Daily Digest - May 15, 2019

“God is not done with the people called Methodists and (we) are looking for ways to create and participate in a future that we anticipate will be one of spiritual and numerical growth.”The Rev. Nita Crump, South Georgia Conference, on the upcoming annual conference.


Church future focus of annual conferences
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Resolutions dealing with sexuality, environmental stewardship and the slogan of The United Methodist Church are among topics facing clergy and lay members at the denomination’s 2019 annual conferences. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Church awaits decision on sanctuary guest appeal
ST. PAUL, Minn. (UMNS) — Connecticut United Methodists are praying that a federal appeals court will reopen the immigration case of Nelson Pinos. His two teenage daughters, who are U.S. citizens, and the Rev. Vicki Flippin, pastor of the church where he sought sanctuary, were among those attending the May 14 hearing. Linda Bloom reports.
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United Methodist Men
Relay participants receive 'Strength for Service'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Strength for Service ministry is providing 5,000 copies of the devotional book to veterans and first responders who are participating in “Carry the Load,” a three-team, 11,500-mile national relay handing off the American flag every 5 miles for 32 straight days. The Rev. Rich Peck has the story.
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Central Texas Conference
Texas church honors late member

KILLEEN, Texas — Un Suk Deroune, a faithful, beloved member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, died without survivors or funds to pay for her funeral. The Korean congregation took up a special offering that more than covered those costs. The extra money went toward St. Luke’s work with Rise Against Hunger — a further way of honoring Deroune.
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Commission on General Conference
GC2020 marshals and pages sought

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Applications are now open for United Methodists to serve as marshals and pages during the 2020 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis.
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Bread for the World
Beckmann to retire as hunger group’s leader

WASHINGTON — Local United Methodists know the name of the Rev. David Beckmann from years of engaging in letter-writing campaigns for Bread for the World. Beckmann, a Lutheran minister who has served as Bread’s president for 27 years, has announced that he will retire in June 2020.
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Church aims to empower Zimbabwe’s poorest

After the cyclone, faith abides


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