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25 Ways to Affirm Diversity

Several years ago, my predominantly white congregation, if not dying, definitely was starting to lose consciousness. However, things began to turn around as church staff and leaders recognized the changing community — predominantly Hispanic and working poor — and decided to be intentional about embracing change. While we're not a standing-room-only congregation yet, we're thriving. Here are some ideas that might help your church as well.

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Hundreds Dead, Missing in Sierra Leone Mudslides, Flooding

United Methodists — including entire families — are among the hundreds killed after torrential rains caused deadly mudslides and flooding near Freetown.

Capt. John Jimmy and his wife and four children, members of Price Memorial United Methodist Church, were buried under rubble in a mudslide, a relative told United Methodist News Service. Jimmy, a military officer, was the son of the late Rev. Edward Jimmy, a United Methodist worker and clergyman.

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All In Community Offers Variety of Training Opportunities this Fall

All In Community, the West Ohio Conference's response to the impact of mass incarceration, is offering several upcoming opportunities for equipping and engaging with our incarcerated and/or returning neighbors. These include the 30-For-30 Pilot Program, Healing Communities training, the Re-entry COPE Simulation, Grow the Good, and All In Community trainings.

Smaller Church Pastor's Training

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Date: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm
Price: 
$0
Contact
Contact: 
Sam Peters
Email: 
samjoypet@roadrunner.com
Location
Location Name: 
Piketon UMC
Location Address: 
617 E Second Street, Piketon, OH 45661

Join fellow pastors from churches that worship under 100 in a 2 hour training on the topic of "Preaching and Worship Planning in Smaller Churches".  The session will be led by Sam Peters, pastor of Christ UMC in South Webster.

Event Sponsored By:: 
sponsored by Shawnee Valley District