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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...

Converge 2:14 to Discuss Church Unity, Diversity

BY ALLEN ALLNOCH

“Never discuss religion or politics in polite company” goes the old saying. Whoever came up with that maxim could have added race to the list of taboos. All three topics are fertile ground for harsh words and hurt feelings.

But facing, rather than ignoring, the difficult issues can result in much good. Such was the case at Christ Community Church (CCC) in … Read more...

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Burundi Bishop Thanks FMCUSA for Support

Dear Bishop David Kendall and the Free Methodist Church – USA,

Greetings in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

On behalf of the Free Methodist Church in Burundi in general and Rutunga and Magara Districts in particular, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to you and the entire American Free Methodist Church for … Read more...

Delia Nüesch-Olver, the Latin America area director for Free Methodist World Missions, speaks to the Graduate Student Theological Seminar. (Photo by Jeff Finley)

Free Methodist, Wesleyan Scholars Unite for GSTS

Delia Nüesch-Olver, the Latin America area director for Free Methodist World Missions, speaks to the Graduate Student Theological Seminar. (Photo by Jeff Finley)

Many of the top graduate students and theology professors from two Wesleyan Holiness denominations, the Free Methodist Church – USA and the Wesleyan Church, met Sept. 18–19 at the Free Methodist World Ministries Center in Indianapolis for the Graduate Student Theological Seminar … Read more...

Pastors and World Ministries Center employees join in Communion at Starting Strong (Photo by Jeff Finley)

Starting Strong’s New Start

Pastors and World Ministries Center employees join in Communion at Starting Strong. (Photo by Jeff Finley)

The annual Starting Strong event attracts new pastors to the World Ministries Center in Indianapolis each year, but a format change this year attracted a larger group of emerging leaders who embraced the opportunity to learn from and interact with their bishops and other Free Methodists from across the … Read more...

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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”

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

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.”… Read more...

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Grant Enables Clergy Sabbatical

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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 … Read more...

CYC Author Pauline Higbee Todd | 1917–2015

The whole family gathers in the Winona Lake office of Pauline and Floyd Todd. (Courtesy of the Marston Memorial Historical Center)

Generations of Free Methodists grew up with the promise of “taking Jesus as my Example and Savior” while trying to “increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” because of the work of Pauline Higbee Todd, who wrote the curriculum … Read more...

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Jerry D. Mottweiler | 1935-2015

Jerry Doran Mottweiler was born Aug. 31, 1935, in Evansville, Illinois, to Vernon and Mildred Mottweiler. He went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Jerry and his brother, Jack, grew up in a pastor’s home. They lived in Southern Illinois and Indiana where Jerry’s father pastored in Free Methodist churches during Jerry’s elementary and junior high years. While in high school at … 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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Memorial Service for Philip and Lois Myette

A memorial service to honor the lives of the Rev. Philip and Lois Myette — both of whom served the Free Methodist Church in various roles — will be held at the Winona Lake (Indiana) Free Methodist Church, 902 College Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept., 18, 2015. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana.

Rev. Myette passed away at age 94 on … Read more...

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