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News July 28, 2014 posted by

Helping hungry kids: Seven-year-strong program at Francis Burns meets community’s needs

By Jessica Connor. In the sunny kitchen and fellowship hall at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, Columbia, helpers swing into action, ladling baked beans into tiny plastic cups and teasing each other about who is supposed to do what. Four young men stand at food stations, dishing out already-made meals into child-sized portions, their good-natured ribbing and laughter echoing.

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Helping hungry kids: Seven-year-strong program at Francis Burns meets community’s needs
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Cruise injury unites Methodists on global level

By Ariel Gilreath. Worldwide travelers Tommy and Ellen Davis, members of Bethel United Methodist Church, Charleston, took a cruise from Tahiti back home, thinking they would be on a relaxing vacation. Instead, their trip veered into emergency, rushing by ambulance to a hospital in Peru several days later.

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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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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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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?
News June 10, 2014 posted by

AC passes resolutions on gun violence, mentally ill inmates, historic church

By Jessica Connor. S.C. United Methodists approved resolutions on awareness and prevention of gun violence, advocating for humane treatment of mentally ill inmates and designating a local church as historic at this year’s Annual Conference. Two of the resolutions—mentally ill inmates and historic church—were approved in original format, while the third was amended to remove all reference to the ecumenical organization Faith Coalition on Gun Violence.

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AC passes resolutions on gun violence, mentally ill inmates, historic church
News June 10, 2014 posted by

560 years of service: AC2014 honors 31 retiring pastors

By Allison Trussell. “Preaching is as close to a sacrament as you can get. It is a high privilege and terrifying responsibility to speak on God’s behalf.” “Dwell on your relationship with God.” “Your ministry won’t be a bed of roses, but remember you are a minister. You’re a child of God. It’s a great job!” Those were some of the words of wisdom passed on from this year’s class of retiring pastors during a Service of Recognition for Retiring Pastors on Tuesday during Annual Conference.

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560 years of service: AC2014 honors 31 retiring pastors
Editor's Views June 10, 2014 posted by

Be kindness

By Jessica Connor. In final worship at Annual Conference, Bishop Holston wrapped to a close quoting Mother Teresa: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

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News May 27, 2014 posted by

Million Book Effort: final steps

For months, United Methodist churches across South Carolina have been hard at work collecting one million brand-new preschool and elementary books for children in need through the Million Book Effort. Now, their work comes to fruition. By Jessica Connor.

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Million Book Effort: final steps
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Addiction and the church

“Sally” wanted to get clean, but it was just so hard. Her husband was in jail, and she had four kids at home. Food was scarce, not to mention clothing and shoes. Her home needed repairs. The pressures of life, not to mention the intoxicating allure of the drug, made her addiction too big to overcome on her own. By Jessica Connor.

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