Daily Digest - July 17, 2017

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"Yellowstone is, in many ways, the canary in the coal mine for the larger church." — The Rev. Jeremy W. Scott, Vital Congregations Developer for the Mountain Sky Area, on conference financial problems. 

Yellowstone Conference facing financial crisis

BILLINGS, Mont. (UMNS) — Yellowstone’s financial problems are similar to those facing the rest of the church and having a “gay bishop is only one of many factors,” officials said. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story. 
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Still preaching at 91

MACON, Ga. — The Rev. John McGowan loves people and loves to preach. McGowan officially retired in 1990, but he’s been pastoring and preaching ever since. Kara Witherow of the South Georgia Conference reports on the pastor who demonstrates that ministry has no age limit.
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UMW opposes delay on gas, oil regulations

WASHINGTON — Three United Methodist Women representatives spoke out against a possible postponement of regulations affecting natural gas and oil production. The women testified at a public hearing at the Environmental Protection Agency and said that delay would “harm the health of children, increase global warming and waste resources.” Erik Alsgaard has the story.
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Podcast: When prayer is a struggle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Do you ever struggle with prayer? In his podcast series, “Get Your Spirit in Shape,” the Rev. Joe Iovino gets guidance from the Rev. Adam Weber, United Methodist pastor and author of “Talking with God: What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray.”
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Survey on Peace with Justice Sunday 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCgiving.org) — United Methodist Communications is looking for interesting personal stories that illustrate the benefits of Peace with Justice Sunday. Please take this short survey about justice ministries.
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4 points for sustaining mission teams

ATLANTA — The Rev. Scott Parrish, missions specialist for the North Georgia Conference, offers four points to keep in mind when forming or sustaining a mission team. 
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Looking ahead

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.

Tuesday, July 25-Friday, July 28

Discipleship Ministries Board of Directors Retreat — Epworth By The Sea, St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Discipleship Ministries Quarterly Board Meeting. Details

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