Daily Digest: February 6, 2014

“I would not be a music teacher if it were not for the way God got my attention at that United Methodist camp.” — Kent Knappenberger, United Methodist and first winner of a Grammy for music educators.

Grammy winner from family of pastors

WESTFIELD, N.Y. (UMNS) — Kent Knappenberger, son and grandson of United Methodist pastors and a United Methodist himself, won the first Grammy for a music educator. “It meant everything,” said Mr. K, as his students call him, of the Methodist influence on his life.
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Wild Goose Festival integrates experiences

HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (UMNS) — "I began my search for an event that would integrate social justice, conversation, re-imagination and experimentation. I wanted to participate in an exchange of ideas and inspirations," wrote Cassandra Lawrence, who explains she found that event at the annual Wild Goose Festival.
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Appalachian Trail chaplain to start 6-month hike

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — At age 69, David Smith will be the second United Methodist chaplain sent by Holston Annual (regional) Conference to hike the Appalachian Trail. Annette Spence of the Holston Conference shares the story of Smith and this trailblazing ministry. 
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15 outreach ideas for Easter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar, offers an opportunity to tell the most important story ever told. This year, the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection is April 20 in the Western calendar. Eric Seiberling of United Methodist Communications offers ideas to help churches share the good news.
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The silent impact of actor’s death

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (UMNS) — While the world mourns the loss of a tremendous actor this week, the Rev. Chris Heckert writes about the impact Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death may have on those in recovery. Heckert is a pastor of the Memorial United Methodist Church in the Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference.
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Overview of Ham-on-Nye creation debate

PETERSBURG, Ky. (UMNS) — Time’s Elizabeth Dias shares a play-by-play of Science Guy Bill Nye’s debate with creationist Ken Ham.
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What The United Methodist Church says about evolution 

UMDF offers easy access to finance options

NEW YORK (UMNS) — For more than 50 years, the United Methodist Development Fund has helped United Methodists create new spaces for worship in existing and new places. Now, a new website will give local churches, districts, annual conferences and other United Methodist entities easy access to information about the fund’s competitive loans and investment opportunities.
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Observe Feb. 17 prayer day for students

NEW YORK (UMNS) — The Universal Day of Prayer for Students, observed Feb. 17 or during that week, will mark the World Student Christian Federation General Assembly's theme "We are Many, We are one, Sent to Build God's Peace." Students are being encouraged to organize worship services and events.
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