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Use of Ministry Matters™ by Persons Under 13
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Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners at the point where we request information about the visitor. This site gives users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our service.
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- You can call the following telephone number: 1-800-409-5346.
While Ministry Matters™ and the United Methodist Publishing House consider online security a priority, we cannot provide absolute assurances against, and will not be liable for, any breaches of confidentiality due to system failures or unauthorized access by third parties.