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Micah Corps interns create several youth activities

Micah Corps interns create several youth activities

11/17/2015
Creating change in the world — youth activities focus on poverty, environment, food security, peace/nonviolence and immigration. The 2015 Micah Corps interns have created activities for youth groups that offer a series of discussions, videos and activities which will teach youth how the issues connect to their faith and challenge and inspire the youth to use their power to change the world. These activities are formatted under five four-part units where through the activities, Scripture and ...

ESL allows Pleasant Valley UMC to reach Hispanic community

ESL allows Pleasant Valley UMC to reach Hispanic community

4/6/2015
The ESL (English as a Second Language) program at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas, is dedicated to serving the Hispanic community by providing quality language instruction to Spanish speaking people. The ESL program is one of the primary outreach ministries of Pleasant Valley UMC. Each spring and fall semester, Jennifer Jepsen along with her husband, Tim, hosts the ESL program every Thursday. The program lasts for eight weeks in the fall and nine weeks in the spring. ...

Lyons youth get after game hangout

Lyons youth get after game hangout

3/10/2015
In rural communities such as Lyons, one of the largest complaints by youth is that there is nothing to do in the community. One woman and a group of supporters is looking to change that. Kari Troyer has worked for the past year at turning the upstairs area of Lyons UMC into a comfortable, safe environment for children to come relax at on Friday evenings. Troyer explained that the “after game party” was originally created to give Lyons and area youth a place to hold a post-game party after home ...

Regenerate gathers Great Plains church planters for retreat, learning and connecting

6/4/2014
“We all want to grow in breadth and depth; and we don’t put a value on sizes,” said the Rev. Matt Miofsky of The Gathering, in St. Louis, Mo., in his opening remarks. Regenerate is part of the Five Touch program of the new church development process in the Great Plains United Methodist Conference. Each appointed pastor of a new church start was part of a two-day retreat that included worship, led by the Rev. Mitch Reece and Nathan Brooks of Church of the Resurrection (Rez) West; and ...

The Twenty Components of an Evangelistically Effective Congregation

3/12/2014
The Gretna United Methodist Church hosted Bishop Scott Jones on Saturday, March 8, to discuss successful evangelism in the fastest-growing area in Nebraska. Jones’ workshop, titled “The Twenty Components of an Evangelistically Effective Congregation,” focused on the United Methodist Church’s mission to reach out and welcome new members and strategies for churches to successfully grow. Missouri River Superintendent Dr. Dan Flanagan organized the event. A dozen members of the Gretna UMC attended ...

Saving a slowly dying church

Saving a slowly dying church

12/4/2013
By Susan Cooper, Kansas communications associate director The scenario at Epworth United Methodist Church in southeast Wichita was a familiar one to many mainline denominations — an aging, dwindling congregation in a changing neighborhood. Churches in this situation generally have two choices. They can change, or they can die. More than two years ago, their pastor, Rev. Jimmy Taylor, knew the church had to change. He encouraged the congregation to engage the people in the neighborhood. Epworth ...