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News February 23, 2017

Race relations and the role of the church

By Jessica Brodie. When it comes to race relations, the church has a big role to play in leading the conversation and speaking out about what is right. That was the thrust behind a forum and panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Role of the Church: Then and Now,” held at Claflin University Jan. 28.

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News February 23, 2017

Re-Purpose: Youth Revolution retreat draws 2,000 for worship, commitment to Christ

By Jessica Brodie. Two thousand screaming teenagers packed the Township Auditorium, nearly every one screaming “Jesus” at the top of their lungs. All around them, their peers were crying, laughing and singing, sometimes all three at once. A kaleidoscope of lights filled the hall and shot beams of color across the stage—red, green, blue and pink—while the pound of drums and thrum of bass blasted a wave of high-energy sound, urging the momentum higher and higher. They were gathered for Revolution…

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Photo by Matt Brodie
News February 23, 2017

40 years of basketball, fellowship

By Jessica Brodie. Thirty-eight teams of youth from churches across South Carolina gathered in January to compete in the 40th annual South Carolina United Methodist Basketball Tournament.

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This year’s Mitch Milford award for sportsmanship went to the Inman UMC senior boys, from Inman.
Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire
Advent pastor the Rev. Michael Turner said one powerful sign of God’s providence and grace was illuminated through the large wooden cross that had been hanging in their sanctuary. While most of the roof was destroyed, the cross remained. It is now misshapen and some of wood has cracked and it reeks of smoke, but it remained nonetheless. The fact that the cross survived is a sign God is going to do what He has done in the past, Turner said: bring new life and order out of chaos and destruction. Photo by Matt Brodie.
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Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire

By Jessica Brodie. Advent United Methodist Church is recovering this month after a fire Feb. 8 destroyed its sanctuary. No one was injured in the blaze, which happened around lunchtime that day after construction crews renovating the structure reportedly sparked a small fire while cutting steel. Now, church leaders are doing their best to carry on, armed with prayer and a commitment to perseverance. “The building burned, but the church is still here, and we’re moving forward,” said the Rev. Michael Turner, Advent’s senior pastor. “We believe we’ll be stronger than ever.”
Lent: A time to ask ourselves some hard truths
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Lent: A time to ask ourselves some hard truths

By Jessica Brodie. Forty days. It’s a powerful period. Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days. Noah and his family saw 40 days of rain while they were on the ark. Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for 40 days, preparing himself for his ministry.

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