Friday, November 30, 2018

Second United Methodist school in Hungary

The Schola Europa, a high school in Budapest, Hungary, became a United Methodist school in September 2018. Photo by Ãœllas Tankler, courtesy of Central and Southern Europe Conference.
The Schola Europa, a high school in Budapest, Hungary, became a United Methodist school in September 2018. Photo by Üllas Tankler, courtesy of Central and Southern Europe Conference.

By Urs SchweizerSept. 28, 2018 | UMNS

After successfully leading a secondary school in Budapest for five years, The United Methodist Church in Hungary has taken leadership of a second school.
“During the five years since the first school has been received, we have gained positive experiences. The years spent with our Forrai school encourage us to start the cooperation with Schola Europa,ʺ said the Rev. László Khaled, superintendent of The United Methodist Church in Hungary.
He said there have been many meaningful encounters of students, teachers and people of The United Methodist Church in Hungary – both at school programs and in the local church. Khaled added that the greatest need of the students is “to feel accepted and loved and it touches them if they experience all this in a Methodist congregation.ʺ

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Three Simple Rules: Do All the Good You Can

10-11 Nov 2018, Christ Mountain Top
Praying the Psalm, Psalm 82
Children, Luke 10.25-37
Message, Micah 6.1-8
Mission Moment,

These simple rules are what John Wesley described as a way to build a “form of godliness” while seeking its power (2 Timothy 3.5). The United Societies were
a company of men having the form and seeking the power of godliness
FORM (pic, sidewalk, me and Zoe)

      Context of community
First rule, “Do no harm.”
NO: Actually a critical word to learn:  
      Stay focused on our personal or corporate mission
      Define who we are and clarify our boundaries
      Group at Roberta’s – breaking her vase of glass flowers

The powerful word in this rule is ALL.
      All the time, all the people, all the ways, ALL the good

Friedman’s Fables, rope, bridge, “My life is in your hands”
G. – the Christian thing to do is not to judge but to do good
      Do not forget the “no”
      We are to do GOOD, not necessarily solve people’s problems

Discern the good. It is not always what the other person defines as good! Compassion, interest, treating someone as a person to be loved not a problem to be solved.
      Bill Easum, story of homebound woman and potted plants

Monday, November 26, 2018

Oklahoma ministry helps prisoners reenter society

A view of the courtyard at the United Methodist Exodus House in Oklahoma City where former prisoners can find a spot for reflection. Photo by Boyce Bowdon, UMNS.
By Boyce BowdonOct. 3, 2018 | OKLAHOMA CITY

The 20th anniversary celebration of Exodus House — a United Methodist residential ministry for those recently released from prison — brought back vivid memories for Shane Vaughn.
“Exodus House is where God turned my life around,” said Vaughn, one of 75 people who attended the Aug. 20 gathering.
“Before I came to this place, I had been released from prison three times. When I got out each of those times, I went back to my same old haunts, hung out with same guys, and did the same stupid things that had gotten me into trouble before. And the same thing happened: I went back to prison.”
He explained that while he was in prison the fourth time, he met a team of Christian men who were witnessing to the miracles God had performed in their lives. Being with them, he says, helped him realize the way he was living wasn’t working.
“I was an alcoholic and a drug addict. If I didn’t get sober and straighten up, I was going to be in prison the rest of my life. That’s not the life I wanted, but I didn’t think I could change. The men helped me believe I could. They helped me get in Exodus House when I was released.”