Daily Digest - November 11, 2015

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“During the war my mother ‘traded’ ration coupons with other women, (such as) clothing coupons for food, so when she got the quilt, she was really happy to have something of real use.” — Joseph Briddock, recalling when his family received a CARE package that included a quilt made by “Methodist Ladies of New York.”

Which Methodist women made this quilt?

NEW YORK (UMNS) — When Joseph Briddock’s family found a handmade quilt among the tins of food in a CARE package delivered to their South London home, the only clue to its origin was a notation on the back: a gift from “the Methodist Ladies of New York.” Seventy years later, he still would like to express his thanks to the quilters. Linda Bloom reports.
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Sierra Leone celebrates end of Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — United Methodists held thanksgiving services and joined in celebrations tinged with sadness and caution as the World Health Organization declared the end of the 18-month Ebola outbreak after Sierra Leone reported no new cases for 42 days. Phileas Jusu has the story.
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Faith leaders: strengthen witness despite persecution

NEW YORK (UMNS) — A call for solidarity among all churches to strengthen the Christian witness in the face of modern-day discrimination and persecution was issued by a diverse group of Christian leaders. The group attended a consultation Nov. 1-5 in Tirana, Albania, that was organized by the ecumenical Global Christian Forum. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries was among the funding sponsors. Elliott Wright has the story for Global Ministries.
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Church helps fire department rescue pets

CENTRAL, La. (UMNS) — Central's firefighters will soon have a new lifesaving tool in their fire trucks — oxygen masks for pets. The rescue masks are a gift of the congregation of Magnolia United Methodist Church in Central. The Louisiana Conference has the story.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Want to follow developments as the 2016 General Conference approaches? You can find the latest news on UMNS Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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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.

Sunday-Monday, Nov. 15-16
Fiser-Christie Endowed Mission Lecture Series celebrating UMCOR's 75th anniversary — St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The Rev. Denise Honeycutt, the relief agency's executive, will speak at 11 a.m. CDT Sunday, Nov. 15, during a worship that will be live-streamed. At the church, young adults will also construct an "UMCOR Schoolhouse" where children can deposit special offerings. Details.

Monday, Nov. 16
Webinar "The Intersections of Mass Incarceration and Women's Health" — 3 p.m. EST. The United Methodist Board of Church and Society and its Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project will hold this webinar. Speakers include Andrea James, founder of Families for Justice as Healing, and staff members from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Details.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.

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