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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
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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
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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
Bishop's Corner November 27, 2017 posted by

Let us pray

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. Prayer focuses us to listen attentively for God to speak. As Mary wrestled with what it meant for her to bear the Son of God, so must we wrestle with what it means to carry the good news of God’s son into today’s world.

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News October 24, 2017 posted by

Hulapalooza! Bishop Holston challenges UMC to get moving

By Jessica Brodie. Armed with a hula hoop and a commitment to fitness, South Carolina’s bishop is calling on United Methodists across the nation to join him in the denomination’s Abundant Health Initiative. To kick off Hulapalooza, Holston and the other South Carolina United Methodist leaders donned hoops and showed off their skills in a video. Now, they are encouraging United Methodist churches and individuals to join them and make their own hula-hooping (or other fitness) video, then mark it with the hashtag #getmovingumcsc and post it on social media.

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Hulapalooza! Bishop Holston challenges UMC to get moving
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Side by side, couple in 80s crafts quilts for children in need

By Jessica Brodie. One elderly United Methodist couple is using their golden years to give back and do rather than sit back and receive. Ken and Joanne Lehman, longtime members of Ebenezer UMC, are in their 80s and are experiencing health difficulties. But over the past 15 years, they have pushed those cares aside and made nearly 1,600 quilts for children in need at Greenville’s A Child’s Haven.

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Side by side, couple in 80s crafts quilts for children in need
News October 24, 2017 posted by

Eight-sided wonder: McBee Chapel UMC

By Jessica Brodie. On a lightly traveled street in Upstate South Carolina sits a historical gem that just happens to be one of three octagonal-shaped churches in the nation: McBee Chapel United Methodist Church. McBee is tiny, with maybe 15 or 20 still attending the 176-year-old former mill church. But it is doing its best to revitalize, and its new pastor is hoping it will soon have a reputation as much for its commitment to ministry as for its unique shape and history.

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Eight-sided wonder: McBee Chapel UMC
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Orangeburg’s Imagine a Miracle Music Fest nets $11K+ for malaria relief

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodists across the Orangeburg District this fall combined their musical talents with a passion for connectionalism in a festival that raised more than $11,000 for Imagine No Malaria. The district presented its Imagine A Miracle Music Festival Sept. 24 at St. Mark United Methodist Church, North, with a lineup of 10 musical acts ranging from bluegrass to Gospel to country western and more.

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Orangeburg’s Imagine a Miracle Music Fest nets $11K+ for malaria relief
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UMs across nation, South Carolina respond after Las Vegas mass shooting

By Jessica Brodie. The shots rang out, and as news broke the prayers—and the Christian help—sprang into action. In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting Oct. 1, called the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, The United Methodist Church spoke out and reached out in love and compassion in an effort to be the church for people frightened and in desperate need.

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UMs across nation, South Carolina respond after Las Vegas mass shooting
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Wesleyan Covenant Association gathering lifts up God’s power to revitalize UMC

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodists seeking a return to traditional Wesleyan doctrine and an orthodox, Spirit-filled church gathered across the nation Oct. 14 for a meeting of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. While the live venue was held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church near Houston, South Carolina’s Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, hosted one of the 64 simulcasts across the United States, drawing a crowd of clergy and laity eager to hear what the WCA had to say regarding the denomination and its future.

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Wesleyan Covenant Association gathering lifts up God’s power to revitalize UMC
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Flood brings together Trenholm Road UMC, Centro Cristiano

Jess Torres on the latest chapter in a growing ministry partnership that began in October 2015, when Trenholm Road UMC became the hub of flood relief efforts for the entire Midlands. It was during that time that pastors Henry Alfaro and the Rev. Mike Smith of Trenholm Road developed a friendship that has proven to be the answer to years of prayer that God would provide an opportunity for the church to be in mission and ministry with the Hispanic community in Columbia.

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Flood brings together Trenholm Road UMC, Centro Cristiano
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Stewardship Summit: ‘Most younger people don’t even have a checkbook’

By Jessica Brodie. If two of the nation’s leading church coaches have it their way, church finance committees would wake up, face what’s happening in today’s culture and take steps to align their stewardship campaigns with the way most people give. (Hint: it’s not with a checkbook.) Jim and Kim Griffith, of Griffith Coaching, will lead a daylong Stewardship Summit titled “Growing Generous Givers” April 21, 2018. The summit is hosted by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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