Daily Digest - November 6, 2015

"It’s been incredible to experience how these people want to give back a little of what we try to convey to them." — The Rev. Rolf Held, United Methodist pastor, about the refugees in Messstetten, Germany.

Video: German town works to assist refugees

NEW YORK (UMNS) — The number of refugees who have come to Messstetten, Germany, for assistance now exceeds more than half the town’s population. In a video interview with the Rev. Paul Jeffrey, Rolf Held, a local United Methodist pastor, talks about the impact of the refugee/migration situation in Europe and how the refugees are giving back. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is responding to those needs through its Global/Refugee Migration fund, Advance No. 3022144
Watch video
Donate to UMCOR

Renovations underway on Saganing Center

STANDISH, Mich. (UMNS) — Renovations are well underway on the new Saganing Native American Center. And once the center opens next year, events already scheduled include the annual Pow Wow of the Saganing Band of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and a Lay Servant class focusing on Native American tradition. Kay DeMoss reports for the Michigan Conference.
Read story  
Ways to observe Native American Heritage Month

Rallying for organ donation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS) — Donor Sabbath (Nov. 13-15) encourages religious groups to talk up organ donation among their members. Amy Forbus reports on the experience of some United Methodist organ donors and recipients in the Arkansas Conference.
Read story  
Read about Donor Sabbath 
Get church resources 

United Methodist school offers hope at the border

EL PASO, Texas (UMNS) — Arlet Burciaga is among the youth of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, who rise before dawn to cross the border into El Paso and attend Lydia Patterson Institute, a United Methodist school that teaches them English and prepares them for college. KUT public broadcasting in Austin, Texas, followed Arlet through a typical day.
Read story

Women’s commission names education director

CHIICAGO (UMNS) — The Rev. Leigh Goodrich, New England Conference, has been named senior director of education and leadership by the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women, effective November 2.
See press release  

Find news in Spanish

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Looking for the latest United Methodist Church news for the Hispanic/Latino community? You can find the latest news in Spanish on our website. Or sign up for the monthly e-newsletter by emailing [email protected].
View the website 

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.

Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 11-13
2015 Church Multiplication Conference on multi-site ministry — Southfield Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan, will host a conference on launching multi-site ministry, one of the fastest-growing new church movements. $125 per person. Details.

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 12-15
Lake Junaluska Peace Conference — Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. This year’s conference, “Longing for Peace/Exploring the Heart of God,” will feature three keynote speakers and focus on the spiritual roots and foundations that support the search for peace in the three Abrahamic faith traditions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The conference will also include music, workshops and a panel discussion. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Registration is $120 before Sept. 1 and $145 after Sept. 1. Students may attend for $60. Details.

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

Like what you're reading? Support the ministry of UM News! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community. Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!


Daily Digest - June 15, 2021

Groups help alleviate hunger in Zimbabwe; Ask The UMC: Is our time of death predetermined?; Church stretches outreach to India

Daily Digest - June 14, 2021

Cicadas show up for church, testing clergy; Bishop Taylor to retire; Church hosts memorial for Pulse victims

Daily Digest - June 11, 2021

Churches have a role in overcoming vaccine hesitancy; Where is John Wesley's birthplace?; Top stories from the week