ministry ideas for UM leaders
 
  "Come, thou long‑expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.”
— “Come, Thou Long‑Expected Jesus,” stanza 1, by Charles Wesley, 1744
 
UMNS helps people better understand the church
The United Methodist News Service was established several decades ago. “Without a news service, our leaders realized, the public media, special‑interest groups and others would shape the story. Or the story would not be told at all,” said Tim Tanton who now directs UMNS. “UMNS is committed to helping people better understand the church, its workings, beliefs and history.” Sign up to receive a free daily or weekly digest of UMNS’ powerful stories, captivating photos and helpful updates.
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trust, your church and social media
Your church’s online presence is a tool you can leverage toward building a foundation of trust within your community. A recent MyCom article examines how to establish trust through the ability, believability, connection and dependability reflected on your church’s social media channels, website, blog and videos. Explore 20 practical ideas that will strengthen the relationship your church has with your online audience.
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please participate to help the displaced on Global Migration Sunday
Congregations around the world will come together to build awareness of the global migration crisis this Sunday, Dec. 3. It’s not too late to incorporate a time of prayer and special offering into your worship service; resources are available in multiple languages to help you tell the story of the crisis, such as an offering talk, bulletin inserts, images and videos. This opportunity will open the eyes, minds and hearts of congregants as they learn about the 65 million displaced people across the globe.
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hulapalooza supports abundant health
Hula hooping isn’t just a fun activity for kids, it’s also a joyful, entertaining exercise appropriate for people of all ages and abilities. Consider hosting your very own Hulapalooza event to support Abundant Health in your community. A resource kit will be available in 2018, but you don’t have to wait to get moving! A new music video is available now to teach you how to hoop your way to health!
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true meaning of Christmas tour
Bring holiday cheer to your community as you extend warm invitations to Christmas worship services and events. Watch a new video and download how‑to resources to learn the details of hosting a hot cocoa fellowship event in your city. It’s an easy way to connect with people who are searching for a faith community during this significant time of the year. Order Advent resources, such as an invitation card, to make your event a memorable one; you can even apply a $400 discount code while supplies last!
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"Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King; born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious freedom bring.”
— “Come, Thou Long‑Expected Jesus,” stanza 2