Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy 50th!

The United Methodist Church is 50 years old today. Take a look at some reasons to celebrate, from an article by Fran Coode Walsh. Read the whole story.
Our people
  1. John Wesley, who was called to create a movement, that grew into a church. He could’ve been a Jedi,really.
  2. Susanna Wesley, whose steadfast faith and bold witness inspired her children and made her the true “Mother of Methodism.”   
  3. The 750,000 members of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and 10.3 million members of the Methodist Church who came together in the tumultuous year of 1968 and created a new 
    Bishop Joaquina Nhanala from Mozambique is the first female United Methodist bishop in Africa . Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
    Bishop Joaquina Nhanala from Mozambique is the first female United Methodist bishop in Africa . Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
  4. More than 300 missionaries who serve across the world.
  5. So many amazing kids, doing so many acts of kindness for their neighbors.
  6. Leaders and trailblazers like Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala of Mozambique, who is the first female United Methodist bishop in Africa.
  7. Young adults sharing their gifts, like blind artist Jeff Hanson who has raised millions for charity.
  8. Our bishops, past and present. You can get to know more about their personal faith journeys in podcasts, like the one with Bishop Harald R├╝ckert of Germany who had a previous career in food technology.
  9. The Methodist mother-daughter team who created a holiday for moms.
  10.  Members of the two United Methodist churches that were the first to host Father’s Day celebrations.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

United Methodist history: Activist for women's suffrage and against lynching

By: Sherri Gragg
From Problem Child to Activist
Jessie Daniel Ames was a problem child. Her unwillingness to conform to the strict Victorian societal expectations of her youth prompted her parents to frequently send her away from the dinner table for her poor manners. The fiery child spent many evenings taking her meals in the kitchen alongside the servants. It was there that she first heard about the lynching of a local man in nearby Tyler, Texas. The horrifying account lodged in the heart and mind of young Jessie where it knit together with her indomitable will to shape the course of a nation.
Ames was born in Palestine, Texas in 1883. She entered Southwestern University at the young age of 13 and graduated in 1902. She was widowed at the age of 31, and left to rear her three young children alone. Tragedy and single parenthood did little to get in the way of the once problem child. A life-long Methodist, she grew up to become a prominent leader in the suffragist movement. In 1919, she established the Texas League of Women Voters. However, unlike many of her fellow suffragists, she was also acutely aware of the injustices suffered by African Americans in the years before the Civil Rights Movement. In 1930, she rallied a group of like-minded women to form the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching.

The rest of the story...

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Love Has Won, Showing (2018-0408)

Thanks to Joel Shuman for preaching on this date!
Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-5; 4:7-21; John 20:19-31

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us – we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that your joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all…

Resurrection Walk

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hospital Changes Blind Boy's Life

Born blind with cataracts on both eyes, 8-year-old Morlai Bangura, who lives in the remote village of Barmoi in northern Sierra Leone, can now see. Thanks to successful eye operations at the Sierra Leone Conference├ó€™s Lowell and Ruth Gess United Methodist Eye Hospital, Morlai has started attending school in eastern Freetown. Photo courtesy of Dr. Moges Teshome, Lowell and Ruth Gess United Methodist Eye Hospital.
By Phileas Jusu
March 12, 2018 | FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS)
Born blind with cataracts in both eyes, 8-year-old Morlai Bangura can now see and has started attending school in eastern Freetown, with support from the Sierra Leone Conference’s Lowell and Ruth Gess United Methodist Eye Hospital.
In a country where opportunities for the blind are limited and many are reduced to beggars, Morlai — who was living in a remote village in northern Sierra Leone — did not have the slimmest prospect of sight or city life, let alone education.
He now has all three, thanks to the United Methodist eye hospital’s outreach team who discovered him in the woods of Barmoi and brought news of his condition to hospital authorities in Freetown.
“There is no health care facility in that very remote part of the country, no school. He was blind and was working on the farm. Nobody knew his cataracts were operable,” said Dr. Moges Teshome, the ophthalmologist who performed the surgeries.

Zoe with our kids