Daily Digest - December 2, 2016

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"I cannot do it alone. It is you who put me into this office, I expect you to join me in my journey. My success is your success, my failure is your failure." — Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, re-elected in the Philippines.


Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

ANGELES CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, 64, who currently oversees the Davao Episcopal area, has been re-elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Philippines Central Conference. Gladys Mangiduyos reports.
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Philippines revival draws 10,000

MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — Ten thousand United Methodists came together on Nov. 26 to participate in “Revive 2” at the Ultra-Philippines Sports Complex in the Pasig City section of Manila. This year’s event, with a 1,200-voice choir and the theme, "Go in Faith, Go in Power, Go in Unity,” showcased the church’s legacies and contributions to the Filipino nation. Gladys Mangiduyos has the story.
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Help pouring in for Gatlinburg fires

ALCOA, Tenn. (UMNS) — Donations and prayerful support from across the nation are pouring into the Holston Conference since fire engulfed the tourist region on Nov. 28. Annette Spence, Holston Conference, reports.
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Bristol, Va., church rallies to supply ash sifter boxes


Agency report: Status and Role of Women

CHICAGO (UMNS) — The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women introduced two new resources in 2016 for local churches and annual conferences and continued its charge to ensure the full inclusion of women in the life of the church. The first of a series of reports on the work each general agency accomplished in 2016.
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Wisconsin group reacts to credentialing action

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — The executive committee of the Wisconsin Association of Confessing United Methodists expressed “sadness” over the conference’s board of ordained ministry’s credentialing statement that sexual orientation and gender identity will not be considered when evaluating candidates for ministry.
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#GivingTuesday donations set record

ATLANTA (UMNS) — More than 2,550 persons in 19 countries contributed a total of $853,909.78 to United Methodist mission projects and missionary support through the 2016 UMC #GivingTuesday campaign. That result was almost twice that of any single day’s non-Giving Tuesday receipts of the past, reports Elliott Wright for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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Ministry idea: Churches use 'Blessing Box'

DOVER, Ark. (UMNS) — United Methodists in Arkansas are using an idea from social media to help their communities: the Blessing Box. Amy Forbus of the Arkansas Conference explains how this simple concept multiplies blessings.

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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.


Friday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 11

Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas — Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, will feature a performance of Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. EST Dec. 9, and a bluegrass concert by the Cockman Family at 2 p.m. Dec. 10, and a Christmas concert by multiplatinum contemporary Christian band Point of Grace at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Concert tickets are $18 for general admission. Details


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