Author Archives: Jessica Brodie

Editor's Views November 28, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

A holy circle

When I was a kid, preparing for Christmas involved a whole lot of me, myself and I—what I wanted to receive for Christmas, where my family was going to celebrate Christmas, you get the picture.But now, I’ve come to realize that a focus on Advent—the four weeks when we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ—is what I was always missing in the holiday. By Jessica Brodie.

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A holy circle
Bishop's Corner November 28, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

A hope and a promise

For many of us, this season will be an endurance marathon of way too much to do, way too much to eat and way too much stress. However, the true blessing of the Christmas season can be discovered when we focus on preparing our hearts to receive again the greatest gift given to humankind: the hope, comfort, joy and glad tidings the baby Jesus brought to earth. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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A hope and a promise
News November 27, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Lyttleton Street youth learn about healthy bodies, minds, souls

Youth at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church have been learning valuable information about their bodies, their minds and their souls. After a one-year study of the Bible using The Story, youth have been involved in learning about their physical, mental and emotional health.

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Lyttleton Street youth learn about healthy bodies, minds, souls
Bishop's Corner October 29, 2018 posted by Jessica Brodie

Keep your eye on the prize

Professional athletes often find success through their keen ability to remain focused in moments of high pressure. Certainly they practice and train to continually improve their skills, but the difference between a novice and a champion can come down to the ability to focus when it matters most. By Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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Keep your eye on the prize
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

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