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Fire At Reidsville Church Upgraded To 3-Alarm

Local news is covering a 3-alarm fire at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, in Reidsville North Carolina. The church is asking for prayers at this time for EMS workers trying to control the fire & their congregation. [Ongoing Coverage] Reidsville, NC — A fire has engulfed a church building in Reidsville and fire crews are […]

Recently Read: Mission Group from First United Methodist in Brooksville finds Open Arms in Cuba

The people at First United Methodist Church in Brooksville, FL recently sent a mission team to Cuba. The Tampa Bay Times covers the experience of part of that team which included three generations of a family. From the Tampa Bay Times: The family was part of a “caravan” of churches that went to several villages […]

Mt. Bethel UM Church Withholds Apportionments

One of the largest congregations in The United Methodist Church withheld over $200,000 of its apportionments in 2014 in response to what it believes to be “wholly unsatisfactory” inaction on the part of the Council of Bishops to recent controversies within the denomination. The congregation will make no further payments in 2015 without the explicit […]

Recently Read: Arkansans set for Cuba journey

Arkansas UMCs are heading to Cuba today as part of a mission team to bridge together two Methodist communities.

United Methodist Church to Close After Dismissing Gay Choir Director

First United Methodist Church in Alexandria Indiana will be closing its doors at the end of 2014. The closure is due in part to the loss of 80% of the congregation after the dismissal of the choir director, Adam Fraley, an openly gay man. From the Herald Bulletin “Alexandria Church to Close at Year’s End” […]

Recently Read: United Methodist Worship at Buffalo Wild Wings

The people at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama are about to venture out of their church building to reach the unchurched in a fairly unusual setting, a Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports themed restaurant and bar that has locations 41 states. According the “Beer, hot wings, and Jesus? Hoover […]

Recently Read: Methodist Church Group Gets Faith Tattoos

Would you get a tattoo of the United Methodist cross & flame on your hand? This pastor and a few congregation members got tattoos together that told a story particular to their faith, in order to share with others.

Marriott Hotel and Office Tower Planned on Former UMPH Site

According the the Tennessean reported today, the new owners plan to break ground in the summer of 2017 on a 35 story office building. Speculation plans had been that condos would be built in place of the former UMPH building.

Recently Read: Students ask Harvard to cut ties with Teach for America

Citing concerns about undue corporate influence, Harvard students request that President Faust end the institution’s relationship with Teach for America.

Recently Read: New pastor brings fresh vision, new flock to Dallas’ St. Paul UMC

St. Paul UMC in Dallas, TX, is finding new ways to innovate in church growth! From the Dallas News website:   On Sunday, St. Paul formally installed its 52nd leader, the Rev. Richie Butler, a dynamic young pastor whose appointment marks a pivotal new beginning. Butler, you see, isn’t just bringing his energy and vision […]