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News October 28, 2019

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
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News October 28, 2019

‘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

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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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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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.
Dry bones come to life
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Dry bones come to life

We’ve heard the stories time and again: once-thriving country churches whose numbers dwindled as their communities folded, until eventually the churches themselves closed their doors. I picture these country churches as they likely were long ago, bustling with activity and chatter, their doors spilling open after worship with people who’d picnic on church grounds or under a nearby shade tree. But once in a while, I hear stories of the reverse: a small church suddenly flourishing again with new life, filled with people and ministry doing all they can the name of the Lord. A commentary Jessica Brodie.

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