Triune Mercy Center
September 2017         
                            Girls' Night Out ... with a twist
From the pastor: 

            We are always amazed at what some of our volunteers tell us about seeing God's hand at work.
            Lyndon Vestal, for instance, had a background in cancer research. When she came to us in 2014 to volunteer for child care during Triune Circles, one of our Circles leaders was facing a serious cancer diagnosis that would eventually take her life. Lyndon was able to counsel with her and recommend camp opportunities for the woman's two daughters.
            Lyndon returned to us recently to see if we had another volunteer opportunity with Circles, our year-long program in which volunteers "encircle" a leader who is trying to emerge from poverty, stabilize his or her life, find steady employment, etc. We mentioned the Monday night meal for 25 that we need each week.
             Lyndon approached her Girls' Night Out group of seven women who had met for food and conversation for 20 years. The supportive group of friends, she recognized, was not unlike a Triune Circle. So her friends agreed to provide a meal one Monday night each month.
          They enjoyed it so much that Lyndon then approached her sister, Ruth Neil, and her daughter, Anna Okupinksi, who, in turn, pulled in their women's groups to provide two more meals each month.
           Lyndon is now seeking a final group to provide a fourth Monday night meal for Circles. "I like to cook anyway," she said, as she sat down to enjoy pork loin and asparagus and slaw with our folks last Monday, "but to cook for a group that's this appreciative is something special."
         If you have a group who would like to cook and serve a meal for 25 Circles participants once a month, contact Lyndon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .
      Thank you, Lyndon. We hope your Girls' Night Out at Triune continues for many years.
                                              * * * * * * * * *

           The spring and summer of 2017 have hit us hard at Triune. Financial donations are down, while our needs are as urgent as ever.
           Donations for general operating expenses are always cherished, and here are a few needs to tell you where your money might go.

        $3,600 -- Twelve months of Playback Cafe
        $1,800 -- Meals not covered by a partner church
        $1,200 -- Art supplies for one of our premiere ministries 
        $1,000 -- Materials for class on trauma for women who have been in the sex trade.
         $700 -- Accounting class for a staff member   
         $500 -- QuickBooks training for a staff member
         $450 -- Faith and Finance training for a staff member 
         $200 -- Dinners for parishioners to participate in guided civics discussion   
        $150 -- Case of large-print Recovery Bibles (We give out more than 66 cases or 792 Bibles each year.)  

          Of course, gifts do not have to match these specific amounts. Any gift is appreciated.

August at Triune:
Worship and Bible studies (average attendance):
Sun AM.... 202      Sun PM... 37     Playback Cafe... 35  

Meals and Assistance Programs:
Hot meals............................  1,318  
Grocery boxes.......................  117 households
Pop-top groceries...................   74  individuals
Laundry loads..........................  79                                     
Emergency clothes/blankets/kits...69   
People placed in rehab........  10
Safe housing from sexual exploitation .2 
Mental health consultations ... 24 
Social worker consultations....... 186, including 34 Round Table participants         
Vision screenings ......10   
Prescriptions filled ....  15 
Blood pressures ............ 52
Volunteer hours..................... 1,336    

Worship with us at Triune Chapel:

September 3, 11 AM --  Deb will preach on "Lost Jewels." David Raulston, Sammy Dotson and the Voices of Mercy will lead worship. Ollicia Burnside and James Tyler will sing a duet. 
 6 PM -- Elaine Nocks will preach.   

September 10, 11 AM --  Victoria Chance, co-founder of My Neighbor's Voice, will join Deb in preaching on "Twisted Words, Healing Words."  The Voices of Mercy will sing.
6 PM --  Associate Pastor Tandy Taylor will preach.  

September 17, 11 AM -- We will feature soloists and ensembles, and Deb will preach.    
6 PM --  Playback Cafe, our monthly improvisational theater offering that elicits stories from our homeless parishioners.   

September 24, 11 AM --  The Voices of Mercy will lead worship.  Deb will preach on "Day Labor."
6 PM -- Marydale Atkins will preach.

Sunday School - Each Sunday at 10 AM.
Bible Study at 4 PM each Sunday. 
Wish List:
Financial donations
Art canvases, 11 x 14 and 16 x 20 
Cord and wire for jewelry making
Acrylic paints, Liquitex Basics or Apple Barrel brands, all colors 
Artificial flowers
Caps, machine-made, not hand-knit 
Dried beans
Individual fruit cups
Peanut butter
Peanut butter crackers
Pasta sauce and/or spaghetti sauce
Vienna sausages
Recovery Meetings:

Monday         Noon           Narcotics Anonymous
Tuesday        Noon           Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous
Wednesday   Noon           Narcotics Anonymous
                      6:30 PM      Triune Al-Anon Family Group
                      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 September: 
Bethel Breakfast Ministry                           Holland Park Church of Christ
Bridgeway Church                                      Pelham Road Baptist
Buncombe Street UMC                              Prince of Peace Catholic
Earle Street Baptist                                    St. Giles Presbyterian
First Baptist of Mauldin                              Triune Mercy Center
First Presbyterian of Greer                         Valley Brook Outreach Baptist
Grace Covenant Presbyterian
Monetary Donations:

In honor of Traci Barr – James and Kathleen Barr 
In honor of Bill Bates and Barry McElreath – Glenn and John Helmers
In honor of Elaine Nocks – Laurens Road UMC
In honor of Donna Rogers – Eleanor Rogers
In honor of Mary Jane Gorman -- Duncan McArthur Jr.

In memory of Adam – Harold and Robbie Boman
In memory of Lee Brooks – Alvin and Sarah Drake
In memory of Eddie Case – Amy Sutherland and Joe Watson
In memory of Ace Gaughf-Smith – Playback Cafe friends
In memory of Allen Tribble Caldwell – Amy Sutherland and Joe Watson
In memory of John Rubin – Ann Funderburk
Robert and Joan Adams
Aldersgate UMC
Apphia SS Class
Joyce and Troy Barton
Johnseye Boling
Welch and Sarah Bostick
Tom and Julie Buchanan
Covenant UMC -- Gleaners class
Barbara Cox
Robert and Barbara Epps
Susan Fender
Thayer Fleming
Roy Fore
Paul and Jennifer Gasque
Darlene Geloni
Bonita Gossett
James and Elizabeth Griffeth
Ben and Deloris Griffith
Robert Haney
Patricia Harrison
Margaret Heatherly
Betty Herrin
Neil Jamerson
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Mark Kirby
Lee and Sherry Lawson
Susan and Jim Lollis
Jake and Lauren Lunsford
Manor Memorial UM Women
Moffatt McDonald
Don and Cheryl McMahan
Bill and Sharon Mitchell
Robert W.  Morris
Melinda and John Nash
Jamika Nedwards
Alexander Nevels
Jim and Donna Rogers
Bernard and Cynthia Showman
Simpsonville UMC
Kirk Stotzer
Van Teeple
Debbie Varner
David and Luci Vaughn
Kenneth Whitley
Pamela Whitmire
Robert and Teresa Wiegert
Hans Wiegert
Michael and Jane Wilson
Plus, thanks to all our faithful worshipers!              
And thanks to:  

Sophie Axson, Alma Cosgrove, First Baptist Church of Mauldin, Kathy Kirby, Kathy and Steve Karelitz, Cindy Lollis, Paul and Kate Reed, Gwen Young and Paula Wambeke for donations of art supplies, blankets, canned goods, eggs, food supplies, miscellaneous items and shirts.
Our Mission Statement:
To share Christ's love while meeting physical needs and providing life-changing opportunities to the disadvantaged.

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