Daily Digest - June 8, 2023

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“God has a sense of humor about retirement.” The Rev. Margie McNeir, on leading the effort to start a new United Methodist church in Amarillo, Texas.


United Methodism lives on in Amarillo

AMARILLO, Texas (UM News) — This Texas Panhandle city of 200,000 was on the way to having no United Methodist church. The Rev. Margie McNeir couldn’t abide that, so she became a church planter at 82. The recent chartering of Amarillo United Methodist Church has cheered McNeir — now 83 — and other loyal United Methodists in the area. It has also offered hope for the Northwest Texas Conference, hard hit by disaffiliations. Sam Hodges reports. 
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Louisiana Conference
2 churches join in solar-powered effort

NEW ORLEANS — Cornerstone and First Grace United Methodist churches are among the 16 pilot locations aiming to be solar-powered in 2023. The churches are participating in the Community Lighthouse project, an effort in New Orleans to build a network of solar-powered churches and community centers to offer relief during power outages. Mark Lambert has the story. 
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Ashe Post & Times
Duke grant funds church reading program

WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. — A $50,000 grant from The Duke Endowment is funding a child reading program this summer at West Jefferson United Methodist Church. The program, known as Ashe County Summer Reading Adventure, is designed to foster a love of reading, improve students' confidence and help them appreciate the world around them.
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Gallatin News, Tap into Summit
Churches award college scholarships

GALLATIN, Tenn. — United Methodist churches in Tennessee and New Jersey are helping members reduce the cost of higher education. Gallatin First United Methodist Church has awarded a total of $19,500 in college scholarships to 11 students. The United Methodist Church of Summit in New Jersey has awarded its Mildred S. Wyckoff Scholarship to church member Oliver Andrew Relf. The Gallatin News and Tap into Summit have the stories. 
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Day 1
Joy Moore to preach on ‘Day 1’

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Rev. Joy J. Moore, a United Methodist elder and professor of biblical preaching at Luther Seminary, will be the featured preacher June 11 and June 18 on “Day 1,” a nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program and podcast. Moore’s sermon for June 11, “For God So Loved the World,” is based on God’s promise to make a great nation of Abram. Moore’s sermon for June 18, “Would You Laugh,” is drawn from Sarah’s reaction to the promise that she would bear a son.
Learn more about Moore
Read and listen to June 11 sermon
Read and listen to June 18 sermon 

United Theological Seminary
Webinars offer ‘John Wesley for Lunch’

DAYTON, Ohio — The Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center at United Theological Seminary is offering a monthly interactive webinar called “John Wesley for Lunch” that will feature a Wesley scholar. The next lunch is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. U.S. Eastern time June 22. Justus H. Hunter, a United church history professor, will discuss how Methodism’s founder was shaped by his study of historic Christianity.  
To register
Learn more about the Innovation Center


UM Men is on the move

Changes, expansion for United Methodist Men 


Friday, June 9-Sunday, June 11

Missouri Annual Conference 

Friday, June 9-Sunday, June 11
New York Annual Conference

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