Daily Digest - September 15, 2017

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"Even when an individual thinks a thing about reserves that may or may not be true, that’s a fair question. These are ministry dollars." — Christine Dodson, chair of the denomination’s new Reserves Task Force.

Church reserve funds under a microscope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — How much should United Methodist agencies save for a rainy day? A new Reserves Task Force is looking at that question. Heather Hahn reports on how the church handles a practice at least as old as Genesis.
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Filipino United Methodists help refugees from violence

MALAYBALAY CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — Filipino United Methodists provided relief to wounded soldiers and people displaced because of violent conflicts. Gladys Mangiduyos reports. 
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United Methodists cope with wildfires

LOLO, Mont. (UM Insight) — As hurricanes ravaged the southern United States and Caribbean islands, United Methodists in nine Western states were responding to ongoing wildfires that, like the storms, will have devastating effects for years to come. Cynthia Astle has a special report for United Methodist Insight on how conferences across the West are responding. 
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State fair 'fare' provides church foundation

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — It’s safe to say that South Hutchinson United Methodist Church was built on pies and chicken and noodles. Even after the fare the congregation serves at the Kansas State Fair paid off the new church building, its members just kept going. Amy Bickel reports for The Hutchinson News.
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Prayer Garden welcomes community

OAKHURST, N.J. — Gayle Fitzmaier has turned what was once an underused space at First United Methodist Church into a place of serenity and prayer that the community can use freely. Denise Herschel reports on the garden’s impact for the Greater New Jersey Conference. 
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Commentary: Bishop speaks to Way Forward fears

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Bishop Gregory Palmer, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, often senses the anxiety United Methodists feel about the denomination’s future. In a commentary, the bishop — who leads the West Ohio Conference — writes about what moves him away from fear. 
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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.

Friday, Sept. 15-Monday, Nov. 27

From Wittenberg to Atlanta: The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection at 30 Years — Candler School of Theology, Pitts Theology Library, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. This exhibit highlights the library’s renowned Kessler Reformation Collection, recognizing the collection’s 30th anniversary as well as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The exhibit runs during regular library hours, and features the most significant pieces of the collection, which contains over 1,000 publications by Luther himself — more than any other library in the U.S. Guided tours will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17. Details

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