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Dennis Valstad from Immanuel United Methodist Church at Vogue Dry Cleaners in Ribon, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Ripon Commonwealth Press-Express.

Mourners surprised by cut of estate

Dennis Valstad was a quiet, dedicated Ripon Immanuel United Methodist Church volunteer who arranged one more good deed six weeks after his death.
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Spiwe Mhere interprets for the hearing impaired during The United Methodist Church’s annual women’s convention at Clare Camping Ground in Rusape, Zimbabwe, in August 2018. The church is trying to be more welcoming to the hearing impaired by training pastors and church members in sign language. File photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe church embraces hearing impaired

To welcome and retain hearing-impaired members, churches offer sign language training, interpreted services and other ministries.
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Thanos, a prominent villain in Marvel comic books who was featured in several theatrical movies, was created by Jim Starlin with help from his roommate Mike Friedrich, who wrote the first stories featuring the character. Photo courtesy of Disney Movies.

Deacon went from superheroes to God

The Rev. Mike Friedrich is a United Methodist deacon with a Marvel-ous past. These days, the former comic book writer works to redevelop church properties in the California-Nevada Conference.
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Tapiwa Nyawasha cuts strips from scrap pieces of plastic that she will use to make bed, bath and door mats as a way to increase income and empower widows and single mothers. Tapiwa  is a member of Kuwadzana Extension United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

From trash to cash: Zimbabwe woman launches venture

By recycling plastic and cloth, Tapiwa Nyawasha supports herself and her church and encourages others to do likewise.

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