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News April 28, 2020

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

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

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.
With help from S.C., Healing Guatemala aids starving amid pandemic
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With help from S.C., Healing Guatemala aids starving amid pandemic

By Jessica Brodie. A white flag hangs outside many of the homes in a remote village outside Chuisajcaba, Guatemala—a town with many already in poverty, their situation exacerbated because of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. “Help,” the flag cries wordlessly. “We have no food.” Thanks to the efforts of one United Methodist ministry, Healing Guatemala, led by South Carolina pastor Dr. Luke Rhyee, the people are starting to get some much-needed assistance. Still, the needs are great—and grow greater every day.
My ‘no plan’ challenge
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My ‘no plan’ challenge

How quickly I started to forget the most important lesson the pandemic taught me: Let go of the steering wheel and let God be the driver. A reflection by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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