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Tips for a Sustainable and Safe Christmas

Lifestyle December 08, 2020

Cara Fleischer Although COVID-19 has put a damper on our usual plans, it seems that the entire country is hoping the holidays will bring some joy into our lives during this difficult time. As...

"This is when the church learns how to be the church"

COVID-19 Leadership Lifestyle October 02, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many pastors into roles for which they were not prepared, and that has led to added stress and the potential for burnout. But this trying period is also an opportunity for church growth and for members to help minister their pastors by taking things off their plates.

Fourth recipes: a real summertime celebration

Lifestyle June 27, 2018

July Fourth is a real summertime celebration: fruits and berries are in abundance, the grill has been tuned up and Florida’s hot, humid weather rolls in every morning. Enjoy the Fourth with recipes submitted by other people from around the Conference.

Ways we can be better neighbors

Lifestyle July 10, 2017

This author is convinced that if there is a solution to the social isolation, the political polarization and the superficial relationships that exist in our neighborhoods—and in the world as a whole—it is reclaiming the art of neighboring.

Florida Southern: A Frank Lloyd Wright treasure trove

Lifestyle June 29, 2017

Florida Southern College, founded in 1883 by the Florida Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historic Landmark of the United States. This year, the 113-acre campus also became a United Methodist Historic Site.

Christmas recipe season is in full swing

Lifestyle December 13, 2016

Christmas season is in full swing, with visitors dropping by, family coming to visit, parties to host and gatherings to bring an appetizer to for sharing. ​ Below are some recipes for breakfast and ...

Resources for Advent home worship

Lifestyle November 21, 2016

Advent is the season when we prepare ourselves to receive God's gift of Jesus. It is a time of "getting ready" for the celebration of Christmas. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself and your family for celebrating Jesus' birth.

Ready-made meals for holiday stowaways

Lifestyle November 18, 2016

Don't forget that there is more than just the turkey dinner to figure out during the holiday. Many households experience a high traffic of guests coming in and out for days. Does that describe you? ...

Eating faithfully is a key to living faithfully

Lifestyle July 12, 2016

A North Carolina program for clergy, congregations and communities called Life Around the Table focuses on eating well as a way to nurture healthy Christian communities. The key, as its founder says in this interview, is developing a eucharistic imagination.

Recipes for keeping cool on the Fourth

Lifestyle June 28, 2016

Cool off your Fourth of July with recipes submitted by other people from all around the Conference. After all, who knows how to beat the Florida summer heat better than our veteran church foodies? Don't forget to stock the cooler with plenty of ice.

Memorial Day picnic recipes

Lifestyle May 24, 2016

To remember our fallen heroes, many of us enjoy coming together in fellowship with those still with us. Here, we've put together ideas for what to bring to a Memorial Day picnic, potluck and grill out.

Family-favorite Easter recipes

Lifestyle March 21, 2016

Skip the recipe egg hunt this year. We scrounged up 12 seasonal recipes for your Easter feaster. Check out these delicious options submitted by our community.

What to stream for Holy Week

Lifestyle March 18, 2016

Turn Holy Week into a biblical video marathon. We've put together a list of christian-themed movies as well as some kid-friendly options. Check it out.

Breakfast in bed for your valentine

Lifestyle February 11, 2016

Start Valentine's Day off with a breakfast in bed guaranteed to make mouths water and hearts melt. We've put together a list of breakfast goodies that we think you'll like, mainly because they were given to us by ... well, you! That's right. These are all recipes submitted to us by UMC members.