If you have been around Triune for awhile, you know that we believe our hurting and marginalized citizens need much more than food or blankets or toiletries. And so we offer art, music, theater, a place to volunteer, a place to worship, a place to belong. We have taken our homeless and formerly homeless parishioners on mountain hikes, to lectures at Furman and to community theater productions. We have introduced them to Broadway and opera in our own concerts. Perhaps, most importantly, we have introduced them to all of you who join us here. This Christmas season we have another "first" to combine multiple populations -- a holiday concert by the dynamic young people of the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre. The theater's director Sammy Dotson joined us this year as Triune's music director, so the popular annual Christmas concert from Phillis Wheatley moved here as well. The Perfect Gift: A Christmas Celebration will be at 6 PM December 9 and 10 in our sanctuary, and will also feature the Nicholtown Baptist Church Choir and Triune's Voices of Mercy. Sammy brought a dozen of his Phillis Wheatley teens to sing for a Sunday morning service in November. Half of our congregation was on their feet, cheering, while the other half wept with the realization of what was going on in the lives of these young people. Then they stood and cheered, while the other half cried. It was that kind of day. We hope you will join us for this holiday concert. Admission is free, and a love offering will be taken to benefit Phillis Wheatley and Triune's music program.
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You are also invited to our Christmas Eve services at 11 AM and 6 PM on December 24.
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We hope your Christmas gift giving will include Triune honor cards. This year's card was created by Fred Wood, a noted Greenville artist, Triune worshiper and art room volunteer. "Unseen Greenville" is a painting he did early during his time at Triune. At the bottom are faceless human shapes, the view that most people see as they drive along Stone Avenue. But when you come through the church, pictured at the top, those humans acquire faces -- and names: Charles, Otis and Meno. We love "Unseen Greenville" and have it prominently displayed at our Stone Avenue entrance. Now you can enjoy it as a way to honor a friend or relative by giving to Triune's work with Greenville's unseen population. 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 allow these Greenvillians to be seen.
"Unseen Greenville" by Fred Wood is 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.)
Send this completed form, along with your check, to: Triune Mercy Center, P.O. Box 3844, Greenville, SC 29608.
November at Triune: Worship and Bible studies (average attendance): Sun AM.... 236 Sun PM... 25 Playback Cafe .... 92
Meals and Assistance Programs: Hot meals............................ 1,473 Grocery boxes....................... 195 households Pop-top groceries................... 92 individuals Laundry loads.......................... 60 Emergency clothes/blankets/kits... 109 Bikes .......... 2 People placed in rehab........ 10 Safe housing from sexual exploitation ... 1 Social worker consultations.... 176 including 36 Round Table participants Vision screenings ...... 19 Prescriptions filled ...... 6 Blood pressures ....... 43 Volunteer hours .....1,407
Worship with us at Triune Chapel:
December 3, 11 AM -- For the first Sunday of Advent, our tree will be lit, David Raulston will solo, and Deb will preach on "Awake." 6 PM -- Parishioner Eddie Jackson will give his testimony and we'll sing carols in a shortened service. .
December 10, 11 AM -- The Voices of Mercy will lead worship, and Deb will preach on "Mountain to Valley to Mountain." 6 PM --Our Christmas concert, A Perfect Gift: A Christmas Celebration, will replace our traditional service. December 17, 11 AM -- Deb will preach on "Authentically John, Authentically Us." 6 PM -- Join us for the Christmas edition of Playback Cafe.
December 24, 11 AM -- The Voices of Mercy will lead worship, and Deb will preach from the gospel of Luke. 6 PM --Join us for a candlelit celebration of lessons, carols and communion led by our associate pastor, Tandy Taylor.
December 31, 11 AM -- Visiting guitarist/singer Taylor Moore will play, and Deb will preach on "This Time Next Year." 6 PM -- No service.
Sunday School - Each Sunday at 10 AM. Bible Study at 4 PM each Sunday.
Holiday Wish List:
Thanks to all of you who have already brought donations of food, coats, blankets, caps and gloves. Here are our primary needs at this point:
Financial donations Copy paper Women's new bikini underwear, all sizes Men's new underwear, medium and large New bras, all sizes White socks, new Men's jeans Men's belts Men's tennis shoes, sizes 9, 10 and 11 Men's dress shoes, sizes 9, 10 and 11 Shampoo, large size Deodorant, large and travel-size Toothpaste, large and travel-size Shaving cream, large size Razors Women's scented lotion Journals Small suitcases Adult coloring books and colored pencils Canvases Acrylic paint Paper towels Toilet paper $10 gas gift cards Pampers, sizes 3 and 5 Peanut butter Jelly Canned meats Canned fruit Canned vegetables Pasta sauce Rice Dry beans Cereal Hamburger Helper Macaroni and cheese Jiffy mixes Peanut butter crackers Ramen noodles Vienna Sausages Instant lunches Canned tuna Individual fruit bowls
Advent UMC Pelham Road Baptist Bethel Breakfast Ministry Prince of Peace Catholic Buncombe Street UMC St. Giles Presbyterian Earle Street Baptist St. Matthew UMC First Baptist Church of Easley Triune Mercy Center Grace Covenant Presbyterian Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Mauldin UMC Women in Construction
In honor of Robin Barton – Cassie Robinson In honor of Ken and LaVerne Davis – Scott Withrow In honor of David Gay – William Burnette In honor of Rufus and Carolyn Grenobles – Teresa Wiegert In honor of Lynn Kobelt and Joyce Scott – Sandra Wallace In honor of Tom Mann – Nancy Mann In honor of Amelia Matthews-Thompson – Michelle Garrison In honor of Hans and Elaine Wiegert – Teresa Wiegert In honor of Women’s Restoration – Teresa Gregory
In memory of Gene Dickson – Pat and Bill Traxler In memory of Grover Mac Vinson – Rebecca Vinson In memory of Dr. Larry McCalla – Bruce Owen In memory of Jennifer McDermott – Ed and Peggy Good In memory of Eva Meredith – Sherril McKeown In memory of John Rubin – Donna Rhyne
Carole Abumoussa Robert and Joan Adams Aldersgate UMC Adam Anderson Anonymous Joyce Barton Charles Bayne Marc Benjamin Johnsye Boling Robbie Boman Gwynn Brabham Ronald Bryson Thomas and Julie Buchanan Buncombe St. UMC - Revelation SS Class William and Pamela Clark Steven and Bonnie Connelly Courage to Change Covenant Covenant UMC Barbara Cox Adrian and Kerstin Craven David Watson Foundation Dorothy and Robert Dill Dobson Tape Ministry Minnie and Tyler Douglas Alvin Drake EWC of St. James Episcopal Church Susan Fender Thayer Fleming Fourth Presbyterian Church Earle and Linda Furman Paul and Patty Gaeto Paul and Jennifer Gasque Angela Grell James and Elizabeth Griffeth Jim and Elizabeth Hammond Robert Haney Robert and Ann Haney Patricia Harrison Margaret Heatherly Robert Hodges Bradley and Kristine Ikenberry Malcolm and Milly Isley Neil Jamerson Thomas and Ann Johnson Mark Kirby Lawrence Kiss Sally and Todd Lauterio Sherry Lawson Lamar Lehman Susan and Jim Lollis Jim Martin Brandi McClain Sam McGee Don and Cheryl McMahon Kevin and Leah Mitchell Mrs. Alex Myers Alexander Nevels New Life Foundation Church Northgate Baptist Church Christopher and Judy Olson Marjorie Powell Frances Ridgill Robert C. Elder Jr. Family Foundation Donna Rycroft Bernard and Cynthia Showman Betty Stall Susan Stone Lynnie Taylor Terry and Beth Taylor Van and Angie Teeple Joe and Cathy Turner Lyndon Vestal Rebecca Vinson James Whitfield Tom and Sherri Whittington Hans and Elaine Wiegert Johnny Williams Kenneth and Sue Williams Randy and Susan Willingham Michael and Jane Wilson
Plus, thanks to all our faithful worshipers!
And thanks to:
Linda Armstrong, Betsy Wilson, Louise Riley, Anne Fiedler, Doris Greene, Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University, Brookwood Church, John Cringle, John Hefner, Ms. Jackson, Dr. Spyros Koutsioukis, Val Pierce, RealOp Investments, Marion Sprague, Paul Swenson, Ginger Tapp, Rebecca Vinson, Martha Williamson, and Thomas Martin for donating food, toiletries, hats, stamps, blankets and clothing.
Our Mission Statement:
To share Christ's love while meeting physical needs and providing life-changing opportunities to the disadvantaged.