General Conference Votes 405-395 to Send Traditional Plan to Judicial Council

A motion to send the Traditional Plan to Judicial Council for a declaratory decision passes 405-395.

This vote is a sign of our division, given the fact that there is only a difference of 10 votes.

Lord, we pray in the midst of this difficult decision, where delegates have poured out their hearts and spirits in dialog, that your Holy Spirit may pour out peace. Help us, dear God of love, to find our common ground in Jesus. Lead us into the unknown future with our trust in You. We thank you for our SC delegates and for Bishop Holston, who leads us to focus on a future with hope. As our Body feels broken, remind us of your words in scripture: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13   Have mercy on us, O Lord, and forgive us for our division and for breaking your Body.  In the name of the One who’s Body was broken and blood was shed, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen

Youth Workers Gathering with Chris Lynch

This Spring, SCMYP (SC Ministry with Young People) is coming to your district to network with youth workers and hear from you about how we can best resource you in your youth ministry in the local church.  Plus we are buying you dinner.  So, complete the form below and click submit to reserve your spot.  Each gathering will take place at 6 pm.  Locations are listed on the registration form below beside each district.  If you have any questions, please email Chris Lynch,

SCMYP is coming to the Columbia District to connect with youth workers on Monday, April 1st
at 6:00 PM at Mt. Hebron UMC, (3050 Leaphart Rd, West Columbia). Don’t miss this incredible
opportunity to connect, laugh, learn, and of course, EAT! There is no cost, but we need you to
sign up at so that we have plenty of food. Come on your own, or bring
your whole youth ministry team.


Prayer and Communion Service for General Conference 2019

Prayer and Communion Service for General Conference 2019

Purpose:  To pray for our delegates, to pray for unity and healing for our fractured UMC.

February 18, Monday, 7:00pm

Sponsored by District Connectional Ministries Team

Host Church:  Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, Columbia

Ephesians 4:1-6

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Lay Servant Spring Training School

Columbia District Lay Servant Ministries

Spring Training School


Date:     March 8 – 9, 2019

Time:    6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 3/8/19

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 3/9/19

ONLINE Registration:

Registration Deadline:  February 20, 2019

Location:  Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church

3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC

All classes are $30.  Each participant is to purchase his/her own books ahead of time

Course Offering:

1.  Lay Servant Ministries

(The Basic Course)


Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson Participant’s Book

ISBN 13: 9780881776263 (Cokesbury)


2.  From Pew to Pulpit

     (A beginners guide to preaching)


Clifton F. Guthrie

Participant’s Book

ISBN 10: 0687066603

ISBN 13: 9780687066605 (Cokesbury)


3.  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition

(Grow Spiritually through Daily Discipline)


Steve Harper

Participant’s Book

ISBN 10: 0835807401

ISBN 13: 9780835807401 (Cokesbury)



4.  Transforming Evangelism

(The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith)


Henry H. Knight, III and F. Douglas Powe, Jr.

Participant’s Book

ISBN 10: 0881774855

ISBN 13: 9780881774856 (Cokesbury)



Contact:              Debbie Watford, Director


Phone: 803-673-4930

Bishop’s Day in Columbia District: “This is What Church Looks Like” FEBRUARY 2, 2019

WHAT: Bishop Holston’s Day in Columbia District

WHEN:  February 2, 11:00am – 2:00pm
THEME: This is What Church Looks Like:  Bishop Holston will dialog with young adults about their vision for the church of today and the church of tomorrow.
WHO: pastors, young adults (18-35yrs old), Council Chair, Lay Leader

MUSIC: Brandon Gaines, Journey Music Leader
MC: Brandon Taylor, WLTX News Anchor

FREE EVENT BUT YOU MUST REGISTER.   Lunch provided by Columbia District.

LOCATION:  Journey UMC, 1151 Longreen Parkway, Columbia


Columbia District Missionary Update: Rev. Luke Rhyee and Sara Flores

Missionary Update:  Rev. Luke Rhyee, M.D.

The Rev. Luke MoonTaeg Rhyee, M.D. is the creator, developer and director of Healing Guatemala in Quetzaltenango.  Healing Guatemala is a non-profit that provides medical and feeding services to enhance the healing of bodies, and also proclaimed the Gospel of our Lord by sharing the Kingdom of God together.  The Bethesda Mission Center is a basecamp to bring the healing of the Lord into Guatemala. The Bethesda Mission Center has the Bethesda Medical Clinic, the Bethesda Dental Clinic, a missionary’s house, and a guest house with a mini-chapel set on 1.5 acres of land. Five years ago, this place was a barren field full of weeds. However, today, we can see “an amazing miracle of God.” The Bethesda Medical Clinic has a general outpatient clinic open from Monday to Friday, an ophthalmologic clinic, an endoscopy clinic, an Ultra Sound room, an X-ray room, and a pharmacy. The Bethesda Dental clinic has three dentists and five dental units. Normally, the Bethesda Medical Clinic provides an “urgent care” level of medical service. However, with the cooperation of surgical teams from the US and Korea, Bethesda performs many invasive medical and surgical services. For example, in July of 2019, an ophthalmologist plans to do a “cataract camp” at Bethesda, at which we will offer free cataract surgeries.

According to Luke, “The Bethesda Mission Center is a place of healing, not only to patients, but also to mission teams. Bethesda has a quiet and green environment which is perfect for meditating, praying, praising, and resting! At Bethesda, I am sure that many of our friends will restore their faith and passion for the Lord.” The South Carolina Conference will be sending a team of 8 to 10 persons in July of 2019.  The Columbia District intends to follow suit in the near future.

Pastor Luke says, “Like year 2017, this year we have made a huge progress in our construction. We finished the second floor of the Dental Clinic, which we started last year. Currently, the construction of the guest house (first floor) and mini-chapel have reached about 80 percent of its completion. The Mini-chapel will be used for worship service of our staffs, volunteer doctors, medical and dental students and short-term mission teams. The first floor of the guest house has the mini-chapel, three guest rooms and a kitchen. The guest house will be used mainly by short term mission teams. Our missionary’s house, which we used to host short term mission teams, will be used for mid- or long- term missionaries. To complete the first floor, we still need to finish tile job, resurfacing, installation of windows and doors, to do plumbing and toilet jobs, and illation of electricity, which will cost about 30,000 dollars. God has provided everything abundantly until now, and we are sure that God will fill the need according to His abundance.

The Columbia District has partnered with Rev. Luke Rhyee in support of the mission work in Guatemala. You too may support him directly by mailing funds to: Healing Guatemala, 110 Windsor Point Road, Columbia SC 29223.

(photo left) Local elementary school students shared the joy of the Lord with a traditional Guatemalan folk dance.



Missionary Update:  Sara Flores

Sara Flores works in and through the Methodist Conference in Ecuador.   She partners with the 14 Methodist  churches in the Sierra District, the 8 churches in the Costa District and 8 mission sites in the Amazonica Region.  She also partners with UMVIM teams coming mostly from the U.S. establishing connections between the teams and local congregations.

One of her biggest recent projects has been with a new church start outside of the city of Otavalo, Ecuador.   Some years ago a ranchero formerly owned by drug lords was seized by the government.         (photo left: the view of the Volcano near El Prada) The indigenous Cayambe (Ki um bee) persons that had lived on and worked the ranch were left with uncertain futures.  No one seemed to own the land or control the farm work.   They did not know if they were to be removed or if they would be allowed to remain.  Eventually they settled into a no man’s land of not knowing but being left to their own devices for survival.  One of the women that lived on the ranchero had a sister in the U. S.  The sister contacted Sara suggesting that a mission site be established for the children and families living on the ranchero.  After a little while Sara had establish a one Saturday a month VBS experience for the kids. That was followed by one of the residents offering to house the project in a spare room of her home.  The next step was to identify a spare barn for a worship center.  Currently a neighboring congregation is helping set up and staff the worship services.   The dream is to establish a self-contained church facility and existent congregation:   From “nothing” to “full-fledged worshiping community”, what a powerful dream that is coming to reality.  Several UMVIM teams have visited and fostered the work in El Prado.  Many folk are praying for and working for this dream to come to fruition.

Our support for Sara has helped this to come about, along with all of her other work.   She, as United Methodist Missionary sent on our behalf by the General Board of Global Ministries, is helping to establish the Methodist ethos of abundant grace in Ecuador.    The Columbia District through the District Connectional Ministries has established a covenant relationship with Sara.   If you would like to join in supporting Sara you may do so by making contributions to the SC UM Conference Treasurers Office.   Mark your contribution as “CO MISSIONARY” account # 639.

(Photo left: Sara opening a gift from members of a Columbia District UMVIM team.  Pictured with her is the local translator.)