Daily Digest: July 29, 2013

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"The bishop loves sports, so I thought we could use the format to reach people where they are." - Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, communicator for the Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference, on Bishop James E. Swanson's guest spots on sports shows..

UMTV: Seminarian supports military kids

BOSTON (UMNS)- Nico Romeijn-Stout has spent years as a camper and employee of Lazy F Camp. This United Methodist program supports military families through a partnership with Operation Purple. Now studying at Boston University School of Theology, Romeijn-Stout continues his work at Lazy F.
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The ministry of servanthood

FRANKFURT, Germany (UMNS)- Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the Council of Bishops and episcopal leader of the Germany Area, writes about the challenges and joys of pastors during reappointment time in the Germany Annual (regional) Conference. "We all are part of a worldwide community of servanthood," she said.
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Bishop to talk sports ... and faith

JACKSON, Miss. (UMNS)- Many Mississippi United Methodists will hear a familiar voice coming from an unexpected place next week as Bishop James E. Swanson is the in-studio guest on "Talking Sports with Ray Jay and Willie Richardson" on ESPN's The ZONE, 105.9 FM. Swanson, episcopal leader of the conference, played college basketball and is a "huge fan of the sport," said Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, communicator for the Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference. "The bishop loves sports so I thought we could use the format to reach people where they are," she said. Swanson will be on July 30 starting at 5 p.m. ET on The ZONE and will be the celebrity guest in "Tee to Green," a weekly Jackson WLBT-TV program.
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Check the conference site for updates

MARCHA registration deadline nears

BOSTON (UMNS) - MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) will hold its annual assembly Aug. 7-10 at The School of Theology at Boston University. An "appreciative inquiry" process incorporating all participants will explore the question: "What will the role of MARCHA be, looking ahead into the future?" Registration deadline is July 29.
Check the conference's web site for more updates

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.

Deadline to register for MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) annual assembly, July 29 - Meeting Aug. 7-10 at The School of Theology at Boston University. Details.

Deadline to register for online Moodle Course, July 31 - Course Aug. 7-Oct. 2 on how to set up online Bible studies, discussion forums and polls, offered by United Methodist Communications. Limited seating. Costs $119. Syllabus. To register.

Light of the Lake, Aug. 3 - 7:30 p.m. ET, The Light of the Lake, Lake Junaluska's Centennial Celebration theatrical production, will highlight time periods of the lake's history, at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Tickets $17.50-20. 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.

United Methodism 101 -registration deadline, Aug. 14 - Designed for new church members and anyone else wanting to know more about United Methodist history, structure, beliefs, ministries and challenges,

School of Congregational Development, Aug. 15-18 - Hosted at Denver Marriott Tech Center, sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, Path1 and Board of Global Ministries. Theme is "Encountering God at the Edge." Details.

School of Congregational Development, Satellite Experience, Aug. 17 - Offsite participation is available from satellite congregations within the five U.S. jurisdictions. Registrants will participate remotely through live and tape-delayed interactive live streaming. 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 ways to address the rapidly evolving media world that will properly inform leaders and 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.

Free webinar "Charting a Course for Discipleship," Aug. 27 - 6:30 p.m. CT, how to develop a pathway to help adults deepen their Christian discipleship, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

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.

"A Killer in the Dark," NBC stations until Nov. 3 - If it isn't scheduled in your area, contact your local NBC station. If it has aired, order a free copy here. Download ideas and resources to plan a viewing party. Details.

Confirmation Retreat Weekend, Nov. 8-10 - Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Details.

Exploration 2013, Nov. 15-17 - Event for young adults, ages 18-26, considering ordained ministry, Marriott Denver Tech Center, sponsored by United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Speakers include Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and the Rev. Jorge Acevedo, senior pastor of the multi-campus Grace Church in Southwest Florida. Details.


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