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Featured Articles for November-December 2017

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Berlin United Methodist Church members prepare to deliver festive Christmas trees to nursing home residents throughout Knox county in Ohio.

Christmas tree ministry brings joy

A ministry that began in 2007 with one woman decorating 12 miniature Christmas trees yielded nearly 700 gifts in 2016. Read More

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Living in gratitude

Christians find gratitude powerful, contagious and transformative -- and the heart of their faith. Read More


Gratitude in the midst of loss

In the midst of tragedy, loss, disease, death and violence, following the admonition to "Rejoice always" is difficult. Read More


Living with a grateful heart starts with simple practices

Appreciation, modeling, serving among ways to teach and learn gratitude. Read More


Gratitude journals spotlight God’s action

Gratitude journaling can focus attention and frame the day with thankfulness. Read More


Celebrating with gratitude—at home

Mark your Thanksgiving celebration with an "attitude of gratitude" that goes beyond a prayer before a bountiful meal. Read More

Church life

Practicing gratitude at church

Find ideas to help your congregation express gratitude or thankfulness. Read More


A Season of Gratitude

Use the seven weeks encompassing the Thanksgiving (U.S.), Advent and Christmas seasons to pour out your gratitude. Read More


Kids’ thoughts on gratitude

Youngsters share their thoughts on what it means to be thankful. Read More

United Methodism

Interpreter: A fond farewell

A look at how Interpreter magazine has changed during 48 years of service to the people of The United Methodist Church. Read More


Making prayer a priority

What does it mean when United Methodists promise to support the church with their prayers? Read More


When it is not the most wondrous time ...

How does the church minister to those for whom the holiday season is less than joy-filled? Read More

Church Life

Step in to help grieving children

The resilency of children doesn't eliminate their feeling grief and pain during the holidays. Read More


Live Nativity is gift to the community

An ecumenically-produced Live Nativity scene will bring a community together for worship and fellowship. Read More

Disaster response

Wind, water and fire devastate; love, money and muscles follow

The United Methodist Church is there for the "long haul" as recovery from a series of natural disasters continues. Read More

It Worked for Us

Church warms hearts and bellies

A bus stop, two laundromats and an adult bookstore -- four places where United Methodists in Upper New York served hot soup last winter. Read More

It Worked for Us

Cards for towboat crews

Handmade Christmas cards brighten the holiday for towboat crews working near Paducah, Kentucky, on Christmas day. Read More

It Worked for Us

Christmas tree ministry brings joy

A ministry that began in 2007 with one woman decorating 12 miniature Christmas trees yielded nearly 700 gifts in 2016. Read More

It Worked for Us

Making a joyful noise for special needs

"Make a Joyful Noise" worship serves those who experience the world differently, need consistency and routine. Read More


Toolkit to help build relationships

November 1, 2017

Toolkit to help bridge differences and develop awareness and relationships. Read More


WAYS: How did you learn to express gratitude

Parents and other family members and experiences taught these United Methodists to say "thank you." Read More

Personal story

I Am United Methodist: Lucy Chelton

At 11, Lucy Chelton is a superb cook, who uses her talents to serve others. Read More


Technology: Technology is part of our history

As technology changes, United Methodists change how they use it to carry out the church's mission. Read More


To Be United Methodist: What is Advent?

Advent -- the season that begins the year on the Christian calendar -- is a time of remembrance and anticipation of Christ's coming. Read More