Daily Digest - March 24, 2017

"As we celebrate the opening of this new office, we make our 'Global Ministries' more than just a name." — Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, president of Global Ministries’ board. 

Global Ministries dedicates Asia office

SEOUL, South Korea (UMNS) — Christian leaders from around Asia joined in celebrating the opening of a regional United Methodist Global Ministries office March 23. They also celebrated the spirit of partnership the office represents. Tim Tanton reports.
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Bishop reflects as Africa University turns 25

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Africa University will celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 25. In observing the anniversary, Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa — one the university’s first faculty members — shares his thoughts on this United Methodist-related institution. The Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo did the interview. 
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Church's 'Roving Listeners' build community

MACON, Ga. (UMNS) — Centenary United Methodist Church works in its Macon neighborhood to connect neighbors to one another and to promote a greater sense of community through its Roving Listener program. Kara Witherow of the South Georgia Conference writes about this group of youth and adults who hears what people want to see happen in their communities and gives them a voice. 
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Prom ministry plays fairy godmother

DURANT, Okla. (UMNS) — The Prom Closet at Durant First United Methodist Church is providing formals to students from 13 area schools. A couple got the idea from St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Chris Schutz reports for the Oklahoma Conference. 
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Holston gift of $125,000 helps build new homes

ALCOA, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Holston Conference is showing gratitude for the outpouring of donations for wildfire relief by pouring the funds back into the building of 25 new homes for survivors. The Call has the story.
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Podcast on church marketing debuts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCOM) — Marketing isn’t a bad word for churches; it’s merely how people tell the story of their church to the local and global community. MyCom, a newsletter of United Methodist Communications, debuts a podcast to help congregations tell their story.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Monday, April 3-Tuesday, April 4

Conference: The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation — 9 a.m. April 3 to 5 p.m. April 4, EDT. Candler School of Theology joins Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion in a scholarly celebration of the contributions of the Protestant Reformation to the transformation of theology, art, music, liturgy, church life, politics, economics and the law. The celebration will include a Bach organ concert by Emory University Organist Timothy Albrecht and a presentation on Reformation archives by Pitts Theology Library’s M. Patrick Graham. Free. Details

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