Plain and simple: Flood relief volunteers needed in 2017

To make it plain and simple, South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief needs churches to send missions volunteers for statewide service in the coming year. The effects of flooding in October 2015 are still being felt by dozens of Pee Dee residents, and disaster relief service has been complicated by the October 2016 flooding brought on […]

Prisoner packets meet needs, spread holiday cheer

South Carolina Baptists provided 23,957 prisoner packets for state inmates this holiday season. On Monday, Dec. 5, at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, about 130 volunteers and inmates from four institutions worked together to check the contents and bag the packets for delivery. They were distributed the following day to adult inmates in the South Carolina […]

Church’s ESL ministry reaches Midlands refugees

The English-as-a-second-language program at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia offers basic assistance to a new segment of the Midlands’ population: refugees. The church organized the ministry last year after about a dozen volunteers were trained by South Carolina Baptist Convention consultant Dot Whitmire. “We have thousands, maybe millions, of people coming into this country […]

Obituary: Robert G. Norris Jr.

Robert G. Norris Jr., 79, of Anderson, died Nov. 28, 2016. A native of Anderson, he served in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked with Owens Corning Fiberglas for 42 years. After retirement, he worked for Anderson County Solid Waste. He was associate pastor at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Anderson, where he was also […]

Obituary: Joel P. Jenkins Sr.

Joel P. Jenkins Sr., 90, of Piedmont, died Nov. 13, 2016. Born in Greenville, he was a member of Easley First Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Southeastern and Erskine seminaries and was a graduate of Furman University. He pastored Baptist churches in North and South Carolina […]

WMU showers Christmas blessings on flooded Nichols community

The tiny community of Nichols dodged direct impact from October’s Hurricane Matthew but caught the brunt of tremendous flooding two days later. Water from the Lumber River surged through the town of 400 residents, destroying homes, vehicles and personal belongings. In the weeks since, government assistance and countless volunteers have helped residents in the recovery process. […]

S.C. pastors rally around ‘Not Ashamed’ theme at annual conference

Pastors from across the state heard seven messages focusing on the theme “Not Ashamed of the Gospel” at the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference, held Nov. 14 at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. Dick Lincoln, pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, spoke on “Preparing to Preach,” emphasizing that not only does the Bible […]

CSU Operation Christmas Child packs 1,823 shoeboxes

Charleston Southern University Students packed 1,823 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child at CSU’s sixth annual packing party. At the packing party, students weave in and out of the aisles of the chapel, selecting toys, school supplies and necessities such as soap and toothpaste, hand packing each box one by one. Prior to 2011, several clubs and organizations […]