Another Mom Memory

by Mary Helen Gensch

My mom is usually serious, on-task person. She knows how to organize and execute a plan.

My mom is a creator. She creates beautiful quilts out of intricate fabric and nurses plants to a beauty that would rival a king’s castle.

But mostly, my mom is the best cheerleader and support of me and especially with her three grandchildren. On any ball diamond, basketball quart, and silently on the golf course, with double thumbs up, my mom cheers, “YEAH! Yeah! YEAH!” for the world to hear. She loves her grandchildren and listens to their stories. The kids draw her laughter that resonates throughout her being.

One summer, while visiting my parents, a young eight-year-old Wesley brought a laugh from my mom that still is remembered. We had stopped by the grocery store to pick up some last minute hamburger buns for the cookout. Settling in the car, my mom exclaimed, “Where’s my buns? I can’t find my buns” to which Wesley wittedly replied, “You’re sitting on them, grandma.”

A very serious, concerned face ignited into laughter. Only a grandson could say something like that.

A Mother’s Day Memory

by Evelyn Mottweiler

When I was a girl there was a prevailing custom on Mother’s Day: If your mother was living, in her honor you would wear a red or pink carnation (or type of colored flower) on our label or dress. If your mother was deceased, you would wear a white carnation (or other white flower) in her memory.

I remember well that on the day before Mother’s Day Daddy would take me to the greenhouse and help me buy a pink or red carnation to wear on “her” day.

My mother was a lover of Lily of the Valley flowers. In these days since her passing, I pick a Lily of the Valley from my own garden and make a simple corsage to wear in her loving memory.

            I wish this custom were still being practiced today!

Parent’s Progress 5.08.14

Earlier this year, Rhiannon Scully had too much to drink. Two of her friends encouraged her to guzzle a mixture of vodka and whiskey. They issued their dare to Rhiannon after seeing someone do the same on a viral Facebook video. When her mother found Rhiannon with her eyes rolling back in her head, she called an ambulance. Rhiannon was fortunate. After spending the night in the hospital and having her stomach pumped, she returned home. Rhiannon is nine-years-old.


What Do You Do All Week?

by Rick Nier

I would like to give you an insider’s look at what pastors do during the week. I really would. It actually pains me not to be able to do so. Alas, I cannot.

You might wonder why.


Thanks to God for His Mercies (continued)

by Roland Kramer

I left off last month where Elaine and I had met with Pastor Henry and Bonnie Church and told them about the questions we were facing regarding our ministry in Turlock, California and how they encouraged us and said they would pray for God’s leading in our lives and the decisions before us.  That was in September of 2010.


Unity – Answering Jesus’ Prayer

John 17:22

John 17:20-26

Deuteronomy 6:4-9John 13:31-35John 3:11-24

Gary couldn’t wait to get to church every week. His pastor’s teacher inspired him, while the friendliness of the people drew him into the life of the church. Although he was just a new believer, Gary understood the importance of gleaning everything possible from his pastor and other spiritually mature people around him. Less than a year later, however, Gary’s spiritual world fell apart. One Sunday the pastor announced his resignation, explaining that he and the church’s leaders couldn’t agree on the direction in which they wanted the church to go. Disillusioned that the men he trusted and admired as spiritual mentors couldn’t get along. Gary never again entered a church.


Free Methodists Rebuild after Typhoon

FMC Balion (3)

Members gather inside Light & Life Christian Fellowship in Balion, Philippines, that was rebuilt with help from the Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund. (Photo courtesy of the Free Methodist Church of the Philippines)


In the months since Typhoon Haiyan — one of the largest storms in recorded history — struck Southeast Asia last November and displaced millions of people, the international news coverage has nearly disappeared but the rebuilding continues. Relief and rebuilding efforts have received a significant boost from more than $145,000 in donations through the Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund.


Free Methodist Historical Society

Founded in 1860, the Free Methodist Church may not have a long history, but it is a rich history, filled with stories. You can read those stories in Free Methodist Historical Society Newsletter. The current issue contains a great article on B.T. Robert’s view of ordaining women. It just might surprise you what a male preacher from the 1800’s thought.


Spring 2014 Newsletter

Light & Life

We posted several of the articles right here on our blog earlier this month. IN case you missed it, or wanted to read it cover to cover, you can check out Light and Life Magazine here. They do a good job of covering the topic of conflicts.


Light and Life Magazine – April Issue

Serve as Jesus Served

Max Lucado

Just Like Jesus

Of all the times we see the bowing knees of Jesus, none is so precious as when He kneels before His disciples and washes their feet.

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love. The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing… and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. – John 13:1-5

It has been a long day. Jerusalem is packed with Passover guests, most of whom clamor for a glimpse of the Teacher. The spring sun is warm. The streets are dry. And the disciples are a long way from home. A splash of cool water would be refreshing.