Daily Digest - August 20, 2019

"The General Commission on United Methodist Men is committed to expanding its ministry to men and youth within all Wesleyan communions, regardless of the outcome of the 2020 General Conference." — Statement issued by the commission.


United Methodist Men pledge continued ministry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –– No matter what actions the 2020 General Conference takes, the Commission on United Methodist Men issued a statement that its ministry to men and young people will continue. At the commission's August board meeting, Mississippi Bishop James Swanson Sr. also talked about the church's response to ICE raids, and the board approved proposed revisions to the United Methodist Book of Resolutions. Rich Peck has the stories.
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Response to Mississippi ICE raids
Resolution revisions to be sought

Indiana Conference
Noisy offering helps settle high school lunch debt

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Several offerings of loose change, called "noisy offerings," were collected at Aldersgate United Methodist Church to help a local high school repay its debt for school lunches. More than $3,330 was raised to pay off Harrison High School's debt, and there was some left over to donate to other area schools. Leintz Belony reports.
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Alabama-West Florida Conference
Remembering Hurricane Michael

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Numerous churches as well as clergy and church member residences received significant damage from the October 2018 Hurricane Michael. The conference is inviting all churches to participate in a time of remembrance on Oct. 10. "This conference continues to walk alongside residents of the Gulf Coast through the Hurricane Michael Recovery program," said Bishop David Graves.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
NJ youth travel to learn about social justice

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — Fourteen New Jersey youths traveled south on a pilgrimage to visit civil rights landmarks as part of a program to take a deep dive into civil rights and social justice. Heather Mistretta has the story.
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South Georgia Conference
Church program helps kids, reduces waste
ALBANY, Ga. — A program launched by Albany First United Methodist Church helped save 25.5 tons of food from the landfill last year. More importantly, it provided food for nearly 1,500 children during weekends. Kara Witherow explains how the program works.
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Minnesota Conference
Weed and Water program helps community outreach

MINNEAPOLIS — Epworth United Methodist Church has an innovative program to connect children — and their parents or guardians — with the church. The weekly Weed and Water program lets children learn about nature using the gardens at the church as an open classroom. Christa Meland reports.
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UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions

Energy crisis takes toll on Zimbabwe church


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