Daily Digest - August 3, 2021

"The general population is moving away from traditional settings, so we have to ask how we continue to engage them in ways of hope, just give them a little bit of God's love." — The Rev. Wayne Dickert, who has led a riverside worship service for 15 years.


Ministry on the river celebrates 15 years
BRYSON CITY, N.C. (UM News) — The Rev. Wayne "Wayner" Dickert, a 1996 U.S. Olympic kayaker and United Methodist pastor, has run a riverside worship service on the Nantahala River for 15 years. The ministry collects money for clean water projects in Haiti and has helped install 135 wells so far. Joey Butler and Mike DuBose have the story and photos.
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Bishop urged to resolve auditing issues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The United Methodist finance agency's board denied an emergency grant request from East Africa Bishop Daniel Wandabula and instead encouraged him to address long-standing financial concerns. Heather Hahn reports.
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Global Ministries
Battling malaria in Congo

ATLANTA — Upgrades by United Methodists at the Lupandilo Hospital in Kamina, Congo, are helping expectant mothers and others battle malaria. The United Methodist Health Board in North Katanga partnered with Global Ministries and the North Texas and West Ohio conferences for a generator to keep all the equipment up and running, even when municipal electricity fails. Christie R. House reports.
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Foundation for Evangelism
Service set for the Rev. H. Eddie Fox

HERMITAGE, Tenn. — A celebration of life service for the Rev. H. Eddie Fox, noted United Methodist evangelist, will be held at 11 a.m. U.S. Central time on Aug. 14 at Hermitage United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Dr. H. Eddie and Mary Nell Fox Endowment for Evangelism at the Foundation for Evangelism.
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United Methodist Communications
Rainbow gelatin brightens church potlucks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rainbow gelatin is a favorite at church potlucks in Hawaii, where rainbows are a common sight in the lush, tropical climate. Lilla Marigza has a video on how to make this recipe, which she says takes time but is sure to bring smiles.
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Fox 59
Peace march mourns violent weekend

INDIANAPOLIS — A peace march was held after a violent weekend where five people died from gun violence and others were injured. The march started at Barnes United Methodist Church. The Rev. Charles Harrison, pastor of Barnes, said he hoped to galvanize the community around the issue of urban violence. Mike Sullivan has the story.
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Church helps college students graduate debt-free

AUSTIN, Texas — Some students at historically Black, United-Methodist affiliated Huston-Tillotson University are not only graduating but seeing their student debt wiped out, thanks to a $450,000 grant from nearby First United Methodist Church of Austin. Maeve Ashbrook reports.
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Goat-breeding program benefits vulnerable children

Discussing Christian nationalism — carefully


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