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Marston Memorial Historical Center and Asbury Theological Seminary Collaboration

This year, the Marston Memorial Historical Center and the B.L. Fisher Library of Asbury Theological Seminary have begun a partnership to produce digitized materials and reprints of important historical works from the Free Methodist tradition through Asbury Theological Seminary’s First Fruits Press. Of an initial 25 projects proposed, some books have been finished and are currently available at http://place.asburyseminary.edu/freemethodistbooks/. It is the hope of … Read more...

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African Heritage Network Focuses on Health

BY KATHERINE CALLAHAN-HOWELL

Despite the reputation Las Vegas holds, warm temperatures drew the African Heritage Network to hold its annual meetings on the outskirts of the famous city Feb. 17-19. This year’s theme, “The Care Conference: Whole Family, Whole Ministry, Whole Church,” focused on the health of the pastor, family and church including both spiritual and physical aspects.
A record number of new members were … Read more...

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Japanese Free Methodists Elect New Bishop

Free Methodist Church – USA Bishop Matthew A. Thomas has released the following statement about the election of a new bishop of the Free Methodist Church – Japan:

I am pleased to announce that on February 27, 2016, the Japan General Conference of the Free Methodist Church elected Rev. Yuichi Honda as their eighth bishop.  Japan is in its 56-year history as a General Conference. … Read more...

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Arson Doesn’t Stop Oregon Church

The normal Sunday morning worship service didn’t happen Feb. 21 at Eastside Free Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon, but a crowd gathered for a prayer service following a church fire earlier that morning.

Pastor John Unger said a church security video showed a man starting a fire in recycling bins at 1:28 a.m., and the bins’ plastic material became an accelerant. The fire spread to … Read more...

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Donations Feed Flood Survivors

The Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund sent $25,000 to Myanmar in 2015 to help residents who endured severe flooding from July to September that caused more than 100 deaths and affected 1 million people.

Many Free Methodists were displaced as the floods destroyed homes and left some roads impassable for long periods. The church in Myanmar used donations from the fund to buy bags of rice … Read more...

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World Conference Prepares for Harvest

The World Conference of the Free Methodist Church, which only meets every four years, convened Oct. 22-24, 2015, in Port Shepstone, South Africa. All general conferences were represented except three that weren’t able to receive visas (Haiti, Rwanda was represented by Ugandan leaders, and India participated via Web). It was the first World Conference since Haiti and India became full general conferences.

The World Conference … Read more...

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Live Arts Contest to Honor Young Artists

Calling all young artists! The Live Arts Contest is open to cinematic, visual, literary and performance artists in high school (public, private or home school) and college.

The Scriblerus, Greenville College’s student-produced literary arts journal, wants to celebrate as many voices, visions and cultures as possible. Genre categories include short fiction, nonfiction, poem/song lyrics, spoken word poetry, visual art, cartoons/graphic stories, serialized novel … Read more...

Judge Harry Connick Jr. (left) praises "American Idol" contestant Melanie Tierce, a Centerpoint Church worship leader and Azusa Pacific University Student. (Michael Becker/FOX)

Worship Leader on “American Idol”

Melanie Tierce is a worship leader at Centerpoint Church, one of the Free Methodist Church’s largest congregations, but she reached a much larger audience when she appeared as a contestant on the Jan. 7 and Jan. 27 episodes of “American Idol.”

The 21-year-old made a big first impression on the judges. Harry Connick Jr. described her debut as “absolutely stunning … one of the … Read more...

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Grant Enables Clergy Sabbatical

Lansing (Michigan) Central Free Methodist Church has received a grant of $43,998 to enable its lead pastor, the Rev. Dr. Bruce N.G. Cromwell, to participate in the 2015 National Clergy Renewal Program. Central is one of 144 congregations across the country selected to participate in this competitive grant program, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and administered by Christian Theological Seminary in … Read more...

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Creamery’s Profits Help Charities

BY RAY NARUSAWA

Kansha Creamery offers more than a scoop of its homemade, all-natural ice cream from its location at the end of an L-shaped small business plaza facing the bustling Western Avenue in Torrance, California. The Free Methodist family-owned business also donates its tips and 50 cents of each sold item to charity.

Unlike most popular ice cream shops, Kansha offers a small menu … Read more...

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Church Gives Shoes to Kids

The River Free Methodist Church in Mesick, Michigan, received coverage by television news reporters from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates in northern Michigan for giving more than 300 pairs of new shoes to local children. The church collected enough shoes for each student at the local elementary school to get a pair.

“It shows God’s love coming through. If we’re going to talk the … Read more...

Phyllis Sortor Named Woman of Quadrennium

Free Methodist missionary Phyllis Sortor received international news coverage after her abduction Feb. 23 and release March 6, but that dramatic experience in Nigeria was not the reason Women’s Ministries International presented her with the Woman of the Quadrennium Award during the July 14 luncheon that celebrated WMI’s 125 years of global mission.

WMI Executive President LaWanda Bullock explained that the WMI Executive Board named … Read more...

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