Daily Digest - November 8, 2016

"The underlying important focus to me is working on the culture of the church." — Bishop Christian Alsted, chair of the Connectional Table.


Connectional Table: Called 'for such a time as this'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UMNS) — The Connectional Table, which coordinates denominational ministry and resources, plans to focus on vital congregations and the worldwide nature of the church. Kathy L. Gilbert reports on the leadership body’s organizing meeting to set the course for the next four years.

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In China, explaining a U.S. ballot

LUZHOU, China (UMNS) — When Connie Wieck, a college English teacher through the Amity Foundation, showed her Chinese students an absentee ballot — mailed from the Clark County Courthouse in Illinois — they had questions and opinions about the U.S. elections. Wieck writes about the experience in her blog.

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Military families support one another

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (UMNS) — On the second Monday of every month for the past six years, Northwoods United Methodist Church has hosted a Deployed Spouses Dinner as a way to support one another and validate whatever they are feeling as their spouses are away. Christine Kumar reports for Interpreter magazine.

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A woman's leadership through a difficult time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — United Methodists, take note. When Susanna Wesley found the spiritual depth of her church lacking, she led her own devotions. When people objected, she stood firm. Joe Iovino has the feature.

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Commentary: Supporting Vietnamese migrant workers

SELANGOR, Malaysia (UMNS) — Vietnamese migrant workers in Malaysia often succumb to alcoholism. Josh Van is a United Methodist Board of Global Ministries missionary who shares the gospel with such workers, helping some to come to faith and quit drinking. Van writes about his experience for New World Outlook magazine.

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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, Nov. 13

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church — United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers a prayer and liturgy for this day. See resources


Thursday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 19

Native American Discipleship Conference — The gathering, co-sponsored by the Native American Comprehensive Plan and the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries, will be at the Comfort Suites, Milwaukee Airport Hotel, 6362 S. 13th St., Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For reservations, contact Cheryl Hensley at 918-686-8444. Details


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