A change of pace on this new episode of the 116. We're always hungry for new ways to build relationships, and taking someone out to dine is a wonderful way to entertain and connect. FUMC's own restaurant expert, Rodney Nelson, is with us to recommend some of his favorite Peoria, IL area dining experiences... places you may not have experienced yet. So settle in for a fun podcast with great ideas, and share with us your ideas for how to build relationships with people as we minister love to our community. Join us for the conversation at peoria1.com.

Is it possible to bring the Anglo and Latino church together as one? How do we Anglos better understand our Latino friends? What's it like to be Mexican in America these days? We'll explore all these fascinating questions with Pastor Adrian Garcia, Pastor of Hispanic Ministries at FUMC. You'll find this to be a powerful conversation that could help bridge the cultural gaps so that we can find ourselves united as the body of Christ. Join us for the conversation at peoria1.com.

The pandemic has served to accelerate the church's realization that new technology can help us do the work of ministry. But how do we demystify technology? Is technology an enemy or friend? What is new or upcoming that might help us do the work of the church? We'll answer your questions, and even some complaints, as we explore how technology has always helped to amplify the work of spreading Good News. Guests Jeremy Caldera and Jim Casey from Pearl Technology (pearltechnology.com) join host Greg Fish for this electric edition of The 116.

WMBD Morning Host Greg Batton returns to our friendly confines to talk about the things you need to know about our community. Greg has his thumb on the pulse of Peoria, and he's here to help us understand this place where we work a bit better. He might also try to come up with a new name for our studio. Any suggestions? The 116 is hosted by Greg Fish, and you can join us for the conversation at www.peoria1.com.

How do we help others in need? This pandemic has presented unique challenges to feeding and assisting those with broken life stories. But the Gospel of Jesus beckons us to serve those in need. So, in this episode, we speak to FUMC Director of Community Missions and Ministries, Dan Philips, about how we are moving forward with helping our less fortunate neighbors, and what you can do to serve the needs around you. It's a challenging, through provoking episode you won't want to miss.

July 30, 2021

Back To School

Local high school principal Jeremy Garrett joins us to talk all things back-to-school related. Find out what you need to know about sending your kids back to school. What does going back to school look like in a post-pandemic environment? What do parents need to know when sending a child to school for the first time? How can both students and parents be prepared for the school experience in 2021?

How do we move forward? Is there hope? How do we live in the new normal? Pastor Tim Ozment of First United Methodist Church in Peoria joins host Greg Fish for an inspiring conversation about moving forward as we emerge from a global crisis. See the video broadcast version at https://youtu.be/ellMKqB_YEg

January 29, 2021

Ep. 17 - A Millenial Mission

A young couple from FUMC, whose names we'll omit here for their security once overseas, answers the hard questions as to why young millennials such as they are might decide that packing up and moving across the globe is the right thing for them to do. Hear the thoughts, strategies, and hopes of how these two people of faith take on the challenge of presenting hope in a land averse to Christianity. How does an engineer, and someone raised in a non-believing household, find it within themselves to make a life-changing move such as this? You'll find this episode to be a great insight into the mindset of the modern movement to take Christ to the world.

December 17, 2020

Ep. 16 - Pastor Miguel Rios

We accomplish several firsts with this podcast. It's our first to feature a song (as performed by Miguel), and the first to include some bilingual conversation. Join Greg for a conversation with Miguel about how to celebrate God after a difficult year like we've experienced. Get ready to turn those "icks" and "yucks" into songs of joy as we find reason to be glad even when things are tough.

October 19, 2020

Ep. 15 - Greg Batton

Host of the area's top radio morning show, Greg Batton of WMBD, joins Greg Fish for a look at the topics that are driving life in the Peoria region right now. Join us for lots of laughs, some great stories, and a look at how we can best address some of the serious topics facing our region and world. Greg is a fantastic guest, a well-respected voice in our region, and a man of many important (and some not so important) insights. You'll want to hear his insights on tackling disagreements, COVID, racial tensions, and more.

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