The love lingers… more support for Emanuel AME from Daniel Island

Founded by two Daniel Island residents, Pat Dietz and Judy Murdoch, and furthered by the handiwork of neighbor Camilla McCall, the Prayer Shawl Ministry at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church provides handmade shawls to those in need of comfort. Prayer shawl recipients need not be members of the Meeting Street church, rather they are simply those members of the community who would benefit from love and encouragement, brought to the attention of the ministry members. Each shawl is lovingly hand-knit or crocheted with prayers during its creation – though the knitters generally do not know in advance who will receive it - and is blessed before being given to the recipient.“The shawls become tangible symbols of love and caring when it is difficult to adequately express one’s feelings,” states Murdoch. “When it is wrapped around the recipient, it is wrapping another in our own prayers and loving thoughts and sending assurance of God’s love in a difficult time.”The day after the shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Murdoch received numerous phone calls from church members, community members, and friends, all inquiring about getting a prayer shawl to each family that lost a loved one on June 17. First (Scots) Presbyterian Associate Pastor Maggie Beamguard reached out to Morris Street Baptist Church, where the first victim’s memorial service was held, and made arrangements for the shawls to be accepted there.“On Friday, I wrapped nine prayer shawls and included a special message,” Murdoch shares, with a nod to her fellow ministry members. “These were delivered to the church office to be personally given to each of the families.”First automobile company to aid Emanuel AME prompted by local dealerTommy B. Baker, owner and president of Baker Motor Company of Charleston, Mercedes-Benz of Mount Pleasant, and Baker Buick GMC Cadillac, announced on July 9 that Mercedes-Benz Dealers of America would make a $100,000 donation to establish a scholarship fund for the families of the nine parishioners who lost their lives in the Emanuel AME Church shooting. Baker, a long-time client and friend of The Daniel Island News, initiated this gift with a letter to the dealer board, indicating a desire to offer something positive and impactful following the tragedy.“We all know that Charleston has shown the United States and the rest of the world we are a united community with no racial divide,” he stated in his letter to the board. “We should honor this spirit of compassion and community with a substantial donation.” The board concurred, and agreed to contribute the $91,496.55 balance in the Dealer Action Fund to the scholarship fund for the victims’ family members post-high school education. Baker personally made up the $8,503.45 difference to fund an even $100,000. Resident robed clergy at funeral services for Rev. Clementa PinckneyThe Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s 2015 “Rotarian of the Year,” Faith White, had a hand in outfitting every member of the clergy presiding over the June 26 funeral services for Emanuel AME Church shooting victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Faith and her late husband, Henri founded the Georgia-based, Robes of Faith, in 1998. The company made each of the robes worn at the historic memorial. Chucky Wilson, Executive Director of the Friendship Foundation, Inc., which oversees the Decatur complex in which the Robes of Faith facility is located, sent the following note of praise to White in the days following the funeral: “The outstanding purple robes used by all the bishops, as well as the black robes used by other clergy members involved in the funeral services of Rev. Clementa Pinckney/SC State Senator, were true expressions of the wonderful work of you and your staff/employees… Please know, Mrs. White, we are so proud to give you, and the employees of your business, high accolades on the work product your company put on display for the entire world to see. We are hopeful that your business will continue to do great things as you continue to carry on the business dreams of both you and your husband.”

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