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November 12, 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
Monday, November 12, 2012

"It isn't about the cards, the meals or the donations. It's about saying 'thank you' to some real heroes." - The Rev. Randy Davis, who collects gift cards for vets.

Top Court reinstates retired bishop

PHOENIX, Ariz. (UMNS) -United Methodist Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, who was involuntarily retired in July, is to be "immediately reinstated to his rightful status as an active bishop of The United Methodist Church," the denomination's top court has ruled.
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Neighbors help neighbors in New York City

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (UMNS) - "I don't know what my mom's going to do with the house now," said Peter Vasquenz as he worked diligently amid diminishing daylight to clear pieces of ripped flooring and soggy drywall from the modest house that is decades old.
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Sandy survivor: 'It's unfathomable'

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (UMNS) - The Rev. Don Stevens was holding himself together until he came across a tote bag that had been drenched by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The bag was full of photographs.
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Pastor collects food cards for vets

MUNCIE, Ind. (UMNS) - The Rev. Randy Davis, a Vietnam veteran and now pastor of Redkey and Dunkirk Mount Tabor United Methodist churches, has been gathering McDonalds gift cards for military veterans. The Star Press in Muncie reports that his effort is far more successful than he ever expected.
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Remembering the U.S.-Dakota War

MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) - In 1862, 560 Native Americans and people of European descent lost their lives in the Dakota Conflict, a series of bloody altercations. Among the dead were two clergy in the Evangelical Association, one of the predecessor bodies of The United Methodist Church. One United Methodist pastor has organized remembrances of the clergy and others hurt by the conflict.
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Let's be hospitable inside and out

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UMNS) - The Rev. Anita K. Hahn of the Western Michigan Conference muses about how to extend 'hospitality' to those who do not enter our church doors. "How does the "hospitality" of our lives impact others? If Jesus is our host what have we learned from his grace and how do we offer it to others&ellipsis;everywhere?" she asks.
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Boston University joins ranks of top research schools

BOSTON (UMNS) - Boston University has become the third United Methodist-related institution to join the Association of American Universities, an elite organization of 61 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Boston University was invited to become the 62nd member based on its research and academic programs. Duke University and Emory University are the two other United Methodist-related schools in the association.
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Asbury to dedicate student housing

WILMORE, Ky. (UMNS) - Asbury Theological Seminary will dedicate new student housing on its Wilmore, Ky., campus Nov. 13, during its fall meeting of the board of trustees. The ceremony marks the completion of two single student residence halls, Bettie Morrison Hall and Sundo Kim Hall, and officially opens The Ira and Sally Gallaway Village.
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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 with others, emailnewsdesk@umcom.organd put Digest in the subject line.

Continuing through Dec. 16 - "Weaving Life: The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry," the story of United Methodist Dan Terry, who was among 10 humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Afghanistan in August 2010, will air on participating ABC stations. Check local listings

Before Advent - United Methodist Communications urges all churches to update their profiles in November on Find-a-Church profile on www.umc.org. Help people celebrate "A Different Kind of Christmas." To update.

Nov. 13-14 - Associates in Advocacy annual meeting, Super 8 O'Hare, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Includes updates on changes to the Book of Discipline, General Conference and the Judicial Council's October session. Contact the Rev. Jerry Eckert at 941-743-0518 or by email at aj_eckert@hotmail.com/.

Nov. 15-17 - "Photography as a Spiritual Practice," led by Susan Hay, retired from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tenn. $175-330. Details.

Nov. 18 - Bible Sunday, United Methodists join with the National Bible Association to celebrate Bible reading. Resources from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Nov. 20 - Deadline to get on the schedule for the public forum of the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits, 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time, Dec. 7, Marriott Hollywood Beach, 2501 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, Fla. To place your name and topic on the agenda and for specific presentation requirements, contact Colette Nies at 1-800-269-2244, extension 4296, or by email at cnies@gbophb.org.

Nov. 22 - U.S. Thanksgiving Day. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship resources and ideas for grace.

Nov. 25 - United Methodist Student Day, when one of the six churchwide Special Sundays, is traditionally observed. The Student Day offering provides scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. Details.

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 - 2012 Multicultural Conference, "Creating a Church for All People," Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Leadership includes retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, retired Bishop Linda Lee and Bill Cruse. Details.

Nov. 30- Dec. 29 - "Singing Mary's Song," Advent online course from Upper Room Multimedia, a division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, $45. Details.

Dec. 2 - The Rev. Bill Britt, senior pastor of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, will be the featured speaker for the first Sunday of Advent on the radio program "Day 1." To listen.

Dec. 2-5 - Imagine No Malaria "Days on the Hill," The United Methodist Board of Church and Society and annual (regional) conferences leaders will advocate to U.S. Congress members for continued support of global health aid. Prayers are welcome. Details.

Dec. 4-7 and 11-14 - Free Christmas concerts, 1-1:30 p.m., Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tenn. Details.

Dec. 9-13 - "The Art of Coaching, Conflict Transformation and the Intersection of the Two: Moving to a New Place" seminar facilitated by Chris Holmes and Craig Gilliam, Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue Hotel in New Orleans. JustPeace, the United Methodist Board of Discipleship and the Louisiana Conference Center for Pastoral Excellence are among the sponsors. To register or for further questions, contact Linda Gregg at 225-346-1646 or lindagregg@la-umc.org. Details.

Jan. 2-5 - 2013 Congress of Evangelism, Crowne Plaza at Rivinia, Dunwoody, Ga. Speakers include Bishop Lindsey Davis, the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis and the Rev. H. Eddie Fox. Details.

Jan. 10 - Deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. To download an application form.

Jan. 10 - Deadline to apply for an Ethnic Local Church grant from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. To download an application form.

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