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Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Bernett Waitt

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that the Rev. Bernett (Bernie) Waitt brings to my life. Bernie grew up in Winnsboro, South Carolina and eventually made his way to Furman University and then to Southern Seminary. Along the way he had the good fortune of persuading Jane to be his wife. After serving as pastor at First Baptist Church of Timmonsville, he joined the administration of Dr. John Hamrick at the fledgling Baptist College of Charleston now Charleston Southern. Upon leaving the college post, he felt a new calling to the intentional interim pastorate. Since that time he has served twenty three interim assignments. He has repeated at some churches as many as three times. He was also Minister for Administration at Ashley Baptist River Baptist Church. Bernie has been a member of the Hamrick Lectureship Committee from the very beginning. He and Jane have added so much to our deliberations. He knows absolutely everyone in Baptists circles. He has also been a vital voice for work with senior citizens. Jane also taught math at Charleston Southern. Bernie and Jane are always willing to pitch in and help. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful that the Rev. Bernett Waitt is part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – First Baptist Church of Charleston, SC

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for all the gifts that First Baptist Church of Charleston brings to my life. Sunday Sept. 30, it will celebrate 330 years of service to God and man. FBC has the warmest, most gracious fellowship I have ever known. People really do love one another. The Robert Mills sanctuary itself is beautiful. The organ is magnificent and the choir inspiring. The church has been blessed throughout its history with great ministers; the most famous is Richard Furman. In modern history, Dr. John A. Hamrick was a visionary and great leader. Not only did he start the fully accredited First Baptist School, but he was the founding president of what is now Charleston Southern University. Dr. John and the late Minister of Music and Worship, David Redd, really taught me the meaning and practice of worship. The congregation at FBC contains a wide spectrum of religious beliefs and political preferences but this has been true since its founding. Diversity is strength. My family and I have been truly blessed by the FBC family. As glorious as its past has been, I know that its future is even brighter as long as it remains true to its calling. First Baptist Church occupies a unique position of influence which always provides a challenge.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Susanne Jeter

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts that Susanne Jeter brings to my life. Susanne is a fellow Furman graduate. Her late husband, Bill, is missed by all who knew him.  She is an involved member of First Baptist Church and is a member of the diaconate and the First Baptist School Foundation. She plays hand bells and is involved with the children’s  music program. She is a former member of the First Baptist School Board where she always advocated for the highest standards and improved teacher compensation. She is a counselor in private practice and an organist. She rotates among several churches on Sundays and on special occasions. She received her Master’s degree from the Citadel. She supervises student teachers for Charleston Southern University. Susanne is a strong supporter of the Hamrick Lectures. She is a world traveler. Her travel schedule makes me envious. Of course, Susanne enjoys plays and concerts. She has a great sense of humor and is a coffee drinker of the highest order. On this Thankful Thursday, I am very happy that Susanne Jeter is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Nancy Hamrick

On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Nancy Hamrick brings to my life. Nancy is married to Fitzhugh. They are a wonderful couple who bring sunshine into the lives of all who know them. Both are wonderful conversationalists and both enjoy traveling. Nancy is a founding member of the John A. Hamrick Lectureship Committee and has brought many potential speakers to our attention. Nancy wrote Sunday school materials for teenagers for many years. She and Fitzhugh are members at Grace Episcopal Church. Nancy grew up in Greenville and is a Furman graduate and a former trustee. She and Fitzhugh commissioned a duplicate of the lectern at First Baptist Church for the Furman Chapel. Carol Ezell Gilson painted the seal on the lectern. The lectern at FBC is made from wood from the original pulpit destroyed by a cannon ball during the Civil War.  I think Nancy has read everything that is worth reading. Along with everything else, Nancy is one of the most gracious people I know. She was the first one to tell me that in Charleston you can say anything about anyone you want to as long as you add, “Bless her heart.” She has a delightful sense of humor. She is one of those rare individuals that make you feel good just to be around her. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful that Nancy Hamrick is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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