A few weeks ago on Sunday, October 23rd, the people of UniLu gathered at the Sanders' farm for an evening of fun with food, games, a hayride, and a campfire. The food was delicious, the games and hayride were fun, and the campfire was lit. We learned how to bake bread over the fire and made classic s’mores. The evening was a neat experience because members of the congregation from all different age groups gathered for this night of fellowship. This event gave everyone a chance to meet new people and develop relationships with people outside of regular church activities, which is pretty cool because events like these help develop strong friendships within the church.
The CROP Walk is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping those around the world receive the food that they need to survive. This group raises money for food around our own communities, and in countries across the globe. This year’s walk was very successful in monetary donations, and in participation in the walk. University Lutheran Church alone raised $640.00 to help contribute to those in need. We also had great participation from the church, including LCM students. There were two available walks to participate in. The main walk was 5 kilometers, and had a large group follow this route. The walk began at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church and looped around Clemson’s campus. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Clemson Community Care to help those in need on a local level. We hope to continue to build on each year with more participation, to help the greatest number of people that we can.
On October 12, 2016, LCM took its turn guarding the Habitat House. Guarding the house is one the coolest things we do but it also give us a chance to spend a night in the house that so many students (over 400) help build. Working on the Habitat House is one of those things you don’t forget; it’s something every student needs to do before they graduate. This year we had over a dozen students guard the house. We all had a great time watching movies on a projector, playing card games, hanging out, taking turns going up into the bell tower in Tillman Hall, and getting pizza from Dabo hand delivered by Jordan Leggett and company. It was overall a great experience with our LCM family and cool to be able to check out how the homecoming floats are coming along.
On Friday, September 23, a cardboard box city was created in Gateway Park to raise awareness for homelessness in our communities. Led by Family Promise of Pickens County, community members came and brought decorated boxes to the park, with many spending the night in them. A chicken noodle soup dinner was provided to all in attendance. In addition to the dinner, multiple local bands performed, and a member of Family Promise of Pickens County spoke to the audience about homelessness in our communities. The speech also addressed the method that Family Promise uses to help homeless families, by having churches trade off hosting the families in their buildings, and helping the families get back on their feet by trying to find them jobs.
Overall, it was a great event, and had a large contribution from a middle school class, who had a field trip to the event and made their own boxes for it, These middle school students also used the opportunity to introduce another event, Socktober, where people are encouraged to bring new pairs of socks to Gettys Middle School that will go to the homeless.