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News July 19, 2018

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 July 19, 2018

Hartsville District to host free mental illness symposium Aug. 16

To help clergy, laity and community members understand some of the causes and myths concerning mental illness, the Hartsville District is hosting a symposium Aug. 16 called “Clothed in My Right Mind: Mental Illness Prescriptions for Healing and Wholeness.”

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Hartsville District to host free mental illness symposium Aug. 16
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Ready, set, grow: Shiloh works to keep church ‘like family’ as November expansion nears
Photo by Jessica Brodie
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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.”
Thanks for the bad
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Thanks for the bad

Editor Jessica Brodie on how bad times (even those facing the UMC as a whole) help us draw closer to God and develop a more Christ-like attitude—humility, faith, and trust in God’s will (“thy will be done”). They teach us things we wouldn’t know otherwise. They help us become patient. They can later help us to comfort others. And when we thank God for these situations, even when it feels ridiculous to do so, we’re acknowledging His sovereignty, His dominion and His power.

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