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United Methodists Reach Out

10/2/2015

United Methodists Reach Out

As the city of Roseburg and the surrounding community try to grasp the realities of Thursday’s violent shooting at Umpqua Community College, churches of all faiths are offering support. The Rev. Scott Harkness of the Roseburg United Methodist Church says that so far he has not learned of anyone in the church’s congregation being a victim. But in a small town like Roseburg, many people will be friends or acquaintances of victims and families of victims. “I’ve had offers of help from around the ...

Westside United Methodist Church loses education building

5/4/2015

Westside United Methodist Church loses education building

The burned out shell of the Westside UMC education buliding stands after the fire is out. (Brian Shimer photos) The Westside United Methodist Church in Beaverton, Oregon suffered a major fire in the early hours of Monday, May 04. A 1960’s era education building caught fire in the night, and is a complete loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The building, which did not have sprinklers or an alarm system was primarily used as Sunday school space. The separate sanctuary ...

Church serves as help site in shooting wake

12/15/2012
Members of Newtown United Methodist Church in Sandy Hook, Conn., are “still holding our breath” to learn the full impact of the Dec. 14 shooting at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, said the Rev. Mel Kawakami, the church’s senior pastor. “We’re trying to keep our lines open,” he said. “We have already tried to reach out. We have communications circles that are trying to canvass our congregation.” At least 27 are dead, including 18 children, according to the most recent news reports, in ...

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