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Daily Digest: August 21, 2013

"We believe faithfulness is nurtured in worship on Sunday morning and expressed by faithful acts the other days of the week. The people of The United Methodist Church continue to make a difference and help others. We think that's church." - The Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications, on the new "That's Church" campaign.

UMCOR, GNJ get 'Sandy' grants

NEW YORK (UMNS) - In August, the United Methodist Committee on Relief was one of eight groups to get grants from the American Red Cross for programs and services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy. UMCOR's $2.5 million grant will provide financial or housing help to 700 households in New York, Connecticut and Maryland. Earlier this summer, the United Methodist Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference got $1.5 million from the Red Cross for Sandy recovery work.
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'That's Church' shows United Methodists' faith in action

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church effort is debuting an advertising campaign called "That's Church," which highlights the denomination's work on such social issues as immigration, education and food insecurity.
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Typhoon brings major flooding to Manila area

MANILA (UMNS) - Flooding from Typhoon Utor (known locally as Labuyo) continues to affect the Philippines, inundating the Manila region on Aug. 20. The Philippines News Agency reported 70 percent of central Manila was flooded that morning. Staff of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Philippines, are assessing the devastation to meet emergency needs.
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Church pushes back on bullying

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A United Methodist congregation is taking on the issue of bullying by hosting a "Back to School Bully Bustin' Bash."
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Health care remains a struggle in Haiti

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Methodist Church of Haiti has fought to bring its health clinics back to providing a basic level of care. United Methodists can help by making a donation.
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Jerusalem churches issue joint prayer

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - In advance of the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, Sept. 22-28, Christian churches in Jerusalem are issuing a joint prayer to be used in services of worship on Sunday, Sept. 22, and during the week after. People and parishes around the world are invited to send prayers for peace by email to Palestinian Christians.
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Hymn caused stir in committee

DALLAS (UMNS) - C. Michael Hawn's latest "History of Hymns" column looks at "Have Thine Own Way" by Adelaide A. Pollard, the original wording of which caused controversy within the Hymnal Revision Committee of The United Methodist Church.
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College student feels 'inspired and sustained'

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (UMNS) - Jenna Johnson, a Western Michigan University student and worship coordinator for the local Wesley Foundation, says it's important for ministers as well as musicians to have a good ear. The attention she got from a United Methodist pastor has made a huge difference.
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