Daily Digest - February 01, 2013

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Friday, February, 1, 2013

"He said, 'I'm not going to ask you for money. I'm going to give you the money.' I thought, 'What a great idea.' It just starts the wheels rolling right away about what you can do." - Grace McNabb on her pastor's idea for funding church apportionments.

A small church makes the most of its talents

LAKE MARY, Fla. (UMNS) - One pastor's bold idea to give parishioners money and ask them to "go forth and multiply" paid off big for Grace United Methodist Church. Susan Green of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference has the story.
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UMM leader elaborates on Boy Scouts proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Gilbert C. Hanke, the top executive of the Commission on United Methodist Men, released a statement Thursday, Jan. 31, elaborating on his agency's views on the Boy Scouts of America's proposed changes. The national Boy Scouts organization has proposed allowing local chartered organizations to choose whether they want to be open to gay scouts and leaders. "The reason we endorsed this model of implementation is because it allows your local church to continue to operate exactly like it is operating today," Hanke's statement said. "You choose the leaders, you recruit the scouts, the leadership of your troop and pack reflects the traditions and values of your faith community."
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Taking Ash Wednesday public

WYOMING, Mich. (UMNS) - The Rev. Marcia Elders of the West Michigan Conference recounts offering the "Imposition of Ashes" at a local YMCA on Ash Wednesday last year. "I believe Lent is a time to get healthy both spiritually and physically. I thank God for the opportunity to invite others to the same!"
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N.C. experiment keeps district superintendents in the field

RALEIGH, N.C. (UMNS) - The North CarolinaConference has decided to sell district offices and parsonages in order to move the district superintendents completely into the field. Vicki Brown of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry shares how the experiment is working so far.
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Awards given for continuing education

GEORGETOWN, Texas (UMNS) - A biology professor taking an up-close look at tumor cells and a religion instructor interpreting Christ's ministry halfway around the world are among the 28 winners of the 2012 Sam Taylor Fellowship Awards. The will of the late Sam Taylor set aside funds to be used for continuing education and development for faculty members of United Methodist-related universities in Texas.
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'Spiritual boot camp' calls Christian disciples

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - In a Jan. 30 blog on the United Methodist Board of Discipleship website, the Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards describes the biblical 40 days of Lent as "spiritual boot camp for a lifetime of discipleship to Jesus."
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Stop complaining about Sunday morning sports

AMBLER, Pa. (UMNS) - Clergy types often complain that Sunday morning sports take people from worship. That common lament really is about "the loss of the privileged place that the Church - and clergy - once enjoyed in our culture," writes the Rev. Keith Anderson, pastor of Upper Duluth Lutheran Church, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation near Philadelphia. The lament, he argues, risks alienating the very young families we seek to engage. The United Methodist-related Lewis Center for Church Leadership shared his blog.
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