1. Strength for Service joins the Combined Federal Campaign

    October 9th, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    By Larry Coppock

    Normal 0 SFS recently joined the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as one of its newest members. Since 2002 over 460,000 SFS devotional books have been distributed to military men and women around the world. In order to continue free distribution to military chaplains our leadership team has crafted a stra... read more

  2. Office of Scouting Ministry: A Variety of Roles and Responsibilities

    July 28th, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    By Larry Coppock

    The Office of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting (OCYSA/S), General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM), is the agency responsible to the general church for coordinating a variety of scouting activities, including training. The Scouting Ministry Committee (SMC), a standing committee of the GCUMM, is the 'official'... read more

  3. Clarifying the Role of the SMS

    July 1st, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    By Larry Coppock

    Scouting Ministry Specialists (SMS) fulfill many important roles in scouting ministry.Chief among them are servicing existing units (Cub Scout packs, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Venture crews, etc.) in local UM churches. SMS also help start new units in churches.Currently, 164 SMS have registered with the Office of Civic You... read more

  4. Full Armor of God

    June 19th, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    By Larry Coppock

    Sunday, June 17, my wife, Diane, pastor at Palestine UMC, Springfield,Tn., preached on Ephesians 6:1-12 without knowing about the Strength for Service devotion (visit for June 17, written in 1942, 70 years earlier.  It was the identical verses re: full armor of God. Amen!    ... read more

  5. A Father Remembered

    June 16th, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    By Larry Coppock

    This weekend I remember my father, Benjamin, or 'Bird' as he was affectionately known by my grandmother. Dad died 52 years ago at age 46. A veteran of WW II, my dad was a wonderful father to me and my two sisters and a caring husband to my mother, who passed away last November. Today, I honor my dad who instilled in me a a ... read more