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Church Health Team Would Love to Hear From You

June 29, 2015
The Church Health team was excited to meet so many of you at the 2015 Annual Conference. As part of our display table we were giving away copies of the Discovering Your Church’s Story: A Bible Study. This study, written by some of...

Wesley Village to Honor 2015 Heroes, Saints and Legends

June 29, 2015
 Wesley Village Senior Living Community of Wilmore, KY will again honor several United Methodist Kentuckians who have given a lifetime of service to our Lord and to others.  Those to be honored this year on the evening of Tuesday,...

Bishop Davis Responds to the Supreme Court Ruling

June 26, 2015
While I am personally disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision to alter the government's definition of marriage to include same-gender couples, their decision is not much of a surprise.  The Court's reasoning runs counter to ...

Kentucky Methodist Making a Difference in the World

June 26, 2015
In the next month, Kentucky United Methodist will be traveling all over the world seeking to make disciples who transform their world. Beginning Thursday, June 25th, nineteen youth and adults are headed to region of San Estabin in...

SEJ College of Bishops Responds to Charleston AME Shootings

June 19, 2015
In response to the murders of the pastor and eight others during a prayer meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015, the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of ...

Bobby King Ordained in the North GA Conference

June 17, 2015
Bobby King, son of former KY bishop, James King was commissioned in the North Georgia Conference last night. Bobby was one of fourteen provisional clergy in the North Georgia conference. Please wish Bobby well and keep him in your...

2015 Annual Conference Thursday Wrap-up

June 11, 2015
Bible Study Bowling Green District Superintendent Rick Bard led bible study and preached on humble servant leadership, “We need to strip ourselves of our sins, our debt and anything that hinders us.” Worshipful Work/Plenary Voting...

2015 Annual Conference Wednesday Wrap-up

June 10, 2015
Effective Worship and Preaching Rev. Jorge Acevedo, in his third session on stewardship, focused on the importance of becoming debt-free. His teaching has been very well received by those in attendance, both clergy and laity. ...

2015 Annual Conference Tuesday Wrap-up

June 09, 2015
The mood was set for a day of worship and service as Martha Christian blessed us with a musical prelude of praise as the conference crowd began to assemble. Jorge Acevedo, the lead pastor at Grace Church (a multi-site, United ...

2015 Annual Conference Monday Wrap-up

June 08, 2015
Clergy and lay members to conference met in separate sessions this morning in preparation for the work of Annual Conference. In the clergy session, the candidates for ordination, recognition and commissioning at Annual Conference ...

2015 Annual Conference Sunday Wrap-up

June 08, 2015
The day began with the truck arriving and a bevy of volunteers and office staff started the task of unloading and setting up a remote office to handle all the nuts and bolts that make our Annual Conference happen. Later in the day...

Fuente de Avivamiento Chartering Service, May 31

May 30, 2015
Fuente de Avivamiento Chartering Service was held Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Over 300 hundred passionate worshippers were in attendance.   Fuente pastor Rev. Iosmar Alverez reminded us that "people are hungry" for the ...

Red Bird Annual Conference Session a Success

May 20, 2015
The 47th session of the Red Bird Missionary Conference was held on May 16th at Hope UMC and on the campus of Henderson Settlement in Bell County. Rev. Robert Amundsen preached the opening worship, where the members of the local ...

Nyalang's Story

May 12, 2015
The Sudanese Civil War was a conflict from 1983 to 2005. It’s estimated that two million people died. Data also suggests that four million people in southern Sudan were displaced because of the war. Nyalang Madut was 10 years old ...

Mission Base Camp at Kavanaugh Camp and Retreat Center

May 11, 2015
Real change doesn't usually come by grand sweeping measures, it comes by individuals willing to give of themselves, their time and their talents. Mission Base Camp is a new exciting endeavor that gives teens, 6th grade and up, a ...

Council of Bishops Issues Pastoral Letter on Racism

May 07, 2015
The United Methodist Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism to the 12.8 million people of The United Methodist Church affirming the sacredness of all lives and renewing their commitment to work for an anti-racist, ...

President of the Council of Bishops Calls for Prayer and Healing

May 01, 2015
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, appealed to the people of The United Methodist Church today in a letter calling them to join together in prayer for the church and the world. The action came as the...

College Students Make a Difference During Spring Break

April 28, 2015
Recent news stories about spring break have given this annual time a bad reputation. This is not true for some of the students who are part of our Wesley Foundations and UM colleges. Spring Break has become a time of ministry. ...

Dr. Warren Lathem Shares an Update About Ministry in Venezuela

April 28, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Dr. Warren Lathem spoke at the Louisville District Ministers Meeting of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Lathem is a retired clergyperson from the North Georgia Conference and is a former District ...

United Methodists Respond to Nepal Earthquake

April 27, 2015
An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Pokhara, on Saturday 25 April 2015, at 11:41am local Nepal time. It is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 81 ...

Council of Bishops to Meet in Berlin

April 21, 2015
Bishop Lindsey Davis along with United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States will gather in Berlin at Hotel Palace Berlin for the Council of Bishops meeting, from May 1-7. Main topics on the agenda ...

Memorial UMC Installs Solar System to Care for Earth and Save Money

April 21, 2015
The largest solar installation in Elizabethtown, KY and also the largest solar installation on a church, in the state, is now happening at Memorial United Methodist Church in the Elizabethtown District. Traditionally, one of the ...

United Methodist Mission Needs Donations

April 10, 2015
The United Methodist Mountain Mission has been serving the people of eastern Kentucky since 1943. The Mission has 8 opportunity stores in Kentucky.  Stores are located in Barbourville, Irvine, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pineville, ...

Kentucky Wesleyan College Announces Two Major Gifts

April 06, 2015
Kentucky Wesleyan College announced the receipt of two major investments on Thursday, as the college continues to generate significant momentum in its fundraising efforts.  The first is an estate gift from alumna Luellen Pyles (’...

Volunteers Needed for General Conference

March 30, 2015
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. At this time, volunteers are ...

Update from The Gathering

March 27, 2015
The Louisville Wesley Foundation intends to be the movement of Jesus, transforming the world through loving God and people. The United Methodist Church on campus at the University of Louisville continues to grow and reach out to ...

Thank You From Africa University

March 25, 2015
In 2014, United Methodists across the connection gave more than $2.1 million to the Africa University Fund! That is something to celebrate! The Kentucky Annual Conference played an important role in this accomplishment because you...

2015 Bishop's Day with Confirmation Students

March 15, 2015
Saturday, March, 14 was Bishop's Day with Confirmation Students. Over 150 youth and adult leaders spent the morning in Crestwood learning about the structure and workings of the United Methodist church. Confirmation students from ...

Thoughts from the GBCS Young Clergy Forum

March 10, 2015
Each year, the Justice Team of the Kentucky Annual Conference sends 1or 2 of our young adult clergy for an annual Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. This event is organized by the General Board of Church and Society....

Wesley Foundation Attends Agape Wilderness Retreat

March 09, 2015
The University of Louisville Wesley Foundation (a.k.a. The Gathering) organized a retreat a couple of weeks ago. Fifteen of our students attended the two-day event at Agape Wilderness Retreat which is located 45 minutes away from ...

Office Hours for Tuesday, February 17

February 16, 2015
Due to weather and mechanical issues with our snow plow, the Kentucky Annual Conference offices will not open before noon, at the earliest, on Tuesday, February 17.Please check the office phone recording or the Conference Facebook...

I Have A Dream & Camp Can Make it a Reality

February 12, 2015
In light of the recent MLK day and all the craziness in our world it is important to look back at Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream. His dream was that all men and women would be equal. That they would not be judged by the color of ...

Anthem Security Breach Response

February 06, 2015
Important Information for Active and Retired Members Currently Enrolled In the Kentucky Conference Health Plans Cyber attack Impacting Anthem Inc. I want to let you know that we have just become aware that Anthem, Inc., the ...

Retiree Healthcare Meeting

February 06, 2015
During the week January 26 meetings were held throughout the state to explain changes that are taking effect to the healthcare coverage that our retired clergy and their spouses receive. The meeting in the Lexington district was ...

District Superintendent Assignments

February 02, 2015
Annual Conference 2015 is just a few months away. We will meet in Bowling Green to celebrate our ministry together and begin a critical time of transition as we go from twelve districts to nine. I want to invite each of you to ...

Churches In the Lead to End Payday Lending Abuses -- You Can Help!

January 27, 2015
Advocacy for a 36% interest cap on payday loans in Kentucky is now led primarily by faith communities and the momentum is good. We who so actively support aid to families in distress naturally want to bring to an end a business ...

2015 Winter Blitz

January 20, 2015
“Bless the Lord, oh my soul, worship His holy name.” That’s exactly what happened this past weekend at Winter Blitz 2015. Over 1600 youth, young adults, youth leaders and volunteers gathered at Broadbent Arena in Louisville, ...

Mrs. Louise Short Turns 109 Years Old

January 16, 2015
Louise Baird Short rode a camel in the ancient city of Petra at age 90. She visited the Great Wall of China at 95.   When she turned 100, she made her last trip abroad to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the largest religious ...

Celebrating Our 2014 Financial Year

January 15, 2015
2014 was a great financial year. We are celebrating raising more than the nine million dollar budget. The Conference finished the year with $9,280,420 in OMC income. This amount is $385,808 more than we raised in 2013. Let me ...

Hawxhurst Named to Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships

January 14, 2015
It is with mixed emotions that we announce that the Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst will be leaving the Kentucky Annual Conference as the District Superintendent of the Frankfort District to accept a position leading a new ministry within...

Arrangements Set For MYP Director, David Sparks

January 07, 2015
Arrangements to celebrate the life and ministry of Reverend David Sparks have been set. Visitation will be Friday, January 9 from 4-7 p.m. (EDT) at Bethany UMC, 6100 Moorman Rd. in Louisville, KY and Saturday, January 10 from 10 ...

Bishop Rueben Job, Author of Three Simple Rules, Dies at Age 86

January 06, 2015
“I have no anxiety about my own death. … I don’t know what that’s going to be like, but I have some idea that it will be good because this life is good,” said retired Bishop Rueben P. Job after the publication of his book, “Living...

Cosby to Speak at MLK Day Celebration

December 18, 2014
This year local churches are on the forefront of planning MLK Day celebrations. Here is the story of how one church in the Louisville District plans to commemorate the day. If your church has plans to celebrate the King Holiday ...

Scholarships Available for 2015 Wesley Pilgrimage to England

December 17, 2014
  Scholarships are available for commissioned provisional elders and deacons and lay people who want to participate in the 2015 Wesley Pilgrimage to England. The pilgrimage, co-sponsored by Discipleship Ministries and the General ...

SBC21 Issues Statement on Social Injustice

December 14, 2014
Fred Allen, national director for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, looks at "How is the church doing with injustice?" http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/commentary-how-is-the-church-doing-with-injustice.  

Couple in Ministry Together

December 12, 2014
Rev. George Burke and Rev. Shirley Burke have been appointed as Co-Pastors to the Coke Memorial United Methodist Church and were welcomed in on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in the Celebration of Appointment Service with Dr. Charles ...

Wesley House Community Services Looking for Team Members

December 11, 2014
Wesley House Community Services is seeking individuals to sit on an Ad Hoc committee of the Facilities Committee. This ad hoc committee will address Wesley House building Issues. Dr. Renee Campbell, president/CEO of Wesley House, ...

Generosity is at the Heart of the Gospel

December 10, 2014
Gift giving is a part of our Christmas traditions. This year the Kentucky Conference Cabinet decided to give gifts to various Annual Conference Ministries rather than to each other. We especially wanted to focus on our camps, ...

Repent — Reconcile — Restore: A United Methodist Call to Covenant Community

December 05, 2014
The General Board of Church & Society identifies actions to take in addressing turmoil caused by grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York. The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has issued a United Methodist “call to ...

Wesley Village Celebrates 2014 "Heroes, Saints and Legends!"

December 02, 2014
Close to 500 friends and supporters of Wesley Village Senior Living Community attended the 17th Annual Heroes, Saints and Legends Award Banquet held at Lexington’s Embassy Suites on October 7th.   Two couples were honored for ...

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