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News September 17, 2018 posted by

Deacons, lay employees to see insurance increase

By Jessica Brodie. Deacons and lay employees outside the conference office will see an increase in their premium costs for insurance in 2019. That’s the word from the Rev. Christopher Lollis, director of the South Carolina Conference Pensions and Benefits Office.

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Deacons, lay employees to see insurance increase
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Constitutionality of Way Forward plans goes before UMC top court this month

By Jessica Brodie. This month, The United Methodist Church’s top court is expected to review the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward and rule on whether the proposed legislation for General Conference 2019, including petitions, is constitutional. That court, the Judicial Council, will gather Oct. 23-26 in Zurich. The matter is on the court’s docket along with other items.

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Constitutionality of Way Forward plans goes before UMC top court this month
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Registration going strong for Summit on the Black Church

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, will serve as keynote speaker for the South Carolina Conference’s Summit on the Black Church: Real Talk for the Black Church.

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Registration going strong for Summit on the Black Church
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis will keynote the Summit. Here, Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, will serve as keynote speaker. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Organ campaign begins at Main Street UMC in Abbeville

By Jane Agan. As one church in South Carolina hurries to finish its organ restoration, another is just beginning. Main Street United Methodist Church began an organ campaign Aug. 26. Called “Keep the Music Flowing: A Campaign to Replace and Restore the Organ,” this campaign is eight weeks of spiritual renewal as well as funding a new organ.

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Organ campaign begins at Main Street UMC in Abbeville
Photo by Kai Suess, Germany East Annual Conference
News August 24, 2018 posted by

Being Jesus to the mentally ill

By Jessica Brodie. In his time on earth, Jesus ministered not only to the sick and the sinful, but also to those tormented by mental calamities. Now, as mental illness, substance use disorders and suicide are on the rise, some churches in South Carolina are stepping up to learn how they, too, can be the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need.

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Being Jesus to the mentally ill
Photo by Jessica Brodie
News August 24, 2018 posted by

Living water: Swansea church recycles scrap metal to help families get water

By Laura Camby McCaskill. One South Carolina church has taken scrap metal no one wants to bring water to people in need: Calvary United Methodist Church. The Living Water Project recycles scrap metal from the community and uses the proceeds to provide water to a Navajo Indian reservation in Baca, New Mexico, through an organization called Dig Deep.

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Living water: Swansea church recycles scrap metal to help families get water
Photo by Joyce Saylor. Calvary UMC members Sammy Fogle, Yong Brophy, Frances Fogle, Holly Abbott and James Yon stand with some of the scrap metal they have collected.
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

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