Daily Digest - September 17, 2020

“The word I used to my wife all through the night was, ʽI love the Lord, I trust the Lord, but this is unnerving.’”The Rev. Daniel Randall, pastor of Lillian (Alabama) United Methodist Church, on Hurricane Sally.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Churches pick up after Sally

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (UM News) — Hurricane Sally left a lot of United Methodists feeling they’d experienced a bad storm that could have been much worse. Some Alabama-West Florida Conference churches that had damaged buildings still hoped to have services this Sunday. Sam Hodges reports.
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Washington Post, Baltimore-Washington Conference 
ICE arrests Glenmont member, caretaker

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Baltimore-Washington Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and other United Methodists are seeking the release of Binsar Siahaan, an undocumented Indonesian immigrant who is a member and caretaker at Glenmont United Methodist Church. Siahaan, who has lived in the U.S. for three decades, was arrested at his home on church grounds and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to await deportation despite pending appeals. Meagan Flynn has the story. 
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Virginia Conference
Fire damages church but sanctuary stands

MATTAPONI, Va. — Old Church United Methodist Church suffered major fire damage Sept. 3. Its sanctuary was heavily damaged by smoke but remains standing. Brenda Capen reports.
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New 2020 annual conference reports posted 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. New this week are Alaska and Red Bird conferences. 
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Western North Carolina Conference
Pass It On Café combines food, art

BRYSON CITY, N.C. — What do you get when you combine Dinner Church with Messy Church? A Messy Dinner Church. Pati Graham, a certified lay minister and member at Bryson City United Methodist Church, took the lead in launching Pass It On Café, a new way of doing church that combines community meals with art projects. The Rev. Meg Gaston has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Western Jurisdiction
Online worship to address wildfires
 
DES MOINES, Wash. — The conferences of the Western Jurisdiction will hold an online worship service Sept. 20 to pray, reflect and praise in a time of “Breathing Smoke … Seeking Hope.” The service will be at 3 p.m. Alaska Time/4 p.m. Pacific time/5 p.m. Mountain time. See links for each service.
Greater Northwest Area YouTube channel
Greater Northwest Area Facebook page
Alaska Conference Facebook page
Oregon-Idaho Conference Facebook page
Pacific Northwest Conference Facebook page


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