Daily Digest - August 7, 2018

“It was just a matter of my knowing how spiritually rooted Native people are and how we recognize the values of love and sharing that I would not just sit back in my recliner and let horrible and tragic things happen without trying to do something about them.” — A Cheyenne prayer woman, Henrietta Mann, on holding a prayer service for immigrant children detained in Brownsville, Texas.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Native prayers offered at Texas detention center
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (UMNS) — The Revs. David Wilson and Donna Pewo, clergy from United Methodist Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, and Henrietta Mann, a Cheyenne prayer woman, offered prayers Aug. 4 for the children housed in Casa Padre. This facility, a former Walmart, is the largest shelter in the U.S. for immigrant minors. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story and Mike DuBose has the photos.
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Church in Nigeria opens modern hospital
JALINGO, Nigeria (UMNS) — The Nigeria Episcopal Area has opened one of the best-equipped private hospitals in the region. Jalingo United Methodist Hospital, a 30-bed facility, is expected to treat more than 10,000 people annually. Sharon Adamu Bambuka reports.
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Couple pour love into Zimbabwe mission
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Arvid and Janet Liebe, members of Central United Methodist Church in Milbank, South Dakota, have been visiting United Methodist Mutambara Mission for the past 11 years. The couple has involved teams from their home church to assist the mission and build relationships with leaders in Zimbabwe. Chenayi Kumuterera has the story.
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Public worship part of 50th anniversary events
LONDON (UMNS) — Events this week marking the 50th anniversary of the concordat agreement between The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church in Britain will include two public worship services at historic London churches. The public events on Aug. 10 at Wesley’s Chapel start with a 4:30 p.m. worship service, followed by a historical presentation and refreshments. The closing worship service on Sunday, Aug. 12, will be held at 11 a.m. at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.
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UMNS: 2 denominations explore Methodist connection 

WMC Action News 5
Sanctuary open again 12 years after fire
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Twelve years after a devastating fire, hundreds attended the first Sunday service in the new sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, including Mayor Jim Strickland and U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen. Brandon Richard reports.
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Dakotas Conference
Fishing for disciples
LINTON, N.D. — Linton United Methodist Church, in a town of 1,000, has found a way to reach new disciples that many of the original 12 would appreciate. Every summer, the congregation invites people to a fishing day on the Missouri River.
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COMMENTARIES

Lewis Center for Church Leadership
When churches share a pastor
LEMOYNE, Pa. — It is increasingly common for a congregation to share a pastor with another congregation and for pastors to be serving more than one church. The Rev. Lew Parks, United Methodist pastor and author of “Small on Purpose,” considers this trend and some of the skills and perspectives needed in multi-church settings.
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