Daily Digest - April 4, 2019

“The attitude now is ‘they’re a waste, just let them go,’ but Jesus never let any of us go.”The Rev. Harold George, a West Virginia pastor and EMT, on caring for those with drug addiction.


Relationships key for churches to help addicts
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (UMNS) — It’s said the opposite of addiction is connection, and making connections is helping West Virginia churches in ministry with substance abuse sufferers. This is the second story in an ongoing series about churches in West Virginia dealing with the opioid crisis. Joey Butler has the story, Mike DuBose has the photos.
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Grant challenge leads to Native student ministry
SALEM, Ore. (UMNS) — Eva Johnson, a member of Morningside United Methodist Church, knew exactly what to do with a $500 district grant to create new places for new people. She suggested the church reach out to Chemawa Indian Boarding School, the oldest continuously operated boarding school for Native American students in the United States. It turns out the students needed help with a project to bring awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women. Ginny Underwood has the story.
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United Methodist Communications
Wesleys Take the Web: Constant Communion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John and Charles Wesley, the brothers who founded Methodism, talk about the Lord's Supper while preparing their own dinner from a meal delivery service in the latest installment of the animated “Wesleys Take the Web” series.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Latino task force launches new programs

BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. — Between a new reading program for children, a food pantry and Spanish as a Second Language classes, a plan for ministry is coming full circle in this area. Josh Kinney has the story.
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Higher Education & Ministry
Hawkins to convene General Secretaries Table

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Erin Hawkins, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, has been elected to serve as convener of The United Methodist Church’s General Secretaries Table. She fulfills the term of the Rev. Kim Cape, who will retire in June from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Hawkins will serve out this term through General Conference 2020.
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Connectional Table ponders role post-GC2019

Conference asks ‘What If’ the church confronted the opioid crisis


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Artists Reception: Drawings and Paintings of Meda and Gordon Hester

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