Daily Digest - September 18, 2019


“One of our biggest gifts as Methodists — and sometimes most underused gifts — is our connectivity. When we use that to help others, it can be really good.” — The Rev. Rob Spencer on a network of pastors who formed to help a refugee woman and her baby.

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Texas Conference
Network of pastors helps refugee mom, baby

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Rev. Rob Spencer recently encountered a refugee woman and her baby at a bus station near the Texas-Mexico border, about to board a bus for Maryland. So Spencer, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Paris, Texas, began working the phones. Soon, fellow United Methodists were meeting mother and child at bus stops along the way, giving them practical help and support. Lindsay Peyton reports.
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Hospital garden sows healthy care for expectant mothers
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Old Mutare Mission Hospital now has a garden tended by expectant mothers. The garden provides nutrition, exercise and an opportunity to learn skills that the women can use when they return home. Kudzai Chingwe has the story.
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North Carolina Conference
Students fundraising for storm victims

GARNER, N.C. — The youth of the North Carolina Conference are trying to raise $500,000 to help survivors of two hurricanes that have stricken the state in the last two years. The “Eat for Relief” event will feature a community meal with participants asked to donate $11.
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Native American Comprehensive Plan
Young United Methodists discuss inclusiveness

EVANSTON, Ill. — Native young adults spoke about cultural identity and the need for inclusiveness during the first Ethnic Young Adult Gathering. The event, which brought together 63 young adults from diverse backgrounds, was a collaboration between the six ethnic ministry plans of The United Methodist Church. Ginny Underwood has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Western Jurisdiction
Western Jurisdiction to hold summit on ‘next steps’

ROLLING HILLS, Calif. — A Fresh United Methodism Summit is planned for Nov. 14-16 at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church to discuss the vision and values of the jurisdiction and the future of the denomination. The summit will include 2020 General Conference delegates. Space is limited for the event, so observers must apply for a seat by Sept. 25.
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RESOURCES

200 years of giving people hope
SEGUIN, Texas (UM News) — United Methodist churches long have provided marginalized people with hope, said the Rev. David Maldonado. In an interview for Hispanic Heritage Month, this leader in Hispanic Methodism reflects on the importance of racial-ethnic ministries in the United States.
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