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Prayer guides Columbus church’s journey to new Outreach Center

Prayer guides Columbus church’s journey to new Outreach Center

8/16/2016
The sound of sewing machines fills a corner of the downstairs of what has become known simply as The Outreach Center of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Nebraska. It is Tuesday morning, the traditional gathering time of women who put their gifts of sewing to use in a ministry that extends far beyond the congregation. Bev Weil examines fabric to be pinned together so it can be sewn during an Aug. 9 gathering of the Methodist Quilters at The Outreach Center, a ministry of First ...

Music with a mission

Music with a mission

5/24/2016
Grandma and Granddaughter duo use music and action to support Epworth Partners Program By Kerry Hoffschneider   Carlie Bauer spoke and sang about the Epworth Village Mission to Archer Zion/Fairview United Methodist congregation members. Bauer is an Epworth Village Interpreter and Partner for the mission after being encouraged to sign up to help support the cause by her grandmother, Harrietta Reynolds, a long-time servant of the United Methodist Church. Photo provided by Epworth Village ...

Young adults provided with Exploration scholarships

Young adults provided with Exploration scholarships

8/13/2015
If you know a young adult, ages 18-26, who have sensed God might be calling them to ordained ministry, have wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or want to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools, tell them about Exploration. Exploration is a three-day event for young adults to hear, discern and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their ...

Summer internship program application deadline is Sunday, March 8

Summer internship program application deadline is Sunday, March 8

3/4/2015
Young adults interested in growing their faith and leadership skills now have a one-stop shop when it comes to finding the right fit. The Summer Internship Program of the Great Plains Conference gives young adults a chance to explore hands-on ministry and leadership in a variety of fields. While combining the previously offered summer offerings (Micah Corps, vacation Bible school and camp counselors) into a clear leadership development system, four new internships – pastoral leadership, ...

The OneEvent: Becoming fearless through God's love

The OneEvent: Becoming fearless through God's love

1/14/2015
Keynote speaker Rev. Kirstie Garnes brought the theme of The OneEvent to life with her insight on dealing with fear. Her strategy has three steps: name it, face it, and defeat it. She prepared for The OneEvent months in advance by asking dozens of youth to identify their fears. She compiled their answers into a list of twenty main fears which she went through during the first general session, asking youth to point their two thumbs up for every fear that hit a chord for them. If they weren’t sure...

Youth learn to defeat fear at The OneEvent 2015

Youth learn to defeat fear at The OneEvent 2015

1/14/2015
Once again The OneEvent was a memorable weekend of celebration, worship, learning and fellowship for Great Plains youth and youth leaders. More than 1,200 people braved harsh winter weather to gather in Grand Island, Nebraska, to kick off the new year Jan. 3-4. Eihusen Arena was rocking to the head-banging sounds of Colton Dixon and worship led by The Digital Age, a four-piece band from Waco, Texas. Ground Zero Master’s Commission kept the attention of youth and adults with their innovative ...

Bishop Scott Jones, Stephanie Caro preach at Small Wonders conference

Bishop Scott Jones, Stephanie Caro preach at Small Wonders conference

10/27/2014
The following was written by Sam Fisher, DSA, Olive Crest UMC, Omaha, Nebraska. Small membership church development rose to the top of the conversation this past weekend as the first Great Plains Conference Small Wonders event was held in Salina, Kansas. In the Saturday morning worship service, Bishop Scott Jones urged clergy and laity from small membership churches to start looking at the whole picture. As he reflected on the story of the prodigal son, three words rang in Sam’s Chapel at Kansas...

News from the Big Hairy Audacious Education Caravan

News from the Big Hairy Audacious Education Caravan

10/8/2014
Education Caravan completes 2014 tour The Education Caravan concluded its 2014 tour in Lincoln, Nebraska, at Saint Paul UMC, on Oct. 2, with about 115 in attendance. The grand total for attendance at all six events is close to 700 people. The Lincoln program, which was also webcast, is recorded and available for viewing.  Common discussions centered on the realization that there is so much poverty in the midst of our small towns and cities. Guest presenters offered many ways churches are already...

Cabinet and clergy do mission work in Beaver Crossing

Cabinet and clergy do mission work in Beaver Crossing

9/18/2014
The Great Plains Cabinet and second year provisional clergy are spending several days this week working in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. The community suffered extensive damage from a tornado on May 11, 2014, which also happened to be Mother’s Day. The group has been busy removing many downed or damaged trees, replacing windows in two homes, rebuilding a garage and sprucing up the United Methodist church. Team members have also been cleaning cement blocks that will be used to rebuild an archway ...

Beaver Crossing, Cordova, Goehner and Sutton: Disaster Recovery Updates

5/19/2014
Updates: JULY 16: Volunteers in Mission teams needed for continuing disaster recovery efforts MAY 27: Plans for long-term recovery in Seward County MAY 19: The latest - Beaver Crossing recovery efforts MAY 17: Beaver Crossing Recovery -- despair and relief MAY 16: Pastor Pat reports from the field MAY 16: Widespread damage will require long-term assistance for recovery MAY 15: A message from Prairie Rivers District Superintendent Lance Clay MAY 14: Volunteers needed as disaster recovery ...