"We helped as many as we could. I just know when we left the back of the truck was full and when we came back it was empty." — The Rev. Bruce Willis, who drove through post-hurricane flooding to deliver food and water.
Churches assessing, helping after hurricane
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Hurricane Matthew has left nearly 1,000 dead in Haiti and 38 dead in the United States, with half of that number in North Carolina. United Methodist churches are assessing damage and preparing to help. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
Bishop Ough: ‘Stop predatory lending’
MITCHELL, S.D. (UMNS) — Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough urged United Methodists in South Dakota to support curbs on “morally reprehensible” predatory lending. A measure to cap interest rates at 36 percent is on the Nov. 8 ballot. Some payday loan companies charge as much as 500-percent interest on short-term loans.
Martin Luther items headed to Candler
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology will be one of three U.S. sites to exhibit Martin Luther-related items next year in celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. Candler is a United Methodist seminary and part of Emory University.
Advent resources help churches Imagine No Malaria
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCOM) — This Advent season, United Methodist Communications offers downloadable materials to help congregations join in the Imagine No Malaria campaign. The materials include sermon starters, hymn suggestions and children’s messages. Imagine No Malaria has surpassed 92 percent of its $75 million goal, and churches across the United States are planning to dedicate Christmas Eve offerings to help complete the effort.
Ministry idea: Create a ‘Little Lambs Room’
ALAMO, Tenn. (UMNS) — Members of First United Methodist Church in Alamo have found a new way to accommodate the parents of small children. The Memphis Conference reports how the church has updated the old concept of a “cry room” for fussy babies into a Little Lambs Room that makes it easier for families to be part of worship services.
Writing your way to better Bible study
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCOM) — Want to take better notes as you study the Bible? Tricia Brown, in an essay for United Methodist Communications, offers tips, including on note-taking apps.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 16
Day 1 — Bishop Larry Goodpaster, bishop-in-residence at United Methodist Candler School of Theology at Emory University, is the featured preacher on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. The nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also is accessible online at Day1.org. Details
Tuesday. Oct. 25
Webinar Healthy Families Series: “(Physical Health) Nurturing Active Families” — 2 p.m. CDT. This interactive webinar deals with how families can grow together through play, movement and healthy nutrition. Fun and creativity are crucial factors. Webinar leader will be Wespath’s Center for Health with the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women contributing. Details