Triune Mercy Center
March 2017         

                             A Week's Worth of Invitations             

From the pastor: 
    We have an unusually full week of nightly activities in our sanctuary that are open to the public this month:
    March 14-15 -- Furman University panel discussions
    March 16 -- Introduction of JumpStart
    March 19 -- One Voice
    Read on for more details:

      We will host the first two panel discussions of Furman University's six-part "Our Republic ... For Which It Stands." On Tuesday, March 14, Furman historians Steve O’Neil, Lane Harris, Savita Nair, Diane Vecchio and Lloyd Benson will speak on "American Laws and American Values."
        On Wednesday, March 15, political scientists Liz Smith, Kate Kaup, Don Aiesi, Mike Bressler and Jim Guth will speak on "Aspects of Domestic and International Politics."
       Both sessions are at 7 PM and are free and open to the public. Receptions will follow to allow you to speak with the professors.
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        A continuing hurdle we face when trying to find employment or housing for our homeless parishioners is a record of past felonies. Completing a prison sentence -- or what I used to call "paying your debt to society" -- has no bearing on the record. It can keep you out of a job as surely as if you were still in prison.
        That's why I'm so pleased that JumpStart, a prison ministry headquartered in Spartanburg, is headed to Greenville. Triune will host an introductory meeting in our sanctuary at 6 PM Thursday, March 16, for the Greenville community to get acquainted with this ministry. 
         JumpStart has discipleship classes in 15 state prisons and operates16 transition houses in Spartanburg County, all with the purpose of breaking the cycle of recidivism. The JumpStart team is seeking volunteer mentors from local churches, employers for released prisoners, and transitional houses.
        I hope you will join us for this introductory meeting. No commitment is required.
        Here's the JumpStart web site:

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     Jeremiah Dew, whom many of you may know as the former cheerleader and singer at Greenville Drive games, is bringing his one-man show, One Voice, to Triune at 6 PM Sunday, March 19. 
      With historical video footage in the background, Jeremiah will portray Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Barack Obama.
       We hope you will join us in our sanctuary for this special free event. Here's a peek: 

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        Volunteer opportunity: We have meal openings for selected Sunday lunches throughout the year and one Saturday lunch in September. A Triune meal involves buying the groceries, cooking and serving. 
        If this is something your Sunday school class or mission circle or group of friends would like to do, call our volunteer coordinator Linda Hanna at 233-8020, ext. 120, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   .


February at Triune:
Worship and Bible studies (average attendance):
Sun AM.... 260                              Sun PM...  31

Meals and Assistance Programs:
Hot meals............................  1,403 
Grocery boxes........................  118 households
Pop-top groceries...................    70 individuals
Laundry loads.......................... . 63                                               
Emergency clothes/blankets/kits..96 
People placed in rehab...................... 12       
Safe housing from sexual exploitation .. 1
Job placements...................................... 2
Social worker consultations................160 including 27 Round Table participants      
Mental health consultations ........  21
Participants in trauma class at GCDC ... 6 
Blood pressures......................... 72  
Vision screenings ...................... 10 
Prescriptions filled .....................  23           
Volunteer hours......................... 788

Worship with us at Triune Chapel:

March 5 -- 11 AM --  The Voices of Mercy will lead worship, and our new associate pastor, Tandy Taylor, will preach on "God Hears and God Calls."   
6 PM -- Rev. Susie Smith will speak.  
March 12, 11 AM --  Our song leader, David Raulston, will lead our music. Deb will preach on  "What He Saw." 
6 PM --  Elaine Nocks will speak.  

March 19, 11 AM --  Guest music director Sammy Dotson will lead the service, and Deb will preach on "Samaritans Among Us." 
6 PM -- Our special presentation will be One Voice, a one-man show by Jeremiah Dew.

March 26, 11 AM --  Guest music director Sammy Dotson will lead the service, and Deb will preach on "The Rest of the Story."
6 PM --  Marydell Atkins will speak. 

Sunday School - Each Sunday at 10 AM.
Bible Study at 4 PM Sunday. 
Wish List:
Electric water kettle
Women's bikini underwear - all sizes 
Art canvases
Recovery Bibles
Peanut butter
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: 

Bethel Breakfast Ministry                              Pelham Road Baptist
Buncombe Street UMC                                 Piedmont Park UMC
First Baptist of Mauldin                                  Prince of Peace Catholic
First Presbyterian of Greer                           St. Giles Presbyterian
Furman University Scholars                         Triune Mercy Center
Grace Covenant Presbyterian                      Valley Brook Outreach Baptist
Holland Park Church of Christ
Monetary Donations:

In memory of Perry White - Don & Harriette Baker, WIlliam & Jean Cathey and William L. Taylor
In memory of Juliane Odom - Darrell & Sandra Corder
In memory of Amber Sagely - Mark Godfrey
In memory of Floyd & Delma Woods, Ode and Bea - Floyd & Nancy Woods
In memory of Jessie Watkins - Terri Sheaffer

In honor of Art Ministry - Mark Sagely

Advent United Methodist Church
Aldersgate UMC
Steven & Elizabeth Anderson
Joyce Barton
Johnsye Boling
Harold & Robbie Boman
Aaron & Miranda Brakefield
Women at the Well - Buncombe Street UMC
Tom & Julie Buchanan
Alvin & Sarah Drake
Earle Street Baptist Church
Robert & Barbara Eppes
Susan Fender
Thayer Fleming
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Paul & Jennifer Gasque
Gleaners Sunday School  - Covenant UMC
James E. Griffith
Michael & Patricia Harrison
Margaret Heatherly
Betty Herrin
Holiday Sunshine Fund
Illinois Tool Works Foundation
Neil Jamerson
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Katherine Johnson
Delora Kirksey-Arnold
Sherry Lawson
Susan & Jim Lollis
Jake & Lauren Lunsford
McCarter Presbyterian Church
Don & Cheryl McMahan
Pisgah UMC
Priester Foundation
Phillip S. Roe
Sara Cooper Circle
Bernard & Cynthia Showman
Simpsonville United Methodist Men
Dwight Smith
Debra Sofield
South State Bank
Peter & Mary Stangel
Rita C. Szeto
Elizabeth Taylor
Fran Spicer Taylor
Pamela K. Whittier
Hans & Elaine Wiegert
Teresa & Robert Wieger
Michael & Jane Wilson

Plus, thanks to all our faithful worshipers! 

And thanks to:  Cathy Kirby, Gridley Club, Marie Hall, Hunters for the Hungry, International Justice Mission - Furman University, Pre-Health Honor Society -  Furman University, Rose Griffith, Swenson & Associates, and Vedic Center for donations of bag lunches, food, scarves, blankets, art supplies and other items. 

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