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News January 25, 2017

Sellers blitz: ‘I thank God for y’all’

For Allen James, the scores of people who descended upon his town armed with hammers, crowbars and chainsaws were “like the star over Bethlehem.” “It was just a total faith lift, a joy to know that someone thought enough to come and help us,” said James, whose Sellers home was devastated both from October’s Hurricane Matthew and the October 2015 flood. The tiny town of Sellers, already a poverty-stricken area before the hurricane, was badly impacted after two storm-swamped rivers overflowed and flooded the region. But after a Jan. 13-14 hurricane blitz organized by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, many of those homeowners are on the road to recovery. By Jessica Brodie.

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Sellers blitz: ‘I thank God for y’all’
Allen James stands outside his Sellers home as United Methodist volunteers pitch in to help repair hurricane damage. “I thank God for y’all,” James said. Photo by Jessica Brodie.
News January 25, 2017

UMCSC closes 2016 with 92% in apportionments

By Jessica Brodie. Even a hurricane couldn’t stop the power of God’s generous people in South Carolina. South Carolina United Methodists are celebrating this month over news that their churches brought in more than 92 percent in apportionment giving—the best financial performance since at least 2002 and possibly ever.

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UMCSC closes 2016 with 92% in apportionments
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
News January 25, 2017

UMCSC helps fund spiritual support team to come alongside survivors during Emanuel 9 trial

By Jessica Brodie. As victims, survivors and family members of the Emanuel 9 massacre gathered for the emotionally grueling trial in Charleston recently, a three-pronged team of chaplains, mental health counselors and victim advocates were there every step of the way, letting them know they were loved and they were most certainly not alone.

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UMCSC helps fund spiritual support team to come alongside survivors during Emanuel 9 trial
The altar at St. Michael’s Church in Charleston after the trial ended. The large candles in the center represent hope, healing and the survivors. The nine candles surrounding them were lit by family members in honor of the nine lives lost. The names of the victims are listed on the candles.
Sellers blitz: ‘I thank God for y’all’
Allen James stands outside his Sellers home as United Methodist volunteers pitch in to help repair hurricane damage. “I thank God for y’all,” James said. Photo by Jessica Brodie.
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Sellers blitz: ‘I thank God for y’all’

For Allen James, the scores of people who descended upon his town armed with hammers, crowbars and chainsaws were “like the star over Bethlehem.” “It was just a total faith lift, a joy to know that someone thought enough to come and help us,” said James, whose Sellers home was devastated both from October’s Hurricane Matthew and the October 2015 flood. The tiny town of Sellers, already a poverty-stricken area before the hurricane, was badly impacted after two storm-swamped rivers overflowed and flooded the region. But after a Jan. 13-14 hurricane blitz organized by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, many of those homeowners are on the road to recovery. By Jessica Brodie.
We’re not in this alone
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We’re not in this alone

By Jessica Brodie. One of the best things about being a mom is the chance to see the world through the unique and innocent eyes of my children. It’s amazing to me how they view the world, whether it’s the simple beauties of nature to how our nation dialogues about politics. And one of the most rewarding of these fresh perspectives has been the way I have come to look at friendship—courtesy of my 9-year-old daughter, Avery.

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