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Upcoming Events
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SUN
Sunday worship
9:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Join us for traditional. love fill worship where our focus is going forth to serve others.
Alcoholics Anonymous
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Open Big Book study every Sunday evening. Entrance is downstair at side of church.
Sunday Schoo;/l
8:30 PM to 9:15 AM
Children and Adult Sunday school
DEC

20

WED
Alcoholics Anonymous
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This open AA discussion meeting meets every week in the downstairs fellowship hall of the church. Entrance by the side.
DEC

24

SUN
Sunday worship
9:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Join us for traditional. love fill worship where our focus is going forth to serve others.
Alcoholics Anonymous
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Open Big Book study every Sunday evening. Entrance is downstair at side of church.
Sunday Schoo;/l
8:30 PM to 9:15 AM
Children and Adult Sunday school
Bible Search
Ministries Supported By McLeod UMC

Learn more about the ministries supported by the UMW, UMM, Advance Specials, and others.

Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry: http://umcsc.net/aldersgatemin/

- please contact Judy Weathers, Chairperson of Aldersgate Special Needs, 1097 Moore Rd, Orangeburg, SC 29118. (803)536-4494. jhweathers2@aol.com

- formed by families and friends seeking to prepare for the future of their developmnetally disabled loved ones, we will build homes for mentally-handicapped adults, so that they can live in a Christian environment where they can receive the professional care they need. The first home will be built in Orangeburg as part of the Methodist Oaks Retirement Community. Then, the ministry hopes to build homes all across SC.


Alston Wilkes Society, Columbia: http://www.alstonwilkessociety.org

- 3519 Medical Drive, Columbia SC 29203
- gives hope and rebuilds lives through its rehabilitation and prevention services. We extend a helping hand to those who are most at risk. For example, we know that one of the major risk factors for a repeat offender is lack of shelter or employment. So, we help former offenders, homeless individuals including homeless veterans-and others secure appropriate housing and develop employment skills that will position them for the workplace.

Bethlehem Center, Spartanburg: http://www.spartanburgnetwork.org/BethlehemCenter/

- 397 Highland Avenue, Spartanburg, SC 29304. (864) 582-7158 
- provides daycare for children, tutorial programs, homework programs, summer camp for low income families, youth senior programs, computer and pre-GED classes.

Bethlehem Community Center, Columbia, SC: http://www.midnet.sc.edu/bethlehem/

- 2500 Elmwood Avenue, Columbia SC 29240. (803) 254-8385
- Constance "Connie" Barnes, Executive Director. Email: cnelsonbar@aol.com
- provides a Christ centered environment where children and youth are nurtured through activites and programs, which address their educational spiritual, physical, mental and social needs. Additionally we seek to empower women and families to enhance their quality of life by providing asistance and services with special attention to concerns of justice and advocacy.

Cooperative Ministry: http://www.cooperativeministry.org

- 1928 Taylor Street, Columbia SC 29201. (803) 799-3853. info@cooperativeministry.org
- ministry of the religious community, serving as an instrument of God's love to those in crisis. We seek to improve the quality of life for the needy by guiding them to available community resources, or providing them counseling, prayer support, and direct assistance where necessary.

Killingsworth for Women: http://www.killingsworthhome.org/index.html

- 1831 Pendleton Street, Columbia SC 29201. (803) 771-6359. furset@bellsouth.net
- a care-giving community residence for women who are emerging from crisis situations. Within the eight bedroom home women recovering from alcohol and/or drug abuse, incarceration, mental and emotional problems, violence and assault, or family crisis situations can find shelter and support.


Rural Mission: http://www.gbgm-umc.org/ruralmission/

- 3429 Camp Care Road, John's Island, SC 29455. (843) 768-1720
- provides human services to low-income Sea Island families and migrant farm workers who have made the Sea Islands part of their journey following the hearvests all over the nation. Through education, advocacy, and outreach, we respectfully provide a lifting hand - spiritually, emotionally, physically, eceonomically - whatever the need.


United Methodist Relief Center, Mt. Pleasant: http://www.umrc.org/

- 690 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. (803) 884-4860
- Pat Goss, Executive Director. patgoss@umrc.org
- makes long-lasting changes in peoples’ lives by repairing and rehabilitating substandard housing and providing new housing for very low income families. Working to relieve the chronic housing problems of the rural poor in South Carolina, UMRC provides home improvements ranging from installing wheelchair ramps to moving entire houses.


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission: http://www.umvim.org/home.htm

- 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave. #750, Decatur, Georgia 30030. (404) 377-7424. sejinfo@umvim.org
- United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM), SEJ exists to promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action”. Our aim is to achieve the Great Commission through providing short-term mission opportunities for everyday Christians. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. We continually nurture our contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information. Our office strives to connect volunteers’ talents to suitable projects for effective service.


A Word about Apportionments:
reprinted from the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church website: http://www.umoi.net/artman/publish/finance/article_485.shtml 
By Grace Upon Grace, Iowa Annual Conference Newsletter, Fall 2003
Jul 19, 2004, 23:59


Each year the annual conference votes on a budget that includes income from fees, investments, charitable gifts and apportionments. These apportionments are distributed by a formula as a fair share of each local congregation’s participation as a United Methodist Church. Apportionments have been part of our denomination from the beginning, although they were not always called apportionments. The following are bits and pieces of apportionment history.

In 1774, the Methodist Church had ten circuit riders who were paid a salary of $64 per year plus traveling expenses. Each established Methodist community was expected to receive a special Easter offering to “relieve the preachers in want.” In many ways this expected offering was the first apportionment.

By 1868, the Book of Discipline states that the supervising elder (district superintendent) was to receive, from each congregation, a quarterly collection. The collection was to be given to the supervising elder when he (and they were all men) visited each church quarterly. The purpose of this collection was to support the office of bishop and supervising elder. This meant if the collection was not received, the bishop and elder were not paid. I can imagine the pressure on local congregations to fulfill this obligation! The second purpose was to provide a pension for the “worn out preachers,” their widows and children. The third purpose of the quarterly collections was to support the common mission projects and benevolent askings that had been determined viable by the General Conference.

In the 1900 Book of Discipline, the word “apportionment” is used. It was used to support an episcopal fund, presiding elder fund, and Conference Claimants which is the pension fund. The second part of the apportionments was for benevolent causes. Each Annual Conference assigned to each congregation, by some formula, an amount that was expected of the church.

In 1956, the Book of Discipline of the Methodist Church provides a definition of apportionment. It is an amount “assigned to a local church or other Methodist body by proper church authority to be raised by that body for some Connectional purpose. ”The basic definition of apportionment hasn’t changed since that time.

The roots of the apportionment system can be found in John Wesley’s own instructions when he tells his followers to “earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can.” He also believed that the amount saved should be given to address the needs of the poor. The assumption of the apportionment system is that all United Methodists are structured as a family, working together for a common cause. Each local expression of the United Methodist Church is a member of the same common family and is expected to share in the benefits and the cost of that family relationship. Apportionments are one way that working together as family can make a difference in today’s world and that together we can accomplish more for the ministry of Jesus Christ.