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News February 23, 2017

Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire

By Jessica Brodie. Advent United Methodist Church is recovering this month after a fire Feb. 8 destroyed its sanctuary. No one was injured in the blaze, which happened around lunchtime that day after construction crews renovating the structure reportedly sparked a small fire while cutting steel. Now, church leaders are doing their best to carry on, armed with prayer and a commitment to perseverance. “The building burned, but the church is still here, and we’re moving forward,” said the Rev. Michael Turner, Advent’s senior pastor. “We believe we’ll be stronger than ever.”

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Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire
Advent pastor the Rev. Michael Turner said one powerful sign of God’s providence and grace was illuminated through the large wooden cross that had been hanging in their sanctuary. While most of the roof was destroyed, the cross remained. It is now misshapen and some of wood has cracked and it reeks of smoke, but it remained nonetheless. The fact that the cross survived is a sign God is going to do what He has done in the past, Turner said: bring new life and order out of chaos and destruction. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News February 23, 2017

Men rooted in Christ

By Jessica Brodie. One thousand South Carolina men spent three days rooting themselves in the Lord. And at the end of it all, they emerged transformed, fired up and ready to take the church in a bold new direction.

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Men rooted in Christ
A man prays at the altar during the South Carolina Conference United Methodist Men’s spiritual retreat. One thousand men spent three days at the retreat rooting themselves in the Lord. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News February 23, 2017

Breaking the cycle: UMCs urged to give $100 apiece to build homes for the homeless

By Jessica Brodie. A home, where before there was none. A way out and a step up, when before there was only the endless, debilitating cycle of poverty. And all thanks to a new conference-wide mission project called simply the Homeless Initiative.

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Breaking the cycle: UMCs urged to give $100 apiece to build homes for the homeless
Four churches in the Greenville District have already agreed to sponsor one home apiece for the Homeless Initiative: Buncombe Street UMC, Greenville; Covenant UMC, Greer; Advent UMC, Simpsonville; and Mauldin UMC, Mauldin. The conference is hoping every other UMC throughout South Carolina will donate $100 apiece so two or three more homes can be built. Here, during the Feb. 4 Bishop’s Forward Focus Tour, Buncombe Street UMC gives a $39,000 check to Bishop Jonathan Holston for one of the homes. Buncombe Street members raised the money through their 2016 Advent Offering. Pictured are the Rev. Jerry Hill, Buncombe Street minister of missions and outreach; Dr. Bob Howell, senior pastor; the Rev. George Howell, Greenville District superintendent; and Holston.
Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire
Advent pastor the Rev. Michael Turner said one powerful sign of God’s providence and grace was illuminated through the large wooden cross that had been hanging in their sanctuary. While most of the roof was destroyed, the cross remained. It is now misshapen and some of wood has cracked and it reeks of smoke, but it remained nonetheless. The fact that the cross survived is a sign God is going to do what He has done in the past, Turner said: bring new life and order out of chaos and destruction. Photo by Matt Brodie.
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Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire

By Jessica Brodie. Advent United Methodist Church is recovering this month after a fire Feb. 8 destroyed its sanctuary. No one was injured in the blaze, which happened around lunchtime that day after construction crews renovating the structure reportedly sparked a small fire while cutting steel. Now, church leaders are doing their best to carry on, armed with prayer and a commitment to perseverance. “The building burned, but the church is still here, and we’re moving forward,” said the Rev. Michael Turner, Advent’s senior pastor. “We believe we’ll be stronger than ever.”
Lent: A time to ask ourselves some hard truths
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Lent: A time to ask ourselves some hard truths

By Jessica Brodie. Forty days. It’s a powerful period. Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days. Noah and his family saw 40 days of rain while they were on the ark. Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for 40 days, preparing himself for his ministry.

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