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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
News March 26, 2020 posted by

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
News March 26, 2020 posted by

Immerse expanding for 2020

Immerse, South Carolina Methodist Youth Program’s youth discipleship event, is expanding this year to now offer two similar but different events, Beach Immerse and Mountain Immerse, each with the focus of helping youth dive deeper in their faith. 

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Immerse expanding for 2020
News March 1, 2020 posted by

Seven SMC women awarded United Methodist Women scholarships

Seven Spartanburg Methodist College students got a helping hand with tuition thanks to the United Methodist Women, a national organization with a legacy going back almost 150 years. The group gave $29,500 in scholarships to SMC women students this academic year, with individual scholarships generally ranging between $1,000 and $5,000.

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Seven SMC women awarded United Methodist Women scholarships
Four of the seven women were awarded the United Methodist Women’s scholarship this year. From left are Genoa Tobin, Caroline Garner, Lauren Lewis and Lindsay Jordahl.
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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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’

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