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The Beacon – June 2021

Hands of Christ

Plans for 2021 Back-to-School Distribution

Since there will not be in-person distributions again this year, elementary and middle schools in Berkeley County school will have the opportunity to request school clothing (pants and shirts) for up to 60 children in need. (This was done last year in Charleston County only.) Volunteers will pack the clothing at Westminster and HOC Partner Churches will pick up and deliver bags to their selected schools.

In addition to our three Hanahan schools, we have been asked to deliver bags to the ten elementary, primary and middle schools that feed into Goose Creek High School. We will also make contact with these schools and offer to serve as a resource throughout the school year. If the school has a specific need, the churches will try to help. For example, if there’s a need for winter coats, belts, books for kindergarteners, etc., the school will let their HOC Partner Church know. (If needed, these requests for help can be shared with other churches who participate in Hands of Christ.)

Besides delivering pre-packed bags of clothing, we will collect book bags, socks, underwear and school supplies for our local schools and the Headstart program.

Food Pantry

Our pantry continues to be well stocked due to your donations and financial contributions. We also received 10 cases of food items (fruits, vegetables, condiments) from the Montessori School. Thanks to our contributors, shoppers and May pantry helpers!

The City of Hanahan Police Department is currently holding a Food Drive for our pantry in City Hall. We’re very grateful to Chief Dennis Turner for agreeing to do this.

ITEM OF THE MONTH: Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Beefaroni, or Spaghetti & Meatballs

From The Session

• We will return to full worship services with congregational singing on Sunday, May 23rd.
• In compliance with the latest CDC guidelines for vaccinated people, we will no longer do temperature checks, rope of sanctuary rows, and require masks at worship services. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be available for those who wish to use them.
• Thank you to all who participated in the congregational survey on May 9th. The results are: 94% are full vaccinated, 94% feel safe with congregational singing, and 100% feel safe in our worship services.
• The Session felt we are not quite ready to begin full fellowship yet, but we will have a small outdoor fellowship on Memorial Day and Father’s Day.
• Masks are no longer required for vaccinated people in the fellowship building.

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