Sellers Blitz: ‘An uplift for the whole town’

SELLERS – More than 150 United Methodist volunteers “brought joy” to the Marion County town of Sellers on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14 – cleaning and beginning repairs on eight homes overcome by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Volunteers from United Methodist churches across South Carolina – along with a crew from Georgia …

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2016 apportionment giving surpasses 2015

South Carolina’s United Methodist churches paid just over 92 percent of their apportionment giving for 2016, surpassing the 2015 rate of 91 percent. Leaders of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church cheered the increased giving rate – to 92.03 percent in 2016 from 91.13 percent a year earlier. “It is truly a blessing that – for …

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To live up to MLK’s legacy, stop settling

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, delivered the sermon Monday at High Point University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Chapel Service. Bishop Holston’s sermon asked the question, “Does it matter?” and centered on Romans 12:9-21: “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what …

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Bishop’s statement on Emanuel 9 sentencing

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, issued this statement in response to the death sentence handed down this week to the man convicted of the Emanuel 9 massacre: A jury ruled Tuesday in the sentencing phase for the man convicted of the Emanuel AME Church shootings …

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Together, We Do More – Disaster Response

“10 Days of Connectional Giving” When Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina in October, the Rev. Reginald Lee was just settling into his new assignment as congregational specialist for the Marion and Florence districts. Once the storm made its way back to sea, it became clear to Lee that it wasn’t going to be business as usual. “Immediately,” …

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Bishop Holston’s message on connectional giving

“10 Days of Connectional Giving” Friends, We have a tremendous opportunity to do what some will say is impossible. Let us remember that the point of our apportionment giving is never the money. It is about doing together what no individual, congregation, district or conference can do alone. Through generous giving, we are faithfully sharing …

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Together, We Do More – Advance Special Ministries

“10 Days of Connectional Giving” Fourteen Advanced Special Ministries receive funding from connectional giving through the Connectional Ministries budget of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. “These missional organizations have been vetted by the Global Ministries Committee and do significant ministry with minimal resources,” said the Rev. Kathy James, the conference director …

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Together, We Do More – Equitable Compensation

“10 Days of Connectional Giving” The Commission on Equitable Compensation supports ministry by providing grants to churches to help pay their pastors, especially in new churches and mission churches. “The commission funds churches to make sure the minister is paid the minimum salary established for that clergy person’s status and years of service,” said Beth …

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Volunteers still needed for “Sellers Blitz” relief work

Volunteers are still needed for the “Sellers Blitz” – scheduled for Jan. 13-14 in the flood-ravaged Marion County town. This event, organized by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be similar to the successful “Nichols Blitz” held last month – but different in some important ways. You’ll still have the chance to …

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Together, We Do More – Methodist Homes

“10 Days of Connectional Giving” South Carolina’s three United Methodist retirement homes couldn’t serve nearly as many residents without the generosity reflected in the apportioned giving that makes its way to their resident support and assistance programs each year. “This vital program enables us to serve dozens of individuals each year who have encountered financial difficulty,” said Jon …

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