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News November 29, 2021 posted by

History restored

On a bright, cool day, descendants of Samuel Burdine joined with members of the Pickens County Historical Society, Hagood Mill Foundation and the South Carolina Methodist Conference Historical Society to dedicate and bless the Burdine Lodge Nov. 13. The one-room log cabin, built in the Dacusville Community by Burdine in 1796, is documented three times—1800, 1802 and 1803—in the journals of Francis Asbury as his lodging place when he traveled through the Saluda Grade into South Carolina. By Allison Trussell.

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News November 29, 2021 posted by

S.C.’s Bishop Holston elected as next secretary of UMC Council of Bishops 

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston of the South Carolina Conference was elected Nov. 3 as the next secretary of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church during the bishops’ online meeting via Zoom. Bishop Thomas Bickerton, the residential bishop of the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church, was elected as the next COB president, Bishop Tracy Smith Malone of the East Ohio Conference was elected the COB’s next president-designate. 

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S.C.’s Bishop Holston elected as next secretary of UMC Council of Bishops 
Bishop Jonathan Holston. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News October 25, 2021 posted by

Health and hope: Church, hospital partner in new video series

What happens when a church and a hospital decide they need to create awareness about critical ongoing health issues claiming countless in their community? They create a powerful new video series together that is designed to advance conversations around health equity. By Jessica Brodie.

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Rosylin Weston, in front of the BMW Zentrum in Greer, participates in a national Facebook live event to help raise awareness and money for metastatic breast cancer research. She and others at St. Mark UMC have partnered with the South Carolina Hospital Association Foundation, have partnered in a three-part video series, A Series of Hope, to increase awareness about health issues in communities of color.
News October 25, 2021 posted by

A reset for men’s ministry

After more than a year and a half of a COVID-19-induced disruption, leaders in South Carolina men’s ministry are urging their local groups to embrace a season of reset so they can begin anew. (Q&A with district presidents also included!) By Jessica Brodie.

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Photo by William Baker. Adrian Despres prays with more than 300 men who gathered at Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, for their fall men’s event in October.
News October 25, 2021 posted by

Apportionment payments ‘returning to normal’

Apportionment payments are returning to normal, conference financial leaders say, bringing them some relief after a year filled with uncertainties regarding the pandemic and its continued impact on churches and giving. As of Oct. 20, the South Carolina Conference Treasurer’s Office has received approximately $11.1 million of the $17.3 million total budgeted for 2021, or about 64.34%. By Jessica Brodie.

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Apportionment payments ‘returning to normal’
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
News October 25, 2021 posted by

Three new Advocate Press books slated for release in November

Three books of interest to United Methodists are planned for release this November, and two more are on their heels in early December. They include “Faith in Action: Stories of Salkehatchie Summer Service,” compiled by the Rev. John Wesley Culp Jr.; “What I Have Come to Believe,” a spiritual reflection by the Rev. Arthur H. Holt, and “Walk with Me: Your Spiritual Esteem Journey,” by the Rev. Cathy Joens and Toni Taylor.

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Three new Advocate Press books slated for release in November

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