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Senate leaders propose crackdown on illegal gambling

INDIANAPOLIS - The Senate Rules Committee heard testimony April 2 and approved a bill that supporters say would crackdown on illegal gambling by stepping up enforcement and enacting stricter penalties into the enforcement of illegal gambling devices across the state. At press time, the ...

Souper Bowl of Caring brings in $8 million for hunger, poverty

This year's Souper Bowl of Caring has raised more than $8 million to fight hunger and poverty. That's $3 million more than last year. The annual event ties in with football's Super Bowl to encourage churches, schools, and other groups to raise money for local charities. More than 14,500 ...

South Conference to hold evangelism training event

"Running the Race" is the theme for the South Indiana United Methodist Conference evangelism training event scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m., at four locations across South Indiana at Greenfield Bradley, Seymour First, Avon and ...

Speaking out for the well-being of society

Spring gives birth to new life, resurrected life. As Christians we take that good news from worship centers into the vitality of our communities this season of Easter. To assist us in our public witness, the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church give us a guide for our response ...

State Senate approved slot machines at horse race tracks

INDIANAPOLIS - A plan to allow slots at the state's two horse tracks passed the Senate March 29, by a vote of 27-21. House Bill 1835 would allow 1,500 slot machines at Hoosier Park in Madison County and Indiana Downs in Shelby County. In exchange, the tracks would have to pay a $400 ...

Sticky ideas

By Todd Outcalt A genre of publishing that has exploded in the past five years. Among the more recent bestsellers are two titles by Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point and Blink. Both of these books deal with the little things that can make a big difference in a business, a product or a ...

Sudan divestment bill resurrected by Senate to help Darfur

INDIANAPOLIS - The Sudan divestment bill gained a surprising resurrection April 2 on the floor of the State Senate. During the session, Sen. Greg Walker of Columbus introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 74, a compromise on the divestment of state pension funds from investing in Sudan. He...

UM Communication offers new www.umc.org/nets Web site

Nothing But Nets is creating a buzz. It's captivating United Methodists as a way to be involved with saving lives. Thousands of people have bought insecticide-treated bed nets at $10 a shot. "The reaction to Rick Reilly's 815 words made clear that thousands of people were ready to help the...

UMC remains third largest denomination

NEW YORK (UM Newscope) - The United Methodist Church ranked third in membership in the 75th edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, recently published by the National Council of Churches and Abingdon Press. The 2007 edition reports on a record 224 national church bodies ...

World Methodist Evangelism Institute to feature development of missionary congregations

The 8th International Evangelism Seminar sponsored by the World Methodist Evangelism Institute is scheduled for June 19-27 at the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center in Atlanta. Its theme is "That the World May Know Jesus Christ: Developing Missionary Congregations in the ...

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