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Spiritual Preparation and Response around GC 2019

December 21, 2018
As we go towards the Special Called Session of General Conference 2019, the Pennyrile district has put together a few ideas of things we can do to help us move into and past the session. Before GC2019 Spiritual Preparation 1. ...

Advent Devotional December 15

December 17, 2018
“But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8, NRSV  My grandparents had a farm in northeast Ohio where Christmas snow abounded. Family gatherings held special adventures - ...

Youth, young adults see reasons for optimism in tomorrow’s UMC

December 17, 2018
Between our changing society in general and uncertainty ahead of the special General Conference in February, there’s no denying it: These are challenging times for the United Methodist Church. What do young people think about ...

Bishops offer scholarships for 2019 UMEIT-USA and NWCU events

December 11, 2018
The Council of Bishops is offering partial scholarships for young adults (age 21-35) to attend the 2019 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT:USA) and the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) next ...

Weekly Devotional 1

December 10, 2018
We hope you have enjoyed the daily devotionals that we shared during the Advent season.  As we proceed from Advent into Epiphany and toward the special session known as General Conference 2019, we offer you a weekly devotion on ...

Advent Devotional December 23

December 10, 2018
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.“ - Luke 2:13-14 (NRSV) We’re in the season of ...

Advent Devotional December 22

December 10, 2018
“‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” - Luke 15:1-8 I...

Advent Devotion December 21

December 10, 2018
“And those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” - Isaiah 35:10 God sent his Son; ...

Advent Devotion December 20

December 10, 2018
“Though you do not see Him, you trust Him; and even now you are happy with a glorious,  inexpressible joy.” - 1 Peter 1:8 I was recently struck by the number of times the word “joy” is paired with “shout” or “sing” in the Old ...

Advent Devotionals December 19

December 10, 2018
“I see him, but at a later time, I’ll recognize him, even though he is far away. A star will come out of Jacob.  A scepter shall rise out of Israel.” - Numbers 24:17, VOICE “Where is this newborn, who is the King of the Jews? When...

Advent Devotional December 18

December 10, 2018
“This is my body broken for you.” -  Luke 22:19 The scripture above is not one that is usually associated with Christmas. But without Christ’s death and resurrection, Christmas would just be another day. Several years ago, our ...

Advent Devotionals December 17

December 10, 2018
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of  living with you forever.” - Psalm 16:11, NLT My eldest son graduated high school five years ago and moved 1,400 miles away to take a job...

Advent Devotionals December 16

December 10, 2018
Read Nehemiah 8:1-12 and look at its focus on joy: “...the joy of the LORD is your strength.” - verse 10 “...the people went their way...to make great rejoicing...” - verse 12 The joy of the Lord is your strength. What is the joy ...

Advent Devotional December 14

December 10, 2018
“He that loves not knows not God, for God is love.” - 1 John 4:8 Joseph and Mary trudged across an arid land to fulfill man’s decree ... but greater still, to fulfill a prophecy of old. Great with child, even riding on a donkey ...

Changes Coming to KYUMC LACE Program in 2019

December 10, 2018
The Kentucky Conference Board of Laity has announced some major changes that are coming to the LACE (Lay Academy for Church Excellence) program in 2019. The new format will utilize both in-person and online group workshops to ...

Advent Devotional December 13

December 06, 2018
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16, NLT Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will ...

Advent Devotional December 12

December 06, 2018
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6 Somehow during this time of ...

Advent Devotional December 11

December 06, 2018
The best gifts don’t always come in a neatly wrapped box with shiny ribbons. The world’s greatest gift was given by God through Mary and Joseph. God’s gift gave us sweeter music than any iPod. Composer John Rutter described ...

Advent Devotional December 10

December 06, 2018
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  - Jeremiah 1:5 As I held my grandchild for the first time, I was completely in love and felt an ...

Advent Devotional December 9

December 06, 2018
“I pray you may have the power to comprehend, what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  - Ephesians ...

Advent Devotional December 8

December 06, 2018
“It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop.” - 1 Corinthians 9:10 Hope is an essential piece of a fulfilling life. Like love, God ...

Advent Devotion December 7

December 06, 2018
My verse that I live by, may it be yours, too: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. And always give an answer for the hope that you have.” - 1 Peter 3:15 Most people are familiar with Romans 5:5. It’s one of the “...

Advent Devotional December 3

December 05, 2018
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. - Heb. 6:19 Has there ever been a time when your life changed in a matter of minutes? It did for me when my husband unexpectedly suffered a brain bleed that caused a ...

Advent Devotional December 2

December 05, 2018
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13  In the fall of 1998, my husband and I found out that we were to be first-time ...

Bishops authorize preparation of legislation on full communion with Episcopal Church

November 09, 2018
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has authorized the preparation of legislation to deal with the full communion proposal between The United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church. The bishops took the ...

Ebony Bishops’ Statement to the Council of Bishops and the People Called United Methodists

November 07, 2018
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,            because he has anointed me            to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives            and recovery of sight to the blind,            to...

Special session pre-registration now available

October 31, 2018
Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s ...

72 Hours of Hatred

October 30, 2018
The past week has held 72 hours of pure, unadulterated hatred. There is a pervasive pall of evil hanging over the world that has us gripped in its oppressive tentacles, and there appears to be a deep silence of moral authority ...

A comfort, in time of trouble

October 26, 2018
River City UMC loves on grieving Kroger staff and customers

Judicial Council rules on constitutionality of three plans

October 26, 2018
A review of possible plans for the future direction of The United Methodist Church found the One Church Plan to be largely constitutional, said a decision released Oct. 26 by the denomination’s top court. In Decision 1366, ...

The Poor People’s Campaign

October 25, 2018
A National Call for Moral Revival will be holding a Poor People’s Hearing on Friday, November 2, at 7:00 PM at Total Grace Church, 1313 North Limestone Street, in Lexington.  The Poor People’s Campaign is an extension of the ...

General Conference 2019 Resources

October 17, 2018
Welcome to the 2019 General Conference resource page. This page will be updated as new information/resources become available.   Frequently Asked Questions about GC 2019 Questions about GC 2019 answered.   Stories from General ...

Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael

October 17, 2018
UMNS - Recovery from Hurricane Michael UMCOR - Current Disasters around the world Bishop Fairley Speaks on Hurricane Florence

Bishop Fairley’s message at the fall regional meetings: ‘We are called to make disciples’

October 12, 2018
Bishop Leonard Fairley’s central message during seven regional meetings held around the Kentucky Annual Conference was simple: Whatever distractions we may face as individuals or as a church, the work of developing passionate ...

Bishop Fairley and Dawn Sparks Wed on September 30th

October 11, 2018
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. – Proverbs 18:22 (NRSV) When Rev. Leonard Fairley was elected bishop at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, his college roommate’s wife, Helen ...

Passionate Spiritual Disciples Follow-up

October 08, 2018
I always count it among my greatest honors to share ministry with the people called United Methodist in Kentucky.  In the past few months, I have had the privilege of sharing with many of you during this year’s round of regional ...

Single legislative committee to allow for full delegate participation

October 08, 2018
St. Simons Island, Ga.: Meeting October 4-5, 2018 in St. Simons Island, Ga., the Commission on the General Conference adopted a plan for the legislative structure of the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference. The ...

Judicial Council hearings to be accessible via livestream

October 03, 2018
The United Methodist Judicial Council will partner with United Methodist Communications to livestream oral hearings held during the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland. All of the oral hearings will ...

Ashland Centenary UMC featured in the The Greater Ashland Beacon

September 27, 2018
Centenary UMC in Ashland, KY has been featured in The Greater Ashland Beacon this week.  Youth Director Caleb Wilburn and Pastor David Herndon have developed a Wednesday evening program of fun and Christian education for local ...

Responding to Hurricane Florence

September 18, 2018
There are moments in life when perspective rocked by reality shakes us from our personal agendas, causing us to truly understand and live into what it means to be passionate spiritual disciples of Jesus Christ.  Those times are ...

Bishop's Regional Meetings Continue

September 14, 2018
A Passionate Spiritual Disciple is someone who KNOWS the Love of Jesus, GROWS in the Love of Jesus, and SHOWS the Love of Jesus.  They participate in weekly corporate worship, participate in a small group with spiritual ...

Hurricance Florence Disaster Response Information

September 13, 2018
As we watch the developing story of Hurricane Florence and the  damage in the Carolinas, Virginia and points west, churches and volunteers are already responding to flooding in Rowan and Menifee Counties that occurred last week. ...

Worldwide conference convinces young rep from KY Conference that UMC has a bright future

September 12, 2018
Eliza Love’s recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, for a youth and young adult conference convinced her that the United Methodist Church has a bright future, even though “there’s a lot of work to do.” “I think the young ...

Wedding Gift Donations

August 30, 2018
Earlier this month a wedding announcement was sent out with information regarding the plans that Dawn and I have for our wedding as well as our request for donations in lieu of gifts. While no gift is necessary, for those who wish...

Sharing Our Glory: Clarkson UMC Embarks on First Mission Trip

August 29, 2018
Sharing our blessings in serving is a joy for Clarkson UMC. We chose an in state place for Clarkson’s first mission trip. We are most grateful for the kindness and cooperation shown to us by the Red Bird Missionary Conference and ...

General Conference Statement

August 23, 2018
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” -John 14:27 The following statement is issued by the Kentucky Annual ...

Regional Meetings: Passionate Spiritual Disciples: Growing in the Spirit

August 14, 2018
Bishop Fairley will hold a series of meetings throughout the conference beginning this September. The theme of these meetings is: Passionate Spiritual Disciples: Growing in the Spirit.  All meetings begin at 7:00 pm local time. ...

Fresh Expressions events planned for September

August 13, 2018
Fresh Expressions is planning two events in September. Join us September 20th for a Dinner Church Encounter or September, 22 for our Fresh Expressions Gathering. Both events are open to both clergy and laity. For more information ...

Bishop and Dawn Announce Wedding Plans

August 10, 2018
Dawn and I have come to realize that our journey truly began with a prayer for her daughter Megan at the 2017 Kentucky Annual Conference.  God saw it coming even when I could not.  I cannot say it was fate that brought us ...

Little church, big ideas

August 03, 2018
HINDMAN, Kentucky – A small rural church can indeed make a big impact – not only on its neighbors, but on people in need halfway around the world. Just ask the people at Hindman UMC, in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Members ...

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