Thurmond Lake Sunday services return

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Richard McCrary (right) gives hymnals to Don and Darlene Skinner at a Chapel Under the Pines service in 2011.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Richard McCrary (right) gives hymnals to Don and Darlene Skinner at a Chapel Under the Pines service in 2011.

Every summer for the past 48 years, vacationers at Thurmond Lake have gathered on the shore and in the water for a come-as-you- are worship service.

Some arrive by boat, others by car. The services, which are open to the public, run 13 weeks from June through August, said Curt Strickland, of Augusta’s St. John United Methodist Church.

The services began in 1964 as an outreach to vacationers. Today, the nondenominational services feature lay speakers and pastors from Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian churches.

This Sunday, Patty Strickland, a lay speaker from St. John, will preach a sermon titled, “Fill my cup, Lord,” based on John 4:5-26.

SERVICES AT THE LAKE

Services begin at 8:45 a.m. In case of rain, worship is moved to a nearby lodge.

JUNE 3: Patty Strickland, St. John United Methodist Church

JUNE 10: The Rev. Randy Monk, Covenant United Methodist Church, Evans

JUNE 17: The Rev. Timothy Owings, retired Baptist pastor

JUNE 24: The Rev. Steve Cartin, Red Oak Baptist Church, Modoc, S.C.

JULY 1: The Rev. Mark Maund, Riverview United Methodist Church, Evans

JULY 8: The Rev. Buddy Holbrook, retired Baptist pastor

JULY 15: The Rev. Jeffrey Freehof, Dunn’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Appling

JULY 22: Dennis Sodomka, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

JULY 29: The Rev. Jack Findley, Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church, North Augusta

AUG. 5: The Rev. Jeffrey Newlin, retired Presbyterian pastor

AUG. 12: The Rev. Dan McCall, Fairview Presbyterian Church, North Augusta

AUG. 19: The Rev. Phil DeMore, retired United Methodist pastor

AUG. 26: The Rev. Gary DeMore, St. John United Methodist Church

HOW TO GET THERE

BY CAR: From South Carolina Highway 28 or U.S. Highway 221, the site is 2.2 miles north of Clarks Hill Dam Road; 2.4 miles south of Modoc, S.C.

BY BOAT: On the South Carolina side, the site is 2 miles above the dam.

CALL: (706) 726-4995

SERVICES AT THE LAKE

Services begin at 8:45 a.m. In case of rain, worship is moved to a nearby lodge.

JUNE 3: Patty Strickland, St. John United Methodist Church

JUNE 10: The Rev. Randy Monk, Covenant United Methodist Church, Evans

JUNE 17: The Rev. Timothy Owings, retired Baptist pastor

JUNE 24: The Rev. Steve Cartin, Red Oak Baptist Church, Modoc, S.C.

JULY 1: The Rev. Mark Maund, Riverview United Methodist Church, Evans

JULY 8: The Rev. Buddy Holbrook, retired Baptist pastor

JULY 15: The Rev. Jeffrey Freehof, Dunn’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Appling

JULY 22: Dennis Sodomka, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

JULY 29: The Rev. Jack Findley, Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church, North Augusta

AUG. 5: The Rev. Jeffrey Newlin, retired Presbyterian pastor

AUG. 12: The Rev. Dan McCall, Fairview Presbyterian Church, North Augusta

AUG. 19: The Rev. Phil DeMore, retired United Methodist pastor

AUG. 26: The Rev. Gary DeMore, St. John United Methodist Church

HOW TO GET THERE

BY CAR: From South Carolina Highway 28 or U.S. Highway 221, the site is 2.2 miles north of Clarks Hill Dam Road; 2.4 miles south of Modoc, S.C.

BY BOAT: On the South Carolina side, the site is two miles above the dam.

CALL: (706) 726-4995


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