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News May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Church gets ‘messy’—even in pandemic

By Laura Camby McCaskill. One United Methodist Church in Greenville, SC, is getting “messy.” And even though the pandemic is forcing most of that mess online and within homes right now, it’s still doing what it can to make disciples in nontraditional ways.

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Church gets ‘messy’—even in pandemic
News May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

No date yet for rescheduled Annual Conference

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston and other leaders are working diligently to discern a plan of action for the 2020 session of the South Carolina Annual Conference, which has been postponed from June 7-10 because of safety concerns associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As of May 22, no new date had been set.

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No date yet for rescheduled Annual Conference
News May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

St. Mark becomes second UMC in state to join Reconciling Ministries Network

Another United Methodist church in South Carolina has made the decision to join the Reconciling Ministries Network. St. Mark UMC, Columbia, is now the second UMC church in the state to pass a statement of affirmation and join the network, an unofficial caucus of United Methodists that promotes full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other individuals in the life of the church.

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St. Mark becomes second UMC in state to join Reconciling Ministries Network
News May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Tony Rowell book signing set for June 13

This month, United Methodists from across the state are invited to Beulah UMC, Gilbert, for a book signing featuring author and pastor the Rev. Tony Rowell. Set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, the signing—which will include safety measures—will include refreshments, book sales and a chance to talk with the author and get your copy of the book signed by him. “What Would Granny Say? And Other Somewhat Embellished Memories” is a collection of faith-based essays written over the years by Rowell, an elder in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC.

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Tony Rowell book signing set for June 13
News May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Tennessee volunteers dubbed ‘minutemen’ after quick response to help after Seneca tornado

By Barb Christ. In the midst of the coronavirus self-quarantine, disaster response teams from Tennessee traveled to South Carolina’s Upstate to help after an EF-3 tornado devastated the community. The tornado hit Seneca and surrounding areas April 13, and early estimates report at least $250 million in damages that could take months of recovery efforts. 

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Tennessee volunteers dubbed ‘minutemen’ after quick response to help after Seneca tornado
Editor's Views May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

My ‘no plan’ challenge

How quickly I started to forget the most important lesson the pandemic taught me: Let go of the steering wheel and let God be the driver. A reflection by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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My ‘no plan’ challenge
Bishop's Corner May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

All in due time

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. Growing up in the Holston household, respect for your elders was the rule. Fear was not exactly what my brother and I had for our father, even though we were scared at times, but it was the awesome power of his presence. He was a yes sir/no sir kind of guy. If he asked you to jump, you asked how high. If he asked you to run, you asked how far. If he asked you to stand, you asked how long.

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All in due time
Views May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

The switch has been flipped

By the Rev. Angela Halter Marshall Some people may think the pandemic has finally “gotten” to us. They may think being quarantined and the practice of social distancing has taken…

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Views May 26, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

When? We must speak out

By Dr. Robin Dease As a seminary student in Washington, D.C., I worked for Marriott Management Services in the George Washington University community. I had the awesome opportunity of catering…

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News April 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Annual Conference postponed

South Carolina has postponed its Annual Conference gathering and issued a call that churches remain closed to in-person worship and other activities until at least May 20. The announcements, released April 23, cited concern for public health and a conviction to do no harm amid the coronavirus pandemic. A new date for Annual Conference has not been set. By Jessica Brodie.

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Annual Conference postponed
News April 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Apportionments down, but not necessarily giving

By Jessica Brodie. The social and emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is already difficult for some people, who struggle with being forced to stay inside, avoid friends and extended family, homeschool their kids and steer clear of large gatherings. But the financial impact is taking a toll, too. Many are furloughed from work or newly unemployed, facing pay cuts and other economic issues. Across the conference, some churches are doing well, while others are struggling.

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Apportionments down, but not necessarily giving

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