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November 06, 2012

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UMNS Daily Digest
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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"When I heard of the level of devastation to so much of the community and to other churches, I thought it was important to restore a sense of normalcy and routine here. We needed to provide a place of sanctuary and respite for those who have been bailing water out of their homes and dealing with the level of destruction in their town." - The Rev. Scott H. Bostwick, whose parsonage was flooded by Sandy.

Cokesbury brick-and-mortar stores to close

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The board of United Methodist Publishing House has decided to close all 57 local Cokesbury stores - including its 19 seminary stores - by April 30, 2013, and redirect its focus and resources to enhancing Cokesbury.com and the Cokesbury Call Center (1-800-672-1789). Check UMC.org today, Nov. 6.
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Pastor, now homeless, feeds drenched community

BAY HEAD, N.J. (UMNS) - Sandy's waters have driven the Rev. Scott H. and Karen Bostwick from their home. But that hasn't stopped the pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church from reaching out to help. The church building - "the only dry spot" on its end of town - is serving as Bay Head's official feeding station.
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More on United Methodist response to Sandy at www.umc.org/sandy

Cleaning buckets needed

NEW YORK (UMNS) - More than 16,000 UMCOR cleaning buckets have so far been distributed to sites in five states from Maryland to New York in response to super-storm Sandy. You can help by continuing to provide cleaning buckets to any of the member depots of the UMCOR Relief Supply Network.
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Picking up the pieces

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The Rev. Joanne Utley has compiled some snapshots of cleanup, comfort and recovery around the New York Annual (regional) Conference.
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World Methodist Council responds to Sandy

NEW YORK (UMNS) - In the Nov. 2 "First Friday" newsletter of the World Methodist Council, the Rev. Ivan Abrahams, the council's top executive, expressed his prayers and support for those in the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy.
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Bishops urged to be 'one in ministry to all the world'

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) - In the first presidential address of the quadrennium to the Council of Bishops at Epworth-by-the-Sea, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner encouraged the bishops to lead so that "we may be one in ministry to all the world."
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New Connectional Table leader named

DALLAS (UMNS) - The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker has been named executive secretary of the Connectional Table, providing administrative leadership for the body that coordinates the mission, ministry and resources of The United Methodist Church. She will start her new role Jan. 1, 2013.
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Voting and the Common Good

DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) - "Voting, for me, is about asking the question of the common good. We are all part of one human family. In the United States with all of its diversity, we are all part of one nation," writes Iowa Area Bishop Julius C. Trimble in a commentary.
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Prayer for the U.S. election

LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Florida Area Bishop Ken Carter offers a prayer for election day. He asks God to "Call to mind the best that is within us."
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United Methodists set faith revival on Nov. 30

MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) - Retired Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno will deliver the keynote address to thousands of United Methodists during a Grand Revival Worship Celebration to be held at the Philsports Arena (Ultra) in Pasig City on Nov. 30. Revive United Methodist Church is a movement that calls for healing and unity within the church and society. The event is "a call to stand fast and pray for the Holy Spirit's work in the hearts of United Methodists and other Christians in the country."
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Former ambassador 'gives back' to Gammon

ATLANTA (UMNS) - Gammon Theological Seminary, the United Methodist seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, has received a $100,000 gift to strengthen the institution's scholarship aid to students. Charles R. Stith, former ambassador to Tanzania under the Clinton administration, a 1975 graduate of Gammon, and founding director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at United Methodist-related Boston University, said his donation is a way of "paying forward" the support he received at the seminary.

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