Daily Digest - June 1, 2016

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“Our personal prayer is that the gospel reaches every Hispanic in this city, and it will be our blessing to help in that effort by not losing heart, but faithfully doing what God has called us to do.” — Enrique Sanchez, part of the Hispanic Leadership Apprentice Program in Texas.


Hispanic leaders celebrate apprenticeship

HOUSTON (UMNS) — A two-year Hispanic Leadership Apprentice Program in the Texas Conference helps to discern a calling into the clergy candidacy process and equip leaders to launch new Hispanic/multicultural ministries. The conference offers a progress report after the first year.
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New book takes on college issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — “The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace,” a collection of essays that consider five thorny issues that affect today’s college students, is the first book released by the new publishing ministry of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
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Becoming disaster-resilient in Sri Lanka

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Communities in Sri Lanka’s Ratnapura District are taking action, with the support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, to increase their resilience to potential disasters such as massive flooding and landslides to which the area is prone. David Tereshchuk reports for UMCOR.
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Films offer new take on Bible

LONDON — Six new short films offering a contemporary slant on Bible stories have been funded by the Methodist Church in Great Britain, which calls the films “provocative, entertaining and often controversial.” Produced by Applecart, the films were released May 31.
Film and study notes links


How to love your church by letting go

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCom) — How can you help your church grow? Sometimes, church leaders need to follow the advice of Elsa in “Frozen,” and “Let it go.” Tricia Brown, writing for United Methodist Communications, offers three areas where churches might benefit from some loosening up.

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Florida church helps families out of poverty

ORLANDO, Fla. (UMNS) — St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is on a mission to serve its surrounding neighborhood by helping low-income residents make their way out of poverty. Key to their efforts is Circles USA, a national transformational approach that joins volunteers and community leaders with families wanting help to make a better life. Brenda Eggert Brader writes for the Florida Conference about how the church is helping people find economic stability.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.


Thursday, June 2

Webinar “Program Planning for Women’s Groups” — 6 p.m. CDT.  

A successful women’s group not only helps members become closer to God but also builds friendships. Debbie Kolacki, a Christian educator and certified lay servant in The United Methodist Church, will discuss resources for such groups including books, DVDs and online possibilities. Details


Friday, June 10

Deadline to make reservations for the Western Jurisdiction Father’s Day Concert and Dinner — 5 p.m. PDT Sunday, June 19 at the Chester Washington Golf Course, 1818 Charlie Sifford Drive in Los Angeles. The Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Men will honor Man of the Year 2016, Gardena City Councilman Mark Henderson. The Dozier Singers will perform. $45 for adults and $25 for children under 12. Contact Larry Dozier at 310-365-1331 or [email protected].

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