Pastoral Letter on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

1/18/2011

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an opportunity and an invitation to Christians throughout the world to focus new and fresh energy on embodying in the church and the world the unity and oneness that God and the Christ of God, Jesus, intends for us.


Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake: Beyond the Apportionments

1/12/2011

Apportionments for 2010 finished at 92.91% -- the highest since 2000. Apportionments by no means tell the whole story of our financial stewardship let alone the ministry that is enabled. Today we remember, reflect and reconnect with the ongoing mission of recovery and rebuilding in Haiti and the IGRC's extraordinary generosity by which $780,396.17 were given through conference channels for recovery.


Statement on Tucson Shooting

1/9/2011

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer reflects on the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in which a federal judge, a Congressional staffer and a 9-year-old girl were among the six dead in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on the life of U.S. Rep. Gabriella Giffords.


God's Question to Us: Will You Be My Child?

12/24/2010

God will ask again the question that can change our lives forever, “Will you be my child?” How will we answer? In Jesus Christ God has said yes, yes, yes and amen to us.


Our Conspiracy of Love Can Stop Weeping and Wailing

12/17/2010

Together you and I in an enormous conspiracy of love in action can stop Rachel’s weeping and wailing. So this year when I come to the manger and look upon Mary, Joseph and the Christ child I will also be thinking about all the other mothers, fathers and vulnerable children whose lives we can make a life affirming.


Snapshots of Sierra Leone

Janice Griffith

12/10/2010

I heard confirmation of the presence of the Risen Christ and knew that the efforts of the volunteers and Imagine No Malaria staff were bearing fruit. In the faces so many of the people I met, I saw reflected the face of Christ. The people of Sierra Leone are not only being transformed, but they are becoming agents of transformation for the cause of saving lives. 


How Local Congregations Can Support Those in the Military

Robert Phillips

12/9/2010

United Methodists have a rich tradition of honest, principled differences regarding issues of war and peace in our nation. What is gratifying is the unity in providing spiritual support for those who serve in the military and their families. Only one major military installation is located within the boundaries of our conference, but occasions to minister to those who serve are not diminished. How can our churches minister effectively and faithfully to those who serve, to their families, and to the United Methodist chaplains who are our presence in Christ to these young men and women? Every church in our conference, regardless of size, can make a difference. Here are some possibilities.


Reflections on Malaria in Sierra Leone

Pete Paulson

12/9/2010

Malaria kills 1 million of  the 300 million Africans each year. Most deaths from malaria are in children under the age of 5 years of age and pregnant women.
 
A donation of  $10 will buy a bed net which could help save a life. A donation of  $1,000 could save as many as 100 lives, and this translates to approximately $28 per month over the three-year funding cycle. Please prayerfully consider helping the Imagine No Malaria initiative. In the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, Sustainer, and Healer may we all be moved by the Holy Spirit to help.


Becoming a Powerful Church, Part 2

11/23/2010

A truly powerful church is seen not only in the way individual lives are being transformed. In the church at Antioch “the evidence of the grace of God” was also real in how they gave to and for others.


The non-verbal aspect of preaching

Terry Harter

11/22/2010

Preaching is embodied in a particular person, and the more effectively we learn how to communicate the message of the gospel, the more lives will be touched and transformed. The content of the sermon is only one aspect of the mystery of preaching. If we spend as much time and care with the delivery of the sermon as we do with the preparation of the content, our preaching will be much more compelling. The non-verbal aspect of preaching can best be summarized by three words: poise, presence, and passion.


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