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News October 23, 2013 posted by

Imagine no malaria: Olive’s mission

By the Rev. Fran Elrod. In early July, 4-year-old Olive approached me after worship one Sunday morning with an enthusiasm and passionate spirit that immediately captured my attention and the attention of those around me: “Pastor Fran, we have to save the children from malaria! We need to buy nets and give them to the children in Africa!”

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News September 25, 2013 posted by

Scamming the church: Telephone fraud ring targets the UMC in S.C., nationwide

By Jessica Connor. The Rev. Carleathea Benson knew something was shady when she got the phone call last month. “The (Anderson) district had sent out a notice the week before about a scam, and on Aug. 28 they sent another notice, and as soon as I finished reading it my phone rang,”  said Benson, who pastors Fairfield United Methodist Church, Piedmont. “The gentleman asked me if I was Rev. Lea Benson, and I said yes, and he never identified himself, he just said, ˜Would you hold, Bishop Bledsoe would like to speak to you, and then Bishop Bledsoe allegedly got on the line.”

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News September 25, 2013 posted by

Hand in hand with the homeless

By Jessica Connor. United Methodists are among a large group standing in solidarity with homeless brothers and sisters after a monthlong firestorm of rumor and speculation about a crackdown on that population in Columbia.

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News August 27, 2013 posted by

Guiding campus ministries

By Jessica Connor. A new task force has begun work this fall exploring the unique and critical needs of campus ministries in South Carolina. Headed by the Rev. Josh McClendon, associate pastor at Shandon United Methodist Church, Columbia, the task force will examine leadership, oversight, growth, sustainability and financial need, ultimately fleshing out a strategic plan for campus ministries that helps it shift strongly into the future.

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News August 27, 2013 posted by

Blueberries for missions

By Jessica Connor. Some people ladle soup for the homeless. Others organize mission trips. Still others donate thousands upon thousands of dollars. But for Susan Busby, serving God involves a white plastic bucket, her fingertips and up to six hours a day harvesting the blueberry patches on her family farm.

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News August 27, 2013 posted by

The Echo Life

By Jessica Connor. How can we actually take care of these bodies that we say are a gift from God, and gain a deeper understanding of the holistic link between health and spirituality?

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News July 24, 2013 posted by

Camp Providence a safe haven for kids in need

By Jessica Connor. Bright afternoon sunlight glimmers off the lake, mingling with the happy shouts of children splashing and swimming. “Spin me! Spin me!”  a young girl cries, the smile on her face wide and pure as a counselor carefully lifts her in a slow circle in the water.

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