Daily Digest - February 21, 2013

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"Unfortunately, military service often challenges healthy communication for couples who face lengthy deployment separation, financial stress and role changes in their relationships."
- The Rev. Dick Millspaugh, a United Methodist pastor and
Veterans Affairs chaplain.

Veterans learn skills to strengthen marriage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Marriage is never a walk in the park, but when you add long deployments to dangerous, remote locations, for military couples it can feel like a walk in a war zone. A United Methodist pastor and chaplain is helping military couples find more peace in their relationships.
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Pension board sets listening session

SAN ANTONIO (UMNS) - The deadline is approaching to sign up to participate in a listening session by the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. The listening session is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. CT, March 15, at Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. To participate, contact Colette Nies by Monday, Feb. 25, at 1-800-269-2244,Ext. 4296, or [email protected].
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574 new worship communities thrive

NEW YORK (UMNS) Since 2008, The United Methodist Church has started 574 worshipping communities in Southeast Asia, Eurasia, Africa and Latin America. That number exceeds the original goal of 400 church plants for the 2009-12 quadrennium, announced Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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Culture of Call nominations sought

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) - The Foundation for Evangelism, a United Methodist ministry, is seeking nominations for its Culture of Call Church award. The award recognizes a United Methodist congregation that encourages young people to respond to God's call to full-time Christian service. The deadline is April 1.
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Church raises $100,000 for Africa U.

VISTA, Calif. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church of Vista announced the endowment of a scholarship fund to United Methodist-related Africa University in Zimbabwe, thanks to a $100,000 donation, in honor of long-time members Margie and Tommy Thomson. The Thomsons have been strong promoters of world mission in general and Africa University in particular.
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Bishop's free throws to net help against malaria

WICHITA, Kan. (UMNS) - On Feb. 23, Great Plains Area Bishop Scott J. Jones is going to shoot 1,000 free throws to raise money for Imagine No Malaria in the Bishop's Shoot for No Malaria Free Throw Challenge. Jones thinks he'll make 650 free throws. His wife, Mary Lou Reece, has guessed he will make 200. How many do you think he'll make?
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Bishop Ward: Why I choose The United Methodist Church

RALEIGH, N.C. (UMNS) - "I choose the UMC, full of hope that we will live in ever-increasing fruitfulness through Christ in the world," writes Raleigh Area Bishop Hope Morgan Ward in a blog that also recounts her upbringing in a rural United Methodist congregation. Her blog is part of an ongoing series by members of the Connectional Table, which coordinates the denomination's ministry, mission and resources.
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