UMTV (United Methodist Television)

  1. More at umc.org/videos. The Rev. Chip Freed says his Ohio church is located in an exclusive suburb but the church is surprisingly inclusive. Garfield Memorial United Methodist members drive from up to an hour away and the diversity spans all races and economic groups. “We have CEOs from Fortune 500 companies, we have single moms from the poorest areas in urban Cleveland,” shares Freed. Freed says the church is intentionally welcoming, with worship services to appeal to those who have never set foot in a church before. Alisha Caraballo went church shopping and found just what she was looking for at Garfield: “It was different feeling that I never felt in all the churches. I just had to come back. I needed that!”

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  2. More at umc.org/videos. United Methodist churches across the United States are setting an example for how people can care for the world we live in. Members are planting community gardens, producing green energy and jobs, and encouraging individuals to make changes at home. Maria Porto’s church in New York City set out recycle bins for Sunday bulletins and did away with all paper and Styrofoam at coffee hour. Small changes by a lot of people can add up. “We are all responsible for taking care of the Earth. God gave us a great gift. We should do our best to take care of it,” says Porto. Learn about how United Methodists are caring for the environment at umc.org/green.

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  3. More at umc.org/videos. The Rev. Jeffry Bross of Batavia United Methodist in Illinois wanted to find a better way to reach out to the community from beyond the walls of his church office. In 2013, Bross moved his office out of the church and into an unusual venue: a storage unit, where he established Flowing Grace Community Church, a portable “church in a box.” Flowing Grace church member Joanne Mendicino sparked the idea for this ministry when she sought storage space for her parents’ belongings after her father’s death. Mendicino’s story helped Bross realize that those units were used by people in transition, and he felt called to provide hope and support for these hurting people. “Our belief is ‘Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and now go out and serve and reach out to the people.’ And so that’s what Flowing Grace is meant to do, is to reach out, to do something about our faith, and to share the love of Christ.”

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  4. More at umc.org/videos. Lou Riedlinger, a WWII and Korean War veteran, and his wife saw a need for a veterans program at their United Methodist church in Lancaster, PA. Serving as greeters during one Sunday worship, the Riedlingers noticed containers collecting supplies for different ministries like prison ministry or a food bank. They realized the church lacked any sort of veterans ministry, so they created the Armed Services Support Ministry in 2007 to accommodate the needs of veterans in the surrounding areas, including a Veterans Hospital nearby. The Riedlingers hope that their efforts inspire people in other areas to do the same. “We want to remind the people, ‘Don’t forget the veterans.’”

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  5. More at umc.org/videos/. Churches are finding ways to welcome new people beyond the four walls of a traditional church. “Diner Church” meets on Monday nights at dinner time. Participants can enjoy a meal, chat with friends, and listen to a brief sermon from the Rev. Tom Arthur of Sycamore Creek United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan. Arthur says churches today have to adapt and get out into the world. “We found that following Jesus is rarely convenient, but getting together with other people to worship, to learn, to study, to grow, has got to become more convenient,” says Arthur. The concept has caught on. Watch as the Diner Church packs every seat in the house.

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UMTV (United Methodist Television)

umc.org/media/ UMTV tells "good news" stories about real people facing today's challenges and making a difference. Professional journalists contribute material gathered from around the globe. UMTV is based at United Methodist Communications in…


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umc.org/media/ UMTV tells "good news" stories about real people facing today's challenges and making a difference. Professional journalists contribute material gathered from around the globe. UMTV is based at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.

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