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News March 26, 2018 posted by

South Carolina team helps Puerto Rico rise

By Jessica Brodie. Driving through San Juan and into the mountains of northern Puerto Rico, it’s hard to tell what is hurricane damage versus storm-exposed poverty. Two-story concrete houses and mural-painted businesses stand strong alongside half-tattered rubble and buildings with blue-tarp roofs. Still others are just a crumpled shell of iron bars and decay. Litter-strewn patches of grass share space with grazing cows, horses and goats; a giant crushed-metal structure fills the next field over. And everywhere, amid the wreckage and the rebuild, Puerto Rican flags wave proudly.

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South Carolina team helps Puerto Rico rise
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Happy birthday, UMC: Denomination marks 50 years since merger

By Allison Trussell and Dr. Phillip Stone. The United Methodist Church turns 50 years old this month. On April 23, 1968, Bishop Reuben H. Mueller of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of the Methodist Church joined hands over symbolic items and said, “Lord of the Church, we are united in thee, in thy Church, and now in The United Methodist Church.” With that pronouncement, The United Methodist Church became the second-largest denomination with nearly 12 million members worldwide.

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Happy birthday, UMC: Denomination marks 50 years since merger
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Mission project, speakers, meal plans finalized for AC2018

By Jessica Brodie. In two more months, June 3-6, 2,000 United Methodists will head to Greenville for Annual Conference ready to worship, serve God and vote on a host of business items concerning the denomination in this state. Details are still finalizing for the gathering, but the conference has released plans for the 2018 Annual Conference Mission Project, as well as information on speakers, pre-conference trainings, offerings, resolutions, meal plans and more.

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Mission project, speakers, meal plans finalized for AC2018
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Salkehatchie celebrates 40 years of service

By Allison Trussell. Forty years ago, the Rev. John Culp came face to face with the severe poverty that existed and remains in South Carolina and was determined to do something about it. On March 10 at Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, the South Carolina Conference celebrated 40 years of Salkehatchie, the result of Culp’s determination. Since 1978, youth and adults have crisscrossed the state repairing homes in weeklong camps.

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Salkehatchie celebrates 40 years of service
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Hulapalooza! Rock Hill to host huge health celebration April 7 to kickoff Abundant Health Initiative

By Jessica Brodie. South Carolina is jumping through a huge hoop for health this month as one United Methodist church gears up for an Abundant Health Hulapalooza. Held at St. John’s UMC, Rock Hill, April 7 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Abundant Health Hulapalooza is a morning dedicated to embracing health and wellness and is the kickoff for the Abundant Health Initiative in South Carolina.

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Hulapalooza! Rock Hill to host huge health celebration April 7 to kickoff Abundant Health Initiative
News March 26, 2018 posted by

New Salkehatchie camp forms to help eastern Williamsburg County

By Jessica Brodie. One of the poorest counties in South Carolina will get some much-needed housing repair assistance this summer thanks to a newly launched Salkehatchie Summer Service Camp. Hemingway Kingstree East Salkehatchie, based out of Mount Seal United Methodist Church, Hemingway, will handle housing needs in that city and the eastern portion of Williamsburg County

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New Salkehatchie camp forms to help eastern Williamsburg County
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Lollis to be new UMCSC benefits officer

The Rev. Christopher M. Lollis has been appointed as the new benefits officer for the South Carolina Annual Conference, effective July 1. Lollis, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Darlington, will succeed the Rev. David Anderson, who has served as the conference benefits officer since 2005 and will retire.

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Bishop appoints three new district superintendents

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, has appointed three new district superintendents: the Rev. Terry Fleming to the Florence District, the Rev. Cathy Mitchell to the Spartanburg District and the Rev. Steve Patterson to the Anderson District.

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Vincent named president-elect of S.C. UMC Foundation

The Rev. Robert M. Vincent has been named president-elect of the South Carolina United Methodist Foundation Inc., by the foundation’s board of directors. Vincent will begin his association with the foundation July 1 and will become president on Jan. 1, 2019, succeeding the Rev. Roger M. Gramling, who has served as the foundation’s executive officer since 1985.

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Editor's Views March 26, 2018 posted by

God in the graffiti: A Puerto Rico love story

Sometimes spreading the Gospel is sharing our testimony. Sometimes it’s bringing someone to church. Sometimes it’s loving people in His honor. And sometimes, it’s spray-painting His name on concrete planters on the northern coast of Puerto Rico to remind passersby that no matter what else the day, the week or this temporary human life can bring, at the end it’s all about God. A column by Jessica Brodie.

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God in the graffiti: A Puerto Rico love story
Bishop's Corner March 26, 2018 posted by

The moment when everything changes

It’s so easy to simply get caught up in the enthusiasm of the crowds and join the procession that has the loudest brass bands or the most elaborate floats or the greatest number of celebrities or the most charismatic leaders. It’s easy to miss the procession where Jesus is riding on a humble donkey proclaiming dominion, not with violence, but by courageously loving, humbly serving and bravely acknowledging his place among the victims of imperial power. A column by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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The moment when everything changes
News February 22, 2018 posted by

Bouncing back: After struggle, Wallace Family Life Center begins rebound

By Jessica Brodie. Cabbage and baked chicken simmer in the kitchen as they gather around the folding tables in the community room at Wallace Family Life Center—older ladies and one older man, all huddled in pairs with calculators and workbooks, their pencils poised and brows furrowed. As they work, program coordinator Linda Sanders stirs the cabbage and tells her tale. Like many in the Wallace community, Sanders has seen the center go from a thriving haven to a struggling operation and back again. And today, as the center continues its climb, she says she’s trusting in God to use her and the other staff and volunteers to be His conduit, helping the people get the help they need.

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Bouncing back: After struggle, Wallace Family Life Center begins rebound
News February 22, 2018 posted by

From softball to a walking track: Clinton’s recreation outreach

By Jessica Brodie. For as long as anybody can remember, softball has been more than a diversion in Salley—it’s been a way of life, an integral part of both of the town and its people. But the community’s softball field had fallen into disrepair over the years. People rarely got to see each other outside of worship. Thanks to Clinton UMC and its spirit of outreach, that is now changing. Last year, members of the 157-year-old church cleared the land for a softball field on church property, and the games have returned. They decided to take their recreation outreach a step further and recently poured the foundation for what will soon be a paved lighted walking track. Plans are in the works for a prayer walk program, Weight Watchers and possibly Zumba classes.

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From softball to a walking track: Clinton’s recreation outreach

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