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Daily Digest - June 17, 2015


"It helped us in a very creative way to re-emphasize who we are and some of the unique principles of being a Wesleyan church." — The Rev. Debra Griffis-Woodberry says of the Flat Wesleys children’s ministry.

Flat Wesleys circuit ride the connection

GREENVILLE, S.C. (UMNS) — The Wesley brothers traveled thousands of miles to share their beliefs and make disciples during the 18th century. Today, John and Charles are making their rounds again — in the form of laminated paper dolls. Meet the Flat Wesleys, a unique children’s ministry led by United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. The Flat Wesleys are visiting more than 700 United Methodist churches this summer.
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Texas braces for more rain,
possible floods

HOUSTON (UMNS) — The Texas Conference closed its office Tuesday, June 16, due to possible flooding from Tropical Storm Bill. Conference officials also told volunteers that it will be a couple of days at least before relief work resumes. Much of Texas already has seen more rain this year than in all of 2014, and parts have had major flood damage.
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Church opens doors for stranger
others turned away

HAM LAKE, Minn. (UMNS) — When Cedar United Methodist Church held a memorial service for a woman who died after a battle with cancer and had no resources or living relatives, the pastor thought the church was welcoming a stranger. Eight churches had declined to hold the service. But after the memorial, a church member told the Rev. H. Grant Tanner that he knew the woman, who he said had been baptized and confirmed at Cedar and was active in the youth ministry for many years. “Those eight churches that passed on her allowed her to come home,” Tanner said. Christa Meland reports for the Minnesota Conference.
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Women model United Methodist uniforms

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Winnet Matiza slowly made her way up the flight of creaky steps, holding on to the rail for support. A few concerned onlookers assisted her, wary that the 76-year-old might slip and hurt herself. Last month, this United Methodist church member was crowned “queen” at the inaugural Chitungwiza-Marondera District modeling show, organized by The United Methodist Church women’s union, Rukwadzano Rwe Wadzimai. Eveline Chikwanah reports.
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Church and Society helps launch Alzheimer’s coalition

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society, along with USAgainstAlzheimer’s, has established a new Faith United Against Alzheimer’s Coalition. The church aims to promote dignity and compassionate care, provide family support and “work urgently” to find disease-modifying treatments and a cure. Wayne Rhodes reports.
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Faith United Against Alzheimer’s petition

Home Depot rebates support 'Strength for Service'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Home Depot will offer United Methodist churches and affiliate organizations an opportunity to help fund the distribution of free copies of the devotional books "Strength for Service to God and Country", to U. S. military troops and veterans. The nondenominational body that distributes the devotions is the recipient of rebates derived from The Home Depot Pro Xtra Loyalty Program.
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History quiz: Do you know John Wesley’s birthday?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Methodism’s founding father was born in 1703. Do you know the day? Answer that question and more as the history quiz wraps up.
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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, June 28
“Day 1” 70th anniversary series begins — “Day 1,” the nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Peter Wallace, will present a special series celebrating 70 years of weekly broadcasts as the Protestant Hour (1945-2002) and “Day 1” (2002 onward). The programs will air for five weeks beginning June 28. The series will kick off with a look at the history of the Protestant Hour featuring the Rev. Louis Schueddig. Details.

Wednesday, July 1
Deadline for registration for “The Academy of Faith and Money” — This four-day training for provisional members and younger clergy will offer vital training for personal and church financial management, as well as consultation on educational loans repayment from student debt expert Heather Jarvis. Led by Horizons Stewardship and hosted by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the event is in Atlanta. 1.8 CEUs are available. Details and registration.

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