First Presbyterian donates to SUM, accepts resolution from state Legislature
First Presbyterian Church Elder Chuck Fienning, right, presents a check for $35,000 to Sumter United Ministries Executive Director Mark Champagne. The contribution, part of a $100,000 bicentennial gift from the church, will help fund converting the former Sumter Jaycee Hut on Pine Street into a winter shelter. The shelter may also serve as an auxiliary emergency shelter for victims of natural disasters such as floods or hurricanes. The building's owner, the City of Sumter, has granted a long-term lease to United Ministries.
The Rev. Bob Brearley, left, accepts a resolution from the state Legislature acknowledging First Presbyterian Church's 200th anniversary, citing the church's history of local mission efforts, many of which are ongoing in collaboration with other area churches. Presenting the resolution are Sen. Thomas McElveen, center, and House Speaker Murrell Smith, both of whom are members of First Presbyterian Church.