Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30 PM
Washington Street UMC | Sanctuary
The Africa University Choir, composed of students from six African countries, will appear in concert at our church on Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30 PM. The 16-member choir is under the direction of Mr. Tendekai Kuture. The choir will give a lively performance using several African musical traditions.
Africa University, located at Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, enrolled its first class of 40 students in 1992. Currently, there are just under 1,200 full-time students from 25 African countries enrolled at the university. The university is a United Methodist-related institution and is intended to serve the entire continent of Africa.
We are privileged to be one of the few churches to host the choir on their 12-day tour. Invite your friends to join you for an inspiring evening of music, which will send you away with a new spirit!
Servant’s Heart Award
With grateful hearts, our Washington St. Soup Cellar & management team accepted the Servant’s Heart Award earlier this week from the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless, “In recognition of a commitment to the individuals experiencing homelessness, while maintaining a spirit of humility.” Thank you to Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless and United Way of the Midlands for their continuous support and dedication to our Soup Cellar, and the entire community.
This mission would be impossible without the many local churches, organizations and groups that give of their time and and resources to ensure that our Soup Cellar continues to provide encouragement, warmth, and care to those who need it. With their help, we will have served over 52,000 meals to the homeless and working poor this year.
Over 600 voices in our Sanctuary and 500 viewers online joined us for our annual Christmas gift to the community.
Sing-Along Messiah in Columbia, SC was founded in 2002, on the principle that everyone in the metropolitan Columbia area, and anyone willing to travel to Columbia, should have the opportunity to sing some part of Messiah at least once a year. Sing-Along Messiah was also established on the heartfelt tenet of many people who have sung Messiah throughout their lives, that no Christmas season is ever truly complete without it.
Welcome, Rev. Taylor!
November – 2017
We are thrilled to welcome our new Associate Minister for Children and Family Ministries, Rev. Taylor Pafford. Taylor joins us after serving at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. She was ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church in 2016. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater from Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Theology and the Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC).
We are thrilled to have Taylor in ministry with us, and we look forward to her working with our children, youth and families.