"I made this decision to come to this church, which opened its doors to me, to continue fighting to be with my children." — Javier Flores García, who has found sanctuary in a United Methodist church.
Philadelphia church gives father sanctuary
PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) — Arch Street United Methodist Church is providing sanctuary for Javier Flores García, an undocumented Mexican immigrant and a husband and father of three. John W. Coleman of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference offers the details of García’s situation.
Reaching people with 'Cars for Christ'
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (UMNS) — West End United Methodist Church in Portsmouth has found a way to minister outside of the church walls. Church members and the community gather monthly for “Cars for Christ.” Nick Ruxton of the Virginia Conference has a video on the ministry that uses classic cars for evangelism.
Resources for Advent home worship
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Advent, which starts Sunday, Nov. 27, is when Christians prepare themselves to receive God's gift of Jesus. Writing for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, the Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton offers ideas that go beyond the Advent wreath.
Thanksgiving and the practice of gratitude
PARKSLEY, Va. (UMNS) — “To read the press on gratitude, you would think that it rivals kale as the trendiest health kick,” writes the Rev. Alex Joyner, a Virginia district superintendent. Writing for United Methodist Ministry Matters, Joyner argues that gratitude to God is more than just good for the body — it’s the natural state of creation.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Digest in the subject line.
Thursday, Nov. 24
U.S. Thanksgiving — Whether you're going over the river and through the woods or to a community Thanksgiving service, United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers devotional and worship resources to mark the day that celebrates gratitude to God. Details
Sunday, Nov. 27
United Methodist Student Day — Designated offerings on this Special Sunday support scholarships for United Methodists to graduate from college and seminary. Resources