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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
News November 22, 2020 posted by

St. Andrew By-The-Sea ‘Christmas Grace’ to provide gifts for 70+ families in need

A group of United Methodists in the Lowcountry have revamped their Christmas gift program for families in need because of the challenges presented by the pandemic. This year, St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church’s Bridge Builders and Christmas Grace ministries are teaming up to provide Christmas gifts for roughly 70 families within the Hardeeville area.

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St. Andrew By-The-Sea ‘Christmas Grace’ to provide gifts for 70+ families in need
News November 16, 2020 posted by

New ‘call stories’ book available from Advocate Press

The newest book from the Advocate Press is launched just in time for the holidays. “Called By God: 30 Inspiring Call Stories from South Carolina United Methodists” features tales from pastors and a few other church leaders revealing how they were nudged, called, urged or otherwise invited into the ministry—and how they ultimately said “yes.”

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News October 27, 2020 posted by

Virtual Annual Conference goes smoothly, finishes early

South Carolina’s first—and some hope only—all-virtual Annual Conference took less than three hours to complete. But by the end of the day Oct. 17, the conference passed a $16.5 million budget for 2021, elected hundreds of members to non-quadrennial boards and committees, passed three changes to conference Standing Rules, approved a resolution against predatory lending, closed three churches and merged some charge lines, and heard reports from various conference entities. By Jessica Brodie.

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Virtual Annual Conference goes smoothly, finishes early
Photo by Matt Brodie
News October 27, 2020 posted by

New digital archives connects Methodists today with past

For years, if people wanted to dig into the full tomes of South Carolina’s Methodist history, they needed to make the cross-state trek to Wofford College and slide carefully preserved old books and papers from their shelves, or pore through images on a microfilm reader. Now, all they need is available with the click of a button from the comfort of their own home thanks to the leadership of Dr. Phillip Stone. By Jessica Brodie.

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New digital archives connects Methodists today with past
Photo by Mark Olencki, Wofford College. Dr. Phillip Stone uses the new scanner on an 1870 issue of the Advocate. 
News October 27, 2020 posted by

Aynor Feast of Tabernacles a creative way to gather in COVID

A small-town pastor frustrated with COVID-19’s crimp on fellowship opportunities in her community has taken a cue from early Hebrew tradition. The Rev. Kelly Snelgrove, pastor of Aynor United Methodist Church, encouraged her church to embrace old-fashioned outdoor gathering much like the Israelites, holding an on-campus Feast of Tabernacles after church last month. By Jessica Brodie.

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