Pepper Uppers usually meet at 11:30 AM on the second Saturday of October-April; however, sometimes changes are made to coordinate with our church calendar and activities. If you are retired, planning to retire sometime in the future, or even younger, you are welcome to join Pepper Uppers. (42 on roll, attendance varies). Most members are from churches in Belton, but others are from Anderson, Due West, Honea Path, and Williamston. Members enjoy being here for the devotional, an excellent lunch, and visiting with one another, but most of all they enjoy doing things to help other people.
Years ago the group met for lunch, but they felt like they should be helping others in some way. Our interim pastor Rev. Don Cooke suggested that any agency the group chose should meet 2 criteria: Serve the whole community and have no affiliation with any church. Pepper Upper members took his advice, and over the years they have made substantial contributions to BIMA, Cancer Association of Anderson, Rainey Hospice House, Valentines for shut-ins and nursing home patients, and Christmas Gift bags for nursing home patients who have no family. Church members and others have also donated many items to these collections, and we thank them for their help.
Pig Out with the Presbyterians
We have an annual BBQ fundraiser and Bake sale in October. The whole church comes together to cook the pork butts and chicken, make slaw and beans, and fellowship together. Through this fundraiser we support a number of local missions listed below.
Other Missions We Support
Thornwell Home for Children
is a non-profit organization supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). The home provides care for children in difficult family situations, ranging from toddlers to young adults. The campus spans 35 acres and includes a working farm and 13 residential cottages. During the course of the year members of the church provide outings for particular groups to events in the area. Also an annual "breakfast & pool party" takes place at the church and later at a member's home.
The mission of BIMA is to assist in meeting basic emergency needs of individuals and families in Anderson County. Belton Interfaith Ministries Association (BIMA) was started by a few churches in Belton in the 1990's. The goal was to have a central place for people in need to go and find help. Today more that 20 churches have joined together to support this ministry.
Family Promise of Anderson County
Family Promise of Anderson County started as a project of the Leadership Anderson Class in 2009. By the spring of 2010, host congregations had been recruited and trained and the first guests selected for the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Family Promise coordinates local faith-based congregations in the IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) Program which provides congregational spaces for overnight stays, volunteers to prepare and share dinner and food and other items to get a family through the day. At the day center, staff deliver case management services, coordinate community services and counsel guests as needed.
Meals on Wheels of Anderson County
Meals on Wheels of Anderson County prepares and delivers approximately 420 hot meals each weekday to citizens of Anderson County who are not capable of preparing meals for themselves. By providing this service, Meals on Wheels assists the homebound elderly and disabled in maintaining their health, independence, and quality of life. Nutrition is extremely important in maintaining good health and Meals on Wheels provides 1/3 of the daily nutritional requirements for participants. Many would not be able to stay in their own homes without the assistance provided by the agency and its many volunteers.