Daily Digest: August 20, 2013

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"Both assigned mentors and those found in seminary and other circles have bolstered me more times than I can count." - The Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, United Methodist pastor in Chicago.

Mentoring vital to keep ministry alive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - For pastors juggling many tasks, even the silliest criticisms can sting. The presence of mentors in the lives of new clergy can help put things in perspective.
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Why I'm called to be a mentor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UMNS) - In a UMNS commentary, the Rev. Melissa Pisco writes that being a mentor has given her "the privilege of helping people listen for and discern their calling - be it into licensed or ordained ministry, or a calling into the laity."
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Hazelwood applies mission skills to Memphis Conference

JACKSON, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev.Tom Hazelwood, former U.S. disaster coordinator for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is using his experience in mission as the new director of connectional ministries for the denomination's Memphis Annual(regional) Conference. Tracie Simer of the Jackson Sun reports.
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United in faith in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UMNS) -South Sacramento has become a proverbial global village, including multiple generations from Pacific Island, African, African-American, Latino and European-American heritages. Centennial United Methodist Church is celebrating the change.
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Ga. elementary student collects glasses for others

DUBLIN, Ga. (UMNS) - Ten-year-old Sierra Patisaul thought collecting eyeglasses for hundreds of people around the world was "a really good idea." So far, she has collected more than 500 pairs of glasses for Project 20/20, a ministry that began in the Memphis Annual (regional) Conference.
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Bonner elected to interfaith board

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -Byrd Bonner, executive director of the United Methodist Church Foundation, was elected to a three-year term on the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility governing board. The group's members are involved in shareholder advocacy from a faith perspective in an effort to transform corporate practices on a host of issues that promote a more just and sustainable world.
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Fire destroys Oklahoma church

OKAY, Okla. (UMNS) - Okay United Methodist Church, a 100-year-old landmark, burned to the ground early Aug. 18. While authorities have not ruled the fire as arson, some residents believe it is the latest in a spate of vandalism incidents in the town of 600.
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Aug. 19 Looking Ahead, Impact Kentucky, Aug. 24. The Kentucky Annual (regional) Conference and United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church are organizing volunteer projects in the western part of the conference, not the state. The western part ofthe Memphis Conference.
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