Daily Digest - September 20, 2013

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"The people of The United Methodist Church consistently reach out to provide a helping hand, comfort and other forms of support during times such as this." - The Rev. Larry Hollon, talking about relief for those in the Colorado floods.

Helping hands, words of comfort to Coloradoans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - "United Methodist local churches in Colorado and United Methodist people around the world are concerned for those affected by the floodwaters, and we want to communicate our concern in as many ways as possible," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications. The communications agency announced the denomination's messages of hope to be in Colorado newspapers Sunday.
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UMTV: The ministry of memory

MADISON, N. J. (UMNS) - Since 1982, the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History has housed denominational records and rare finds in its 16,000-square-foot space on the Drew University campus in New Jersey. Archivist Dale Patterson says, "We describe our work here as the ministry of memory. We want to help the church remember where it's been, where it's come from, because that helps inform who we are and gives us an orientation toward the future."
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Last day to get discount for Exploration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Young Adults who register by Sept 20th for Exploration 2013 will save $25. The Nov. 15-17 event is for young adults to hear, discern and respond to God's call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Church leaders support political solution for Syria

BOSSEY, Switzerland (UMNS) - Church leaders, including five from Syria, meeting Sept. 18 at the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, have called a political solution the only way toward peace in Syria. Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary-general, and Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N.-Arab League joint representative for Syria, were part of the meeting.
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Sky-diving to fight malaria

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Four staff members from Kodak United Methodist Church, including the Rev. Brad Hyde, senior pastor, jumped from an airplane Sept. 14 to celebrate $3,700 collected for Imagine No Malaria during the month of May. The same weekend, United Methodist Women in the Holston Annual (regional) Conference also celebrated giving to fight the disease. The Call has the story.
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Teams organizing to help immigration ministry

HOUSTON (UMNS) - Bishop Janice Riggle Huie and teams across all of the Texas Annual (regional) Conference districts are grabbing their running and walking shoes - and a few friends - to raise funds to provide legal services to all nationalities through Justice For Our Neighbors.
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3 United Methodist churches help sustain town's kids

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. (UMNS) - United Methodist churches in Clarksburg are ensuring youngsters have a safe place to go after school and balanced meals when school is not in session.
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Christians and wealth disparity

ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) - Widely reported statistics from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service shows income inequality between the richest 1 percent and the rest of the United States is reaching levels not seen since 1928. "The dynamic is unsustainable, and the church should be deeply concerned," writes the Rev. Chris Momany, chaplain at United Methodist-related Adrian College. His blog appeared on the United Methodist Publishing House's Ministry Matters site.
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