Daily Digest - January 13, 2022

“This is not about the political winds changing course and somebody wanting a more conservative or more liberal (Bible).”Ronald Hendel, one of the editors of the New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition Bible.


Update aims to make Bible translation more accurate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — One of the most popular Bible translations, the New Revised Standard Version, is getting an update. The new version is not a fresh translation but an update that modifies language, grammar and punctuation aimed at increasing its accuracy. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Ask The UMC
What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25, Christians everywhere are invited to remember one another in prayer and strengthen the bonds of love and mutual mission in Jesus Christ. Ask The UMC has more on this annual observance, including why it lasts eight full days and how to download resources.  
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Great Plains Conference
Kansas school is a family affair

SALINA, Kan. — Kansas Wesleyan University was threatened with closure when the Rev. Marshall Stanton began his presidency in 1983. Over almost 20 years, he led the school to a sound footing financially and in other ways. Additional Stanton family members have shaped or been shaped by United Methodist-related Kansas Wesleyan. Karen Bonar reports in an article originally published in the school’s alumni magazine and recently shared by the Great Plains Conference.
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Holston Conference
Christmas Eve offerings have lasting impact

ALCOA, Tenn. — The Christmas decorations might all be gone, but many United Methodist churches have found a way for their Christmas Eve offerings to continue to have impact. Annette Spence reports on the multiple ways churches are using the money to help people recover from tornadoes, welcome refugees and support impoverished communities. 
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Tornado took out church, but cornerstone box remains

DRESDEN, Tenn. — Dresden First United Methodist Church’s nearly century-old building was lost to the Dec. 10 tornadoes, but a copper box inside the cornerstone has been recovered. The church has turned to Discovery Park of America, near Memphis, for help in opening the box and preserving the contents. Miya Andrews reports.
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Independent Record
Man leaves legacy in stained glass

HELENA, Mont. — Elbert Fazenbaker took up a new hobby in glasswork at the encouragement of his wife, Inez June. She also encouraged him as that hobby led him to create new stained-glass windows for their congregation, Covenant United Methodist Church. Nolan Lister reports on the windows, which are also a legacy of a 69-year marriage.
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DisAbility Ministries Committee
Video remote interpreting coming to churches

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The incorporation of sign-language interpreters into worship services is more than a novelty. But it still isn't the norm for many congregations because in-person interpreters may not be available. The Rev. Leo Yates Jr. describes how a Florida United Methodist church addressed this with remote video interpretation and how that is the wave of the future.
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United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
More than $2 million in scholarships available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year. Through March 1, United Methodist students are invited to apply for funds available to help pay for attending colleges, universities or seminaries related to The United Methodist Church.
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