DECEMBER 21, 2018

Reindeer games and elf food 

It seems like a dream come true for a busy parent at Christmastime, right? Drop off your elementary-age children at a Christian camp where they’ll have the time of their lives over a 24-hour period – all while learning about the meaning of Advent. Here's what it was like at Camp Lookout's nonstop adventure known as Christmas Camp. Read the story.


Bristol churches work together


The Rev. Curtis Frye shares a "five loaves and three fishes" experience, as five churches combine their skills and funds to repair the homes of needy families in Bristol, Virginia. Read the story.

Love people by loving their pets


WVLT reports that First United Methodist Church of Madisonville, Tennessee, is the new host for a pet food pantry. “We are very excited … to extend our mission of caring outreach to our community," said the Rev. Keith Knight. See WVLT report.

156 families receive food boxes


The Herald-News reports that Spring City United Methodist Church hosted community groups and students as they provided Christmas food boxes for hungry families in Rhea County, Tennessee. Read The Herald-News story.


Christmas story crosses all borders


The sound of children's laughter flowed over the neighborhood as a migrant shelter opened its door for a Christmas party. Walls that keep two nations apart could not contain the Christmas spirit at La Posada Sin Fronteras on the U.S.-Mexico border. From United Methodist News Service. Read the story.

Rural church engages youth all year long


A young man's heroin overdose death made Jennifer Paugh, vacation Bible school coordinator, wonder if his life would've been changed by connecting with a church. That led her tiny rural church to embrace youth outreach as its central mission. From the West Virginia Conference. Read the story.

Tips for greeting visitors at Christmas


Christmas Eve is drawing near, and so are opportunities for memorable hospitality when guests join you for worship. Here are welcoming dos and don'ts from United Methodist Communications. Read the article.


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