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United Methodist News Service launches UM News website


United Methodist News Service, the official newsgathering agency of The United Methodist Church, has announced the launch of its new stand-alone website, “ allows for a better reader experience filled with engaging multimedia content and beautiful photographs that illustrate the news stories,” said news editor Vicki Brown. “We’ll be hosting UMNS Daily Digest articles and sharing big stories from local churches, annual conferences, and general agencies. With more space for ...

UMC Bishops call for prayers in aftermath of 232nd mass shooting in US in 2018


The Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter, who is also the resident bishop of the Florida Area, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the mass shooting today in Jacksonville, Florida, USA: “We are saddened again to learn of another mass shooting in Florida. We are praying for the people of the city of Jacksonville. We are grateful for the leadership of District Superintendent Jay Therrell and our churches across this community. They are already strong and vital ...

The Upper Room launches Discovery Weekend for middle school students


On April 24, 2018, the following news was posted on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. The Upper Room announces the launch of Discovery Weekend, a spiritual formation retreat program for middle school students to be held in local congregations. The weekend retreat provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to learn about and experience the love of God. High school students, youth workers, and the church staff lead the weekend, while parents and the church family surround them with faithful ...

Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; two fail to get required two-thirds majority


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference. Summary of Votes by Annual Conferences Amendment Total “Yes” Votes Total “No” Votes % of Yes Votes Amendment I  31,304  15,753 66.5% Amendment II  29,049  18,317 61.3% Amendment III  42,639 4,578 90.3% Amendment IV  43,770 3,340 92.9% Amendment V...

The United Methodist Church celebrates 50th Anniversary of historic merger


Congregations across the connection are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary commemorating the event on April 23, 1968, when leaders of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church declared the creation of a new denomination, The United Methodist Church. With the words “Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church,” the new denomination was birthed at the constituting General Conference being held that year in Dallas. The...

UMCOR Sunday is March 11, 2018


UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is right around the corner. This churchwide special Sunday with offering provides United Methodists the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters around the world in their time of need. On Sunday, March 11, 2018, local congregations will receive this special offering that ensures that when a crisis happens, 100 percent of giving to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for that disaster goes to those in need. Download the UMCOR Sunday ...

Restaurants hold “It Takes a Village” drive and raise more than $17,000 for UMCOR


This fall as hurricanes devastated various parts of the U.S., restaurants in Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, joined together to raise funds for hurricane relief. Operating under the name of "It Takes A Village," reflecting Mountain Brook’s layout around several villages, each establishment offered various specials and donated a portion of their proceeds for an entire week. Together they raised more than $17,000. The group was organized by Leah Harrigan of La Paz Restaurant. Harrigan is a...

United Methodists asked to join Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


The Council of Bishops is urging all United Methodists to join with other Christians throughout the world to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins January 18, 2018. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is promoted by the World Council of Churches, most regional councils of churches, and most mainline denominations, including The United Methodist Church. This year’s Week of Prayer (January 18-25, 2018) uses Exodus 15:6 with the theme “Your Right Hand, O Lord, ...

Human Relations Day will be Jan. 14, 2018 — resources now available


On Jan. 14, 2018, United Methodists will celebrate God’s call to empower those struggling to thrive and equip change agents and others to transform the world. Known as Human Relations Day, this is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation ...

Lithuania Partnership Consultation hears celebrations and challenges and forms Friends of Lithuania network


Less than a quarter century ago, the people of Lithuania welcomed the active presence of the United Methodist Church back into their country, with the hope that United Methodist churches could be healthy and self-funding centers for the spread of the gospel in Eastern Europe. During this relatively short period of time, a momentous global movement of the Holy Spirit by the people called United Methodists has been occurring. The church in Lithuania is closer to becoming self-sufficient and is ...

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