Community

Mission and Ministry
People seeking shelter from snow and bitter cold are offered Holy Communion in the gymnasium at First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, Ark. The church is operating the warming shelter in cooperation with the local Red Cross. Photo by Cindy English.

Churches serve as warming centers, shelters

With nearly 3 million homes without electricity in subfreezing temperatures, United Methodists come together to provide shelter, food, charging stations and other help.
Mission and Ministry
Alice M. Nyankolor expresses her appreciation for the new wheelchair she received thanks to Asbury United Methodist Church in Allentown, Pa., in cooperation with Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia’s Waterfield Primary Healthcare Center in Kakata, Liberia. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Wheelchairs provide freedom for 50 Liberians

The donation was part of Asbury United Methodist Church’s Barrels of Love ministry, in partnership with Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia and Through These Hands medical mission.
Social Concerns
The Big Garden, founded in 2005 by United Methodist Ministries, cultivates food security by developing community gardens, creating opportunities to serve, and providing education on issues related to hunger. Photo courtesy of biggarden.org.

Ask The UMC: Why do United Methodists observe Human Relations Day?

The Human Relations Day offering is one way United Methodists help bring the vision of the beloved community to fruition.
Mission and Ministry
What once was the First United Methodist Church in North Adams, Mass., is now the Berkshire Art Museum. The Rev. Thomas Frank writes about the transition in his new book “Historic Houses of Worship in Peril.” Photo courtesy of the Berkshire Art Museum.

A manifesto for saving old church buildings

The Rev. Thomas Frank, United Methodist polity expert, is the author of the new book “Historic Houses of Worship in Peril.”

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