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|Monday, October 15, 2012|
"I was addicted to alcohol and drugs for 20 years. I prayed one day for God to free me, and I pledged to serve him for the rest of my life. Now, I'm honoring that promise." - Ruben Rivera, lay missioner at La Luz de Cristo.
Hispanic church offers model of growth
ELGIN, Ill. (UMNS) - Some 130 parishioners are praising Jesus with wide smiles on their faces, many with their hands raised to heaven, like Pastor Ruben Rivera, a lay missioner. This is La Luz de Cristo, a new Hispanic/Latino faith community that has grown from 12 worshippers in two years.
Spiritual resources for veterans, families
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church offers many spiritual resources for veterans and their families that can be used year-round as well as Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
United Methodist fight malaria in Angola
LUANDA, Angola (UMNS) - Residents of Bom Jesus, Angola, are receiving 9,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help protect them from malaria in a distribution that began Oct. 12. The nets are delivered house-to-house by community educators, a delegation of United Methodists from the United States and the West Angola United Methodist Church.
Gordon, St. Luke Community, conference sued again
DALLAS (UMNS) - The Dallas Morning News reports that two more men have filed suits against Tyrone Gordon, the former senior pastor at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, St. Luke and the North Texas Annual (regional) Conference of the United Methodist Church. Earlier this year two former St. Luke employees, who also were church members, sued Gordon, charging he made unwanted sexual advances. Gordon surrendered his United Methodist clergy credentials in February.
Indiana church fills a meal void
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (UMNS) - A change in the school calendar prompted members of an Indianapolis-area church to help feed students who otherwise may go hungry during a new two-week fall break, USA Today reports. The Fish and Loaves ministry at Calvary United Methodist Church has worked to collect food to make up two meals a day for 10 children during the break spanning Oct. 15-26.
Boatloads of food for Detroit food bank
WEST BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (UMNS) - Members of the West Bloomfield Hills United Methodist Church collected boatloads of food to donate to Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit, reports the Detroit Free Press. The West Bloomfield church is one of 82 metro United Methodist churches participating in Hands 4 Detroit, an Oct. 6 event that received support from Rethink Church.
10-Fold features United Methodist missions
NEW YORK (UMNS) - 10-Fold, webcasts about United Methodist projects around the world supported by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, will feature mission initiatives this week. Each visitor can trigger a $1 donation from sponsors to the week's project by clicking on the BE COUNTED button.
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