Daily Digest - March 29, 2016

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“The continued experience of the cross is not only painful, but does strengthen (us) to move forward in hope for healing and reconciliation.” — Bishop Samuel Azariah, moderator of the Church of Pakistan, in reference to the Easter Sunday attack on Christians in Lahore.


Easter attack on Pakistan’s Christians

LAHORE, Pakistan (UMNS) — As Easter Sunday ended in Lahore, Pakistan, Bishop Samuel Azariah was still at a hospital visiting those injured by a suicide bomb attack in a public park where many Christian families were celebrating the holiday. Linda Bloom reports.
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Resurrection celebrated in town terrorists attacked

GRAND BASSAM, Côte d’Ivoire (UMNS) — United Methodist Bishop Benjamin Boni asked for God’s blessings on this coastal town and every nation “going through the sad phenomenon of terrorism” during an Easter service near the site of a deadly terrorist attack that killed 19 people. Hervé Koutouan reports.
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Hope for the long haul in Flint

FLINT, Mich. (UMNS) — As the politics of the Flint water crisis are sorted out, the Crossroads District of The United Methodist Church and the faithful from across the connection are acting to build courage and trust in the midst of a desperate situation. Kay DeMoss of the Michigan Conference has an update.
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Church goes bald as show of support

LEBANON, Pa. (UMNS) — Following a recent worship service at Nuevo Nacimiento (New Birth) United Methodist Church, 32 people had their heads shaved, an act of solidarity with two girls in the community who lost their hair while undergoing cancer treatment. John Coleman reports for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
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Parish nursing certification now available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist parish nurses now have the opportunity to earn certification in their specialized ministry.
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Effort to provide 100,000 daily devotionals by Sept. 11

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Strength for Service board hopes to provide police officers, firefighters, first responders and military personnel with 100,000 copies of “Strength for Service” on or before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Rich Peck of United Methodist Men tells how churches can join the effort.

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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.


Friday, April 1

Early-bird deadline for the 2016 Grow by One Summit ─ 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 30. The Arkansas Conference will have workshops on the hows — and whys — of faith sharing, preparing for guests and reaching the mission field. The gathering will be at St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas. $15. Details

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