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Triune Mercy Center
August 2016
                                         Welcome Home 
From the pastor: 

        You might think that the way to end poverty is to give someone money, the way to end homelessness, to give someone a home. Unfortunately, it's not nearly that quick or that easy.
       Our case managers were getting discouraged after assisting people to obtain housing only to see them lose it soon afterward. Our social worker Robin Barton told me, "So many of our folks think getting a place to stay will solve all their problems. But after they get a place and get caught up on sleep, they wake up to find they still have problems and still have mountains of work ahead of them. It can be a scary moment. Some crack under that pressure and turn to addictions, or allow their mental health issues to flare up, or self-sabotage so they won't have to deal with the problems that were under the surface while they were homeless."  
         To address the problem, she and case manager Kathy Sharp created a monthly Welcome Home support group for newly housed parishioners. Together they talk over the issues -- the isolation that comes once they've left the streets, bill paying, budgeting, the unexpected quiet. 
       Participants choose the topic for each meeting: This summer, they requested a cooking lesson. Robin and Kathy taught a simple rice dish, and gave out pots and pans to take home.
       "They discuss things like 'Now I see why the Rescue Mission made us go to bed early,'  or 'I miss the accountability at the shelter,' " Robin reports. "They speak of not wanting to turn the lights on for too long as they worry about their power bill."
     Through lively discussions, participants share as much with each other as the professionals share with them.
       Our partners at United Ministries' Place of Hope have joined us. In fact, they've been so pleased with the results that they now require Welcome Home for anyone they help to house.   
       "Our participants have been very happy for the support," said Robin. "I tell them every time we meet that we dream for everyone to have a place to stay. Their success gives us joy and hope for others to also get housing."
                                                          * * * * * * * *

      I am available to speak to your book club or ministry circle about my latest book, The Cantaloupe Thief. Though it is fiction, it has a lot to say about homelessness.
        Contact me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 864-233-3402.
        The book can be found locally at Fiction Addiction, Mr. K's, 10,000 Villages, Williams Cafe in Travelers Rest, Barnes & Noble, and at Triune. 


July at Triune:
Worship and Bible studies (average attendance):
Sun AM.... 265           Sun PM... 44 

Meals and Assistance Programs:
Hot meals............................         1,908      
Grocery boxes........................        105 households
Pop-top groceries...................          81 individuals
Laundry loads.........................        107                                      
Emergency clothes/blankets/kits.. . 81        
Bikes .........................................        4
Fans .....................................             3                    
People placed in rehab or safe housing from sexual exploitation ... 14        
Social worker consultations....       160, including 39 Round Table participants                             
Blood pressures taken............. 50        
Vision screenings .....................18         
Prescriptions filled .................   19                 
Volunteer hours................ .   1,230 

Worship with us at Triune Chapel:

August 7, 11 AM -- On his last Sunday in town, guitarist/singer Taylor Moore will assist with Deb's sermon "The Sung Parable" during this communion service.   .  
6 PM -- Recent seminary graduate Becky Grisell will preach. 

August 14, 11 AM -- Various soloists and trios will lead worship, and Deb will preach on "Roll Call.".  
6 PM -- Rev. Jerry Hill will preach, and the Son Rise Praise Band will play.  

August 21, 11 AM -- Mechelle Lewis will lead our worship music with performances by Carrie Howard, Judi Barefoot, David Raulston and Tim Turner.   
6 PM -- Elaine Nocks will preach.   

August 28, 11 AM - The Voices of Mercy will lead worship. 
6 PM --  Rev. Susie Smith will preach. 

Sunday School - Each Sunday at 10 AM.
Bible Study at 4 PM Sunday and 7 PM Thursday. 
Wish List:
Men's underwear, sizes 32 and 34
Women's bikini underwear, sizes 6 and 7
Bras, sizes 36 and 38, B through D cup
Journals and pens
Copy paper
Art canvasses
Recovery Meetings:

Monday         Noon           Narcotics Anonymous
Tuesday        Noon           Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous
Wednesday   Noon            Narcotics Anonymous
                      8:00 PM       Alcoholics Anonymous
Thursday       Noon            Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous
                      7:00 PM        Narcotics Anonymous
Friday            Noon            Narcotics Anonymous

                      6:30 PM       Pornography Addicts Anonymous
Saturday      9:00 AM         Alcoholics Anonymous   
                     7:00 PM        Narcotics Anonymous


Serving in August: 

Bethel Breakfast Ministry                          Klugh Family
Brookwood Church                                   Mauldin UMC
Buncombe Street UMC                             Pelham Road Baptist
First Baptist of Mauldin                             Prince of Peace Catholic
Grace Covenant Presbyterian                 St. Mary Magdalene Catholic
Heart for the Homeless                           Triune Mercy Center
                             Valley Brook Outreach Baptist
Monetary Donations: 

In memory of Blackwell Brogden - Karen & John Humeniuk
In memory of Shirley Campbell - Sallie Eskew
In memory of Boyce Clardy, Judith Wrenn Fair, Inez Fowler, Virginia T. Minford, Betty Prescott, and Mike Woods - Alvin & Sarah Drake
In memory of Brent Norwood - Wanda Meade
In memory of John Parfitt - Ken Christy, Daniel & Betty Shearer, and Judith Ziemer

In honor of Mary Jane Gorman's birthday - W. Duncan McArthur
In honor of Mary Frances & Dennis Greene - Covenant UMC

Admissions Office, Furman University
Aldersgate UMC
Joyce Barton
Jack Bertram
Johnsye Boling
Robbie Boman
Miranda Brakefield
Bridges to a Brighter Future, Furman University
Thomas & Julie Buchanan
Mack & Sherie Burdette
Capital Health Service, LLC
Sarah Craig
Bobby and Beth Dobson 
Susan Fender
Chadmichael Ferber
First Presbyterian Church - Greer
Thayer Fleming
The Fluor Foundation
Jim Freeman
Paul & Jennifer Gasque
Gleaners SS Class - Covenant UMC
Bonita Gossett
Angela Grell
James E. Griffeth
Rob Haney
Robert & Ann Haney
Mike & Trish Harrison
Margaret Heatherly
Connnie Jean Herrell
Betty Herrin
Neil Jamerson
Katherine Johnson
Pamela Kenny
Sherry Lawson
Jake & Lauren Lunsford
Richard Maris
Sam McGee
Cheryl & Don McMahan
J. David Nelson, Jr.
Alexander Nevels
Phillip S. Roe
Jacqueline Rudder
Donna Rycroft
Carole Scott
Bernard & Cynthia Showman
Sisk Foundation of Buncombe Street UMC
Dwight Smith
Peter & Mary Stangel
Kirk Stotzer
Rita Szeto
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Valerie Weatherly
Hans Wiegert
Susan Willingham
Jane & Michael Wilson

Plus, thanks to all our faithful worshipers! 

And thanks to: Cathy Avery, Brookwood Church VBS, Gower Swim Team, International Custom Solutions, Joanna Donegan, Nancye & Spencer Rush, S&K Healthy Vending, Thai Kitchen, Vedic Center, and Zoe's Kitchen for bikes, food, toiletries, gift cards, and other non-cash donations. 
Our Mission Statement:
To share Christ's love while meeting physical needs and providing life-changing opportunities to the disadvantaged.

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