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When Waters Rise: One Year Later

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What about you? 


On this first anniversary of the "1,000 Year Flood," with a hurricane in the forecast, the memories of rising waters are still fresh in our minds. When memories come like waves crashing over our thoughts and dislodging our emotions, what are we to do?

When fears swell in our heart and threaten to overflow  the banks of our self-control, what are we to do?



We remember our God...


  • the God who rescued, and still rescues.

"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them." (Psalm  37:4)

"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” (Psalm  50:15)

"For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son..." (Colossians 1:13)
  • the God who provided, and still provides.

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
  • the God who saw you, and still sees you.

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you." (Psalm 32:8)
"My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me..." (Psalm 101:6)
  • the God who comforted, and still comforts

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
  • the Savior  who died, and yet still  lives

"Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4)


Down in the valley, when waters rise
I'm still believing
Hope is alive
All through the struggle and darkest day
I'll remember the empty grave

Passion City Church


Earl and Cynthia Pierce were one  of many families who saw their home destroyed by the flood of October 2015. Here's their testimony of God's faithfulness. (We all have one. What's yours?)



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Loving Our Neighbors in Ways They Can Hear

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We loved seeing your comments on social media and hearing that LoveLoud is one of your favorite events/days of the year! So many of you (over 500!) sacrificed a good chunk of your Saturday to spend it serving others in the name of Jesus. Volunteers of every age were serving, from the youngest to the oldest. It was so encouraging to see families serve together and our middle school, high school and college students getting involved.

The 30+ projects varied in size and scope but they all had this in common: your efforts blessed the people and organizations you served. Your time and presence mattered! Your kind words, smiles, and handshakes warmed hearts and told others that they are important--more important than football, errands, and Saturday chores. So thank you! Thank you for loving our neighbors in ways they can hear!


"Let us know lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." - Galatians 6:9, NASB


Scroll down to  watch the recap video, see where all we were serving, and view some of the photos you sent us!






Richland County Sherriff's Department - Provided  lunch to  up to 70 officers
City of Columbia Police Department - Provided lunch to up to 60 officers
Columbia Fire Department  & Richland County EMS - Provided lunch to up to 140 fire fighters and EMS workers
Forest Acres Police Department -  Provided lunch to up to 15 officers


Operation Homefront - Assisted retired Drill Sergeant  (terminally ill wife and 2 small children) with yard work
Shandon homebound member - assisted with house cleaning


Hand Middle School - Painted
Dreher High School - Planted and trimmed bushes
Bradley Elementary School -  Hosted  a block party for families
Heartworks/Jubilee Academy - Cleaned classrooms, painting


Richland County Public Library, Southeast Branch - Sorted & organized books
Department of Juvenile Justice - Landscaping
Harvest Hope Food Bank - Sorted donations
Ronald McDonald House - Helped move in to their new location


Daybreak Ministries (Crisis Pregnancy Center) - Assisted with moving and putting together furniture, cleaning & organizing
Happy Wheels -
Wrote thank you notes and collected infant toys
School Time Ministries
- Assisted with a mass mailing
Suburban Church - Provided construction assistance
Zerephath Ministries - Provided construction assistance
Oliver Gospel Mission - Assisted with Thrift Store
SisterCare - Cleanup and organized donations
Palmetto Place Children's Shelter - Landscaping and activities with kids
Ezekiel Ministries - urban garden project


Caroline Gardens, Lexington & West Columbia locations - Visited with residents, played games/crafts
Agape House - Visited with residents, flower bed clean-up, baked cupcakes for residents & families
Atria Retirement Home - Visited with residents, played games/crafts, sorted books

















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