Daily Digest - November 20, 2012

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We wish all our U.S. readers a very happy Thanksgiving and a sense of God's blessings throughout the year. The Daily Digest will return on Nov. 26.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"(True religion) is, in two words, gratitude and benevolence; gratitude to our Creator and supreme Benefactor, and benevolence to our fellow creatures. In other words, it is the loving God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves." - John Wesley in his sermon, "The Unity of the Divine Being."

How to 'give thanks in all things'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Gratitude is in the spotlight every year around Thanksgiving Day in the United States. However, reports InterpeterOnLine, people are paying more attention to cultivating that attitude as a lifelong, year-round spiritual discipline.
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Observing a 'Year of Gratitude'

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) - For one United Methodist congregation, thanksgiving happens more than just one Sunday a year. InterpeterOnLine reports that church members at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City have been writing daily thank-you notes since Jan. 1.
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What does Thanksgiving mean for Native Americans?

RANTOUL, Ill. (UMNS) - Images of Pilgrims and American Indians enjoying a meal together may bring feelings of pride to some, but for Native Americans, such images are a painful reminder that peaceful relationships rarely existed between European immigrants and the First Peoples of America. Still, the Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin writes, Native Americans have their own tradition of thanking God.
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Bishops take steps to reinstate Bledsoe by January

HOUSTON (UMNS) - Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, announced Monday, Nov. 19, the procedures the bishops would follow to reinstate Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe. The United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination's top court, ordered Bledsoe's reinstatement after he was forcibly retired this summer.
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12 ways you can fight hunger

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Church and Society reports about 800 million people suffer from chronic or acute hunger. Do you think this is a problem too big for you to make a difference? Not so. To help you begin, here are a dozen ways you can make a difference today.
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Jesus said, 'Bring extra chairs!'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UMNS) -To reach those outside the church, United Methodists should take a lesson from Thanksgiving festivities and bring extra chairs wherever people gather. The Rev. Benton R. Heisler, director of connectional ministries in the West Michigan Annual (regional) Conference, shares the lessons of his family Thanksgiving.
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