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home : faith July 22, 2014 

Interfaith Partners to discuss compassion in shaping lives

The Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, Florence branch, will present a program on “The Role of Compassion in Shaping Our Lives” on Saturday, July 19. The principle of compassion, no matter what religion one follows, asks us to practice the Golden Rule and treat others as we wish to be treated. Representatives from the faith communities of Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Unitarian Universalism will share their views on compassion. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many religions represented in the Pee Dee, and see how much we have in common. It will be held at the Florence Public Library, 509 S. Dargan St. from 2:30-4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Norma Small at 617-5365 or

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

St. Catherine's receives banner
Fewer than two years old, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church of Florence is recipient of a significant church symbol, which reflects both centuries of church tradition and ancient history. Parishioner April Sylvester, daughter of Mrs. Barbara Sylvester and the late Dr. Joseph Sylvester, presented the parish with an official banner at its worship service Sunday, June 29. The vivid red banner is adorned with a gold crown, representing St. Catherine of Alexandria’s royal background. 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FDTC celebrates its 51st church security project
Florence-Darlington Technical College Criminal Justice Instructor Phil Purpura was moved to do something about a sudden spike in church fires during the summer of 1996. Several South Carolina churches were burned, and Purpura created the Security for Houses of Worship Project at FDTC to provide the churches with basic security survey. Purpura and his criminal justice students recently celebrated their 51st survey at Oakdale Baptist Church in Florence County. Purpura leads the students on surveys of churches and provides the parishioners with recommendations to improve security. 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Florentine attributes her longevity to her Christian values
According to Florence native Eula Mae Cummings, her strong Christian values are what keep her active and well. Cummings who turned 99 on June 22 has not let her age slow her down. She is still very active in her church and in the Florence community. On her special day, she walked with ease around her church (Church of God in Christ Jesus Apostolic) where she has been a member for more than 60 years. Cummings spent her younger years being a housewife, working in the cafeteria of Carver Elementary and at McCall Farms. Traveling and gardening are just a couple of Cummings’ current hobbies.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gratitude 365

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) An attitude of gratitude is a known fact that contributes to our well-being. Everyone is looking for a pill to cure this or that. I have found that a daily dose of gratitude will help you feel better. Make a conscious effort each day to document things you might normally take for granted. I’m thankful for my washer and dryer. Doing laundry at home is something I really do appreciate; so glad my Laundromat days are over. The simple act of walking is wonderful. Just go to a rehab center or hospital and you’ll see someone who is unable to move around like they use to. Thornton Wilder wrote: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” As human beings we too often dwell on what we don’t have and forget what we have been given. For now count your blessings. Don’t wait until the last Thursday in November. Do it today! Each day I live I find so very much to be grateful for. I don’t want to let one day go by without thanking God and others who help me on my journey of life.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Youth Choir rehearsals on Mondays

The Pee Dee Community Youth Choir rehearsal is calling all youth, ages 5 to 19, to rehearsal, every Monday at Open Door Baptist Church, 236 W Evans St., 6 to 7:30 p.m, For more information, contact Rev Michelle M. Law-Gordon at 843-615-7888 or via facebook at Pee Dee Community Choir. Their goal is to provide a safe haven for youth of the Pee Dee and surrounding counties.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Music & Art Camp offered at First Baptist

How Great Thine Art Music & Art Camp will be offered at First Baptist Church, July 14-17, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a $35 registration fee which includes a camp t-shirt, lunch, art supplies and instrument rental. It is available to children who have completed grades two through six. Register online at or by calling 843-662-9451. The church is located at 300 S Irby Street.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Garage Sale Saturday at FBC

An indoor ‘garage sale’ will be held on Saturday, June 28, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the gymnasium at First Baptist Church. Proceeds from the multi-family donations will go the church’s mission fund.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

St. Catherine's to dedicate new banner on Sunday

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church will celebrate Holy Communion Rite II at Back Swamp School on Sunday, June 29, at 10 a.m. with Father Jeffrey R. Richardson, Vicar, as celebrant and preacher. St. Catherine’s new banner will be dedicated and a picnic will follow at the Harper farm.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

St. John's Church marks 125 years since laying of cornerstone
The congregation of St. John’s Church (Anglican) in Florence celebrated the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of its present church building on June 8. The first building, erected in 1868 at the corner of Coit and Darlington streets, suffered irreparable damage during the Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886. The June 8 celebration was marked by festive brass and choral music during the 10 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist. The guest preacher was the Rev. Robert Horn whose father, the Rev. Joseph Horn, served as rector of St. John’s from 1955-1969. After the service, the congregation gathered in the courtyard to rededicate the church building.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tabernacle Experience
The Tabernacle Experience (East Coast), will be at First Presbyterian Church, June 14-22. There is no entry fee. Hours are 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. on June 14, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 15, 20, 21, 22, 4-9 p.m. June 16, 17, 18 and 1-9 p.m. on June 19. Groups scheduled by appt.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A beaver walking down Edisto Drive?
Recently, I was driving home from work down Edisto Drive and saw a strange creature walking on the side of the road. What is that?, I thought. The traffic started to back up as others like myself slowed down to investigate. It was of all things a beaver. Furry and brown with a big black flat tail. Yep a beaver. I have lived in Florence for over 30 years and never seen a beaver much less one walking down the road. 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bethea to host sleep, arthritis, posture workshop

DARLINGTON – Bethea Baptist Retirement Community will host a Sleep, Posture, & Arthritis Workshop on Friday, May 23, at 3 p.m. in the Bethea Baptist Chapel. The workshop is sponsored by Dr. Scott Ratamess with Ratamess Chiropractic Clinic. To pre-register for this free workshop, contact Shane Bailey at 843-395-4402.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cooks for Christ plans chicken bog

Cooks for Christ will host a chicken bog benefit for the late Billy Brown. The benefit will be held on Thursday, May 15, at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. William “Billy” Brown was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and stage 4 lung cancer in October 2013. The cancer spread to both lungs and lymph nodes. Unable to work and medical expense caused a financial strain on his family. Sadly, Billy passed away on April 22, leaving behind many outstanding medical bills. Cooks for Christ is raising funds to help his family with these expenses. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. A bake sale will be held all day. Plates are $6 each and lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven plates or more. Please make your donation payable to William Brown Medical Fund. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread. For more information, contact Kathy Johnson at 260-5504, Jenifer Floyd at 662-4228 or Beverly McKee at (843) 229-0348.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nothing can separate us
On Palm Sunday after a brief bout with a rare blood cancer I can neither spell nor pronounce, my aunt passed into glory. Holy Week was filled with sadness. Away from home we missed all the services which bolster our faith and feed our hearts. Joy was postponed. The usual preparations are toned down because really, it feels impossible to celebrate Easter when your favorite aunt dies. Except that is exactly what we celebrated at her funeral. We remembered her tenacity, her service to church and others, her laughter and love.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

FBC to host music, art camp

Blast Off Vacation Bible School and Missions Mini Camp will be offered by First Baptist Church the week of June 9 thru 11, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. This is for children who have completed 4K through grade 6. It is free. Register online at or by calling 843-662-9451. The church is located at 300 S Irby Street.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ladies luncheon on May 14

The Florence Christian Women’s Connection invites you to a garden luncheon on Wednesday, May 14, at the Florence Country Club, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The buffet opens at 11:15 a.m. Enjoy it all for $15. Reservations are essential by Friday, May 9, at noon. Special Feature Amy Wells, Taylors Garden and Gift Shop. Jump into Springtime with flowers galore. Special speaker will be Annis Barnette who will talk about Living Confidentially in a Changing World. To make your luncheon reservations, call Deborah at 843-229-4325 or email If you cannot attend, please honor your reservation. CWC is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries www.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Symphony to perform at Moore Farms Botanical Garden

LAKE CITY – The Florence Symphony will present an evening of favorites on Friday, May 9, hosted by the Moore Farms Botanical Garden. It’s spring and the gardens are in full bloom. This will be an evening to remember. The program will feature the music of Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes and more. Seating is available on the lawn (bring your lawn chair or blanket), in a seated area or at tables for eight. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Rain date will be on Saturday, May 10. Tickets start at $30. For reservations got to the website at or call the symphony office at 843 661 2541.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Durant Children's Center celebrating 20 years

Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant Children’s Center will host its 20th anniversary 6:30- 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at Central United Methodist Church in the Davis Family Life Center, 167 North Irby Street. Keynote speakers will be Sara Elizabeth Schuh, MD Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina, and Mary Elizabeth Ralston, PhD Founding Director of Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center. The event is $50 for individual tickets and $80 per couple. Registration and pre-payment are required as space is limited. The Durant Children’s Center is a multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment center for child victims of physical and sexual abuse. The center is a program of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, a United Way agency.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pee Dee Community Youth Choir rehearsals

The Pee Dee Community Youth Choir is calling all youth, ages 5 to 19, to rehearsal, every Monday at Open Door Baptist Church, 236 W Evans St., 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Rev Michelle M. Law-Gordon at 843-615-7888 or via facebook at Pee Dee Community Choir. “Our goal is to provide a safe haven for youth of the Pee Dee and surrounding counties,” she said.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

God's word
“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day of Prayer services

The National Day Of Prayer will be observed in Florence on May 1 at noon at the Florence County Complex. Darlington will also host a prayer service at noon on May 1 on the County Courthouse grounds. In the event of rain, it will be held in First Baptist Church. This year’s theme is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” Romans 15:6. “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:8 Mrs. James C. Dobson (Shirley) is the chairman of the NDP Task Force. Come join your neighbors for a time of prayer for our community.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Galloway Mosley
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