Daily Digest - February 1, 2018

"This sad event has left over 55 people dead and … 44 people are still missing from these villages."
— The Rev. Irmiya Bako on a recent attack in Lau, Nigeria.

Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS


United Methodists among dead in Nigeria attack

LAU, Nigeria (UMNS) — A recent attack by herdsmen in Lau has left more than 55 people dead, including 38 United Methodists, according to the Rev. Irmiya Bako, superintendent of the Yugorobi district, where the incident took place. He said 3,700 United Methodists are currently displaced and need urgent help. The Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel reports.
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Catalog of church plans helped spread Methodism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Beginning in 1870, before Sears, Roebuck began offering low-cost plans for home construction, Methodists had a “church plans catalog” that made design of churches and parsonages affordable and helped add many a Methodist church to the U.S. landscape. UMC.org and the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History have done a video on the historic catalog.
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Board of Global Ministries
Preventing substance abuse among Brazil's youth

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — “Shade and Fresh Water,” a program founded by a United Methodist missionary and supported by the Methodist Church of Brazil and other faith communities, is an after-school ministry for at-risk youth. Reaching thousands of children and teens over the past decade, the program contributes to The United Methodist Church’s Abundant Health initiative. Bella DiFilippo reports. 
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Duke Divinity School 
Guatemala students certified in pastoral ministry

DURHAM, N.C. — Thirty-nine students in Guatemala received a Certificate in Methodist Pastoral Ministry through a Duke Divinity School program. The program was launched with the support of the United Methodist Boards of Global Ministries and Higher Education and Ministry and at the request of the Methodist church in Guatemala to help support Methodist Guatemalan pastors.
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Discipleship Ministries
Webinar on clergy taxes Feb. 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions and reimbursed expenses. Discipleship Ministries will offer a webinar, “Clergy Taxes: Don’t Live in Fear,” that deals with this year’s tax preparation as well as a bit on the new U.S. tax reform that will affect next year’s filings. 
To register 

Religion and Race 
Webinar planned on community development

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race joins with the United Methodist Church for All People for a webinar titled “Divine Economy of Abundance.” The Feb. 7 webinar examines community development. 
To register 


For 4th year, church sees record giving

Going a little batty at Ganta hospital



Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Monday, Feb. 12-Wednesday, Feb. 28

Online workshop: Understanding PTSD and suicide prevention

Thursday, Feb. 15-Saturday, March 24

Online class: The children of Abraham


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