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November 13, 2013

"We are not only concerned with acts of compassion but also with acts of justice. The poor are pushed out to live in these mountainous areas. They're isolated." -The Rev. Nestor Gerente of Grace United Methodist Church in Long Beach, Calif., speaking about those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Asking clergy to send message on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The voices of clergy can be heard above D.C. special interest groups, says Bill Mefford, staff with the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. He is asking clergy to sign a letter to be sent Nov. 18 to the U.S. House of Representatives on fixing the immigration system. Twenty-seven United Methodist bishops have already signed the letter.
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Filipinos rally in southern California for typhoon survivors

LOS ANGELES (UMNS) - Filipinos in southern California, including United Methodists, have rallied to raise money for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. A Nov. 15 candlelight vigil also is planned in the front of Grace United Methodist Church, Long Beach. The vigil will include prayers and testimonies remembering the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
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Vandals damage historic Methodist church in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES (UMNS) - Bishop Frank Nully Brown of the Argentinean Evangelical Methodist Church has reported that the First Methodist Church of Buenos Aires, located on downtown Corrientes St., suffered damages in the temple and the historical pipe organ this past weekend. Another Methodist church in Rosario, Argentina, was damaged by an arsonist in September.
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Wesley Center hosts Tokyo UMC reception

TOKYO (UMNS) - During a Nov. 8 worship service and dinner at the Wesley Center, Thomas Kemper, United Methodist Global Ministries, and Harriett Olson and Yvette Richards, United Methodist Women, shared food and conversation with about 20 people, mostly active and retired missionaries living there. Both organizations have historic ties to Japan. The trio stopped in Tokyo after attending the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, Korea.

Bulletin insert available for Newtown anniversary

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Church and Society has prepared a bulletin insert to assist congregations in conducting a worship observance of the anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., gun-violence tragedy that occurred Dec. 14, 2012.
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