Daily Digest - March 5, 2021

“Every one of those boreholes provides clean drinking water to an entire village of children and adults for decades.”The Rev. Adam Hamilton, on United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s efforts to help provide safe water in Malawi.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Church helps drill more than 80 boreholes in Malawi

LILONGWE, Malawi (UM News) — United Methodist Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, Kansas, has been working in partnership with the Malawi United Methodist Church to address a variety of humanitarian needs. Most recently, the church enabled the drilling of more than 80 boreholes in the past six months. Francis Nkhoma has the story.
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West Ohio Conference
Black women pastors speak out in book

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — A new book by the Rev. Josephine Whitely-Fields, a retired elder, offers the experiences of African American women clergy in their own words. “Pioneer Black Clergywomen: Stories of Black Clergywomen of The United Methodist Church” compiles interviews with nine subjects about their experiences of bias in the denomination. Amy Graham reports.
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New England Conference
COVID-19 can’t stop church’s food ministry

SHELDON, Vt. — Sheldon United Methodist Church had just gotten an occupancy permit on the new building where it would host free community meals when COVID-19 put those plans on indefinite hold. Now, the building is filled with food and the food is being distributed. In a video and recording, church member John Gorton tells the story. 
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California-Nevada Conference
Interfaith effort potentially saves 147 lives

DANVILLE, Calif. — Faced with a rising need for blood donations, San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church teamed up with the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation to get people to roll up their sleeves. The result was a combined 49 units of blood, enough to save up to 147 lives. Lisa Jancarick has the story.
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Greater Northwest Area
Reading program aims to turn page on racism

BOISE, Idaho — In its efforts to dismantle racism, Collister United Methodist Church has joined with nonprofits and businesses across Boise to establish Turning Pages, a project for 12 elementary schools. The project features local leaders who are people of color reading aloud stories that spotlight people of color. Kristen Caldwell has the story.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
Helping others close to home
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When United Methodists hear about church missions, they may think of big, organized programs: missionaries serving far from home or the annual church mission trip. But Jesus often talked about missions as simply helping the people we encounter every day. Get Them Talking, a series of resources to help families start conversations about issues of faith, has more on helping others.
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Missions: Making the world more heavenly


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