Daily Digest - August 9, 2022

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“We always say, ‘I am going to pray for you,’ and that’s true, but God answers those prayers with our hands and our feet and our hearts.”Bishop Leonard Fairley, episcopal leader of the Kentucky Conference, to volunteers helping with flood relief.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Kentucky churches care for neighbors hit by floods

PIPPA PASSES, Ky. (UM News) — After record flooding in Eastern Kentucky, United Methodist volunteers are serving as God’s “hands and feet.” Bishop Leonard Fairley, episcopal leader of the Kentucky Conference, visited portions of the flood-damaged area to offer prayers and thank people for their help. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story and Mike DuBose has photos.
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Volunteers share hugs, ‘God stories’ after flooding
JACKSON, Ky. (UM News) — The United Methodist Mountain Mission, a project of the Kentucky Conference, is helping coordinate donations for those affected by the worst flood in the history of Eastern Kentucky. As help pours in, United Methodists work to organize and distribute aid while also offering a listening ear. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story and Mike DuBose has photos.
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Some large Texas churches vote on disaffiliation
HOUSTON (UM News) — Texas has long been a stronghold of The United Methodist Church in the U.S, but this summer has seen many traditionalist congregations in the state weighing whether to leave the denomination. The Woodlands Methodist Church, one of the denomination’s largest, voted Aug. 7 to disaffiliate. Sam Hodges reports.
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Iowa Conference
Thousand-plus bike riders served meal

IDA GROVE, Iowa — A small United Methodist church fed more than 1,000 bike riders during Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Ida Grove First United Methodist Church, which averages 30 to 70 people at Sunday worship each week, gathered 50 volunteers to serve 1,007 meals to biker riders passing by the church during their 454-mile route. The conference has the story. 
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The Mountaineer
Kids walk so food ministry keeps truckin’

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — The children at vacation Bible school at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist went "Walking with Jesus" to collect donations for a nonprofit food truck. The Holy Cow food truck makes stops at churches across Haywood County throughout the week and serves 100 to 125 people a day. Sinclaire Carr reports. 
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PRESS RELEASES

Texas Methodist Foundation
Greenwood to lead Texas Methodist Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas — The Rev. Lisa Greenwood has been named president of the Texas Methodist Foundation and its partner group the Wesleyan Investive (formerly the United Methodist Development Fund), effective Sept. 1. She has led the foundation’s leadership ministry in recent years and will succeed longtime foundation leader Tom Locke, who is retiring.
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