Daily Digest: July 25, 2013

"Knowing that truth about the second sentence of our mission statement means that it is never enough just to 'go to church on Sunday.'" - Bishop Mike Coyner of the Indiana Area.

Coffeehouse ministry fills cups and souls

TIGARD, Ore. (UMNS) - Fresh coffee and comfortable seats help make interfaith ministry a "nontraditional - and nonintimidating - introduction to church."
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UMTV: Church in a Diner

LANSING, Mi. (UMNS) - "Diner Church" meets on Monday nights at dinnertime. Participants can enjoy a meal, chat with friends and listen to a brief sermon from the Rev. Tom Arthur of Sycamore Creek United Methodist Church in Lansing. Watch as the Diner Church packs every seat in the house.
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'The Second Sentence'

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) - "Not all disciples are made through local congregations, but all disciples eventually must be linked to a local congregation," writes Bishop Mike Coyner, episcopal leader of the Indiana Annual (regional) Conference, about The United Methodist Church's mission statement. "Our mission statement has a second sentence."
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Immigration: It's about families

PASADENA, Calif. (UMNS) -The security of the U.S.-Mexico border has become the focus of comprehensive immigration reform and somewhere in the political process immigrants have been forgotten, writes Bishop Minerva Carcao in The Huffington Post. "They (immigrants) are not terrorists, drug dealers, or public welfare dependents. They are families whose lives have been undermined by poverty," she said.
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United Methodists celebrate passage of Nevada sex trafficking bill

LAS VEGAS (UMNS) - Nevada took a big step against child sex trafficking, and the governor said the support of an inter-faith community, which includes many United Methodists, made a difference in the passage of Assembly Bill 67. The bill strengthens support for victims of sex trafficking. The support of Bishop Robert Hoshibata and the Rev. Candance Lansberry has been and will be important as future plans develop, reports the Rev. Art Gafke, president of Las Vegas Valley Interfaith Sponsoring Committee.
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Missionary appointments announced

NEW YORK (UMNS) -Longtime United Methodist missionaries Gordon and Maria Tereza (Teca) Greathouse have been selected as the new missionaries in residence at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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