Fire destroys church’s building, but not its spirit

Sally Curtis AsKew was in Seattle, getting ready for a United Methodist Judicial Council meeting, when she learned about the fire that consumed her beloved church—Oconee Street United Methodist in Athens, Ga. The fire, detected around 10 p.m. April 15, gutted the 111-year-old structure. The cause has not been determined. The blaze apparently started in […]

Q&A: Finding a way into Methodism, and the clergy

Editor’s note: Throughout March, designated Women’s History Month by Congress, United Methodist News Service offered Q&As with notable women in the UMC. Here’s one with Roslyn Lee, a licensed local pastor pursuing ordination as an elder. Barbara Dunlap-Berg, internal content editor for United Methodist Communications, did the interview. Tell us a little about yourself. A […]

To rise from the ashes – Churches face challenge of recovering from fires

It’s every congregation’s worst nightmare. Fire strikes and the church building that members have loved for decades is suddenly gone or seriously damaged. Three churches in the UMC’s Arkansas Conference and congregations in six other states understand that nightmare all too well as they recover from recent fires. One fire, ignited by lightning, destroyed the […]

Deployed to help: Churches plan ministries with military families

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.—If your congregation is seeking ways to reach out to military families, New Providence United Methodist Church, on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, might inspire you. Just six miles from the Fort Campbell Army base in Kentucky, New Providence is home to many retired soldiers and their families. They know what it is like to have […]

Arkansas program helps addict ‘let go’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Pointing to a pretty brick bungalow just blocks from Little Rock’s historic Central High School, the smiling, affable man says proudly, “That’s mine. Twenty years ago, I would never have believed my son and I would be living here. I was homeless, on the streets, on drugs. “I bought that home this year. […]