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Daily Digest - June 3, 2016

“In our family, a lot of us are preachers, but we will never have the kind of influence that Aunt Jean had.” — The Rev. David Christy on his great aunt’s faith.


Violent clash leaves homeless in Nigeria

DIDANGO, Taraba State, Nigeria (UMNS) — At least five people died and more than 2,000, mostly United Methodists, are homeless after violence broke out between the Shomo, Jole and Wurkun people here in a dispute over harvesting fish from a pond. Sharon Adamu Bambuka reports.
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Church ‘birthday ambassador’ dies at 111

ANDREWS, N.C. (UMNS) — At the age of 105, Jean Christy started a new hospitality ministry at her congregation. The United Methodist who proved you’re never too old to be a minister died May 28. She was 111, according to recently discovered records in her family Bible. Heather Hahn shares her story.
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Holston Conference launches ‘Vacation Church’

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — About 30 people participated in the first “Vacation Church” worship service held May 28. Annette Spence reports how the Holston Conference is reaching tourists with the gospel.
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Leadership lessons from Wesley’s successor

DALLAS (UMCom) — John Fletcher was a protégé to John Wesley, Methodism’s founder. The relationship between the two men offers leadership lessons for churchgoers today, writes Clay Morgan for United Methodist Communications.
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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.


Monday, June 20

Deadline to register for three United Methodist Communications online courses to be offered July 6 – Aug. 17. The courses are “Tools for Increasing Your Church’s Vitality;” “Communicating Faith in the 21st Century,” and “Welcoming Ministry.” Costs vary. Details

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