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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

Get an Energy Audit for your Church

{mosimage}The choir was always sweating and those in the pews were freezing at College Place United Methodist Church.

It took a professional energy audit to realize what was going on, something anyone could have seen, but who goes climbing around in the pipe room or attic spaces in the church?

Joseph Gilmore, of Gilmore Consulting Services in Columbia, let his high-powered equipment lead him to the rooms above the chancel that house the organ pipes. On one side, a door to the attic had been set aside rather than putting it back to close up the attic.

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

You Can't Afford NOT to Build Green

{mosimage}Building or adding on? You can’t afford NOT to build green

If you think cost is the reason you can’t build a new church green, architect Deborah Snow has a quick response: “You can’t afford not to.”

Snow, a principal in McCreary/Snow in Columbia, and Allen Taylor, a principal in the Columbia office of LS3P, met with Green Theology in October to discuss how churches might approach green building. Both are certified LEED architects.

(Green Theology is a group convened by the S.C. United Methodist Advocate earlier this year to cut though the maze of new technologies available today to help United Methodist churches in particular reduce their energy budgets. It has become an interfaith group and continues to meet periodically at the conference center. All United Methodist churches are invited to send a participant.)

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

Pleasant Hill has green in long-range plan

{mosimage}Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Indian Land has had a long-range master planning study completed by WGM Design, an architectural and land planning firm in Charlotte with an eye on energy-savings and the environment.

Pleasant Hill UMC has a long-term view in a rapidly growing church. With a membership of more than 500 and taking in as many as 16 on one recent Sunday, money for the new building may come sooner than expected. Finding enough pew space is already a problem for Pastor Michael Ritter at the church sitting less than two miles from the N.C. border.
“It’s a very loving church,” Ritter said, and active in Family Promise, a program to help those in need.

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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.
No Comments   Sep 18, 2018

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.
Organ restoration pipes in new excitement at St. John’s
No Comments   Sep 17, 2018

Organ restoration pipes in new excitement at St. John’s

By Jessica Brodie. What started as a restoration project has become a full-scale catalyst for one United Methodist church in South Carolina, St. John’s UMC, helping members honor their history while invigorating their future.

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