We have many reasons to be thankful today and every day–including a previously deaf three-year-old who can now hear! Many in our Redeemer family have had the privilege to help host Carla and Diana from Bolivia while Diana receives medical treatment at MUSC. Read more here about this amazing story.
The Carolina Bay Women’s Bible Study Group in West Ashley is sponsoring a community outreach, and they’re inviting everyone to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Help in any way you can:
- Pack a shoebox! Visit Operation Christmas Child to learn how, and this missionary’s blog post has great suggestions, too. Then print a $7 label for shipping, and give your shoebox to Frankie Bennett or Wendy Dammai by Sunday,November 8.
- Donate $20 to the group, and they’ll do the work for you.
- Come to the shoebox-packing party on Saturday,November 7. The group will be hosting a Family Pizza Party from 10 am – noon in Carolina Bay (1818 Hockley Blvd, 29414). Families will gather with supplies and shoeboxes, so our children can pack, wrap, make cards, and pray over the shoeboxes. Contact Wendy Dammai at 843-697-9947 if your family plans to attend.
Through your simple gift we can share the love of Jesus to children across the world!
Last week Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, partnered with the International Programs at MUSC to welcome back the international students to begin the fall semester. We’ve loved serving food and providing homemade desserts for these luncheons and other special events for internationals through the years. What a joy it is to welcome the sojourner within our city!
Over the last few months, I have learned a valuable lesson about the power of prayer. This past May, in the midst of saying goodbye to almost all our members, and feeling uncertain about the future of Side By Side, we chose to pray continuously for God to grow this ministry and to bring 5-7 women who were willing to commit to our group and eager to learn more about how the gospel plays out in a medical marriage. We also prayed that we would find a local church to partner with us, giving us a place to meet new women as well as a church to invite women to.
In June, Redeemer agreed to partner with our ministry, giving us a much-needed “home base.” Then came our anticipated first meeting in July. Imagine our surprise and delight when we had 24 women at our very first meeting! Just last week, we had an entire pew at Redeemer full of Side By Side women! God heard our faithful prayers and answered them tenfold! Side By Side is now a vibrant group of women serving one another, our husbands, and most importantly, our faithful God!
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.
Community groups at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, are more than just Bible studies. These small groups that meet in homes throughout the city seek to influence and impact their communities, sowing the love of Christ and the Word of God through these outposts of Redeemer.
As our groups change their pace for the summer, we look forward to hearing about outreach events and opportunities in different neighborhoods around Charleston. Read about the latest projects and outreach events our community groups are involved in.
One community group is hosting a women’s Bible study on Tuesday mornings this summer with childcare included, as an outreach to moms and kids in the West Ashley area. Contact Nancy Eriksen for details.
And, if you’re part of the Redeemer family, we want you to be part of a community group! Find specific information here about each of our groups.
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.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, boasted two teams in the Walk for Water this past Saturday, March 22. Some of the “not Downtown CG” Team is shown above prior to the walk.
Some of Redeemer’s second team, the “Downtown Community Group,” is shown above. Between both Redeemer teams, we raised over $800 for Water Missions International!
With nearly 4,000 walkers this year, this 9th Annual event was their biggest yet–and Redeemer’s best participation, too!