November 01, 2013

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"Considering Korea's challenging historical situation, this assembly has exhibited a model (for) breaking barriers, which is essential to the ecumenical movement." - The Rev. Larry Pickens, a United Methodist member of the World Council of Churches Central Committee.

Do United Methodists believe in saints?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodists recognize and celebrate All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) and "all the saints who from their labors rest." All Saints' Day is a time to remember Christians of every time and place, honoring those who lived faithfully and shared their faith with us. However, our denomination does not have any system whereby people are elected to sainthood.
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WCC assembly hopes to break barriers in divided Korea

BUSAN, South Korea (UMNS) - Thousands ofparticipants, including United Methodists, attending the first assembly of the World Council of Churches to be held in Asia, are putting a special focus on breaking down barriers on the divided Korean peninsula.
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The pumpkin patch gospel

CLARKSTON, Wash. (UMNS) - Clarkston United Methodist Church and its large garden produce more than 2,000 pounds of fresh food each summer for the local food bank. Last May, kindergarteners and first-graders were invited to plant pumpkin seeds. Now the children are enjoying the harvest, and as the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference reports, the church is sharing its message with the wider community.
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Local church racial/ethnic ministries grants available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Applications for grants up to $10,000 to help local United Methodist churches build ministries that strengthen and support racial and ethnic church concerns are due on Jan. 15.
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Perkins seeks nominees for laity award

DALLAS (UMNS) - Perkins School of Theology at United Methodist-related Southern Methodist University is accepting nominations for the 2014 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award. The Seals Award is presented annually to laypersons in the United States who embody the Christian faith and commitment of service to Christ in the church, community and world. The deadline is Dec. 2. Nominations must be submitted in writing either by U.S. Mail to the Office of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations, Perkins School of Theology, P.O. Box 750133, Dallas, TX 75275-0133 or by email to Rev. Connie L. Nelson, [email protected].
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List of all Seals Laity Award Recipients

Nailed it! (A word for Reformation Day)

HOUSTON (UMNS) - Martin Luther "did that which only a handful of people have ever done, changing the course of human history," writes the Rev. C. Chappell Temple, pastor of Lakewood United Methodist Church. He shares why United Methodists can find much to celebrate each Oct. 31.
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Make sure to change your clocks Nov. 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - In most of the United States, daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. That means, you'll likely have to turn back the clock an hour to make sure you don't arrive for Sunday worship an hour early. For churches and homeowners, it's also a good time to check the batteries on fire and security alarms.

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