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Daily Digest: September 23, 2014

“We’re in the process of doing real damage to the planet. We need to get people’s attention to stop it.” - Bill Ewing, a member of First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, at the People’s Climate March in New York.

Churches join people's march for better earth

NEW YORK (UMNS) — United Methodists were among the faith groups that gathered together on a midtown Manhattan block and then joined hundreds of thousands in a two-mile march to draw attention to climate change.

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New Ebola holding center opens in Ganta City

GANTA CITY, Liberia (UMNS) — Clinics that were part of the United Methodist hospital facilities here are now a holding center for patients believed to have Ebola. Julu Swen, a communicator for The United Methodist Church in Liberia, reports from the center opening.

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Texas church prepares medical clinic for Panama

DALLAS (UMNS) — First United Methodist Church of Duncanville, Texas, is turning a shipping container into a medical clinic that will serve residents of Santiago, Panama. The $50,000 project is under way in the church parking lot. The Dallas Morning News has the story.

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United Methodist church reattaches wall to sanctuary

NAPA, Calif. (UMNS) — Work crews began raising the roof over the 98-year-old First United Methodist Church in order to shift the front wall to its correct position. Full repairs of the damage from the Aug. 24 earthquake are expected to take at least six months and cost more than $1 million, reports the Napa Valley Register.

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Music is the bellwether of church health

TIMONIUM, Md. (UMNS) — “Coming to church and not singing is like going to the gym and not working out,” write the Revs. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, both Catholic priests. In a column shared by the United Methodist Lewis Center for Church Leadership, they offer guiding principles for growing disciples through worship music.

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History of Hymns: ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus’

DALLAS (UMNS) — Missionary Louisa M. R. Stead wrote this hymn after her husband drowned trying to rescue a little boy while she and her 4-year-old daughter watched helplessly from shore. C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology shares Stead’s story.

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