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Daily Digest: March 6, 2014

"What could 10,000 United Methodists accomplish in seven weeks? I believe we can accomplish more than we can imagine." – Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual (regional) Conference.

Giving up a meal to help end poverty
PLANO, Texas (UMNS) — It’s a challenge to give up a small thing and to think big about what could be done with the sacrifice. Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual (regional) Conference wants conference members to join him in giving up one meal a week for Lent and donating the money to a project to eradicate poverty in two ZIP codes.

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United Methodist Men increase giving for food ministry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In 2013, donations from United Methodist Men enabled 8.9 million servings of food to be given by Meals for Millions, a program of the Society of St. Andrew. It was the fourth consecutive year of increased giving.

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Volunteers make food a reality for Indiana city
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (UMNS) — On Sundays and Thursdays at Centenary United Methodist Church, the Christ’s Kitchen is buzzing with meal preparation for the hungry in the community. The Jeffersonville News and Tribune tells how more than 25 churches of different denominations have come together to feed those in need.

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Literacy education: That’s church
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Rethink Church is showing its support for literacy and wants to help everyone else do the same. It is providing videos for use on websites or in services to help promote awareness of the importance of literacy.

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Garrett-Evangelical inaugurates president
EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) — Lallene Rector was inaugurated March 1 as the first female and the first lay president in the 160-year history of United Methodist-related Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rector previously was the seminary's vice president for academic affairs, its academic dean and an associate professor of psychology of religion and pastoral psychotherapy. The Daily Northwestern has the story.

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Florida bishop asks repeal of ‘Stand Your Ground’
LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) — In a Feb. 19 letter, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference asked Gov. Rick Scott to use his influence to repeal or revise the state’s Stand Your Ground Law. “It may seem to be a political impossibility,” Carter wrote, “and yet the gospel reminds me that what is impossible for us is possible for God.”

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