Listening to God’s call
Listening to God’s call

Looking back on her call to ministry, Rev. Jennifer Moxley can identify several different seeds God planted in her life. As she likes to say, it wasn’t anything exciting; there wasn’t a burning bush, neon sign or near death experience. It was a lot of little things. It was baptism into the Methodist church as

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Reaching out even when the waters are rising
Reaching out even when the waters are rising

The flooding from heavy rainfalls that began last week has claimed at least seven lives in Louisiana, and prompted the rescue of more than 20,000 people. Many member of Zachary United Methodist Church, in Zachary, Louisiana, are among those coping with major flood damage. “We’ve got people who had four feet of water in their

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Striving for Unity
Striving for Unity

Nathan and Meredith Hopping came to pastor Harmony Church in June of 2014. In actuality Nate was appointed but as Meredith says, “We’ve always done ministry together and have no desire to do it apart.” This is a sentiment that this ministry couple hold firmly. Harmony was a merger of two nearby community churches, just

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Praying for Peace
Praying for Peace

On Wednesday, July 6th, over 30 United Methodist pastors from the Baton Rouge area gathered downtown for a prayer vigil in the wake of Alton Sterling’s death. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and District Superintendent Ken Irby facilitated the event after meeting with the pastors the previous day. One by one, pastors shared their concerns and

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Providing a firm foundation
Providing a firm foundation

“I was raised in a Methodist in Laredo, Texas. I am now 62 years old, but I can recall being required to read the entire Book of Mark in my confirmation class. I was absolutely blown away. I had never read an entire Gospel from the beginning to the end. The result was a deep desire to follow

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Seeing the Light
Seeing the Light

“The emotions and work of General Conference are wide-ranging: exciting and disappointing, inspiring and baffling, global and personal.  When I returned to my room yesterday, this view caught my eye and there was something familiar about it, like an Edward Hopper painting.  Each source of light has a story to share of someone’s life –

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Exploring ministry
Exploring ministry

For years Maury Clay prayed for more hours in the day. He finally got them, and he’s putting them use. Clay lives in O’Fallon, and worked in downtown St. Louis. As someone who was in the military, he believes his job as a computer programmer for the Veteran’s Administration is important, but he also has

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Trusting God
Trusting God

“Worry and anxiety is a part of my life as a full-time single mother, student, night shift nurse and more. Taking heed to the reminders to shift that magnifying glass off of myself and onto God led me to begin seeing what God really wanted me to see. Working with youth at my local church

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Reaching Out to Neighbors
Reaching Out to Neighbors

“Every year our church gets out of the pews and into streets through our ministry: Operation Love Your Neighbor! This year we had over 430 people doing 40 ministry projects in our community. Each year one or two of the projects turn into year-long ministries and this has helped our church to increase its presence

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Lending a Hand
Lending a Hand

For John Miller, his proclaimed faith and profession in law collide when he serves his church, Platte Woods UMC, and volunteers with Communities Creating Opportunity. “What drives me is the people I’ve met firsthand, from my friend to the other folks I’ve met over the past few years.” Miller finds purpose in diligently fighting predatory

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