Daily Digest - May 18, 2020

“I think the deacon background has always helped me. It’s helped me to look at people more holistically, and I’d like to think it’s helped me to be a more patient and better listener.”The Rev. Diane Dyson, a United Methodist deacon and full-time hospital nurse who has lately been caring for COVID-19 patients.


Clergywoman also nurse on COVID-19 front line

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (UM News) — The Rev. Diane Dyson is a United Methodist deacon and registered nurse. For two months, she’s been caring for COVID-19 patients at a New Jersey hospital. It has been an intense, fearful stretch, but she’s also felt great support, including from United Methodists. Sam Hodges reports. 
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The Baltimore Sun  
Maryland’s oldest resident, a United Methodist, dies at 112

BALTIMORE — Downing Kay, believed to be the oldest living Marylander, died May 15 at age 112. She was a lifelong, faithful United Methodist. She could remember World War I and during the Great Depression learned to make a can of tuna last a week. Christina Tkacik reports.
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Northern Illinois Conference  
Confirmation goes online

CHICAGO — The COVID-19 emergency prompted some Northern Illinois Conference churches to take their confirmation classes online. First United Methodist in Oak Park, Illinois, had a May 4 online confirmation service. Diane Strzelecki reports.
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Florida Conference
Korean church’s drive-thru kicks into gear 

TAMARAC, Fla. — Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida is doing what it can to serve expanding needs for food and keep people safe from COVID-19. Cars start lining up as early as 5 a.m. for its drive-thru food pantry. Michelle Bearden has the story. 
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Minnesota church offers food for body and soul

FARMINGTON, Minn. — Faith United Methodist Church is a Loaves and Fishes dining site. But with restaurants closed, it has converted to free drive-up meals only. Cars line up for food and a kind word from the Rev. Karen Evenson. Kevin Doran has the story. 
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Gammon Theological Seminary
Seminary to hold online grant-writing workshop

ATLANTA — United Methodist Gammon Theological Seminary will host a virtual grant-writing workshop on June 23-24. The workshop aims to help participants identify potential donors and create the right fit with the selected funding agency. The cost is $200.


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Daily Digest - May 29, 2020

Preaching can highlight climate crisis; NCC calls Floyd death ‘outrage’; Great Lakes Bay area flooding

Daily Digest - May 28, 2020

Churches practice caution before reopening; UMCOR COVID-19 fund helps fill gaps; Online prayer, protest vigil held for Floyd

Daily Digest - May 27, 2020

Filipinos on the margins hurt by COVID-19; Bishop Jones removed from SMU board; 5 women bishops discuss leadership