Daily Digest - August 30, 2017
"It will turn out to be, percentagewise, the same as Houston as far as flooded homes. We have thousands of flooded homes." — The Rev. Alicia Coltzer, Southeast District superintendent of the Texas Conference.
Churches are shelters as Harvey moves east
DICKINSON, Texas (UMNS) — Tropical Storm Harvey’s path of destruction moved east from Houston into low-lying border areas of Texas and Louisiana, prompting United Methodist churches to help with evacuations and serve as shelters. Some church shelters had to call for rescue themselves as the floodwaters rose. Sam Hodges reports.
Soccer leads to Roma ministry in Romania
COMSESTI, Romania (UMNS) — When Samuel Goia, a United Methodist lay pastor, invited Roma youth to form a soccer team, the bond among them grew to include their families and extended into a ministry with an ethnic group widely discriminated against in Europe. Linda Bloom has the story.
Filipino United Methodists protest teen's death
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — Filipino United Methodists joined protests against the killing of a 17-year-old student through President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and some signed a statement launching a “Movement Against Tyranny.” The student, Kian Loyd delos Santos, was among the 81 dead from the latest waves of anti-drug operations by the police in metro Manila. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
Religion and Race visits Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — Directors and executive staff of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race visited the Philippines in August to look at places of ministry and build relationships.
Read press release
Training event reaching out to Latino community
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Pentecost Journey is a South Carolina Conference training event aimed at creating relationships with a growing Latino community. Jessica Brodie has the story.
Holy grounds connect with gardens
ORLANDO, Fla. — College Park United Methodist Church began its garden with the dream of sharing homegrown vegetables with its Orlando community. It’s one of many churches across the Florida Conference discovering the beauty and power of community gardening. Kari C. Barlow has the conference’s story.
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.
Monday, Sept. 11-Sunday, Oct. 1
Online class: Certified Lay Ministry Module 2 — The second Certified Lay Ministry module, led by Joshua Reichard, explores basic skills needed by the certified lay minister, including leading worship, preaching and sharing faith, forming discipleship ministries and providing congregational care. Students must complete module 1 before enrolling in this class. Cost: $45. Details