Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Presbyterian churches to host Lenten lunches

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 3/8/19

Several area Presbyterian churches, all associated with the Presbytery of New Harmony, have joined to present special programs during Lent.

The 2019 Clarendon, Lee and Sumter Cluster Luncheons began on Ash Wednesday with Chuck Staggs presenting …

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Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Presbyterian churches to host Lenten lunches

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Several area Presbyterian churches, all associated with the Presbytery of New Harmony, have joined to present special programs during Lent.

The 2019 Clarendon, Lee and Sumter Cluster Luncheons began on Ash Wednesday with Chuck Staggs presenting the program at Second Presbyterian Church and will continue each Wednesday at a different church through April 10.

Shirley Wood of First Presbyterian Church in Sumter said the theme of the noon-to-1 p.m. luncheons is "Listen! God Is Speaking." The inspiration for the theme is Isaiah 52:6b, which reads in part, "Therefore, in that day they shall know that it's I (God) who speak ." Each speaker will base the message on a passage from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.

"A light lunch will be served before the sermon," Wood said. "There is no charge for the luncheon, but an offering will be accepted." The offerings will benefit Presbyterian Agency for the Developmentally Disabled.

The schedule, Bible verses and speakers for the noon Lenten luncheons:

March 13 - First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun St., Sumter - Othan Franklin, Isaiah 42:5-9

March 20 -Melina Presbyterian, 3539 Black River Road, Gable - Julie Cox, Isaiah 52:3-7

March 27 -Manning Presbyterian, 231 N. Brooks St. / U.S. 301, Manning - Leroy Thompson, Isaiah 53:4-6

April 3 - Harmony Presbyterian, 8629 U.S. 301, Alcolu - Gavin Meek, Isaiah 53:10-12

April 10 - Swan Lake /Fraser Presbyterian churches, 912 Haynsworth St., Sumter - Flurry Wilson, Isaiah 25:6-8

The public is invited to attend the Lenten luncheons.