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Daily Digest: January 29, 2014

“Homeless, Roofless, But NOT HOPELESS!” — Banner displayed in Philippines when United Methodist Committee on Relief returned to help typhoon survivors.

New group aims to find way to ‘live in a divided church’

ATLANTA (UMNS) — The Wesleyan Covenant Network, a new United Methodist group, is forming with the aim of advancing “the Kingdom of Christ,” despite the denomination’s growing divisions over homosexuality. In practice, group members say, this means committing to mutual accountability, evangelism and upholding the United Methodist doctrine.
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UMCOR returns to help Philippine typhoon survivors

LEYTE PROVINCE, Philippines (UMNS) — The Rev. David D. Cosmiano, district superintendent in the Eastern Visayas District, reports that the United Methodist Committee on Relief returned to Leyte Province Dec. 5-6 to distribute more relief goods to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which is known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda. “You are a church that remembers,” Cosmiano said survivors told him.
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Denver, Seattle pastors use Super Bowl to fight hunger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — It may not reach Richard Sherman/Michael Crabtree levels, but two pastors who serve churches in Seattle and Denver are engaging in a little friendly Super Bowl-related competition to help the hungry. Sophia Agtarap of Rethink Church has the story.
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Wisconsin sends weather precautions to churches

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (UMNS) — As much of the country remains in the grip of frigid weather and propane shortages have reached emergency stages in the Midwest, the Wisconsin Annual (regional) Conference sent information to its churches about how to protect property. The conference office was closed because of the below-zero cold.
Tips to Wisconsin churches if heat is lost
Propane emergency

Churches reap benefits of member shopping habits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — UMCmarket.org, launched by the General Council on Finance and Administration, in six months raised around $49,000 for local churches and other United Methodist organizations. The online service is designed for United Methodists to shop at hundreds of retailers and have a percentage of their total shopping purchase donated to the local church or other church organizations of their choice.
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Church grants help once-troubled vet help others

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (UMNS) — When singer-songwriter Jason Moon performs at Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church in February, the Iraq veteran will be bringing full circle a journey that started when that congregation reached out to him years ago. Beth DiCocco of the Upper New York Annual (regional) Conference shares Moon’s story.
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When is the right time to close a church?

COLUMBIA, S.C. (UMNS) — The Rev. Tim McClendon, a South Carolina district superintendent who has taught church polity at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, reflects on “the distinction between abandoning a church or discontinuing it.”
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