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Editor's Views March 23, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

The hope of a Christian

By Jessica Connor. As we go to press on the April edition, Christians across the globe are preparing for the biggest celebration of the Church: the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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News March 23, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Celebrating service

By Jessica Connor. Forget just one Great Day of Service; this year’s Annual Conference will celebrate the many days (and ways) of ministry in every district in South Carolina.

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News February 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Annual Conference 2011

By Jessica Connor. With a theme of “In the Wesleyan Way—Principles, Passion and Practice,” the S.C. Annual Conference is returning to its roots in 2011, embracing the groundwork John Wesley laid almost three centuries ago.

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News February 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Wesley Riders

By Jessica Connor. A group of open-air riders is reaching out to people in the spirit of Christian love, just like United Methodism’s founding father John Wesley did 270 years ago.

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News February 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Rocking for the One: The Undivided

By Jessica Connor. Imagine belonging to a chart-topping rock band at the height of success, performing night after night to packed crowds screaming your name and your lyrics.

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Editor's Views February 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Excitement’s in the air

By Jessica Connor. Scan the pages of the Advocate this month, and see if you can feel it: Excitement! Passion! Renewed vigor! It’s like a huge gust of wind is sweeping the state, fanning the flames of Christian vitality.

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News January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Spirit Singers

By Jessica Connor. A hush descends upon the room as they begin, voices pitched in perfect harmony. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses rush together like powerful water, ebbing and flowing, lifting and turning, all to the glory of the Father.

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News January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Tempered success

By Jessica Connor. United Methodist agencies and organizations are wiping their brows this week after news that about 83 percent of apportionments have been paid.

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News January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Shelter from the storm

By Jessica Connor. Before, when it was cold and he didn’t have anyplace to sleep, Scottie McKee would find shelter in a portable toilet or the library’s gazebo, maybe gulp a bottle of liquor just to feel the warmth rush through him.

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News January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Here am I, send me!

By Jessica Connor. First-timers are often shocked by what they see: sagging shacks with crumbling roofs, peeling paint and no indoor plumbing. Broken floors, rotting wood, cracked windows. No air conditioning. Maybe no electricity.

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News January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Man to man

By Jessica Connor. The new American dream: work as hard as you can to save as much as you can, so you can buy as big a house as you can, just so you can build a fence around it and live the rest of your life in splendid isolation.

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News January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

UMC pastor attends White House holiday party

By Jessica Connor. The Rev. Telley Lynnette Gadson is no stranger to pomp and circumstance, having grown up in politics and community service. But when she got the rare opportunity to experience a holiday party at the White House this Christmas, she had one word for it: Amazing.

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News January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Sitting down with the Robbie Seay Band

By Jessica Connor. The Advocate got to chat with Robbie Seay, front man and songwriter for contemporary Christian group the Robbie Seay Band, which headlines the S.C. Conference’s youth event Revolution Feb. 11-13.

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