News and Views

August 2017

Ben Griffith

August 9, 2017

Ben Griffith, the husband of the late Rev. Jessie Griffith, 95, died Aug. 9, 2017. A Memorial Service was held Nov. 4 at Kindley Assisted Living at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. Ben H. Griffith Jr. was born on a homestead near Nera...

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BWC wishes Thornton 'Happy Trails'

August 7, 2017

On Saturday, August 5, the 30-year ministry of Andy Thornton was celebrated at West River Center. Friends and family of Thornton flooded the Camping and Retreat Center, along with current and former staff members who worked with him, to show...

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The word is... relax

August 3, 2017

Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.

Mission u participants explore covenant, transformation

August 1, 2017

Nearly 30 women gathered in a side-room at the Pooks Hill Marriott Hotel July 28-30, all newcomers to Mission u, the former School of Christian Mission. The Rev. Andrea Middleton King, dean of this year’s gathering, and Deaconess Jane Grays met...

Zimbabwe Mission offers thought-provoking paradoxes

August 1, 2017

Zimbabwe is a place of paradox. It is a country that, while rich in natural resources, exhibits some of the most pronounced poverty most Americans have ever seen.

Smithville UMC sponsors creative ministry in Ghana

August 1, 2017

In Ghana, a Christian artist by the name of Francis Nunoo had a vision of helping children find their God given talents so they could express themselves. Sir Nunoo, as he is called by the children, believes that every child has creative talents...