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News April 28, 2020 posted by

Churches to get three-month direct-billing holiday

By Jessica Brodie. To help ease financial burdens created by the pandemic, conference benefits leaders have approved a three-month direct billing holiday for churches in South Carolina.

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Churches to get three-month direct-billing holiday
All UMCs across the state will get a three-month direct billing holiday. Here, the Rev. Tim Jones of the Plum Branch Charge preaches at Republican UMC, McCormick, during the church’s drive-in service on Palm Sunday.
News April 28, 2020 posted by

Advocate Awareness Day to be celebrated online May 17

With churches shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advocate newspaper is taking its annual Advocate Awareness Sunday (May 17, 2020) online. Want to help? Share our video and ‘What’s the Advocate?’ blurb with your congregation.

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Advocate Awareness Day to be celebrated online May 17
Editor Jessica Brodie speaks to a church on Advocate Awareness Sunday a few years ago.
News April 28, 2020 posted by

All 2020 Salkehatchie camps cancelled because of COVID-19

In a unanimous decision and for the good of public health, as well as the intense planning needed, the Salkehatchie Board of Managers has announced all 2020 Salkehatchie camps are cancelled.

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All 2020 Salkehatchie camps cancelled because of COVID-19
Photo by Austin Bond. A youth volunteer works on a house during Rivertown Salkehatchie in Conway in 2016. COVID-19 has prompted the cancellation of all 2020 Salkehatchie camps this summer.
News April 27, 2020 posted by

A radical act of personal reparations

A radical act of generosity will provide scholarship support for the young men and women of the five Sea Islands who yearn for a college education.

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A radical act of personal reparations
Photo by Corie Hipp Erdman. This photograph was taken June 1, 2014, at the bus sendoff in Charleston. Sara is seated on the second row directly behind the author’s brother, Abraham B. Jenkins Sr. To his immediate left is the author’s niece, Maxine L. Jones, and to his immediate right is her sister-in-law, Emily Smalls. Sara’s friend Lidia is seated next to her.
News March 26, 2020 posted by

The church is the people: S.C. churches get creative in coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is upending life as we know it, as the death toll rises and state and local officials respond with curfews, government shutdowns, school and restaurant closures, and emergency aid. But ask any faith leader if that’s stopping church, and the answer is a resounding “no.” Across the state, churches are getting creative in how they gather. While in-person gatherings are nixed for now, phone trees, Facebook live worship services, video conference devotionals and even church radio stations are helping God’s people stay connected. By Jessica Brodie.

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The church is the people: S.C. churches get creative in coronavirus
Photo by Cole Carter, Mount Horeb UMC. Congregations across the state are seeking alternative ways to do church amid the COVID-19 crisis. Here, the technology team at Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, films for worship Sunday, March 22. Like many other churches in South Carolina, Mount Horeb is livestreaming its worship, plus using Facebook Live and other social media to reach people for Christ.
News March 26, 2020 posted by

GC2020 postponed by pandemic to 2021

As the coronavirus death toll rises and the disease continues to spread worldwide, organizers of General Conference have postponed the quadrennial church gathering. As of press time, that date had not yet been determined, but organizers said they are working toward a date in 2021. By Jessica Brodie.

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GC2020 postponed by pandemic to 2021
Photo by Dan Anderson, courtesy of Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Organizers of General Conference have postponed the quadrennial church gathering, which had been set for May 5-15. As of press time, the new date had not yet been determined.
News March 26, 2020 posted by

Restored in Christ: 500 men gather for spiritual renewal

Nearly 500 men in the Midlands used the extra day of the year to develop some extra spiritual muscle, gathering for the annual Men N Ministry spiritual retreat Feb. 29. Held at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, the two-day event lifted up the theme “Restored” as a way to help men learn new ways to be restored and made whole in Christ. By Jessica Brodie.

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Restored in Christ: 500 men gather for spiritual renewal
Photo by Matt Brodie
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Retired UMC bishop Ken Carder seeks to address ‘Dementia through a Pastoral Lens’

Nearly 6 million people each year in the United States live with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Countless more are affected by its debilitating effects. As an adjunct professor with Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, retired bishop Kenneth Carder has sought to address some of the social and theological issues resulting from the disease in his class, Dementia Through a Pastoral Theological Lens.

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Retired UMC bishop Ken Carder seeks to address ‘Dementia through a Pastoral Lens’
Photo courtesy of LTSS. Bishop Carder gives Communion to a participant in an adult day program visited by the class.
News March 26, 2020 posted by

Pleasant Hill UMC breaks ground on new family life center

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, in Indian Land in the Rock Hill District, held a groundbreaking for its new Family Life Center Sunday, March 8. Multiple generations of members of this historic church, having served the area since the 1880s, joined together for a cookout to celebrate the long-awaited official beginning of the new 10,500-square-foot building.

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Pleasant Hill UMC breaks ground on new family life center

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