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News March 26, 2018 posted by

Lollis to be new UMCSC benefits officer

The Rev. Christopher M. Lollis has been appointed as the new benefits officer for the South Carolina Annual Conference, effective July 1. Lollis, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Darlington, will succeed the Rev. David Anderson, who has served as the conference benefits officer since 2005 and will retire.

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News March 26, 2018 posted by

Bishop appoints three new district superintendents

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, has appointed three new district superintendents: the Rev. Terry Fleming to the Florence District, the Rev. Cathy Mitchell to the Spartanburg District and the Rev. Steve Patterson to the Anderson District.

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News March 26, 2018 posted by

Vincent named president-elect of S.C. UMC Foundation

The Rev. Robert M. Vincent has been named president-elect of the South Carolina United Methodist Foundation Inc., by the foundation’s board of directors. Vincent will begin his association with the foundation July 1 and will become president on Jan. 1, 2019, succeeding the Rev. Roger M. Gramling, who has served as the foundation’s executive officer since 1985.

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Editor's Views March 26, 2018 posted by

God in the graffiti: A Puerto Rico love story

Sometimes spreading the Gospel is sharing our testimony. Sometimes it’s bringing someone to church. Sometimes it’s loving people in His honor. And sometimes, it’s spray-painting His name on concrete planters on the northern coast of Puerto Rico to remind passersby that no matter what else the day, the week or this temporary human life can bring, at the end it’s all about God. A column by Jessica Brodie.

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God in the graffiti: A Puerto Rico love story
Bishop's Corner March 26, 2018 posted by

The moment when everything changes

It’s so easy to simply get caught up in the enthusiasm of the crowds and join the procession that has the loudest brass bands or the most elaborate floats or the greatest number of celebrities or the most charismatic leaders. It’s easy to miss the procession where Jesus is riding on a humble donkey proclaiming dominion, not with violence, but by courageously loving, humbly serving and bravely acknowledging his place among the victims of imperial power. A column by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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The moment when everything changes
News February 22, 2018 posted by

Bouncing back: After struggle, Wallace Family Life Center begins rebound

By Jessica Brodie. Cabbage and baked chicken simmer in the kitchen as they gather around the folding tables in the community room at Wallace Family Life Center—older ladies and one older man, all huddled in pairs with calculators and workbooks, their pencils poised and brows furrowed. As they work, program coordinator Linda Sanders stirs the cabbage and tells her tale. Like many in the Wallace community, Sanders has seen the center go from a thriving haven to a struggling operation and back again. And today, as the center continues its climb, she says she’s trusting in God to use her and the other staff and volunteers to be His conduit, helping the people get the help they need.

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Bouncing back: After struggle, Wallace Family Life Center begins rebound
News February 22, 2018 posted by

From softball to a walking track: Clinton’s recreation outreach

By Jessica Brodie. For as long as anybody can remember, softball has been more than a diversion in Salley—it’s been a way of life, an integral part of both of the town and its people. But the community’s softball field had fallen into disrepair over the years. People rarely got to see each other outside of worship. Thanks to Clinton UMC and its spirit of outreach, that is now changing. Last year, members of the 157-year-old church cleared the land for a softball field on church property, and the games have returned. They decided to take their recreation outreach a step further and recently poured the foundation for what will soon be a paved lighted walking track. Plans are in the works for a prayer walk program, Weight Watchers and possibly Zumba classes.

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From softball to a walking track: Clinton’s recreation outreach
News February 22, 2018 posted by

Annual Conference lifts mission theme, gears up for business

By Jessica Brodie. This summer, South Carolina United Methodists will gather for an Annual Conference that embraces mission, both locally and across the globe. With the theme “A More Excellent Way: In Mission from Anywhere to Everywhere,” Annual Conference 2018 will celebrate local missions, such as Salkehatchie Summer Service and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and lift up the impact they have made worldwide and in South Carolina.

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Annual Conference lifts mission theme, gears up for business
News February 22, 2018 posted by

Silent no more: Chisholm speaks at UMW Legislative Advocacy Day on domestic abuse

By Jessica Brodie. It took her 27 years to stand up and tell her story, but Karen Wright Chisholm is silent no more. Chisholm, a retired chief master sergeant in the United States Air Force and one of 12 authors in the anthology “Camouflaged Sisters: Silent No More,” stood before more than 300 people at the South Carolina Conference United Methodist Women’s 2018 Legislative Advocacy Day Feb. 20 and shared her story—about growing up in Charleston with domestic abuse in families all around her, including her own.

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Silent no more: Chisholm speaks at UMW Legislative Advocacy Day on domestic abuse
News February 22, 2018 posted by

UMMen movement all about making disciples

By Dan O’Mara. The goal of getting a new generation of men involved in ministry in South Carolina is not simply to grow the ranks of the United Methodist Men—it’s about making more disciples of Jesus Christ. That message was shared across the generations as about 1,000 men, and a few women, gathered at Christ United Methodist Church Feb. 16-18 for the UMMen’s “Come to the Water” spiritual retreat.

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UMMen movement all about making disciples
News February 22, 2018 posted by

Mission to Mayari: Nine from UMCSC head to Cuba

Nine United Methodists from South Carolina, led by Derial Ogburn, headed to Cuba Nov. 1-10 for a mission trip to do construction on a church in Mayari. The work project was to remove the A-frame on an existing building and replace it with a flat concrete roof. This is their story.

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Mission to Mayari: Nine from UMCSC head to Cuba
Editor's Views February 22, 2018 posted by

A tithe of time

By Jessica Brodie. Giving back with the first tenth of what I “have”—whether that’s money or time—is an important symbol of faith and homage, a gesture of respecting His authority. Now I start each day by offering my tithe of time, just like I tithe my money. He gets my “first fruits.” It doesn’t matter what else the day holds; He comes first. And ironically, just like I haven’t missed the money I tithe to Him, I don’t miss the time, either.

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A tithe of time
Bishop's Corner February 22, 2018 posted by

Here we are again

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. As we continue in this season of Lent, of sacrifice, of self-reflection and seeking God, we are called to wrestle with how we bring hope to situations of despair in our world. On Feb. 14, once more we found ourselves in anguish over the loss of young lives in a mass shooting—this time with 17 dead and more than a dozen wounded at a high school in South Florida. Less than three months into this year, 30 mass shootings have been reported in our country.

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Here we are again
News January 24, 2018 posted by

Serving all God’s children: Small church, big outreach at Bethel

By Jessica Brodie. Bethel United Methodist is a small church with a big heart, and it’s doing some bold things for its community in the name of Jesus. With an average of 50 members in worship each Sunday, it still manages to host a thriving soup kitchen for the entire community each Thursday throughout the winter, plus for the past 10 years, it has offered a warm place to stay for homeless men.

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Serving all God’s children: Small church, big outreach at Bethel

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