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United Methodist Church to celebrate 50th anniversary

2/14/2018

You're invited to read a sermon delivered by Dr. Albert Outler at the formation of The United Methodist Church, a sermon that's startlingly relevant today.


2018 New Year’s Greetings

1/3/2018

Bishop Ough shares his prayer for all United Methodists in 2018, and asks for continued prayers for the denomination, the Council of Bishops, and the Commission on a Way Forward. He also encourages us to be unflagging in our commission to reach new people with the gospel of Jesus Christ in the new year.


This is all it takes…

12/19/2017

Christmas is not a passive activity. It isn't a time to simply remember something that happened long ago. Christmas is an invitation to incarnation: to trust that God is made flesh, that God is present in the hurts and hope of our daily existence, and that we can, like Mary, give birth to love today in this moment.


Stopping so we can go!

12/14/2017

This Advent, how are you pausing? How do you stop so that you can go? How do you practice awareness of God’s presence everyday so you can refuel for the work ahead?


Just a Drop in a Bucket Makes a Difference

12/13/2017

Faith UMC in Farmington partnered with the entire town to collect relief supplies for Port Aransas, Texas after Hurricane Harvey. Farmington sent thousands of dollars in donations and an entire semi truck of flood buckets and building supplies. The two towns have now formed a close relationship.


Surprise the World! All-Conference Lenten Video Study

12/13/2017

This Lent (February 14-April 1, 2018), the Bishop and Cabinet invite all Minnesota United Methodists to join this book study with weekly discussion videos.


Make It Easy to Give

11/29/2017

When the Holy Spirit calls people to be generous, but the church hasn't provided an easy way for them to give, we lose the opportunity to let people answer that call. Many people don't carry cash or checkbooks, but usually have a credit card and smartphone with them. Let's make it easy for the faithful to give!


New City Church Launches with a Packed House

11/29/2017

Launching a weekly worship service is like throwing a birthday party and not being sure if anyone will come. Rev. Tyler Sit of New City Church in Minneapolis sees God at work in the first weeks of the new church.


Centenary UMC experiencing ‘breakthroughs of the Spirit’ through MCCI

11/15/2017

Centenary UMC needed a breakthrough of the Spirit. I asked Bishop Ough about the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) program, and our church began this transformational process.


MN Annual Conference Volunteer in Mission Opportunities

11/15/2017

After recent natural disasters, many United Methodists want to help. Early Response Teams are there now. But clean-up efforts will continue for many months. That’s when Volunteer in Mission (VIM) team members will be needed. Can your church plan a trip to help in Texas, Florida, California, and five more states that need VIM teams?


Tolerating Bad Behavior in the Church

11/15/2017

With the intense divisiveness in our country, congregations are well-positioned to role-model a different way of being together, meeting real needs and building connections across the divides.


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