Daily Digest - November 07, 2012

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UMNS Daily Digest
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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"There is a sense of loss. &ellipsis;I'm going to have to set aside a lot more time for planning because I'm not always going to get it right." - the Rev. Donna Hankins-Hull, First United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on closing of Cokesbury stores.

Dismay at closing of Cokesbury stores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Publishing House board's decision to close its 57 Cokesbury brick-and-mortar stores - including 19 seminary stores - will affect about 285 full-time and part-time employees. The news already has dismayed a number of United Methodist customers.
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The priorities of 14 new bishops

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The 14 new bishops elected in the United States, Africa and Eurasia are committed to increasing the number of vital United Methodist congregations.
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N.Y. prepares to send out relief volunteers

NEW YORK (UMNS) - United Methodists are preparing to dispatch volunteers on Staten Island and Long Island to assist survivors of Hurricane Sandy. The Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie, disaster relief coordinator for the denomination's New York Annual (regional) Conference, said Bethel United Methodist Church would be used as a staging area for relief efforts.
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Stunned N.J. towns reach for hope

BELMAR, N.J (UMNS) - Charlie and Eileen Brennan are sitting on steps of their house in Belmar, a coastal New Jersey town where they've lived for 31 years. Since Hurricane Sandy struck a week ago, they've been living with their son, a two hour's drive away in Delaware.
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How people are helping in the wake of Sandy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - From Salt Lake City to London, help is on the way.
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Why don't we talk about God's wrath?

BURKE, Va. (UMNS) - God's wrath is not a popular topic for United Methodists since we like to focus our theology on God's grace. The Rev. Morgan Guyton thinks of wrath as the natural response to injustice and disharmony that God has instilled into creation.
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Camp scholarships make disciples

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UMNS) - As congregations plan their 2013 budgets, some add a line item for camp scholarships. West Michigan Annual (regional) Conference urges local churches to "invest in disciple-making" by including camp scholarships in their budgets for the new year.
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Religious preference data available to conferences in January

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The latest data on religious preferences and beliefs among the U.S. population will be available to annual conferences of The United Methodist Church beginning in January.
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Conference leaders work to strengthen collegiate ministry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Fundraising for campus ministries, board development, and how churches can help students and families prepare for and choose a college were among the topics at an Oct. 18-19 gathering of annual conference Boards of Higher Education and Campus Ministry and conference higher education staff.
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