Daily Digest - November 22, 2022

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Ask The UMC
Is Advent about preparing for baby Jesus?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Advent is not intended to prepare Christians for baby Jesus, writes Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications. It is instead about refocusing the church, and especially those preparing for baptism, on Christ’s return.
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Minnesota Conference
Church rallies with feeding ministry

ELMORE, Minn. — Members of Elmore United Methodist have reinvigorated the church through a feeding ministry. The Rev. Russ Jacobsen helped the small congregation launch a midweek meal and worship service. It has resulted in a rise in church attendance from 20 to 60 on most Sundays. Christa Meland has the story.
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Global Ministries
Yambasu initiative promotes fish farming

GOUAGONOUPLEU, Côte d’Ivoire — A grant from Global Ministries’ Yambasu Agriculture Initiative is helping to create jobs for youth and women in rural parts of the country. Over the past six months, the Côte d’Ivoire Conference has constructed fishponds and built a Village Savings and Loan Association program. Kepifri Lakoh has the story.
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Delegates to elect new bishops in the Philippines
CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (UM News) — Delegates to the Philippines Central Conference will convene for a special session Nov. 24-26 to elect three new bishops. UM News will provide coverage, including features on the newly elected episcopal leaders. Follow United Methodist News on Twitter @UMNS (hashtag #UMCElections) and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/umnews for updates and visit UMNews.org for all of our episcopal election coverage.  
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UM News: Filipinos to elect new bishops

No Daily Digest Nov. 23-25
This is the last Daily Digest before the Thanksgiving holiday. The digest will resume on Monday, Nov. 28. The staff at UM News wishes everyone a blessed Thanksgiving.


Reconciling Ministries Network
Advocacy group launches new website, resources

CHICAGO — Following a historic period of growth after the 2019 special General Conference, the unofficial advocacy group Reconciling Ministries Network has built an improved website. The group, which advocates for LGBTQ and racial equality in The United Methodist Church, also has updated its virtual resources and governing statements for a more intersectional approach to justice.
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UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not UM News staff. 

Michigan Conference
Destigmatizing mental illness

DETROIT — People with mental illnesses have much to overcome, and Christians should make things easier for them when possible. The Rev. Darryl Totty, Greater Detroit District superintendent, advocates for destigmatizing these issues by maintaining a humble spirit and loving and building others up with support and resources.
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Amid church exits, work starts on record-low budget

3 church disaffiliations blocked


Sunday, Nov. 27

United Methodist Student Day Sunday 

Monday, Nov. 28-Friday, Dec. 23
Online course: Prepare the Way for the Lord

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