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News September 29, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

SMC exceeds 2020 goal to grow to 1,000 students

Spartanburg Methodist College has exceeded a goal to grow its student body to 1,000 by 2020. 1,025 full-time new, returning and transfer students are enrolled at SMC this fall, and they comprise the largest student population in the college’s 109-year history.

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Editor's Views September 29, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

A ‘good news’ year

It’s been a hard year—but also a good year. Good, for light is being shined into racial problems and discrimination in important new ways. Good, for in spite of a pandemic, communities and families are coming together. Good, because churches are stepping up in new and innovative ways to help. By Jessica Brodie.

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A ‘good news’ year
News August 25, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Annual Conference goes virtual Oct. 17

The 2020 South Carolina Annual Conference will convene Oct. 17 as an all-virtual session to ensure the health and safety of lay and clergy delegates amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will be our first Annual Conference that does not involve gathering in person.

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Annual Conference goes virtual Oct. 17
News August 25, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Life giver: UMCSC commissions, ordains 20 in limited-attendance service

With masks, social distancing and limited attendance, the South Carolina Annual Conference’s Service for Ordination and Commissioning looked a bit different this year. Nevertheless, 20 men and women were commissioned or ordained as provisional members, deacons and elders at a service filled with powerful preaching, music and prayer Aug. 8. By Jessica Brodie.

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Life giver: UMCSC commissions, ordains 20 in limited-attendance service
News August 25, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Online gathering helps Upstate children’s ministers exchange ideas, stay connected during COVID

Before the pandemic, a group of children’s ministers in the Upstate were already gathering to exchange ideas, brainstorm and support each other. But when COVID-19 hit this spring, they evolved to an online group that has been a lifeline for many, as well as a practical way to keep doing new and effective ministry for God’s Kingdom. By Jessica Brodie.

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Online gathering helps Upstate children’s ministers exchange ideas, stay connected during COVID
News August 25, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Virtual Clergy Session completed ‘smoothly’ amid pandemic

The Clergy Session of the 2020 South Carolina Annual Conference convened Aug. 1—the first time ever in virtual session because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. More than 500 pastors and other UMCSC clergy members participated through a secured Zoom Webinar and a separate secured voting platform, all facilitated by the conference’s media partner, Good News TV. By Dan O’Mara.

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Virtual Clergy Session completed ‘smoothly’ amid pandemic
News August 25, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Advocate wins three more journalism awards from SCPA

The Advocate newspaper has won three more journalism excellence awards this year, these latest from the South Carolina Press Association. This bring the newspaper’s total to 118 awards for journalism excellence in the last decade from groups such as the SCPA, the United Methodist Association of Communicators and the Religion Communicators Council.

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Advocate wins three more journalism awards from SCPA
News August 25, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

UMVIM team repairs home in midst of pandemic

The week of July 20, following strict COVID-19 protocols including wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing, a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission work team was able to complete the needed repairs on the home of a mother and her three children damaged in the April 12 EF-3 tornado.

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UMVIM team repairs home in midst of pandemic
News August 25, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

WARMahatchie: Grace UMC works on several home repairs this summer

Grace UMC offered what they called WARMahatchie 2020.  This mission was  a joint ministry between the youth of Grace, their WARM (Winterization and Repair Ministry) project volunteers, the United Methodist Men, local church Salkehatchie volunteers, the church’s Missions Committee, The United Way and Grace’s local leadership.

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WARMahatchie: Grace UMC works on several home repairs this summer

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