The Downtown Community Group is hosting a food and supply drive for Charleston Area Senior Citizens (CASC)—an outreach opportunity located just around the corner from us. Most CASC programs and services target low-income seniors and are offered at no charge. CASC runs a free food pantry at their Ansonborough House, provides free in-home care and services to those who are homebound, and runs a Meals-on-Wheels program to the Tri-County area. CASC is currently in need of non-food supplies (undergarments, linens, adult diapers, etc.) in addition to pantry staples. Here’s a full list of items needed. Contact a member of the Downtown Community Group or Laura Philpott for more info. Donations can be placed in the boxes in the foyer of the sanctuary where they’ll be collecting food and supplies through Sunday, August 9.
Are you a medical wife? Do you know any residents’ wives or doctors’ wives who are new to Charleston? Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, is proud to partner with the Charleston chapter of Side By Side, a ministry of CMDA for medical wives. Side By Side is a non-denominational, Bible-based ministry that seeks to encourage, support, and minister to women in medical marriages through fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. They seek to help connect the wives of medical and dental students, residents, fellows, staff physicians, and dentists here in Charleston.
With Redeemer’s proximity to MUSC, we worship with many medical families, including Dan & Emma Flaugher who moved to Charleston a few years ago. Emma is the coordinator of the Charleston chapter of Side By Side, and she shares a little of her experience below:
Side by Side was like life-support for me when I first arrived in Charleston. I knew nobody, felt extremely isolated, and my husband’s residency demanded 99% of his time. It was through community with those women that I grew in my faith and dependence on Christ, learned to love and support my husband in the midst of his crazy schedule, and made lifelong friendships. This isn’t a group that nibbles on appetizers and exchanges niceties; this is a life-giving network of women who deeply care for one another and desire to walk this road together, side by side.”
Side By Side kicks off during the summer months as new students and residents move into Charleston. Contact Emma directly to learn more about this vital ministry to the medical community, and join their Facebook group.
This Saturday, April 18 members of the James Island Community Group, deacons, and other volunteers from Redeemer will gather at 8 am at Florence Crittenton for a work day and breakfast with the staff and residents. No experience needed to make a difference in the lives of these at-risk, young mothers, so join us!
We need volunteers of all skill-sets, including cooking, handiwork, cleaning, and evangelism to help. We’ll be doing minor maintenance repairs for them, cleaning their chapel so they can use it for an upcoming training seminar, and providing breakfast for fellowship with the staff and residents. If you’re able to help with this outreach, contact Thomas Szymanski or Robert Wood so they can organize our efforts and laborers.
Spend your Saturday morning with other Redeemer volunteers at the Florence Crittenton home in downtown Charleston this weekend, February 22 beginning at 8 am. We’ll be preparing breakfast for the girls and staff at the home. We’ll enjoy the meal with them, as we show the love of Christ to these young girls who are in tough situations.
You’re encouraged to join the deacons in demonstrating Christ’s love in tangible ways to those in our downtown community. One of our deacons Thomas Szymanski reminds us that our involvement is a “direct example of God’s love working through our church to help those in need.”
After breakfast some volunteers will do needed repairs around the old building, and others will visit and fellowship with the girls–there are many ways to help! Join us this Saturday to help show the love of Christ; contact Paul Pepin for more details.
During past work days we’ve worked in the yard, organized closets, rebuilt shelves, or anything else that was needed. These pictures were from a work day back in the fall of 2012.