The Columbia District includes all the United Methodist Churches in the mid-lands. Our District Superintendent is Rev. Dr. Cathy Jamieson. We seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ, sharing love, faith, acts of service, and God's Word, spoken and lived.
A big "shout out" to these seminary graduates of the Columbia District. God has a plan for your future! Jeremiah 29:11.
Tae Park - Candler, Emory (will be appointed Associate Pastor, Lyttleton Street, Camden)
Joey Gambrell - Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Associate Pastor, Trinity, Blythewood)
Will Altman - Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Pastor, Upper Richland Charge)
Kenneth Middleton - ITC (Pastor, Bluff Road UMC)
Carsten Bryant - Duke Divinity School (serving as a youth minister)
Zach de Moya - Duke Divinity School (headed to SMU for a Phd)
Pastors and churches: Please know the Bishop and Cabinet are prayerfully and carefully discussing these issues, and we will provide guidance once a decision is made.
nytimes.com Many churches across the country, closed for physical worship for nearly two months, are contemplating what’s next.
Congratulations to Rev. Tony Rowell for his new book. Thanks Tony, for sharing your gifts. Jessica Brodie announces:
We have a brand-new book by the Advocate Press that has just launched. It’s by SC United Methodist pastor Tony Rowell, who pastors Beulah UMC, Gilbert. Many of you know Tony for his long clergy service, as well as his very active involvement in UMVIM. Tony is an excellent essayist, writing on small town life, mission work, family and the ways God is at work in big ways and small. This book, at 276 pages, is a collection of 79 of his essays, as well as many of his nature photographs. It’s called “What Would Granny Say? And Other Somewhat Embellished Memories.” Check it out and buy it online here (paperback and eBook available): https://advocatesc.org/what-would-granny-say/
by Cathy Jamieson
The way it used to be,
When we were free
From hearing death tolls,
And being told
Where we can go,
Whom we can hug,
When we can worship.
Worry weighs me down,
Wrestles me to the ground
of my being —
Where are you,
now that the sanctuary doors are locked?
Are you free, God,
To go wherever you want to,
To hug anyone you want to,
The untouchable, rejected
A Letter from Rev. Kathy James Dear Friends, Grace and peace to you in this holy season and in this unprecedented time. As I hope you know, Epworth Children’s Home has responded to state and federal law changes regarding child welfare by expanding their ministry to include the recruitment, training and support of foster parents and kinship caregivers, and by setting up offices throughout the state to provide these and other services locally and in partnership with United Methodist churches. [ 956 more words ]
columbiadistrict.wordpress.com A Letter from Rev. Kathy James Dear Friends, Grace and peace to you in this holy season and in this unprecedented time. As I hope you know, Epworth Children’s Home has responded to state and fede…
The Final Word
by Cathy Jamieson
Christ the Lord is
Victory over suffering, sin, death.
The Son rises
After the darkest night.
But we can not join
in song or prayer.
No floral cross,
No triumphant procession,
No altar dressed in
Church doors locked,
like the tomb.
God, will you roll away
the heavy stone of pandemic?
The final word is the Word
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
Words of wisdom from Richard Rohr, reminding us on Holy Thursday to give up control over that which we can not control (i.e. everything, including pandemic). Jesus reminds us on the cross what it means to surrender.
As we reflect on Jesus' journey to resurrection this Holy Thursday, we can make space to be inspired by his willingness to let go of control and flow with the Divine. In today's Daily Meditation Richard Rohr writes, "People who are connected to the Source do not need to steer their own life and agenda. They know that it is being done for them in a much better way than they ever could. Those who hand themselves over are received, and the flow happens through them. Those who don’t relinquish control are still received, but they significantly slow down the natural flow of Spirit. Surrendering to the divine flow is not about giving in, capitulating, becoming a puppet, being naïve, irresponsible, or stopping all planning and thinking. Surrender is about a peaceful inner opening that keeps the conduit of living water flowing to love. But do know this: every time we surrender to love, we have also just chosen to die. Every time we let love orient us, we are letting go of ourselves as an autonomous unit and have given a bit of ourselves away to something or someone else, and it is not easily retrieved—unless we choose to stop loving—which many do. But even then, when that expanded Self wants to retreat back into itself, it realizes it is trapped in a much larger truth now. And Love wins again." How will you invite the Divine Flow as many of us experience a very different Easter in 2020 than we have in years past? http://ow.ly/M8CD30qv6D4
Happy souls in Chusiajcaba who enjoyed the meal. However, currently our meal serving ministry has been suspended. Yesterday was raining in the land of Guatemala. Since last November we have not had any rain drops, which made the trees and plants wither and dry. However, the rain yesterday will refresh all the trees and plants into vivid green color. The anticipation of this alone gives me a joy in my heart. [ 983 more words ]
columbiadistrict.wordpress.com Happy souls in Chusiajcaba who enjoyed the meal. However, currently our meal serving ministry has been suspended. Yesterday was raining in the land of Guatemala. Since last November we have not ha…
Holy Week Jesus
By Cathy Jamieson
Ah, holy Jesus,
paraded with palms,
hailed with Hosannas,
hanging on a cross.
Crown of thorns adorns,
Knife-sharp nails pierce your healing hands,
pin down feet
that walked freely among the poor, the outcast.
Life-blood drains from your body,
Peter, the rock, denies.
forsaken by friends, followers, Father.
The light fades,
your life fades,
in the darkness of suffering, sin,
All is lost
upon the cross,
so you could gain
for the lost.
This is very important news for churches and non-profits. The intent is to help churches meet payroll, mortgage interest, rent/lease, and utilities. If the money is used properly, the loan is forgiven and becomes a grant. Deadline to apply: June 30, 2020. Contact your lender NOW if you need it.
umcsc.org Local churches may qualify for emergency loans by UMCSC | Apr 2, 2020 | Bishop Holston, Cabinet, Conference Updates, Florence District, Front Page, Greenville District, Greenwood District, Hartsville District, Local Churches, Marion District, Orangeburg District, Rock Hill District, Spartanburg Dist...
Some great tips for technologically-challenged!
Before answering the call to ministry, the Rev. Scott Smoak worked for 20 years in television production at WIS-TV and S.C. ETV.
What a great idea to help the people of faith celebrate Palm Sunday! Thanks Elizabeth Murray
HEY PARENTS OF CHILDREN! HELP US OUT!
It's time to find new ways to announce the offering in "virtual" worship, and new ways to collect the offering. Here's some good ideas.
umnews.org Churches still must collect an offering even when social distancing means they can’t pass the plate. But church leaders also want to be sensitive to the faithful’s own economic needs.
Update from Bishop Holston on April church. Regardless of how we worship outside the walls of a building, the resurrection of Jesus Christ will be celebrated and lived in April and beyond.
umcsc.org Bishop Holston extends call to suspend in-person worship through April by UMCSC | Mar 28, 2020 | Bishop Holston, Conference Updates, Florence District, Front Page, Greenville District, Greenwood District, Hartsville District, Local Churches, Marion District, Orangeburg District, Rock Hill District,....
Tom Wall, Campus Minister at USC Methodist Student Network, is staying in contact with his students. He recently sent them this powerful devotional/poem.
"Unseen" from Tom
Like a stealth agent, code name COVID-19, slipping unseen through defenses with ease, intent on harm…
Invading the body as a covert operation through unsuspecting avenues of life- touch, breath, closeness- unseen.
Just a group of friends gathering in stir-crazy times, young, seemingly invincible but like Greeks in the Trojan horse it infiltrates unbeknownst, unseen bringing sickness and breathless death.
Contagious anxiety spawning global disruption- behavior altered, economies failing, life on hold, such is the power of the unseen
Loved ones, the vulnerable and the unexpected, falling prey to a primitive force, unseen.
Sadness, grief, anguish, hardship are all too visible.
But there is also, has always been, will always be the Unseen One, fully present.
The Unseen One giving succor in the hour of need, always watching, never forsaking
Unseen yet strength in our weakness, abundance in our lacking- always and steadfast
Leading out of the valley of despair towards the hilltop of hope, the Unseen One
Bringing order out of chaos, breaking out of the cul-de-sac of dead ends to the open promise of tomorrow’s tomorrow.
Through the hospital janitor mopping up on the front lines of disease
In the face of the exhausted nurse working beyond clock time
Through the food delivery teenager dropping off daily bread for the self-exiled pensioner returning a smile from ten feet away
In the truck driver many miles from home, keeping open the highway of provision, conveying goods for the common good
In ordinary people is revealed the Unseen One whose names are many- Compassion, Servant, Hope, Endurance, Love…
In each act of kindness, word of encouragement, gesture of sacrifice and tired grin- the Unseen One who is, has been, will always be- forever and more.
Here's an idea for a "virtual choir" for Easter Sunday! Share this with your church or make your own version!
wsmv.com NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- Many people are working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, but what if your job is as a studio background vocalist?
Good News! Dr. Mitchell returning to C-square!!
columbiasc.edu Dr. Carol A. Moore announced her decision to step down as president of Columbia College after four years in the top leadership role. During her tenure, Dr. -
Below is an opportunity from Rev. Kathy James, Director of Church Relations, Epworth Friends, In this time of uncertainty, I wanted to share with you an opportunity to assist an invisible group of folks in our communities. Kinship Caregivers are family members raising their family member's children. Think of grandparents raising grandchildren and using up their retirement savings to do so. [ 154 more words ]
columbiadistrict.wordpress.com Below is an opportunity from Rev. Kathy James, Director of Church Relations, Epworth Friends, In this time of uncertainty, I wanted to share with you an opportunity to assist an invisible group of …
Looks like Coronavirus is going to keep us in home school, forcing us to learn how to live together with our differences.
umnews.org General Conference organizers met in closed session to explore when they could reschedule the lawmaking assembly after the coronavirus-compelled delay.
By Cathy Jamieson
Go away Coronavirus!
The world’s a mess,
Enough suffering, death.
To keep you at bay.
With lessons we fear to learn,
In this home school
Of stillness, silence.
The whirling world slowed.
You lecture on life,
Testing us on patience, trust, hope,
And a final exam
Will we pass on
Please pray for Whaley Street UMC and pastor Joe Cal Watson. The church had a fire Thursday night.
wach.com A two-alarm fire erupted inside the Whaley Street United Methodist Church in Columbia late Thursday night. Columbia firefighters, who were called to the scene just before midnight, contained the fire to one room, officials said. There were no reports of any injuries, and the cause of the fire hasn't...
Need some children’s Sunday school
at home ideas?
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umnews.org With the venue that was scheduled to host is canceling large events through May 10, General Conference organizers decided they have no choice but to find new dates.
A word from your District Superintendent: Please read the Bishop's Statement. Please consider ways to worship and serve without gathering:
• Live stream/Facebook/Youtube/Television – If your church currently doesn’t do this, you can invite your people to join those churches who are doing live stream or TV. Here’s a few options in our District:
1. Mt. Horeb UMC – www.mthorebumc.com; live stream worship every Sunday
2. Trenholm Road UMC – worship recorded and played every Sunday at 10:00am on WACH 57; also a brief service on web, www.trenholmroad.org
3. Journey UMC – live stream Sunday 10:00 worship and Wednesday night Bible study on Facebook and on website www.journeycolumbia.org
4. Wesley UMC – will pre-record and post on youtube.
5. Grace UMC – will livestream worship on Facebook
6. Washington St UMC - will livestream worship
• Encourage prayer, Sabbath, fasting, reading scripture – individually at home, or with a few people (no more than 10, but NOT for vulnerable, aging, sick people)
• Encourage on-line giving, mailing checks, or “drive by” giving
• Phone and/or email – since visitation isn’t wise, stay in contact by phone with vulnerable, elderly, shut-in members.
• Funerals – graveside for immediate family only and/or a public memorial service at a later date
umcsc.org Bishop Holston recommends suspending in-person worship services through March 31 by UMCSC | Mar 17, 2020 | Bishop Holston, Conference Updates, Florence District, Front Page, Greenville District, Greenwood District, Hartsville District, Local Churches, Marion District, Orangeburg District, Rock Hill....
Celebrating the unity of the Methodist denominations at the Pan-Methodist Commission Gathering. Listening to Francis Burns Choir and my favorite Candler professor, Dr. Luther Smith and the prophetic preacher Dr. Robin Dease. Bishop Holston was named the new Commission President.
umcsc.org Bishop Holston: Coronavirus recommendations for local churches by UMCSC | Mar 12, 2020 | Bishop Holston, Conference Updates, Florence District, Front Page, Greenville District, Greenwood District, Hartsville District, Local Churches, Marion District, Orangeburg District, Rock Hill District, Spartanb...
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The Rev. Kathy Lewis James, who has served as director of Connectional Ministries since 2012, will become director of church relations for Epworth Children's Home. Read more at epworthchildrenshome.org. Candler School of Theology - Emory University University of South Carolina Columbia College SC Trinity United Methodist Church
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