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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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News September 25, 2019 posted by

Nelson tapped as delegation’s episcopal nominee

By Jessica Brodie. The Rev. Ken Nelson has been tapped as South Carolina’s episcopal nominee by the South Carolina delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional conferences. Nelson will be among those considered for the role of bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction’s 15 annual conferences when the next Jurisdictional Conference is held beginning July 15, 2020. At least five episcopal openings are expected as bishops currently serving in conferences shift into retirement.

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Nelson tapped as delegation’s episcopal nominee
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News September 25, 2019 posted by

Protecting the flock: Active shooters seminar helps churches prepare

By Jessica Brodie. In an active shooter situation, churches can’t wait five to seven minutes for first responders to arrive. Church members are the true first responders and need to be actively engaged in protecting their own lives. That was the gist behind a church security seminar by SMCI attended by a host of United Methodist pastors and church leaders, as well as leaders from other denominations across the state.

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Protecting the flock: Active shooters seminar helps churches prepare
Guy Beveridge speaks on how to prepare. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News September 25, 2019 posted by

Fresh Expressions: S.C. launches effort to bring church to unchurched

By Jessica Brodie. Roughly 70 percent of people in South Carolina do not go to church, and that’s not OK for a group of United Methodists who are hoping to do something to change that number for the better. They are hoping a one-day event, “Fresh Expressions,” will be a step in the right direction. On Oct. 5, the Orangeburg District of the South Carolina Conference is hosting a daylong gathering to help churches reimagine what it looks like to do church. While the district is sponsoring it, the event is open to all people throughout the state.

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Fresh Expressions: S.C. launches effort to bring church to unchurched
Fresh Expressions will explore new ways of doing church.
News September 25, 2019 posted by

Day of Service helps Hurricane Florence recovery

By Jessica Brodie. One year after Hurricane Florence, and on the heels of narrowly missing a hit this fall from Hurricane Dorian, United Methodists across South Carolina got a chance to help people impacted by the storm in a conference-wide Disaster Recovery Day of Service.

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Day of Service helps Hurricane Florence recovery
Photo by Matt Brodie
News September 25, 2019 posted by

Mount Horeb pays off building debt in five years

By Jessica Brodie. Mount Horeb—the largest-membership United Methodist church in South Carolina and the fifth-fastest growing Methodist church in the U.S.—is celebrating this month. Not only has it paid off in five years its $17 million building campaign and land debt, but it has also contributed more than $5 million above and beyond toward mission work outside its church.

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Mount Horeb pays off building debt in five years
News September 25, 2019 posted by

Saluda pastor’s gun buy-back program a success

Almost two weeks after her church’s gun buy-back program, the Rev. Hillary Taylor is still elated with the results. “We bought back 20 guns in total,” said Taylor, pastor of Bethany and Zoar United Methodist churches in Saluda. “If we had bought only 10 guns, I would have been ecstatic.”  Nine of the purchased guns came from persons living somewhere other than Saluda. 

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Saluda pastor’s gun buy-back program a success
News August 26, 2019 posted by

Unanimous: Historic Washington Street UMC votes to join Reconciling Ministries

One of South Carolina’s oldest and largest United Methodist churches has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network. Washington Street UMC Church Council voted unanimously July 29 to join the network, an unofficial caucus of United Methodists that promotes full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other individuals in the life of the church. The vote makes Washington Street the only reconciling congregation in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC, though there are at least 11 additional reconciling Sunday school classes and other communities in various UMCs across the state. By Jessica Brodie.

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Unanimous: Historic Washington Street UMC votes to join Reconciling Ministries

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