Daily Digest - November 29, 2012

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 29, 2012

"The night we found out Brandon was killed &ellipsis; the minister from this church, even though we weren't members at the time, he called me. &ellipsis; they did so much for us and just showed us Christ's love through their actions." - Diane Styer, talking about First United Methodist Church of Lancaster, Pa.

Church honors veterans' stories of valor

LANCASTER, Pa. (UMNS) - First United Methodist of Lancaster became the support family for Diane Styer when she lost her 19-year-old son Brandon, who was in an Army convoy in Afghanistan that struck an explosive. Three years later on Veterans Day 2012, she and the church worked together to honor those who serve in the military as the church hosted a special tribute to military families and displayed personal photos and mementos of veterans from World War II to the present.

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E-retreat, studies, devotionals to enrich Advent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent 2012, is rapidly approaching, but there is time to sign up for a month-long e-retreat or choose another devotional or study to use during the season of preparation for celebrating Christ's birth. Studies in which individuals, families and small groups can immerse themselves are among the new Advent resources from Abingdon Press and Upper Room Books.
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Planning relief for residents of eastern Congo

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The United Methodist Committee on Reliefhas been in conversation with members of the ACT Alliance on how to respond to some 140,000 displaced in and around Goma, a major city overtaken by the M23 rebels last week in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. According to some news reports, the rebels were starting to withdraw Nov. 28.
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Reconciliation starts with a walk together

MINNESOTA HIGHWAY 22 (UMNS) - "As I walked that first mile, my ears started to get cold for lack of a hat," wrote the Rev. Carol Zaagsma. pastor of connections and Christian fellowship at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato. "My thoughts soon turned from my own discomfort to that of the women and children on that forced march 150 years ago." She tells of the shared walk in memory of the Dakota women, children and elders forced to march 150 miles to concentration camps at Mankato and Fort Snelling in November 1862.
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Asbury receives Lilly grant for student debt

WILMORE, Ky. (UMNS) - Asbury Theological Seminary has been awarded a $249,741 grant by the Lilly Endowment from the endowment's Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers. The three-year pilot program is to enable theological schools to examine and strengthen financial and educational issues to improve the economic well-being of future pastoral leaders.
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Iliff to launch Justice and Peace Studies

DENVER (UMNS) - The United Methodist-related Iliff School of Theology is launching a new certificate in Justice and Peace Studies. The certificate offers an interdisciplinary program that draws from theology, ethics, philosophy and the social sciences with an emphasis on three related content areas: food justice, the environment and globalization. The certificate will be available starting January 2013.
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Wingfield named to clergy life post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Myron Wingfield, superintendent for the San Diego District in the California-Pacific Annual (regional) Conference, has been appointed assistant general secretary for clergy life in the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Division of Ordained Ministry. Wingfield will oversee the work of providing resources for various forms of pastoral supervision and clergy support systems. The appointment is effective Jan. 7, 2013.
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Newport church keeps up Sandy relief

NEWPORT, N.J. (UMNS) - For the past several weeks, Newport United Methodist Church in Cumberland County has been operating an all-volunteer relief effort for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Scores of local families who suffered damage from the storm have been going to the church to pick up supplies ranging from clothes to food, the South Jersey Times reports.
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