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News September 18, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Ready to respond: UMCSC staged to help after Florence floods

By Jessica Brodie. The worst is yet to come. Days after Hurricane Florence battered the coastal Carolinas, devastating communities and claiming 32 lives as of the Advocate’s press time, that’s the consensus among disaster response leaders as they prepare for when, not if. While the downgraded storm didn’t do as much tree and wind damage in this state as many had feared, the deluge of water caused flash- and much localized flooding throughout the Pee Dee area. As of press time Sept. 18, disaster response leaders were prayerfully on pause—watching, waiting, staged and ready to respond. Six have died in South Carolina because of the storm: two from carbon monoxide poisoning and several drivers from flood waters or trees.

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Ready to respond: UMCSC staged to help after Florence floods
News September 17, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Like the early church: UM pastor’s experience with Uganda ministry ‘transformative’

By Jessica Brodie. One South Carolina United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Judy Hames, headed to Uganda this summer to spend a week mentoring new believers in Christ. Hames went as part of International Missionaries For Christ, a non-denominational mission organization that sends out these new believers as serious transformers of the world for Christ in the ways of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley. “It has to have been one of the highlights of my life,” said Hames.

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Like the early church: UM pastor’s experience with Uganda ministry ‘transformative’
News September 17, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

UM-founded Dream Station helps with job training

By Laura Camby McCaskill. In 2012, two police officers were killed in the line of duty in Aiken County within six weeks of each other. This brought the community together to find out why—and led to the creation of an organization, Megiddo Dream Station, that helps alleviate issues of poverty and unemployment.

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UM-founded Dream Station helps with job training
News September 17, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Deacons, lay employees to see insurance increase

By Jessica Brodie. Deacons and lay employees outside the conference office will see an increase in their premium costs for insurance in 2019. That’s the word from the Rev. Christopher Lollis, director of the South Carolina Conference Pensions and Benefits Office.

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Deacons, lay employees to see insurance increase
News September 17, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Constitutionality of Way Forward plans goes before UMC top court this month

By Jessica Brodie. This month, The United Methodist Church’s top court is expected to review the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward and rule on whether the proposed legislation for General Conference 2019, including petitions, is constitutional. That court, the Judicial Council, will gather Oct. 23-26 in Zurich. The matter is on the court’s docket along with other items.

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Constitutionality of Way Forward plans goes before UMC top court this month
News September 17, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Organ campaign begins at Main Street UMC in Abbeville

By Jane Agan. As one church in South Carolina hurries to finish its organ restoration, another is just beginning. Main Street United Methodist Church began an organ campaign Aug. 26. Called “Keep the Music Flowing: A Campaign to Replace and Restore the Organ,” this campaign is eight weeks of spiritual renewal as well as funding a new organ.

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Organ campaign begins at Main Street UMC in Abbeville
Bishop's Corner September 17, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

While we breathe, we hope

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. South Carolina once again is feeling the brunt of a powerful hurricane that has caused widespread property damage across our state. While many South Carolinians have had their lives disrupted, there is tremendous evidence of God’s faithfulness in our midst. We recognize that these are trying times that are overwhelming and often lead us to believe there is nothing we can do to help.

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While we breathe, we hope
News August 24, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Being Jesus to the mentally ill

By Jessica Brodie. In his time on earth, Jesus ministered not only to the sick and the sinful, but also to those tormented by mental calamities. Now, as mental illness, substance use disorders and suicide are on the rise, some churches in South Carolina are stepping up to learn how they, too, can be the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need.

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Being Jesus to the mentally ill
News August 24, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Living water: Swansea church recycles scrap metal to help families get water

By Laura Camby McCaskill. One South Carolina church has taken scrap metal no one wants to bring water to people in need: Calvary United Methodist Church. The Living Water Project recycles scrap metal from the community and uses the proceeds to provide water to a Navajo Indian reservation in Baca, New Mexico, through an organization called Dig Deep.

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Living water: Swansea church recycles scrap metal to help families get water

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