Daily Digest - August 31, 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
Friday, August 31, 2012

"It's just part of the job, and that job is (being) everyday Christian...When a brother needs, you just supply those needs." - Bill Carr, Memphis Conference disaster relief coordinator.

Providing help to those in Isaac's path

PADUCAH, Ky. (UMNS) - In a journey that took almost 24 hours, Bill Carr braved lashing rain, unforgiving wind and a tree branch-strewn interstate to deliver a truckload of requested relief supplies to people in hurricane-ravaged Mississippi.
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Church gets unemployed 'job ready'

ROSWELL, Ga. (UMNS) - Katherine Simons sees hopelessness on the faces of the thousands of out-of-work people who walk through the doors of the Job Networking Ministry that Simons organizes twice a month at Roswell United Methodist Church in the Atlanta suburb. The church is working to change that look.
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Tennessee auctioneer sells to help others

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(UMNS) - If Danny Cotton had his way, no one would really make a fuss. He's just part of this story, reports The Tennessean. "It's really amazing to watch," said Cotton's pastor, Tom Pierce of Wesley Chapel United Methodist. "It absolutely is a gift."
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Woodlands church offers special-needs ministry

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (UMNS) - The Woodlands United Methodist Church wants everyone to have a relationship with Christ at whatever level they are capable of, reports the WoodlandsOnline. That's why the church started Special Blessings, which pairs special-needs children with a "shadow" who takes them to Sunday school class and a self-contained classroom for students unable to attend the mainstream class.
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Garrett names dean of students

EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) - The Rev. Cynthia Wilson, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Kansas West Annual (regional) Conference and well-known church musician, has been appointed dean of students at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary.
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