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Daily Digest - April 18, 2017

“I did what every one of us would do — I chose between survival and death.” — Abdul Saboor, an Afghan refugee now resettled in Syracuse, New York.

Faith groups bring hope, new life to refugees

UNITED NATIONS (UMNS) — Abdul Saboor’s journey as a refugee to the United States from Afghanistan began “when I saw my own community on fire.” Saboor, who now works for an interfaith agency in Syracuse, New York, was part of an April 13 panel discussion at U.N. headquarters on the role of faith-based organizations in refugee assistance and resettlement work. Linda Bloom reports.
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Norwegian pastor has unusual post

MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) — When a Lutheran congregation was considering the Rev. Kristin Sundt as pastor, some members had misgivings because Sundt is a United Methodist. Now, Lutherans and United Methodists alike are praising the unusual collaboration. Susan Keaton has the story. 
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Children's home campus sale announced

DECATUR, Ga. — The United Methodist Children’s Home here has agreed to sell its 77-acre campus to the city of Decatur for $40 million. The proceeds will allow for expanded community-based services by the ministry. Decatur has agreed to preserve the historic Moore Chapel.
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Retired mechanic repairs cars for those in need

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (ABC) — David McCoy, a United Methodist and a retired Air Force mechanic, was featured recently on ABC News as Person of the Week for his work as founder of the Car Care Ministry at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church. 
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Connecticut churches to provide sanctuary

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — First and Summerfield United Methodist Church is one of two churches here that declared themselves short-term sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants who fear they may be deported. Mary O’Leary reports for the New Haven Register. 
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Ask the UMC: What is expected of godparents?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — An invitation to serve as a child’s godparent is an honor and serious responsibility in The United Methodist Church. InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, addresses the role of godparents in the latest installment of Ask the UMC.
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LOOKING AHEAD

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Tuesday, April 25

The Generosity Ingredient: The Pastor’s Role in Finance — 9:30-10:30 a.m., Central. What are the essential things that pastors need to know to competently lead a local church to a sound financial footing? Led by the Rev. Ken Sloane, Discipleship Ministries' director of stewardship and connectional ministries, this is the third webinar in a series. The final session is May 9. Sessions are recorded and available for later review. Details

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