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Hispanic/Latino Task Force looking for new members

The Hispanic/Latino Task Force of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is opening up to new members. The deadline to apply is Feb 28. The Hispanic/Latino Task Force seeks to promote inclusion and advocate for the rights of the Hispanic/Latino population in South Carolina. It also seeks to develop Hispanic/Latino leaders within …

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Want a healthier church? Join FAN today

The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is partnering with the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina to offer “Faith, Activity and Nutrition” – a free faith-based program that works to create a healthy church environment. FAN is not an exercise program or a cooking class. Instead, FAN helps churches …

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Mental health seminar: Opportunities and Challenges for Congregations

The Academy of Faith and Leadership at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary will play host to “Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges for Congregations” from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Many adults and parents of children and adolescents report discomfort in churches that fail to acknowledge the challenges surrounding mental health and developmental issues. Mental …

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Revolution 2017: Re-purposing youth for Christ

Revolution 2017 drew nearly 2,000 United Methodist youth from across South Carolina to Columbia for three days of worship, message, music, fellowship and service on Jan. 27-29. Students, adult youth advisors, pastors, district superintendents and others – including Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, who led the Sunday worship service and communion – descended on the Township Auditorium in downtown …

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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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Together, We Do More – Why give?

“10 Days of Connectional Giving” As 10 Days of Connectional Giving – our focus on apportionments ahead of today’s deadline – comes to a close, we are reminded that, as Christians, we are expected to give a portion of what we have back to God and God’s church. Not forced. Not coerced. No one is kicked …

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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 – 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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