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News November 26, 2019 posted by

Saylor Strong: Family carries on toddler’s memory through butterfly carts for other grieving parents

By Jessica Brodie. When Stephanie Robinson lost her young daughter, Saylor, this summer, she received an unexpected gift in the form of a “butterfly cart”—something she never could have imagined, but something that made her child’s passing a bit more bearable. Now, inspired both by a desire to help other grieving parents, and by a way to honor the beautiful impact of Saylor’s short life, the Robinson family has spent the last several months purchasing all the items needed to supply the pediatric intensive care unit at The Medical University of South Carolina Charleston with a butterfly cart of its own.

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Saylor Strong: Family carries on toddler’s memory through butterfly carts for other grieving parents
The Robinson family—Stephanie, her husband, William, and their older daughter, Lakelyn—has spent the last several months purchasing all the items needed to supply the pediatric intensive care unit at The Medical University of South Carolina Charleston with a butterfly cart of its own.
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Holy City Mission: Charleston church uses space to host ministry teams, serve God in new way

By Jessica Brodie. Using their building to host mission teams was not part of Aldersgate UMC, Charleston’s, ministry plan. But God had other ideas. It all started a few years ago when the South Carolina Conference of the UMC needed a place for a disaster recovery volunteer to stay while he coordinated construction efforts in the area. Aldersgate UMC had the empty space, said pastor the Rev. Erik Grayson, so they offered it on a short-term basis. It was just supposed to be temporary. Now, the church has decided to fully embrace this new plan God has for them, launching what they have called Holy City Mission.

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Holy City Mission: Charleston church uses space to host ministry teams, serve God in new way
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UMCSC apportionments even with last year, so far

By Jessica Brodie. Year-end apportionment giving is looking good for The United Methodist Church in South Carolina. As of Nov. 15, the apportionment collection percentage is running close to 2018 with 69.7 percent collected this year compared to 70.4 percent this time last year. That translates to $12.4 million collected so far of the budgeted $17.8 million for 2019.

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UMCSC apportionments even with last year, so far
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
News November 26, 2019 posted by

Another lease on life: Old country church now thriving after fears it would close

By Jessica Brodie. Eighteen months ago, many thought Bramlett UMC, Gray Court, was like an hourglass quickly running out of sand. Once thriving and filled with large farming families who lived nearby, the small rural church in the Upstate had dwindled to 20 people on Sunday mornings. But now the church has more than 100 active members—including a children’s and youth group. “It went from a flatline on the operating table to being a church that’ll survive,” said the Rev. John Fahrney, Bramlett’s pastor. “A lot of country churches are dying, but this one is growing.”

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Another lease on life: Old country church now thriving after fears it would close
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Mount Zion UMC runners raise funds for two Upstate causes

A group of United Methodist runners in the Upstate laced up recently to raise funds for two local charities. The team, comprising people from Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Central, plus a few others outside the church, participated in the Spinx Run Fest in Greenville Saturday, Oct. 26.

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Mount Zion UMC runners raise funds for two Upstate causes
Runners gather for a smile. From left are Micah Harris, Marissa Harris, Bonnie Littrell, Lynn Martin, Beth Westbury, Jonathan Harris and Isaac Harris. Not pictured are Donna Harris, Nicole McRight and their two sons who did the kids’ fun run.
News November 26, 2019 posted by

Trinity UMC gets wheelchair ramp thanks to ‘labor of love’ by volunteers

On Friday, Nov. 15, volunteers gathered from across the state to build a special love project in the form of a wheelchair ramp for Trinity United Methodist Church in the Orangeburg District. This was no ordinary project. It was inspired by Robert Jackson of Trinity UMC, who has been remodeling much of the interior at Trinity from major termite and water damage for more than one and a half years, doing the work basically by himself with some help from a Baptist pastor. By Billy Robinson.

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Trinity UMC gets wheelchair ramp thanks to ‘labor of love’ by volunteers
Photo by Billy Robinson
News November 26, 2019 posted by

St. Paul fall block party reaches out to community

This year, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Greenville, gave its former fall festival a makeover, transforming it into a Fall Block Party designed to serve as an outreach to families all over the community. The festival had been designed primarily for families and kids inside of the church, but the block party is designed for families outside of the church.

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St. Paul fall block party reaches out to community
News October 28, 2019 posted by

God called, women answered: United Methodist Women celebrate 150 years of pressing against limits, pushing toward tomorrow

By Jessica Brodie. One step, one boundary, one risk at a time. For 150 years, United Methodist Women have been at work, pressing against limits and pushing toward the future. Now, a century-and-a-half after they began, those small steps have resulted in transformative, significant achievements for women, children and youth across the world. “God called, and women answered!” That was the resounding word from Harriett Jane Olson, general secretary and chief executive officer of National United Methodist Women, who spoke to hundreds who gathered for the South Carolina United Methodist Women’s 47th annual meeting Oct. 25-26.

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God called, women answered: United Methodist Women celebrate 150 years of pressing against limits, pushing toward tomorrow
Photo by Kathleen Barry
News October 28, 2019 posted by

‘Pleasing in God’s sight’: United Methodists build ramps for people in need

By Jessica Brodie. When Harry White learned one of his fellow church members could not go home from assisted living because the man couldn’t access the house in his wheelchair, his heart was stirred. Immediately, White and other church members knew what had to be done. “We need to build a ramp for him if we’re ever going to get him back home again,” said White, a member of St. John United Methodist Church, Lynchburg. Now, White and others in the district have a drive to build even more ramps for people with accessibility troubles.

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‘Pleasing in God’s sight’: United Methodists build ramps for people in need
News October 28, 2019 posted by

Connect Church reaches the unreached

By Laura Camby McCaskill. One pastor has a passion to reach the unreached with new options for those who come to worship. Dr. Clay Faulk and his wife, the Rev. Beth Faulk, have been serving Lee Road United Methodist Church, Taylors, since 2017. Now, with the help of the Greenville District and other community and church support, they and a team of others have raised the funds to convert a gym next door into a new worship space they call “Connect Church.”

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Connect Church reaches the unreached
News October 28, 2019 posted by

UMC pastor Ted Morton awarded Order of Palmetto for half-century of service to Greenwood and beyond

South Carolina has awarded its highest civilian honor to a retired United Methodist pastor whose decades of public services have helped the Greenwood community and beyond. The Rev. Ted Morton Jr. was honored Aug. 13 with the Order of the Palmetto during the August Summer Social of the Cambridge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, of which Morton serves as chaplain.

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