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News May 25, 2018 posted by

Church on the margins: Two Rivers reaches out to lost, lonely in Charleston

By Jessica Brodie. It’s not your typical church scene. You park outside a stadium, then climb a short flight of stairs to find yourself in a pub—only instead of a host waiting to seat you, there’s a smiling church greeter offering a marker and a peel-and-stick nametag. You’re ushered to a long mahogany bar, only instead of an array of questionable libations, you’re offered regular or decaf coffee and your choice of brownies or chocolate chip cookies.

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Church on the margins: Two Rivers reaches out to lost, lonely in Charleston
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Grace United Methodist Church jail ministry reaches out in love

By Beth W. Kennedy. On any Wednesday midday, whether cold, hot, rainy or beautiful, four of the ladies gather at the church to prepare for another jail ministry to the Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston. They review the materials to be shared from a “Purpose Driven Life,” “Here and Now,” the Gospel of John or other materials. After they pray for a meaningful service, they load into cars and head out for the jail.

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Grace United Methodist Church jail ministry reaches out in love
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Women Wanting Wisdom: Central UMC hosts ‘Beyond #MeToo’

After dealing with a heartbreaking event in her family, Missy Faulkner Brown approached the Rev. Meg Bryce Jiunnies about developing an event that would reach out to other women at their church and in their community. As she noted, it is apparent in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement there is some uncertainty about what happens after stories are shared. As Christians, we want to hear where we find God in the midst of tragic circumstances. We want to go beyond #MeToo.

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Women Wanting Wisdom: Central UMC hosts ‘Beyond #MeToo’
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Dandelions: Surfside group for young girls helps them grow in Christ

By Ashlee Johnson Landreth. Our young girls today are flooded with images and ideas from society about what they should look like and how they should behave. As a children’s and youth ministry leader, I see girls constantly comparing themselves to others and never measuring up. We have all these young girls seeking acceptance and approval from the wrong places and trying to be like someone they weren’t created to be.

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Dandelions: Surfside group for young girls helps them grow in Christ
Editor's Views May 25, 2018 posted by

What I love best about the UMC

By Jessica Brodie. The concept of the United Methodist “connection” has been central to this denomination from the beginning, stemming from our founder John Wesley and the “connexion” he encouraged to help us stay accountable and in touch. After all, as I’ve heard former Columbia District Superintendent Dr. Tim McClendon say a dozen times, “Together we can do more.” And it’s true! Together as God’s body, we the people of Jesus are a powerful army of the Lord. When we put our hearts and minds and dollars and prayers together in His name, nothing can stop us.

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What I love best about the UMC
Bishop's Corner May 25, 2018 posted by

From anywhere to everywhere

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. As we approach the opening of the 2018 session of the South Carolina Annual Conference, I am filled with excitement and hopeful expectation. We will celebrate the culmination of this past year of ministry and look to the future with enthusiasm about the ways God will continue to use us in the communities across our state and around the world to make disciples.

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From anywhere to everywhere
News April 24, 2018 posted by

Resolutions to go before Annual Conference

By Jessica Brodie. This June, lay and clergy members of the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference will consider five issue-based resolutions ranging from affirming the Discipline’s current language on human sexuality to supporting equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians living in the Holy Land.

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Resolutions to go before Annual Conference
News April 24, 2018 posted by

UMC top court to consider what petitions can be submitted to called General Conference

By Jessica Brodie. The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council will hold a special session in May to consider what petitions—other than the report by the Council of Bishops—can be submitted to the called special session of General Conference in 2019. The special 2019 General Conference will only address issues surrounding the church divide over human sexuality.

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UMC top court to consider what petitions can be submitted to called General Conference
News April 24, 2018 posted by

Rock Hill Hulapalooza helps United Methodists focus on Abundant Health

By Jessica Brodie. Rain thrummed against the roof and sloshed through the parking lot outside St. John’s United Methodist Church. But all that water didn’t dampen the festive mood inside, as hundreds of people from the community and beyond gathered to embrace Abundant Health through hula-hooping, dance-fitness, health booths and more. On April 7, in Rock Hill as well as in New York, Berlin and locations throughout Zimbabwe, United Methodists gathered for the denomination’s Hulapalooza, a morning dedicated to embracing health and wellness—and the kickoff for the Abundant Health Initiative in South Carolina and across the globe

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Rock Hill Hulapalooza helps United Methodists focus on Abundant Health
Editor's Views April 24, 2018 posted by

Let’s go slowly

The proverbial writing is not on the wall. In fact, as people guided by the Holy Spirit, I would argue anything can happen. God has this in His hands, my friends. His will is going to be done. Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie on the denominational models to be considered by General Conference.

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Let’s go slowly
Bishop's Corner April 24, 2018 posted by

A time to remember

I have found that to know what really matters in life is to eliminate all the things that distract you from what really matters. Even though our minds are filled with other thoughts, preoccupied with schedules and not always thinking about heavenly things, the Easter message reminds us that what we do with our lives matters to Jesus. A column for the Advocate by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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A time to remember

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