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News September 29, 2020 posted by

One-day virtual AC to feature short schedule, key business

This month, South Carolina United Methodists will gather for a virtual Annual Conference—the first time lay and clergy members have not gathered in person as a body for their yearly business meeting. Health and safety concerns because of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the conference to shift to the all-virtual gathering, set for Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m.

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One-day virtual AC to feature short schedule, key business
Photo by Matt Brodie
News September 29, 2020 posted by

South Carolina sends two ERT teams to Alabama after Hurricane Sally

Two disaster response teams from South Carolina headed to the Alabama-West Florida Conference to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally. The Rev. Mike Evans led an Early Response Team there Sept. 21-25 from South Carolina’s Edgefield area, and Billy Robinson led a team on its heels Sept. 28-Oct. 2 from South Carolina’s North community. By Jessica Brodie.

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South Carolina sends two ERT teams to Alabama after Hurricane Sally
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Longtime food pantry converts to drive-thru in pandemic

Since 1981, Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church has been supplying food and other assistance to its neighbors. But when COVID-19 hit this spring, and unemployment and furlough rates began to rise, the need became tremendous.

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Longtime food pantry converts to drive-thru in pandemic
Photo by Jessica Brodie. Volunteer Randy Bohannon, here loading food into a client’s vehicle, says he started volunteering out of “selfishness.” A recent widower, he was looking for something to keep him busy. Now he loves the ministry and helps weekly.
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Asbury Hills dedicates new pool

On Aug. 22, Asbury Hills welcomed board members, campers, camper families, summer staff alumni and friends of the camp safely on property to celebrate the completion of this part of Phase One in the Asbury Hills Master Plan: a new pool and amenity building. 

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Asbury Hills dedicates new pool
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S.C. lay servants to gather virtually for weekend academy

South Carolina’s lay servants might not be able to gather in-person this year, but they are hoping their online weekend academy will feel just as intimate, thoughtful and relationship-oriented. The annual South Carolina Lay Servant Ministries Academy will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, featuring empowering worship, intelligent learning and practical training designed to help lay servants know and do all they can for the Lord. By Jessica Brodie.

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News August 25, 2020 posted by

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
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News August 25, 2020 posted by

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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News August 25, 2020 posted by

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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