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Upcoming Events
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MON
No Name Gang
8:00 AM
Men's fellowship group meet for breakfast at Rusty's Diner (Pineview Drive) and then gather at the church to take on various projects at the church or in the community.
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.
NOV

21

TUE
United Methodist Men
6:30 PM
The men of the church gather for a meal and fellowship on the third Tuesday of each month
NOV

22

WED
Children and Youth Ministry
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Come and enjoy a meal before learning how to share God's word with others.
NOV

23

THU
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
NOV

26

SUN
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 Group
4:30 PM
A study group on prayer and building confidence to pray in front of others. Also an intimate group that prays for others.
NOV

27

MON
No Name Gang
8:00 AM
Men's fellowship group meet for breakfast at Rusty's Diner (Pineview Drive) and then gather at the church to take on various projects at the church or in the community.
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.
Administrative Council Meeting
6:30 PM
Church council meets fourth Monday to discuss and determine the "business side" of the church's operation.
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To Serve the Present Age - March 2007

March 2007

To Serve the Present Age

A significant component of my Christian formation came from the old hymns we used to sing during Sunday evening worship. Music always has a way of touching folks in the deep places of the soul.
From time to time, I find myself singing many of my personal favorites drawn from the pages of the Cokesbury and Upper Room hymnals. It just seems that the more often you sing them, the better they get. 
The theme for our upcoming session of the South Carolina Annual Conference is taken from one of those treasured songs. This year our focus is “To Serve the Present Age.”
You will remember that the second verse of “A Charge To Keep I Have” proclaims “to serve the present age, my calling to fulfill, oh, may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will.” Oh, what wonders could be wrought, if the total energy and resources of the more than 241,000 United Methodists in South Carolina would all be directed in serving this present age.
Just as Christian formation is a gradual growth process, our focus for annual conference is building upon what has preceded. Two years ago, our theme was “In This Way of Life.” It was taken from the Great Commission reminding us of the context for making disciples. 
Eugene Peterson in “The Message” rephrases into contemporary language the charge given to the disciples by Jesus: “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life.”  Of course, the commission of making disciples in this way of life is our ongoing mission. We never get it finished. 
Last year, we were challenged by “Following Jesus, in this way of life.”  And now quite naturally, following Jesus in this way of life inevitably leads us to the theme for 2007, which is “To Serve the Present Age.”
Now I must confess there is a world of difference between a catchy theme and a passionate commitment. I truly believe that this annual conference with God’s help has the potential to ignite the servant’s heart within each of us. 
Allow me to give you a preview of this year’s upcoming conference.
On Sunday evening, the annual conference will begin with the Commissioning and Ordination Service. 
This is always a high moment in the lives of individuals and the conference.  After more than 2,000 years, I do not know of any more joyous reality than the fact that people are still giving their lives to serve the risen Savior.
It is my hope that we will fill the Florence Convention Center with church folks from across the state, as well as friends and family from far and near to witness and participate in this momentous occasion. This is the church at its best.
I am excited to tell you that during the week, we are drawing on the amazing gifts and graces from our own South Carolinians for the leadership.
The bible study will be led by Dr. Carl Evans, who is the head of the Religion Department at the University of South Carolina.
Our preachers during conference will include the Rev. Ken Timmerman, senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach; the Rev. Tiffany Knowlin, probationary elder appointed to the Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers In Mission; the Rev. Gene Curry, superintendent of the Charleston District; and Jim Salley, vice president for Africa University.
Each of these persons is faithfully fulfilling their call in extraordinary ways. 
I cannot imagine talking about serving the present age, without the opportunity to put our hands to work.
On Tuesday afternoon, we will depart from the business session to serve the Florence community. A task force is coordinating this Great Day of Service. 
Every delegate will have the option of selecting their preferences for helping our neighbors. Everyone can do something.
At the end of the day, the entire community will know that the United Methodists are here to serve.
That evening we will gather again to celebrate the work we have accomplished together for Christ. I am confident that God will extravagantly bless us as we bless others in God’s name.  
Wednesday evening will be devoted to addressing some of the major issues that are before us.
We will begin with a time of worship concentrating on the HIV/AIDS pandemic and our faithful response.
Following this service, time will be devoted to debate on petitions and resolutions that we may want to forward to the General Conference. 
Every four years in addition to the worship, mission and business agenda, the annual conference selects clergy and lay delegates for the General and the Jurisdictional conferences.
This is the year to elect those persons who will represent us at General Conference.
They are the ones who will decide the future mission and ministry of our church. 
You are invited to come and witness your church at work. So mark your calendar.
If you have not already set the dates for the South Carolina Annual Conference, circle June 3-7, 2007, in ink because God is going to do a mighty work in and through us.

Grace and peace,
Mary Virginia Taylor