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The heart of the Magi: Bishop's Christmas message


Bishop Ough encourages us to approach this Christmas with the hearts of the Magi: constantly being formed and shaped into the way of the Lord.

Better Than Breakfast with Mom


Two years ago, Gilbert UMC faced a tough future. Average worship attendance had declined to 11 people. They could only afford 1/10th of a pastor’s time. Instead of giving up or cutting back on expenses, they made a commitment to seek a half-time pastor and to learn how to reach their community together. They were going to grow or die trying. Read about some encouraging signs of new life ...

Bold North—Warm Hearts


Super Bowl LII is coming to the Twin Cities on February 4. From a spiritual perspective, winners and losers of a football game are of little consequence. However, our work and witness as a people of faith holds significant stake in the impact from the big game, especially in the areas of human trafficking, homelessness, and hospitality.

Following the Money: Connecting the United Methodist Church in Mission through the Advance


171 of our Minnesota United Methodist Churches donated over $502,000 to the Advance in the past year. Find out where that money goes.

2018 New Year’s Greetings


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…


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!


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


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


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


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


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.

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