Celebrate the 11th. Annual Say Something Nice Sunday on June 4th.

The 11th. Annual Say Something Nice Sunday is the first Sunday in June. Every church, denomination, religious organization or group fostering greater harmony and goodwill are encouraged to join. There are no fees or anything to buy. We are just trying to make the world a safer and happier place to live.

The movement began at First Baptist Church of Charleston and was adopted by the Charleston County Baptist Association. The Charleston/Atlantic Presbytery joined followed by the Disciples of Christ and the Catholic Diocese of Charleston which includes all of South Carolina. Many American Baptists, Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodists churches around the country joined. Recently Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin and Louisiana College in Alexandria, Louisiana have joined the movement.

Everyone can use a word of encouragement, a smile or a pat on the back. That is our purpose. Everybody is somebody. You are unique, one of a kind. You make our lives better. That is the message we want to send.

Please join us. Free materials are available at www.fbcharleston.org. Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the page then scroll down to Say Something Nice Sunday. There you will find, Bible verses, devotionals, suggestions for use, art work and the purpose of the celebration. You are encouraged to create your own materials and share them. Send to lori@fbcharleston.org.

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Director of Human Resources of the Year – Suzanne Smith

Presented by:  Mary Powers

Our Human Resources Director of the year truly exemplifies all of our Davidson and Pivot core values.

This person’s work with creative and far reaching recruiting ideas truly shows how this person creates value every day. From working with and learning about veterans transitioning to civilian jobs following active duty, to attending a local job fair that specializes in hiring individuals with disabilities – this person is letting love guide their work.
Talk about love – this person serves others with love always.  Each year they end their Team Member Appreciate Week with a volunteer day at a local charity in their town.

This person knows that greatness requires risk and attends a local school’s career summit that works to create hotel summer internships to encourage careers in hospitality. They have the back of all her team members and has special connections with all.

This HRD is very innovative and has some “expec SEAL ly” wild ideas to raise funds for GKTW. This person is always staying hungry when we ask for help on a transition or open HRD spot – this HRD is first to raise their hand.

We are honored to have this HRD on our team and it is with a thankful heart that I award Suzanne Smith our Human Resources Director of the Year.



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Combatting Hostile Rhetoric with Civil Speech – www.ethicsdaily.com


Combatting Hostile Rhetoric with Civil Speech | Mitch Carnell, Speech, Civility, Community, Say Something Nice Day, Say Something Nice Sunday

Say Something Nice Day on June 1 and Say Something Nice Sunday on June 4 offer great opportunities for us to join in the task of creating a more civil dialogue in the public square, Carnell writes.

Peter Gomes, the former minister of Memorial Church, said in a 2004 convocation address to the Harvard Divinity School, “Silence is death, and we with our skills and talents have never been more needed than now.”

His words were never more appropriate than now for those of us who strive for a more civil national and personal dialogue.

Some may question why pursue such lofty goals. Others proclaim that we must strengthen our resolve and our efforts to reclaim the high ground.

During Lenten Services at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mayor John Tecklenburg of Charleston, South Carolina, said, “We should have a day of repentance for all of our racial sins of the past and then we should move on to right those wrongs.”

In a conversation with him later, I suggested that one of the ways to move on to righting those wrongs was to guard the language we use in speaking to and about each other. Our words have consequences because they represent what is in our heart.

The annual celebrations of Say Something Nice Day on June 1 and Say Something Nice Sunday on June 4 offer great opportunities for us to join in the task of creating a more civil dialogue in the public square.

The mayor, a devout Catholic, is a major supporter of these efforts.

As Gomes said, we have the skills necessary to change the tone.

For those of us who claim to be Christians, our obligation is much stronger. We are to represent Christ with our language. This is not an easy task.

Recently, I found myself apologizing for un-Christlike verbal behavior. I was not apologizing for my opinion; I was apologizing for how I expressed that opinion. There was a more Christlike way available to me.

“In the New Testament book of James, the rhetorical question is asked, “Who can control the tongue?’ The implication of the question is that mastering one’s own speech is nearly impossible,” Marshall Blalock said in his sermon titled “Watch Your Words: The Power of Speech.”

“Today we recover the idea that we need to choose our words carefully and turn them into a powerful force for good. Today we will discover how to routinely choose wise words that build others up rather than tear them down.”

Gomes makes it clear that silence is not an option when we are confronted with verbal outpourings that are outside the bounds of respect for the other. It is possible to refuse to repay an insult with an insult.

Scripture tells us, “Let no one repay evil with evil.”

Michael Curry, bishop of the National Episcopal Church, says, “The truth is we are not the Republican Party at prayer and we are not the Democratic Party at prayer. We are the Jesus Movement and that makes a difference.”

Each Monday, I meet for lunch with a group that is out of step with the political persuasion of our area; however, we have made friends with a delightful couple who sit at the table next to ours.

Although their political opinions are worlds apart from ours, we have become friends. We look forward to their arrival. They could sit at a table away from us, but they choose to sit next to us and sometimes even join us.

This is how it should be. We have even learned to laugh at our differences. What a blessing.

A statue was recently erected in Charleston of 95-year-old former governor and senator Ernest Fritz Hollings and features him with an outstretched hand.

According to the sculptor, Richard Weaver, “This is to capture his defining asset – his ability to make friends.”

What an ability to have and what a tribute.

There is no one who does not need a word of encouragement. The late Arthur Caliandro, pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, said, “Be kinder than you think it necessary to be. The other person needs it more than you know.”

In these troubled times when hostile rhetoric fills the airwaves, let us strive to make friends out of potential enemies.

We can turn down the rhetoric and discover or rediscover more productive ways to communicate with each other. We can change the national dialogue.


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Macy Halford. My Upmost: A Devotional Memoir.

Macy Halford. My Upmost: A Devotional Memoir. New York. Alford A. Knopf ©2017.

This is an unusual memoir, but an effective one. The author weaves her life and her growing Christianity around the devotional book, My Upmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. She started reading the book when she was fifteen years old. She takes it with her on her many travels. As her life experiences mount up so does her understanding of Oswald. She grew up in fundamentalist First Baptist Church of Dallas, but she quickly outgrows its narrow message. The author is an excellent story teller, but she sometimes gets lost in the weeds. The book is highly enlightening, but the best chapters trace the changes for the worse at First Baptist Church of Dallas. When the giant screens went it, the author went out.

Macy Halford sent me back to my own copy of My Upmost for His Highest, which I had read very casually several years ago. Needless to say with her guidance I found new treasures. Having written a spiritual memoir myself, I am intrigued with her method and her unrelenting scholarship. My Upmost: A Devotional Memoir, is a good read, but not a casual one.

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