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Annual Mother’s Day Offering

Epworth Children’s Home has been a ministry of the United Methodist Church for more than 122 years. They are not an apportioned item by the SC Conference, which means they receive no funding from the conference other than our offerings. They rely heavily on the donations received from our Mother’s Day Offering to provide direct care for the children residing at Epworth.

When a child arrives at Epworth they have experienced a great deal of loss. For Epworth, it isn’t enough to answer God’s call to care for the least of these by simply providing room and board. They go above and beyond. They offer the children tutoring to get them caught up at school. They offer counseling to help them heal emotionally. They offer quality medical care on their campus, knowing that many of the children have never seen a doctor or dentist. They also offer spiritual formation and guidance that encourages true healing through Christ. Epworth ensures the children are surrounded by loving Christian adults so they can break the cycle of abuse, neglect, and shame and replace it with a life of self-respect, responsibility, and productivity.

We have a large part in making all this possible for the children. These children come from communities in South Carolina just like ours. They are our neighbors and we are called to provide for them. I ask you to give generously today and stand with Epworth as they work to break the cycle. Be part of something that lasts – a child’s future.

March at a Glance


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Mar 5th – 7:00 pm Bible Study

March 6th – noon Bible Study

March 7th – 6:00 pm Fellowship Meal
March 7th – 7:00 pm First Wednesday Prayer Service

March 9th – Office Closed

March 11th – Daylight Savings Time Begins SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD

March 15th – Newsletter Deadline

March 17th – 2:00 pm JOY Group St. Patrick’s Day Party

March 23rd – 6:00 pm Hot Dog and a Movie

March 25th – Palm Sunday
March 25th – 11:00 am Choir Cantata

March 28th – 7:00 pm John Chiles Cooking Class

March 29th – 7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service

March 30th – Good Friday Office Closed
March 30th – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Holy Friday Prayer Vigil

March 31st – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Easter Egg Hunt

April 1st – Easter Sunday see Holy Week at the end of the bulletin

UMCOR Responds to Harvey

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 By Mary Andreolli*  

UMCOR is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many victims of hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. We will continue to update this page and UMCOR social media as we receive new information.

5 Things You Can Do:

1. Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist ChurchLouisiana Conference of The United Methodist ChurchRío Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
2. Make relief kits…/Relief-S…/Relief-Supply-Kits/Cleaning
3. Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts:…/SPageNaviga…/umcor_donate.html…
4. Donate only those items requested.
5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.
UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support. 

To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources Advance #901440 (

Online Giving is now available!

Have you ever gotten into the pew and realized you forgot your check book just when you were going to write out your weekly check?  Consider our new electronic giving program coming later this month. 

Grace relies on the financial support of the congregation, and electronic giving offers an easy way to give one-time – or – on a recurring basis.  

The Online Giving button is in the left menu on your computer and in the bottom menu on your cell phone  — but for now, you can click here to enter the  online giving portal.

You will temporarily leave Grace United Methodist Church’s website for processing your donation.

If you have any questions there will be information available after the 8:30 and before the 11 service on Sunday, July 23rd.

You can also send your question in an email or call the church office (803) 732-1899!


Special thanks to BJ, Dalvon and Bianca for providing childcare at our last Sunday School meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in each and/or BOTH meetings to kick off our new focus on Christian education at Grace.

Our lunch was special with homemade goods including shrimp creole made by our own resident chef John Chiles and broccoli casserole and lemon squares by Maxine Drake.

Our back-to-back meetings have revealed a strong foundation on which Grace can grow. As with all buildings, a good foundation needs support and for that we are turning to you.

Starting on Feb. 12th, Sunday School will have a little different look.  Fellowship time will be truncated so that we can meld into our opening program of song (thanks ahead to all who volunteer) and/ or a video from Chuck Knows Church at 9:45am.

Immediately following our large group gathering all will be dismissed to their respective classrooms. We understand the 10:30am early dismissal for choir members (whom take all ages I hear), but plan for a 10:40am end so that our acolytes, greeters and ushers can be ready to serve by 10:45am.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages. Options we are exploring are a split of the elementary grades and separating the middle/high school classes once our steady attendance warrants.

Other discussion included the development and implementation of a Teacher’s Aide (TA) program, car pool transportation, and addition of Disciple Express or some other similar format for the adults.

Our current classes include elementary grades with Mrs. Maxine and Shannon. Lessons are read, crafts, science projects, activities and FUN abound – plus a special birthday celebration on your special day thanks to Mrs. Maxine.

Our middle and high school kids are included in the real life applications presented by Mr. Brian and Ralph. This Christian education helps prepare our youth for the ‘real’ world and offers a safe haven to discuss ways to ‘turn the other cheek’. Community outreach is part of this class as they can be found feeding the homeless, singing at Heartland or Carolina Gardens or just hearing the pancake lesson at Denny’s. Won’t you join this amazing cast of experiences to lend your own fond memories of your Christian upbringing.

I found the easiest way for me to know Jesus and to make Him known to others is by teaching. We will support you wherever you are in your journey – thanks for stepping up! K. Neel or 803-917-9347

Grace’s Online Book Store

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Qualifying items purchased through the Virtual Store will pay host churches a 5% rebate! Qualifying items are those purchased by visitors to the church website who click on the Virtual Store link (bookstore) and log on as a guest or with an online account.  Cokesbury takes care of all the shopping details: the transaction, the billing, the shipping.

The customer gets the everyday value pricing plus any special promotional offers and the church gets a 5% rebate, calculated twice a year, on the qualifying items that are purchased.*

(*Purchases via 800-672-1789 or through a Community Resource Consultant do not qualify for the rebate. Other restrictions apply.)



All women of Grace — members and visitors — are invited to attend the Annual UMW Birthday Party on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 pm, honoring female missionaries and deaconesses of the United Methodist Church.

Gloria Bowden will give a short presentation on the mission work of Samaritan’s Well. Of course, birthday cake and ice cream will be served!!


Attendees are asked to please bring a gift to be donated to women of Samaritan’s Well in Lexington. Suggested gift items are: ladies’ disposable razors; ladies’ shave gel; ladies’ antiperspirant/deodorant; shower gel or body wash; Vaseline – type body lotion; lip balm.


John Chiles’ Cooking Class

Each 4th Wednesday from 7—9 pm
in the Grace Fellowship Hall/Kitchen

Cooking classes are interactive as well as hands on. John would like to know what you might like to learn or see.

A sign up sheet will be in the Narthex. Please sign up if you plan to attend as this helps John to plan how much food to bring and how to set up so as many people can easily see.

It is at no cost to you. It is a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy.

  • John’s Bio includes;
    Former owner of Restaurant 123 in Irmo
    General Manager for Club Corp
    International—Ran First City Club in Savannah GA
    Currently a Part Owner Operator of Blue Marlin / Signature Catering and is The Executive Chef and General
    Manager of the Catering Operation
    The next class date are: January 25, 2017


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Thank you.