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News September 25, 2019

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

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
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News September 25, 2019

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

By Jessica Brodie. As the mother of preteens, I hear the word “entitled” bandied about a lot. My kids are in Generation Z, which is the first generation to grow up in an entirely digital world, and they are fully accustomed to all things electronic and adapt to new technologies quickly and easily. Entitled is a funny word...

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