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Daily Digest: June 2, 2014

“Since the distribution in 2010 we are living healthier lives and we thank you.”
– Habibatu Fugbawa, speaking through a translator, in Sierra Leone.



Campaign aims to save children like Ibrahim
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Ibrahim Massaquoi's dramatic arrival into the children’s ward hijacked everyone's attention on May 17. Most fatalities from malaria occur in children under 5. The United Methodist Church and Sierra Leone government are working to save lives like the 4-year-old. Phileas Jusu of Sierra Leone Annual (regional) shares the boy’s story.

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Anticipation and appreciation for Sierra Leone nets
BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Villagers tell of lives saved thanks to mosquito nets, and more nets are on the way on June 5. They can now "Imagine No Malaria" thanks to United Methodist donations.

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No keeping up with this Jones
DALLAS (UMNS) — At 79, Annie Jones is still on the job as a licensed vocational nurse at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. She's been providing care at the hospital for more than 50 years and has no plans to retire. "A good nurse knows what that patient needs," she says. Jacquielynn Floyd of the Dallas Morning News has the story.

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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.

African American Summit, Tuesday-Wednesday, June 3-4 — Retired United Methodist Bishop Ernest S. Lyght will be the guest speaker for this Peninsula-Delaware Conference event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 11868 Academic Oval, Princess Anne, Md. $25. Call the Rev. Sheila Hunley at 410-810-4612. Details.

Deadline for Distinguished Evangelist nominations, Wednesday, June 4 — The Foundation for Evangelism is seeking nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church Award. To nominate someone.

Stop Human Trafficking of Children, Friday, June 6 — An interdisciplinary training for practitioners and students in nursing, medicine, social work, law, business, law enforcement, and those who serve youth will be held at The Lunda Center, Western Technical College, in La Crosse, Wis. Details from Wisconsin Annual (regional) Conference.

Pentecost, Sunday, June 8 — Throw the church a Spirit-filled birthday party with resources from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Day 1, Sunday, June 8 and Sunday, June 15 — The Rev.Charles Reeb, senior pastor of Pasadena Community Church (United Methodist) will be the featured speaker on Pentecost and Trinity Sunday on the nationally syndicated radio program “Day 1.” To listen.

Free webinar “Children’s Ministry: Preparing Children for Kindergarten and Other Milestones,” Monday, June 9 — 10 a.m. CT. Looks at ways that the church can support and celebrate children as they embark on new stages in their lives. Details.

Free webinar “Key Responsibilities for an Effective Camp and Retreat Ministry Board,” Wednesday, June 11 — 3 p.m. CT. Looks at specific aspects of the board’s work that must be done effectively to ensure a strong future for the mission and ministry.  Details.

Free webinar “Sunday School Curriculum Review,” Thursday, June 12 — 7-8 p.m. ET, A discussion of the different types of curriculum available and factors to consider in selection, led by Debbie Kolacki, a certified Christian educator and United Methodist lay servant. Details.

Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events, June 12 - July 20 — Lake Junaluska Youth Events will focus on being the Body of Christ through service, worship, and community, with afternoons free for groups to customize their trip and explore the mountains of North Carolina. Leadership includes Shane Claiborne, Duffy Robbins, Andy Lambert, and more. Register at

Peace with Justice Sunday, June 15 — The offering taken during Peace with Justice Sunday will allow The United Methodist Church to advocate through a broad spectrum of global programs. Details and resources.

Deadline to register for online course United Methodism 101, Monday, June 15 — Course offered June 18-July 30. Course from United Methodist Communications gives overview of church history, structure, beliefs, ministries and challenges. $9.99. Details.

“Fierce With Age: Aging as a Spiritual Path,” retreat, Monday through Wednesday, June 23 – 25 — Carol Osborn, bestselling author of “Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn” will lead retreat at Scarritt-Bennett. Costs range from $152 to $272 depending on whether guests stay overnight. Details.

Prepare: A Training for New Leaders, Monday-Tuesday, June 23-24 & Summer Institute, Tuesday to Friday, June 24-27 — Both events at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta aim to address that need by training, equipping, and building a network for new, seasoned, or prospective United Methodist collegiate ministers. Combined cost of events is $100. Details.

Deadline to apply for CORR Action Fund grants, Monday, June 30 — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race will award grants of $20,000 to $80,000 to “innovative, bold, high-impact initiatives” that will increase intercultural competency or support vital conversations about race, cultural diversity and systemic equity. Details.

Free webinar “Finding Treasure: The Story of our Newest Stewardship Resource,” Thursday, July 10 — 6:30 p.m. CT. Jacob Armstrong, pastor and church planter, will share how he helped his congregation discover that “where our treasure goes, our hearts will follow.”  Details.