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Newton flag of honor UMNS 12-10-12Flag of honor provides makeshift memorial for 20 children and six adults killed on Dec. 14. UMNS photo by Arthur McClanahan
Newton UMC
Pastor sees pain as path to healing


The Rev. Mel Kawakami, senior pastor at Newtown United Methodist Church, has the difficult job of shepherding his flock through the anguish of the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Two 7-year-olds from the congregation were among the 20 children and seven adults killed in the Connecticut tragedy.  


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Holston reacts to tragedy

Churches grieve, pray for Connecticut neighbors 
New treasurer

rick cherry 12-20-12       
Rick Cherry will oversee
conference finances

Holston's long-time controller has been selected to follow John Tate as director of administrative services and treasurer.  

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Hunger spike

girl holding cucumbers UMNS 12-20-12        
Disasters cause food shortage amidst food waste

More people needed assistance from food pantries and other feeding agences in 2012 as a result of natural disasters combined with economic strife. Meanwhile, farmers in Riner, Va., estimate that 60 percent of their crops are wasted.  

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