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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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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

Native American's view of saving the Earth

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Tracy Pender, lives in Sumter and is chairperson of the S.C. Conference Native American Committee. The Advocate asked questions related to Native Americans, particularly as their history relates to caring for the Earth.

When it comes to saving the Earth, what do you think we can learn from the Indian culture?

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Uncategorized July 1, 2010

‘Love God, Heal the Earth’ – Review

{mosimage}As both a Christian and an environmentalist, I have often been disturbed by what I see as a disconnect between people of faith and the environmental movement. As I once heard a five-year-old say, “God gave us this Earth, and he’s not going to give us another one, so we better take good care of it.” In recent years, things seem to be changing, and this change is evident in Love God, Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment.

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‘God has it’: Rural Mission on pause while new plan unfolds
Photo by Jessica Brodie. Linda Gadson, director of the now “on pause” Rural Mission, leads the mission’s prayer warriors in prayer.
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‘God has it’: Rural Mission on pause while new plan unfolds

By Jessica Brodie. Rural Mission’s longtime director Linda Dingle Gadson was one of the first of four African-American females to graduate from the College of Charleston, and she has spent the last five decades in service to the rural poor.  And now, less than a month after her beloved Rural Mission has closed its doors, citing a “time of transition,” Gadson is holding tight to faith, counting her blessings—and figuring out how she and others can continue to support the people of the Sea Islands. On Feb. 28, the 50-year-old Rural Mission announced the ministry would be entering an “indefinite time of closed operations” as leaders determine the best way to address a sustainable future. Gadson has been at the helm of Rural Mission since 1972, most of the ministry’s existence.
God is on the move in South Carolina
2 Comments   Mar 26, 2019

God is on the move in South Carolina

In the aftermath of General Conference, Editor Jessica Brodie reflects on how no matter what we sinful and imperfect human beings get wrong, God is on the move in spite of and perhaps because of us, shining through us in big ways and small.

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