Daily Digest - March 9, 2018

"Here, people can be themselves and have a real, personal experience with God." — The Revs. Elsie Lisbeth Quintanilla-Perez, who, along with her husband, started a Hispanic congregation in St. Louis.


Missouri Conference
New U.S. citizens create new ministry

ST. LOUIS — The Revs. Elsie Lisbeth Quintanilla-Perez and husband Jose Marino Chacon Mayorga, both formerly of El Salvador, are relatively new U.S. citizens. They also are the founders of a growing United Methodist ministry with Hispanics in Missouri. Fred Koenig reports on their story. 
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Lexington Clipper-Herald
Message to immigrants: We all belong

LEXINGTON, Neb. — First United Methodist Church here hosted “We All Belong,” a public discussion of Dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Brian Neben reports on the discussion. 
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Ask the UMC
When did the church first ordain women?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (InfoServ) — Women served as preachers from the beginnings of the Methodist movement, and they were ordained as ministers as early as the late 19th century. The latest installment of Ask the UMC takes a look back at the first women granted full clergy rights. 
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Global Ministries
World evangelism gathering draws Methodists

ARUSHA, Tanzania — World Methodism is strongly represented at the 2018 Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, meeting here through March 13. The World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism is the sponsor of the conference, which gathers about every 10 years. Elliott Wright has an overview of the event that has drawn some 50 Methodist and Wesleyan delegates from 25 countries.
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Read about ‘Moving in the Spirit’ by Jerome Sahabandhu

Annual conferences
2017 annual conference reports 

NAIVASHA, Kenya — United Methodist News Service is posting reports from all annual conference sessions as we receive them. The latest is from the new Kenya-Ethiopia Conference, which had its first gathering Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
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General Council on Finance and Administration

United Methodist Insurance reports progress

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The board of United Methodist Insurance celebrated that the nonprofit now insures more than 3,600 United Methodist churches and other properties. Since 2014, 98 percent of churches insured by United Methodist Insurance have chosen to stay with the nonprofit. 
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Nigerian church faces hefty fines for building delays


UMCOR recipients pay it forward



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Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25

Intersections: Faith, Church and the Academy

Sunday, March 25

Worship resources for Passion/Palm Sunday


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