Daily Digest - July 13, 2020

NEWS AND FEATURES 

Church helps victims of flood and COVID-19

ANYAMA, Côte d'Ivoire (UM News) — The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire and the denomination’s relief agency are helping survivors who are reeling from recent flooding, a landslide and the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to several grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, families are receiving food, bedding and money. Isaac Broune reports.
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Indiana megachurch leaves denomination
GRANGER, Ind. (UM News) — Granger Community Church, a 3,300-member congregation in north central Indiana, has left The United Methodist Church and has agreed to pay the Indiana Conference $2.6 million. Church leaders said they wanted to name the successor to the founding pastor rather than have one appointed. Sam Hodges reports. 
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Holston Conference
Supporting South Sudan through many trials

ALCOA, Tenn. — The South Sudanese pastors and missionaries that have held a partnership with Holston Conference for 14 years are persevering with faith formation, education and sustainability projects — amid the threats of war and pandemic. Annette Spence has the story. 
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Texas Conference
Thinking outside the box to help homeless

KINGWOOD, Texas — Each year, area students usually spend the night outside in a cardboard shelter to raise awareness about homelessness and support local outreach organizations. With help from the Texas Methodist Foundation, Strawbridge United Methodist Church found a way to hold the event this year at a healthy distance. Lindsay Peyton reports. 
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COMMENTARIES
UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff.

North Texas Conference
The case for masks in church

PLANO, Texas — Safety, inclusivity and protecting a church’s brand are three reasons why people returning to in-person worship services should wear masks, writes the Rev. Don Underwood, pastor emeritus at Christ United Methodist Church.
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RESOURCES

UM Association of Retired Clergy and Friends
Webinar addresses same-gender weddings

DENVER — Two Mountain Sky Area United Methodist clergy, the Rev. Sharon Langfeldt and the Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer, will lead a Zoom webinar, “Let’s Talk: LGBTQ+ Weddings,” at 10 a.m. Mountain time on July 15. Registration is free for the webinar, which will provide information on best practices in premarital counseling and wedding rituals for same-gender weddings. Richard Marsh, the Mountain Sky Conference chancellor, will share legal interpretations of United Methodist policy, which currently prohibits same-sex weddings.
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