Author Archives: Jessica Brodie

News August 27, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Blueberries for missions

By Jessica Connor. Some people ladle soup for the homeless. Others organize mission trips. Still others donate thousands upon thousands of dollars. But for Susan Busby, serving God involves a white plastic bucket, her fingertips and up to six hours a day harvesting the blueberry patches on her family farm.

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News August 27, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

The Echo Life

By Jessica Connor. How can we actually take care of these bodies that we say are a gift from God, and gain a deeper understanding of the holistic link between health and spirituality?

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Bishop's Corner August 27, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

How do you spell relief?

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Every weekday morning, it was the local radio station blaring from my parent’s room. The disc jockey, H. Randolph Holder, would recite his signature closing, Smile until 10 o’clock, and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

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Editor's Views August 27, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Bold works for Christ

By Jessica Connor. I am consistently heartened when I learn about — and get the opportunity to write about — people who are doing novel and extraordinary things for the Kingdom. A lot of times, they don’t think they’re doing so much. I’m just knitting,  a woman will tell me, her head tucked shyly; yet to the homeless veteran who wears the soft gloves that her hands lovingly crafted, her skill means the difference between a cruel night and comfort.

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News July 24, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Camp Providence a safe haven for kids in need

By Jessica Connor. Bright afternoon sunlight glimmers off the lake, mingling with the happy shouts of children splashing and swimming. “Spin me! Spin me!”  a young girl cries, the smile on her face wide and pure as a counselor carefully lifts her in a slow circle in the water.

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Editor's Views July 24, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Moving forward together

By Jessica Connor. One case does not a nation make. And as we move forward in the weeks following the acquittal of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, we would do well to remember that.

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News June 18, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

AC 2013: Serving, living, giving

By Jessica Connor. Blending good-natured wisecracks and uplifting spiritual moments with a full slate of conference business and hunger mission, more than 3,000 S.C. United Methodists gathered June 9-12 for the denomination’s yearly meeting in this state—Annual Conference.

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News June 18, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

A 4:12 Story

By Jessica Connor. What do you get when you mix a top college quarterback, a Rhodes Scholar, a 13-year-old hunger advocate, a leading Christian rock band and thousands of Spirit-filled youth and adult worshippers? You get God-sized worship at Annual Conference.

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News June 18, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

‘Don’t let age stop you’: Conference commissions woman, 70, as oldest pastor to-date

By Jessica Connor. Myrna Kay Westfall, 70, would never have imagined 10 years ago that she would be pastoring two small churches in the Hartsville District of the S.C. Conference. But on June 10, the great-grandmother became the oldest person this conference has ever commissioned as a pastor. Westfall was commissioned an associate member during ordination service at Annual Conference, joining 34 other associate members, deacons, provisional elders and elders commissioned or ordained before the body.

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News June 18, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

35 commissioned, ordained at AC2013

By Jessica Connor. Reminding them that love is at the crux of their call to ministry, Bishop Jonathan Holston commissioned and ordained two associate members, four provisional deacons, 13 provisional elders and 16 elders at Annual Conference June 10.

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