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UM pastors rewrite sermons after Newtown massacre

At a clergy colleague’s wedding on Saturday night, Dec. 15, the Rev. Matthew Sipe sat at a table of eight United Methodist pastors. All had the same question on their minds: What would they preach the next morning, in light of the tragic events on Friday morning in Newtown, Conn.? “We were all sitting there […]

Two children killed in massacre attended Newtown UMC

By Joanne S. Utley, Special Contributor… Newtown United Methodist Church has a passionate history of reaching out in mission to the world, but now it finds that the world’s attention and caring is riveted on its own tight-knit community in Connecticut.   On Friday, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six teachers and administrators at […]

Time of mourning at Newtown UMC

By Arthur McClanahan… It was supposed to be Christmas Pageant Sunday at Newtown United Methodist Church. The joy candle was to be lit on the Advent wreath. Christmas caroling was to take place after the second service. Instead, it was a time to weep, a time to mourn. Two 7-year-olds from the congregation were among the […]