Mission and Ministry of The United Methodist Church

The Last Word : A Response to Charlottesville

 “I have decided to stick to love. For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems…. He who has love has the key to ultimate reality.” Martin Luther King, Jr. I find myself in a turmoil this past weekend.  The events in Charlottesville, VA have disgusted and angered me in two […]

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Monday Meditation – Breathe

Mission is the church breathing; we inhale in worship and exhale in witness.  Dr. Dana L Robert. Rarely does mission and witness happen within the walls of the church building.  Instead, inside the sanctuary, fellowship hall and classrooms, we Christians fill our lungs and bodies full of the Holy Spirit.  We fill our minds with […]

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Dreaming Once Again

It is such a blessing to see the living truth of Ecclesiastes 4:9 – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor – in the ministry of partnership between a UM Credit Union and Hope Ridge UMC. Rev.Beth Wilterdink writes: “The Credit Union [a member of United Methodist Credit […]

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Energetic Supporters

Booster [boo-ster] noun a person or thing that boosts, especially an energetic and enthusiastic supporter. Football teams have Boosters. Schools have Boosters. Can churches have Boosters? Jesus had Boosters.  Mary and Martha were two of his favorites.  “Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the […]

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When it all comes together

Churches and their communities have worked together in ministry for a very long time.  Church outreach and community needs have blended to provide resources and spiritual support for the people they serve. Local churches oftentimes find that the needs of the community stretch their resources.  Many church leaders are constantly being creative and innovative in […]

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Religion in Cuba: Hiding in Plain Sight

The history of religion in Cuba can be said to be “hiding in plain sight.”  While between 40 and 60% of the population is Catholic, other denominations exist, including Baptists, Episcopalians, Methodists, Pentecostals, and Quakers.  However, according to the US State Department 80% of the population consult with practitioners of syncretic religions such as Santeria. […]

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Make giving a cheerful experience for your congregation

A guest blog from Vanco Payments Solutions Jan Jasmin, SVP, Charitable Giving Evangelist We often hear or say that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Many of us draw satisfaction from simply making a gift, but others are looking for a deeper understanding of what their gifts help the church accomplish. Is there […]

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The United Methodist Connection at Work

We each serve a role in the life of our local church.  Every role is important.  We are thankful for each member and visitor – new or old – who contributes to the life and vitality of the church. Parts of the work of the church require organization.  We work hard to keep up with […]

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Monday Meditation – Change Is Hard

All of us have probably gone through or are going through a change.  Some we hate, some we enjoy, some we fear, others we don’t know what to feel or think about.  It is in these times of change that we see who we are and not just who we say we are. We have […]

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Monday Meditation – Touch

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1  NIV) Jesus healed the sick by touching them and restoring them to their communities. The priests only wanted […]

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