"Sometimes, we think because we are a minority in this country that our vote doesn’t count. We’re encouraging those who can, to vote for those who cannot vote." — The Rev. Lyssette N. Perez, president, Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans.
'Therefore Vote' campaign aims to mobilize Latinos
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Following calls by The United Methodist Church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus for the Latino community to get involved in the political process, a series of videos and discussion questions was developed to help local churches facilitate conversations about faith and civic duty. Joey Butler reports.
Côte d'Ivoire laity present clergy with bikes
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire (UMNS) — A gift of 25 bicycles to the clergy here means they can now evangelize in areas with few or no passable roads. The bicycles were the first of 75 to be distributed to pastors and lay leaders to boost evangelism nationwide. Joe Tueche Ndzulo reports for the West Africa Central Conference.
Church responds after Philippines typhoon
MANILA, Philippines (UMCom) — After Typhoon Haima made landfall, The United Methodist Church was there to support lifesaving communication channels and to provide emergency food and water in communities affected by the storm. Laura Buchanan reports for United Methodist Communications.
Does the church have a position on Halloween?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Is Halloween a fun occasion to be embraced, or something Christians should avoid? Find information about The United Methodist Church’s stance on this secular holiday, plus alternative ways to celebrate the season.
Church recycles Halloween costumes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Halloween is a fun time for kids but the expense of buying costumes can be too much for some families. A Tennessee mom, with the help of her congregation at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, started the Nashville Costumes for Kiddos Project.
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Thursday, Nov. 10
Webinar "Alternative Sunday School Series: Vivid Worship" — 7 to 8 p.m. EST. Vivid Worship is intergenerational, interactive, interpersonal and a new way to approach God. Bonnie Deroski, director of child and family life at Grace Christian Church, a nondenominational church in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, will talk about integrating “Vivid Worship.” Practical Resources for Churches is offering this webinar. Details
Friday, Nov. 11-Saturday, Nov. 12
Workshop "Building a System for Church Multiplication" — Sonrise United Methodist Church, 10125 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana, will host training for church leaders launching new campuses, developing a multisite strategy or considering adopting another congregation as a ministry outpost. The Rev. Alex Fernandez of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Caledonia, Michigan, will lead. $10. Details