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Daily Digest - March 16, 2016

“The ministry in Hammerfest has had an inspiring turnaround in its development since its near closure in the late ’90s. New people moved to the city and the ministry, and new members from the city have joined.” — The Rev. Per Bradley on northernmost United Methodist church.


Northernmost United Methodist church thrives

HAMMERFEST, Norway (UMNS) — The Rev. Per Bradley is exactly where he wants to be — “back home” in Hammerfest, Norway, serving the world’s northernmost United Methodist ministry. Johanna Lundereng and Karl Anders Ellingsen report on the church north of the Arctic Circle.
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Global Ministries, college celebrate mission

LAGRANGE, Ga. (UMNS) — A historic partnership between the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist-related LaGrange College was celebrated during the inaugural Missions Celebration on campus. The North Georgia Conference has the story.
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Methodist ‘angel’ greeted immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO ( — Methodist deaconess Kathryn Maurer, herself an immigrant from Canada, devoted herself to the comfort of thousands of immigrants stepping off the boat at the Angel Island Immigration Center. Maurer, who served as a social worker primarily for Chinese women and children, was dubbed “the angel of Angel Island” by a San Francisco newspaper.
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Basketball star urges men to end domestic violence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Shane Foster, 29, the all-time leading scorer for the Vanderbilt basketball team, has re-trained his shooting eye to help men end domestic violence. He spoke recently to United Methodist Men’s National Association of Conference Presidents. Rich Peck of United Methodist Men has the story.
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Conference presidents elect officers


‘God moments’ help blind student at Perkins

DALLAS — Inspired by “God moments,” United Methodist Mytchiko McKenzie is not going to let her blindness stop her. Hunter Johnson of The Dallas Morning News reports how the first-year student at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and former foster child sees God’s hand in her life.
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Finding new support for South Sudan

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (UMNS) — Members of Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church are passionate about becoming engaged in “Yei’s Voice,” a new project that the United Methodist Committee on Relief is launching in South Sudan. Susan Kim has the story for UMCOR.
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Lake Junaluska plans summer youth retreats

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — This summer, the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has planned four youth group retreats for middle and high school students. The retreats feature high-energy worship, guest preachers, mission components and special meals. Registration is now open.
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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.


Thursday, March 24

Holy Thursday — On this night, Christians commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples' feet and instituted the sacrament of the Holy Communion. Worship resources from Discipleship Ministries.

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