If you are a Triune regular, you know Henry Hewitt. Henry can be seen most Sundays marching up the aisle to collect the offering. He is the man in charge, briskly directing his fellow ushers with commanding hand signals. I met Henry six weeks ago when I offered to register our parishioners to vote. Henry, 62, was my first customer. As we went through his application, Henry confided that he had never voted. He expressed anxiety because he was afraid he could not read the ballot or operate the voting machines. He was most afraid of being humiliated if he was turned away by poll officials in front of other voters on Election Day. I told Henry that I would go with him and help him with the process. We successfully filled out his registration form and mailed it. Two weeks later, Henry excitedly informed me that he had received his registration card in the mail. Then his anxiety returned: He pressed me on my assurances to drive him to the polls and help him to vote. As voter registration ended in early October, my Wednesday work at Triune became offering transportation to the polls for early voters. Again, Henry was my first customer. Last week I took him and two others to vote early. On the ride to County Square, Henry was more than excited; he was ebullient. But as we saw the long line, his joy turned to fear. After a 30-minute wait, we made it into the polling room. Henry handed his photo ID to the Voter Registration staff member and was directed to a booth. We went through the rather lengthy ballot together and Henry cast his votes for all offices. There was even a referendum on the ballot, but Henry understood the intent of the proposed law and voted without hesitation. When he finished, he high fived, then hugged me. The staff person handed Henry his "I voted" sticker, but he didn't want to wear it. Instead, he slipped it into his wallet, a precious treasure he intended to keep.
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It's time to purchase honor cards for your Christmas giving. Give twice when you support Triune AND send this beautiful honor card to a friend or loved one. We can send the card or you can pick it up and send it yourself. Our card was created by Karen Lucci, the founder of our art program. "Garments of Praise" is an exuberant collage-and-paint depiction of three dancing women. Inside are these words:
A gift has been given in your honor to Triune Mercy Center.
This holiday gift will spread the joy of Jesus Christ to the homeless and hurting people Triune serves.
You may purchase the cards in our reception area at 222 Rutherford Street or by mailing in the form below. Minimum donation is $10. If you want us to address, stamp and send them, enclose your mailing list as well as the signature you want on the card, and an extra $1 per card, please. We hope you will share in our praise this Christmas.
"Garments of Praise" by Karen Lucci is featured on our holiday honor card.
Holiday Honor Card Order Form
Your Name: ___________________________________________________
Your Address: __________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: _________________________________________________
Please print out and cut, or otherwise duplicate, this form.
1) Honor Cards: Quantity: ______ (minimum $10 each) We will mail cards to you.
2) Honor Cards signed & mailed by Triune: Quantity: ______ (minimum $11 each) ( I have enclosed my mailing list.)
People placed in rehab....................... 14 Safe housing from sexual exploitation ..1 Job placements................................. 1 Social worker consultations...... 150 including 34 Round Table participants Mental health consultations ......29 Blood pressures.........................46 Vision screenings ......................17 Prescriptions filled .....................19 Volunteer hours...................... 1,620
Worship with us at Triune Chapel:
November 6, 11 AM -- The incomparable Mimi Wyche will sing, and Deb will preach on "The Wrong Question." 6 PM --Jean Fontaine will talk about her time in Colombia, South America, as an accompanier with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
November 13, 11 AM -- The Voices of Mercy will lead worship, and Deb will preach on "Changing Us." 6 PM -- Rev. Susie Smith will speak.
November 20, 11 AM -- Triune music director Andy Welchel will bring his band, Babe Lincoln, to lead our music, and soloist Brittney Brackett will join us. Deb will preach on "Living in Idleness." 6 PM -- We will hold our monthly Playback Cafe in the dining hall.
November 27, 11 AM -- The Hot Notes will lead our worship, and Deb will preach. 6 PM -- Our seminary intern Marydell Atkins will speak.
Sunday School - Each Sunday at 10 AM. Bible Study at 4 PM Sunday.
Wish List: Colored pencils Acrylic paints, all colors
Please open the attachment to see our Holiday Wish List:
Bethel Breakfast Ministry Holland Park Church of Christ Brookwood Church Klugh Family Buncombe Street UMC Pelham Road Baptist Earle Street Baptist Prince of Peace Catholic First Baptist of Mauldin St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Grace Covenant Presbyterian Triune Mercy Center Valley Brook Outreach Baptist
Monetary Donations: #GivingTuesday is an international day of giving. Anyone, anywhere can participate. Join Triune at http://www.triunemercy.org/donate-now and share in #Giving Tuesday this November 29th!
In memory of Maxie Burdette - Alvin & Sarah Drake
In honor of Ethen Andrighetti - John Byce In honor of Lou Ellen Davis - Barbara Ware In honor of Elaine Nocks - Laurens Road UMC
Robert & Joan Adams Aldersgate UMC Amica Companies Foundation Matching Gift Anonymous BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Terrie Barker Johnsye Boling Robbie Boman Miranda Brakefield Thomas & Julie Buchanan Jacquelyn Buczkowski Bill & Sherie Burdett Sarah Craig Alan & Charlene Dean Susan Fender Chadmichael Ferber First Presbyterian Church - Greer Thayer Fleming Fluor Foundation Matching Gift Fourth Presbyterian Church Jim Freeman Justin Garrison Paul & Jennifer Gasque Kenneth & Janice Gibson Gleaners SS Class - Covenant UMC Bonita Gossett James E. Griffeth Rob Haney Robert & Ann Haney Mike & Trish Harrison Erica Hawthorne Margaret Heatherly Neil Jamerson Katherine Johnson MIchael & Joan Kellett Sherry Lawson Jim & Susan Lollis Cheryl & Don McMahan Cecile Michon & Jerry Lloyd Alexander Nevels Northside UMC Phillip S. Roe Jacqueline Rudder Donna Rycroft St. Mary's Catholic Church School John Scott Bernard & Cynthia Showman Jan Stenhouse Hal Stewart Kirk Stotzer Rita Szeto Mary Turney Craig Vial June & Cooper White Pamela Whitmire Hans Wiegert Susan & Randy Willingham Jane & Michael Wilson
Plus, thanks to all our faithful worshipers!
And thanks to: Augusta Circle Elementary School, Erick & Natalie Bennett, Mandy Bullock, Pam Clark, Wanda Clark, Fred & Linda Farrell, Barbara Kamienieck, Lullaby Junction, Brittany Medina, Kaye Southerland, Patti Thompson,and Sue Williams 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.