Entries by Katy Kiser

Easter 2021

Lent, which culminates in Holy Week, is such a special time for the church. It differs from Advent in that it is not accompanied by the hustle and extra activity of the Christmas season. It is a time of contemplation and fasting for some. It is an opportunity to go deeper into the love of God and what He has done for us. The Easter story is all about Jesus. It is a story of salvation albeit one that came at a huge price. It is a story that tells us Jesus came that we might have an abundant life. […]

Remembering Marilyn Anderes

Dear Renew Network, It is with sadness and yet joy that I remember Marilyn Anderes who went to be with the Lord on December 28, 2020. Many of you recall Marilyn who was a very special friend and resource for Renew. Her column “From the Heart” appeared on the last page of the Good News Magazine for many years. And like myself, you may have turned first to read her always poignant and inspiring words before turning into the rest of the magazine. Marilyn also penned articles for other ministries and wrote four books, the last of which, The Intentional […]

Ring Out Wild Bells

Christmas 2020 Dear Renew Network, In 1850 Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a Christmas poem titled, “Ring Out, Wild Bells.” Instead of exalting the baby Jesus, it describes a year that has much in common with 2020. He writes of ringing out the year with its false pride, civic slander, party strife, foul disease, lust of gold and wars of old. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply ring out all that is wrong, unloving and unjust in our world? Oh that we could be done with the racial unrest of this past summer, the contentious election, and the devastating […]

Thanksgiving 2020

This coming week we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Some of us will be with family; and some will not because of the increase threat of Covid-19. The virus is but one of the challenges of 2020 which has been full of disappointment and tragic events. I have heard many say they can’t wait until this year is over. But before this year is over, Thanksgiving comes around.   I looked up the history and found that the idea of giving thanks nationally goes back to the early days of our country. During our Revolution, days of thanks were proclaimed by the Continental […]

In Times Like These

Today is Memorial Day and unofficially it begins the summer season. More importantly, it is a day to remember those who have died while serving in the U.S. military to protect our country and its values.    Recently a supporter of Renew called and shared with me the incredible story of a Methodist Pastor and his family who have been serving the Lord since the early Twentieth Century. This pastor, Rev. Bert Jones Sr. and his wife Ruth Caye Jones along with their five children were familiar faces at revivals and camp meetings for years leading up to World War […]

Renew Christmas 2019

“Behold I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”   Isaiah 43:19 Much of Isaiah unfolds God’s grand scheme for the restoration of His people. The prophet announced that something new was going to happen. God’s vast divine plan, made before the foundation of the world, was going to take a new turn. The long awaited Messiah was going to be born. For the Israelites, life leading up to the birth of the Christ Child […]

Mexit: Why United Methodism Is Coming Untied by Chris Ritter

by Chris Ritter Note: This is an article prepared for some friends overseas who requested a summary of what is happening in the world’s largest Methodist denomination. I offer it here as an opportunity for those not previously engaged with UMC issues to catch up and understand the season in which we find ourselves. This might be a good resource to share with your church council and other key leaders. United Methodists finds themselves in a season of sober negotiations.  The 12.4-million-member global denomination, many believe, has arrived at a point of irreconcilable differences following a February 2019 General Conference in […]

“Come As You Are” and Be Inspired

“Inspire: Come As You Are” Women’s Conference! For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) In Florida, women of Melbourne First United Methodist Church are preparing for a weekend of hope, laughter and fun, November 1-2 that is open to all women. This year, they hope to reach even more than the 67 churches who were represented at the last Inspire conference. This year their conference theme is, Come As You Are, and will focus on the love of Christ that […]

Mark Your Calendar for Celebration’s National Conference

In the Texas Conference, Judy Graham shares Celebration Women’s Ministry plans for their 2020 More National Conference. This past April, the conference took its theme, Known, from I Corinthians 8:3, “But whoever loves God is known by God.” Rev. Carolyn Moore and Rev. Madeline Henners were the featured presenters. Both women brought some powerful teaching emphasizing knowing our identity in Christ, and operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Women were drawn closer to the Lord and received a deeper revelation of Him. Next Spring, the Celebration National Conference takes its title, MORE from Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him […]

Ongoing Aftermath of General Conference 2019 by Katy Kiser

Dear Renew Network, Ongoing Aftermath of General Conference 2019 A month after the 2019 General Conference in St Louis, where the work of the Commission on a Way Forward was received and the Traditional Plan was passed, the United Methodist Women’s annual Program Advisory Group and Board of Director’s met in Nashville, TN.  I attended the meetings as a press representative. At the opening plenary of the Program Advisory Group, Bishop William McAlilly preached from his personal experience, which has given him  compassion for the marginalized LGTBQ+ community. He told the women that UMW was needed more now than they […]