2016 Annual Ministers’ Spouses Luncheon

spouses luncheonRegistration is now available for attending the annual ministers’ spouses luncheon at the Annual Conference of the South Carolina United Methodist Church.

This year’s luncheon is set for Tuesday, June 7, 11:00 a.m., in the Pee Dee Room at the Florence Civic Center. (This is the same room where the luncheon has been held in the past few years.)

Cost is $18 per person and the reservation deadline is Friday, May 27. No reservations will be taken at Annual Conference or at the door on the day of the luncheon. Click on the picture to the left to download a copy of the information flyer and the registration form.

February District Clergy Meeting

Reminder: The District Clergy Meeting will be Tuesday, February 16Hodges UMC. 

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Coffee and conversation
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – special presentation. Rev. Bill Quarles has graciously coordinated this part of your program.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Clergy business session
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Break to prepare for worship and Holy Communion
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Worship with Holy Communion and Benediction

Everyone serving under appointment is expected to attend this clergy
meeting. If you cannot attend, you are to send an email to Rev. Friday at
this address (gwdist@umcsc.org) explaining your absence and requesting to
be excused.

The Significance of Lent in a Feel-Good Era

The title of this post is taken from a recent article by Rev. Steve Harper, a retired theological professor, who taught for more than thirty years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. He is also a retired Elder in the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Harper’s article appeared in the latest Cokesbury Commons newsletter.

Harper says when we equate a response to God’s grace with grace itself, which “leaves us falsely to believe that we are godly when we “feel like it,” and ungodly when we don’t. Falling for this, we go in search of feel-good religious experiences rather than the foundational ones that can build life in Christ. We become captives to a “if it feels good, do it” mindset which leaves us addicted to stimulations, even religious ones.”

If we look at John Wesley’s characteristics of a Christian life – loving God, rejoicing, giving thanks, praying, and loving others – we will move into an “engaged” Christian life and away from one motivated by emotions. Developing our Christian life based on Wesley’s characteristics we can “give us unnecessary things for Lent” and add those things that will fill us with the Holy Spirit to live an engaged faith beyond Lent.

Click here to read Harper’s entire article.

 

February Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter

February issue coverThe February Issue of the District Newsletter is now available. Click on the picture of the newsletter cover to download your copy.

Items of Interest include:

  • District Valentine’s Day Celebration to benefit Imagine No Malaria
  • February District Clergy Meeting
  • Stewardship Summit
  • Local Church Audits and Tables I, II, and III