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Gifts of Christmas

Gifts of Christmas

by Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Missional Strategist & Superintendent “On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense,...

Webinar: What a Church & Society Ministry Team does (and why) and how to get started in your church

Webinar: What a Church & Society Ministry Team does (and why) and how to get started in your church

MISSION FILLS THE NEED, JUSTICE ELIMINATES IT Monday, Dec. 6, 12:00-1:30 PM  (MST) - or - Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30-8:00 PM (MST) How do we create a safe space to transform the world: a safe place to talk politics, health care, adequate funding for public education,...

When An Ending Was Really Just A New Beginning

By: David McPherson, Director of New and Vital Faith Communities “It’s not about us!” That was the mantra in the sermon from Rev. Tom Kiracofe at the last service for Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Some pews were marked off for social distancing, but there were...

Innovation

Innovation

by Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Missional Strategist and Superintendent “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.” ~Mark 2:22~...

Joy to the World!

Joy to the World!

Two of my favorite hymns are about Joy.  The words to ‘Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee’ (#89 in the UM Hymnal) were written in 1907 by Henry Van Dyke, a Presbyterian clergyperson and scholar.  Rev. Van Dyke was reportedly inspired by the beauty of the Berkshire Mountains during a visit to Massachusetts.  The world was a troubled place in 1907, with the events leading to World War I already in motion, but Rev. Van Dyke’s words remind us that God’s joy is a gift even in the midst of trouble. 

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