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News January 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Poverty awareness: United Methodists take part in march, rally to help the poor

United Methodists joined with other social justice advocates in South Carolina’s Holy City Jan. 11 and 13 to rally, march and pray to spread awareness about the issue of poverty. The event was part of Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which included a neighborhood voting drive and poverty testimonies designed to help people understand the plight of the poor and what all people can do to help. By Jessica Brodie.

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Poverty awareness: United Methodists take part in march, rally to help the poor
News January 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Service weekend repairs hurricane-devastated homes while honoring Dr. King’s legacy

MARION—Sixteen months after Hurricane Florence battered the coastal Carolinas, devastating homes and towns alike, more than 50 United Methodists gathered for a weekend designed to rebuild and repair homes in the McColl, Lakeview, Dillon, Latta and Mullins communities of South Carolina. The service project was held over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Jan. 18-20, both as an opportunity to give volunteers a long weekend to help, as well as to honor the legacy of King, one of the civil rights movement’s greatest heroes and servant-leaders. By Jessica Brodie.

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Service weekend repairs hurricane-devastated homes while honoring Dr. King’s legacy
News January 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus

This month, men from across South Carolina will gather for a two-day spiritual retreat designed to help them be restored and made whole in Christ. Dr. Eric Mason, author, teacher and founder of Epiphany Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, will serve as keynote for the conference-wide United Methodist Men’s spiritual weekend, set for Feb. 28-29, 2020, at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, Lexington. By Jessica Brodie.

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Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus
News January 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Five from S.C. visit Zoe Ministries in Kenya

In the summer of 2019, five travelers set out from South Carolina to visit Zoe Ministries in Kenya: Bishop Jonathan Holston and Felicia Holston, the Rev. Ken Nelson, Janice Holiday and myself. By Dr. Clay Faulk.

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Five from S.C. visit Zoe Ministries in Kenya
News January 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Advocate offers scholarship for student at UM college; deadline 3/1/20

The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate invites applications for a $1,000 scholarship for South Carolina United Methodist students who are planning to enroll or are already enrolled at one of the four United Methodist colleges in South Carolina: Claflin University, Columbia College, Spartanburg Methodist College or Wofford College. Deadline 3/1/20.

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Advocate offers scholarship for student at UM college; deadline 3/1/20
Editor's Views January 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Be at peace, for God has it all under control

God is still the God of the universe—and the head of this denomination. And God has the power and authority to do whatever God wishes—including change our hearts and minds and push through whatever plan God intends, whether this one or another entirely. An editorial by Jessica Brodie.

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Be at peace, for God has it all under control
Bishop's Corner January 28, 2020 posted by Jessica Brodie

Not by sight

Followers of Christ are often called to walk by faith and not by sight as we live in the in-between times modeled through Scripture. To walk by faith, not by sight, requires you to go to places God will reveal to you even if they are not familiar and to cling to the dreams God has planted in your heart. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Not by sight
News December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Inviting growth: Church thrives after members start bringing their friends

Step outside Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Pinewood, and all you’ll see for miles is fields. “It really is in the middle of nowhere,” says Andrews Chapel’s pastor, the Rev. Mary Everhart. Yet it is there that Everhart says the Holy Spirit is breathing a fresh wind of new life. The 150-year-old church had been in a decline over the years, but now the church has gone from four to seven people to 30 or 40 most Sundays. By Jessica Brodie.

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Inviting growth: Church thrives after members start bringing their friends
News December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

UMCSC disaster service weekend Jan. 18-20 to honor King’s legacy

Five decades after the assassination of one of the civil rights movement’s greatest heroes and servant-leaders, South Carolina United Methodists are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a weekend dedicated to service. On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Jan. 18-20, the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is hosting a Disaster Recovery Day of Service where volunteers will have the opportunity to work on homes impacted by Hurricane Florence. By Jessica Brodie.

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UMCSC disaster service weekend Jan. 18-20 to honor King’s legacy
News December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Finishing strong: Financial leaders optimistic about UMCSC apportionment goals

Just a few weeks remain until the 2019 books close, and conference financial leaders are hopeful. As of Dec. 16, the conference had collected 76.95 percent of its apportionments, compared to 77 percent this time last year, said Beth Westbury, conference treasurer. That translates to $13.7 million collected so far of the budgeted $17.8 million for 2019. By Jessica Brodie.

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Finishing strong: Financial leaders optimistic about UMCSC apportionment goals
News December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Fellowship spurs mission ‘family’ at Anderson church

They started out simply as “fellow church members” at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Anderson—a quick wave or a nod in the pew, knowing each other by sight but no deeper. Now, thanks to the fellowship fostered in a witty email chain and hard work doing side-by-side hands-on mission work, they’ve become a family. By Jessica Brodie.

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Fellowship spurs mission ‘family’ at Anderson church
News December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

January ‘poor people’s campaign’ rally to raise awareness about poverty, voting

A group of social justice advocates are doing what they can to help the world—and Washington—have a heart for people in poverty. This month, South Carolina United Methodists will take part in Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, organizing a neighborhood voting drive, hearing testimonies and hosting a rally and march, all in the hopes of opening people’s minds about the plight of the poor. The canvassing and voting registration activities will be Saturday, Jan. 11, and the march and rally will be Monday, Jan. 13, culminating at Cherokee Place UMC, North Charleston. By Jessica Brodie.

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January ‘poor people’s campaign’ rally to raise awareness about poverty, voting
News December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus

What do classic cars and men in South Carolina have in common? The ability to be restored to full, functional and optimally working “machines,” able to do all that their creator intends and more. But while cars can only be restored to a certain point, men have the advantage. For in Christ, men can become entirely new creations, not only restored but renewed, refreshed and revitalized, all for the glory of God. That is the message of a conference-wide United Methodist Men’s spiritual weekend, set for Feb. 28-29 at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church. By Jessica Brodie.

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Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus
News December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

S.C. UMC pastors pen second Come Follow Me sermon series

South Carolina Conference leaders are preparing to release another multipart sermon series on discipleship. Titled “Come Follow Me: A Disciple’s Journey Through Lent,” it will be released in January 2020 to use this Lent, which begins Feb. 26 and runs until Easter.

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Editor's Views December 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

2020 vision

But what does “2020 vision” really mean for me as a woman of faith, and what does it mean for The United Methodist Church as we prepare to embark on yet another difficult and tumultuous year? A column by Editor Jessica Brodie.

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2020 vision

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