Liberia honors churches for service during ebola outbreak

JULU SWEN United Methodist News Service Prayers and action undertaken by the Liberian Council of Churches during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 have been honored by the Liberian government with the distinction “Commander, Order of the Star of Africa.”

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West Branch UMC hit by Sunday hail storm

The Rev. Jeffrey Maxwell, superintendent of the Saginaw Bay District, reports that the West Branch UMC experienced significant damage from the hail storm on August 2.

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Know what this hat means

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The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, a global milestone. Journalist and preacher’s son, David Crumm, notes that World War II vets are dying at a rate of close to 500 a day. Now is a time to make special efforts to connect with veterans. And so we share this feature

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When church members scold newcomers

JOSEPH YOO Ministry Matters* One time I went to a friend’s church for a momentous occasion: She was going to be baptized! She had been attending a small, older United Methodist congregation. She chose that church because of all the “grandmas and grandpas” that helped her along her journey. The church loved her because she

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The first sign of civilization

REV. JACK HARNISH Retired Clergy, Detroit Conference If it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?  Recently I heard a preacher quote the great anthropologist Margaret Meade.  I asked him for the reference and he said he had picked it up somewhere but didn’t have the source, so of course I went online.

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Adrian Chaplain to help write Social Principles

ADRIAN, Mich (July 29, 2015) -Adrian College Chaplain Christopher Momany has been asked to serve as one of seven professional writers who will revise a portion of The United Methodist Church’s “Social Principles.” The Social Principles are the denomination’s formal statement regarding matters of ethics and justice.

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