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The Coterie Club of St. Matthews, founded in 1956, held its Holiday Debutante Ball on Friday at the Orangeburg Country Club. Members and guests were greeted in the ballroom by Mrs. Alec Boyd McLeod III, president of the Coterie Club, and her husband, along with the sponsors of the debutantes.Seven daughters of Coterie members made their formal bows to society:Virginia Gray Edmunds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake Edmunds Jr., was escorted by Mr. James Joseph Union IV of Orangeburg.Caroline Blake G...
The Coterie Club of St. Matthews, founded in 1956, held its Holiday Debutante Ball on Friday at the Orangeburg Country Club. Members and guests were greeted in the ballroom by Mrs. Alec Boyd McLeod III, president of the Coterie Club, and her husband, along with the sponsors of the debutantes.
Seven daughters of Coterie members made their formal bows to society:
Virginia Gray Edmunds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake Edmunds Jr., was escorted by Mr. James Joseph Union IV of Orangeburg.
Caroline Blake Gantt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hay Gantt III, was escorted by John Austin Watts of St. Matthews.
Isabella Catherine Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Reed and of Ms. Kimberly Wood Reed, was escorted by William Weimortz Sutcliffe III of Columbia.
Mary Ruth Rickenbaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Rickenbaker, was escorted by William Alexander Clarkson of St. Matthews.
Lauren Elizabeth Roland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lee Roland, was escorted by Andrew Charles Gatch of Columbia.
Julia Taylor Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Taylor Smith, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Marion Smith, also members of Coterie, was escorted by Wyatt Jeffcoat Rucker of St. Matthews.
Elizabeth Daisy Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Christopher Williams, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Joseph Williams, also members of Coterie, was escorted by Aaron Calhoun Strickland of Orangeburg.
Four granddaughters of Coterie members also made their formal bows to society:
Elizabeth Bailey Conger, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William George Peterkin III and daughter of Mr. Allen Willard Conger and Ms. Amy Elizabeth Peterkin, was escorted by Hunter William Carson of Cameron.
Sara Elizabeth Culclasure, granddaughter of Mrs. Thomas Percy Culclasure, niece of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Percy Culclasure Jr. and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Todd Culclasure, was escorted by Thomas Jack Round of Simpsonville.
Alexandra Warren DuBose, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gressette Felder Sr. and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Edmundson DuBose and Mr. and Mrs. John Gressette Felder Jr., was escorted by Matthew Tucker McGee of St. Matthews.
Kailee Kissam Flinton, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Woods Flinton Jr. and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stier Flinton, also members of Coterie, was escorted by Justin Dean Hood of St. Matthews.
Four sons and one grandson recognized as attending their first Coterie Debutante Ball were Jackson Kenneth Fleming, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kenneth Fleming Jr., accompanied by Miss Shannon Elizabeth Julian; Matthew Tucker McGee, son of the Honorable and Mrs. Randall Edward McGee, accompanied by Miss Alexandra Warren DuBose; William Cooper McGee, son of the Honorable and Mrs. Randall Edward McGee, accompanied by Miss Madison St. Clair Rhame; Gregory Marion Smith Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Marion Smith and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Marion Smith, also members of Coterie, accompanied by Miss Sarah Kathryn Clark; Gressette Loadholt Felder, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Gressette Felder Sr. and son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Carroll and Mr. and Mrs. John Gressette Felder Jr. accompanied by Miss Kelsey Lynn Crawford.
A large number of family and friends were invited to the 60th annual Coterie Club Holiday dance:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joseph Coble Jr., Miss Catherine Moore, Mrs. Allison Townsend Reaves, Miss Joesy Lane Ott, Miss Abby Miles, Mr. and Mrs. David Hooper, Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop, Miss Jordan Kahn, Mr. Matt Hawse, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weeks Stroman, Ms. Bennie Wooten, Miss Julia Gossett, Mr. Dawson Abrams, Mrs. Vicky Ware, Mr. Eddie Lee, Miss Emily Peterkin, Miss Savannah Barker, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Trent Ziemke, Dr. and Mrs. John B. DuBose, III, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hampton Thornton, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Dean Hood, Miss Lauren Betts Culclasure, Mrs. Gerald Sage Bradshaw, Mr. Gene Gibbon, Mrs. Rebecca Turberville, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Loadholt, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fleming, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Hank Rhame, Mr. and Mrs. George Laing.
Co-chairman of the Coterie Ball were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kenneth Fleming Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Porth; debutante committee chairman was Mrs. Jonathan Daniel Mangum; and debutante figure was Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Goodwyn Reid Jr.
“Thanks be to God! He has heard your prayers! He has answered your prayers!” With these words, the Rev. Janet Echols, Rector of St. Matthew’s, Fort Motte, announced on October 31, 2022, that her congregation will be allowed to buy back their church property. In April, the SC Supreme Court ruled that St. Matthew’s along with seven other parishes no longer belonged to the local congregations and that their deeds were to be handed over to the Episcopal Church.On October 29, Bishop Ruth Woodliff-Stanley and the Epi...
“Thanks be to God! He has heard your prayers! He has answered your prayers!” With these words, the Rev. Janet Echols, Rector of St. Matthew’s, Fort Motte, announced on October 31, 2022, that her congregation will be allowed to buy back their church property. In April, the SC Supreme Court ruled that St. Matthew’s along with seven other parishes no longer belonged to the local congregations and that their deeds were to be handed over to the Episcopal Church.
On October 29, Bishop Ruth Woodliff-Stanley and the Episcopal Standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, to sell the church property back to the Anglican congregation.
Echols called the opportunity miraculous. “I say miraculously because it really was an act of God that turned the tide for us. There were forces at work against us. Your prayers were effective! No other church in our Diocese has been given this opportunity to ‘redeem’ their property. Thanks be to God for answered prayers!”
In addition to thanking her congregation for praying the effort through, Echols thanked attorney Francis Mack, “who persevered through this 10-year journey and did an amazing job as our legal counsel,” as well as Mary Taber and Steve Pittman, (Senior and Junior Wardens, respectively) and their vestry “who have shown great leadership in this season.”
Echols also publicly thanked Bishop Woodliff-Stanley, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina for “her courage, wisdom and grace,” and, in response to requests from her parishioners, provided them with the Episcopal Bishop’s address so they may write notes of appreciation. “In spite of letters and calls from people encouraging her not to sell to us, she made the call,” said Echols.
Bishop Chip Edgar, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina called it a “eucatastrophe.” “This was a classic Tolkienesque ‘eucatastrophe,’” he said, “where six months ago we thought all was lost when the properties had been lost, but St. Matthew’s has had the opportunity to purchase back their building at a price they can achieve. It also opens the door for them to fundraise both for this as well as other needs of their church and mission opportunities going forward. It’s my hope and prayer and even expectation that this starts yet another new day for St. Matthew’s as they look to a future where they can really live into the ministry to which God has called them.”
The church has 90 days to raise the agreed upon price for the property. In her message to the congregation Echols said, “The first thing we need to do is PRAY. Just as I asked you to pray for the meeting – three times a day for five minutes. I am going to ask you that at every meal when you thank God for your “daily bread,” His provision, you also pray for provision for our church. Thank Him for what He has already done, for what He is doing, and for what He will do to provide for us. People around the Anglican Diocese of SC and the world are joining us in prayer.”
The Jerusalem Fund sent an “encouragement gift” of $10,000 to St Matthew’s Parish this week. As a Diocese, we continue to stand together as we labor to build up the Body of Christ in this place.
To donate to the effort, give to the Jerusalem Fund, noting that your gift is for St. Matthew’s, Fort Motte.
The playground will be located at the corner of Butler Street and Richland Avenue. The land was formerly used for tennis courts that became dilapidated.ST MATTHEWS, S.C. — Construction of a new playground is underway in the Town of St. Matthews. The project is being spearheaded by the Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Department.“I think it’s ...
The playground will be located at the corner of Butler Street and Richland Avenue. The land was formerly used for tennis courts that became dilapidated.
“I think it’s gonna be a great addition for us," said local parent Joseph Fairey.
There will be slides, monkey bars, and swing sets for children to enjoy, and picnic tables for families. According to the Calhoun County Department of Parks and Recreation, this project has been a few years in the making.
The playground will be located at the corner of Butler Street and Richland Avenue. The land was formerly used for tennis courts that became dilapidated over the years.
“You have a lot of people in this area, in St. Matthews that are looking for things to do with their kids. On a nice day like this, this would be a perfect day to bring your kids out, use the playground, get rid of all of that energy that these kids have after a long day of school," said parks and recreation director Zachary Tarrant.
Joseph Fairey is a local parent in St. Matthews. His daughters are active in Calhoun County sports programs.
"I remember growing up this was a tennis court and I had a lot of good memories out there," he said, "Over the years it had just kind of become not used and not functional for the community.”
He moved back to St. Matthews last year after living in Columbia for a while.
“This is a great family, friendly community but not having a playground is obviously something we needed. Just excited for my kids. I’ve got a one, a four, and a seven year old so obviously we’ll be using it a lot and lots of families that are out here will take advantage of it and it’ll bring the community together," said Fairey.
The park is being funded by a grant from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, in addition to money from the Calhoun County penny sales tax. It's expected to open at the end of May.
St. Matthew Baptist Church, 749 Longtown Road in Lugoff, recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Established in 1873 by former salves, members at that time gathered under a brush arbor for worship. Later that same year, Gordon and Grady Bell of Lugoff granted the members 2 acres of land for a church to be built.Services were held each Sunday with additional prayer services held during the week. The building was later destroyed by fire, and in March 1939, services continued in the Parker School building.On May 21, 1956, membe...
St. Matthew Baptist Church, 749 Longtown Road in Lugoff, recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Established in 1873 by former salves, members at that time gathered under a brush arbor for worship. Later that same year, Gordon and Grady Bell of Lugoff granted the members 2 acres of land for a church to be built.
Services were held each Sunday with additional prayer services held during the week. The building was later destroyed by fire, and in March 1939, services continued in the Parker School building.
On May 21, 1956, members purchased land on S.C. 5 (Longtown Road) to build a new church. In 1958, the members moved into the new sanctuary. Old time hymns, accompanied by the clapping of hands and stomping of feet, along with shouts of praise echoed throughout each service.
Baptisms were held outdoors before an indoor baptismal pool was built. Members would fellowship with each other after services knowing that it would be a week or more before they could see or talk to each other again.
Electronic communication was not available. This building now serves as the church’s family life center.
Throughout its 150-year history, St Matthew has been under the leadership of several pastors, each providing spiritual guidance to the congregation, leadership and improvements to the physical structure of the church. Each pastor worked hard to achieve the goals established during his tenure. In the fall of 2006, construction began on the current sanctuary. It was dedicated in April 2007 during a morning service.
The congregation’s goals for the future of St. Matthew are to continue to provide services through the offering of programs of benefit to the members as well as the surrounding community.
These include educational programs and workshops that focus on health awareness, tutorial services, and parenting classes.
Providing recreational activities for senior citizens and youth, the development of an outreach ministry, seeing an increase in membership, offering a scholarship program for students to continue their education beyond high school, continuing its monthly foot giveaway, and increasing the involvement of youth in the functions of the church all remain a priority at St. Matthew.
The sesquicentennial culminated with a banquet held at the Bethlehem Family Life Center in Lugoff. Michael Cummings, Eugene Walker, and Russell Perkins provided music. State Sen. Penry Gustafson, along with former Kershaw County Council member Bobby Gary, presented the church with proclamations recognizing St. Matthew for its long history and contributions to the community. That Sunday’s church service concluded with dinner in the fellowship hall.
St. Matthew Baptist Church was built on God’s guidance, faith, the hard work of the congregation’s forefathers, and its dedicated church members. Its mission is to save souls by glorifying God, spreading His Holy Word, supporting fellow believers, and to be a guiding lot for the community.
“As we enter a new era in the history of St. Matthew, we trust that God will enable us to live out the true meaning of our mission statement,” congregants said.
Over the weekend, our news outlet ran a post entitled “The Decline Of Western Civilization As We Know It: Orangeburg, SC Bojangles Edition.”The post got a lot of traffic, and has prompted some submissions from our non-grammatically challenged readers.One such submission? A sign for “Miss Delivered Mail” at the U.S. Post Office in rural St. Ma...
Over the weekend, our news outlet ran a post entitled “The Decline Of Western Civilization As We Know It: Orangeburg, SC Bojangles Edition.”
The post got a lot of traffic, and has prompted some submissions from our non-grammatically challenged readers.
One such submission? A sign for “Miss Delivered Mail” at the U.S. Post Office in rural St. Matthews, South Carolina.
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To be fair, “misdelivered” is not the easiest word to get right. Seriously, to hyphenate? Or not to hyphenate?
We actually had to look that one up … (you don’t hyphenate, by the way).
But “Miss Delivered?” Two words? Score yet another one for South Carolina’s worst-in-the-nation government-run schools, people.
Our source for the photograph chose to remain anonymous, citing the Latin phrase esse quam videri – “to be, rather than to seem.” Or perhaps they meant esse non videri, “to be, not to seem.”
Either way, pretty cool …
As noted in our last post, in general relativity the “event horizon” is a boundary in spacetime beyond which an object is unable to escape the gravitational pull of a larger object (or a black hole). It is, literally, the “point of no return.”
As the United States continues clumsily navigating a steepening downslope on the wrong side of history, where is our nation’s event horizon?
Check your rearview mirrors people … while you await your “Miss Delivered Mail.”
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