UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters

Advance 901670

We will continue to update this page and UMCOR social media as we receive new information.

Learn more about UMCOR’s response to hurricane Harvey.

Learn more about UMCOR’s response to hurricane Irma.   

Learn more about UMCOR’s response to hurricane Maria. 

UMCOR in the news: 

USA Today Article 

CNN’s Charitable List – Impact Your World

The Washington Times Article

United Methodist News Service – “Churches helping one bucket at a time”

By Mary Andreolli*

5 Things You Can Do

 1. Please continue to pray for those whose lives will be impacted by hurricane Irma. 
2. Make relief kits, send complete kits to our relief-supply depots or an affiliate warehouseDownload the packing list and shipping label.   

3. Partner with UMCOR in responding to the needs of communities and individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma by giving to Advance #901670:

To give by mail:

Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068 
New York, NY 10087-9068
Please note in the memo line: Advance 901670

4. Donate only those items requested. 
5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.

Download this UMCOR church bulletin insert to share 5 Things You Can Do in response to Irma.   

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

UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.  

Rev. Luke Rhyee will deliver the message at Grace on September 10

In May, the District Connectional Ministries Team approved Rev. Luke Rhyee (former pastor of Columbia Korean UMC), Missionary to Guatemala with the Mission Society, as our official Columbia District Missionary.   Luke has a non-profit called Healing Guatemala.

The Rev. Luke MoonTaeg Rhyee M.D. graduated from CNU Medical School in Korea and worked as a medical doctor. He also graduated from Duke Divinity School and is in full connection with the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as an elder.

Currently, he serves the people of Guatemala, mostly Mayan people, in Quetzaltenango as a president and executive director of Healing Guatemala with his family.

He has his wife, SunHee Kim R.N., S.W., and three boys, Daniel Lee, 4; Andrew Lee, 6; and Joshua Lee, 11.

To get more information;


To support the mission;

Payable to Healing Guatemala 
P.O. Box 1835
Duluth, GA 30096

UMCOR Responds to Harvey

Click here to Give to UMCOR Relief 901670

 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 (

Pictures from VBS 2017


Click here for more VBS pictures on Grace’s Facebook Events Page.



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!

GRACE 2020

“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Grace and peace to you and your households in the name of Jesus Christ! As the pastor of a wonderful congregation of faithful witnesses, the people called “Grace on Harbison,” I believe this is a time in the life of our church that God is calling us to discern the Vision for Grace for the next chapter of life and ministry for this place and time. The world around us has changed drastically in the past decade. Expectations and norms continue to evolve within the context of ministry. By some estimates, 80% of people remain unchurched on Sunday morning.

Congregations live and serve in an ever changing world. Though God’s redemptive mission remains constant, the particular calling of any one congregations shifts over time. When congregations come to times of transition, uncertainty, or lack of focus, Visioning clarifies God’s calling for the next chapter of congregational life and ministry.

Vision – God’s particular calling for a particular congregation, situated at a particular place and time. The Vision is a description of what the congregation will be doing as they live out their calling as God’s church in the next one to two years.

It seems to me, that naming our visioning process GRACE 2020 captures the essence of who and where God wants us to be in the year 2020. Also, 2020 depicts vision made perfect through the discernment process by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The overall objective of GRACE 2020 is to discern God’s calling for the next season of life and ministry together, resulting in major ministry initiatives (Vision) and a Ministry Plan (Action Steps, Timeline, Leadership Assignments)….identifying our compelling vision, our identity as the “People of Grace on Harbison.”

After the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, his Disciples met and prayed together as Jesus had instructed them to do… to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. This was a time of Spiritual Cultivation, a time of Spiritual Discernment… as we recall the following Scripture. [Jesus said,] “You are witnesses of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:48–49)

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. (Acts 1:12–14)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:1–4)

GRACE 2020 includes four major activities:

  1. Formation of GRACE 2020 Coordination Team to facilitate the process – 10 committed members, cross-section of membership, led by the Pastor and includes the Church Council Chair.
  2. Spiritual Cultivation begins First Sunday after Easter, April 23. (Luke 24:48- 49, Acts 1:12–14; 2:1-4)
         a. Congregation is commissioned for the GRACE 2020 discernment process, committing itself to seeking God’s calling (includes a commissioning in worship). Goal is for everyone to commit to 40 Days of Prayer.
         b. Prayer Emphasis begins – Disciples are placed in pairs or triads and meet together at some point in the week to pray for the church and openness to God’s calling. Also, every disciple is asked to pray daily for the GRACE 2020 visioning process and for the congregation’s ministry each of the 40 days. We will use the 40 Days Of Prayer Guide for guiding each disciple during this Season of Prayer. Timing – Prayer emphasis continue entire 40 days. During this time, a daily email from the 40 Days Of Prayer Guide will be sent out.
         c. Spiritual Cultivation Time refocuses our perspective to “Thy Will Be Done.”
  3. Harvesting of Information
         a. Listening Groups
              I. Input from the congregation is gathered by the GRACE 2020 Coordination Team between after the end of the Season of Prayer using small groups.
              II. The focus is on listening and gathering information.
  4. Discernment by GRACE 2020 Coordination Team
    a. Understanding the input from the congregation,
    b. Understanding the current state of the church,
    c. Discerning God’s calling for the next steps (the Vision).
    d. Action steps are identified to implement the Vision.
    e. Draft of Vision is compiled and shared with Church Council for review and or modification.
  5. GRACE 2020 Vision is shared with Congregation on Anniversary Sunday (last Sunday in September)

Please prayerfully join with me in GRACE 2020 as we continue to fulfill our Mission: “To Know Jesus and To Make Him Known to Others

We believe the best days for Grace are ahead of us.
We believe with all our hearts these words that Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20  

“God, is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.”

Follow Jesus & Fish!


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

Our Mission at Grace is to know Jesus and to make Him known to others.