Daily Digest - July 7, 2020


"Just like everywhere else, people have lost their jobs. It's hard times." — Nyrie Watson of New Wine Mission at Mount Joy United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, which received a COVID-19 response grant.

NEWS AND FEATURES

In trying times, churches extend their reach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — When the pandemic threatened their community, members of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church knew what they had to do: Re-tool for the new reality and increase capacity. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has allocated $1.56 million in grants to help churches address the global crisis. Linda Bloom and Mike DuBose have the story.
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BU Today
Moore reflects on tenure as seminary dean

BOSTON — The Rev. Mary Elizabeth Moore is retiring after more than a decade as dean of Boston University School of Theology. She spoke with Marc Chalufour about leading the United Methodist seminary and about its future.
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South Carolina Conference
Fire at children's home sparks generosity

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Neighbors stepped up when an electrical fire in a storage building at Epworth Children's Home created a need for new supplies. No one was harmed in the fire. One Walmart manager shared the news with her peers, resulting in 11 stores making contributions. Jessica Brodie reports.
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Holston Conference
Evangelist's spirit lives on through camp meeting

TRIGG, Va. — There was supposed to be a party to celebrate evangelist Robert Sheffey's 200th birthday this year. Although COVID-19 prevented the celebration, United Methodists still have plans for his namesake camp meeting once the virus leaves town. Annette Spence has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Council of Bishops
Bishops named to interim posts

WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops has approved an interim leadership plan for Northern Illinois, the Dakotas and Minnesota conferences for 2021. Retired Bishop John Hopkins will serve the Northern Illinois Conference. Bishop Laurie Haller of Iowa and Bishop David Bard of Michigan will be assigned as a team, with Haller focused on supervising the Dakotas Conference and Bard on his home Minnesota Conference. Bishops Bruce Ough and Sally Dyck will become the new executive secretary and ecumenical officer in September 2020.
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Delay in elections upends bishops' plans

RECENT HEADLINES

Church parking lots fill for COVID-19 testing

Donations pour in for church hospitals, missions

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