Daily Digest: February 28, 2014

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“I haven’t made a disciple until I see that disciple make a disciple who makes a disciple. It’s more fun to be grandparents than parents. What grandkids do we have in the faith?”

Shift Happens: Hope in the midst of transition
HOUSTON (UMNS) – The first iRun Conference opened Jan. 16 with perspectives from rural and urban church leaders on the theme of change. The International Rural and Urban Network is a new ministry put together by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Fred Koenig in The Missouri Methodists reports what was shared.

Story begins on Page 12 of the March issue

Ukraine youth forum focuses on ‘changing world’
UZHGOROD, Ukraine (UMNS) – “Christianity 4.0” was the theme for the Youth Forum 2014 that focused on the four dimensions of Christianity and its influence on the family, the church, the society and the future. Retired Bishop Hans Vaxby preached about the fourth dimension, Christianity and its perspective.

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Ohio church to begin rebuilding after fire
ADA, Ohio (UMNS) – March 17 is the big day when – weather permitting – the congregation of the First United Methodist Church plans to see construction begin on their new church building. The Toledo Blade tells what has happened in the two years since fire destroyed the previous building.

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Needed: A million books for children
FLORENCE, S.C. (UMNS) – South Carolina United Methodists are tackling a “God-sized” project to help young people. The Million Book Effort is working to collect a million books for children by annual conference as a way to combat illiteracy and poverty. Jessica Connor, editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, has the story.

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Summit to connect global missions with technology
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Registration is open for the Game Changers Summit, a technology conference to help churches, universities and organizations connect global mission agendas with technology solutions for the developing world. Attendees will learn how to undertake a project in a developing country and get advice from global experts. The conference is scheduled for Sept. 3-5, 2014.

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Resources for church tutoring programs
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (UMNS) – Germantown United Methodist Church is offering other churches access to resources and training for an elementary tutoring program. The church developed Team Read in partnership with education professionals at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School in north Memphis. Through the program, volunteers teach 1,000 foundational words to second graders while maintaining their own flexible schedules. The Memphis Annual (regional) Conference has the story.

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New website for higher ed and ministry agency
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has introduced a new website. The redesigned website promises to resource the church more efficiently to “prepare global leaders for a global church,” said the Rev. Kim Cape, the top executive of the agency. The web address for the agency remains http://www.gbhem.org/

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