New Start Pastors Give Video Updates
Pastors Brian Ebel of Revolution Church and Matthew Johnson of The Community give updates about their respective churches that are being started in the Kentucky Conference.
Rev. Brian Ebel - The Revolution Church
Rev. Matthew Johnson - The Community...
Berea UMC Responds to Community's Need
On Sunday, May 2nd the Disaster Response team at Berea UMC was active. That night one church family was evacuated through waste deep water, and on Monday morning the team began working with those impacted to remove standing water from their living spaces, basements and crawlspaces. Berea UMC was able to supply a generator and fuel to one family for several days. They also supplied dehumidifiers and fans to homeowners to begin the drying out...
Nicholasville's Manna Ministries Featured in Video Bible Study
Through its Manna Meals ministry, Nicholasville United Methodist Church (Lexington District) has provided thousands of restaurant quality meals to community residents. The meal is served each Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The church started this ministry in 2008. Around 100 volunteers help throughout the year, and various churches, businesses, and organizations donate food and money.
Manna Ministries is featured in a video from a PREPOSTEROUS Bible study on discipleship. The focus of...
Sharing Christ's Love at Thriller Parade
Over the past four years Embrace UMC (Lexington District) has joined the folks of downtown Lexington for the Michael Jackson Thriller parade sharing glow sticks, hot chocolate, and the love of Christ. This year they handed out little flashlights with the Embrace logo on them.
The parade started at the Kentucky Theatre on Main Street, one of two locations where Embrace gathers for worship on Sunday mornings. What a perfect opportunity to have thousands of people pass by the church’s...
Grant Helps Community Fight Flu
Carol Turley wanted to help people participating in Drug Court to succeed. She had an idea about how to do that, and her idea grew into a program that has vaccinated hundreds of people against influenza.
Drug Court is a diversion program for first-time drug offenders. By providing a court-supervised treatment alternative, it promotes a positive life change through substance abuse education and treatment.
Ms. Turley is an RN and a member of Greenup First United Methodist Church (Ashland...
Cynthiana Church Members Help with East Bernstadt Tornado Cleanup
After the tornados caused so much damage in many locations throughout Kentucky, I too had the thought many of Kentuckians had, and that was, “What can I do to help?” On Tuesday, March 6, my wife, Sharon, was coming back home from a trip to Corbin and saw firsthand some of the damage along Interstate 75 just north of London. When she came home, Sharon told me of the damage and how we should do something.
The next day after our Prayer Breakfast at First UMC Cynthiana, five of us...
Grant Helps Liberty Launch Celebrate Recovery Program
“When God moves, it seems best to follow.” That is the conclusion we have come to here at Liberty UMC in the Corbin District. And that is why we are starting a Celebrate Recovery ministry this year.
Pastor Bruce Hiner was appointed here in July 2011.
“When I started talking to people in Casey County, drug abuse was always listed as the biggest problem we have here,” said Rev. Hiner. “It seemed clear to me that if drug dependency is such an overwhelming...
Settle Concert Series to Feature Symphony, Benefit Community
Settle Memorial United Methodist Church (Owensboro District) is launching a “Good Samaritan Concert Series” to raise awareness and impact homelessness in Owensboro. This series of three concerts will benefit St. Benedict’s, Boulware Mission, the Help Office, and Settle Memorial’s Good Samaritan Fund. The Owensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Music Director and Conductor Nicholas Palmer, will perform the first concert on Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m., at...
New Literacy Program Part of Buechel's Commitment to Diverse Community
Buechel United Methodist Church has a wonderful legacy of improving the lives of people in need in the Hikes Point/Buechel area of southeast Louisville. For 60 years, Buechel UMC has reached out to its community for the cause of Christ and His kingdom. However, the church’s neighborhood has experienced a massive transition since the church’s founding half a century ago. Over the past two decades, the area surrounding the church has witnessed an explosive growth in immigrant and...
St. Luke UMC Launches a Weekly Multicultural Worship Service
St. Luke United Methodist Church (Lexington District) launched a multicultural worship service on February 19, 2012. The service included scripture readings in languages representing Kenya, Senegal, the Congo, Bhutan, Nigeria and Ethiopia. Rev. Harun Gatobu, pastor of multicultural ministries, is originally from Kenya, he will preach and lead the weekly services.
After nearly three years of planning, including 15 months of monthly multipurpose gatherings, the day was what...
Can These Bones Live?
Ezekiel 37:3 (GNT) He said to me, “Mortal man, can these bones come back to life?” I replied, “Sovereign Lord, only you can answer that!”
Revitalization is hard! Revitalization is especially hard for a religious community that seeks to reconnect with a neighborhood to give expression to the deepest values of their faith. For many congregations that have carried out significant ministry in the past, in a particular neighborhood, there is a memory that hopes and believes...
Buechel UMC Opens Family Literacy Center
Buechel United Methodist Church, along with Toyota Motor Corp. and the Jefferson County Public School system, held a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of the Toyota Family Literacy Program. The program will be housed at Buechel UMC and is a joint effort with the National Center for Family Literacy. The church is located at 2817 Hikes Lane in Louisville.
The partnership will foster new educational opportunities for immigrant families by offering students from predominantly Spanish-speaking...
Church Serves Plates of Appreciation
South Shore First United Methodist Church (Ashland District) will continue delivering their "Plates of Appreciation" in 2012. Organizations or schools are recognized and celebrated for their contributions to our community by the giving of a variety of dishes made by the congregation. These dishes consist of baked goods, assorted fruit and vegetable trays, and cheese and crackers.
It started with our N.O.W. Committee (Nurture, Outreach & Worship). We wanted to recognize those...
Erlanger UMC Honors Military Veterans
The long-standing tradition of honoring military veterans continued at Erlanger United Methodist Church (Covington District) on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Church members invited family and friends who served in the various branches of the military services to be a part of the event during morning worship and to enjoy a terrific noon meal in our Fellowship Hall afterwards.
Photos of many of the honored members and guests, in their military uniforms, were presented in a “slide show...
Broadway's Christmas Store
Here at Broadway UMC (Bowling Green District), we feel like it’s important that children don’t miss out on the joy of Christmas. When you are a child, there is a magic that’s simply not explainable with words. We feel like every child should get to experience that.
Since 2007, we have partnered with TC Cherry Elementary—a neighborhood school that’s practically in the backyard of our main campus. We try to serve and support the school, its administration, its...
Manna Meals Ministry Going Strong and Growing
Manna Meals is a weekly meal that is served in the Community Center of Nicholasville United Methodist Church (Lexington District). The meal is served every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Diners are seated at tables and are waited on by servers. Their meal is delivered to their table on real plates. Each meal is a restaurant quality, well-balanced meal.
The meal was begun to try to alleviate some of the hunger in our county and show God’s love to those in need. The meal...
Corona de Vida Gets a New Home
"The Power of Place"
The word is "place," not "space," not "race," not "chase," all good words in their own right, but I'm talking about "place." "Place." I'm talking about the lunch room cafeteria in school and you come through the line looking for someone, anyone who will make eye contact with you, who will smile and perhaps scoot over, gesture to you and say, "Hey, sit here with us. Here's a place for you." I'm...
Irvington Confirmation Class Visits Louisville Ministries
On Saturday, March 12, the confirmation class from Irvington (Elizabethtown District) came to the Kentucky Conference Center at Crestwood. We began with a tour with the Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center, walked past the lake, and were met by Bishop Davis at the statue of the Circuit Rider as we arrived at the Conference Center. Bishop Davis graciously met with us for over an hour. He explained many of the duties of a bishop to the class and answered questions they asked him while in...
Update on The Community Church Plant
The Community is a United Methodist church plant in Boone County (Covington District). Here are excerpts from an update from church planter Rev. Matt Johnson.
While January and February might seem to be a slow after the Christmas rush, things have picked for your resident church planter! On January 23rd we met together for the first time as The Community, gathering in the home of one of our members to read and discuss a book called Jim and Casper Go to Church. This...
Munfordville FUMC in New Sanctuary
January 16, 2011 was a red-letter day at Munfordville First United Methodist Church (Bowling Green District) as we worshipped and praised the Lord in our newly built sanctuary for the first time. You may remember that “The Miracles of Munfordville” were presented at the Kentucky Annual Conference showing the progress made subsequent to the fire on December 22, 2003. The few church members decided that the church needed to be rebuilt and at a different location. As a result, land was...