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News February 24, 2020 posted by

A beacon of hope: Anderson mental health conference

When it comes to mental health, the church has a job to do—and it’s a job the church is uniquely positioned to fulfill. That was the key message from a district-wide mental health conference held in Easley Feb. 23, which featured pastors, psychologists and other industry professionals working to educate Christians about mental illness and how to help.

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A beacon of hope: Anderson mental health conference
News February 24, 2020 posted by

The salvation of mass incarceration

Jerry Blassingame’s testimony, which he told before hundreds of South Carolina United Methodist Women gathered Feb. 11 for their annual Legislative Advocacy Day, helped underscore one of the group’s action themes: the problem of mass incarceration.

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The salvation of mass incarceration
Photo by Jessica Brodie
News February 24, 2020 posted by

S.C. United Methodists, others gear up for Earth Day at 50

A group of Christian environmentalists who are helping to plan a major awareness, education and action event at the South Carolina Statehouse to help people live into what it means to be good stewards of the earth in the way God intended. Organized by the Columbia Circle of GreenFaith, Earth Day at the Dome is set for Wednesday, April 22, from 3-7 p.m. at the state government building on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia.

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S.C. United Methodists, others gear up for Earth Day at 50
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Small country church expands food drive to year-round ministry

By Jessica Brodie. A county with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state is now getting much-needed food assistance throughout the year thanks to the efforts of a small, rural United Methodist church in Blenheim, SC.

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Small country church expands food drive to year-round ministry
Buzzy Cowan, member of the church, packs a food bag for a person in need. Cowan came up with the idea to take the food ministry from an annual drive to a year-round ministry for the church.
News February 24, 2020 posted by

SEJ delegation heads affirm ‘separation protocol,’ though S.C. not among signers

By Jessica Brodie. Southeastern Jurisdiction lay and clergy delegation heads signed a statement affirming the work done on the “Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation through Separation.” South Carolina was not among the signers, citing not enough time to fully consider—or share with rest of the S.C. delegation.

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SEJ delegation heads affirm ‘separation protocol,’ though S.C. not among signers
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News February 23, 2020 posted by

Deadline extended for submissions to upcoming Advocate book, ‘Testify’

The deadline has been extended to April 3, 2020, for submissions for a book, to be published by the Advocate Press. The title is “Testify: How I Came to Know Jesus.” The book will focus on how South Carolina United Methodist individuals came to know the Lord. All people, lay or clergy, are invited to share their story for possible publication. Stories should be 500-1,000 words in length. You should be a South Carolina United Methodist to participate.

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Deadline extended for submissions to upcoming Advocate book, ‘Testify’
News January 28, 2020 posted by

Hopes and concerns: S.C.’s first GC2020 listening session draws crowd

What are your hopes for The United Methodist Church? What are your main concerns? What do you want South Carolina delegates attending General Conference 2020 to know? Nearly 200 United Methodists headed to Indian Field UMC Jan. 5 for the first of several “listening sessions” being held across the state, addressing these questions and more. The next sessions are Feb. 9 in Florence and Feb. 16 in Mauldin. By Jessica Brodie.

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Hopes and concerns: S.C.’s first GC2020 listening session draws crowd
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News January 28, 2020 posted by

UMCSC closes 2019 with 90 percent in apportionments

The South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church closed 2019 with 90.02 percent in apportionment giving of the church’s $17.8 million total budget for the year. That percentage translates to nearly $16 million for church ministries, missions, programming and more across the conference’s 12 districts in South Carolina. By Jessica Brodie.

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UMCSC closes 2019 with 90 percent in apportionments
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News January 28, 2020 posted by

Poverty awareness: United Methodists take part in march, rally to help the poor

United Methodists joined with other social justice advocates in South Carolina’s Holy City Jan. 11 and 13 to rally, march and pray to spread awareness about the issue of poverty. The event was part of Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which included a neighborhood voting drive and poverty testimonies designed to help people understand the plight of the poor and what all people can do to help. By Jessica Brodie.

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Poverty awareness: United Methodists take part in march, rally to help the poor
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News January 28, 2020 posted by

Service weekend repairs hurricane-devastated homes while honoring Dr. King’s legacy

MARION—Sixteen months after Hurricane Florence battered the coastal Carolinas, devastating homes and towns alike, more than 50 United Methodists gathered for a weekend designed to rebuild and repair homes in the McColl, Lakeview, Dillon, Latta and Mullins communities of South Carolina. The service project was held over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Jan. 18-20, both as an opportunity to give volunteers a long weekend to help, as well as to honor the legacy of King, one of the civil rights movement’s greatest heroes and servant-leaders. By Jessica Brodie.

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Service weekend repairs hurricane-devastated homes while honoring Dr. King’s legacy
Photo courtesy of Dan O’Mara
News January 28, 2020 posted by

Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus

This month, men from across South Carolina will gather for a two-day spiritual retreat designed to help them be restored and made whole in Christ. Dr. Eric Mason, author, teacher and founder of Epiphany Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, will serve as keynote for the conference-wide United Methodist Men’s spiritual weekend, set for Feb. 28-29, 2020, at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, Lexington. By Jessica Brodie.

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Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus
Dr. Eric Mason will serve as keynote for the S.C. United Methodist Men’s spiritual weekend, set for Feb. 28-29, 2020.
News January 28, 2020 posted by

Advocate offers scholarship for student at UM college; deadline 3/1/20

The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate invites applications for a $1,000 scholarship for South Carolina United Methodist students who are planning to enroll or are already enrolled at one of the four United Methodist colleges in South Carolina: Claflin University, Columbia College, Spartanburg Methodist College or Wofford College. Deadline 3/1/20.

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Advocate offers scholarship for student at UM college; deadline 3/1/20
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