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News February 23, 2017 posted by

Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire

By Jessica Brodie. Advent United Methodist Church is recovering this month after a fire Feb. 8 destroyed its sanctuary. No one was injured in the blaze, which happened around lunchtime that day after construction crews renovating the structure reportedly sparked a small fire while cutting steel. Now, church leaders are doing their best to carry on, armed with prayer and a commitment to perseverance. “The building burned, but the church is still here, and we’re moving forward,” said the Rev. Michael Turner, Advent’s senior pastor. “We believe we’ll be stronger than ever.”

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Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire
News February 23, 2017 posted by

Men rooted in Christ

By Jessica Brodie. One thousand South Carolina men spent three days rooting themselves in the Lord. And at the end of it all, they emerged transformed, fired up and ready to take the church in a bold new direction.

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Men rooted in Christ
News February 23, 2017 posted by

Pastors explore how to preach to confront racism 70 years after S.C.’s last lynching

By Jessica Brodie. Seventy years after South Carolina’s last known lynching, a crowd gathered to remember the tragedy and share thoughts about what the church can do today to confront the sin of racism. Retired Bishop Will Willimon, South Carolina Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston, scholar Will Gravely and a host of United Methodist pastors were among a handful who shared thoughts with the packed Leonard Auditorium at Wofford College Feb. 17 in “Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.”

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Pastors explore how to preach to confront racism 70 years after S.C.’s last lynching
News February 23, 2017 posted by

Race relations and the role of the church

By Jessica Brodie. When it comes to race relations, the church has a big role to play in leading the conversation and speaking out about what is right. That was the thrust behind a forum and panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Role of the Church: Then and Now,” held at Claflin University Jan. 28.

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News February 23, 2017 posted by

Re-Purpose: Youth Revolution retreat draws 2,000 for worship, commitment to Christ

By Jessica Brodie. Two thousand screaming teenagers packed the Township Auditorium, nearly every one screaming “Jesus” at the top of their lungs. All around them, their peers were crying, laughing and singing, sometimes all three at once. A kaleidoscope of lights filled the hall and shot beams of color across the stage—red, green, blue and pink—while the pound of drums and thrum of bass blasted a wave of high-energy sound, urging the momentum higher and higher. They were gathered for Revolution…

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Re-Purpose: Youth Revolution retreat draws 2,000 for worship, commitment to Christ
News January 25, 2017 posted by

Sellers blitz: ‘I thank God for y’all’

For Allen James, the scores of people who descended upon his town armed with hammers, crowbars and chainsaws were “like the star over Bethlehem.” “It was just a total faith lift, a joy to know that someone thought enough to come and help us,” said James, whose Sellers home was devastated both from October’s Hurricane Matthew and the October 2015 flood. The tiny town of Sellers, already a poverty-stricken area before the hurricane, was badly impacted after two storm-swamped rivers overflowed and flooded the region. But after a Jan. 13-14 hurricane blitz organized by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, many of those homeowners are on the road to recovery. By Jessica Brodie.

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Sellers blitz: ‘I thank God for y’all’
News January 25, 2017 posted by

UMCSC closes 2016 with 92% in apportionments

By Jessica Brodie. Even a hurricane couldn’t stop the power of God’s generous people in South Carolina. South Carolina United Methodists are celebrating this month over news that their churches brought in more than 92 percent in apportionment giving—the best financial performance since at least 2002 and possibly ever.

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UMCSC closes 2016 with 92% in apportionments

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