kay, believed to be the oldest living Marylander, died May 15 at age 112. She was a lifelong, faithful United Methodist. She could remember World War I and during the Great Depression learned to make a can of tuna last a week. Christina Tkacik reports.
Northern Illinois Conference
Confirmation goes online
CHICAGO — The COVID-19 emergency prompted some Northern Illinois Conference churches to take their confirmation classes online. First United Methodist in Oak Park, Illinois, had a May 4 online confirmation service. Diane Strzelecki reports.
Korean church’s drive-thru kicks into gear
TAMARAC, Fla. — Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida is doing what it can to serve expanding needs for food and keep people safe from COVID-19. Cars start lining up as early as 5 a.m. for its drive-thru food pantry. Michelle Bearden has the story.
Minnesota church offers food for body and soul
FARMINGTON, Minn. — Faith United Methodist Church is a Loaves and Fishes dining site. But with restaurants closed, it has converted to free drive-up meals only. Cars line up for food and a kind word from the Rev. Karen Evenson. Kevin Doran has the story.
Gammon Theological Seminary
Seminary to hold online grant-writing workshop
ATLANTA — United Methodist Gammon Theological Seminary will host a virtual grant-writing workshop on June 23-24. The workshop aims to help participants identify potential donors and create the right fit with the selected funding agency. The cost is $200.
Plans vary to get annual conference business done
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