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Daily Digest - November 7, 2016

"If we hold steadfast and pray together, God will lead us to the future and good things will happen." — The Rev. Embra Jackson, participant in the Extended Cabinet Summit.

 

Church leaders challenged to lead with courage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UMNS) — More than 750 United Methodist leaders gathered for a summit to focus on cultivating vital congregations. California-Pacific Conference Bishop Grant Hagiya, the keynote speaker, urged those attending to lead with courage for the sake of the church’s future. Kathy L. Gilbert reports on the discussion.
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Struggling Texas church slowly rises again

AUSTIN, Texas (UMNS) — Despite years of decline, Memorial United Methodist Church is moving forward in ministry, with bread baking, English-as-a-second-language classes and a decidedly Wesleyan model of church focused on its neighbors. Duke University’s Faith & Leadership website has the story.
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UMCOR at work in Haiti after hurricane

PORT-SALUT, Haiti (UMNS) — The United Methodist Committee on Relief is making a difference in southwest Haiti, providing relief to families whose meager homes were badly damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Jack Amick, a top official in UMCOR’s International Disaster Response effort, offers a first-person report.

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Churches give big salute to Veterans Day

VENICE, Fla. (UMNS) — Across the Florida Conference, churches are celebrating Veterans Day (Friday, Nov. 11) in reverent ways. Ed Scott reports for the conference on the various methods churches use to honor military veterans.
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Got a question? Ask the UMC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Ever wonder what The United Methodist Church’s views are on cremation and organ donation? How about saints? Curious about what it means to be a member? “Ask the UMC,” a new UMC.org feature inviting readers to submit questions about the denomination, has the answers.
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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 newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

 

Sunday, Nov. 27

United Methodist Student Day — Designated offerings on this Special Sunday support scholarships for United Methodists to graduate from college and seminary. Resources

 

Tuesday, Nov. 29

UMC #GivingTuesday — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is asking United Methodists once again to support the mission and relief projects supported by The Advance, the denomination’s designated giving program. Details

 

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