ministry ideas for UM leaders
  "Hark! The herald angels sing, 'Glory to the newborn King; peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!'"
— "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," stanza 1 by Charles Wesley, 1739
Wesleys and Christmas music
In the latest Ask the UMC post, InfoServ explores well‑known and lesser‑known hymns penned by Charles Wesley to celebrate the birth of Jesus. In addition to interesting facts and history, an infographic and a series of Wesley hymn devotions can help your congregation explore the spiritual meaning found throughout these 18th‑century hymns and apply their messages to modern daily life.
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UMNS Many Voices forum on unity
“When we are made one with Christ, we are also in Christ made one with each other. This is the fundamental unity given to us by God. It is our job to respond to this gift by making our unity in Christ visible to the world,” says Sarah Heaner Lancaster. Unity is one the topics in the “Many Voices, One Faith” forum, which features commentaries examining the nature of unity and how it can be achieved in a community of faith.
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true meaning of Christmas tour
Sixteen states, 21 cities, 23 days, 500+ volunteers, 16,400 cups of cocoa and just one purpose: to help people unwrap the true meaning of Christmas. The United Methodist Church is hitting the road this month in a gift‑wrapped touring truck, decked out to share fellowship from city to city. The True Meaning of Christmas Tour kicked off in Waco, Texas, on Dec. 2; follow along at Bring this Christmas outreach effort to your town by hosting your own hot cocoa fellowship event!
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"Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die; born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.”
— “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” stanza 3