Courier readers share Thanksgiving anecdotes

From sumptuous meals of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce to spirited backyard touch-football games, thousands of South Carolinians will gather Nov. 27 for their annual Thanksgiving Day family festivities. Three of our readers recently told us their Thanksgiving stories. Cooking for Others John and Christy Meadows moved to Charleston, S.C., from Mississippi in 2010. For […]

At 88, ‘Still Painting for My Lord’

Danny Burnley, pastor of Laurel Baptist Church in Greenville, has never come across anyone like 88-year-old John Aspray. In 2012, Aspray and his wife, Gayle, joined Laurel Church. He received a ministry booklet, as all new members do, and signed up for building and grounds. He approached Burnley and asked if he might paint all […]

You Do WHAT Kind of Ministry?

Jamie Ballentine is in the “mascot ministry.” What does that mean? He says, “My talent is performing as a stuffed animal.” He was “Cocky,” the mascot for the South Carolina Gamecocks, from 2002 to 2006 and planned a career as a professional mascot. Working in different places, he eventually landed in Charleston and was the […]

Gill’s book is resource for discussing death with children

Linda Gill, a grief support advocate who was featured in a May 2014 Baptist Courier story, has released a book, “Mommy, What’s ‘Died’ Mean?” as a resource for parents to use when talking with their children about death. Discussion questions are included for each story page to help determine how much the child understands. When […]

Bluffton author publishes children’s book on angels

“Dreaming with the Angels: The Life of Jesus Told by God’s Special Agents” is available at the “Live To Give” store on Hilton Head Island, S.C. “Dreaming with the Angels,” written by Bluffton author Glenn D. Bridges, caters to young readers with a theme that focuses on God’s use of angels and dreams in foretelling, […]

Courier Publishing president presents book to author

Courier Publishing president Rudy Gray recently presented an author’s copy of “The Shared Spouse” to the book’s writer, Julie Cannon. The presentation took place at a celebration dinner for Parson’s Pantry, a nonprofit agency that Cannon is supporting with proceeds from her book.

Greenville pastor authors book on disciple-making

Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, has published “Aspire: Developing and Deploying Disciples in the Church and for the Church.” The book contains a one-year strategy for relational disciple-making that can be used by members of the local church. The author outlines three 12-week studies that move a person through a […]

‘The ABC’s of Healthy Living’

Sara Burton, a retired teacher and registered nurse, has employed the talents of her grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews to illustrate “The ABC’s of Healthy Living. The book, which features original full-color art drawn by the children, offers a healthy-living tip to correspond with each letter of the alphabet. The book was designed by Burton’s nephew, […]

‘The Words of Jesus’

Wayne Dickard, pastor of Siloam Baptist Church in Easley and a former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has written a devotional study from the Gospel of Matthew, “The Words of Jesus.” The book draws from a year-long series of sermons that focus on Jesus’ words as found in Matthew’s account. Dickard said preparing […]

Myrtle Beach missionary honored for ministry to homeless

A Myrtle Beach woman has been honored for her ministry to homeless people. Carol Stallings, a member of Myrtle Beach First Baptist Church, received the 2014 Citizen Aiding Law Enforcement award by the Grand Strand Optimist Club on May 8. Stallings serves as the director of the Swash Park ministry to the homeless, and she […]