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Xiaoya Gao (Sisi)

Originally from Urumqi, China, Xiaoya Gao (Sisi) is a pianist and music educator. Gao has performed in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including the Lawrence Chapel in Appleton, Wisconsin, the Blackbox Theatre in New York, and the Palais Corbelli in Vienna. Gao has an extensive music training background.

In 2019, she earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University, Appleton WI. In 2021, she received a Master’s degree in piano performance and an Advanced Certificate in Piano Pedagogy at New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Gao is currently working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She is also a dedicated accompanist and piano teacher in the Columbia area. During her free time, Gao likes to cook and take care of her plants.

Grace Services Online

If you are planning to worship with us in person on Sunday morning, our guidelines ask that you call to pre-register your attendance so that we can effectively seat everyone in the sanctuary while maintaining social distance. The deadline to pre-register is Friday at noon. Please call the church office to pre-register.

Worship and broadcasts will be live Sundays at 10:00am and On-Demand.

Easily access archives of previous services and devotions through most of these same resources!

The online worship options we have include: 
(Click on the highlighted links below for quick access)

  • Facebook
  • YouTube,
  • Grace’s FireTV Channel,
    • from your FireTV, search for the Grace United Methodist Church Columbia channel (or click the link above or Add the channel via the web to your FireTV device by visiting:  amazon.com and select apps and devices in the search bar – Grace United Methodist Church),
  • ROKU –  
  • and our website.

You can find the bulletin here, and the announcements here. Our online giving page can be found here. You can still mail your offering to the church at 410 Harbison Blvd. Columbia, SC 29212 or you can bring it by and drop it in the mailbox outside of the church office.

Tuesday Devotion

Genesis 39
Today, think about how you can live a life of holiness in the midst of your current situation. How can you live in light of the God who is with you through the adversity of our present age, making sure that others see Christ in you?
– Rev. Rett Haselden – Tuesday, August 11, 2020