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News November 28, 2018 posted by

Pastors of two large S.C. UMCs send letters to congregation in support of current UMC stance on sexuality

By Jessica Brodie. This fall, the senior pastors of two of South Carolina’s largest United Methodist churches—Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, and Chapin UMC, Chapin—have sent letters to their congregations about the upcoming special session of General Conference, each affirming the traditional stance of the UMC.

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Pastors of two large S.C. UMCs send letters to congregation in support of current UMC stance on sexuality
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
News September 18, 2018 posted by

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
Photo courtesy of Dr. Kim Strong. Trinity UMC, Conway, flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The water is still rising, said Marion District Superintendent Tim Rogers.
News September 17, 2018 posted by

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

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

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