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Editor's Views December 28, 2017 posted by

Touched beyond measure

To me, the best parts of the Christmas are when we can hit pause on the busy button and do just that: breathe. Marvel at the glossy wrapping paper and glittery bows. Sigh in wonder at the sparkling lights on the nine-foot-tall tree inside the bank. Close my eyes and offer a silent prayer of appreciation as I cuddle on the couch with my husband and little ones, grateful for all things God brings—good and bad and the gray somewhere in between. A column by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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Touched beyond measure
News December 15, 2017 posted by

Church spreads Christmas cheer to storm victims

By Jessica Brodie. Imagine losing almost everything and having to start over with just the essentials. Now imagine it’s Christmas, and the cheerful tree and festive decorations are absent, lost to mold and muck and other flood-related devastation. For hundreds of South Carolina hurricane and flood victims, that’s exactly what happened. Members of Macedonia United Methodist Church, Mullins, saw this firsthand, and this Christmas, they decided to pitch in and help make their neighbors’ holiday season a bit brighter by donating Christmas trees, garland, ornaments and other decorations.

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Church spreads Christmas cheer to storm victims
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Wrapped in love: Ministry gives hope for families fighting cancer

By Jessica Brodie. Horrible stuff happens to the most beautiful people. Tom Russell has seen it too many times. “We don’t know why,” he says, recounting the stories: the 16-year-old who came seeking hope and a cure—and died just a month later. The 10-year-old in remission five years from leukemia who was bouncing in a bounce house one day, then rushed to the hospital the next, cancer back with a vengeance.

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Wrapped in love: Ministry gives hope for families fighting cancer
News November 27, 2017 posted by

UMC bishops explore three ‘Way Forward’ models for denomination

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodist bishops—including South Carolina’s Bishop Jonathan Holston—are reviewing three possible models for the denomination’s future courtesy of a report from the Commission on a Way Forward stemming from the denomination’s widely differing views on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer issues and the difficulty of addressing 56 pieces of sexuality legislation at the 2016 General Conference.

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UMC bishops explore three ‘Way Forward’ models for denomination
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Texas tragedy: UMC offers prayer, support

By Jessica Brodie. A South Carolina United Methodist church that itself was a victim of an armed robbery five years ago held a candlelight vigil last month to pray for the families of a mass shooting in rural Texas, joining other UMCs across the state and nation grieving over the tragedy.

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Texas tragedy: UMC offers prayer, support
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Bishop Holston, others gather for dedication of Burdine Lodge Restoration Project

A large crowd gathered at the Hagood Mill historical site Oct. 31 for the long-awaited groundbreaking for the restoration of the 18th-century Burdine Lodge. Led by Bishop Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference, and Dr. Roger Gramling, chair of the United Methodist Foundation and secretary-treasurer of the South Carolina Methodist Historical Society, Methodist leaders from across the state gathered to participate in this event.

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Bishop Holston, others gather for dedication of Burdine Lodge Restoration Project
News November 27, 2017 posted by

The Welcoming Table inclusion dinner features testimonies, worship, love

By Jessica Brodie. “It’s good to get messy loving other people.” That was the word from the Rev. Patricia Parrish, senior pastor of Washington Street United Methodist Church, as her congregation hosted a Reconciling Ministries event centered on faith, love and friendship—and a bold effort to offer a truly welcoming table to all regardless of sexual orientation.

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The Welcoming Table inclusion dinner features testimonies, worship, love
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Healing Guatemala

By Jessica Brodie. One United Methodist-founded ministry is working to help bring holistic healing to the people of Guatemala, and it’s gotten a much-needed boost thanks to an official nod by the Columbia District of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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Healing Guatemala
News November 27, 2017 posted by

ERTs help after tornado hits Spartanburg

By Billy Robinson. South Carolina United Methodist Volunteers In Mission’s Early Response Team responded to Spartanburg Oct. 24 in the aftermath of a tornado that had devastated several neighborhoods the day before—including blocking access to homes with large debris and toppling trees onto and into several homes.

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ERTs help after tornado hits Spartanburg
Editor's Views November 27, 2017 posted by

Overcoming the world

By Jessica Brodie. Three models—one far left, one far right, one smack in the middle. Three starting points for the future of The United Methodist Church. Which path is best? These? Another? None? Only God knows. And He does know.

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Overcoming the world

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