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News July 28, 2014 posted by

Joint service helps bridge racial, denominational divide

By Ariel Gilreath. In an attempt to overcome racial division and bring their shared community closer together, Wesley United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church held a joint sermon June 22 called CommUnity. Wesley UMC, whose members are predominantly black, and First Baptist, whose members are predominantly white, decided to combine services after Wesley’s Rev. Sheila Elliott said she got the idea from another UMC.

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Joint service helps bridge racial, denominational divide
News July 28, 2014 posted by

UMCs help local kids head back to school

By Ariel Gilreath. Children across the state are preparing—and often dreading—their return to school this fall. In most South Carolina schools, that means the last two weeks of August children will be scurrying down halls and heading to classrooms. But not every student has the supplies needed to face the looming school year. To meet their needs, United Methodist churches across the state have begun gathering their own school supplies for those children.

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UMCs help local kids head back to school
Editor's Views July 28, 2014 posted by

Welcome to America?

By Jessica Connor. More than 50,000 undocumented children intercepted by U.S. immigration officials just in the past year. More than that, perhaps, crossing into this nation and into the system, sometimes documented, sometimes undocumented. All searching for a better life, far from the starvation, the terror, the cycle of poverty.

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Welcome to America?
Bishop's Corner March 24, 2014 posted by

Who could ask for anything more?

By Bishop Holston. Most days I seem to get bogged down in the busyness and irritations of life. Often I am reminded of the quote that says, “Make sure that we never get too busy with life that we don’t have time to live.” Yet it is so easy to waste time fretting over things that are not important.

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Who could ask for anything more?
News January 27, 2014 posted by

Paintings of light

By Jessica Connor. One United Methodist church in the Upstate gave virtual free reign in its worship space to a Christian abstract artist, and the result was a powerful and transformative Advent journey for its members and pastor.

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News December 23, 2013 posted by

A fresh start: Lebanon UMC thriving after termites force demolition

By Jessica Connor. Some churches get dealt a blow and sink to their knees, frozen. Some tuck into their shells until the storm passes. But one United Methodist church in South Carolina has allowed what could have been a crippling experience to become an utterly transforming one. And two years later, they are achieving the kind of membership, missions and outreach growth they d always prayed for.

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News November 27, 2013 posted by

Advocate named first-place newspaper by UMAC

The Advocate has been named the best newspaper in the annual conferences division by the United Methodist Association of Communicators. Editor Jessica Connor accepted that award and three others for the newspaper when UMAC gathered Oct. 24-27 in Chicago to honor communicators across the country for their work to tell the denomination’s story.

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