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Stewardship And Our Life In Christ

By Linda B. Selleck As a child, I observed the shift of summer into fall as a quickening time. Our neighbors worked long, hard hours to harvest their peanut crops. Before the days of electric dryers, wooden staves were pounded into the ground and heavy forks raised to life the legumes up and over each stake, creating properly balanced shocks….

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How A Meeting Without Little Ones Ministers To Little Ones!

By James A. “Jamie” Lyon In July of 2003, my family and I moved to Russiaville, Indiana, where we accepted the call to ministry at a small but loving meeting. I had given up the idea of going back into ministry after a rather lengthy spiritual battle. I was of the opinion speaking at a meeting for worship was one…

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Inspirations: Stopping By To Feed The Squirrels

By Louise Wilson The frost wrapped itself around a few scattered leaves and twigs. The rising sun found the frost and a burst of color covered the ground, like a forest of wild flowers everywhere. It was a cold November morning. I had awakened early, dressed, and walked out in the back yard. As I stood under a large oak…

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First Covenant, Earth Covenant

By William H. Mueller Covenant” in the Judeo-Christian tradition is most often thought about as something between God and prophetic figures like Abraham (Genesis 17:1-22), Moses (Exodus 19:1-6), and Jesus (Mark 14:24). In covenant, God confronts us with mission. Implied is a reciprocal obligation to respond. The first covenant to appear in the Bible is different from those that follow…

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We Must Shake The World

By Rufus Jones The Quakers in their quiet way of work and worship have been influencing the members of a great many communities with their central faith and practices. There are a great many persons in these communities who ought to have a closer fellowship with us. In 1652, George Fox discovered all over England, especially in the Yorkshire Dales…

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Thankful for Carl Williams’ Ministry

Friends United Meeting has been richly blessed by Carl Williams ministry of writing. Since 2007 he has faithfully served sharing his own reflections of the world in which he lives with Christ. It has been humbling for him to hear of how his words have created a blessing in many lives. We, at FUM, will miss his ministry greatly and…

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Local Church Strategic Planning: A Stewardship Responsibility

By Brian Donley Money is usually the first thing that comes to mind when the subject of stewardship is mentioned. In fact “stewardship Sunday” triggers an “up-and-down” response. The congregation will either be “up in the mountains” or “down at the beach.” Stewardship and finance are synonymous terms in the minds of most congregants. Yet our meeting has found stewardship…

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FUM Field Staff Updates

Please continue to pray for all our field staff during this holiday season as they are separated from their loved ones while serving Friends in their work and ministries with Friends United Meeting. News from Joyce Ajlouny (Ramallah Friends School) It has been a month full of joys as the new school year began. We were blessed with 12 new…

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FUM News in Brief

FUM General Board Hopes for 40 Days During roll call at the October meeting of the Friends United Meeting General Board, representatives were asked to state what hopes they had for the 40 Days of Prayer. Here are some of their responses. Do any of them resonate with your hopes? • I hope we find how to be the action…

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Spreading the Word

By Micah Bales – Interim Communications and Web Specialist Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your…

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