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News May 26, 2020 posted by

With help from S.C., Healing Guatemala aids starving amid pandemic

By Jessica Brodie. A white flag hangs outside many of the homes in a remote village outside Chuisajcaba, Guatemala—a town with many already in poverty, their situation exacerbated because of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. “Help,” the flag cries wordlessly. “We have no food.” Thanks to the efforts of one United Methodist ministry, Healing Guatemala, led by South Carolina pastor Dr. Luke Rhyee, the people are starting to get some much-needed assistance. Still, the needs are great—and grow greater every day.

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With help from S.C., Healing Guatemala aids starving amid pandemic
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Sharing faith in the pandemic: Laywoman steps up online ministry efforts

By Jessica Brodie. Toni Roberts Norris Taylor has a passion for Christ and helping other people and churches be all that God is calling them to be. Before the coronavirus pandemic, she was already leading a weekly Bible Study class, Sunday school and small groups in-person. But when the COVID-19 lockdown forced churches and other ministries to stop meeting in-person, Taylor stepped out in a new way, taking her faith online.

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No date yet for rescheduled Annual Conference

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston and other leaders are working diligently to discern a plan of action for the 2020 session of the South Carolina Annual Conference, which has been postponed from June 7-10 because of safety concerns associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As of May 22, no new date had been set.

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No date yet for rescheduled Annual Conference
News May 26, 2020 posted by

St. Mark becomes second UMC in state to join Reconciling Ministries Network

Another United Methodist church in South Carolina has made the decision to join the Reconciling Ministries Network. St. Mark UMC, Columbia, is now the second UMC church in the state to pass a statement of affirmation and join the network, an unofficial caucus of United Methodists that promotes full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other individuals in the life of the church.

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St. Mark becomes second UMC in state to join Reconciling Ministries Network
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Tony Rowell book signing set for June 13

This month, United Methodists from across the state are invited to Beulah UMC, Gilbert, for a book signing featuring author and pastor the Rev. Tony Rowell. Set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, the signing—which will include safety measures—will include refreshments, book sales and a chance to talk with the author and get your copy of the book signed by him. “What Would Granny Say? And Other Somewhat Embellished Memories” is a collection of faith-based essays written over the years by Rowell, an elder in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC.

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Tony Rowell book signing set for June 13
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Tennessee volunteers dubbed ‘minutemen’ after quick response to help after Seneca tornado

By Barb Christ. In the midst of the coronavirus self-quarantine, disaster response teams from Tennessee traveled to South Carolina’s Upstate to help after an EF-3 tornado devastated the community. The tornado hit Seneca and surrounding areas April 13, and early estimates report at least $250 million in damages that could take months of recovery efforts. 

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Tennessee volunteers dubbed ‘minutemen’ after quick response to help after Seneca tornado
News April 28, 2020 posted by

A disaster within a disaster: ERTs rush in to help after tornados

Tornados swept across South Carolina in the early morning of April 13, leveling homes, claiming lives—and providing an opportunity for people of faith to step up as God’s hands and feet. By Jessica Brodie, Jill Evans and Billy Robinson.

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A disaster within a disaster: ERTs rush in to help after tornados
Photo by Matt Brodie. Volunteers work hand-in-hand with homeowners in North after tornados swept through South Carolina the day after Easter.
News April 28, 2020 posted by

Annual Conference postponed

South Carolina has postponed its Annual Conference gathering and issued a call that churches remain closed to in-person worship and other activities until at least May 20. The announcements, released April 23, cited concern for public health and a conviction to do no harm amid the coronavirus pandemic. A new date for Annual Conference has not been set. By Jessica Brodie.

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Annual Conference postponed
Photo by Matt Brodie. South Carolina has postponed its Annual Conference gathering. A new date has not been set.
News April 28, 2020 posted by

Churches adjust to new normal as distance worship enters month three

With in-person church gatherings cancelled because of coronavirus through at least May 20, churches are settling in with a new routine of virtual connection. Read on for our roundup of ways South Carolina United Methodist churches are sharing the Good News amid the pandemic. By Jessica Brodie.

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Churches adjust to new normal as distance worship enters month three
The Rev. Laura-Allen Kerlin shows how staff at Advent UMC, Simpsonville, are getting creative during social isolation—pictures of their members in the pews.
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Apportionments down, but not necessarily giving

By Jessica Brodie. The social and emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is already difficult for some people, who struggle with being forced to stay inside, avoid friends and extended family, homeschool their kids and steer clear of large gatherings. But the financial impact is taking a toll, too. Many are furloughed from work or newly unemployed, facing pay cuts and other economic issues. Across the conference, some churches are doing well, while others are struggling.

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Apportionments down, but not necessarily giving
Mount Carmel UMC, Bamberg, put out sterile gloves and a tithing bucket at a recent drive-up church service.

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