Daily Digest - August 4, 2017

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“My hope is God. If we have not confidence in God, we cannot do anything.” — Bishop Kasap Owan, one of three new bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Bishop grapples with great needs and growth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Bishop Kasap Owan — one of three new Congolese bishops — leads an episcopal area that is home to more than 1.1 million United Methodists in two countries. During a visit to Nashville, he spoke to Heather Hahn about his goals for the area.
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UMW opposes delay on methane regulations 

NEW YORK — United Methodist Women is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce Methane regulations passed in 2016, avoiding a proposed two-year delay. “A delay will have severe health effects, especially on pregnant women and children,” the organization said.
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Ministry swaps tradition for coffee, music

RAHWAY, N.J. — After forming a successful coffee shop ministry in the Philippines, Roy Vilallva applied the same idea in New Jersey. The object of the Solid Rock Café is to offer an alternative to traditional worship services and bring people closer to Christ through music. Kamelia Ani reports for the Greater New Jersey Conference.
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Birthday parties are not just for kids

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund, a United Methodist-supported effort, made sure three women were able to celebrate their 100th birthdays in style. The women are all residents of Wesley Living Centers in the Memphis Conference. Kristi Henson Owens, the fund’s executive director, has the story. 
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Racing through life? Make the laps count

INDIANAPOLIS (UMC.org) — The Rev. Rob Fuquay, senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, sees a parallel between the flags used in auto racing and “the signals God sends us in our fast-paced lives.” He wrote a book and companion DVD when he served in NASCAR country in North Carolina and later adapted it to Indy car racing. Christopher Fenoglio has the story.
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Survey on World Communion Sunday 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Communications is looking for interesting personal stories that illustrate the benefits of World Communion Sunday. Please take this short survey about providing scholarships for national and international graduate students.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Monday, Aug. 7-Thursday, Aug. 10

Festival of Wisdom & Grace — This year’s theme, Living with Grace, includes worship, workshops, professional training, and fellowship geared toward those in the second half of life. Sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association of Older Adults, it is designed for individuals, couples, small groups or church leaders. Details

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