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Growing the church in West Africa

In a village so thick with red dirt that the palm trees bear a rusty hue, a fresh burst of color beckons people from near and far. A new United Methodist church — painted an almost-iridescent green — fills with worshippers eager to sing their love of Jesus. Even with its bright exterior, the building is unpretentious. A plastic roof keeps out the rain. Open windows let in the breeze.

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Churchgoers arrested after ICE detains man

United Methodists were among more than two dozen people arrested while trying to block the removal of an unauthorized immigrant who had taken sanctuary in a North Carolina church. Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, had taken refuge in CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, for 11 months while applying to remain in the United States to care for his ill wife. He left the church Nov. 23 to meet with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Morrisville, North Carolina, for an appointment as part of his application to delay his deportation to Mexico.

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UMW, MTSO Representatives ask Wendy's to Sign Agreement

Recently in Columbus, a delegation composed of several United Methodist Women conferences joined forces with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, the National Farm Worker Ministry, the Student Farm Worker Alliance, the Alliance for Fair Food, Ohio Fair Food, and women leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) as they called on Wendy's, the last holdout of the five major fast food companies, to sign a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. According to an MIT statistic, the national living wage is calculated at $67,000 a year per family before taxes; whil

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Free Disaster Readiness Program Available to Congregations

It seems like each week we hear or read about a disaster doing major damage to some area of the United States or the world. Just recently, hurricanes battered some parts of the southern United States. Here in West Ohio, we've had our share of major storm damage over the last 10 years - from tornadoes to flooding to high winds. In each case, homes have been damaged or destroyed and lives lost. Does your congregation have a disaster plan? A way to help members prepare in case of a disaster? Does your church have a plan to help their community when a disaster strikes?

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Bishops Strengthen Ties with the Episcopal Church

Two denominations with historic ties to John Wesley's Church of England are strengthening their ties to each other. While meeting November 4-7 at Epworth By The Sea, the Council of Bishops moved The United Methodist Church a step closer toward full communion with the Episcopal Church. The bishops authorized the preparation of legislation to carry out the full communion proposal - "A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers for the Healing of Brokenness." Full communion means each church acknowledges the other as a partner in the Christian fait

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Health Insurance Meetings Set

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits has set details for the 2019 Active and Retiree Health Insurance Plans. Please attend one of the events listed below so you can learn about any changes to the plan and how the changes might impact you. The agenda for each meeting is the same, so attend the one that best fits your schedule.
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