• U.S. annual conferences report declining numbers

    July 21st, 2010

    By Heather Hahn(UMNS) --United Methodists across the United States rejoiced to see old friends and celebrated their shared faith at annual conference gatherings this spring and summer. But when the time came for reports on membership and attendance, the news was often sobering.The pews at many churches are emptier this year.In statistical reports from… read more

  • A memorable return trip to Haiti

    July 8th, 2010

    Photo: Gil Hanke (with pick axe) digs a trench for the foundation of a security wall for a church and school in Mellier, Haiti. Photo by Kurtis Kraus   By Gil HankeThis was unlike any of my earlier 30 overseas mission trips, but it is one that I will treasure in a special way.  I volunteered to lead a Haiti mission team from the Texas Annual… read more

  • Tornado produces anxious moments

    May 14th, 2010

    By Boyce Bowden Photo: The Rev. Keith King holds the center portion of a stained glass window of Broadway UMC blown out by a tornado. Photo by Boyce Bowden TECUMSEH, Okla.-- About 5 p.m. on May 10, in this town of nearly 7,000 about 75 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, Keith King—pastor of the Broadway United Methodist Church—was leaving… read more

  • Illinois men to flood Nashville with bottled water

    May 13th, 2010

    MT. CARMEL, Ill. –– A group of men at the Trinity United Methodist Church decided to “flood Music City,” with fresh, bottled drinking water, to help residents whose lives were impacted by severe flooding.The mayor of Nashville asked the people of Nashville to cut their water usage in half."The water conservation order remains in … read more