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News April 25, 2017 posted by

Annie’s home: UMCSC completes near-rebuild for flood victim

A year and a half after floodwaters left her house a mess of mold and ruined wood, Annie Taylor can finally go home. And today, she’s praising God for sending team after team of United Methodist volunteers to her rescue. By Jessica Brodie.

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Annie’s home: UMCSC completes near-rebuild for flood victim
Photo by Jessica Brodie. Annie Taylor gets a hug from UMCSC construction coordinator Marvin Horton as recovery ministries director Ward Smith looks on. A widow, Taylor said she didn’t know what she’d do if not for the help she received from South Carolina United Methodists.
News April 25, 2017 posted by

Greenwood churches help storm victim in Sellers

When 20 United Methodists from the Greenwood District returned from helping with the conference’s hurricane relief blitz in Sellers this January, they couldn’t get one man off their mind—Allen James. And so they did what anyone with a heart for Christ would do: they helped him. By Jessica Brodie.

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Greenwood churches help storm victim in Sellers
Photo by Carolyn Cantrell. The Greenwood District built a complete bathroom for Allen James, of Sellers, plus redid his kitchen, adding a full stove and refrigerator and replacing his damaged sink cabinets.
News April 25, 2017 posted by

Six resolutions to go before AC2017

By Jessica Brodie. This June, Annual Conference members will consider six resolutions, each rooted in solidarity or in healing. The six received in time for inclusion in pre-conference materials deal with everything from lynching, immigration and opposing a Muslim ban to issues facing LGBTQ youth.

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Six resolutions to go before AC2017
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. One of six resolutions going before the South Carolina Annual Conference in June is on Welcoming the Migrant in our Midst, submitted by the Hispanic Latino Ministry Task Force and adopted by the Advocacy area of Conference Connectional Ministries. Here, United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño (left) visits with Regino Enrique, 5, and his mother, Macaria, who chose not to share their last names, at the immigrant welcome center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. The two crossed into the U.S. from Guatemala after a month-long journey.
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Advocate wins 10 more journalism awards

The Advocate won 10 more journalism awards this spring: four from the United Methodist Association of Communicators and six from the interfaith Religion Communicators Council.

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Advocate wins 10 more journalism awards
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie (left) with Matt Brodie covering the UMC’s General Conference 2016. Some of the articles she wrote there earned the Advocate journalism excellence awards this spring.
News April 25, 2017 posted by

A faithful response to domestic violence

Upstate pastors gather to learn new ways the church can help victims and stop domestic violence as the UMC’s Susan Burton shares ways to offer a faithful response to this crime against humanity. By Jessica Brodie.

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A faithful response to domestic violence
Photo by Jessica Brodie. Susan Burton of the UMC’s General Board of Church and Society talks about ways the church can offer a faithful response to domestic violence.
News April 25, 2017 posted by

UMCSC achieves 100 percent for Africa University Fund

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Africa University golf tournament, South Carolina achieved its goal of paying 100 percent of its apportionments last year to help the United Methodist university. By Jessica Brodie.

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UMCSC achieves 100 percent for Africa University Fund
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. David Munasirei teaches geography at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. South Carolina achieved its goal of paying 100 percent of its apportionments last year to help the United Methodist university.
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‘Bibleland’ brings God’s stories to life at Ashland UMC

One S.C. United Methodist church has a hands-on, interactive room that has been bringing Bible stories to life for children, and God gets all the credit for the idea. By Jessica Brodie.

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‘Bibleland’ brings God’s stories to life at Ashland UMC
Pillows, robes, bread and “wine” on the table help bring the Last Supper to life in Bibleland, a hands-on, interactive playroom and learning room at Ashland UMC. Jesus’ robe and sandals are at one place, and there is more food on a side table that can be used for a full meal.
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First UMC, Easley, brings worshipers to common table

First United Methodist Church, Easley, successfully confronted a dilemma of bringing together at one common worship setting two congregations that had grown within its membership at its non-traditional service and the traditional worship hour. By Alice Vander Linden, David Cantrell and Chris Weston.

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First UMC, Easley, brings worshipers to common table
During the contemporary service, the projection screen extends up from the casement behind the choir loft.
News March 20, 2017 posted by

AC2017: ‘We walk by faith, not by sight’

By Jessica Brodie. In two months, United Methodist laity and clergy will gather for an annual conference that is not only in a new city but also features a host of new offerings.

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AC2017: ‘We walk by faith, not by sight’
Photo by Matt Brodie. Bishop Jonathan Holston will preach opening worship at this year’s Annual Conference, set for June 4-7 in Greenville.
News March 20, 2017 posted by

New health plans on the horizon

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodist pastors and lay employees have a big change on the horizon when it comes to health insurance, but conference leaders are hoping the change will bring more choice and more affordability overall.

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New health plans on the horizon
Photo by Jessica Brodie
News March 20, 2017 posted by

Arson suspected after fire destroys tents at historic UMC campground

By Jessica Brodie. A late-night fire destroyed more than a dozen rustic cabins at a historic religious campground March 10, many of them belonging to United Methodists. Investigators are still working to determine a cause of the blaze that claimed 15 cabins—known as “tents”—at Cattle Creek Campground, located in a rural stretch between Bowman and Branchville in the Orangeburg District.

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Arson suspected after fire destroys tents at historic UMC campground
Photo courtesy of Larry Hardy/(Orangeburg) Times & Democrat. A late-night fire destroyed 15 rustic cabins, known as “tents,” at the historic Cattle Creek Campground in the Orangeburg District March 10.
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AC2017 to vote on five UMC constitutional amendments

By Jessica Brodie. Five constitutional amendments that came out of General Conference 2016 will go before the South Carolina Annual Conference in June for a vote.

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AC2017 to vote on five UMC constitutional amendments
Photo by Matt Brodie. Two of South Carolina’s delegates to General Conference 2016, the Rev. Mel Arant and Michael Cheatham, listen during proceedings. Among other legislation, General Conference passed five constitutional amendments, which now must be voted on by all annual and central conferences. South Carolina’s Annual Conference will vote June 4-7.

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