DS Issues “Stop Hunger Now” Challenge

Stop-Hunger-Now-SmallRev. Dr. George Howle has issued a challenge to all Greenville District Clergy to match his $100 gift to the Stop Hunger Now event at Annual Conference.

The conference is raising $86,000 towards purchasing the supplies to pack 285,000 meals at Annual Conference on Tuesday, June 9th.

You can give by check or credit card. Mail your check to: Treasurer, SC Annual Conference, and mark in the memo line for Stop Hunger Now Event.

If you would like to give by card, go to the SC Conference website and click on the “Register/donate” tab.

Let’s meet Dr. Howle’s Challenge with GUSTO!

Advent is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Assistant Director of Student Ministries for our middle school and high school youth programs

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Assistant Director of Student Ministries

Camps & Retreats Golf Tournament – June 6

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BBQ Chicken Dinner Festival and Fundraiser for Summer Missions

You have been invited by Pastor Don Brown / Northside United Methodist Church to sign up for a “BBQ Chicken Dinner Festival and Fundraiser for Summer Missions.” Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet. To sign up, go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4AA4AA28A2FB6-bbqchicken/27644565

Organized for Mission

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We have divided our churches into eight missional groups of approximately eight churches each. The Superintendent or Congregational Specialist will meet with each mission group once a month. This will replace the monthly clergy gatherings. This will allow the Superintend and Specialist to spend more quality time with the clergy for encouragement and visioning. In addition, key lay members of each congregation will be asked to participate in the visioning, planning and implementation of the mission strategy. We cannot be successful without the laity’s buy-in and participation.

Each missional group will share best practice of each congregation, to learn about one another’s gifts, strengths and successes, to lift up and encourage, and to share resources of time, gifts, and facility.

We will spend time in prayer, discerning what mission God is calling us to fulfill. After much reflection and study of our community, using data and demographics, each group will prioritize the needs and opportunities that arise. We then will develop a strategic plan of action.

These group meetings begin in September of 2015, and meet monthly except December, 2014, and March of 2016, ending in May of 2016.

At least once a year, each mission group will come together in a common mission to impact the community.

Our Greenville District Mission Groups are:

Crescent Mission Group

Downtown Mission Group

Mauldin/Golden Strip Mission Group

Traveler’s Rest Mission Group

Simpsonville/Golden Strip Mission Group

Greer Mission Group

Taylors/Greer Mission Group

25 Corridor Mission Group

Stop Hunger Now Event at Annual Conference-Donate Now

Stop-Hunger-Now-SmallAt the 2015 South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference

The South Carolina United Methodist Conference in coordination with stop hunger now, are hosting the SC Hunger Project event on Tuesday June 9th during Annual Conference at the Florence Civic center.

We need your help to raise $86,000 to buy the supplies to package over 285,000 meals that are scheduled to be delivered to Haiti. Half of the $86,000 needs to be received by May 1st to purchase the supplies for Stop Hunger Now. Please contribute now, there is no need to wait until Annual Conference.

Fighting Hunger Locally

Fighting hunger isn’t just about sending food to foreign countries. As part of our local efforts to fight hunger we ask that you bring non-perishable food items with you to Annual Conference. In addition, any contributions that exceed the $86,000 goal will be given to local hunger ministries through the South Carolina Conference Board of Global Ministries. 


Volunteers are also needed on June 9th to help package meals. Volunteer registration will be available shortly and more information will be released soon.

Youth are encouraged to participate in both the Stop Hunger Now Packaging Event as well as attend the special Tuesday Evening Worship Service.

Read the full article from the January Advocate here: http://www.advocatesc.org/2014/12/stop-hunger-now-to-be-ac2015-service-project/

Contributions may be mailed to the Conference treasurer at:
P.O. Box 3787. | Columbia, SC 29230
Contribute through the conference website by choosing the options above.
Do not donate through the stop hunger now website. 
(This will ensure that extra funds can be given to local hunger ministries)

We also need 1000 non-delegate volunteers to help us package the meals.

You MUST register online to be able to participate in the packaging.
To Register Online Click Here. (Do Not Donate through the Stop Hunger Now Website)

We are asking that ONLY youth groups register for the 3rd shift.
(2:00-4:30pm)  Youth will be provided pizza followed by worship.

  •  Due to the requirements of Stop Hunger Now, each youth will need to be registered individually by a parent or  guardian to be able to package meals. All youth are welcome to participate in the packaging event and to stay for pizza and worship.
  • Youth leaders must attend with their youth groups for the 3rd shift.

General Schedule for The Stop Hunger Now Packaging Event

  • Shift 1 – 8:00am – 10:30am
  • Shift 2 – 11:00am – 1:30pm
  • Shift 3 – 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Youth dinner – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Evening Worship – 7:30pm


Can’t participate on the 9th? No problem here are some other ways to help!

  1. Pray for those that are able to participate. Pray for those who are hungry.
  2. Contribute online (see options above)
  3. Start or volunteer at a local hunger ministry.
  4. Contact Stop Hunger Now and schedule your own event.
  5. Help your church gather non-perishable food items to bring to Annual Conference in Florence.

Salkehatchie Summer Service Needs Your Help

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Salkehatchie Summer Service Camps are now registering online. There were over 3,400 campers last year, and the over 40 camps this year are filling up fast.
Go to www.salkehatchie.com to find registration information. Camp fees this year are $230.00 per camper.


The Upstate Camp will be hosted again this year by Lee Road UMC in Taylors. The camp is in progress of finding five to six homes to be repaired this year with its 70 campers. Several local churches have stepped up to the plate to help Upstate Camp have a great week. We are asking you and your church how can you help with this ministry? The camp can always use donations of money and goods. We feed about 85 people 3 meals a day for the week of camp, this year July 11 – 18, 2015. Our kitchen coordinator plans good meals to keep everyone well fed. Can you help with either the cooking a meal or providing funds to purchase supplies? We give the campers a snack in the morning and one in the afternoon. We use roofing materials and other construction material that we have to purchase. Does your company offer a discount for church activities? One thing everyone can do, please pray for all those involved in the camps this summer. If you need more information, please contact Steve McGahee at 864-884-9949 or Trace Silvers at 864-354-8679.




We are pleased that you have visited the webpage of the Greenville District of the United Methodist Church of the South Carolina Annual Conference.

Welcome.  We extend an invitation to visit any of our churches.  Clergy as well as lay persons stand ready to assist you in the quest to locate a church home.  We continue to be about the task of inviting persons to become disciples of Jesus Christ, assisting them to grow in discipleship and sending them out to live as faithful disciples.  Please come and join with us as we seek to remain faithful servants of God.

Currently, there are 59 charges and 72 churches within the District.  Included in this number are both a Hispanic Mission and a Korean Mission. Our churches offer a varied ministry seeking to meet the needs of persons at every stage of the lifespan.  If you are seeking a place of worship, nurture and outreach, visit any of our churches and let us assist you on your spiritual journey.  Please call the District Office at 864-233-3611, or email at gvdist@umcsc.org, if we can assist you.

South Carolina United Methodist ClergyMay God bless you.

Rev. George Howle

District Superintendent