New models for ministry poise rural churches for growth and vitality

Mergers and new ministry models are helping several rural churches in the conference to re-imagine their futures and “be” church in a new way.

Small groups help congregations grow ‘deep and wide’

Two congregations that have strong small groups share what they're doing, and how participants growing in faith while becoming more connected to each other.

Six churches achieve big carbon footprint reductions

Six churches share what they did to minimize their impact on the environment and achieve double-digit reductions in their carbon footprint.

Faith United Church donates health kits in memory of longtime member

The church used part of a legacy gift from a longtime, mission-minded member to purchase supplies for 100 health kits, which they then assembled for refugees.

Love Offering to help local refugees secure housing

Refugee Services will put its $31,000 Love Offering gift toward starting a housing fund to help refugees coming to Minnesota find a place to live.
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9/17/2016: Big Waters District Day: Change The World

Join other Big Waters District clergy and laity for a day of spirited learning and fellowship.

9/18/2016: Welcoming River Valley DS Cynthia Williams

All are invited to a gathering to welcome Rev. Cynthia Williams to her new position as a district superintendent and to get to know her.

9/27/2016: Stewardship Seminar

Encouraging the Joy of Generous Giving - A Call to Financial Discipleship

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Mni Wiconi (Lakota for “Water is Life”)

Bishop Bruce R. Ough

"I stand with my Lakota and Dakota brothers and sisters because I believe the central question of the creation story is at the heart of their...protest."

Reflections: 2016 Wesley pilgrimage to England

Minnesota United Methodists

"We are called to be in pilgrimage daily, looking for God’s activity in our lives, in the life of our churches, and in the communities we serve."

6 reasons a preacher should reconsider a political post

Fred Vanderwerf

With so many clergy friends on Facebook, and at the height of the presidential campaign, Rev. Fred Vanderwerf offers six reasons to avoid political posts.

Torrential rains bring a flood of response

Lyndy Zabel

Torrential rains in mid-July resulted in major damage across East-Central Minnesota, flooded roads—and an impressive response from a variety of volunteer ...

Rev. Carol Zaagsma: Finding hope at NCJ Conference

"Each day I continued to find hope—or hope kept finding me."

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“Change for a change” offering raises funds for Imagine No Malaria

Evangelical UMC (Waseca) decided to raise money for Imagine No Malaria by having a special monthly offering called “Change for a Change” during which we would ...

“The Gathering Place” Opens in Chatfield

Chatfield United Methodist Church’s newly-formed health ministry for senior citizens, The Gathering Place, held its inaugural open house Jan. 10. Led by parish ...

“Ton of Tuna” campaign feeds a community

During Minnesota FoodShare month, River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville saw a need to fight hunger in its community. The church came up with a “Ton ...

20+ UMC congregations work to reach thousands at Twin Cities Pride event

Members of Reconciling United Methodist congregations in Minnesota created a float for the Pride parade and hosted a booth where they handed out rainbow peace ...

A Brush With Kindness team ‘serves Jesus while serving others’

Two years ago, members of Lindstrom and Main Street UMCs returned from a mission trip inspired to make change in their own communities.
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