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Daily Digest - November 21, 2017



Living in gratitude

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( — United Methodists who have joined a movement of people emphasizing gratitude in personal and community life say giving thanks can redirect one’s life. Cecile S. Holmes writes for Interpreter Magazine.
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2017 annual conference reports

MUKONO, Uganda (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting reports from all annual conference sessions. The latest is from the new Uganda-South Sudan Conference, which had its first gathering in August.
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Florida Conference

Florida receives $1 million UMCOR grant

LAKELAND, Fla. — The United Methodist Committee on Relief recently announced a $1 million grant award to the Florida Conference for Hurricane Irma recovery. Referred to as a "bridge to recovery grant," Pam Garrison, conference disaster response coordinator, said the money will be used to place staff out in the field for disaster case management. Doug Long reports.
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Oklahoma Conference
Expanding sibling foster care

OKLAHOMA CITY — The organization called Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care is observing its 100th anniversary by expanding a sibling foster-care initiative. 
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Pacific Northwest Conference

Challenging stereotypes that exclude

DES MOINES, Wash. — It’s easy to criticize the overt racism of neo-Nazi groups and some politicians, writes Paul Jeffrey, a Pacific Northwest Conference missionary. But Jeffery said what is hard is challenging that rhetoric of fear with a language of solidarity and hope. “We in the church must speak words that unequivocally break through the stereotypes that exclude others from our communities,” he writes.
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United Methodist Communications
Thanksgiving social media graphics offered

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCOM) — United Methodist Communications is making available Bible-based social media graphics on gratitude, suitable for Thanksgiving and other occasions.
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Celebrate United Methodist Student Day 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( — United Methodist Student Day is Nov. 26. On this Special Sunday, congregations around the country will join to provide scholarships for deserving United Methodist students. For resources to help celebrate the special offering, download the United Methodist Student Day Pastor and Leader’s Kit. 
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No Daily Digest Nov. 22-24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — There will be no Daily Digest Nov. 22-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please have a safe and enjoyable holiday.



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Tuesday, Nov. 28

UMC #GivingTuesday

Friday, Dec. 1

Webinar: Beyond the Worship Wars — Older Adults Worship Differently

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