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

Turkey farm suit returns to court

By Jessica Connor. Members of Mount Zion United Methodist Church head back to court this month over eight new turkey grow-out barns in their rural community. But this time, they go for moral support, not as parties to the suit.

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Editor's Views October 27, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Welcoming the stranger

By Jessica Connor. In today’s highly politicized, highly polarized dialogue about immigration, it’s critical that we as Christians think about the issue from a Biblical perspective.

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

Vital congregations—a call to action

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. Across the state of South Carolina, a casual glance at the more than 1,000 United Methodist churches might suggest that we have many different types of churches.

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News September 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

New mission for Rural Mission

By Jessica Connor. For 42 years, Rural Mission has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of impoverished island people, repairing their homes and educating their children. Now, the Mission is evolving its mission.

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News September 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Apportionment payments up

By Jessica Connor. Apportionment payments to the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church are up compared to this time last year.

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News September 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

After Irene: UMVIM disaster workers respond to call

By Billy Robinson. Disaster workers from the S.C. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Early Response Team headed to North Carolina Sept. 4-10 to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, a Category 1 hurricane that dumped rain on homes and caused widespread flooding and other damage.

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Editor's Views September 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Church must help end domestic violence crisis

By Jessica Connor. Domestic violence has become a crisis in the Palmetto State, says the S.C. Attorney General’s Office. South Carolina ranks ninth in the nation when it comes to women being killed by men, and more than 36,000 victims annually report a domestic violence incident to law enforcement agencies around the state.

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Views September 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Visibility is a must

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. I must confess that things that make life easier are often appealing. Life just gets busy sometimes.

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News August 31, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Pastor ink

By Jessica Connor. UM ministers reflect spiritual journey, sacrifice through Christian tattoos.

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Editor's Views August 31, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Love thy enemies

By Jessica Connor. I remember well where I was 10 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists launched a terrible, tragic attack on American soil. Living in South Florida at the time, I remember frantic calls to loved ones and huddling around a television set as we watched what we thought could be the end of the world.

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News August 31, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Rejuvenated softball field a symbol of renewal at Liberty UMC

By Jessie Morgan. When the Rev. Brian Arant came to Liberty United Methodist Church a year ago, he heard many stories about the fun and fellowship the congregation once had on the softball field behind the church. But Arant found it hard to believe that space was once a thriving gathering place.

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News August 31, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Sumter Area Missions: Answering the call

By Jessie Morgan. Seven years ago, Wes Conner was looking for a way to bring together a community of faith in the Sumter area and bridge the gap between Christian denominations.

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