Daily Digest - January 5, 2018

"That day I received the firm affirmation I was doing what I was called to do, being in a small community sharing the Gospel wherever, whenever, however it needs to happen." — Margie Briggs, lay minister and author of “Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?”
 

NEWS AND FEATURES
 

Lay minister writes 'turnaround story' of small churches

CALHOUN, Mo. (UMNS) — Lay minister Margie Briggs writes about her 10 years of ministry with Calhoun and Drake’s Chapel United Methodist churches. She offers insight into how small congregation churches can make big differences in their communities. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Florida Conference
Relief for Puerto Rican evacuees

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The United Methodist Church has been quick to respond in the three months since back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. Among those helping displaced families in Florida are members of the Holston Conference. Suzanne McGovern reports on relief efforts.
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East Ohio Conference 
73 years of music

GREENTOWN, Ohio — Greentown United Methodist Church celebrated the service of Juanita Woods, who retired after serving as choir director off and on for nearly three quarters of a century.
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PRESS RELEASES
 

Higher Education and Ministry
United Methodist scholarship applications open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has opened scholarship applications for college, university and seminary studies in Fall 2018. You need only to submit one application per year. That application will be screened for all possible eligible programs. The applications are due by March 7.
Learn more 

Commission on Religion and Race
2018-2020 grants awarded

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race will award $463,025 to projects developed by local churches, annual conferences and seminaries in all five U.S. jurisdictions. 
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RESOURCES
 

Reconciling Ministries Network
'Faith at the Intersections'

CHICAGO — “Faith at the Intersections: A Collection of Writings on Justice for Black and LGBTQ Communities in and Beyond The United Methodist Church” is a new resource from Reconciling Ministries Network. It features works by the Revs. Gil Caldwell and Pamela Lightsey, as well as retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert.
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COMMENTARIES
 

Shifting Margins blog
The power of the Wesley Covenant Prayer

CHAPIN, S.C. — Retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder reflects on how the Wesley Covenant Prayer helped him cope with two major challenges in his life and took him to a deeper commitment in Christian faith.
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EVENTS

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, Jan. 8-Friday, Feb. 2
 

Online training: Surviving the caregiver marathon with grace 

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Webinar for local church leaders and members: What’s my job?

 

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