Daily Digest - September 1, 2017

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“We are going to try to come up with an open source solution, so that the next city that gets hit can deploy something like this.” — Oliver Carter, a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Houston, talking about HoustonHarveyRescue.com app. 

Matthew Marchetti, a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, looks at three computer screens as he works to locate people who need rescuing during Hurricane Harvey. Marchetti, along with fellow Chapelwood member Oliver Carter, came up with a design for a web app, HoustonHarveyRescue.com, to help connect those in need with volunteer rescuers.

Enlisting tech, boats for Houston rescue efforts

HOUSTON (UMNS) — Witnessing the chaos and confusion created by Tropical Storm Harvey, two members of Chapelwood United Methodist Church and a friend quickly created an app to help flood victims. And the “Chapelwood Navy” also sprung into action. Mary Jacobs has the story.
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Trans Christians share stories

CHICAGO (UMNS) — Rooted, a three-day conference for trans and gender-expanded Christians, gave participants an opportunity to share faith stories and struggles. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Faith undergirds workplace attitudes, actions

PASADENA, Texas (Interpreter) — Greg English practices what he calls "quality devotion time" each morning before beginning his workday. English was among more than 200 people who responded to a question from Interpreter magazine about how people carry their faith into the workplace. Kathy Noble reports.
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Global Mission Fellow applications open

ATLANTA — Young adults, ages 20 to 30, can now apply to become part of the next class in the two-year Global Mission Fellows program, a denominational initiative administered through the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. The application deadline is Jan. 21.
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Ferrum College receives $3.4 million gift

FERRUM, Va. — Ferrum College philanthropist, former trustee and alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel of Danville, Virginia, has left the United Methodist-related college a $3.4 million legacy. Over many years, the Daniel family has supported campus building projects and renovations, academic programs and scholarships. 
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Share your mission stories

ATLANTA — The United Methodist Church and its partners are celebrating 200 years of Methodist mission. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries launched a bicentennial website on Sept. 1. The agency is inviting churches and annual conferences to share their own mission stories.
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Mission bicentennial website 

No Daily Digest on Labor Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — There will be no Daily Digest on Labor Day. Please have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Webinar "Youth Ministry: A Sustainable Approach to Youth Ministry" — 7 p.m. EDT. This webinar will provide practical, engaging and developmentally appropriate ideas for youth ministry. Christine V. Hides, a United Methodist deacon candidate, will lead this webinar from the ecumenical Practical Resources for Churches. Details

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