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Daily Digest: June 28, 2013

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Friday, June 28, 2013

"This new airplane has always been the biggest dream of my life. It is a new day for the ministry and a new day for me." - Gaston Ntambo, pilot of the Wings of the Morning ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mission plane begins flight home

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Gaston Ntambo, pilot for the United Methodist Wings of the Morning aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will begin his weeklong journey home today. He will be flying a refurbished Cessna Grand Caravan - a 14-seat airplane that will greatly enhance his ministry of transporting critically ill or injured passengers from remote corners of the Congo to medical care in the city of Lubumbashi.
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Wings of the Morning slideshow
Follow Ntambo's flight

Bagging sandwiches and a record to fight hunger

ATLANTA (UMNS) - Be there to watch when Rethink Church, the North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference and Action Ministries team up 9 a.m. to noon ET Saturday, June 29, in five north Georgia cities to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most sandwiches in one hour. It's all in support of the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program that is trying to serve 200,000 healthy lunches to children in 20 Georgia cities this summer. Volunteers will gather in Augusta, Atlanta, Athens, Gainesville and Rome to prepare thousands of sandwiches and we'll follow the action on Twitter.
Follow the effort along on Twitter @UMNS or at #sandwichrace
You can also cheer participants on Twitter to Fight hunger in @ConnectNGUMC #umc #sandwichrace
Look for updates on Facebook
To volunteer
Watch interview on "Atlanta and Company"

CWS celebrates immigration vote

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Church World Service commended the U.S. Senate on its 68-32 vote June 27 to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. "This vote represents a historic landmark in the path to justice for millions of families across our nation who have spent too long facing family separation wrought by our broken immigration system," said the Rev. John McCullough, a United Methodist and CWS president.
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Make sure the pastor's welcome is warm

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers a downloadable document giving you "50 ways to welcome your new pastor or associate pastor."
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How pastoral appointments work

How pastors can 'bloom where planted'

BAXLEY, Ga. (UMNS) - When Brandi Harvey was growing up, the preacher's kid did not mind moving from city to city every few years. Now the wife of the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Baxley, Ga., Harvey wants her three daughters to have what she did not ... a place to identify as "home."
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Linking generations through prayer

PADUCAH, Ky. (UMNS) - DeVona Rosa of Broadway United Methodist Church wanted to strengthen friendships among generations at her church. So, she turned to prayer. Casey Northcutt of the Memphis Annual (regional) Conference writes about the church's Prayer Partners Program.
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History of Hymns: "O God of Every Nation"

DALLAS (UMNS) - C. Michael Hawn offers a brief history of No. 435 in the United Methodist Hymnal and how it arose in the context of war.
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Is Hollywood manipulating Christians?

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The blockbuster "Man of Steel" has all sorts of messianic overtones that its makers are trying to capitalize on. Jonathan Merritt, writing for Religion News Service, wonders "Is Hollywood manipulating Christians to turn a buck?"
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