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August 12, 2021

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What to Read this Week

Invite God To Change Our Conversations

It seems to me that we Christians are engaging in more and more conversations about the future that leave us feeling stuck, frustrated and hopeless. The result? All too often we end up cynical at best or polarized at worst. Which is exactly why it’s time to do something we should have been doing all along – invite God to change our conversations.

By Bishop Gary Mueller

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It’s Not Always About Winning

One of the best examples of sportsmanship at this year’s Olympic games was between two high jump contenders, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy. These are two names you probably aren’t familiar with, but their story is one to remember. And it’s one we can all learn from.

By Caleb Hennington

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Camden FUMC Teams Up With Community To Encourage Vaccinations

With the Delta variant of COVID-19 on the rise in all 50 states, and vaccine rates moving at a meager pace in most places, churches are now turning to incentives to get more people vaccinated in their communities.

By Caleb Hennington

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Ministry Lab Ep. 4 - Creating Fresh Expressions In Your Local Community, Rev. Dr. Michael Beck

Today on the podcast we're joined by the Rev. Dr. Michael Beck, Director of Remissioning for Fresh Expressions US. If you attended Annual Conference in 2021, you'll recognize Michael as one of our featured speakers at this year's event, where he went through the history of Fresh Expressions, and what it means to do church and do community in this unique way.

By Center for Communication

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ACCYM Refuge Canceled

The task force plans to put out virtual worship sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the original first weekend of Refuge (November 5-7).

The Arkansas Conference Council on Youth Ministries has made the final decision to cancel Refuge (November 2021) due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in Arkansas and our responsibility of protecting the most vulnerable in the room.

The task force plans to put out virtual worship sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the original first weekend of Refuge (November 5-7).

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Photo by Charlie Kaijo, NWA Democrat-Gazette

FUMC Springdale Assists With Vaccination Drive for Marshallese Community

First UMC Springdale, in partnership with Community Pharmacy, recently hosted a drive-through vaccination clinic for Northwest Arkansas’s Marshallese community in the church’s parking lot.

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Churches Mask Up, Close Doors As Virus Spikes

As virus cases climb in Arkansas due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, churches have had to make the difficult decision of closing their doors temporarily, and moving to a virtual experience. Heather Hahn of UM News interviewed multiple ARUMC pastors on how they’re working to keep their congregations safe.

By Heather Hahn, UM News

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The Arkansas United Methodist: Living Our Faith is now The Arkansas United Methodist Newsletter. If you're looking for older copies of the digital magazines, you can find them at www.issuu.com/arkansasumc/docs.

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Contact Caleb Hennington at caleb.hennington@arumc.org or call 501-324-8037.

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