When pandemic struck, he helped his home church adapt
Just about every small-town church confronted the same challenge in March 2020. But not every church had someone like Duncan LeMay.
At the ‘hot dog church,’ lunch comes with chili, slaw…and hospitality
Stop by Gethsemane UMC at lunchtime on a typical Saturday and you'll find working folks, older adults, and kids in little league uniforms -- all enjoying the church's famous hot dogs. The tradition goes back 20 years and models a spirit of Christian hospitality, chili and slaw optional.
How a Hickory church overcame complacency and wrote a new future for itself
Seeking new energy after years in "static mode," leaders of St. Luke's UMC sat down to define who they are as a church and how they are uniquely called to serve God. The vision that grew from this work prompted a wide-ranging slate of campus improvements.
Foundation team welcomes familiar face
The newest member of the Foundation team happens to be a familiar face around these parts.
The only Methodist church in town has plenty to do
Methodists are known for doing the heavy lifting when it comes to the social needs of a community. You won't find a better example than Robbinsville UMC, the only Methodist church in Graham County on the North Carolina/Tennessee border.
How the Foundation serves within, and outside of, the United Methodist denomination
Four years have passed since the Board of Directors approved a resolution to state that, “Although we were created by and for The Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, we are capable of serving all ministries of Wesleyan heritage.” We write today to affirm this commitment and to provide clarity around our ability to serve your ministry.
Why Cullowhee UMC is known as the ‘firewood church’
Chainsaws, wood splitters and wheelbarrows can be powerful tools to proclaim God's love. The proof was on display on a recent Saturday morning at Cullowhee UMC, where volunteers split firewood and delivered it by the truck load to the homes of local seniors.
Pastor confronts a cultural divide in Rutherfordton
When Rev. In-Yong Lee arrived in Rutherfordton, the Asian-American pastor wasn't sure how she would be received. Three years later, Rev. Lee feels right at home in this small town in the Foothills.
To hear God’s call, sometimes we have to step back and leave room
My experience most often is that I pray for God’s direction, get distracted by the world around me, lose sight of the original reason for asking, and then become frustrated because I feel God has abandoned me. In this scenario, the reality is God didn’t abandon me. I abandoned God.
Why Methodism keeps me focused on the future
My United Methodist faith is about more than family heritage. It is about the Church’s commitment to serving ALL the people of our diverse world.
Foundation will offer Grant Writing 101: How to Write a Winning Proposal
Clergy, staff and lay leaders - particularly those with little or no grant writing experience - are invited to hear from a fundraising pro and confer with peers from around the Conference.
At Denver UMC, a unique approach to local missions
An outreach ministry based at Denver UMC coordinates with Lincoln County Schools, social services, domestic abuse and homeless shelters to address real needs of neighbors.