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Coronavirus COVID-19 – update March 18

Rev. Rett Haselden

Brothers and Sisters of Grace,

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country and world, and as more and more efforts are made to mitigate the spread and impact of the disease, we must do our part and change our patterns and practices.

First, we will be holding worship online only, beginning this Sunday, March 22nd. This is in keeping with Bishop Holston’s most recent recommendations which you can read here. Our worship service will stream at both 8:30am and 11:00am. The online worship options we have are Facebook, YouTube, ROKU –  search for the Grace Columbia channel, and our website.

We also have online giving available here, and you can mail your offering to the church as well to help us continue to make Christ known as the COVID-19 response continues. We want to be flexible and ready to help in whatever ways we can and your continued participation and giving to our life of faith helps us to be able to do so.

Second, we will be suspending all other in person activities. As things change we will provide updates, and we will continue to look for ways to maintain our connection in love and faith to one another even as we find ourselves physically separated.

The quickest way we have to communicate with you is by email. If you have not been receiving emails from the church over the last few weeks please make sure that we have your current email address by calling the church office (803-732-1899) or emailing us at office@gracecolumbia.org or pastor@gracecolumbia.org. If you know of someone who does not have email or hasn’t been receiving our emails please let them know about this message or let me know so that I can contact them.

My cell phone number is 843-907-0608 for phone calls or text messages and you can email me at pastor@gracecolumbia.org. If you have a concern or need, please let me know.

Please also check on each other and care for each other as you all have proven you do so well. There is no substitute for the connection we share in Christ, so a phone call, FaceTime chat, card, or email to check on your brothers and sisters in Christ during this time of social distancing and isolation is vitally important.

God’s Grace and Peace,

Pastor Rett
Grace United Methodist Church

Address
410 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, SC 29212

803-732-1899

pastor@gracecolumbia.org
office@gracecolumbia.org

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Rev. Rett Haselden

I am overjoyed to be a part of the ministry and mission of Grace on Harbison. God has called me to preach the truth of the Gospel so that others might know the love and justice of Jesus Christ and be agents of his grace in their families and communities. I was born and raised in Murrells Inlet, SC and grew up attending Socastee UMC. I earned a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in history at the University of South Carolina. I received my MDiv from Duke Divinity School in May of 2010, began my ministry on July 1, 2010, and was ordained an Elder in June of 2012 at the SC Annual Conference. Prior to serving at Grace, I served as associate pastor at St. John’s UMC in Rock Hill. I enjoy spending time at the beach. The salt water always restores me. I am a gym rat, but that is mainly to support my love of good food. 

I share my life and ministry with my wife, Lollie, and our sons, Wyatt and Thomas. Lollie is a South Carolina native as well, having grown up in Marion, SC. She has a deep call to lay ministry in the administration of the church at the denominational level. Wyatt and Thomas bring the most joy to our lives with their boundless energy and excitement. They love sports, superheroes, and reading. We all enjoy Gamecock football, the outdoors, grilling, going to community events, and experiencing new adventures together.

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Dr. MARK DANIEL MERRITT

Grace’s Choirs and Music are under the supervision of Dr. Merritt.

MARK DANIEL MERRITT, D.M.A., M.M., is a Choral Conductor and an ASCAP composer and arranger. The recipient of numerous commissions, Merritt received a major commission, funded by the Kentucky Arts Council and the Catlettsburg, Kentucky Leadership Club, to compose the score to the musical play River Dreams. From 2002 to 2012, Merritt was Associate Director and then Director of the regionally acclaimed, semi-professional choral ensemble, VOCE in Mount Airy, North Carolina, that he helped to found. Merritt was previously the Minister of Music at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in San Antonio, Texas. Groups under Merritt’s direction have performed his music at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference, the Biltmore Estate, historic Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Texas Collegiate Women’s Choir Festival, and the Mystic Area Ecumenical Choir Festival. Merritt studied composition with Henry Hallstrom, a pupil of iconic American composers, Randall Thompson and Howard Hanson, and completed his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting under John Silantien at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of South Carolina under Larry Wyatt.

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