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October 15, 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, October 15, 2012

"I was addicted to alcohol and drugs for 20 years. I prayed one day for God to free me, and I pledged to serve him for the rest of my life. Now, I'm honoring that promise." - Ruben Rivera, lay missioner at La Luz de Cristo.

Hispanic church offers model of growth

ELGIN, Ill. (UMNS) - Some 130 parishioners are praising Jesus with wide smiles on their faces, many with their hands raised to heaven, like Pastor Ruben Rivera, a lay missioner. This is La Luz de Cristo, a new Hispanic/Latino faith community that has grown from 12 worshippers in two years.
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Spiritual resources for veterans, families

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church offers many spiritual resources for veterans and their families that can be used year-round as well as Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
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United Methodist fight malaria in Angola

LUANDA, Angola (UMNS) - Residents of Bom Jesus, Angola, are receiving 9,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help protect them from malaria in a distribution that began Oct. 12. The nets are delivered house-to-house by community educators, a delegation of United Methodists from the United States and the West Angola United Methodist Church.
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Gordon, St. Luke Community, conference sued again

DALLAS (UMNS) - The Dallas Morning News reports that two more men have filed suits against Tyrone Gordon, the former senior pastor at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, St. Luke and the North Texas Annual (regional) Conference of the United Methodist Church. Earlier this year two former St. Luke employees, who also were church members, sued Gordon, charging he made unwanted sexual advances. Gordon surrendered his United Methodist clergy credentials in February.
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Indiana church fills a meal void

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (UMNS) - A change in the school calendar prompted members of an Indianapolis-area church to help feed students who otherwise may go hungry during a new two-week fall break, USA Today reports. The Fish and Loaves ministry at Calvary United Methodist Church has worked to collect food to make up two meals a day for 10 children during the break spanning Oct. 15-26.
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Boatloads of food for Detroit food bank

WEST BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (UMNS) - Members of the West Bloomfield Hills United Methodist Church collected boatloads of food to donate to Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit, reports the Detroit Free Press. The West Bloomfield church is one of 82 metro United Methodist churches participating in Hands 4 Detroit, an Oct. 6 event that received support from Rethink Church.
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10-Fold features United Methodist missions

NEW YORK (UMNS) - 10-Fold, webcasts about United Methodist projects around the world supported by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, will feature mission initiatives this week. Each visitor can trigger a $1 donation from sponsors to the week's project by clicking on the BE COUNTED button.
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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.

Oct. 17 - Webinar "Principles for Church Renewal for Pastors," 1 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Oct. 19-21 - "Living into the Vision, the Beloved Community," North Central Jurisdiction Commission on Religion and Race learning event, Double Tree Hotel, Bloomington, Ill. Details and registration.

Oct. 20 - "Integrating social holiness into preaching, teaching," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Stafford, Va. The Rev. Clayton Childers, annual conference relations director and Imagine No Malaria advocacy coordinator for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, will lead the discussion. Details.

Oct. 21 - United Methodist Laity Sunday. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship offers worship resources.

Oct. 23 -"Jesus for President," free lecture by Christian activist Shane Claiborne, 7 p.m., Glenn Memorial Auditorium, United Methodist-related Emory University. Registration required. To register, visit www.candler.emory.edu/calendar, navigate to October 23, and click "sign up."

Oct. 25 - Brother Emmanuel of Taizé Community in France will lead a Taizé prayer service at 6 p.m. CDT, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston. Details.

Oct. 26 - The Rev. Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause and a United Methodist, will present the Nelson Lecture on Interfaith and Ecumenical Solutions, 7 p.m. CDT, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston. Details.

Oct. 27 -Fall 2012 Ignite event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Corry, Pa. Rethink Church event offers tips for traditional and digital outreach efforts. $35. Details and registration.

Oct. 31 - Reformation Day. Worship resources from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Nov. 9-11 - Imagine What's NEXT, St. Louis, a United Methodist event for college students. Details.

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 aj_eckert@hotmail.com/.


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