Daily Digest - August 5, 2021

“What has struck me the most is feeling like I’ve had a personal time with Jesus. The way things are portrayed draws you in so you feel like he’s calling you.”Jan Randolph, a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land, Texas, on studying the TV series “The Chosen.” 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Pastor helps churchgoers explore ‘The Chosen’

SUGAR LAND, Texas (UM News) — United Methodists are gaining new insights into the Gospel stories of Jesus, thanks to an eight-week summer study series based on the popular TV program “The Chosen.” Barbara Dunlap-Berg has the story. 
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Missouri Conference
NomadMax takes to the road for mission

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — The Rev. Max Marble, retired director of creative ministries for the Missouri Conference, has sold his possessions and taken to the road in his Volkswagen van to help with NOMADS projects. NOMADS, which stands for Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service, provide volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations. Marble has released the first of what he plans to be periodic videos on his journey.
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California-Nevada Conference
Snail and lamb cover jurisdiction’s session

SACRAMENTO — Freelance writer JB Brayfindley brought her puppets Mort the Snail and Lamb-see-do to cover the Western Jurisdiction’s online special session for a younger audience. 
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Global Ministries
Missionaries reflect on their service

ATLANTA — Former missionaries in the US-2 program of United Methodist Global Ministries say their service helped them find themselves. The initiative, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, positions young participants in communities in the U.S. away from where they grew up. Christie R. House has the story.
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KOCO-TV
Church intersects with Broadway

OKLAHOMA CITY — St. Luke’s United Methodist Church puts a big focus on the arts and creativity, including offering a St. Luke’s on Broadway series and a Performing Arts Academy that’s about to begin fall classes. Pastors sometimes preach on themes suggested by Broadway plays. Jason Hackett reports.
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RESOURCES

Discipleship Ministries
Primer for churches on cryptocurrency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Churches may be grappling with gifts of cryptocurrency. The Rev. Ken Sloane, director of stewardship for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, offers 10 things for churches to know about the volatile digital currency such as bitcoin and dogecoin. He urges churches to have a gift acceptance policy.
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