Daily Digest - August 28, 2012

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UMNS Daily Digest - Produced by United Methodist News Service
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"During times like these we are reminded of how wonderful it is to be a part of the United Methodist Connection. The Alabama-West Florida Conference has already heard from people around the country offering their help should we need it." - Mary Catherine Phillips, Alabama-West Florida director of communications.

Conferences brace for Isaac's approach

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UMNS) - The United Methodist annual conferences along the Gulf Coast are now actively getting ready for the storm's arrival.
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Loan break for United Methodist students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist loan program is offering a new option with lower interest and earlier repayment to help United Methodist college students struggling with increasing debt.
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New business manager for General Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Alan J. Morrison, who for seven years has been travel and meeting planning manager/ General Conference business manager, is taking on expanded responsibilities. Sara Hotchkiss, who has been assistant business manager to Morrison for seven years, will take over Morrison's General Conference position.
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Summer literacy program model for success

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - After working as college student for Project Transformation in Dallas, Courtney Aldrich felt a calling to replicate the program in her hometown.
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Lon Morris College cancels fall semester

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (UMNS) - Lon Morris College will suspend its fall semester as it seeks a purchaser or new financial partner, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek News reports. The 158-year-old United Methodist school in East Texas already has filed for bankruptcy.
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Church program calendar available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - With a theme of Changing the World One Life at a Time, the official 2013 United Methodist Program Calendar is now available from United Methodist Communications. It is available in a variety of formats, including an electronic version that updates your favorite calendar application and turns it into an official United Methodist church calendar. To place an order, call toll free (888) 346-3862 or go to umcom.org/CalendarStore.

Volunteers bag 20,000 pounds of green beans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (UMNS) - More than 300 people showed up Saturday, Aug. 25 at Asbury United Methodist Church to help bag more than 20,000 pounds of green beans destined to feed the hungry. The Huntsville Times reported that the effort coordinated by the Society of St. Andrew looked like the biggest green bean casserole of all time in the making.
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