Daily Digest - April 7, 2016

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“It isn’t just harm in the past. The harm continues. You can’t understand who is where they are and who has what they have in America today without understanding this history.” – Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky on the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre.


GC2016: Shining a spotlight on Sand Creek

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — Delegates to the 2016 General Conference will get a 30-minute plenary session tutorial on the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, an attack on Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians led by a Methodist pastor-turned-cavalry officer. They’ll also get a 173-page report offering more details on Methodist involvement in the massacre. Sam Hodges reports.
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United Methodists urge support for Filipino farmers

PASADENA, Calif. (UMNS) —The United Methodist California-Pacific Conference is collecting signatures for a letter asking Philippines President Benigno Aquino to help farmers who have sought refuge at Spottswood Methodist Mission Center. The farmers were appealing for food relief when government forces fired on them on April 1. The Methodist Center has been surrounded since the shootings left three dead and hundreds wounded.
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Commentary: Numbers matter, so do mission, ministry

EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) — The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker, executive secretary of the Connectional Table, asks how numbers about The United Methodist Church can be used to inspire “hope and possibility.”
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Cross, stained glass saved from burned church

MILLVILLE, N.J. — Stained glass and a cross were salvaged from the historic Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church after a fire destroyed the sanctuary on Sunday, April 3. Firefighters recovered the cross from a steeple that collapsed in the blaze.
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From Quonset to sanctuary

SPIRIT LAKE NATION, N.D. (UMNS) — Easter 2016 was a day of celebration for the Spirit Lake Ministry Center. In a new sanctuary converted from a Quonset, 22 worshippers from on and off the reservation participated in the ministry center’s first worship and Holy Communion service. “It’s our prayer Spirit Lake Ministries will be a place of refuge and hope,” said United Methodist co-directors Mike and Libby Flowers.
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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, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.


Saturday, April 9

Drive-through prayer stations —The Revs. Tenny Rupnick from Ebenezer United Methodist Church and Ernest Frierson from Jeremiah and Mount Seal United Methodist churches, along with the congregations, will host a series of drive-through prayer stations. The location is the parking lot of the Old Don Fenters Chevrolet lot across from Wellman Golf Course in Johnsonville, South Carolina. The stations will be held April 9 and April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Those needing prayer may drive through and stay in their cars as others minister to them. Contact: 843-558-3835 or [email protected].

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