Daily Digest - June 30, 2020

"I feel glad to see everyone again in face-to-face service after a few months of just seeing through the internet. Things are a bit more difficult than before, but I believe and pray that this, too, shall pass." — Gillie Divine T. Pascua, on the first in-person services at United Methodist City Temple in Cabanatuan City, Philippines.


Churches adapt to 'new normal' in Philippines
CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (UM News) — Worshippers adjusted to a "new normal" as some United Methodist churches reopened after a strict community quarantine was lifted in parts of the country. Adhering to health guidelines, churches set up hand-washing stations, checked temperatures and required masks. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
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Kentucky Conference
Glory sightings among new faith communities

CRESTWOOD, Ky. — From launching a new food ministry to continuing a successful capital campaign, new churches in the Kentucky Conference are finding ways to reach new people and growing despite the COVID-19 crisis. Alan Wild, new church development ministry assistant, compiled these stories.
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United Methodist Committee on Relief
Relief for drought victims in India

ATLANTA — Several years of drought in India have led to suffering and suicide for subsistence farmers there. A grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief — through a partnership with Churches Auxiliary for Social Action — is helping provide feed for livestock, seeds and saplings, small tools, soil test kits and more. Christie R. House has the story.
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The New York Times
Houston Methodist Hospital sees virus surge

HOUSTON — With COVID-19 cases rising sharply in this part of Texas, Houston Methodist Hospital is adding beds and asking nurses to work extra shifts. Sheri Fink reports on these and other efforts by the hospital to cope with the surge.
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United Methodist Communications
Resources for discussing racism with children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bringing children into calm, educated discussions can help a younger generation confront the reality of racism and be part of ending racial injustice. UMC.org suggests books and other resources to help address this difficult topic with children. Crystal Caviness reports.
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Surviving tribulations part of school's history

Food relief helps in Liberia's COVID-19 fight


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