Daily Digest: March 26, 2014

"I have my ERTs on alert, ready to dispatch when we are able and asked.” – Jim Truitt, the United Methodist Volunteers-in-Mission coordinator, Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference. advertisement

United Methodists ready to assist after mudslide
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. (UMNS) — United Methodist Early Response Teams stand ready to assist after the deadly mudslide in Washington State, but coordinator Jim Truitt doesn’t expect a call soon, due to the extensive debris and damaged roads.

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Supervisory response begins for Dallas pastor
DALLAS (UMNS) — A supervisory response is under way for the Rev. William McElvaney, the retired pastor who officiated at a same-sex union in violation of United Methodist Church law. “It is my prayer that our members, both clergy and laity, affirm the goals of this process with their prayers and respect for the confidential nature of this process, which seeks reconciliation as its ultimate goal,” Bishop Michael McKee said in a March 24 statement to the North Texas Annual (regional) Conference.

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Scholarships help youth leaving foster care
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — For youth aging out of a foster care home and unsure of how they will pay for rent and food, much less tuition, funding a college education can seem an impossible dream. However, that dream is becoming a reality for many, thanks to scholarships through the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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‘Band of Angels’ assists Sandy survivors
NEW YORK (UMNS) — A family in New Jersey was barely hanging on to a faint glimmer of hope when a “band of angels” came to their door. Before Hurricane Sandy swirled through, the father, an ironworker, became disabled when he hurt his back at work. Then, the family was devastated when they lost one of the children, 6 years old, to cancer. Susan Kim reports for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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Three years after blaze, church almost rebuilt
SOUTH SEAVILLE, N.J. (UMNS) — Lightning struck South Seaville United Methodist Church in June 2011 and the building was lost to fire. It has taken three years but the rebuilt structure is about to resume its place as a community hub. The pressofatlanticcity.com explains how the congregation overcame the obstacles.

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How to protect your church

Student group seeks U.S. regional co-chair
NEW YORK (UMNS) — The World Student Christian Federation North American Regional Committee is now accepting applications from U.S. students and recent graduates to serve a two-year term in the volunteer position of U.S. co-chair of the Regional Committee. The application deadline is April 1.

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Study Bible award finalist
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The CEB Study Bible, the first study Bible available for the Common English Bible translation, has been selected as a finalist for an award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Abingdon Press, part of the United Methodist Publishing House, distributes the Common English Bible and related materials.

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