A Response to the Tragedies of Last Week

A Message from Rev. Stephen Love, District Superintendent of the Greenwood District:

We have been faced with the reality of the power of evil in our world demonstrated in a cruel and violent way this past week.  We especially keep in our prayers all of the families grieving in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas as we also grieve.

In times like these we must remember that we have the reality of our faith in Jesus Christ who suffered and died for all of us. I want to encourage all of you, as leaders of our congregations, and laity to band together in prayer and in love for God and one another. Now is our time to witness to the power of God in love, as we pray for the families who are in pain as they grieve the loss of loved ones in such a violent manner. I pray for their comfort during their grief and for healing that only God can provide. I pray for each of you as well,  as we seek God for ways to address concerns in our local community that will help us build stronger relationships with God and each other. We have work to do. Although we may not know how to move forward we know our first steps begins with surrender to God who will guide and instruct us. I also encourage you to be active participants in your communities where there are opportunities for grief and healing worship and prayer services.

I pray that God will give you peace that together we may also be the peacemakers in our communities.

Holston letterOn July 9, 2016, Bishop Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church issued a statement on the recent tragedies.

Click on the image to the left to read the letter from Bishop Holston.


Reaching New People Workshop


How To Reach New People Workshop

Sponsored by the Columbia, Hartsville, and Rock Hill Districts

February 26-27, 2016
Shandon United Methodist Church
3407 Devine St.
Columbia, SC

Cost – $20 per person, includes meals

Time: February 26, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
February 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Who should attend: pastors and lay persons attend together as a church team.

Topics include:

  • Strategic differences between 1955 and today
  • Re-introducing your church to the community
  • Pastor’s and congregations’ role in reaching new people
  • Networking ideas and techniques
  • Developing an action plan to take home

Registration will be available online at www.umcsc.org. Registration deadline is February 19.

Bishop’s BBQ Bash

Bishop HolstonREMINDER: Bishop’s BBQ Bash is set for January 9
St. Paul UMC, Saluda SC

Reservations are due in the District Office by January 4, 2016.  Cost is $10 per person. We are taking reservations by church. Please send your checks made payable to the Greenwood District for the number of people who will be attending from your church. (Ex: 6 people attending would mean a check for $60.)

Click here to read the informational flyer that was sent to all pastors earlier announcing this Conference/District Event.

Greenwood District Collecting Health Kits

reliefhealthkit247The Greenwood District Disaster Response Team is coordinating collecting HEALTH KITS that will be taken to the Conference Center in Columbia. Collection points are St. Mark UMC, 550 Hwy 72 Bypass NW, Greenwood, and Grace UMC, 639 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta. Churches, small groups, and individuals are encouraged to create as many health kits as possible between November 1 and November 15. All kits will be delivered to Columbia by November 18.

Click here to see what is recommended for assembling a health kit: