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News April 27, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

So much to be celebrated: Annual Conference June 6-7 lifts up growth, future

By Jessica Brodie. Planning has shifted to the final phase for this year’s Annual Conference, a shortened, mostly online event that will be livestreamed from the Florence Center June 6-7. But make no mistake—while the conference will be online, organizers consider it to be no less of a celebration and opportunity for gathering as traditional, in-person Annual Conference has been.

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So much to be celebrated: Annual Conference June 6-7 lifts up growth, future
News April 27, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

Vigil offers love, prayer after mass shooting in Rock Hill

By Jessica Brodie. One church opened its arms to the entire Rock Hill community after a mass shooting claimed the lives of a much-loved local physician, his wife and two young grandchildren, and two air conditioning technicians who happened to be working on their home at the time.

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Vigil offers love, prayer after mass shooting in Rock Hill
News April 27, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

ERTs help after Alabama twister

By Billy Robinson. South Carolina Early Response Team members responded to a dire call for disaster help from Alabama after several deadly tornados ravaged their state, killing five, injuring many and reaping havoc on homes, farms and businesses. A 15-member ERT team comprising volunteers from across South Carolina, along with two disaster response trailers, responded to Bibb County April 5-8, 2021. Bibb County is just south of Birmingham. The team worked out of Brent United Methodist Church, in Brent, Alabama.

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ERTs help after Alabama twister
News April 27, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

Advocate wins two more journalism excellence awards

The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate has been honored with two more journalism excellence awards this spring. These latest are from the Religion Communicators Council, an interfaith group of religious communicators founded in 1929.

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Advocate wins two more journalism excellence awards
News April 27, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

Mount Pleasant UMC cleans up

By the Rev. Darlene L. Kelley. We squirm to navigate the armholes of our Day-Glo orange safety vests and pick up our green bags. Pumping the handles of our also-orange “garbage grabbers” that look a bit like giant lobster claws, we make our way along the edge of Mount Pleasant Road, amazed at how much litter lines the asphalt.

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Mount Pleasant UMC cleans up
News April 27, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

Our Response to Racism: ‘The duty of a generation’

By Dan O’Mara. More than 400 clergy from across the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church gathered virtually recently for a wide-ranging conversation about one of the conference’s most important initiatives in recent years: Our Response to Racism.

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Our Response to Racism: ‘The duty of a generation’
Bishop's Corner April 27, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

The question is

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. Walking with Bishop Knox into the town of Alajuela, I asked him his expectations of clergy. He responded, “To be on the cutting edge of ministry, making a difference for the sake of Christ.”

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The question is
News March 31, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

Easter lilies bring hope to homebound

This Easter, people unable to leave their homes because of illness or other issues will get some springtime cheer courtesy of an Easter lily delivery project led by the Rock Hill District of the UMC.

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Easter lilies bring hope to homebound
News March 31, 2021 posted by Jessica Brodie

Men’s ‘One in the Spirit’ retreat focuses on unity

By Jessica Brodie

It was shorter than years past—just two hours on a Friday night—and many of the participants weren’t even gathered in-person. But those who attended the Men n Ministry “One in the Spirit” men’s spiritual retreat said it was just as powerful and Spirit-filled as the rest.

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Men’s ‘One in the Spirit’ retreat focuses on unity

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