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News December 30, 2019 posted by

Inviting growth: Church thrives after members start bringing their friends

Step outside Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Pinewood, and all you’ll see for miles is fields. “It really is in the middle of nowhere,” says Andrews Chapel’s pastor, the Rev. Mary Everhart. Yet it is there that Everhart says the Holy Spirit is breathing a fresh wind of new life. The 150-year-old church had been in a decline over the years, but now the church has gone from four to seven people to 30 or 40 most Sundays. By Jessica Brodie.

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Inviting growth: Church thrives after members start bringing their friends
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UMCSC disaster service weekend Jan. 18-20 to honor King’s legacy

Five decades after the assassination of one of the civil rights movement’s greatest heroes and servant-leaders, South Carolina United Methodists are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a weekend dedicated to service. On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Jan. 18-20, the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is hosting a Disaster Recovery Day of Service where volunteers will have the opportunity to work on homes impacted by Hurricane Florence. By Jessica Brodie.

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UMCSC disaster service weekend Jan. 18-20 to honor King’s legacy
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Finishing strong: Financial leaders optimistic about UMCSC apportionment goals

Just a few weeks remain until the 2019 books close, and conference financial leaders are hopeful. As of Dec. 16, the conference had collected 76.95 percent of its apportionments, compared to 77 percent this time last year, said Beth Westbury, conference treasurer. That translates to $13.7 million collected so far of the budgeted $17.8 million for 2019. By Jessica Brodie.

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Finishing strong: Financial leaders optimistic about UMCSC apportionment goals
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Fellowship spurs mission ‘family’ at Anderson church

They started out simply as “fellow church members” at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Anderson—a quick wave or a nod in the pew, knowing each other by sight but no deeper. Now, thanks to the fellowship fostered in a witty email chain and hard work doing side-by-side hands-on mission work, they’ve become a family. By Jessica Brodie.

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Fellowship spurs mission ‘family’ at Anderson church
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January ‘poor people’s campaign’ rally to raise awareness about poverty, voting

A group of social justice advocates are doing what they can to help the world—and Washington—have a heart for people in poverty. This month, South Carolina United Methodists will take part in Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, organizing a neighborhood voting drive, hearing testimonies and hosting a rally and march, all in the hopes of opening people’s minds about the plight of the poor. The canvassing and voting registration activities will be Saturday, Jan. 11, and the march and rally will be Monday, Jan. 13, culminating at Cherokee Place UMC, North Charleston. By Jessica Brodie.

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January ‘poor people’s campaign’ rally to raise awareness about poverty, voting
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Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus

What do classic cars and men in South Carolina have in common? The ability to be restored to full, functional and optimally working “machines,” able to do all that their creator intends and more. But while cars can only be restored to a certain point, men have the advantage. For in Christ, men can become entirely new creations, not only restored but renewed, refreshed and revitalized, all for the glory of God. That is the message of a conference-wide United Methodist Men’s spiritual weekend, set for Feb. 28-29 at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church. By Jessica Brodie.

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Restored: Retreat to help men learn new ways to be whole in Jesus
Editor's Views December 30, 2019 posted by

2020 vision

But what does “2020 vision” really mean for me as a woman of faith, and what does it mean for The United Methodist Church as we prepare to embark on yet another difficult and tumultuous year? A column by Editor Jessica Brodie.

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2020 vision
Bishop's Corner December 30, 2019 posted by

Stand in awe

Once again, it is a new year, a time of listing the things we will resolve to do in the coming months. Some of these resolutions will be new, but much of the list contains “carryovers” from years gone by. Maybe the one resolution to make sure is on your list is to live beyond expectations. A column by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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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
News November 26, 2019 posted by

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
News November 26, 2019 posted by

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
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
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

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