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Mission and Ministry
Chris Yuen (right) gets a bouquet of balloons during his hospital stay for the coronavirus. Yuen, a 32-year-old member of Midland Park United Methodist Church in New Jersey, spent about 20 days on a ventilator. Doctors and nurses lined the hall to cheer when he went home on April 22, after nearly a month’s hospitalization. Photo courtesy of Chris Yuen.

Clergy, laity tell harrowing COVID-19 stories

“Respect this virus,” pleads a pastor battling the coronavirus. Others in the denomination who have been directly affected agree.
Local Church
Tiffany Nagel Monroe (left) receives the stole of an elder from the Rev. Linda Harker during a service of ordination June 1, 2016, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, in Oklahoma City. A report by the Ministry Study Commission about the future of the ordination ministry was presented during the pre-General Conference 2020 briefing held Jan. 23-24 in Nashville. File photo by Hugh W. Scott, Oklahoma Conference.

‘Sacred Trust’ report touts local church leadership

United Methodism should consider returning to its roots by relying more on lay people and ordained local ministers, deacons and elders, according to a church report.
Local Church
Martha “Granny” Mudzengerere shows off her new book, “Old Time Religion,” which includes spiritual guidance and history about The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. It is the 104-year-old’s first book. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

United Methodist pens first book at 104 years old

“Granny” Mudzengerere, one of the founding members of Zimbabwe’s women’s organization, shares advice, worship traditions and lessons from the past in ‘Old Time Religion.’
Social Concerns
Close to 200 people gather for a candlelight vigil Jan. 24 at Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Church in Sebring, Fla., in memory of Marisol Lopez. Photo by Juan A. Maldonado for UMNS.

Church lay leader slain in Florida bank shooting

United Methodists are mourning bank shooting victim Marisol Lopez, a prominent member of her Florida congregation.

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