Daily Digest: March 27, 2014

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“One of the most important skills we need on site is how to be a good listener. You need to let the person tell you what they need for you to do to help, not you tell them what you think they need.” – Dale Kimball, Epworth Project executive director, about training disaster relief workers. advertisement

Katrina survivors training to help others
NEW ORLEANS (UMNS) — The horrifying images of the destruction when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 are hard to forget. For those who lived there, the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief is something never to be forgotten. Now, some residents of the Gulf Coast are in training to give the kind of care they received. Nola.com has the story.

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Minneapolis church reaches out to homeless teens
MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) — The Rev. Rachel Morey, pastor of Brooklyn Mosaic United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Center, has been working with city officials, other denominations and civic groups to help build what will be a shelter for homeless teens. “They go to incredible measures to hide the fact they have no place to do laundry or sleep at night,” Morey told the Star-Tribune.

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North Carolina couple make sure youth are fed
GASTON, N.C. (UMNS) — Preston and Martha Taylor joined with their church, First United Methodist, more than 10 years ago to perform an act of kindness. The Feeding the Children Ministry now provides food for more than 300 area children on school breaks when free and reduced lunch programs are not active. Charlotteobserver.com reports the Taylors also prepared a manual for any other churches interested in starting a similar ministry.

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Ministry with the Poor

Event will focus on churches in mission
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (UMNS) — The Rev. Jorge Acevedo of Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, Fla., and Brian Fikkert of the Chalmers Center will be keynote speakers for the Beyond These Walls Mission Conference, May 1-3, at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church. The event will focus on churches interested in or doing mission work. Early registration discount is available until April 1.

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Church honors Civil War soldier
WESLEY, N.Y. (UMNS) — They gathered March 22 in the one-room Wesley United Methodist Church to remember Anson Park, who died on that day 150 years ago during the Civil War. The land for the church and its nearby cemetery was given by Park’s family generations ago and some of his descendants remain active in the church. Salamancapress.com describes a ceremony replete with Civil War remembrances.

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Huston-Tillotson University president to retire
AUSTIN, Texas (UMNS) — Larry L. Earvin, now in his 14th year as president of United Methodist-related Huston-Tillotson University, has announced he will retire June 30, 2015. The university’s board has established a presidential search committee to find Earvin’s successor, who will be Huston-Tillotson’s sixth president.

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Reinhardt University president to depart
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (UMNS) — J. Thomas Isherwood, the 19th president of United Methodist-related Reinhardt University, has announced he plans to leave the university June 30, 2015.

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