Daily Digest - January 31, 2018

'"We not only want to thank the people of The United Methodist Church but also praise God for their faithful witness through their giving.” — Moses Kumar, top executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration. 

Church photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications; coins photo by
Kevin Schneider, courtesy of Pixabay



For 4th year, church sees record giving

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — If The United Methodist Church had a “Paid-in-Full” stamp, it would be getting good use around the world. The denomination’s finance agency reports the 2017 general church giving totals from the U.S. and, for the first time, from the central conferences. Heather Hahn reports.
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Missouri Conference
After several disasters, church makes new start

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — After seeing their church buildings destroyed by a tornado and then a fire in less than 15 years, members of Carl Junction United Methodist Church decided to make a fresh start as a new campus of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Fred Koenig reports. 
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Florida Conference
NFL Hall of Famer reflects on All Pro Dad

TAMPA, Fla. — Tony Dungy, former head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, reflects on the formation of All Pro Dad — an organization helping men to be better fathers. The Florida Conference has joined with All Pro Dad to form chapters across the state. Joe Henderson reports.
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South Carolina Conference
New Lenten practice: Bible journaling

PROSPERITY, S.C. — Many people will be giving up something for Lent, but the congregation of Wightman United Methodist Church will be encouraged to take something up — Bible journaling. Jessica Brodie reports how such journals will work.
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Desert Southwest Conference 
Immigrant legal-aid ministry opens in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors officially opens its doors on Feb. 1. Phoenix Area Bishop Robert Hoshibata will take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new office of the United Methodist network, which provides affordable immigration legal services to low-income immigrants. Arizona JFON will also advocate for immigrant rights.  
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Board of Church and Society
Winter Olympics, the Korean Peninsula and justice

WASHINGTON — The 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Amid growing tensions in the region, the Winter Games will provide a moment of peace and United Methodists can help sustain the momentum, writes Aimee Hong for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. She suggests specific things to do. 
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Church survey finds drop in sexual harassment

Zambia church helps with cholera prevention



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Wednesday, Feb. 14 

Ash Wednesday resources

Wednesday, Feb. 14-Sunday, April 1 

Online Lenten Study: 40 Days with Wesley


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