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A South Carolina rebuild and response team headed to Puerto Rico recently as the first to help the storm-battered island begin recovery through a new partnership between UMCOR, Home Depot and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. Jessica Brodie has the story.
By Jessica Brodie. Cabbage and baked chicken simmer in the kitchen as they gather around the folding tables in the community room at Wallace Family Life Center—older ladies and one older man, all huddled in pairs with calculators and workbooks, their pencils poised and brows furrowed. As they work, program coordinator Linda Sanders stirs the cabbage and tells her tale. Like many in the Wallace community, Sanders has seen the center go from a thriving haven to a struggling operation and back again. And today, as the center continues its ...
By Jessica Brodie. For as long as anybody can remember, softball has been more than a diversion in Salley—it’s been a way of life, an integral part of both of the town and its people. But the community’s softball field had fallen into disrepair over the years. People rarely got to see each other outside of worship. Thanks to Clinton UMC and its spirit of outreach, that is now changing. Last year, members of the 157-year-old church cleared the land for a softball field on church property, and the games ...
By Jessica Brodie. This summer, South Carolina United Methodists will gather for an Annual Conference that embraces mission, both locally and across the globe. With the theme “A More Excellent Way: In Mission from Anywhere to Everywhere,” Annual Conference 2018 will celebrate local missions, such as Salkehatchie Summer Service and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and lift up the impact they have made worldwide and in South Carolina.
By Jessica Brodie. It took her 27 years to stand up and tell her story, but Karen Wright Chisholm is silent no more. Chisholm, a retired chief master sergeant in the United States Air Force and one of 12 authors in the anthology “Camouflaged Sisters: Silent No More,” stood before more than 300 people at the South Carolina Conference United Methodist Women’s 2018 Legislative Advocacy Day Feb. 20 and shared her story—about growing up in Charleston with domestic abuse in families all around her, including her own.
By Dan O’Mara. The goal of getting a new generation of men involved in ministry in South Carolina is not simply to grow the ranks of the United Methodist Men—it’s about making more disciples of Jesus Christ. That message was shared across the generations as about 1,000 men, and a few women, gathered at Christ United Methodist Church Feb. 16-18 for the UMMen’s “Come to the Water” spiritual retreat.
By Jessica Brodie. For the ninth year running, 2,000 teenagers from across South Carolina headed to Columbia for Revolution, a youth spiritual retreat, hoping to connect with other Christians their age, hear good music and a good word—and, for many, draw closer to Christ.
By Jessica Brodie. United Methodists across the state headed to the North Charleston Marriott Feb. 6-8 for the Adult Spiritual Life Retreat, many of them hungry for a word from Dr. Lois Tverberg, author of “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus.”
Church leaders are rolling out a free new resource this month to help foster discipleship in the local church. Called “Come Follow Me,” it is a seven-part sermon series with adult discussion guide that follows the life of Peter and his development as one who said “yes” when Jesus said, “Come follow me.” It will be released March 15.
Nine United Methodists from South Carolina, led by Derial Ogburn, headed to Cuba Nov. 1-10 for a mission trip to do construction on a church in Mayari. The work project was to remove the A-frame on an existing building and replace it with a flat concrete roof. This is their story.