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Emporia church offers ‘Garden of Grace’


Emporia Grace UMC’s La Bonita Garden of Grace is the only community garden in Emporia. It was established seven years ago under the direction of longtime member Lola Collinge. A grant provided initial funding, and church members provided the sweat equity as well as contributions of both materials and money. The brightly painted garden totem that commemorated the garden blessing service still stands amid the bountiful raised beds today. Extra produce is shared to the Little Free Pantry on the ...

Join the adventure, join the journey

Lay Servant Ministries


The first time I heard the hymn “Jesus Loves Me” I was in my early 40’s, new to the Methodist tradition. We sang it during the children’s time. As you know, the words go “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” I didn’t know Jesus loved me from the Bible. I grew up Catholic and from the early days of Catechism the Sisters of St. Francis assured me that Jesus loved me. Certainly, the experience of my family reinforced Jesus’ love? No children’s song. No Bible. But how did I KNOW ...

Policing in DC

Micah Corps


By Emily Smith   Emily Smith is one of our Micah Corps interns this summer. She is a student at Wichita State University studying social work. She is passionate about helping people through creating relationships with the community which is a major focus of the internship this summer. “I am super excited to be part of the Micah Corps while serving with those in need.”   On one of the last days in Washington D.C., a few of us walked by the Supreme Court to get a picture in front of the building. ...

God’s Beloved People

Micah Corps


By John Finch  Photo: The interns by the National Museum of African American History and Culture   John Finch, one of our Micah Corps interns this summer, is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska in Omaha majoring in sociology with a concentration in inequality and social justice. He is originally from Ukraine and moved to the United States at the age of 15. He joined the Micah Corps for a second summer as he is passionate about helping people who are in need by working for justice for ...

My Garden

Lay Servant Ministries


In 2013, Laurel and I moved into our current house in town. Previously, we had lived out in the country on 15 acres, where we had trouble growing trees, let alone a garden. It was on a hill top with a lot of rocks. So when we moved into town we inherited a well-established garden plot. The first year we had a lot going on, so I bought a couple of tomato plants so we would have fresh tomatoes for sandwiches and salads. It produced only a few tomatoes, as I did not cultivate the garden enough to ...

A Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Micah Corps


By Lumiere Bisisi Lumiere Bisisi is one of our Micah Corps interns this summer. He is a senior at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is studying political science with a minor in global studies. He joined the Micah Corps because of his passion for social justice. Throughout our time in Washington D.C., there were many places that stood out to me, and I was able to learn a lot about the history of America. We went to a lot of museums. The first one was the National Museum ...

Finally here

Micah Corps


By Odyssey Mann Odyssey Mann is from El Paso, Texas. She is a sophomore at Southwestern College in Kansas majoring in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in music. She joined Micah Corps because of her passion for justice and passion for Christ. We were finally here. In the city of politics, government, justice, history, and hope. The capital of the United States of America. Everywhere I looked there was passion. It’s contagious because it moves you to speak, to feel, and to listen. Taking it...

Reflections on Roe vs. Wade

Micah Corps


Charlotte Carroll is one of our Micah Corps interns this summer. She is attending the University of Omaha (UNO), majoring in Public Health and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Explaining why she joined the Micah Corps, she says, “I wanted to join Micah Corps to challenge myself in my faith journey and my advocacy work. I wanted to see how faith and social justice work are interconnected.” We were in Washington D.C. the day Roe v. Wade was overturned. We were walking to the African American...

Jesus Loves Me

Lay Servant Ministries


“Jesus Loves Me” (UMH 191) is one of the first lessons I learned in the church. It is one that has influenced me throughout my life. If we’re very fortunate, we learn this lesson early in our lives, in a nurturing, loving environment. This is foundational in our understanding of our relationship with God. If we stay connected with God, we continue to learn and know more about God. The lessons become more involved and complex as we open ourselves and let the Holy Spirit guide and direct us. I ...

Reflections from a squeaky bunk bed

Micah Corps


The following article is written by Mariah Fusco, the coordinator for our 2022 Micah Corps. She just graduated from Perkins School of Theology with a Master of Divinity. This summer we have five young adults with us participating in this summer internship. The interns focus on deepening their spiritual walk, engaging in social justice, building relationship with community and faith leaders in Omaha, and growing in leadership skills. In the following weeks you will hear from each one of them. ...

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