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  • WEEKLY DIGEST: Week of October 12, 2014

    Oct. 17, 2014 The Digest is an easy way to catch up on all of the stories that have been published in the last week. Each story is linked to the original, and there is a short excerpt. You may want to share this digest on your church's website so that they know what has been happening in our conference and beyond.

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  • Seminary Farm Combines Theology and Ecology

    Oct. 17, 2014 United Methodists embrace the idea that spiritual and physical health are closely related. Methodist Theological School in Ohio offers ecology based degree programs centered around the certified organic farm on campus. [Video]

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  • Church Agency Uses Animation to Battle Ebola

    Oct. 16, 2014 The video was created for use in West Africa to help dispel myths about how Ebola is spread and promotes prevention of the disease. The video can be viewed and downloaded free at ebolavideo.com. United Methodist Communications provided partial funding for Chocolate Moose Media to create the video, which will be produced in various languages.

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  • Rethink Advent Material Available

    Oct. 16, 2014 Rethink Church will be starting their national television campaign on November 17th. They also have a number of resources available to order. See the 2014 video and learn more about the resources below:

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  • Vanco Expands Strategic Partnership with GCFA

    Oct. 14, 2014 Electronic Payments Company Vanco Services Announces Strategic Sponsorship with the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA).

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Events

  1. October 2014
    1. 10/17/2014 to 10/20/2014
      CEF 2014: MAY THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
    2. 10/25/2014, 9:00am
      Mission Jubilee '14
    3. 10/26/2014, 11:00am to 10/28/2014, 7:00pm
      Finch Preaching Mission
    4. 10/26/2014, 2:30pm
      Conversation about the Future of The United Methodist Church
    5. 10/27/2014, 12:00pm to 10/29/2014, 12:00pm
      PREACHING THE INCARNATION: Exploring the Revised Common Lectionary Texts for Advent & Christmas
    6. 10/29/2014, 11:00am
      Caring for the Minister’s Soul and the Soul of the Congregation
  1. November 2014
    1. 11/01/2014, 8:00am to 10:15am
      Men's Summit- Stop Sex Trafficking
    2. 11/06/2014, 8:00am to 11/07/2014, 2:15pm
      Through the Eyes of a Child 2014- Weekday Childcare Workshop
    3. 11/07/2014, 12:00pm to 11/08/2014, 5:00pm
      PAUMCS Fall Retreat
    4. 11/09/2014, 2:30pm
      Conversation about the Future of The United Methodist Church

Blog

Conference Blog

Call of the Wild

by David Beam

With the brisk breeze stirring, tugging at the evermore colorful leaves that are left clinging vicariously to lofty branches and the way the sun, with dazzling clarity and relief is illuminating every distant ridge and furrowed valley, there is an almost magnetic force calling to something deep within me. Its persistent interruption makes the task at hand arduous to say the least! For as I sit here trying to stay focused on keyboard and screen, seeking to utter some inspired words that might be deemed worthy of being called pastoral, my attention is often captured by the wistful flight of yet another colorful fallen friend, like Forrest Gump’s feather that leads the imagination on journeys through uncharted trails, to virgin streams where the Brown Trout have never seen the wares of human hands cast ever so lightly upon his native haunt. And never since old Adam himself, or Female Addams (my favorite trout fly), was there ever such a revelation of the pristine as the rush of living water, the rise of a caped-jaw, and the thrill of a lifetime….but I digress!

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Seeing Ebola Firsthand: Missionary Shares Her Story

Watch an exclusive interview with the United Methodist missionary and medical coordinator for the Sierra Leone Conference. On October 6, 2014, Gbanga served as an expert witness on the Ebola epidemic for some 50 clergy and laity who filled a meeting room at the North Texas Conference headquarters in Plano, near Dallas. Learn more about the church’s response to Ebola at www.umc.org/ebola

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