Poverty and Thanksgiving: A Call to Righteous Love

Poverty and Thanksgiving: A Call to Righteous Love Rev. Peter Morales Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It calls forth the essential spiritual value of gratitude. I have precious memories of feasts shared with family and with good friends at congregational dinners. I eagerly anticipate this year’s gathering. Imagine inviting family and friends over…

Communicating to be Heard

Communicating to be Heard Chris and Carmen Garner
   Everyone wants to be heard. We feel respected, validated and understood when another person actually hears what we say. But why does this seem so difficult? Why is communication one of the most difficult aspects of any relationship and especially the marriage relationship? Often, it is because…

November Financial Matters – Stuart Burns

November Financial Matters – Stuart Burns First I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful thanksgiving and holiday season.  Through this year we have discussed topics like budgeting, rebuilding credit and other areas of finances so that you can be equipped to make better financial decisions.  We all do need some level…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. By Paul Denial                         With so many issues plaguing our society, it’s nearly impossible for each issue to get the attention that it needs and deserves. We are facing giants: hunger, homelessness, human trafficking, child abuse, cancer and diseases like ALS, which has gained incredible awareness with the help…

October Financial Matters – Stuart Burns

October Financial Matters – Stuart Burns I remember growing up in the Midwest that it’s not uncommon in the wintertime for cars to skid off the road and end up in a ditch. It seemed practically impossible to get that car back up on the road because of all the snow and ice.   But eventually…

Give Second Chance Act Another Chance

Give Second Chance Act Another Chance   The Post and Courier   South Carolina has made big strides in reducing recidivism among prison inmates, and some of the credit is due the state’s use of training funds under the Second Chance Act.Indeed, South Carolina is being held up as an example for other states to…

The Changing Role of Fathers in the Workforce and Family

The Changing Role of Fathers in the Workforce and Family By Jason Furman and Betsey Stevenson As part of the lead-up to the White House Summit on Working Families, we’ve been exploring policies and best practices that help both families and businesses manage the increasingly complicated interaction between work and family-life. Administration officials hosted a…

Financial Matters – Stuart Burns

Financial Matters – Stuart Burns This month we are going to dive into marriage and money. If you are currently married or plan to marry in the future, money will be one of the most critical aspects that you will want to fully understand. Surveys have shown time and time again that one of the…

Parenting and Divorce: The Worst Of Times To The Best Of Times

 Parenting and Divorce: The Worst Of Times To The Best Of Times   Divorce hurts! But it doesn’t have to hurt forever. Your family can recover and happiness is possible. Personal experience led me to a lesson I feel is important to share. Divorce happened for our family after 21 years of marriage. It was a…

Materialism is Bad for Your Marriage

Materialism is Bad for Your Marriage By Chris Garner The Bible tells us that it is not money, but the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil. Paul’s first letter to Timothy goes on to say that some people, eager for money have pierced themselves with many griefs (1Timothy 6:10)….