October 2018   
Upcoming Events


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 Trip of A Lifetime - July 2006

July 2006

The Trip of A Lifetime

I have been told that some folks have a great sense of direction. They instinctively know which way to go. You may even be one of those persons.
When I get lost, it seems that I end up turning the wrong way every time.
Because I know that my sense of direction will consistently take me in the opposite way, I have even tried to outsmart myself.
So when I come to a crossroad, my internal debate goes like this.
"I think that I should turn left, but since I am always going the opposite way, then I probably should turn right. But left could be the right way, and my poor sense is just messing me up once again by making me think that right would be better." Let me tell you this style of navigating really gets confusing. Of course, I eventually end up in the right place by not giving up, driving long enough and stopping to ask for directions.
Knowing this about me, you can easily understand why I really like Mapquest.
I put my destination in the computer with my starting point.
Mapquest will tell me all the roads and specific turns that I need to travel. It even tells me the total distance and the estimated time to get to my destination.
Once you decide where you want to go, getting on the right road is an important step toward getting there.
In the Church, we are striving to follow the Great Commission given by Jesus. All of us want to be making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Sharing the love of God with our family, friends and neighbors is the only way that the church has continued over these 2,000 years.
The Council of Bishops has been working on a type of Mapquest for the Church.
Collectively, we have identified and agreed that these seven Vision Pathways can move us toward our goal of Making Disciples. There are many more paths that could be included, but these will help to get us on our way.
The Vision Pathways are the following:
- Developing new congregations;
- Transforming existing congregations;
- Teaching the Wesleyan model of reaching and forming disciples of Jesus
- Strengthening clergy and lay leadership;
- Reaching and transforming the lives of new generations of children;
- Eliminating poverty in community with the poor; and
- Expanding racial and ethnic ministries.
These seven areas are not new for us.
The Annual Conference was a celebration of the ways we are working together on many of these.
We assigned pastors for new church starts in the Rock Hill area and on Lady's Island.
Introduction was made to the Natural Church Development process, which can transform our existing congregations.
Generous offerings were received for the water system at Old Mutare and the rebuilding of churches on the Gulf Coast. More than 1,800 school kits were donated to school children here in South Carolina.
We received an outstanding class of new pastoral leaders and agreed to deploy our connectional ministries staff so that God's dream for our churches may be realized.
There will be a congregational specialist for Hispanic Ministries and for the first time, an African-American local church specialist.
As I think about this Mapquest for building the Kingdom, I cannot tell you how long it will take or what the distance will be.
I can tell you without a doubt that it is a trip well worth taking.

Grace and peace,
Mary Virginia Taylor