The 2015 Carolina-Clemson football Challenge will be the occasion for a friendly competition in local churches sponsored by the Wesley Foundations at the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. Last year the Challenge raised nearly $6400 for campus ministry at South Carolina’s two largest universities. The plan and hope is to improve on that total. Fans of each school are invited to drop in their support in either a USC/garnet bucket or a Clemson/orange bucket as they leave worship on Sunday, 22 November. (29 November can be the alternate date). The money donated will be used to support the students and United Methodist campus ministries at USC and Clemson. Checks can be made out to Clemson Wesley Foundation. Contributions should be sent to the Clemson Wesley Foundation with “Carolina/Clemson Challenge” as a notation with the amounts for each school. Results will be tabulated and bragging rights issued.
Click here to read the November issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter.
Items of Interest include:
- Important Dates
- Copyright Question of the Month
- Hunger Awareness Reporting
- Campus Ministries
- Clergy Orders
- Men n Ministry Retreat
is now available. The email has been distributed to all Greenwood District Pastors and others throughout the District and Conference.
Click on the image at the left to read this month’s newsletter.
Items of interest include:
– Hunger Awareness Month in the Greenwood District
– Youth Lake Worship
– September Clergy Meeting
– Charge Conference Training
– Multiplying Ministry Retreat
The year’s goal is to raise $72,000 which equates to 285,000 meals (food, supplies, and mailing of packaged meals). Any money contributed beyond the $72,000 will be given to local hunger ministries through the SC Conference Board of Global Ministries.
Please help stop worldwide hunger:
- Donate through your church
- Make individual contributions
- Donate through your civic organization
- Volunteer to help with the meal packaging
Donate online at http://www.umcsc.org or make checks payable to and mail to: SC Conference Treasurer, PO Box 3787, Columbia, SC 29230. (Mark SC Hunger Project in the item line.)
Additional information, including how to volunteer to help package the meals, is available on the information flyer. Click on the picture to open the information flyer.
Rev. Dwayne Bruce , pastor of Beulah AME Church in Sumter, SC, published an article in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership on how his church changed the mindset and tradition regarding stewardship.
His thesis is a congregation’s giving pattern can be redirected from one of appeal and response to one of spiritual and covenantal stewardship when they understand how their giving expands and builds from their relationship to God.
Rev. Bruce developed a stewardship intervention that “…consisted of a series of midweek Bible studies and Sunday sermons exploring the human-Divine relationship, focused on the following topics: 1) Connection to God: Understanding the connection between God and ourselves; 2) God’s Property: Determining what belongs to God and what belongs to us; 3)Worshipping God: Cultivating an understanding of the covenantal importance of worshipping God; and 4) Giving to God: Connecting the essential element of worship with sacrificial giving.
He reports positive results both in giving and in attendance following this “intervention.”