Congregations

Multicultural Ministry
The three churches sharing Immanuel United Methodist Church’s facilities are represented in different languages on the sign in front of the church in Kenosha, Wis. The collaboration is reflected scripturally in the passage from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Photo by the Rev. Peter Daekyu Lee.

Bilingual appointments give new life to declining Korean churches

The Wisconsin Conference’s new appointment initiative helps respond to the trend of declining Korean and other ethnic churches.
Local Church
Members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Tenn., enact the Nativity in 2020. The church plans to hold its Christmas Eve service outside in front of the stable and manger this year. Churches continue to be creative in finding ways to celebrate Christ’s birth and keep people safe during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Reviving Christmas cheer in dark times

In this second year of the pandemic, United Methodist churches are getting creative in helping people experience Christ’s birth and love’s pure light.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Ruth Marsh (right) comforts Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches see lots of need this Advent

Many congregations and affiliated nonprofits in the U.S. are stepping up efforts to help low-income people squeezed by inflation and affordable housing shortages.
General Church
The Rev. Mel West. Photo courtesy of the author.

Trees symbolize a reformed denomination

Setting a new tree for every member of The United Methodist Church is a positive way to announce the church’s reformation to the world, writes retired pastor.

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