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Editor's Views November 28, 2015 posted by

Christ Jesus, we need you

By Jessica Brodie, Advocate editor. We go to press on the December paper just before Thanksgiving and the start of Advent—a time when we’re supposed to be having thoughts of peace and gratitude, love and kindness. Instead, on Facebook and in news headlines, we’re bombarded with stories of terrorist attacks in Paris and in Mali. Talk has turned to how we can stand strong against the threat of ISIS and whether or not we should let Syrian refugees into our nation. It’s hard sometimes to cultivate so-called Christmas cheer and the quiet peace of Advent when all around us is the clamor of negativity, worry and, sadly, hate.

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Christ Jesus, we need you
News November 23, 2015 posted by

A tale of two churches (a Christmas story)

By Connie Davis Rouse. This is not your average Christmas story. It starts out as nightmarish as the floods Noah predicted, just without the admonishments and animals. The torrential waters came in almost biblical proportions without warning in a matter of hours. The church was empty and, thanks be to God, no lives were lost.

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A tale of two churches (a Christmas story)
News October 26, 2015 posted by

Faith through the flood

By Jessica Brodie. Weeks after a storm so catastrophic South Carolina’s governor called it a “1,000-year flood,” South Carolina United Methodist disaster responders are transitioning from a rescue phase to a relief and recovery phase.

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Faith through the flood
News October 26, 2015 posted by

Local churches reach out after S.C. flood

By Jessica Brodie. Across South Carolina, United Methodist churches small and large are stepping up to be the hands and feet of Christ in the aftermath of the flood. And whether serving as Red Cross shelters, collecting money or mobilizing money and volunteers, they are heeding God’s call to help.

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Local churches reach out after S.C. flood
Editor's Views October 26, 2015 posted by

Strength to go on—in Christ

By Jessica Brodie. Somehow, life goes on. I find myself this week, as we prepare to go to press on the Advocate, shopping for Halloween costumes for our four kids and decorations for our church’s Trunk or Treat, wondering which side of the family to visit for Thanksgiving, scheduling doctor visits and oil changes and weekend chores and all the other trappings of my first-world life.

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Strength to go on—in Christ
News September 24, 2015 posted by

First Circles site in SC

By Jessica Brodie. Circles, a nationwide campaign that teams low-income families with community allies to carve a long-term pathway out of poverty, has come to the Palmetto State thanks to the efforts of one United Methodist church.

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First Circles site in SC
News September 24, 2015 posted by

Reaching up, reaching out

By Jessica Brodie. A childless church filled mainly with snowbird retirees, McCormick UMC, is finding new meaning through strategic outreach with local schools—particularly one special school for at-risk teens. And now, its members have a second set of “grandkids” to love and a revitalized, outward-focused identity that is transforming the way they do ministry.

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Reaching up, reaching out

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