Daily Digest - December 8, 2022

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“Christians should respond to God’s words with obedience and humility. A growing, glowing and going United Methodist Church is what we need.”Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan, in a sermon on servant leadership at Revive 3 in the Philippines.
 

NEWS AND FEATURES

Revive event lifts up servant leaders in the Philippines

CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (UM News) — Before three new bishops were elected in the Philippines, delegates to the special session of the Philippines Central Conference and other United Methodists gathered for song, dance, prayers and messages on servant leadership. The third Revive event was designed to “guide the hearts, the heads and the hands” of delegates in electing new bishops. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports. 
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See all of UM News’ 2022 episcopal election coverage

United Methodist Communications
Stories behind the songs of Charles Wesley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In the latest episode of the “Get Your Spirit in Shape” podcast, world-renowned Wesley scholar Paul Chilcote shares fun and interesting insights about a selection of Wesley hymns. He explains how all of the 9,000 hymns penned by Methodism’s most enduring and prolific hymn writer center on one theme: love.
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Upper New York Conference
New community center expands church’s ministry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — For decades, Asbury First United Methodist Church has offered food distribution, community meals, medical services, haircuts, laundry and clothing to the Rochester community. Now, these services and more will be offered more frequently and will be housed under one roof, at the newly renovated and expanded Community Outreach Center. Shannon Hodson has the story.
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WFSA-NBC
Church packs 25,000 meals to fight hunger

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Assembly lines of over 100 volunteers were stuffing bags with rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and more to help fight world hunger Dec. 7. The event was a part of a long-standing partnership between First United Methodist Church in Montgomery and Rise Against Hunger, an international nonprofit and United Methodist partner. Brady Talbert reports.
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No Friday Digest Dec. 9
There will be no Friday Digest on Dec. 9, so UM News can attend a staff event. The Daily Digest will resume on Dec. 12.


PRESS RELEASES

Council of Bishops
Bishops announce grant, scholarship recipients
 
WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops has announced recipients of the 2023 Local Initiative Grants and six scholarships for those United Methodists who will represent the denomination at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The $1,000 Local Initiative Grants are designed to help annual conference groups create ministry projects that are ecumenical and/or interreligious.
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COMMENTARIES
UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not UM News staff. 

Lewis Center for Church Leadership
7 ideas for reaching people this Christmas

WASHINGTON — Is your church ready to roll out the holiday welcome mat? Now is the time to equip your congregation so that visitors are warmly welcomed online and in person this holiday season. Ann Michel offers seven suggestions for helping people meet Christ anew this Christmas.
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