Daily Digest - July 19, 2019

“Together, with other young Methodists, (we are) making a difference to these children and others in need.”Lorena de Freitas, director of youth at Quésher United Methodist Church, Eastern Angola Conference.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Youth help impoverished peers in Angola

MALANJE, Angola (UM News) — In response to hunger and poverty, the youth of the Malanje and Kiwaba Nzoji districts in Eastern Angola organized humanitarian action to model solidarity with the poor and to help their community. Reaching out to disadvantaged neighborhoods on the outskirts of Malanje, a city of 222,000, they distributed resources and entertained street children. 
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New York Conference 
Gardens connecting churches, communities

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Churches are finding that community gardens are cultivating involvement as well as food and increasing connections with the communities. Joanne Utley reports on five churches in the New York Conference. 
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Michigan Conference
Disaster recovery hire busy with flood projects

LANSING, Mich. — The new coordinator of disaster recovery for the Michigan Conference reports on two flood recovery projects, one wrapping up and another just beginning. Kay DeMoss has the story.
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Lake County News 
Church destroyed in Clayton fire to rebuild

LOWER LAKE, Calif. — The congregation of Lower Lake Community United Methodist Church, which lost its historic sanctuary in the Clayton fire nearly three years ago, will break ground on a new building with a free ice cream social and celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. The Clayton fire began as the result of arson and burned almost 4,000 acres, destroying 300 buildings. 
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Desert Southwest Conference
Conference in financial struggle 

PHOENIX — The Desert Southwest Conference is reporting further declines in apportionment receipts. The conference has had five months in a row of declining receipts and is headed toward its worst ever annual apportionment contribution percentage, says treasurer Randy Bowman. 
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PRESS RELEASES 

Church and Society
US House bill shows ‘strong support for peace’

WASHINGTON — The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of United Methodist Board of Church and Society, is applauding passage of the National Defense Authorization Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. “The bill’s support for diplomacy and a re-evaluation of use of force demonstrates strong support for peace at a critical juncture for the nation and the world,” she wrote. 
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