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Oklahoma FUMC loses sanctuary to storm 

Members rescue Bible, candelabra, offering plates

“Apparently, we had a tornado,” said the Rev. Steve Harshaw, as he looked over remains of Davis’First United Methodist Church after a storm on the evening of Tuesday, April 26.

The storm caused the building’s roof to collapse into the sanctuary. Some of the church’s stained-glass windows lay shattered on the ground, while others remained intact.

The sanctuary is considered a total loss, Harshaw said.

No one was injured, he added.

As damage to the church was being surveyed and workers began hauling away debris, Harshaw was considering where to have —> more.

Bishop seeks help, prayers for Ecuador | The United Methodist Church

As relief agencies deploy following an earthquake, a bishop asks ‘continue to hold our country in prayer.’

In the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador on April 16, Bishop Silvio Cevallos of the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador asks that people “continue to hold our country in prayer.”

The quake, Ecuador’s most powerful since a 1987 earthquake that killed 1,000 people, has so far claimed the lives of 350. Officials say that number is expected to rise. At least 2,500 are injured and others are missing.

More than 130 aftershocks have followed, rattling cities hundreds of miles away and knocking out…Read more–>