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Here is what you need to know about news in United Methodist churches around the state, plus the continuing South Carolina United Methodist Flood Relief.

From 'the Woman at Well' to a well woman

It was not so long ago that Donna Rhodes was not well at all. In fact, when she read the account of the Woman at the Well in the Gospel of John—a woman floundering in a life of sin and pain, who’d been married five times and was living with a man not her husband—Rhodes instantly recognized herself. Jessica Brodie has the story here.

Faith, Activity, Nutrition: 24 helpers sought

South Carolina United Methodists who are passionate about exercise, nutrition and faith are being sought as lay leaders for a new partnership program offered by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Advocate has the story in the August edition of the newspaper, here.

Jessica Brodie on 'keeping it about Jesus'

Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie shares in an editorial that the most important thing about The United Methodist Church is not homosexuality or inclusion or who gets elected bishop or anything else we feel passionately about. "We need to remember that the most important thing about our faith is who we follow: Christ." Read on.

Children's Summit

The Children's Summit will bring persons together across denominational lines who work with children and are willing to explore ways to make a difference in their lives
Date: October 15, 2016
Place: Columbia, SC
Site: Epworth Children’s Home
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsors: The Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty
                  Big Changes Start Small
                  South Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church
                  Hood Theological Seminary
The 3-fold purpose of the summit is given below
     1.   To address the issues and needs of children, especially in South Carolina and identify ways that congregations can make an intentional difference through partnerships and advocacy
    2.    To provide some training for persons who work with children
    3.    To connect with the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty and participate as an outreach of Hood Seminary
The Summit will 
  • Explore possibilities for future ministry to children across denominational lines in the state of South Carolina
  • Share examples of what congregations, districts and conferences are doing in the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty
  • Provide resources to assist parents, grandparents and others in the process of nurturing children in a wholesome environment
The Process
  • Pre- Register and express your interest (Registration link)
  • Attend the summit (October 15) and build relationships and partnerships for future engagement
  • Report projects and accomplishments to the Pan-Methodist Campaign
For questions, please contact
Dr. Mary Love, Adjunct Professor Christian Education Hood Seminary
Email:  Cell Phone: 704 650-1411

Coming soon:

  • Aug. 13—ERT basic course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Bethany UMC, 118 West Third South St., Summerville, SC 29483. Cost is $35, or $10 for renewals. Contact Billy Robinson to attend at or 803-539-8429.
  • Aug. 14—Aldersgate Special Needs Sunday (offering)
  • Aug. 15—ERT Training, Bethesda UMC, Easley, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nathan Welch, 864-505-3754,
  • Aug. 18-19, 21—Celebration of 154th anniversary, Wesley Grove UMC, Cottageville, 7 p.m. (Aug. 18-19) and 1 p.m. (Aug. 21).
  • Aug. 20—“One: A Journey Toward Life-Changing Community,” sponsored by UMM, Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $25. Register:
  • Aug. 21—Call to Ministry Sunday
  • Aug. 21—Grand opening worship services for new contemporary worship building at Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.
  • Aug. 28—Blessing of the Tailgate Service, Cayce UMC, Cayce, 10:10 a.m. 803-794-3200.
  • Sept. 5—Labor Day
  • Sept. 6-8—Bishop’s School of Ministry, Sheraton Hotel, Myrtle Beach.
  • Sept. 9-11—Quest: Pursuing God’s Call retreat, Asbury Hills, $50.
  • Sept. 11—Work Day Offering for Epworth Children’s Home
  • Sept. 11—Aldersgate UMC’s annual Golf Tournament for Missions, Legacy Pines Golf Club, Greenville. Trevor King, 864-327-7128 or
  • Sept. 11-14—Unity Service and Revival, Windsor UMC, Columbia, 4 p.m. (Sept. 11); 6:30 p.m. (Sept. 12-14).
  • Sept. 17—Men N Ministry Annual Meeting, Ashland UMC, Columbia, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sept. 18—Youth Service Fund (offering)
  • Oct. 1—ERT basic course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. John’s UMC, Huddleston Hall, 321 South Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29730. Cost is $35, or $10 for renewals. Contact Billy Robinson to attend at or 803-539-8429.
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