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Maids on Mission
12:00 PM
Help the church beautify and clean in order to enjoy a mission of cleanliness.
Bible Study
6:00 PM
Come and join us in learning more about Christ


Choir Practice 9:00 a.m.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sunday School
10:00 AM
Classes for all ages. Preschool, children, teens, young adult and mature adults. There are 7 classes to choose from with small-group settings.
Sunday Morning Worship
11:00 AM
Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles


Prayer Shawl Ministry
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Meet in fellowship with one another as you learn to crochet or just work on a prayer shawl to share with someone in emotional or physical need.
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A Golden Year ... In This Way of Life - January 2006

January 2006

A Golden Year In This Way of Life

____Many things change and many things remain the same.

____"I only thought I was doing what God wanted me to do with my life," said the Reverend Marion Kline, who is among the four surviving women of those first 27 in 1956 who were accepted as probationary members of the Methodist Church.  This was possible because the General Conference meeting in Minneapolis on May 4, 1956, approved full clergy rights for women.

____A lot has changed in America during the past fifty years.  Explorer I was launched.  Alaska and Hawaii became states.  John F. Kennedy was elected President.  Young men and women fought the Vietnam War.  People were sent into outer space.  We landed on the moon.  Richard Nixon resigned after the Watergate Scandal, and Gerald Ford became President.  The United States celebrated its bi-centennial.  The star of movies and the "Death Valley Days" series, Ronald Reagan was elected President.  The first George Bush followed him into the White House.   The Cold War ended.  William Clinton served eight years as President.  The second President Bush, George W. was elected.  Terrorists took over commercial airplanes destroying the World Trade Center and attacking the Pentagon.  September 11th changed the world.

____During these years, there have been transformations in the Church as well.  Sally Crenshaw of the East Tennessee Annual Conference becomes the first African American woman to be ordained.  The Central Jurisdiction is united with the geographic jurisdictions.  Margaret Henrichsen is the first woman district superintendent.  By joining the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church, we are The United Methodist Church.  Marjorie Matthews is elected the first woman bishop in 1980.  The United Methodist Church celebrated 200 years.  Bishop Leontine Kelly becomes the first African American woman bishop.  Bishop Elias Galvan is the first Hispanic to be elected bishop.  By 1990, 50 women are serving as district superintendents.  Today, twenty two women have become bishops and almost 12,000 clergywomen are serving throughout the United Methodist Church.    

____There have been many developments since 1956, when the General Conference approved full clergy rights for women.  In the midst of all the change, I believe the one unchanging constant is the response of the 12,000 clergywomen in The United Methodist Church.  Each would echo the words of the 94 year old Reverend Kline, "I only thought I was doing what God wanted me to do with my life."

____Throughout this year, we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Clergywomen.  Each month the stories of S.C. clergywomen will be highlighted in the Advocate.  There are wonderful testimonies to be shared.  From Bessie Parker to the present, we have reason to rejoice.  2006 will be a yearlong celebration.  Thank you to the men and women, laity and clergy who have made it possible for clergywomen to share their gifts and graces for fifty years.

____This will be a golden year for everyone who knows they are doing what God wants them to do with their life.

Grace and peace,