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Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Marshall Blalock

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that The Rev. R. Marshall Blalock brings to my life. Marshall is the senior pastor of Charleston’s historic First Baptist Church. He is a staunch supporter of the Hamrick Lectureship and Say Something Nice Sunday. Both events have brought him some undeserved criticism. I like his response, “The members of First Baptist are sophisticated enough to decide for themselves.” When I first presented the idea of Say Something Nice Sunday to him, he was immediately enthusiastic. Without his blessing, the idea would have died on the spot. Marshall is a good cook, especially of Frogmore stew and red rice. These are great skills for a Baptist preacher to have. Marshall has a good sense of humor. He has a vision for missions that is contagious. We are a little bit worried about him since his only daughter will go away to college in the fall. First Baptist Charleston is an usually complex place with almost every viewpoint of Baptist identity represented and yet the overwhelming spirit of love for one another engulfs the congregation. To his great credit, he has managed to keep national politics out of the pulpit. The church honors the contributions of women having elected women as deacons since the late 1960s. There are dozens of activities taking place at all times. Marshall is required to perform a constant juggling act. In spite of the recession the church is doing well and Marshall remains enthusiastic about the future of the 329 year old church. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts that Marshall Blalock brings to my life.  The photograph is by Mervyn Gibson and  is used by permission.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of someone special to our lives and to tell her or him 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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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now 117 – 118 – 119

117. Value diversity.

It ignites creativity.

It broadens our perspective.

It creates a safer world.

It breaks down barriers. 

118. Value the contributions of others.

The world is too heavy for just you to carry it.

We didn’t get here on our own.

We won’t leave here on our own.  

119. Visit new places

You’ll learn a lot.

You’ll better understand what you already know.           

You’ll correct some outdated assumptions.

Your conversations will be more interesting.

 

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Thankful Thursday – Mayor Keith Summey

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Mayor Keith Summey brings to my life. He has been extremely supportive of the employees of the City of North Charleston. He gave me the opportunity to work with all of them – all of them. Many cities train department heads and supervisors, but North Charleston opened the training to every employee. We did not separate them by rank. We mixed all levels. It was a tremendous experience. Some employees with the most unpopular jobs were the most dedicated. Mayor Summey took one of the courses along with other employees, had good attendance and did his homework. He has a great vision for the city and a wonderful way of relating to the people. I have seen him in many different venues and he is always the same. He was the first to issue a proclamation for Say Something Nice Day which gave the effort instant credibility. His associates Ray Anderson and Bob Connella laid the groundwork. Mayor Summey sometimes runs the cash register at Aunt Bea’s Restaurant, a great place to eat, but you had better go there hungry. If you haven’t been to the old city of North Charleston lately, you owe it to yourself to go. The transformation is miraculous. Take a good look at what vision, hard work and perseverance can accomplish. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gift of Keith Summey to 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 – Mayor Keith Summey

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Mayor Keith Summey brings to my life. He has been extremely supportive of the employees of the City of North Charleston. He gave me the opportunity to work with all of them – all of them. Many cities train department heads and supervisors, but North Charleston opened the training to every employee. We did not separate them by rank. We mixed all levels. It was a tremendous experience. Some employees with the most unpopular jobs were the most dedicated. Mayor Summey took one of the courses along with other employees, had good attendance and did his homework. He has a great vision for the city and a wonderful way of relating to the people. I have seen him in many different venues and he is always the same. He was the first to issue a proclamation for Say Something Nice Day which gave the effort instant credibility. His associates Ray Anderson and Bob Connella laid the groundwork. Mayor Summey sometimes runs the cash register at Aunt Bea’s Restaurant, a great place to eat, but you had better go there hungry. If you haven’t been to the old city of North Charleston lately, you owe it to yourself to go. The transformation is miraculous. Take a good look at what vision, hard work and perseverance can accomplish. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gift of Keith Summey to 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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