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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
Photo by Matt Brodie. Conference leaders decided to hold AC2020 virtually partly after the successful virtual clergy session, held Aug. 1 (above).
News August 25, 2020 posted by

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
Photo by Matt Brodie
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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
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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
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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
Photo by Jessica Brodie
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Spartanburg District holds ‘Celebration of Education’ with prayer, support

The Spartanburg District hosted a Celebration of Education on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the seven school district offices in Spartanburg County. The groups met in the parking lot of each office, practiced safe distancing, wore masks and prayed for teachers, students, administrators, support staff and volunteers. By Rev. Walter Cantwell.

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Spartanburg District holds ‘Celebration of Education’ with prayer, support
Photo by Mary Lu Saylor. Andrew Wolfe speaks at the Spartanburg District 6 gathering.
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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

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