Author Archives: Jessica Brodie

News April 25, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Blankets of Hope: Bethlehem UMC reaches out to the suffering through prayer-filled comfort ministry

By Brady Hammond. It has been an unusually rough day, the rain is beating against your windows relentlessly and you just want to curl up with your favorite blanket and forget the world. Sometimes nothing can brighten your mood like the comfort of that old familiar quilt. But for the ladies of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Johnston, blankets have come to carry far more meaning than merely comfort.

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News April 25, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

National UMM to gather in Nashville

By Jessica Connor. With an aim to turn themselves “inside out” for God, thousands of men from across the nation will head to Nashville this summer for the 11th national gathering of United Methodist Men.

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Editor's Views April 25, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Love prevails

By Jessica Connor. Two sweet-faced young women and a grinning little boy lost their lives doing absolutely nothing but participating in a family-friendly activity: the Boston Marathon. Others now face life as an amputee. Countless more will surely struggle through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. All because two world-hating men decided they wanted to make a statement, or something.

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News March 26, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Adopting an arrearage policy at AC 2013

By the Rev. Jeremy L. Howell. As a result of new language in the 2012 Book of Discipline, this year I have the responsibility as the Chairperson of the Commission on Equitable Compensation to present to the Annual Conference an Arrearage Policy.

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News March 26, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Let’s talk about sex—in church

By Jessica Connor. Talking about sex can be uncomfortable for many teens. So many questions swirl: Should I wait? Is this safe? What does the Bible say? Am I a bad person for thinking this?

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Editor's Views March 26, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Do something

By Jessica Connor. In our faith, I’ve heard it over and over again: once we are saved in Christ, it shouldn’t be enough to merely rest in the knowledge we are now guaranteed a spot in the Kingdom. While nothing we physically do can get us into heaven, once we are safely in the arms of Jesus, we’re not supposed to just sit around on our laurels, eat bonbons and rest comfortably in our state of grace.

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Bishop's Corner March 26, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

One shining moment

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. The question of what teams are in or out, who will be the bracket buster or who is in the field of sixty-eight all describe the NCAA basketball post-season called March Madness.  The culmination of this event is the crowning of a champion and its anticipated anthem of college basketball: One Shining Moment. 

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