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Daily Digest - July 29, 2016

Church brings food relief to drought‑stricken areas

RUSHINGA, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — About 300 people received maize distributed by The United Methodist Church in a region where drought has devastated harvests. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo reports.
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Bishops share thoughts on racial violence

CHICAGO (UMNS) — Bishops from areas that have faced mass shootings, shootings of African-American men by police or killings of police, talk about the role of the church in addressing such violence. The bishops shared their thoughts with Anne Marie Gerhardt of the Northern Illinois Conference and Todd Rossnagal of the Louisiana Conference.
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Pray, pack and give

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Steven Matthews, a United Methodist from Oregon, gathers relief-supply kits from churches in his region and trucks them to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s depot in Salt Lake City. After thousands of kits and thousands of miles, he shows up at UMCOR West to see volunteers who are happily helping. Susan Kim has the story for UMCOR.
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United Methodist Women help youth stay strong in faith

SUMTER, S.C. (UMNS) — Samoria Jacquel Session, 18, knows how important it is to stay strong in the Lord and stay connected to her church. The rising college freshman credits Limitless, a United Methodist Women’s initiative for young women, with strengthening her Christian walk. Jessica Brodie of the South Carolina Conference reports on how Limitless works.

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2016 annual conference reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting reports from all the annual conference sessions. New reports this week include New Mexico, Rocky Mountain and West Virginia. If a report is missing, UMNS has not received it.
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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.

 

Monday, Aug. 8- Monday, Aug. 29

 

Called to Teach: A “Practical Resources for Churches” online course — This three-week course will look at teaching children from preschool through 6th grade as a calling and ministry. Participants will be able to access this course at their own convenience. A minimum of four to five hours per week is necessary to benefit from the course content. $45. Practical Resources for Churches, an ecumenical training organization, is offering this through BeADisciple.com. Details

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