December 2018 Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

Items of interest in this month’s newsletter include:

  • PPRC/Pastor Advisory Response Forms
  • Christmas Party info, including meal reservation form
  • 2019 District Leadership training
  • 2019 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School
  • 2019 Conference UMM Retreat
  • Safe Sanctuary Training

UMCSC – UMCOR Training Sessions for Disaster Planning/Preparation

Connecting Neighbors is a workshop for local church pastors and leaders and is co-sponsored by the SC Conference and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). The purpose of this workshop is to help local churches plan for, and be better prepared for, the eventuality of a disaster in their communities.

Two training sessions will be offered (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). Lunch will be provided.
– November 28 at Macedonia UMC in Mullins
November 29 at First UMC in Conway

There is no charge for attending one of these training sessions but registration is required so the trainers will know how many to expect. Registration is now open on the Conference website.

Bishop’s Day in the Greenwood District

Bishop Jonathan L. Holston will be in the Greenwood District on Saturday, October 20, for the Bishop’s Day in the District. Pastors and local church leaders will gather in the worship center of the Rivers St. Campus for St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1633 Rivers St., Greenwood, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The theme for our time together is Leadership in Difficult Times.

Pastors are asked to register their church attendance. Click here to access the registration form. All registration forms should be returned to the Greenwood District Office no later than close of business on Thursday, October 18.

Hurricane Florence Update – Crisis Assistance Hotline

A centralized Crisis Assistance Hotline has been established to take in and manage calls for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence, which is poised to strike along the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina late Thursday or Friday:

800-451-1954

This hotline is part of an effort by volunteer organizations statewide – including the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church – to coordinate response to those who need help after the storm.

UMCSC Disaster Response teams will coordinate their efforts solely through this hotline.

Pastors and churches are encouraged to share this information with their congregations and communities to ensure people who need help after the storm will get it in a timely manner.

There is not a separate hotline for UMCSC this year,
as has been the case with previous storms
.

Greenwood District Pastors, please remember that if
– your church or parsonage has any storm-related damage you are to notify Rev. Love.
– if you and church leaders decide to cancel Sunday activities, please send an email to us (gwdist@umcsc.org).
Be alert and stay safe,