Daily Digest: August 22, 2013

"Tend to your own relationship with God and your relationship with one another; keep those at the forefront and the bumps will be easier to handle." The Rev. Nick Perry on the challenges for clergy couples.

Clergy couple offers advice on coping

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (UMNS) - For the Revs. Nick and Carmen Perry, 2012 was a year of momentous changes and a lot of "firsts." He was commissioned, she was ordained, they both had new appointments in a new district - and they had a baby on the way. Beth DiCocco of the Upper New York Annual (regional) Conference gleaned some advice on coping with transition for clergy couples.
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It's all about mission

DALLAS (UMNS) - Before his death from osteosarcoma at age 19, Willie Tichenor found great meaning in mission trips with his United Methodist church. His parents, Mac and Lisa Tichenor, established a foundation in his honor that is funding a United Methodist pastor's effort to give college-age students an intensive experience with missional Christianity. The summer internship program expanded from Mobile, Ala., to Kansas City this summer
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Hate crime looked at in church fire

OKAY, Okla. (UMNS) - As members of the century-old United Methodist Church in Okay pick up the pieces and move on after a fire Aug. 18 destroyed the building, the FBI is investigating whether the fire was a hate crime. Tulsa's Channel 8 reports graffiti and other recent concerns in the town of about 600.
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Church drives Mississippi health effort

DURANT, Miss. (UMNS) - Representatives from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, local and state governments and the surrounding community gathered July 26 to celebrate the unveiling of John Wesley United Methodist Church's Health Education Center headquarters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Jasmine Haynes reports that the center is a response by members of John Wesley UMC to take action at "ground zero" of the state's health crisis.
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Camp opens doors for kids with serious illnesses

LAKE TEXOMA, Okla. (UMNS) - Twelve-year-old Carly Woods was a bit uncertain about whether to go to the Oklahoma Annual (regional) Conference's Camp Cavett. But, five days at the camp designed for young people with life-threatening or chronic illnesses has left her eagerly awaiting next year.
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Young Africans explore leadership skills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A growing group of young United Methodists in Africa are being encouraged with annual gatherings and monthly Internet sessions to apply their leadership skills in church work. The 2013 Young Africa Leaders Summit, conducted in May by the Young People's Ministries division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, brought together young leaders from 17 annual conferences in Africa.
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