Daily Digest - March 11, 2013

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Monday, March 11, 2013

"I want to use it for research; I would like to know a lot of things." - Angeline, 12, on her school's new solar-powered computer lab.

Bishop Carcao speaks to Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Los Angeles Area Bishop Minerva G. Carcao was among a small group of faith leaders invited by President Barack Obama to a private meeting at the White House March 8 to discuss immigration reform.
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Bishop Trimble: Commentary on immigration

DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) - Iowa Area Bishop Julius C. Trimble, a member of the denomination's Immigration Task Force, applauds "those who champion a human rights approach to immigration reform." In a commentary, he notes reasons for hope for bipartisan immigration reform.
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Praying to fix immigration system

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - United Methodists in 32 states and the District of Columbia so far have held more than 250 family unity prayer vigils to draw attention to the brokenness of the U.S. immigration system. The vigils have been gatherings to share stories, acknowledge the system's brokenness and pray for legislative change.
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Computers feeding minds and bodies in Haiti

THOMAS, Haiti (UMNS) - United Methodist Communications has a partnership with Inveneo, a business with a social purpose to provide a network of local IT partners in Haiti and throughout Africa. That partnership has already led to one solar-powered computer lab that is opening worlds and changing lives.
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United Methodists rally for women's day

NEW YORK (UMNS) - A wet snowfall failed to dampen the spirits of United Methodists and other women who marched near the United Nations March 8 for International Women's Day.
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UMC Cyber Campus education just click away

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Training materials for boards of ordained ministry, presentations from a churchwide sexual ethics summit and a lecture by a well-known civil rights activist are among the materials available through the UMC Cyber Campus. The Cyber Campus is a joint project of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry and United Methodist Communications.
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UMCOR helps with Mississippi tornado recovery

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Committee on Relief, the denomination's relief agency, has issued a $10,000 emergency grant to the Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference to help support relief efforts in Hattiesburg, Petal and other communities affected by a February tornado and flooding. UMCOR is also part of a long-term recovery committee called "Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi." To support the recovery efforts, give to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
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Looking ahead

March 12 - Free webinar "Prayer: Oxygen for the Soul," 6:30 p.m. CT, tips on effective prayer practices in small groups and other adult settings from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.

March 14 - Deadline to register for online course "Web Ministry 100: What is Web Ministry?" March 20- May 1, offered by United Methodist Communications. Cost is $49.99. Registration.

March 14 - Deadline to register for online course "Welcoming Ministry 100," March 20- May 1, offered by United Methodist Communications. Cost is $29.99. Registration.

March 14 - Free webinar "Including Children with Special Needs," 10 a.m. CT, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.

March 14 - Free webinar "Moving Your Church Toward Vitality," 6:30 p.m. CT, learn how churches have changed to successfully reach new people, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.

March 15-17; April 5-7; April 12-14; April 19-21; Nov. 8-10 - Confirmation Retreat Weekends at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Details.

March 19, April 17 - Poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch will address "The Good Funeral and the Empty Tomb" at 5 p.m. ET March 19 in Candler School of Theology's room 252. He will present "The Feast of Language" at 7 p.m. ET April 17 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta. The lectures are free, but registration is required. Details.

March 19 - Benefit for Day1 radio ministry, 6:30 p.m. ET, Cherokee Town and Country Club, Atlanta. United Methodists Lillian and Buddy Darden among those honored. Details.

March 21 - Free webinar "Consumerism and the Christian," 6:30 p.m. CT, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.

March 24 - Palm/Passion Sunday. United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship ideas.

March 25-30 - Holy Week. United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship resources.

March 31 - Easter.

April 1 - Deadline for seminary students to apply for two internships at Oak Forest United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark. Interns, who will receive a small stipend, will live and work in Barnabas House, the church's counseling and social work center. Send a letter outlining your interest in the internship, a copy of your rsum and three letters of recommendation to: Summer Internship, Oak Forest United Methodist Church, 2415 Fair Park Blvd, Little Rock, Ark., 72204. Learn more.

April 1 - Deadline for nominations of the Foundation for Evangelism's Culture of Call Church award, which recognizes a United Methodist congregation that encourages young people to respond to God's call to full-time Christian service. Nomination forms.

April 14 - Native American Ministries Sunday, in which a special offering benefits Native American outreach within annual conferences and provide seminary scholarships to Native Americans. Details and to donate.

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