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News December 23, 2017

Bishop calls for week of prayer for UMC Dec. 24-30

By Jessica Brodie. Together and individually, United Methodists across South Carolina are joining in a week of intentional prayer Dec. 24-30 for God’s will and wisdom to prevail as the denomination struggles with theological differences over sexuality.

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Bishop calls for week of prayer for UMC Dec. 24-30
Photo by Mike Dubose, United Methodist Communications
News December 15, 2017

Church spreads Christmas cheer to storm victims

By Jessica Brodie. Imagine losing almost everything and having to start over with just the essentials. Now imagine it’s Christmas, and the cheerful tree and festive decorations are absent, lost to mold and muck and other flood-related devastation. For hundreds of South Carolina hurricane and flood victims, that’s exactly what happened. Members of Macedonia United Methodist Church, Mullins, saw this firsthand, and this Christmas, they decided to pitch in and help make their neighbors’ holiday season a bit brighter by donating Christmas trees, garland, ornaments and other decorations.

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Church spreads Christmas cheer to storm victims
Volunteers stand with one of the pickup truck loads of Christmas decorations donated by Macedonia UMC and other area churches to flood and hurricane victims in Nichols, Sellers and elsewhere in Marion County.
News December 15, 2017

United Methodists among those calling for legal protection for immigrant youth in S.C., U.S. as DACA end nears

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodists were among the people of faith and other advocates who rallied in protest and prayer recently over the thousands of young adults slated to lose their legal status and face deportation because the Trump administration is ending a government policy to protect them.

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United Methodists among those calling for legal protection for immigrant youth in S.C., U.S. as DACA end nears
Photo by Crush Rush. People rally in Columbia for those affected by DACA.
No man left behind
Photo by Matt Brodie. South Carolina United Methodist Men are doing their best to draw 20- to 40-year-olds into their group.
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No man left behind

By Jessica Brodie. If South Carolina men’s ministry leaders have their way, no man will be left behind when it comes to Christ. But right now, they have to admit: United Methodist Men are looking a bit gray. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it leaves out an entirely different generation of men who could use that kind of Christian male fellowship and discipleship. And that, they say, is simply not acceptable. That is why they're shifting into overdrive this year in a bold new outreach to intentionally reach younger men and draw them into the fold.
Touched beyond measure
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Touched beyond measure

To me, the best parts of the Christmas are when we can hit pause on the busy button and do just that: breathe. Marvel at the glossy wrapping paper and glittery bows. Sigh in wonder at the sparkling lights on the nine-foot-tall tree inside the bank. Close my eyes and offer a silent prayer of appreciation as I cuddle on the couch with my husband and little ones, grateful for all things God brings—good and bad and the gray somewhere in between. A column by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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