Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
As Hurricane Matthew came closer to the South Carolina coastline and evacuees were looking for a place to go, the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers opened its doors at Camp Kinard and invited anyone still needing lodging to take shelter there. Shortly after the announcement, nearly 40 people had taken up the offer and were soon safe from harm’s way.
Early last year, the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers entered into Phase II of the Building+Renewing+Believing Capital Campaign with the focus on renewing many of the existing facilities at Camp Kinard and Coastal Retreat. One of the major goals of the campaign was the much needed replacement of the 32 year old roof and surrounding soffits at Coastal Retreat.
Last September, members from Reformation Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC) visited the Isle of Palms for their annual fall beach retreat and a time of fellowship and renewal. During their stay at Coastal Retreat, those attending worked together to construct a prayer garden complete with benches, cedar cross, alter, and container filled with “prayer rocks”.