Bishop’s School: Preaching Good News in Uncertain Times

This is a reminder about the upcoming Bishop’s School of Ministry, September 3-5, 2019, Sheraton Convention Center and Hotel in Myrtle Beach.   The current registration deadline is Friday August 9, 2019 (10 days away).

The 2019 Bishop’s School of Ministry – “Preaching Good News In Uncertain Times” – is designed to help you understand and preach about the specific changes your congregation faces – pastorally, insightfully, courageously, and with love and grace.



District Refugee Children’s Summer Program Needs Your Help

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

A few years ago, the Columbia District Connectional Ministries Team launched a summer enrichment program for  refugee children in our community.    This summer, Hand y Mano, the 2019 Refugee Children’s Summer Program will be hosted at Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Blvd. Columbia, SC. Monday, August 5th through Friday, August 9th,  8:45 to 12:45.  We need volunteers who enjoy children and no experience is necessary.  Must be Safe Sanctuary trained.  Come and have fun!  Contact Martha Thompson at 315-7811 for more information

Set-up Meeting & Gathering 2019

The Columbia District Set-Up meeting will be Tuesday, August 6, 2019 @ Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29205

  • 6:00 pm —Worship in the Sanctuary
  • 6:45 pm—-Dinner in the Dining Hall
  • Clergy meeting and Spouse’s gathering to follow dinner
  • Register by Friday, August 2, 2019


Appointed clergy are expected to attend this gathering for introductions, fellowship and vital information regarding our ministry together in the Columbia District. All others are invited and children are welcome.

Register at this link


Lay Servant Retreat June 8

Columbia District Lay Servants are invited to a Retreat on June 8 for inspiration and safe sanctuary training.  Dr. Frank Capobianco has many years’ experience as an advanced analytics consultant and he will lead the Safe Sanctuary Training..  Our retreat will also be a time for our Lay Servants to be energized under the coaching of the Rev. Dr. Gerald Watford.

Registration will be a simple reply to my email  (  There is no charge for the Retreat nor the Safe Sanctuary Training, so we hope to attract the attention of all of our folks.  A book is available for those who would like to purchase it, but it is not required.

See brochure below link:

Lay Servant Retreat – June 8

Mt. Horeb UMC makes list of Top 25 Fastest Growing UMCs

Congratulations to Mt. Horeb UMC, Lexington, for making the list of fastest growing large United Methodist Churches in 2019.   A passion to reach new people is primary at Mt. Horeb.   The pastors, staff and lay leadership are committed to evangelism, sharing the story of Jesus, offering ministries that reach the community, serving the needy, and teaching, preaching and sharing the love of God.

Midlands Gives for Killingsworth

* welcomes those who have been abandoned,
* loves those who have been shunned,
* accepts those who have been rejected,
* befriends and encourages those who have been shamed,
* does not judge those who have wandered off as prodigal daughters, and
* offers the love of Christ to those who don’t know when they sing ‘Jesus Loves Me,’
that it means them, too.

What will we do with money raised on Midlands Gives Day?

Support and enhance the ongoing program of Killingsworth to give our residents the best possible opportunities to achieve their goals of becoming responsible independent whole and holy adults.