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Uncategorized July 1, 2010 posted by Dwest

Pleasant Hill has green in long-range plan

{mosimage}Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Indian Land has had a long-range master planning study completed by WGM Design, an architectural and land planning firm in Charlotte with an eye on energy-savings and the environment.

Pleasant Hill UMC has a long-term view in a rapidly growing church. With a membership of more than 500 and taking in as many as 16 on one recent Sunday, money for the new building may come sooner than expected. Finding enough pew space is already a problem for Pastor Michael Ritter at the church sitting less than two miles from the N.C. border.
“It’s a very loving church,” Ritter said, and active in Family Promise, a program to help those in need.

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010 posted by Dwest

Native American's view of saving the Earth

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Tracy Pender, lives in Sumter and is chairperson of the S.C. Conference Native American Committee. The Advocate asked questions related to Native Americans, particularly as their history relates to caring for the Earth.

When it comes to saving the Earth, what do you think we can learn from the Indian culture?

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010 posted by Dwest

‘Love God, Heal the Earth’ – Review

{mosimage}As both a Christian and an environmentalist, I have often been disturbed by what I see as a disconnect between people of faith and the environmental movement. As I once heard a five-year-old say, “God gave us this Earth, and he’s not going to give us another one, so we better take good care of it.” In recent years, things seem to be changing, and this change is evident in Love God, Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment.

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010 posted by Dwest

Pay attention to energy and carbon spending

{mosimage}If you’re using SCE&G to get your electricity and gas less than 2 percent comes from renewable sources, about average in the nation. Unless you find a way to live completely “off the grid” or install solar or wind power, you have little choice except to cut your usage. The federal goal is to increase the percentage of power companies’ use of renewables to 15 to 20 percent.

So what to do?

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010 posted by Dwest

Faith Principles on Global Warming

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Justice:  Acknowledge global warming’s societal impact falls most heavily on the poor and vulnerable, and the United States disproportionately contributes to greenhouse gas, it is incumbent upon us to rectify this injustice.
Stewardship
: Heed the call to be faithful stewards and caretakers of God’s creation.
Sustainability:
Enable biological and social systems that nurture and support life not be depleted or poisoned.
Sufficiency:
In a world of finite resources, we must make changes in our lifestyles and, particularly, in our energy consumption.

– Adapted from the Eco-Justice Program, National Council of Churches USA

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News May 28, 2010 posted by Dwest

St. Paul UMC sends missioners to Red Bird Mission

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Florence, sent its 9th mission team to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky., in late April. Forty-two people were on the mission trip, including people from Harrison and Belair UMCs in the Lancaster area.

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Uncategorized May 28, 2010 posted by Dwest

Green Theology

{mosimage}Green Theology, a group led by your S.C. United Methodist Advocate, met recently to hear Ralph Jenkins, Technical Services manager of the S.C. Energy Office talk about

Ways to save your local church energy use/dollars:

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News April 29, 2010 posted by Dwest

The job of a youth minister

How would you like to be a youth minister, a job that, if you stand still and be quiet for more than three seconds, you’ve lost your constituency’s attention; where all parties want you to be perfect and each has a different vision of what “perfect” is?

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News April 29, 2010 posted by Dwest

Herman Lightsey first SC men’s ministry specialist

When Herman Lightsey and his wife, Mary, accepted an invitation from their neighbors to attend a Methodist church service one Sunday in 1972, he had no idea that it would lead him down a path to becoming a major leader of discipleship within the church.

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News April 29, 2010 posted by Dwest

Drawing up a power of attorney a ‘scary step’

Nobody runs from making a will. It forces the acknowledgement, “I’m going to die.” People hate to think about drawing up a durable power of attorney, however. It forces us to think, “Someone might have to wipe my bottom.”

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Views April 1, 2010 posted by Dwest

Trust

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. It is interesting whom we are willing to trust. Each time I get on an airplane, I place my life in the hands of a pilot I have never seen. I simply expect that there is a person sitting behind the controls who has been trained and knows what she or he is doing.

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News March 31, 2010 posted by Dwest

Lake Junaluska looks ahead to expanded facilities

Lake Junaluska is unique because “it’s the largest conference and retirement center in the United Methodist Church,” according to Executive Director Jimmy Carr. Furthermore, it’s the only one in the Southeast owned by the Jurisdiction.

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