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Daily Digest - February 24, 2015

 

"It’s a chain reaction. If you make one person happy, they will make other people happy." — Kate Graham, a member of the Minnehaha United Methodist Church youth group. She took part in the 15,000 good deeds project.

Minnesota youth perform 15,000 good deeds in 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) — Youth at Minnehaha United Methodist Church performed 15,000 good deeds in 2014, including making sandwiches for the homeless, packing meals through Feed My Starving Children, playing games with special needs students during breaks at school, and buying coffee for strangers. They are still going strong this year. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” featured the video they made to chronicle their work. Amanda Willis reports.
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Pension board to hold listening session March 6

PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits invites plan participants and other constituents to address the board of directors during a listening session at 11:30 a.m. EST March 6 in Philadelphia. To be added to the agenda and for specific presentation requirements, contact Colette Nies by Feb. 27 at 1-800-269-2244 (extension 4296) or at cnies@gbophb.org.
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Imagine No Malaria recognized as superhero at global meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of The United Methodist Church to prevent and treat malaria, has received a Superhero Award from the Rotarians Action Group on Malaria. The award was given during the recent annual meeting of the Alliance for Malaria Prevention in Geneva.
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United Methodist grant promotes mental health screenings

NEWTON, Kan. — A $150,400 grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund will promote standard mental health screenings for young children, pregnant women and new mothers in South Central Kansas, reports The Kansan. The fund was established in 1986 by what was then the Kansas West Conference of The United Methodist Church. Kansas West is now part of the Great Plains Conference.
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Pfeiffer appoints new president

MISENHEIMER, N.C. (UMNS) — Colleen Perry Keith has been appointed president of Pfeiffer University. Keith, who has served since 2009 as president of Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina, will begin her term at Pfeiffer on July 1.
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North Carolina churches worship together after fire

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — After a fire that destroyed their church, members of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church accepted the offer of Ruffin United Methodist Church to worship there on Sunday. WFMY News reports.
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South Carolina emergency relief trailer, equipment stolen

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (UMNS) — An emergency trailer and about $7,000 worth of equipment used by United Methodist volunteers in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters was stolen. Jessica Brodie reports for the South Carolina Advocate.
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Quiz: Why are eggs associated with Easter?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Easter eggs are among the best know symbols of the Easter season. Take the daily quiz to find out why we have so many eggs around at Easter.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Thursday, Feb. 26
Free webinar "Lent as a Season of Repentance, Reconciliation and Renewal" — Noon to 1 p.m. EST. Robert M. Franklin Jr., the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, will speak. Registration required. Details.

Friday, Feb. 27
The Revitalization of Latin American Christianity consultation — 1 to 8 p.m. EST. The Boston Theological Institute will hold its annual Costas Consultation at Boston University, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., honoring the life of Orlando E. Costas, a pastor, missionary to Latin America and internationally known missiologist. Lectures will include a global perspective on Latin American missions and Latin American Pentecostalism, church-state relations, and the rebirth of Latin American Christianity. Details.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.