#FlatBT and #FlatEllen are taking time to enjoy the view from the Great Smoky Mountains!
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#FlatBT and #FlatEllen are taking time to enjoy the view from the Great Smoky Mountains!
#FlatBT and #FlatEllen make a stop at Oakdale Christian Academy which started out of the 1912 Free Methodist ministry - Oakdale Mission. To learn more go to https://oakdalechristian.org/
As #FlatBT and #FlatEllen travel into Kentucky they stop at Asbury Theological Seminary, which started in 1923. Many FM folks have attended this beautiful campus in Wilmore.
Look who stopped in to see #FlatBT and #FlatEllen! Sara & Jeremy Lefler of FM:Infuse & Go Church Indy. See them all at#FMCGC19
#FlatBT and #FlatEllen riding the elevator at the WMC
#FlatBT and #FlatEllen are geared up after talking with Ministerial and Credentialing staff about their support to women and men in the ordination process. They will be at the #FMCGC19 and you should find them in the exhibit hall and find out if you are "Smarter than an FM fifth grader"? Learn more at FMC Leads Well.
#FlatBT and #FlatEllen met with the WMC Finance team to learn all the background work they are doing for #FMCGC19. Way to go team!!
Flat B.T. & Ellen continue their tour of the WMC and check in with Human Resources. Debbie, Willie, & Lori will be glad to meet you at GC19. #FlatBT #FlatEllen #FMCGC19
Flat B.T. & Ellen meet with the Free Methodist World Missions staff and encourage you to visit them in the exhibit hall at GC19. #FlatBT #FlatEllen #FMCGC19
Today at the WMC, Flat B.T. & Ellen spend time visiting the Marston Memorial Historical Center staff and talk about plans for GC19. #FlatBT #FlatEllen #FMCGC19
Flat B.T. & Ellen have arrived at the Free Methodist World Ministries Center (WMC as they are making their way south to GC19. The "headquarters" of the FMC moved to Indianapolis in 1990. #FlatBT #FlatEllen #FMCGC19
Tell me your FM Story - thanks to Josh Avery of The FMC Radio Show and Miss Zonda Haase for this great interview. Now you can download the Story Corps App on your phone and add more Free Methodist stories. Who will be next? Follow these easy instructions and start recording and preserving your story plus your family and friends stories https://fmcusa.org/wp-content/uploads/StoryCorpsDoc-Historical.pdf.
When we stop to listen to each other’s stories, we gain wider perspectives, discover shared lives, and journey deeper. Listen as we talk to Zhonda Haase, a woman in the Ohio Conference who has experienced endless Free Methodist adventures.... Read Bishop M...
#FlatBT and #FlatEllen now begin their journey south. Stopping in Winona Lake, Indiana once called the Free Methodist "Mecca" as the FM Publishing house moved there in 1935. In 1960 as other departmental offices moved in as well it was known as "Headquarters" for the next 29 years. Flat B.T. and Ellen are pictured at the former FM Headquarters, the International Friendship House and at the Winona Lake Free Methodist Church. #FMCGC19
#FlatBT & #FlatEllen continue their visit in Chicago and are now arriving at the Free Methodist Publishing House completed in 1909 for $62,000 and located at the corner of Washington and May St. This grand building now houses The Publishing House Bed and Breakfast. Flat B.T. & Ellen will spend the night here and you can too! Click this link to view and make a reservation. https://www.publishinghousebnb.com/
Click this link to read our latest FM History Update Newsletter about a new FM card game by Larry Winckles: https://mailchi.mp/fmcusa.org/free-methodist-timeline-card-game?e=fc6242dcfc
#FlatBT & #FlatEllen have arrived at Olive Branch Mission. It's early beginnings date back to 1867 when Free Methodists started sewing classes. It is the oldest rescue mission in the city of Chicago as well as being the oldest in the United States. You may learn more about this vital ministry at https://www.obmission.org/
The Sauder girls interacting with the displays at the MMHC. They learned about bandage rolling, CYC, Bible Quizzing the FM Church in Norway and what John Wesley had to say about keeping people from getting cold.
Light + Life Magazine
Read and learn about B.T. and Ellen Roberts as they critiqued the powerful elites and illuminated the "crisis of Methodism," that would eventually give rise to the Free Methodist Church. Order your copy of, "Populist Saints," written by Howard A. Snyder by visiting https://buff.ly/2EXcjbQ.
As #FlatBT and #FlatEllen travel west they have stopped to pay a visit to The FMC Radio Show. One can listen to many Free Methodist Church leaders being interviewed by host Josh Avery. Check it out! Plus you can meet Josh at #FMCGC19. https://fmcradio.podbean.com/
Great for game nights or membership classes. Order your game today! At GC19 you'll have opportunity to purchase this along with the Justice Deck cards.
Now available through the Light + Life Bookstore! Order, "Free Methodist Timeline," a card game about the history of the Free Methodist Church. This game tests the players' knowledge about the events, people and places related to the denomination. Order you game today by visiting https://buff.ly/2ZfUlJa.
#FlatBT and #FlatEllen continue their travels to General Conference in Florida #FMCGC19. They've stopped to visit in the Keystone Conference at the
Pleasantville Family Camp, established in 1898 at Pleasantville, PA. learn more at http://pleasantvillecamp.net/
Flat B.T. & Ellen with a few friends at Wabash Annual Conference. #FlatBT #FlatEllen Wabash Park Camp & Retreat Center
The next New York stop for #FlatBT and #FlatEllen is at the FMC in Buffalo. What a nice surprise to see that there are now 3 locations that FM's are meeting. Nueva Vision, Cornerstone Community Church and Epic Church Buffalo Fellowship. #FMCGC19 here we come!
Where were you on D day? A gentleman called to say in 1944 he was 10 years old and his father an FM pastor. "Can you help me determine where we were living at the time?" The Annual Conference Minutes (Yearbook) lists the yearly appointments of FM ministers. We were able to confirm his location in 1944 and settle into some good memories. "MINING THE PAST FOR TODAY'S MISSION!"
As part of their travels to GC19, Flat B.T. & Ellen have arrived at the Albion, NY FMC dedicated May 18, 1860. Albion Free Methodist Church. Learn more here http://albionfreemethodist.org/home #FlatBT #FlatEllen #FMCGC19
Today #FlatBT & #FlatEllen begin their trek to #FMCGC19. They are starting out from North Chili, NY at Roberts Wesleyan College, the school they founded in 1866.
Stay tuned, good things are yet to come!
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The FM Timeline Card Game will debut this summer at GC19 and will be available at the FM Bookstore https://fmcusa.org/bookstore/. Great for game nights, membership classes, family time. A fun way to become more familiar with FM history.
#FlatBT visiting the school he founded in 1866 Chili Seminary. Now known as Roberts Wesleyan College .
Flat B.T. and Ellen images are circulating on social media.
Print out copies today to distribute at your Annual Conference. You can find them here: https://lightandlifemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/flatellen.pdf
Some favorite visitors from the Mooresville Free Methodist Church. If you live in the Indianapolis area or are driving through this summer, stop in for a visit!
Recently, the Historical Center has been able to help connect a couple of visitors to their FM roots. First, Debra Chandler Landis and her research assistant, Val scheduled a visit to learn more about her great Aunt Letty Chandler, who had been a Free Methodist missionary to China from 1913-1937. After going through the resources available at the MMHC, Debra promised to write to us about all she had learned.
Additionally, Leslie Larson Donley recently came to the World Ministries Center. As she entered, she was drawn to the display of the General Superintendency of the FMC where there was a picture of her great-great grandfather, Burton R. Jones. Leslie had brought the family copy of his autobiography Burton R. Jones: His Life and Labors. She had promised her grandfather that she would keep the book in the family and safe. She shared the book and her family’s genealogy and from the archive we were able to show her many photos of B.R. Jones as well as his hand-written journal from 1885.
Both of these visitors have had a new connection with their ancestor due to the preservation efforts of the Marston Historical Center. Thank you to our donors who make these connections possible.
International guest from the Domincan -Pastor Francisco Ureña recently visited with Pastor Nicholas.
Has anyone taken #FlatBT and #FlatEllen to your Annual Conference meetings? If so, please post. If not, you still can. The majority of the Annual Conferences have not yet met. Download your own set today and let's see how many meetings B.T. & Ellen can attend!
The Marston Historical Center welcomes researchers Debra Chandler Landis and Val. They are using the collection to research Debra's great aunt, Letitia Chandler, missionary to China 1913-1937.
#FlatBT Visits Spring Arbor University, a Free Methodist School started in 1873 as Spring Arbor Seminary.
#FlatBT & #FlatEllen have heard that the Free Methodist Church is expanding in Australia. They have made a visit to encourage new church planting efforts!
International Child Care Ministries staff with #FlatBT #FlatEllen. Gearing up for #GC19!
#FlatBT and #FlatEllen want to know if you’re coming to GC’19 in July!
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#FlatBT has now traveled to Greenville University founded as Greenville College in 1892.
Today marks the 77th Anniversary of Doolittle's Raid. This day changed the life of Jacob DeShazer and those whose lives he would go on to influence. See his story of Raider to Missionary this summer at GC19!
As part of celebrating 50 years, Marston Memorial Historical Center is having a dinner and movie night showing "The Amazing Story of Sgt. Jacob DeShazer" on Thursday July 18. For pricing and sign up please see the link: https://fmcusa.formstack.com/forms/gc19_events
Celebrate 50 years in ministry for the Marston Historical Center at GC19 with “Dinner, a Movie & Cake” on Thursday, July 18.
There will be a 5 PM Movie Time (Doors open at 4:45 PM) for “The Amazing Story of Sgt. Jacob DeShazer,” who was a WWII Doolittle Raider and prisoner of war turned Free Methodist missionary.
The cost is $14 for a boxed meal and the movie or $2 for the movie only.
This movie was produced in the 1950s by the Seattle Pacific School of Missions. Following the movie we will have a Trivia quiz on WWII/DeShazer trivia – prizes will be handed out. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
More events at GC19 include: prize packs, 1930s glass slides, a FM Timeline, free books, and flat B.T. & Ellen.
To register for this and other events, click here:
Friends from Africa visit #FlatBT and #FlatEllen. FM Missionary Mike Reynen and Jacob Atem, CEO & Founder of Southern Sudan Healthcare Organization and Spring Arbor University grad.
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