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Halloween is more than ‘a good scare’

Pumpkins for Halloween

Halloween is a Christian name (All Hallows’ Eve) for a non-Christian holiday in the U.S. However, Halloween is “more than just a good scare,” says Pastor Mike Poteet.

Saints surround us every day

saints mentor us

Saints have been defined as ordinary people who have done some extraordinary things. A United Methodist pastor from Texas explains.

Detroit pastor honored by college

Detroit pastor honored

On September 25, 2021, the Rev. William Wylie-Kellermann was among those honored as distinguished alumni by North Central College in  Naperville, IL.

Your plan or God’s plan?

Making a plan

As she graduates from college and prepares for the next phase of her journey, Madison Myers asks, “Do you believe there’s a plan for your life?”

Be ready to help when disasters strike

Disasters bring neighbors together

“We are not called to do it alone.” Carol Blair Bouse encourages local churches to network with others when disasters come to their communities.

Resources to help plan Advent 2021

Lighting Advent wreath

The Christian Year ends with Christ the King Sunday on November 21. Then comes Advent! Here are dozens of activities, ideas, and resources to guide your planning for all ages.

Camp and the call of Memory Lane

Fire Bowl at Lake Louise Camp

Where does a lifelong commitment to God begin? The Rev. Gary Keene traces his ministry journey from a camp in Michigan to California, through Montana, Nashville, Colorado, and now retirement.

‘Showing up’ during a pandemic

Online worship during pandemic

How can United Methodist honor their vow of presence during a pandemic? Pastor Brian Steele rethinks what presence involves in light of online worship and safety protocols.

Wisdom for living in these times

Sunny times

“We don’t choose the times; the times choose us,” says the Rev. Jack Harnish. However, we can at all times “strive to live and work for the kingdom of God.”

Ways to connect with your neighbors

Neighbors want to connect

People are hungry for relationships. The Rev. Dirk Elliott says, “Maybe now more than any time in our past, we need to find ways to connect and build relationships with people.” Here’s how.