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News August 23, 2018 posted by

Four from S.C. attend Global Young People’s Convocation in South Africa

Four South Carolinians were among more than 330 United Methodist young adults and youth ministers who gathered this summer for five days of conversation, worship and fellowship at the fourth Global Young People’s Convocation.

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Four from S.C. attend Global Young People’s Convocation in South Africa
Delegates to the Global Young People’s Convocation in Johannesburg, South Africa, vote on legislation that will be presented by youth and young adults at the United Methodist General Conference in 2020. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.
News July 19, 2018 posted by

Ready, set, grow: Shiloh works to keep church ‘like family’ as November expansion nears

By Jessica Brodie. There’s a sign outside the fellowship hall at Shiloh United Methodist Church that reads, “Love grows here.” For pastor Dr. Christopher Greene, that sign encapsulates everything his congregation is trying to do as they live into a major expansion project designed to broaden both building and membership base. “We are growing—but with the intent to keep the bonds of family and community intact,” Greene said. “It’s steady growth, over time.”

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Ready, set, grow: Shiloh works to keep church ‘like family’ as November expansion nears
Photo by Jessica Brodie
News July 19, 2018 posted by

Call changed for GC2019

By Jessica Brodie. A footnote in a recent Judicial Council decision has prompted the United Methodist Council of Bishops to amend its call for the human sexuality-focused 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The new call by the COB specifies that the purpose of the special session shall be limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based upon COB recommendations—not the report of the COB itself, which had been the thrust of the previous call.

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Call changed for GC2019
A footnote in a recent Judicial Council decision has prompted the United Methodist Council of Bishops to amend its call for the human sexuality-focused 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Here, a copy of Bishop Bruce R. Ough’s Book of Discipline rests on a table during a Judicial Council oral hearing on May 22 in Evanston, Ill. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
News July 19, 2018 posted by

S.C. mission team, local family home safe after riots strand them in Haiti

By Jessica Brodie. A mostly youth mission team from Chapin United Methodist Church and a United Methodist family with young children from Leesville were among a large group of Americans unexpectedly stranded in Haiti in early July after major rioting there. The team and family are home safe now, and all are thanking United Methodists locally and globally for prayers that kept them and the people of Haiti from significant harm.

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S.C. mission team, local family home safe after riots strand them in Haiti
The Chapin mission team gathers for a big smile after their arrival at the Atlanta airport July 9. Photo by Michelle Flowers.
News July 19, 2018 posted by

Pillowcase ministry comforts children helped by DSS

By Laura Camby McCaskill. God can take the smallest things in life and bless them for His glory. A pillowcase probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, a pillowcase is what He has used in one Upstate church, and He has blessed it tremendously. Through a thriving Pillowcase Ministry, members at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church are working diligently to serve the Lord.

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Pillowcase ministry comforts children helped by DSS
Photo courtesy of Susan Snipes. The bags are given to children helped by the Department of Social Services in South Carolina’s Upstate.
News June 10, 2018 posted by

AC passes five changes to standing rules

By Jessica Brodie. Annual Conference kicked off early Monday with several new changes approved by the body to the conference’s standing rules, including a change on voting for resolutions from the last day to the second full day and a change to help simplify voting and ensure there will be no situations where a “no” petition vote means “yes” (and vice versa).

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AC passes five changes to standing rules
Photo by Allison Trussell

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