Author Archives: Jessica Brodie

Editor's Views December 18, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Let it shine

By Jessica Connor. January is the clean month, the time when I ceremoniously tear off the December page in my desk calendar and gaze down upon all the fresh blank spaces, just waiting for me to plug in meetings, events and occasions.

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News November 20, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

UMCs seek new ways to pay apportionments

By Jessica Connor. As year-end giving rallies to a close, many United Methodist churches across the S.C. Conference are relying on new and long-standing traditions to make their apportionment payments.

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News November 20, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Answering the call: Greenville family to serve as Thai missionaries

By Jessica Connor. Imagine if Jesus called today and asked you to give up all your creature comforts, move across the world and share the Gospel in a tiny village seven hours north of Bangkok, Thailand. Would you say yes? Now imagine you have four kids: an 8-year-old, a freshman in high school and two in college. And understand that answering that call would mean at least two of your kids would have to uproot their lives and go with you. Now how would you answer?

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News November 20, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Limitless: South Carolina joins nationwide UMW in new initiative to reach young women

By Jessica Connor. It’s all over the headlines: today’s generation doesn’t like traditional meetings, would rather network through social media and thinks it’s a colossal waste of time to talk about doing something when they can just go out and do it. Now, a new initiative from United Methodist Women is trying to tap into that spirit nationwide, and South Carolina is stepping up to help.

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Editor's Views November 20, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Jesus’s birthday party

By Jessica Connor. Red-faced and sad, I have to confess: This morning I asked my 7-year-old son, “Do you remember why we celebrate Christmas?” and he responded, “Because it’s Santa Claus’s birthday.” With a crash, all my happy notions that I was doing right by him as a Christian parent crumbled to the ground, replaced with shock and disbelief.

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News October 29, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Ready to respond: S.C. Conference begins comprehensive disaster response plan

By Jessica Connor. The storm does not discriminate—it has no understanding who is rich or poor, man or woman, black or white. Destruction occurs. The total upheaval of life occurs. And then we pick up the pieces. With those words, S.C. Conference Disaster Response Coordinator the Rev. George Olive opened a meeting Sept. 26 to help the conference take its first steps toward establishing a comprehensive disaster response plan.

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News October 29, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

South Carolina wins 25 UMAC awards

South Carolina has won more than two dozen writing, photography, video, website and publication awards from the United Methodist Association of Communicators — including 18 awards for the Advocate and its staff.

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News October 29, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Conference email server upgrading to Google

By Jessica Connor. The S.C. Conference is getting an email upgrade that should bring more integration, collaboration and efficiency — and remedy the troubling “lost email messages” problem that had been plaguing many statewide.

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