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UMNS Weekly Digest - October 11, 2013


UMNS Weekly Digest

October 11 2013

NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for Oct.7 - Oct. 14. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at

News around conferences

Church moves from dying to dynamic

TRASKWOOD, Ark. (UMNS) - As recently as the summer of 2012, Traskwood United Methodist Church had an average attendance of half a dozen people each Sunday, and members wondered how much longer the church could stay open. By December - only six months later - it was averaging 25 each Sunday, a 400 percent turnaround. Dennis Schick of the Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference shows how the rural church with prayer and determination is growing again. Read story

When women bear God's word, are they welcomed?

LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Nearly 60 years after Methodists fully welcomed women to the pulpit, many who heeded the call to clergy service say they continue to fight for acceptance. Susan Green and Anne Dukes report how women clergy are faring in the Florida Annual (regional) Conference and the wider U.S. Protestant movement. Read story

Parish nurses care for body and spirit

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (UMNS) - Sometimes, going to church can save your life. Literally. The South Georgia Annual (regional) Conference shares the difference parish nurses can make in people's lives and the life of the church. Read story

Texas congregations working to increase Hispanic outreach

HOUSTON (UMNS) - Fulshear United Methodist Church is just one of the congregations in the Texas Annual (regional) Conference that are using Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to developHispanic ministry. Read story

News around the connection

UMTV: Therapy dogs heal troops

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (UMNS) - Veterans dealing with PTSD say training a canine companion "provides a one-time fee for a dog, instead of a lifetime of medication." Watch video

Warning: Scammers still using bishop names

PIEDMONT, S.C. (UMNS) - The scammers using the names of United Methodist bishops are still in action. United Methodist leaders will never call you over the phone to ask for help, even in an emergency. Scams have been reported using the names of Bishops Bledsoe, Cho, Holston, King, Matthews and Swanson. Jessica Connor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate has the story. Read story

United Methodist Women condemn shutdown

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The leadership of United Methodist Women has issued a statement condemning the impact of the U.S. government's shutdown on those who are hungry and marginalized. The statement urges members to call their congressional representatives. Read statement

Speaking of peace at Church Center for UN 50th

NEW YORK (UMNS) - At a celebration of a United Methodist-owned building "dedicated to the things that make for peace," it was fitting that the honored guests included a Nobel Peace Prize winner, an ambassador who has pioneered peace initiatives at the United Nations and those promoting women's empowerment as a means to peace. Read story and post a comment

Bishops speak out on same-sex wedding

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UMNS) - Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, episcopal leader of the North Alabama Annual (regional) Conference, have released statements about a pending wedding between two gay men. Bishop Talbert will officiate at the Oct. 26 wedding in Birmingham. Wallace-Padgett asked Talbert not to officiate because the wedding violates the denomination's law book.

Read Wallace-Padgett's statement
Read Talbert's statement

Discipleship elects new top executive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The governing directors of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship elected the Rev. Timothy L. Bias, senior pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, to be the agency's new top executive. He was elected Thursday, Oct. 10 and will take office Jan. 15. Read news release

15 new missionaries to be commissioned

NEW YORK (UMNS) - United Methodist missionaries from six countries are preparing for service. A missionary commissioning worship celebration is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 11 at Christ Church United Methodist in New York. Read news release

UMTV: Feeding bodies, souls at the border

U.S.-MEXICO BORDER (UMNS) - Growing up against what he calls "a background of struggle," the Rev. Sa

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