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Layman ‘walks with the hungry’ for Lent

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Some people give up chocolate or Facebook for Lent. Some vow renewed commitment to meditation, prayer or evangelism. But a certain few, like Matt Brodie, are embarking on a more extreme Lenten journey—one that Mr. Brodie hopes will help him better understand the plight of the hungry. Mr. Brodie, communications director for the UMC’s […]

Rural church finds renewal through mission

By Jessica Connor, Special Contributor…  COLUMBIA, S.C.—One rural congregation has discovered that the gift really is in the giving—and it’s changing the way they do church. Last year, members of Lebanon United Methodist Church, Columbia, decided they were going to do a church-wide Mission of Focus, teaming up with the ministry of Killingsworth. Killingsworth, an […]