On Wednesday evening, August 25, we held a ZOOM meeting to discuss the documentary, Meltdown in Dixie. There were about a dozen people who joined the discussion. The documentary covered a situation regarding a small business owner in Orangeburg, SC who opened an ice cream shop adjacent to a very small parcel of property owned by the Sons of
the Confederacy organization. The group has erected a monument and flag pole on the parcel and flies a large confederate flag on the flag pole. The movie covers both sides of this story, i.e., those that want the flag removed and those that want it to stay.
Our small group discussed several relevant issues, e.g., racism, white supremacy, and social justice. The general consensus was the discussion went well, and we agreed we need to keep the dialogue going. As such, it was suggested we select another source or example of this topic, presented in books or movie form, and continue our discussions. We agreed it would
be most beneficial to invite people outside of our congregation to join the discussion. If you have not seen the documentary, we highly encourage you to view it. Also, please watch for
further announcements about the next discussion and consider joining the conversation.
Over the past six months, the Servant Committee members have done an exceptional outpouring of themselves to generate and carry out activities to reach out to the community and enhance fellowship activities. A part of this ministry it has been an exhilarating and uplifting experience to see things brainstormed, planned, and come alive. There have been eight core people making this happen and we are looking for others to join this group to help in planning and carrying out the awesome ideas and suggestions given to us as we grow both in the community and as members of a beautiful congregation.
Below is a listing of the Committee Member’s and their contact information. If you are interested, please reach out and let one of us know.
Lynn Black – email@example.com – 803-661-8249
Shirley Derriso – Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org – 803-413-0966
Sharon Turner – email@example.com – 803-609-6841
Ann Kurth – firstname.lastname@example.org – 719-237-9488
Professor Candice Turkaly’s Advanced Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities class enjoyed a guest speaker Bryan Burgin, representing Safe Space Dinners, a ministry for LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness. Safe Space Dinners offers a safe space to gather, homecooked meals and a backpack of items people will find helpful in their day-to-day lives. The group hosts dinners at 6 PM on the second Thursday of each month. facebook.com/safespacedinners .
The class is learning various models to address systems-level change in communities and organizations through local non-profits discussing their community change projects. Bryan presented information on how the project started, planning and implementation, challenges, successes and funding and sustainability.
Students are not required to work with Safe Space Dinners, but several students are preparing a homecooked meal for dinner attendees.
To learn more about Safe Space Dinners, click here.
A HUGE THANK YOU!!!
The coats, scarves, hats and gloves were provided to a non-profit organization, Food Not Bombs, who provide meals to the homeless every Sunday afternoon at Finlay Park. Due to the extreme cold, individuals were asking for such items and our congregation was able to come through and provide these much-needed items. There were 30 coats collected, a number of scarves, along with hats and gloves.
This is a link to Food Not Bombs Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/colafnb/)
Check them out.
The cleaning supplies, disinfectant spray, antibacterial soap, diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, and Clorox wipes were provided to Homeless No More who provide emergency family shelter, transitional housing and more permanent placement in affordable housing. Again, with your generosity, much needed items were provided to families when times are even more difficult than usual.
Our preliminary accounting shows we (RLC) collected $245.61 in offerings on Feb 7th for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Thanks to everyone for your generosity with this great need and annual tradition. The actual amount may be higher once we include the online giving (which will be reported near the end of the month.) We'll provide a final amount when that information is made available. Again - thank you so much for your help with this community's food bank needs.
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