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Daily Digest: April 16, 2014

“I am lifted by my belief in Christ and by my belief that Reat and my dad are in heaven and I know that Mrs. LaManno is in heaven also.” – Mindy Corporon in an interview with the “Today Show” April 15.

Mom’s faith offers comfort after Kansas shootings
LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) — United Methodist Mindy Corporon is sharing her faith and belief that her son and father are in heaven after a gunman killed them April 13 as they sat in their vehicle at a Jewish community center. Dr. William Lewis Corporon and Reat Griffin Underwood will be remembered at 3 p.m. on April 18 in the main sanctuary of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

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New dean of Liberia school promises spirit-filled campus
MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) — During his installation service as the dean of the United Gbarnga School of Theology in Liberia, the Rev. Jerry P. Kulah, former superintendent of the Monrovia District, said spiritual awakening will be a major part of his effort to restore the United Methodist-related school following a 14-year civil war. Julu Swen of the Liberia Annual (regional) Conference reports.

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The importance of the egg: Children and Easter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — How do you help youngsters make the connection between the whimsy of Easter egg hunts and the joy of the Resurrection? This video from UMTV offers insights, including some ideas from children themselves.

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North Carolina organist sets Guinness record
SOUTHMONT, N.C. (UMNS) — Martha Godwin began playing organ and piano at Macedonia United Methodist Church when she was 13. Now, she has a Guinness World Record for playing the longest consecutive time at one church. The Western North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference has the story.

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Russian-speaking Finns find new spiritual home
HELSINKI (UMNS) — United Methodists have begun a Russian-speaking congregation in Finland’s capital.

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Zimbabwean youth honor ‘green bishop’
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Zimbabwean young people celebrated the 65th birthday of Bishop Eben Kanukayi Nhiwatiwa with the presentation of 65 tree plants. The episcopal leader of Zimbabwe is known as the “green bishop” because of his concern for the environment. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo and Abigail Mvududu have the story.

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Deadline nears for large-church gathering
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (UMNS) — The deadline to register for the United Methodist Large Church Initiative conference is Monday, April 21. The conference, designed for churches with at least 1,000 members or an average weekly attendance of at least 350, will focus on church growth and discipleship. The gathering is April 28-30 at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church.

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Correction: United Methodist Bishop Lloyd Knox dies at 85
In a story released April 14, United Methodist News Service incorrectly reported Bishop James Lloyd Knox was 94 at his death, he was 85. UMNS sincerely regrets the error.

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