I am sending this message from Freetown, Sierra Leone, where I served today as the guest preacher for the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. Their ordination service today was an amazing four-and-a-half-hour service of praise, combined choirs (even including the "Hallelujah Chorus"), ordination, and communion. The offering lasted over 30 minutes so that all the 400 worshipers could dance and sing their way forward with the joy and generosity typical of the African church. --More--
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (UMNS) – On Sundays and Thursdays at Centenary United Methodist Church, the Christ’s Kitchen is buzzing with meal preparation for the hungry in the community. The Jeffersonville News and Tribune tells how more than 25 churches of different denominations have come together to feed those in need. This meal program, which is now called Christ’s Kitchen, has been in operation for 27 years. According to church records, 12,925 people were served in 2013, through either Christ’s Kitchen or the food pantry, which is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read story.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Gary Schaar, 56, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ind. since 2009, as the new Superintendent of the South District, effective July 1. Read more.