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News July 19, 2018 posted by

Ready, set, grow: Shiloh works to keep church ‘like family’ as November expansion nears

By Jessica Brodie. There’s a sign outside the fellowship hall at Shiloh United Methodist Church that reads, “Love grows here.” For pastor Dr. Christopher Greene, that sign encapsulates everything his congregation is trying to do as they live into a major expansion project designed to broaden both building and membership base. “We are growing—but with the intent to keep the bonds of family and community intact,” Greene said. “It’s steady growth, over time.”

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Ready, set, grow: Shiloh works to keep church ‘like family’ as November expansion nears
News July 19, 2018 posted by

Call changed for GC2019

By Jessica Brodie. A footnote in a recent Judicial Council decision has prompted the United Methodist Council of Bishops to amend its call for the human sexuality-focused 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The new call by the COB specifies that the purpose of the special session shall be limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based upon COB recommendations—not the report of the COB itself, which had been the thrust of the previous call.

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Call changed for GC2019
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S.C. mission team, local family home safe after riots strand them in Haiti

By Jessica Brodie. A mostly youth mission team from Chapin United Methodist Church and a United Methodist family with young children from Leesville were among a large group of Americans unexpectedly stranded in Haiti in early July after major rioting there. The team and family are home safe now, and all are thanking United Methodists locally and globally for prayers that kept them and the people of Haiti from significant harm.

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S.C. mission team, local family home safe after riots strand them in Haiti
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Pillowcase ministry comforts children helped by DSS

By Laura Camby McCaskill. God can take the smallest things in life and bless them for His glory. A pillowcase probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, a pillowcase is what He has used in one Upstate church, and He has blessed it tremendously. Through a thriving Pillowcase Ministry, members at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church are working diligently to serve the Lord.

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Pillowcase ministry comforts children helped by DSS
Editor's Views July 19, 2018 posted by

Thanks for the bad

Editor Jessica Brodie on how bad times (even those facing the UMC as a whole) help us draw closer to God and develop a more Christ-like attitude—humility, faith, and trust in God’s will (“thy will be done”). They teach us things we wouldn’t know otherwise. They help us become patient. They can later help us to comfort others. And when we thank God for these situations, even when it feels ridiculous to do so, we’re acknowledging His sovereignty, His dominion and His power.

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Thanks for the bad
Bishop's Corner July 19, 2018 posted by

On the cutting edge

Bishop Jonathan Holston reflects on what it is to be in mission: Being on the cutting edge, figuring out what it means to make disciples. Transforming the world for people where they live. Using our lives to share Christ’s love. Meeting new people and listening to their stories. Growing in an understanding of how God is at work in the world.

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On the cutting edge
News April 24, 2018 posted by

Resolutions to go before Annual Conference

By Jessica Brodie. This June, lay and clergy members of the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference will consider five issue-based resolutions ranging from affirming the Discipline’s current language on human sexuality to supporting equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians living in the Holy Land.

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Resolutions to go before Annual Conference
News April 24, 2018 posted by

UMC top court to consider what petitions can be submitted to called General Conference

By Jessica Brodie. The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council will hold a special session in May to consider what petitions—other than the report by the Council of Bishops—can be submitted to the called special session of General Conference in 2019. The special 2019 General Conference will only address issues surrounding the church divide over human sexuality.

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UMC top court to consider what petitions can be submitted to called General Conference

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