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News December 31, 2020 posted by

Hoping for a comeback: Apportionments goal shifts to 84% in weeks before 2020 books close

By Jessica Brodie. It’s the final stretch, those last few weeks before financial books close on what has been a difficult and tumultuous year. The goal has changed, scaled back from 90 percent to 84 percent with a push toward achieving what can be done over focusing on what can’t. But if conference financial leaders get their Christmas wish, UMCs across South Carolina will send in something—anything—so missions and ministries can get back to a reasonable level of monetary support.

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Hoping for a comeback: Apportionments goal shifts to 84% in weeks before 2020 books close
News December 31, 2020 posted by

Q&A with the District Lay Leaders

Here, we talk to each of the district lay leaders, new and returning, to learn what they most look forward to in their role, what they believe are the most pressing issues within the local churches, what is one thing a year from now they hope to look back on and know was successful, and a few things about their profession, hobbies, family and more.

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Q&A with the District Lay Leaders
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry
News December 31, 2020 posted by

But for the Helping Hands of Strangers

After her nephew’s devastating accident, woman reflects on ‘unimaginable kindness’ shown to her family by United Methodist and other S.C. ‘angels.’ By D. Halvorsen.

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But for the Helping Hands of Strangers
Andre stands with one of the S.C. “angels” who helped save his life.
News December 31, 2020 posted by

Doing church differently: some social media reminders

By Sha’Rome Henry and the Rev. Angela Ford Nelson. So you want to teach your Sunday school class, lead a meeting or offer your worship services via Zoom, Facebook Live, teleconference or another social media platform, but you don’t know where to start. Below you’ll find the beginning of a checklist we have compiled and use to offer our five online services, various meetings and classes to our church family and a growing online community.

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Doing church differently: some social media reminders
News November 22, 2020 posted by

New podcast Logos(ish) delves into ‘real conversations about faith’

By Jessica Brodie. A group of United Methodist pastors, including two serving in South Carolina, have started a new podcast they hope will foster authentic conversations about faith and religion while helping people draw closer to God and faith.

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New podcast Logos(ish) delves into ‘real conversations about faith’
Logos(ish) features four pastors who went to Candler School of Theology together and ended up being friends and eventually roommates: the Rev. Jon Hoin, pastor of the Elloree Charge in Elloree; the Rev. Sara Relaford, pastor of St. Paul UMC, St. Matthews; the Rev. Brian Boettcher, lead pastor of The Garden UMC, Norfolk, Virginia; and the Rev. Garrett Rocha, pastor Limona Village Chapel, Brandon, Florida.
News November 22, 2020 posted by

Shandon hosts ‘Blue Christmas’ service

Service recognizes tension between grief and ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ By the Rev. Shannon Bullion COLUMBIA—Personalized Christmas ornaments that mark the year have never been more lamenting….

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Shandon hosts ‘Blue Christmas’ service
Photo by Danny Mai, United Methodist Communications

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