NEWS AND FEATURES
Churches pick up after Sally
GULF BREEZE, Fla. (UM News) — Hurricane Sally left a lot of United Methodists feeling they’d experienced a bad storm that could have been much worse. Some Alabama-West Florida Conference churches that had damaged buildings still hoped to have services this Sunday. Sam Hodges reports.
Washington Post, Baltimore-Washington Conference
ICE arrests Glenmont member, caretaker
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Baltimore-Washington Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and other United Methodists are seeking the release of Binsar Siahaan, an undocumented Indonesian immigrant who is a member and caretaker at Glenmont United Methodist Church. Siahaan, who has lived in the U.S. for three decades, was arrested at his home on church grounds and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to await deportation despite pending appeals. Meagan Flynn has the story.
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Fire damages church but sanctuary stands
MATTAPONI, Va. — Old Church United Methodist Church suffered major fire damage Sept. 3. Its sanctuary was heavily damaged by smoke but remains standing. Brenda Capen reports.
New 2020 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. New this week are Alaska and Red Bird conferences.
Western North Carolina Conference
Pass It On Café combines food, art
BRYSON CITY, N.C. — What do you get when you combine Dinner Church with Messy Church? A Messy Dinner Church. Pati Graham, a certified lay minister and member at Bryson City United Methodist Church, took the lead in launching Pass It On Café, a new way of doing church that combines community meals with art projects. The Rev. Meg Gaston has the story.
Online worship to address wildfires
DES MOINES, Wash. — The conferences of the Western Jurisdiction will hold an online worship service Sept. 20 to pray, reflect and praise in a time of “Breathing Smoke … Seeking Hope.” The service will be at 3 p.m. Alaska Time/4 p.m. Pacific time/5 p.m. Mountain time. See links for each service.
• Greater Northwest Area YouTube channel
• Greater Northwest Area Facebook page
• Alaska Conference Facebook page
• Oregon-Idaho Conference Facebook page
• Pacific Northwest Conference Facebook page
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Sunday, Oct. 4
World Communion Sunday