Category Archive: Conference Updates

Are you ready for Aldersgate Special Needs Sunday? August 13

Is your church ready for Aldersgate Special Needs Sunday? This annual date on the calendar of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church – scheduled this year for Sunday, August 13 – is set aside to receive a special offering for Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry. Aldersgate is a United Methodist agency formed by …

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Register now: A conversation about the church’s role in race relations

Lay and clergy alike are invited to a tri-district event to discuss creative ways the church can bridge the gap between the police and poor and racial ethnic communities in their midst. “Holding Up Your Corner: Talking about race in your community” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at …

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2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions scholarships available

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is offering scholarships to the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions conference, scheduled for November 1-7 in Toronto, Canada. The Council of Bishops will give scholarships to three seminary students and three others (laity or clergy) who previously have not attended a PWR. In order to take …

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Rev. James Elmo Hunter III – 1935-2017

August 25, 1935 – July 30, 2017 The Rev. Dr. James Elmo Hunter III – who served as superintendent of the Spartanburg District during his 40 years of service in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church – died Sunday, July 30, 2017. He was 81. Rev. Hunter pastored five churches and their congregations – …

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Sign up now for Africa tour with Bishop Holston

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston and Mrs. Felecia Holston will lead a 12-day tour of three nations in southern Africa from Jan. 30 to Feb. 10, 2018. Cost of the tour is $4,300, with an installment plan available. Join Bishop and Mrs. Holston on a journey to “the school of dreams” – Africa University in Zimbabwe. Experience …

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New HealthFlex Exchange benefit workshops scheduled

A series of HealthFlex Exchange Benefit Workshops – designed to help those covered by the Conference Health Plan better understand what’s in it for them – are scheduled for September and October in all 12 districts of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Healthflex Exchange was approved at the 2017 Annual …

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Homes of Hope CEO: Thank you, SC United Methodists!

The leader of Homes of Hope has penned a thank-you letter to all South Carolina United Methodists for their donation of more than $165,000 to help build six homes for low-income families in the Greenville area. Don Oglesby is president and chief executive officer of the non-profit organization that rebuilds communities and individual lives through …

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VBS for grown-ups? Check it out at Grace UMC-North Augusta

Singer, storyteller, humorist and folk-theologian Ed Kilbourne will be the featured speaker at Vacation Bible School For Grown-Ups 50+ at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta. Kilbourne will lead the adult VBS – “The Gospel According to You” – at the church’s Wesley Center, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 28-30, 2017. Registration fee is …

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Register now: Bishop’s School to focus on ‘Leading Adaptive Change in Congregations’

The Bishop’s School of Ministry – scheduled for Sept. 5-7, 2017, in Myrtle Beach – is a continuing education event for all clergy, active and retired. Dr. Mark Tidsworth, founder of Pinnacle Leadership Associates, will expand on last year’s topic: “Shift: Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church,” moving us from theory to practice. …

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Workshop to help UM churches reach Hispanic-Latino neighbors

Did you know that there are more Hispanic-Latino people in South Carolina than there are United Methodists? Yet the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church has only about 300 Hispanic-Latino members. How can we create new spaces to be in ministry with our neighbors? Pentecost Journey: A Workshop on Reaching Our Hispanic-Latino Neighbors trains non-Hispanic-Latino churches …

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