Triune Mercy Center
February 2017         

A Pink Dogwood Tree                                  

From the pastor: 
       I met Carly early in my time at Triune. She was calm and polite and didn't ask for anything, but rather seemed content to come to the church to eat and rest.
        She lived beside the dumpsters at the TD Center in order to stay away from the drugs and dangers on the streets closer to downtown. She lived there, in fact, for 18 months, managing to keep herself clean enough to attend classes at Greenville Tech, way on down South Pleasantburg Drive.
       Carly became one of our guinea pigs when we launched Triune Circles, our year-long relational ministry designed to lift people out of poverty or homelessness. We encircled Carly with four trained community volunteers who came alongside to sharpen her strengths, shore up her weaknesses, celebrate her gifts, nudge her into healthy behaviors.
         During that year, she worked with Greenville Mental Health to get into a little house with a big picture window. On her birthday, her four Circle supporters showed up with a cake, balloons and a pink dogwood tree.
          "Pastor Deb," she told me later, "those people had to know me so well, love me so well, to know that that dogwood tree was the best gift they could give me."
        Not exactly, I remember thinking. Having those four friends was probably the best gift. 
        If you would like to be that kind of friend to someone, we are starting a new round of Triune Circles with an information session Feb. 27 at 5:30 PM in our dining hall. Come and hear how to make a lasting difference in someone's life -- and your own.
          For more information, contact Circles director Cheri Shumate at 233-8020, ext. 150, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   .
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      Triune will join First Baptist Church of Greenville to present a spiritual enrichment event, Peace Like a River, 10 AM to noon February 4 in the First Baptist Parlor.
       Led by Ben Mullinax, Min-Ken Liao, Kathy Sharp and Elaine Nocks, the Saturday morning retreat will explore Scripture, stories and art, and allow contemplative time to look at the role of water in creation and our Biblical traditions.  
        The session is free. Contact Kathy Sharp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register.
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          This month, we welcome our new associate pastor, the Rev. Tandy Taylor. Tandy is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and a graduate of Davidson College and Princeton Theological Seminary. I met her years ago when I was doing a story for The Greenville News on how we hear God's call. I remember being impressed with her obedience and her ministry then, and was thrilled when she and her husband, David, began worshiping with us at Triune last year.
            Tandy and David have co-pastored churches for 23 years, most recently as founding pastors of Eastminster Presbyterian in Simpsonville. At Triune, Tandy will serve part time as our minister of Christian education and pastoral care.
          We hope you will visit Triune and meet her. 

January at Triune:
Worship and Bible studies (average attendance):
Sun AM.... 274                             Sun PM... 41 

Meals and Assistance Programs:
Hot meals............................  1,452
Grocery boxes........................ 89 households
Pop-top groceries................... 73 individuals
Laundry loads...........................  75                                              
Emergency clothes/blankets/kits..80 
Bikes............................................ 1
People placed in rehab......................7         
Safe housing from sexual exploitation ..1
Job placements......................................2  
People placed in housing.......................1 
Social worker consultations................156 including 26 Round Table participants      
Mental health consultations ........24  
Participants in trauma class at GCDC ... 6
Blood pressures.........................  15
Vision screenings ......................  11 
Prescriptions filled .....................  32               
Volunteer hours..........................842

Worship with us at Triune Chapel:

February 5, 11 AM --  The Voices of Mercy will sing, and Deb will preach on "Pass the Salt."  
6 PM --  Elaine Nocks will preach. 
February 12, 11 AM -- Bootie Cothran of First Baptist Greenville will sing, and Deb will preach "A Sports Illustrated Sermon."  
6 PM --  Marydell Atkins will preach. 

February 19, 11 AM -- Cellist Christopher Hutton of Furman University will play. 
6 PM -- Playback Cafe.  

February 26, 11 AM --  The Voices of Mercy will lead worship.
6 PM --  Marydell Atkins will preach. 

Sunday School - Each Sunday at 10 AM.
Bible Study at 4 PM Sunday. 
Wish List:
Peanut butter
Pasta sauce
Canned meats

8-1/2 x 11" copy paper
Electric water kettle
Checkers game sets (2)
College-ruled composition notebooks
Women's bikini underwear - all sizes
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 March: 

Atlantic Institute                              Pelham Road Baptist 
Bethel Breakfast Ministry               Prince of Peace Catholic
Brookwood Church                        Reedy Fork Baptist
Buncombe Street UMC                  St. Mary Magdalene Catholic 
First Baptist of Mauldin                   Triune Mercy Center
Grace Covenant Presbyterian        Valley Brook Outreach Baptist
Mauldin UMC     
Monetary Donations:

In memory of Winn Freeman - Bob & Kathy Lloyd
In memory of Anne Hembree - Jan Stenhouse
In memory of John Jones - Joanne Jones
In memory of Florence Beaumont Mitchell - Dana C. Mitchell, III
In memory of Mr. Myers - Pat Traxler
In memory of Julaine Odom - Lewis Bates, Jr., Batson Accounting & Tax, Pamela Frye, Bob & June Jones, Ken Parker, and Larry Young
In memory of Loretta & Matt Van Ostenbridge - Mark & Beth Van Ostenbridge
In memory of Alice Skelton - Ann Green
In memory of Perry White - Patti Evans
In memory of Dr. Mike Zabel - Alvin & Sarah Drake

In honor of Michael Cook - Paulette Bolding
In honor of Kirbie Crowe - Stanley Crowe
In honor of Della Day - Minnie Sue Douglas
In honor of Kimberly Dunn - Roger & Judy Estep
In honor of Wanda & Buck Fulp - Edd Sheriff
In honor of David Gay - Denton Burnette
In honor of Cecelia Hamilton - Cile Cely

Carole Abumoussa
Robert & Joan Adams
Agape SS Class - First Presbyterian Church
Ezra Aho
Aldersgate UMC
Aldersgate United Methodist Women
Joyce Barton
Johnsye Boling
Robbie Boman
William & Annette Bradshaw
Miranda Brakefield
Robert Brown
Tom & Julie Buchanan
Jacqueline Buczkowski
Capital Heath Service, LLC
Crazy Eights Circle - First Baptist Church
Mrs. Alan Corbin
Susan Fender
Chadmichael Ferber
First Presbyterian Church - Greenville
First Presbyterian Church - Greer
Thayer Fleming
Fluor matching gifts
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Louis Garmendia
Paul & Jennifer Gasque
Darlene Geloni
Gleaners SS Class - Covenant UMC
Bonita Gossett
James E. Griffeth
Rob Haney
Robert & Ann Haney
Mike & Trish Harrison
Erica Hawthorne
Margaret Heatherly
Betty Herrin
Wyline S. Holder
Neil Jamerson
Jim & Susan Lollis
Thomas & Doreen Magaha
Basil Manly, IV
Ella McIntyre
Jefferson D. Melton
T. Goudy Miller
Dianne Moreno
Alexander Nevels
Northside UMC
Elaine Nocks
Dr. & Mrs. Edwin Parkinson
Kelly Ramirez
Martha & Terrel Reubert
Phillip S. Roe
Sadler Family Foundation
Glyn Sandzyn
Frances Schmid
John Scott
Sertoma Club of Greenville
Bernard & Cynthia Showman
Simpsonville UMC
Russell & Susan Stall
Kirk Stotzer
David Sutherland
Rita Szeto
Beth & Terry Taylor
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Thomas & Francis Tuten
David & Luci Vaughn
Nancy Wallace
Hans Wiegert
Jane & Michael Wilson
Melvin & Dollie Younts

Plus, thanks to all our faithful worshipers! 

And thanks to: Brooks Brothers, Brookwood Women's Group, Roger BrownCoEd 17 - Taylors First Baptist Church, Idella Day, Democrats Care, First Rock Church, Flat Rock Baptist Church, Graham Foundation, Greenville First Church of the Nazarene Women's Ministry, Carol Kirby, Harriet & David Lapper, Mast General Store, Tamra Salas, Tom Satterfield, Judy Shalkham, Al Sherbert, Vedic Center of Greenville, and Theresa Wenstrap 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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