Daily Digest - September 20, 2017

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"Today we placed a cornerstone, it was very exciting. I have no words. It is something that shows me God is with me." — The Rev. Félix Medina, pastor of Casa de Paz United Methodist Church, Honduras.

Children sang and read scripture behind large letters spelling out Jesus as part of the celebration of placing the cornerstone for Casa de Paz United Methodist Church. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Pastor: 'God wanted me to go through tribulations'

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (UMNS) — The Rev. Félix Medina has gone through many tribulations but he always knew God would let him finish his dream to build a church. Casa de Paz United Methodist Church started with a cornerstone on July 22. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
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Read all stories in Special Report: Honduras and Guatemala 2017

Florida, South Georgia clean up after Irma

LAKELAND, Fla. — United Methodists in both the Florida and South Georgia conferences continue to clean up and take stock in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. One of the flooded parts of Georgia was Tybee Island.
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D.C. forum set on peace on Korean Peninsula

WASHINGTON — A forum on peace on the Korean Peninsula will be hosted by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society Nov. 13-15 at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. Topics of discussion will include the history of conflict in Korea, faithful advocacy, peacebuilding, nuclear security and foreign policy, and there will be an opportunity to meet with Congressional representatives. The registration deadline is Oct. 27.
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Scholars testify to church investment

LEBANON, Tenn. — Alexis Bazydola and Paul Tribble are recipients of the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship and examples of the why the investment in education is a priority for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Danecia Jones has the story for the agency.
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Commentary: What 'middle' am I?

WASHINGTON — The Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli, senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church, is a leader in the new Uniting Methodists Movement, which is seeking to represent the “vibrant center” of the denomination. Gaines-Cirelli has faced the question what “middle” is she in? This is her answer. 
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Podcast: Meet Bishop Harald Rückert

FRANKFURT (UMC.org) — In this “Get Your Spirit in Shape” podcast, Joe Iovino talks with the new bishop in Germany. Bishop Harald Rückert studied food technology, plays the sax and speaks four languages.
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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.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Advent Resource Webinar  — 11 a.m. CDT. Managing an outreach campaign is now simpler than ever. This event will carry viewers on a tour of our new Advent resources and discuss how to reach your church and your community with creative, welcoming messages. Register here

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