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Daily Digest - July 6, 2015

"We pray that those who come to Masorie, whether as administrators, teachers or students, may come with pure minds, upright purpose, and steadfast endeavor to learn, to do the will of God, and make plain the path of knowledge for all." — The Rev. Lyndy Zabel, director of Operation Classroom Ministries in Minnesota.

United Methodist school gets new building

MILE 91, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — The new $98,000, six-classroom building for the United Methodist Primary School at Mile 91, replaces an unsafe building that had collapsing bricks on one side. Parts of the roof had been blown off in a storm. The new building was funded by Operation Classroom in Minnesota. Phileas Jusu reports.
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Church celebrates 40 baptisms on one weekend

PITTSBURGH (UMNS) — Crossroads Church, a multi-campus United Methodist congregation, saw 40 individuals baptized and 105 others reaffirm their baptism during the weekend of June 27-28. Jackie Campbell of the Western Pennsylvania Conference reports how the church was able to prepare so many for the sacrament.
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Agency urges vigilance in wake of church fires

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — “The burning of many black churches in recent weeks reminds us of our need to be ever vigilant against acts of hate and racism,” says a statement from the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Some of the recent fires have been identified as arson. She offers advice for how Christians can respond to acts against sacred havens.
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Church’s Manna Monday satisfies many

ORANGE, N.J. (UMNS) — Orange United Methodist Church is helping answer the prayers of the hungry by providing physical and spiritual food for 150 to 200 people each Monday at the church. They call it Manna Monday, and it has been made possible due to a partnership with the nonprofit Table to Table. Jeff Wolfe of the Greater New Jersey Conference has the story.
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United Methodist pension board wins 2 awards

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits has received recognition for both its Center for Health and its Sustainable Investing Report. The center won a “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” GOLD Award from the National Business Group on Health and its report won an international Responsible Investor Reporting Award 2015.
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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 and put Digest in the subject line.

Sunday-Thursday, July 12-16
SOULfeast retreat — The retreat will be Sunday-Thursday, July 12-16. The Upper Room, part of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, sponsors a time of worship, prayer, fellowship and study. Costs vary. Details.

Monday-Wednesday, July 13-15
The Rule of Saint-Whatever-Your-Name-Is Retreat — Event is at Scarritt Bennett Center’s Fondren Hall, 1008 19th Ave. S, Nashville, Tennessee. This retreat guides individuals through the spiritual practice of creating and sustaining their own Rule of Life, with the Rule of Saint Benedict as a guide. Robert Benson, author of more than a dozen books about the search for and the discovery of the Holy in the midst of our everyday lives, leads the retreat. Details.

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