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News December 28, 2017 posted by

No man left behind

By Jessica Brodie. If South Carolina men’s ministry leaders have their way, no man will be left behind when it comes to Christ. But right now, they have to admit: United Methodist Men are looking a bit gray. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it leaves out an entirely different generation of men who could use that kind of Christian male fellowship and discipleship. And that, they say, is simply not acceptable. That is why they’re shifting into overdrive this year in a bold new outreach to intentionally reach younger men and draw them into the fold.

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No man left behind
Photo by Matt Brodie. South Carolina United Methodist Men are doing their best to draw 20- to 40-year-olds into their group.
News December 28, 2017 posted by

Disaster Recovery plans January workweeks so more people get help

By Jessica Brodie. Just in time for the New Year, those who manage long-term disaster recovery are trying a new way of scheduling United Methodist volunteers to increase help for those who need it the most. Starting in January, South Carolina Conference Disaster Recovery Ministries is releasing planned workweeks ahead of time so volunteers across the state can join in an existing effort and, therefore, help more people.

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Disaster Recovery plans January workweeks so more people get help
A volunteer does roof repairs in Dorchester in December.
News December 28, 2017 posted by

Circles poverty effort expands across S.C.

By Jessica Brodie. A relationship-based effort to break the cycle of poverty called Circles is working its way across South Carolina, and United Methodist churches are getting solidly on board. Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, is starting a new Circles chapter, and Buncombe Street UMC will begin its second cycle in January.

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Circles poverty effort expands across S.C.
A Circles leader graduate (right) stands with the Rev. Bob Howell, pastor at Buncombe Street UMC, which is one of two Circles sites in the state.
News December 28, 2017 posted by

Walking example: Pastor loses 40 pounds from new regimen

By Jessica Brodie. It all started from a photo, one the Rev. Robert Walker considered to be a highly unflattering though accurate portrayal of how much weight he’d gained over the years. Little did he know he’d soon become a walking example—literally. Since then he’s walked an average of about 180 miles a month for the year, whether from walking to and from work or doing walking pilgrimages while on vacation, and lost 40 pounds in the process.

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Walking example: Pastor loses 40 pounds from new regimen
Walker hikes in Yushan National Park in Taiwan.
News December 23, 2017 posted by

Bishop calls for week of prayer for UMC Dec. 24-30

By Jessica Brodie. Together and individually, United Methodists across South Carolina are joining in a week of intentional prayer Dec. 24-30 for God’s will and wisdom to prevail as the denomination struggles with theological differences over sexuality.

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Bishop calls for week of prayer for UMC Dec. 24-30
Photo by Mike Dubose, United Methodist Communications
News December 15, 2017 posted by

Church spreads Christmas cheer to storm victims

By Jessica Brodie. Imagine losing almost everything and having to start over with just the essentials. Now imagine it’s Christmas, and the cheerful tree and festive decorations are absent, lost to mold and muck and other flood-related devastation. For hundreds of South Carolina hurricane and flood victims, that’s exactly what happened. Members of Macedonia United Methodist Church, Mullins, saw this firsthand, and this Christmas, they decided to pitch in and help make their neighbors’ holiday season a bit brighter by donating Christmas trees, garland, ornaments and other decorations.

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Church spreads Christmas cheer to storm victims
Volunteers stand with one of the pickup truck loads of Christmas decorations donated by Macedonia UMC and other area churches to flood and hurricane victims in Nichols, Sellers and elsewhere in Marion County.
News December 15, 2017 posted by

United Methodists among those calling for legal protection for immigrant youth in S.C., U.S. as DACA end nears

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodists were among the people of faith and other advocates who rallied in protest and prayer recently over the thousands of young adults slated to lose their legal status and face deportation because the Trump administration is ending a government policy to protect them.

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United Methodists among those calling for legal protection for immigrant youth in S.C., U.S. as DACA end nears
Photo by Crush Rush. People rally in Columbia for those affected by DACA.
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Wrapped in love: Ministry gives hope for families fighting cancer

By Jessica Brodie. Horrible stuff happens to the most beautiful people. Tom Russell has seen it too many times. “We don’t know why,” he says, recounting the stories: the 16-year-old who came seeking hope and a cure—and died just a month later. The 10-year-old in remission five years from leukemia who was bouncing in a bounce house one day, then rushed to the hospital the next, cancer back with a vengeance.

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Wrapped in love: Ministry gives hope for families fighting cancer
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Blessing Boxes: First UMC helps Fairfield County needy

By Jessica Brodie. Again and again, Jane Hinnant felt the tug on her heart. She knew it was God, knew He wanted her to step up and do something to help, but the why-not reasons piled on. “I just kept shoving it back,” said Hinnant, longtime member of First UMC, Winnsboro—but God had other plans.

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Blessing Boxes: First UMC helps Fairfield County needy
Photo by Jessica Brodie
News November 27, 2017 posted by

UMC bishops explore three ‘Way Forward’ models for denomination

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodist bishops—including South Carolina’s Bishop Jonathan Holston—are reviewing three possible models for the denomination’s future courtesy of a report from the Commission on a Way Forward stemming from the denomination’s widely differing views on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer issues and the difficulty of addressing 56 pieces of sexuality legislation at the 2016 General Conference.

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UMC bishops explore three ‘Way Forward’ models for denomination
Bishops pray for fellow bishops who are members of the Commission on a Way Forward.
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Texas tragedy: UMC offers prayer, support

By Jessica Brodie. A South Carolina United Methodist church that itself was a victim of an armed robbery five years ago held a candlelight vigil last month to pray for the families of a mass shooting in rural Texas, joining other UMCs across the state and nation grieving over the tragedy.

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Texas tragedy: UMC offers prayer, support
In South Carolina, St. James UMC, Goose Creek, held a candlelight vigil mass shooting at a rural church in Texas Nov. 5. St. James was a victim of an armed robbery five years ago.
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Bishop Holston, others gather for dedication of Burdine Lodge Restoration Project

A large crowd gathered at the Hagood Mill historical site Oct. 31 for the long-awaited groundbreaking for the restoration of the 18th-century Burdine Lodge. Led by Bishop Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference, and Dr. Roger Gramling, chair of the United Methodist Foundation and secretary-treasurer of the South Carolina Methodist Historical Society, Methodist leaders from across the state gathered to participate in this event.

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Bishop Holston, others gather for dedication of Burdine Lodge Restoration Project
Photo courtesy of Bruce Kingsbury
News November 27, 2017 posted by

The Welcoming Table inclusion dinner features testimonies, worship, love

By Jessica Brodie. “It’s good to get messy loving other people.” That was the word from the Rev. Patricia Parrish, senior pastor of Washington Street United Methodist Church, as her congregation hosted a Reconciling Ministries event centered on faith, love and friendship—and a bold effort to offer a truly welcoming table to all regardless of sexual orientation.

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The Welcoming Table inclusion dinner features testimonies, worship, love
Photo by Jessica Brodie: Stoles on display in honor of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clergy.
News November 27, 2017 posted by

Healing Guatemala

By Jessica Brodie. One United Methodist-founded ministry is working to help bring holistic healing to the people of Guatemala, and it’s gotten a much-needed boost thanks to an official nod by the Columbia District of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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Healing Guatemala
Photo by Jessica Brodie

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