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The church is the people: S.C. churches get creative in coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is upending life as we know it, as the death toll rises and state and local officials respond with curfews, government shutdowns, school and restaurant closures, and emergency aid. But ask any faith leader if that’s stopping church, and the answer is a resounding “no.” Across the state, churches are getting creative in how they gather. While in-person gatherings are nixed for now, phone trees, Facebook live worship services, video conference devotionals and even church radio stations are helping God’s people stay connected. By Jessica Brodie.

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The church is the people: S.C. churches get creative in coronavirus
Photo by Cole Carter, Mount Horeb UMC. Congregations across the state are seeking alternative ways to do church amid the COVID-19 crisis. Here, the technology team at Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, films for worship Sunday, March 22. Like many other churches in South Carolina, Mount Horeb is livestreaming its worship, plus using Facebook Live and other social media to reach people for Christ.
News March 26, 2020 posted by

GC2020 postponed by pandemic to 2021

As the coronavirus death toll rises and the disease continues to spread worldwide, organizers of General Conference have postponed the quadrennial church gathering. As of press time, that date had not yet been determined, but organizers said they are working toward a date in 2021. By Jessica Brodie.

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GC2020 postponed by pandemic to 2021
Photo by Dan Anderson, courtesy of Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Organizers of General Conference have postponed the quadrennial church gathering, which had been set for May 5-15. As of press time, the new date had not yet been determined.
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Restored in Christ: 500 men gather for spiritual renewal

Nearly 500 men in the Midlands used the extra day of the year to develop some extra spiritual muscle, gathering for the annual Men N Ministry spiritual retreat Feb. 29. Held at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, the two-day event lifted up the theme “Restored” as a way to help men learn new ways to be restored and made whole in Christ. By Jessica Brodie.

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Restored in Christ: 500 men gather for spiritual renewal
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Retired UMC bishop Ken Carder seeks to address ‘Dementia through a Pastoral Lens’

Nearly 6 million people each year in the United States live with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Countless more are affected by its debilitating effects. As an adjunct professor with Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, retired bishop Kenneth Carder has sought to address some of the social and theological issues resulting from the disease in his class, Dementia Through a Pastoral Theological Lens.

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Retired UMC bishop Ken Carder seeks to address ‘Dementia through a Pastoral Lens’
Photo courtesy of LTSS. Bishop Carder gives Communion to a participant in an adult day program visited by the class.
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Pleasant Hill UMC breaks ground on new family life center

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, in Indian Land in the Rock Hill District, held a groundbreaking for its new Family Life Center Sunday, March 8. Multiple generations of members of this historic church, having served the area since the 1880s, joined together for a cookout to celebrate the long-awaited official beginning of the new 10,500-square-foot building.

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Pleasant Hill UMC breaks ground on new family life center
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Immerse expanding for 2020

Immerse, South Carolina Methodist Youth Program’s youth discipleship event, is expanding this year to now offer two similar but different events, Beach Immerse and Mountain Immerse, each with the focus of helping youth dive deeper in their faith. 

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Immerse expanding for 2020
News February 24, 2020 posted by

A beacon of hope: Anderson mental health conference

When it comes to mental health, the church has a job to do—and it’s a job the church is uniquely positioned to fulfill. That was the key message from a district-wide mental health conference held in Easley Feb. 23, which featured pastors, psychologists and other industry professionals working to educate Christians about mental illness and how to help.

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A beacon of hope: Anderson mental health conference
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The salvation of mass incarceration

Jerry Blassingame’s testimony, which he told before hundreds of South Carolina United Methodist Women gathered Feb. 11 for their annual Legislative Advocacy Day, helped underscore one of the group’s action themes: the problem of mass incarceration.

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The salvation of mass incarceration
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S.C. United Methodists, others gear up for Earth Day at 50

A group of Christian environmentalists who are helping to plan a major awareness, education and action event at the South Carolina Statehouse to help people live into what it means to be good stewards of the earth in the way God intended. Organized by the Columbia Circle of GreenFaith, Earth Day at the Dome is set for Wednesday, April 22, from 3-7 p.m. at the state government building on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia.

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S.C. United Methodists, others gear up for Earth Day at 50
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Small country church expands food drive to year-round ministry

By Jessica Brodie. A county with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state is now getting much-needed food assistance throughout the year thanks to the efforts of a small, rural United Methodist church in Blenheim, SC.

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Small country church expands food drive to year-round ministry
Buzzy Cowan, member of the church, packs a food bag for a person in need. Cowan came up with the idea to take the food ministry from an annual drive to a year-round ministry for the church.
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SEJ delegation heads affirm ‘separation protocol,’ though S.C. not among signers

By Jessica Brodie. Southeastern Jurisdiction lay and clergy delegation heads signed a statement affirming the work done on the “Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation through Separation.” South Carolina was not among the signers, citing not enough time to fully consider—or share with rest of the S.C. delegation.

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SEJ delegation heads affirm ‘separation protocol,’ though S.C. not among signers
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