John Wesley could have been a Jedi

The more I read and learn about John Wesley’s convictions, hard work, and austere lifestyle, the more I believe Methodism’s founder could have made an excellent Jedi.Of course, the Star Wars stories are complete fiction, set “a long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away.” Still, these films contain motifs that resonate with contemporary…

2017 Food Basket Project

Food Baskets were provided to nearly 500 families in the western Douglas County area this Christmas thanks to the West O Chamber of Commerce.  Jim Tomanek and Amy Dritley coordinated the project. Food Basket Contents Each basket contained a complete Christmas dinner.  Along with nonperishable food, each basket received fresh fruit, a ham, turkey breast,…

Epiphany Sunday 2018

Elkhorn Hills UMC celebrated Epiphany Sunday with the children.   Pastor Rebecca opened the service, which led into the special music, the Children’s Epiphany Play, and Children’s time.  Following the service, Pastor Rebecca invited the play perfomers to circle the Christmas Tree in the narthex so the congregation could greet them and accept acclamation, which they…

Churches Host Traveling Wesleys

What if John and Charles Wesley could still visit churches?  A unique project led by Discipleship Ministries found a way for these founding fathers of the denomination to do just that. More than 700 congregations participated in a program during the summer of 2015 that brought paper dolls of the brothers to spend two weeks at each host church. We followed the pair…