Daily Digest - October 18, 2013

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"There are a lot of people who take wonderful art photographs and they see photography as really the art medium. And that really wasn't my perspective. My perspective was that I could use it as a means to promote social change." - John C. Goodwin, reflecting on his life's work.

Bishop Wertz, uniting leader, dies at 97

CARLISLE, Pa. (UMNS) - Bishop D. Frederick Wertz, who led the West Virginia, Washington and Harrisburg (Pa.) episcopal areas, died Oct. 16 at 97. Wertz, who was elected to the episcopacy in 1968, was the longest-serving of current U.S. bishops. He played a crucial role in uniting the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren denomination into today's United Methodist Church.
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UMTV: John Goodwin's church photos of a lifetime

NEW YORK (UMNS) - United Methodist John C. Goodwin realized at a young age that pictures are powerful. He has dedicated his career as a photographer to bringing about social change. In Church Photos of a Lifetime, John C. Goodwin shares his most famous photos and the perspective that comes from having a front row seat for history.
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UMCOR: $700,000 in new U.S. disaster grants

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The board of the United Methodist Committee on Relief has approved nearly $700,000 in new grants to sustain long-term recovery efforts in U.S. localities dealing with fallout from tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and an explosion.
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Final Japan earthquake grants to be disbursed

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Disbursement of the remaining Japan Emergency Advance funds raised for the United Methodist Committee on Relief after the horrific 2011 triple disaster - more than $6.3 million of the $12 million raised - has been approved by the agency's board of directors.
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14 new missionaries ready for placements

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Fourteen new United Methodist missionaries answered "yes" to the question, "Do you believe you have been led by the Holy Spirit to do this work?" as they were sent for ministry placements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the United States.
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Revised edition of "The Christian as Minister" available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The revised and updated edition of "The Christian as Minister: An Exploration Into the Meaning of God's Call" is an introductory book for people considering God's call to ministry. The book, published by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, also presents an overview of the avenues for ministry in The United Methodist Church.
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Sing Out features fundraising keynote

VICKSBURG, Mich. (UMNS) -- "A Church in the Valley by the Wildwood" has raised $457,206 for the United Methodist Committee on Relief over the past 25 years. That old gospel favorite and many others like it have been raising the roof for mission at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church since 1989. Kay DeMoss, MIConnect senior editor, shares the story of the tuneful fundraiser.
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Reasons to add off-site Christmas Eve services

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Mack Strange of Brentwood United Methodist Church encourages congregations to consider offering a Christmas Eve service outside the sanctuary and in their community - be it a mall, nursing home or even a bar. "The celebration of God's incarnate love for us in Jesus Christ provides the church with an incredible opportunity for outreach," he writes in a column for Wesley Theological Seminary's Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

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