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News December 16, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Conference credit union now open to all UMs in S.C.

By Jessica Connor. For years, the S.C. Methodist Conference Credit Union has been there to help young pastors buy their first car, establish credit and take out loans with fair interest rates. Now, thanks to hard work and some hoop-jumping, those services are available to every member of a United Methodist church in this state.

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News December 16, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Confirmation collaboration

By Jessica Connor. Two Lowcountry churches stepped out of their comfort zones and teamed up for what can be one of the most church-centric rites in the faith: confirmation.

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Editor's Views December 16, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Season of change

By Jessica Connor. It’s been a busy year, one filled with wave upon wave of uplifting, inspirational tales of Christians being God’s hands in the world. We’ve seen our share of sad times, too—friends and loved ones lost, a longtime ministry closing its doors, daily challenges in our families, communities, our nation and our world.

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News November 21, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Advocate wins best in class, 11 other UMAC awards

Calling the wins “a huge honor” for the statewide newspaper, Advocate Editor Jessica Connor took home 12 writing and general excellence awards from the United Methodist Association of Communicators’ annual meeting.

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News November 21, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Peace in Sudan, peace everywhere

By Jessica Connor. The horrors still haunt him: the gunfire that ripped his tiny village apart, the terrified screams of neighbors and friends as their homes were set ablaze, the 2,000-mile walk he and other young boys were forced to take to a refugee camp in Kenya, all the while fearing soldiers would slice him limb from limb.

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News November 21, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Blind faith: The James Monroe Mission House

By Jessica Connor. This Christmas, hardscrabble families in the Upstate have food in their bellies, warm clothes on their backs and presents for their kids thanks to churches that are reaching across denominational lines to help them.

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News November 21, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Apportionments still on track for 85 percent

By Jessica Connor. We’re still on track. That’s the word from S.C. Conference Treasurer Tony Prestipino, who says United Methodist churches across the state continue to pay a bit more than they did last year when it comes to apportionments.

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News November 21, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

AC 2011 gets high marks

By Jessica Connor. They asked, you answered — and the results are overwhelmingly positive. On 26 questions in six categories that attendees were asked to rate, Annual Conference 2011 got high marks in nearly everything. Eighteen of the 26 questions (69 percent) got very high ratings: averaging between 4 and 5 on a 5-point scale.

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Views November 21, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Expect the unexpected

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. A few weeks ago, I heard a witness from one of the spiritual giants of our day, Bishop Reuben Job.

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News October 27, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Flood uproots six with special needs

By Jessica Connor. Residents of an independent living ministry for special needs adults are scrambling this month after heavy rain and floods forced them from the place they call home.

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News October 27, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Feeding mouths, feeding souls

By Jessica Connor. You might not know it by the food-laden plastic bags their clients gratefully carry out, a new light in their eyes. You might not see the Lord behind the canned goods and the cuts of meat and the bakery-fresh loaves these men and women take away, scurried home to hungry families eager for new bounty in tough times.

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