September 12, 2021  Topic:  A Crisis of Myopia  Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

Sunday Service Rules:

  • Everyone 2 and over is required to wear face masks at all times.
  • The Heyward and kitchen doors will be closed Sunday, please use the main or
    patio doors for entry.
  • No food indoors.
  • Water is allowed in a covered container.


We’ll be trying out a hybrid meeting method where those who want will meet face-to-face in the Library (round building to the side of the church) in a socially distanced/masked environment.  Those who would prefer to continue meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. can still find the meeting link under News/Meeting Info   We shall be discussing topics taken from the headlines

September Share the Plate Recipientis Harriet Hancock LGBT Services
Half of our cash collection in August goes to Harriet Hancock LGBT Services, which is the hub of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activity in the Midlands of South Carolina. The facility offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups, and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations, and counselors while also serving as the headquarters for the South Carolina Pride Movement.   The representative for September 26 will be Kimmah Dozier.
If sending a check please write “Share the Plate” in the memo line or you can give by either going to our website,, and clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the page, or entering “” in your browser.  Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.”

Story Circles
Fun & fellowship Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m., via Zoom.  The meeting link can be found under the News/Meeting Info  link found on the Home Page.  Newcomers welcome.  Call Barbara Bates Smith at 828-421-7685 with questions about Story Circles. Contact Phil Turner ( for information about the meeting connection.

Denominational Connections-Toolbox Webinar Series
Toolbox webinars are compact and efficient one-time training sessions that support congregations and congregational leadership. These webinars are conducted live, monthly on the second Tuesday (with occasional
fourth Tuesday sessions), each lasting 90 minutes. Learn more and register here:
September 14, 2021 – RE Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
September 28, 2021 – Youth Advisor Training
October 12, 2021 – Congregational Stewardship Practices
November 9, 2021 – Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Within the Congregation
November 23, 2021 – Dismantling White Supremacy Culture with your Covenant
Bob Whitaker, Chair, Denominational Affairs Committee, 803-391-5639

Adult RE Classes: Kything: An Ancient Practice of Celtic Christianity
Thursday Nights in September, 7-8pm
Rebecca Drennan will be presenting September Zoom sessions on this ancient practice, asking ourselves,
“How can we apply this to our present lives?” The practice of contemplative prayer and meditation spreads
across time and all cultures and traditions. One might be far from religious practice, yet have a sense of the
sacredness in ordinary life. These five sessions will focus on our awareness of the presence of God in ourselves, in others, and in all of creation.
We will meet the five Thursday evenings in September at 7pm ET on Zoom. We’ll focus on some pertinent material and then process the material in breakouts, practice deep listening. Come prepared to offer your
wisdom and compassion. To register call, text, or email Rebecca Drennan at 415-377-1791 or