Daily Digest - October 9, 2020

“Humanly speaking, we may serve beyond our means, especially since our average age is between 60 and 65 years. But because we are responding to a call we have received from God, we can also draw strength from above.”Györgyi Vályi, on the United Methodist church she leads in Budapest, Hungary. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Church leader finds certainty amid COVID-19

BUDAPEST, Hungary (UM News) — Györgyi Vályi found that even as the COVID-19 pandemic limited church to internet and telephone, Hope Church members grew closer together and that gave her new confidence in her own ministry leading the church. The church is the smallest of three United Methodist congregations in Budapest. Urs Schweizer has the story. 
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Greater Northwest Area
Help offered to wildfire victims

TALENT, Ore. — People who lost everything in the Oregon wildfires are showing up to help their neighbors, said the Rev. Brent Strobel, pastor of Ashland United Methodist Church. The fire swept through the towns of Phoenix and Talent on Sept. 8, damaging more than 3,200 homes and causing at least three deaths. Sally Blanchard reports.
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Kentucky Conference 
Louisville churches get Global Ministries grants

ATLANTA — Four United Methodist churches in struggling Louisville neighborhoods are getting financial help from United Methodist Global Ministries for their work with at-risk children. The agency is making available two grants of $10,000 each. Alan Wild reports.
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New 2020 annual conference reports posted 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. East Ohio is new this week. 
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Children die from unsafe water, poor sanitation
Coming Tuesday, Oct. 13: The World Health Organization reports that over 800 children under 5 die every day from diarrhea diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene or unsafe drinking water. Staff photographer Mike DuBose, with reporting help from Kathy L. Gilbert, chronicles the scarcity of clean water access in rural Africa and the church’s efforts to help in a photo essay called “Water is Life.”


PRESS RELEASES

Northern Illinois Conference
Indigenous Peoples Day celebration planned
 
CHICAGO — The Northern Illinois Conference Anti-Racism Task Force and the Committee on Native American Ministries are planning three events to involve United Methodist teens in a yearlong journey promoting racial justice. The first is a virtual celebration of worship, learning and discussion in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Oct. 12, from 1-2:30 p.m. U.S. Central time.  
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National Council of Churches
Christian Unity gathering goes virtual Oct. 12-13

WASHINGTON — The Virtual 2020 Christian Unity Gathering will meet Oct. 12-13 under the theme, “Breathing New Life Into Our Nation: Repentance, Re-formation, Reparation.” The opening speaker is the Rev. James Forbes and keynote speakers include the Rev. Chanequa Walker-Barnes and the Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. 
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United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
Foundation plans virtual homecoming

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation plans to host a virtual “homecoming” to celebrate Methodism and higher education at 10 a.m. U.S. Central time Oct. 27. The public is invited to follow the foundation on Facebook, Instagram and at https://umhef.org for the homecoming.
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