Daily Digest - January 6, 2015

"I now believe that God calls and sends everyone who responds to the call of Jesus to ‘Follow me.’ Some may sense a call to a specific task or vocation. However, the highest calling anyone will ever receive comes first, ‘Follow me.’" — Retired Bishop Rueben P. Job.


Bishop Job, author of `Three Simple Rules,’ dead at 86

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (UMNS) — Retired Bishop Rueben P. Job died at his home surrounded by family on Jan. 3. He leaves a legacy of more than 20 books including, “Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living.” Kathy L. Gilbert shares this remembrance.
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Complaint against Bishop Talbert resolved

DENVER (UMNS) — A resolution has been reached in the complaint against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, who blessed the union of two men in 2013, in violation of church law. The parties involved in the case have agreed to what church law calls a just resolution, and the result is that Talbert will not face a trial or lose his status as bishop.
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114th Congress has 43 United Methodists

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Who are the United Methodists in the U.S. House and Senate? As the 114th Congress convenes today, meet fellow church members who serve in the nation’s legislative branch. Albert J. Menendez reports.
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Sri Lanka: A decade of UMCOR service

NEW YORK (UMNS) — The United Methodist Committee on Relief is wrapping up a decade-long operation in Sri Lanka, which began after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred on Dec. 26, 2004, and expanded to assist families displaced by armed ethnic conflict . David Tereshchuk reports for UMCOR.
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Middleton begins as interim leader in New York

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (UMNS) — Retired Bishop Jane Middleton has returned to the New York Conference for a 20-month term as interim bishop, the third to serve since the death of Bishop Martin McLee last year. “I consider this conference to be my spiritual and ecclesiastical home,” she wrote in a Jan. 2 letter.
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The UMC in Germany grieves over Bodo Schwabe

FRANKFURT, Germany (UMNS) — Bodo Schwabe, who oversaw 48 German missionaries in eight countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia during his 18 years as mission secretary for The United Methodist Church in Germany, died Dec. 17 at 72.
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East Congo hopes to improve communications

KINDU, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) — United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Unda, East Congo Episcopal Area, is working on improvements to the area’s communications department, including a partnership network with local radio stations. The Rev. Antoine Otoka reports in New World Outlook Magazine.
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Too busy to pray? Make more time this year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — If you have resolved to spend more time in prayer in 2015, but are concerned about squeezing it into your already crowded calendar, here is advice from United Methodist pastors and church leaders for making time to talk with God. Joe Iovino reports.
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