“We all have to recognize that the community owns the disaster. The conference lets us know when they are ready for volunteers and the kinds of skills they need to help, keeping the survivors always central to our work.” — Catherine Earl, director of U.S. disaster response and partner relations for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
UMCOR is there for the long haul
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Being the last to leave after a disaster is a calling card for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and a sign of hope for those starting the recovery process in the wake of Harvey, Irma and Maria. Julie Dwyer has the story
Faith family surrounds woman convicted of baby's murder
HARRISBURG, Pa. (UMNS) — Calvary United Methodist Church has been Tina Brosius’ family of faith and support since she was convicted of first-degree murder of her newborn baby in 1994. Her sentence was commuted on Sept. 15 but she still needs clemency from the governor. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story.
Volunteers in Mission Sunday launched
ATLANTA — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is inviting United Methodist churches and annual conferences to participate in United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday on a date of their choosing. The 2016 General Conference approved UMVIM Awareness Sunday as a time to recognize the ministry of “those who have served in short- and long-term missions and the work of UMVIM throughout the world.”
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New church brings worship to movie theater
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) — A new congregation, Mosaic Church, is offering a twist on worship by bringing it to a local movie theater. Ginghamsburg Church, a United Methodist congregation in Tipp City, and Christ United Methodist Church of Kettering, have teamed up to plant Mosaic. Kristen Cornett of Fox45 reports on the ministry.
Christian Unity gathering Nov. 8-10
WASHINGTON — “Resilience, Resistance, and Persistence” is the theme for the Nov. 8-10 Christian Unity Gathering of the National Council of Churches in Silver Spring, Maryland. Featured speakers include Bishop W. Darin Moore of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The event also includes a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Can social media feed your spirit? Maybe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — If your social media feed sometimes leaves you feeling stressed, hurt and confused, don’t despair. Jordan Taylor for UMC.org offers examples of social media feeds that can brighten days and add a spring to the step of one’s Christian walk.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.
Friday, Sept. 29–Saturday, Sept. 30
Igniting Faith Retreat 2017 — "Finding Freedom in Forgiveness" is the theme of this year’s Igniting Faith Retreat by the United Methodist Men of the North Georgia Conference. The gathering will be at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Donald K. Reed Sr., pastor of Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, is the keynote speaker. Registration is $50. Details
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