Daily Digest - March 30, 2017
“It’s giving spiritual food and nutritional food, every kind of food.” — Eulalio Trevino, on the Taco Service at San Pablo United Methodist Church in Pearsall, Texas.
Pastor cooks for Taco Service
PEARSALL, Texas (UMNS) — When the Rev. Liliana Padilla makes tacos, the people say “Amen.” Padilla preaches at the 11 a.m. service at San Pablo United Methodist Church, but cooks for the 9:30 a.m. Taco Service, which she started to reach people who don’t usually come to church. Sam Hodges reports.
United Methodist Church at work in Flint
FLINT, Mich. (UMNS) — United Methodists are working on numerous fronts in response to the water emergency in Flint. As the church provides water relief, the city reached a legal settlement with the state of Michigan, which has agreed to pay up to $97 million for new water lines. Kay DeMoss of the Michigan Area has this update.
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Cincinnati church vandalized with sexual slurs
CINCINNATI — Clifton United Methodist Churchwas vandalized with sexual slurs written on the church sign. “We don’t know why this happened, but that it happened is troubling,” said the Rev. David Meredith, the openly gay pastor of the church. The church has been vandalized before and incidents included broken windows and a swastika carved out in one of the restrooms, officials said. Fernanda Crescente has the story for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Church of the Resurrection opens new sanctuary
LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, the best-attended United Methodist congregation in the U.S., plans a grand opening of its new sanctuary April 1-2. The visual centerpiece is its stained-glass window, which tells the story of Christianity from creation to the 21st century and is reportedly the largest single-image stained glass ever made. David Burke has the story for the Great Plains Conference.
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Solutions to 4 common pastor problems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCOM) — Pastors are often the go-to people for calming a storm. Tricia Brown offers tips to pastors in weathering their own storms, from criticism to health concerns.
Black pastor, white congregation
WHITMAN, Mass. (UMNS) — The Rev. Crystal Gardner knows the challenges of being an African-American serving a predominately white congregation. The Whitman United Methodist Church pastor is among those profiled by the New England Conference in a series on cross-cultural appointments.
An item in the March 29 Daily Digest incorrectly reported the address for sending condolences to Bishop C. Dale White as Concord, New Hampshire, instead of Massachusetts. The correct address for sending condolences on the death of Gwen White is 80 Deaconess Road, Unit 453, Concord, Massachusetts, 01742.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.
Tuesday, April 4
Tuesday Tea with Melanie "Social Justice and Children" webinar — 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT. This webinar series focuses on embracing children and families as part of the disciple-making process in local congregations. "Social Justice and Children" features Luther E. Smith, professor emeritus of church and community at Candler School of Theology, and Shannon Daley-Harris, religious affairs adviser and Proctor Institute director for The Children's Defense Fund. Sponsored by United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. Details