Daily Digest: June 13, 2013

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"Our office has already received notices of invitation from local churches and United Methodist annual conferences. They are welcoming Scouts, leaders and their families to join existing or new Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops hosted and staffed in United Methodist churches, if their current Scouting program needs to find a new home." - Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the Commission on United Methodist Men.

Welcome extended to Southern Baptist Scout troops

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist Men want Scouts to know that if they no longer have a home at a Southern Baptist church, United Methodist congregations would be happy to welcome them. The United Methodist agency was responding to a resolution approved June 12 by Southern Baptist Convention in Houston that stopped short of urging to churches to disassociate from the Boy Scouts of America after the group's decision to allow gay members but agreed to support churches and families who leave the Boy Scouts.
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Statement from United Methodist Men

West Ohio pledges $3.5 million to fight malaria

LAKESIDE, Ohio (UMNS) - The West Ohio Annual (regional) Conference will raise $3.5 million for the Imagine No Malaria fundraising campaign, the largest-ever commitment from any conference in The United Methodist Church. Ohio West Episcopal Area Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer made the announcement during the third day of the June 9-12 annual conference here.
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The Church in China: A growth in size, faith

SHANGHAI (UMNS) - The historic Protestant church pews in China are full again. This part of a UMNS series about The Church in China focuses on who is filling those pews. Throughout this week, the United Methodist News Service is reporting on Christianity in China today.
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The Church in China

After Oklahoma twisters, Son-powered worship

MOORE, Okla.(UMNS) - "It's more important than ever that churches like ours rise up" in the crisis, the Rev. Tish Malloy preached June 2 to the congregation of the First United Methodist Church in a sanctuary without electricity or water. "We've got to be community for people who (now) don't have one. We must light the darkness for others." Holly McCray, editor of the Oklahoma United Methodist Contact, explains what the church is doing and reports that Oklahomans have given almost $600,000 in disaster relief.
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UMCOR names executive for international response

NEW YORK (UMNS) - A former diplomat and staff member for the American Red Cross and U.S. Peace Corps is the United Methodist Committee on Relief's new staff executive for international disaster response. The Rev. Jack Amick of the Detroit Annual (regional) Conference joins the agency on July 1.
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'Why are we still doing church like it was done in the 1950s?'

BUCKHANNON, W. Va. (UMNS) - Wearing overalls as he spoke from the pulpit, West Virginia Annual (regional) Conference lay leader Rich Shaffer recently noted how the technology of farming has changed. He urged the church to use new technologies to increase its harvest as well. Laura Allen, director of communications for the West Virginia Conference, shared Shaffer's thoughts.
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Zambia pastor: Why I choose to be United Methodist

KITWE, Zambia (UMNS) - The Rev. Laishi Bwalya is the senior pastor of Living Word, a United Methodist congregation in the Southern Congo/Zambia Episcopal Area. He is also a member of the Connectional Table, which coordinates the denomination's mission, ministry and resources. In a blog, he speaks of the transforming power of God he has found in The United Methodist Church.
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