South Carolina United Methodist Advocate

Newspaper (print and online) connecting United Methodists in South Carolina. Founded in 1837 and winner of 113+ journalism awards. Editor Jessica Brodie and Asst. Editor Allison Trussell.

Page for the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, the newspaper connecting United Methodists and others in South Carolina. In existence since 1837, the Advocate is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Methodism. It has won 94 journalism excellence awards since 2010. Editor Jessica Brodie; Assistant Editor Allison Trussell.

Mission: The Advocate's mission is to inform and connect South Carolina United Methodists by independently reporting relevant news, engaging readers, providing a forum for dialogue, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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UMs march for racial justice in Interfaith Peace Walk

Bishop Jonathan Holston of the #UMCSC was one of many church and community leaders to speak at the event, where people sang, chanted “Black lives matter,” carried posters calling for equality and wore shirts proclaiming “I can’t breathe,” in recognition of George Floyd. Floyd, an African-American man, was killed May 25 when a white police officer pinned Floyd’s neck to the ground for more than eight minutes, suffocating him. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/interfaith-peace-walk/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie COLUMBIA—United Methodists were among hundreds who marched in downtown Columbia June 20 in an Interfaith Peace Walk for racial justice and reconciliation. While organized by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a host of other ...

[07/20/20]   Have any churches in the #UMCSC held a socially distanced in-person VBS?

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Epworth ‘overwhelmed with love’ after electrical fire destroys building

Founded in 1896, Epworth serves children and youth from broken family systems, offering residential care, education, counseling, medical care and more. About 76 children and youth live on the campus, and the building destroyed by the fire was used both for maintenance equipment and to house supplies for all the day-to-day goods and clothes the children need—everything from deodorant, soap and toothbrushes to bedding. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/epworth-overwhelmed-with-love-after-electrical-fire-destroys-building/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie COLUMBIA—Flames might have demolished an Epworth Children’s Home building, but an outpouring of love, support and generosity is soothing the burn. On June 2, an afternoon electrical fire swept through an operations shop and ...

[07/19/20]   Happy Sunday from your friends at the Advocate!

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South Carolina United Methodist Advocate

What the best thing about The United Methodist Church? Besides Jesus, it’s the connection! But sometimes we only know about what’s going on in our own local church.

That’s OK—the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate is here to help.

The Advocate is not only the oldest newspaper in Methodism, but the newspaper is thriving and one of the top religious newspapers in the nation today. The Advocate has won more than 100 awards since 2010 for writing and journalistic excellence and tries hard to be balanced and fair, accommodating all viewpoints.

Whatever way you like to get your news, the Advocate is there for you, whether as a hard copy printed newspaper or online.

The Advocate: Telling God’s stories and keeping the connection strong right here in South Carolina.

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What the best thing about The United Methodist Church? Well, besides Jesus, it’s the connection! But sometimes we only know about what’s going on in our own ...

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One more year: General, jurisdictional conferences and bishop’s tenure postponed to 2021

General Conference will now take place Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, 2021, though still at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis. SEJ is set for November 2021. Bishop Holston will stay on in SC until then. https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/2020-events-postponed-to-2021/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie Everything slated for 2020 now appears to be pushed to 2021. The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for The United Methodist Church's General Conference following the postponement of the ...

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South Carolina United Methodist churches reopen—or not

Some churches have opened, some have not. How's it going in your area? #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/umcsc-reopen-covid19/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie After months shuttered because of coronavirus, South Carolina United Methodist churches got the green-light to resume in-person worship last month. Some chose to resume June 14, the date churches were authorized to begin holding ...

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UMC pastors participate in Bennettsville prayer vigils

Various council members, elected officials, religious and community members joined together in Bennettsville, SC, May 18 to pray for the community. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/06/umc-pastors-participate-in-bennettsville-prayer-vigils/

advocatesc.org By Dan McNiel, reprinted courtesy of the Herald-Advocate Various council members, elected officials, religious and community members joined together Monday May 18 to pray for the community. Three prayer vigils were held at Marlboro Court Apartments, near ...

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Strong book sales mean second press run on Rowell essay collection

A month after its latest book launched, the Advocate Press has sold out of its first press run and is now in its second press run. The book, What Would Granny Say?, is an essay collection by Rev. Tony Rowell. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/06/strong-book-sales-mean-second-press-run-on-rowell-essay-collection/

advocatesc.org ‘What Would Granny Say?’ available as paperback, eBook A month after its latest book launched, the Advocate Press has sold out of its first press run and is now in its second press run. “What Would Granny ...

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Rising COVID cases again prompt 2020 South Carolina Annual Conference to be postponed

Escalating cases of COVID-19 in this state have prompted United Methodist leaders to call off the one-day session of the 2020 South Carolina Annual Conference. No new date has yet been announced. #umcsc

advocatesc.org Escalating cases of COVID-19 in this state have prompted United Methodist leaders to call off the one-day session of the 2020 South Carolina Annual Conference. The news of the postponement comes a week after Annual Conference ...

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What’s Going On

Forty-five years ago, against the advice of his Motown record executives, Marvin Gaye released the song “What’s Going On.” What’s going on is that we can’t breathe. The weight of oppression and injustice is suffocating. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/whats-going-on/

advocatesc.org By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston “God, the Master, told the dry bones, ‘Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your ...

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I hurt, and I should

Oh, Lord, I beg: What do I do? All I can do is love. All I can do is pray. All I can do is try to love instead of fear, to speak out when I’m feeling cowardly. By Jessica Brodie. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/i-hurt-and-i-should/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”—Martin Luther King ...

Brookland United Methodist Church

Tomorrow at 11:45am we will be going live with the Facebook Bucket Challenge! A bucket of cold ice water will be dumped on Rev. Mark Payne and funds raised from the event will be sent to Apportionments and Gods Helping Hands!!

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United Methodists unveil ‘dismantling racism’ initiative

United Methodist Church leaders launched a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/umc-dismantling-racism/

advocatesc.org NASHVILLE—United Methodist Church leaders launched a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S. The “Dismantling ...

[07/10/20]   The deadline is today for the August Advocate! Send submissions to [email protected]. All are welcome!

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2020 Black Clergy Leadership Retreat rescheduled for Aug. 24-28

The 2020 Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat, “Crossroads: Where Faith and Innovation Meet,” has been rescheduled for Aug. 24-28 at Kingston Plantation. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/2020-black-clergy-leadership-retreat-rescheduled-for-aug-24-28/

advocatesc.org MYRTLE BEACH—The 2020 Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat, “Crossroads: Where Faith and Innovation Meet,” has been rescheduled for Aug. 24-28 at Kingston Plantation. Registration is open through Aug. 10. All clergy are invited to attend; clergy from ...

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More racial narratives sought for second Advocate book on racial awakenings

The Advocate is seeking submissions for another racial narrative project. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/more-racial-narratives-sought-for-second-advocate-book-on-racial-awakenings/

advocatesc.org We must talk about racial issues and racial awakening in the name of Jesus and His call to love ALL people as ourselves. In that vein, the Advocate is seeking submissions for another racial narrative project, ...

Beautiful!!!

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the steeple or maybe the bell of the church? Well I got the opportunity to take a look at it today! Check it out below!

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Seven UMCs in state listed as those affirming WCA statements

At least seven United Methodist churches in South Carolina are included on a list recently released by the Wesleyan Covenant Association of congregations that affirm the group’s statements on biblical authority, faith and moral principles. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/seven-umcs-in-state-listed-as-those-affirming-wca-statements/

advocatesc.org At least seven United Methodist churches in South Carolina are included on a list recently released by the Wesleyan Covenant Association of congregations that affirm the group’s statements on biblical authority, faith and moral principles. The ...

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Recover, Restore, Retreat webinar launching for African-American clergy

African-American clergy in the Carolinas will get an opportunity for respite through a new webinar designed to address stress and self-care in the face of the racial disparities and other injustices arising during the pandemic. Millie Nelson Smith #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/recover-restore-retreat/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie This month, African-American clergy in the Carolinas will get an opportunity for respite through a new webinar designed to address stress and self-care in the face of the racial disparities and other injustices ...

[07/06/20]   Get those submissions ready! The deadline is 7/10 for the August Advocate. All are welcome. Email [email protected].

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Pandemic jumpstarts new contemporary service, social media boom for Brookland UMC

COVID-19 slowed down ministry efforts in many local churches across the nation. But at Brookland United Methodist Church, it served as a jumpstart for a brand-new alternative contemporary service. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/brooklandboom/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie WEST COLUMBIA—COVID-19 slowed down ministry efforts in many local churches across the nation. But at Brookland United Methodist Church, it served as a jumpstart for a brand-new alternative contemporary service. Now, their efforts are ...

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UMs march for racial justice in Interfaith Peace Walk

United Methodists were among hundreds who marched in downtown Columbia June 20 in an Interfaith Peace Walk for racial justice and reconciliation. #umcsc Alston Flynn Lippert Felecia Brown Holston https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/interfaith-peace-walk/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie COLUMBIA—United Methodists were among hundreds who marched in downtown Columbia June 20 in an Interfaith Peace Walk for racial justice and reconciliation. While organized by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a host of other ...

[07/04/20]   We are ALL free in Jesus! Happy Independence Day.

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Epworth ‘overwhelmed with love’ after electrical fire destroys building

Flames might have demolished an Epworth Children's Home building, but an outpouring of love, support and generosity is soothing the burn. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/epworth-overwhelmed-with-love-after-electrical-fire-destroys-building/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie COLUMBIA—Flames might have demolished an Epworth Children’s Home building, but an outpouring of love, support and generosity is soothing the burn. On June 2, an afternoon electrical fire swept through an operations shop and ...

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One more year: General, jurisdictional conferences and bishop’s tenure postponed to 2021

Most everything slated for 2020 in the UMC now appears to be pushed to 2021, from GC and SEJ conferences to the bishop's assignment here in SC. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/2020-events-postponed-to-2021/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie Everything slated for 2020 now appears to be pushed to 2021. The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for The United Methodist Church's General Conference following the postponement of the ...

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South Carolina United Methodist churches reopen—or not

After months shuttered because of coronavirus, S.C. UMCs got the green-light to resume in-person worship last month. Some chose to resume June 14, the date churches were authorized to begin, while some chose later dates, and some still remain entirely virtual. Still others are forgoing indoor worship to hold outdoor-only services in church parking lots or nearby parks, citing health/safety reasons. #umcsc https://advocatesc.org/2020/07/umcsc-reopen-covid19/

advocatesc.org By Jessica Brodie After months shuttered because of coronavirus, South Carolina United Methodist churches got the green-light to resume in-person worship last month. Some chose to resume June 14, the date churches were authorized to begin holding ...

The July edition of the Advocate is online now, featuring the announcement about the new date for SC Annual Conference, as well as articles about the peace walk, the fire at Epworth Children's Home, churches reopening across the state (or not!), and much more. Check it all out at https://advocatesc.org/

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Annual Conference to be one-day gathering Aug. 1

After a delay prompted by COVID-19 public health concerns, Annual Conference organizers have released the date for this year’s Annual Conference. Now a one-day event limited to Annual Conference members and essential conference staff and volunteers, organizers have designated Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, as the date for the 2020 South Carolina Annual Conference session. #umcsc

advocatesc.org After a delay prompted by COVID-19 public health concerns, Annual Conference organizers have released the date for this year’s Annual Conference. Now a one-day event limited to Annual Conference members and essential conference staff and volunteers, ...

What Would Granny Say? And Other Somewhat Embellished Memories – South Carolina United Methodist Advocate

Want to welcome your new pastor? We've got the PERFECT gift idea: A copy of Rev. Tony Rowell's essay collection, "What Would Granny Say?" $15.95 and available for purchase here: https://advocatesc.org/what-would-granny-say/

advocatesc.org For decades, Rowell—a pastor, mission trip leader, songwriter, photographer and storyteller—has made it his passion to experience, gather and share stories of the Lord at work in big ways and small. Now, a lifetime of memories is offered in one collection of 79 essays. From fishing with his gran...

The newest book from the Advocate Press is a collection of faith-based essays by United Methodist pastor the Rev. Tony Rowell (pictured below at a recent book signing with his wife, Mary!). We are so pleased with this book, which is a combination of touching, funny, wise and centered in the Lord. Proceed's benefit the Advocate's newspaper ministry. Paperback and eBook copies are available NOW online. Learn more here: https://advocatesc.org/2020/04/new-advocate-book-features-essays-by-rev-tony-rowell/

[06/30/20]   You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.
1 Cor. 12:27 CEB

[06/29/20]   If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it.
1 Cor. 12:26 CEB

[06/28/20]   "We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink."
1 Corinthians 12:13 CEB

Have mask, will ship! Women bless others through mask-sewing ministry

In two months, these ladies have given out and shipped more than 4,000 masks as of May 15. They have gone to 20 states and throughout South Carolina. https://advocatesc.org/2020/05/have-mask-will-ship-women-bless-others-through-mask-sewing-ministry/

advocatesc.org HICKORY GROVE—In early March, Beth Ramsey of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church invited several ladies to her house to learn how to make masks. They had no idea what was ahead for them or anyone involved ...

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The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate is the newspaper for United Methodists in South Carolina and beyond. The Advocate is the oldest newspaper in Methodism and has been in existence since 1837. It has won more than 100 writing and journalism excellence awards since 2010. Recently, it launched a new endeavor: book publishing through the Advocate Press. Jessica Brodie is editor and Allison Trussell is assistant editor. http://www.advocatesc.org

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Midlands Church Midlands Church
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