March Advocate is now online

The March Advocate is online now at advocatesc.org. This month’s paper is absolutely chock-full of news, featuring everything from the Advent fire to the men’s retreat to two conferences on racism to the #umcsc initiatives on homes for homeless and bikes…and much more. Check out many of the free articles now at advocatesc.org. You also can subscribe …

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Rivers, Bishop Holston’s executive assistant, to retire

Bettye Rivers, the cheerful face and voice of South Carolina’s United Methodist bishops, is retiring at the end of March. Rivers has worked for 15 years in the episcopal office of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, where she was executive assistant to three bishops. “I’m leaving eight years too late,” she …

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Bishop Holston challenges men: ‘Be the people God needs us to be’

MYRTLE BEACH – One thousand United Methodist men (and a few women) flocked to Christ United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach Feb. 17-19 for a weekend of worship and fellowship – but mostly to inspire them to become better leaders back home in their churches and communities. “Rooted: Grow Deep, Live Strong,” the South Carolina …

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Changes coming to 2018 UMC-SC health insurance plan

Wespath Benefits will offer a new health insurance plan for 2018 that will give employees and clergy of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church more control, while helping the church continue to provide affordable health benefits. With HealthFlex Exchange, employees/clergy will choose their own plan from among numerous options. By offering more …

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Fire consumes Advent UMC sanctuary

The sanctuary at Advent United Methodist Church in Simpsonville was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The structure was under renovation, and no one was injured by the blaze. Initial reports indicate a previous fire sparked during construction work was believed to have been put out, but it apparently rekindled while workers were on …

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Financial tips for clergy: Taking the bite out of taxes

Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like Social Security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. It is important to know the rules, but also the way to minimize the impact of your tax liability. Not every tax preparer understands the unique situation of clergy, and finding one who does …

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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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Hispanic/Latino Task Force condemns immigration ban

The Hispanic/Latino Task Force of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church condemns President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugee resettlement. As Christians, we welcome immigrants and refugees from all over the world, regardless of national origin, race, ethnicity or religion, as we daily seek to follow Christ’s example of radical …

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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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