Daily Digest: August 05, 2013

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"I lived in constant heartache for them. Yet, they are a people of great faith with a boundless spirit of hospitality." - Sarah Marsalis Luginbill, who for six months worked in Haiti.

Haiti captured her heart

SHREVEPORT, La. (UMNS) - Sarah Marsalis Luginbill, a youth director at Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, has returned to Louisiana after six months as the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team coordinator in Haiti. Betty Backstrom of the Louisiana Annual (regional) Conference reports on the work Luginbill did and how the experience changed her life.
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Faithful attendance brings blessings

JACKSON, Tenn. (UMNS) - Eddie Wade Workman, 71, has not missed a Sunday school class in more than 48 years. "I made a covenant with my Lord and made up my mind to worship the Lord," says the Sunday school superintendent at Salem United Methodist Church.
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Emory Youth Theological Initiative celebrates 20 years

ATLANTA (UMNS) - Each summer, 40 rising high school juniors and seniors from across the United States gather at United Methodist-related Emory University to experience Christian theological education. Alumni from the first class of 1993 and other early years of the program came together July 12-13 to reconnect, reminisce and discuss the program's impact.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share with others, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.

Registration opens for Welcoming Ministry 100 online course, Aug. 5 - Sept. 4-Oct. 16, help for becomingwelcoming and hospitable congregations, sponsored by United Methodist Communications.$29.99. Details.

Black Clergy Women of The United Methodist Church 25th Anniversary Conference, Aug. 5-8 - Westin Hotel Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Details.

Global Leadership Summit, Aug. 8-9 - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET each day, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C., will be host site of a telecast from Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago. Details.

Free webinar "How to Develop Policies for Children's Ministries," Aug. 8 - 10 a.m. CT, webinar from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship looks at the development process, recommends who needs to be in on the conversation and offers samples of policies that have served congregations well.

"Day 1," Aug. 11 - The Rev. W. Mark Ralls, senior minister, Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., will be the featured speaker on the nationally syndicated radio program "Day 1." To listen.

Registration deadline for United Methodism 101 online course, Aug. 14 - Aug. 21-Oct. 2, Designed for new church members and anyone else wanting to know more about United Methodist history, structure, beliefs, ministries and challenges, sponsored by United Methodist Communications. $9.99. Details.

The Reconciliation Story: Conflict Resolution in Small Congregations, Aug. 22-24 - Workshop led by Mary Ann Lawson and Marion Crooks at Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, N.C. Details.

Free webinar "Safe Sanctuaries: Children, Teachers and Media" Aug. 22 - 10 a.m. CT, webinar from United Methodist Board of Discipleship looks at how, in a rapidly evolving media world, teachers and other adults can protect children from abuse.

Free webinar "Generosity in Emerging Generations," Aug. 22 - 6:30 p.m. CT, examining how emerging generations make decisions about generosity, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

"Day 1," Sept. 1 - The Rev. Sam Matthews, senior minister, First United Methodist Church, Marietta, Ga., will be the featured speaker on the nationally syndicated radio program "Day 1." To listen.

"Day 1," Sept. 8 - The Rev. Elaine Wilder, associate minister, First United Methodist Church, Marietta, Ga., will be the featured speaker on the nationally syndicated radio program "Day 1." To listen.

Free webinar "Creative Thinking in Faith Formation: An Ancient/Future Approach," Sept. 17 - 6:30 p.m. CT, learning strategies for teaching adults using an exploration of Jesus' teaching methods, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, Sept. 25-27 - Registration open now for event aimed at helping leaders revive churches. Details.

Reach New Disciples Conference, Nov. 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, Wesley Theological Seminary's Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Washington. Details.

Revitup! Event for young clergy, Oct. 28-30 - Event for clergy ages 25-39 in Atlanta, sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Aims to help clergy manage debt and set boundaries. Details.

Workshop on Advocacy, Nov. 12-14 - Training for anyone asked to be an advocate for a pastor or lay person from preventive options to facing the Judicial Council, with the Revs. Larry Pickens and Scott Campbell as two of the speakers. To register and learn the cost and location, contact the Rev. Jerry Eckert of Associates in Advocacy at [email protected]/. Registration limited.


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