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News May 26, 2020 posted by

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
News May 26, 2020 posted by

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.
News April 28, 2020 posted by

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.
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.
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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.

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