News (Page 2)

News (Page 2)

“IT’S JUST BECAUSE GOD IS IN ME”

Last year the superintendent offered me a chance to participate the Academy for Spiritual Formation – I couldn’t go, because the dates were the same as my daughter’s wedding. And this year I wasn’t expecting, just the random conversation, like the accidental coincidence, that I would be free this time… But God doesn’t have coincidences. Probably, the topic is more relevant and the soil of the heart is ready for sowing. . “Love never ends…” I am still thinking about…

“BECOME AN INSTRUMENT IN GOD’S HANDS!” – THE CALLING OF UMC YOUTH LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

June 11-13, Krasnyj Yar, Samara region, young people gathered for the annual leadership seminar of UMC Eurasia. I had a wonderful opportunity to take part in it. It was truly a blessed time. The topic of the seminar was evangelism. The sermon of Volga District superintendent Natalya Prokhorova ran: «The God’s will for us is to save others and bring Lord to people». Ullas Tankler, a guest from Estonia and Global Ministries Representative, read a sermon and a lecture, where…

SUMMER SESSION 2016 MOSCOW THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK.

Moscow Theological Seminary of the United Methodist Church finished our two-week summer session. What a blessed and powerful experience. One story out of several meaningful events is my experience from the first week’s Saturday morning devotional. Every morning we start with a short devotion on a psalm, given by a student or faculty. We sing; we pray. The first week of the session, Dr. Sondra Wheeler from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., taught the course “Ethical Dimensions of Ministry.” The…

TYUMEN UMC “SALVATION” PUSHED YOUTH MINISTRY

Pastor and congregation of Tyumen United Methodist Church “Salvation” pushed Youth ministry – and it is developing. Few years ago we realized that we do not have youth in the church. A few youth who attended were bored and left the church with the time. We did nothing for the youth because there were no youth in church to work with. Now we set a goal to bring youth to the church. Three years in a row we organized youth…

JOURNEY TO ANOTHER WORLD: PRISON MINISTRY IN BULGARIA UMC.

United Methodists are very scrupulous about prison ministry. Because criminals within the correctional facilities are often sentenced according to secular laws. Therefore, the mission of the church prison ministry is to use the opportunity to share Christ with the “astray souls”. God “imprisoned” these people “under the law” in order to prepare them for the faith in Christ: “Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed” (Galatians 3:23, NRSV). There are…

ST. LUKE’S UMC AND ULYANOVSK UMC ARE PARTNERS AND SISTERS

St. Luke’s is heading back to Russia – twice in 2016 – to share God’s love and bring hope to the world! We will renew friendships in Ulyanovsk that began more than 20 years ago, and work alongside our Russian family of faith in several areas: helping handicapped young adults, meeting with retirement home residents, collaborating with the Ulyanovsk UMC in Bible study, and so much more. The first trip is April 28-May 7. We will celebrate Easter with them…

MISSION: FROM WORDS TO ACTION

This year, March 12-15th Tyumen UMC of Salvation hosted young brave and humble leaders from all Eurasia United Methodist Church. Pastors and leaders under forty from 14 different cities gathered to learn more and to plan actions in one of the major directions of the development of our Church – Missions and mission work. . Leaders from Church of the Resurrection, one of the largest UMC in the world (Pastor Adam Hamilton), District Superintendants of Eurasia UMC Alexander Vecherskiy, Irina Margulis,…

POPE FRANCIS ADDRESSES METHODIST GUESTS

(Vatican Radio. Thursday, 7 April 2016) Pope Francis on Thursday met with members of the World Methodist Council, the Methodist Council of Europe, and the Methodist Church in Britain. . The representatives of the Methodist community are in Rome to mark the opening of the new Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome. Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks for the meeting: “Dear brothers and sisters, I offer warm greetings to you in this Easter season, as…

PASTOR UMC “LIVING FAITH” ALEXANDER SHEVCHENKO: THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN PHYSICIANS CONTINUES

The idea to organize a ministry of Christian physicians arose back in 2005. The Lord gave me and my friend, the doctor-urologist, brother in Christ from the Baptist Church, this desire. All these years we prayed, asked for God’s wisdom and revelation about the ministry. Also we are interested about how suchlike ministries were organized and implemented in other cities and countries. Parallel to this, we have preached to our patients in our work, gave medical recommendations to people in…

MUSLAB – MUSICAL LABORATORY

MusLab (musical laboratory) is the time and the opportunity for• The musical creativity• Worship God through your music and songs• The achievement of your potential• The development of musical skills for worship• Getting new knowledge in music• Communication with brothers and sisters – musicians from different parts of Eurasia. Worship members and songs writers from Bishkek, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Satka, Saint-Petersburg, Uzhgorog and Tallinn gathered together in Moscow at the end of November, 2015. . At first Project MusLab started in…

“PAJAMAS PARTY” FOR THE CHILDREN OF SAMARA UMC

When growing up children start to dedicate time to activities out of home and spend more time with their friends. Pajamas Parties are organized by Samara United Methodist Church for the children to meet each other, strengthen relations, speak and hear about God in a relaxed atmosphere. The meetings are held during school holidays; the age of the participants is from 9 to 13. . What should the children wear? Of course, as the name speaks for itself, pajamas! Just…

FESTIVAL OF THE MOSCOW DISTRICT OF ARTS “EVERY CHILD – STAR” IN THE FIRST UMC “SINGING CHRISTIANS”

January 7, 2016, in the new location of the First United Methodist Church “Singing Christians” long-awaited event: Charity Festival of Arts “Every child – a star.” It is impossible to convey in words the pure joy ringing angelic voices, which the children sang “Let Sing with Joy, the King of Kings was born” as tenderly sounded angelic hymn “Glory to God!” All the churches of our Moscow District of UMC are keeping in prayers this festival of art. . Hallelujah!…