Daily Digest - October 4, 2019

“It was a given that if you needed clerical shirts, then Mhondoro was the person to go to.”The Rev. Lloyd Nyarota, speaking about the Rev. Andrew Mhondoro, who died Sept. 29 in Zimbabwe.


NEWS AND FEATURES

From making garments to making disciples

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Pastors usually abandon their original careers when they take up the calling to ministry, but the Rev. Andrew Mhondoro, who died Sept. 29 at age 82, brought his former tailoring trade with him. Eveline Chikwanah has a remembrance. 
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The Mountaineer
Linda Carder, bishop’s wife, dies 

CHAPIN, S.C. — Linda Faye Miller Carder, the wife of Bishop Kenneth Carder, passed away Oct. 3 after a long battle with frontotemporal dementia. She was 79. Two memorial services are scheduled. The first will be at 3 p.m. EDT Oct. 6 at Salem United Methodist Church in Irmo, South Carolina. The second service is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 8. at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina.
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East Ohio Conference
Tailgate church at a Browns game

BEDFORD, Ohio — A team from Hope United Methodist Church took “tailgate church” to a parking lot for a Cleveland Browns game. The Rev. Andrew Scott has a first-person account of trying to reach tailgaters who might otherwise be ignored by evangelists.
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Baltimore-Washington Conference
Innovative blessing boxes aid homeless

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — When is a newspaper vending machine not a newspaper vending machine? When it’s transformed into a blessing box. Nathan and Chelsea Payton of Calvary United Methodist Church came up with the ministry as a way of meeting the needs of the homeless population in their community. Erik Alsgaard has the story. 
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
How a small church can build a big marketing plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Small churches with limited resources can think like a marketing firm and achieve their goals for local visibility. Brett McArdle offers tips from the advertising world that can be used for the goal of drawing people to church.
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