News from The Advocate
By Jessica Brodie. Armed with a hula hoop and a commitment to fitness, South Carolina’s bishop is calling on United Methodists across the nation to join him in the denomination’s Abundant Health Initiative. To kick off Hulapalooza, Holston and the other South Carolina United Methodist leaders donned hoops and showed off their skills in a video. Now, they are encouraging United Methodist churches and individuals to join them and make their own hula-hooping (or other fitness) video, then mark it with the hashtag #getmovingumcsc and post it on social media.
By Jessica Brodie. As it looks now, the South Carolina Conference is poised to reach its financial goal for 2017 and then some.
By Jessica Brodie. One elderly United Methodist couple is using their golden years to give back and do rather than sit back and receive. Ken and Joanne Lehman, longtime members of Ebenezer UMC, are in their 80s and are experiencing health difficulties. But over the past 15 years, they have pushed those cares aside and made nearly 1,600 quilts for children in need at Greenville’s A Child’s Haven.
By Jessica Brodie. On a lightly traveled street in Upstate South Carolina sits a historical gem that just happens to be one of three octagonal-shaped churches in the nation: McBee Chapel United Methodist Church. McBee is tiny, with maybe 15 or 20 still attending the 176-year-old former mill church. But it is doing its best to revitalize, and its new pastor is hoping it will soon have a reputation as much for its commitment to ministry as for its unique shape and history.
By Billy Robinson South Carolina United Methodist Volunteers In Mission’s Early Response Team started response to Hurricane Irma Sept. 12—one day after the storm struck this state. By the grace...
By Jessica Brodie It’s decision time. By Nov. 16, clergy and laity covered by United Methodist conference insurance will need to make an educated choice about which insurance plan they...
By Jessica Brodie. One couple is sharing the word of God with the world every Friday and Saturday night through a free first-rate live theater performance, and it’s changing hearts and lives for Christ.
By Jessica Brodie. United Methodists across the Orangeburg District this fall combined their musical talents with a passion for connectionalism in a festival that raised more than $11,000 for Imagine No Malaria. The district presented its Imagine A Miracle Music Festival Sept. 24 at St. Mark United Methodist Church, North, with a lineup of 10 musical acts ranging from bluegrass to Gospel to country western and more.
By Jessica Brodie. The shots rang out, and as news broke the prayers—and the Christian help—sprang into action. In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting Oct. 1, called the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, The United Methodist Church spoke out and reached out in love and compassion in an effort to be the church for people frightened and in desperate need.
By Jessica Brodie. United Methodists seeking a return to traditional Wesleyan doctrine and an orthodox, Spirit-filled church gathered across the nation Oct. 14 for a meeting of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. While the live venue was held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church near Houston, South Carolina’s Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, hosted one of the 64 simulcasts across the United States, drawing a crowd of clergy and laity eager to hear what the WCA had to say regarding the denomination and its future.