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Scott Crede Scott Crede has been involved in the leadership at Northside Baptist Church since 2001 and is still amazed at the growth and changes he has witnessed there. He wears two hats these days, one as administrative pastor at the large church and the other as head of schools and co-founder of Northside Christian Academy. He finds himself interacting with 700 students at the school, along with the 3000-plus members of the church, on a daily basis, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I was enjoying a nice career in business at the R. L. Bryan Company in Columbia,” he says, “when I felt the call to go into ministry. It was a big change in our lives, something we’ve been thankful for ever since.” After completing his studies at Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Scott found himself back in his home town of Lexington and on the staff at Northside Baptist. It’s been a fast-accelerating journey ever since. Northside Baptist was a thriving Christian congregation in its West Columbia location on Highway 378, but, with its gymnasium and family-life center, it had just about maxed out the space available there. The energetic congregation put its hands and its pledges to work and bought a large tract of forested land closer to Lexington on the same street. Seven years ago, in 2011, the dream of a private Christian school became a reality, and Scott Crede is leading it into constant expansion. “We now have two campuses,” he says, “the second being our Early Education Center on Kitti Wake Drive. Two years ago, we added a basketball court at the school, and construction is under way now for facilities for football, baseball, and soccer, which will be ready for the next school year. Longer range, we will be building a sanctuary on the front of the Academy property. We have been greatly blessed.” Scott Crede’s activities are not limited to his church and school work. He has served his community in many ways. He has been on the Boards for Vision Ventures, USC Gamecock Gallery, USC Visitors, Columbia Museum of Art, and Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties. He was named to Leadership Columbia as well as Leadership South Carolina and has coached youth baseball and basketball teams. Scott has been married to his wife Tracey for 27 years, and she now serves on the staff at Northside Academy. They have two children, Garrett, 25, now living in Charleston, and Jessica, 22, who lives in Lexington. n

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Delores Wingard Steinhauser remembers the old pecan tree fondly from her youth. It sat right outside the kitchen behind her grandmother Ethel Harman Wingard’s house. “We climbed it a lot. The limbs must have been a lot lower. I don’t know how we would have gotten into it.” The tree also provided shade for the backyard. “If we had some kind of eating event, we would eat outside under the tree.” The tree is gone now, and her grandmother’s house is the gift shop for Wingard’s Market on North Lake Drive near the Lake Murray Dam. But Delores and her husband Wally Steinhauser, who took over the market in 2006, have made sure that the tree and its legacy will not be forgotten. 16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | April 2018

Delores and Wally used lumber milled from Ma Ethel’s pecan tree to have a set of hand-crafted bedroom furniture – a king bed, chest of drawers, mirror, and two end tables – made for each of their two children, Jordan, 27, and Zach, 24. “I love tradition and heirloom things, so I’m excited to use the furniture in my home knowing where it came from. I’ll always have a piece of my family with me,” Jordan says. Zach says he is also excited to have the heirloom pieces. The furniture is currently at Wally and Delores’ home waiting until Jordan and Zach have a place for it. Jordan and Zach also each have a copy of a book, Ma Ethel’s Pecan Tree, which chronicles the tree’s journey in photographs, taken by Wally, from being taken down to returning as furniture. Wally had six copies of the book made to give to their adult children as well as copies for his brother-in-law Neil Bohn and Rick Mangra who crafted the furniture at Mangra’s shop, Latchman’s Custom Furniture in Jacksonville, Fla. Wally is a native of Jacksonville and still has family there, including Bohn, who connected Wally to Mangra and helped finish the furniture. Mangra and Bohn are old friends. “I just putter around his shop,” Bohn said. The tree was 80 years old and around 90 feet high when it was taken down in early 2017. The massive base is about 4.5 feet in diameter. It and other pecan trees on the property had been lovingly cared for over the years. The pecan trees were planted soon after Ethel Harman Wingard and her husband Herbert T. Wingard moved into the house in 1920. “They treated them like family because they planted all of them,” Wally says. “My father-in-law cared deeply for these trees. He would pick up every pecan that fell off these trees. When he was 88, he’s picking these pecans up.” Wally’s father-inlaw and Delores’ father was Judson Harman Wingard, who started Wingard’s Nursery in 1968 behind his house across Pilgrim’s Church Road from the current Wingard’s Market. The nursery was moved to the property owned by “Ma Ethel” in 1992, following her death. Judson died in 2012. When Wally took early retirement from AT&T in 2005, he and Delores, an economist who had worked for the Federal Reserve and been a college professor, decided to give up their corporate gypsy lifestyle. At the time, they were living in New Jersey. “Delores always wanted to move back here and build the house on the lake; that has always been the plan,” Wally says. But not content to just play golf, Wally suggested that Delores call her dad and see if he wanted to sell the business. “He was 82. So, he sold us the business and we moved down here,” Wally says.

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Wally had no experience in the nursery business. “Delores has a green thumb. I was just the guy that dug the holes,” Wally says. “But I’d run billion-dollar businesses for AT&T, so I figured it couldn’t be that difficult.” They have been successful. The business’s revenue is four times what it was when they bought it. They’ve expanded the gift shop, added a produce market, and a wild birds business, Wings and Things, which Zach runs. But with all the expansion and changes in the property, you could see the old pecan tree starting to fail over the last three to four years. With the jostling of the root system. “It was getting stressed; the leaves weren’t as green. It wasn’t producing as many pecans. So, we knew we needed to take it down as much as we didn’t want to. Those trees are just such a hallmark of the nursery that we hated to take it down,” Wally says. But the tree couldn’t just come down and get hauled away. They had had other trees taken down and used the lumber for projects around the nursery. But “Ma Ethel’s pecan tree” needed to have a better fate than being turned into a retaining wall. After all, the tree was family. So, they hit on the idea of turning it into furniture. And they decided to chronicle everything in the 20-page book showing each step of the tree’s journey. “We wanted the kids to have a memento, to know where the furniture came from,” Wally says. Arborist Jim Dicker of Tree Care Services of Lexington confirmed their decision to take down the tree. Dicker had looked at the tree a couple of times over the years. “It was an old tree in decline, you could liken it to a 100-year-old person,” he says. It also needed to come down because of safety concerns. Dicker’s crew took about two days to remove the tree. Dicker says he also was heartened by the decision to reuse the tree in a new form. “As a tree-man, to see that level of commitment to recycling was just amazing. Not to just have it hauled off to the dump.” The tree also needed to come down in January because they needed to replace the shade it provided at the nursery for some of the spring plants. “We needed to have the new shade structure up by March 1,” Wally says. Once the tree was down, Howard Bouknight of Lexington brought his portable saw mill to the nursery, set it up in the parking lot, and milled the rough wood into

ber. They arranged through Oswald Lumber in Batesburg-Leesville to have the lumber kilndried. “I’d say it was gone about two months, and then Oswald brought it back,” Wally says. The dried lumber was then ready to be taken to Jacksonville and turned into furniture. “We loaded it onto our dump truck, and Delores and I drove the wood down there,” Wally says. But they had to decide what kind of furniture they wanted. “We knew we wanted two bedroom suites and we thought we had enough for that, but we didn’t know style or anything like that. So, we just kind of sketched something out with Rick and found some ideas on the internet. We knew roughly what we wanted the look to be, and we just left it with them,” Wally says. “I think you would look at it and call it shaker style.” “They had a picture, and we just kind of worked from that,” Mangra says. He was apprehensive about the project at first because of the hardness of pecan wood, and while it presented some challenges with planing and sanding, he was able to overcome those. “As a craftsman, I was very pleased with the end result,” he says. Delores and Wally took the lumber to Jacksonville on April 23 and about six months later picked it up on October 13, 2017. They also picked up the leftover lumber that wasn’t used to craft the furniture. That lumber is stored at their house, awaiting the next project. Such was the journey of Ma Ethel’s pecan tree, as the front and back covers of the book say: “80 years from a seedling to this large tree…to this beautiful one of a kind furniture!”

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Jordan and Zach will have the furniture for years to come with an admonition from their parents. “We gave it to them and told them they could never sell it,” Wally says. n

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If you are like millions of other parents around the United States, the quality of your children’s educations gets a top spot on your list of priorities. While public education is still an excellent option for some, and homeschooling works best for others, the option of sending your child to a local private or charter school is a viable one here in Lexington. By definition, a private school is one that is funded in whole or in part by charging tuition fees and therefore does not rely on any state government funding. Therefore, private schools are operated by a nongovernment organization or agency. Charter schools are publicly funded, privately run schools. With so many different styles, environments, philosophies, and curricula, making the choice between options has the potential to overwhelm. With the right research and information, this process can be made less stressful and help ensure a positive outcome for

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the children, parents, and school. There are a variety of factors to consider, but it may be helpful to start with taking stock of your child’s individual needs, strengths, and overall personality. What sort of environment does your child need to be in in order to thrive? Does he or she need a smaller class size? Co-ed classes? What are your child’s interests? Would the child do better in a school with a strong sports program or does he or she have a more artistic bent? Do you, the parent, want your child to attend a school with a religious or secular curriculum? Think about your child’s current school and why it is that you want to move him or her in the first place. Is there anything that your child has wanted to do in school but hasn’t been able to? Do you want a school that offers grade levels K–12, where your child can remain for several years? Northside Christian Academy in Lexington, offers care for children six weeks old April 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 23

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to grade 12. Pastor Scott Crede, Head of Schools, says, “I have a number of people ask what makes Northside Christian Academy special. Simply put, we place God first in everything that we do. God’s word is integrated in every class, whether it’s history, math, science, art, or physical education.” Don’t forget about your own needs in this process. How far are you willing to drive every day in order to get your child to school on time? Can you afford private school tuition? What is your budget cap? Will there be buses available to transport children to and from school? Is there before or after school care? Fortunately, many private schools offer reasonable tuition rates. Don’t hesitate to inquire about scholarships that may be available for academic abilities, athletic abilities, or financial need. Administrator at Grace Christian School in Lexington, Chris Martin, says, “For over 45 years, Grace Christian School has provided Midlands families with a Biblically-based education for training children mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. GCS has the complete program of high academic standards, athletics for 7-12th grade, and instruction in the arts (choir, band, orchestra, art).” After determining your child’s and your family’s list of needs and wants in a school, it’s time to schedule those tours. Schedule tours with each school that remains on your list of potential good fits. All the research in the world can’t take the place of a one-on-one, first-hand experience. Consider arriving with a list of questions you have thought of for admissions or staff. Questions to consider: Is the library updated and well equipped? How often are textbooks and classroom materials reviewed and updated? What is the school’s homework policy? Discipline policy? Safety policy? How does the school communicate with parents? Tony Fajardo, Headmaster of Ben Lippen School, says, “We must continue to equip students and establish leaders to go out and impact their homes, jobs, churches, and communities. This is the time we need to get serious about helping the next generation of young people develop a biblical worldview. When we get this accomplished, our young people will be able to stand on their faith and for their faith no matter where the Lord places them in the future.” If your child will be a high school student, you may consider whether the school has a particular academic focus, such as science or academics. Does the school offer vocational training? Does the school emphasize college prep or even offer for-college-credit classes to high school students (this is becoming more and more popular, especially for charter schools)? Does the school offer a good selection of advanced placement classes? What percentage of the students take the SAT? What is the average SAT score at the school? According to Kaye Shaw, Midlands Regional Workforce Advisor, “Students and faculty at Midlands Middle College (MMC), a SC public charter school, strive daily to connect classroom learning and experiences to students’ future careers. Organizations, such as the West Metro Rotary Club and the SC Department of Commerce recently provided field studies to Nephron Pharmaceuticals in West Columbia and Boeing SC in North Charleston for students to see first-hand the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s global environment.” After weighing all things considered, it may be wise to make the decision in tandem with your child, especially if your child is middle or high school aged. What decision sits best with your gut instinct? If the decision isn’t immediately clear, consider having your child shadow a student at each school remaining on the list. The choice will become clear sooner than later, especially if you enter the process prepared with research and intimate conversation with your child and your family. Best of luck on your private or charter school journey. n

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"Our job is to try to figure out if I can help a person in any way, shape, or form – physically, mentally, and emotionally – by the services I offer.” -Dr. Todd Lefkowitz, Lexington Plastic Surgery plastic surgery and belong to the ASPS. Dr. Todd Lefkowitz of Lexington Plastic Surgery is double-board certified in both general and plastic surgery. “We really strive to be patient-centric,” he says, by developing “a longstanding, trustful relationship” with each person.

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Physical contact and emotional expression are among the distinguishing factors that separate humans and animals. As babies, we are cuddled, suckled, stroked, and rocked, creating an immediate bond with our parents. The level and intensity of physical interaction with others (a pat on the back or a high five) evolves throughout life as we become independent, but the need for human touch and deep stimulation remains an essential component to health and well

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in certain body parts need to be avoided on pregnant women. HOT STONE MASSAGE The addition of hot stones makes your massage delightful. Smooth, natural rocks are heated before your massage and placed either directly on your skin or wrapped in towels and placed along the spine. The stones hold heat, and the heat relaxes your muscles. You can combine hot stones with other styles or just enjoy the soothing warmth of the stones. SPORTS Sports massage is specifically for athletes or if you need a boost getting back into the gym or onto the field or court. This style isn’t about relaxation. Strokes are usually quicker than other styles. Your therapist will probably help you with stretching, too. Christine Wilson, owner of RNR Massage Studio in Lexington, advises that, “Massage is actually a preventative medicine that incorporates stretching and meditation.” She has been a trigger point therapist for over 20 years. “A lot of muscular pain is from very tight muscles and typically relieves the pain immediately. Most people don’t realize that headache pain can be caused from shoulder and neck muscles.” Christine holds a bachelor’s of science in physical education, a master’s of science in education, and has been a licensed massage therapist for 24 years.

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DEEP TISSUE Some professionals claim there is no such thing as a deep tissue massage because you cannot reach the deep tissues of the body. But people regularly ask for deep tissue massages, and masseuses know that it means slower strokes, stronger pressure, and focusing on releasing knots. Almost any qualified therapist can perform a wonderful deep tissue massage. Some highly trained therapists can access deep muscles, too, like the psoas, a long postural muscle that runs along the inside

PRENATAL MASSAGE Also known as pregnancy massage, prenatal massage mostly involves modifications to Swedish or deep-tissue techniques. These modifications help keep the mother comfortable while she carries the extra weight of her baby and protects both the mother and baby from harm. Always tell your therapist if you’re pregnant, even if you’re not showing or haven’t told friends or colleagues yet. He or she will keep the information confidential and needs to know to keep you safe. Certain strokes

AROMATHERAPY Aromatherapy massages include essential oils to help balance chakras, alleviate pain or allergies, or uplift your mood. Usually, these massages are either Swedish or deep tissue, with aromatherapy added as an additional service, but some therapists may specialize in Ayurvedic massage, which concentrates on essential oils paired with specific strokes. Each of these styles can make you feel amazing, so consider what’s going on with your body and choose the one that’s right for you. Over time, you might find it rewarding to try all of them. In addition to other services, Lexington’s Bella Riley’s Aveda Salon and Spa offers an aromatherapy option on its massage menu. Rachel Romanelli, massage therapist and owner of Bella Riley’s remarks, “Most people keep giving every day and eventually find that they are depleted or ‘giving on empty’ and become run down and exhaustion fueled resentment creeps in. These are inApril 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 39


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If you are like most people, you are anxiously awaiting tax season – and you dream about what you will do with that big refund check. While a tax refund is not exactly found money, it really does feel like a bonus. There are many options to consider when contemplating how to spend that check. The possibilities range from savings accounts and investments to vacations and shopping sprees. The best option for you really depends on your unique set of circumstances, needs, and desires. Let’s look at some of the ways you might consider investing. Ramp Up Your 401(k) Contribution If you want to get the best possible return on your tax refund, ramping up your 401(k) contribution is one way to go. When you up the contribution percentage on your 401(k), you get a triple benefit: 1. Increasing your 401(k) contribution reduces your taxable income and the amount deducted from your paycheck. 2. You might be eligible for an employer match, a perk that could give you a return of 50% or more on your extra contributions.

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not prepay your purchases with your tax refund? Dozens of sites sell heavily discounted gift cards, and you could save as much as 20% when you buy. Be sure to check the reputation of the site before you make your purchase – and always check the balance on the gift card as soon as you receive it. Reputable gift card exchanges typically offer a money-back guarantee if the actual balance is not as advertised. Take a Trip … Have an Experience Is there a trip you have been dreaming of taking? Your tax refund may be just the excuse you have been looking for to book that flight. While you may not receive any compound interest from this particular investment, lifelong memories are priceless. Not to mention, you may return home invigorated with a new perspective on finances, goals, and life in general that can help boost you into the next tax bracket.

The same goes for life experiences. Have you always wanted to go skydiving? Maybe your dream has been to sit courtside at a Charlotte Hornets game. Whatever it is, spending your refund on an exciting experience will bring memories that expensive dinners may not compare to. Invest in Yourself Tax time is stressful, so when your return lands in your checking account, consider pampering yourself with a relaxing massage, a manicure and pedicure, or even a shopping spree. Again, this isn’t advice that a financial advisor would give, but if you are in touch with yourself and can identify a genuine, emotional need to be pampered – listen to yourself! You deserve the royal treat-

ment from time to time, and who better to gift you with it than you? Be a Philanthropist You don’t have to run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in order to give back. There are countless nonprofit organizations and ministries in Lexington that could greatly benefit from donations out of tax refunds. Combine your cash donation with a donation of time and create lasting memories for yourself as well. Alternatively, consider secretly paying for someone’s coffee in the drive-thru, or slip a gift card under the door of a struggling neighbor, or maybe leave an extra-generous tip the next time you go out to a local restaurant. If you have been looking for a productive way to spend your tax refund, the ideas listed above are a good place to start. You can have fun with your found money – but saving or investing a portion of your tax refund is always a good idea, too. n

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With spring in the air, the little ones at Northside Christian Academy West Campus are full of energy and adorable things to say!

What makes you a good friend? Kennedy: Being thankful and giving up stuff and praying for God. Gracelyn: Hugging my mommy and daddy and sharing. Conner: You be nice to your friends and you be good to them and you don’t fight. Joshua: That I share. How old do you have to be to be a grownup? Kennedy: Six. No. I’m going to just count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. 18. William: 18. Gracelyn: 42. Joshua: 18. If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be? Kennedy: That I could eat all my candy. William: To pray for God and clean up. Gracelyn: Don’t eat candy in the classroom, only bubble gum allowed. Conner: No talking, just eating and no talking. Be quiet.

If you could give a gift to every child in the world, what would you give them? Kennedy: Makeup and jewelry. Gracelyn: If it was a girl – a scooter. If it was a boy – a Batman toy. Olivia: A baby stroller. Joshua: Superman. What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten? Gracelyn: My pink scooter for my birthday. Olivia: A baby stroller for a real baby. Conner: A truck and dinosaurs. Joshua: Hulk smash. What two words best describe you? Kennedy: I’m mean and I’m nice. William: I’m nice and smart. Gracelyn: A ballerina and a teacher. Conner: Funny and at school we say funny words. What is your favorite place to go in the world? Kennedy: Hotels. William: The grocery store. Olivia: The mall and the fair and the zoo! Josh: Greenville. April 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 49

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F. Barron Grier III is an “AV” rated trial lawyer with 40 years of litigation experience, following in the tradition of his father, Barron Grier Junior, and his grandfather, Barron Grier Senior. He founded the Grier Law Firm in 1996 and has added four attorneys who have extensive trial and appellate experience with varying specialties and talents.


Areas of Practice: Insurance Defense, Construction Defect, Creditor’s Rights Defense, Consumer Collections Defense, Commercial Collections, Federal Administrative Law, General Liability Trevor M. Hughey is a licensed attorney in North and South Carolina and has represented clients in both states throughout his career. Mr. Hughey practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, insurance defense, creditor’s rights defensive litigation, consumer collection defense, con struction defect litigation, personal injury, and general civil litigation.

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Areas of Practice: Insurance Defense in the areas of: Complex Tort Litigation, Commercial General Liability, Construction Defect, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury (Auto, Premises Liability, Liabilit etc.), Trucking Liability, Workers Compensation, Defamation (Slander/Libel), Product Liability, Professional Liability, Errors and Omissions (E&O), Employment Litigation Mr. Cox has been a litigator his entire legal career successfully trying cases in a broad range of practice areas. Mr. Cox’s focus is on Insurance Defense Litigation in the practice areas of Commercial General Liability, Construction Defect, all forms of Personal Injury including Wrongful Death cases, as well as defending Professionals under E&O Policies and extensive experience in Workers Compensation.


Areas of Practice: Insurance Defense Litigation, Coverage Counsel, Defense of Construction Defect Claims, General Liability, and Appeals Mr. DeLoach argued several significant cases for the Attorney General, including capital murder appeals, which have become legal precedent for this State’s courts. Mr. DeLoach moved into private practice in 2001, and joined Grier, Cox & Cranshaw in January 2017. Mr. DeLoach focuses his practice in the defense of conp struction defect litigation, insurance defense, coverage determinations, general liability claims, and appellate practice in the state and federal courts.


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Mr. Bolen practiced litigation in upstate New York from 1994 through 1996 before moving back to South Carolina to become General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State. In 1998 Mr. Bolen moved back into private practice by opening his own firm in Lexington which developed into a real estate pr practice by 2003. Mr. Bolen joined Grier, Cox & Cranshaw in May 2017 and continues to focus his practice on real estate closings, which he handles throughout the state of South Carolina, and a probate practice included wills and estates.

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Coffeehouse “Coffee with a Purpose” 803-356-1402 121 East Main Street Lexington, SC 29072 Monday-Thursday: 7am – 5pm Friday-Saturday: 7am-9pm Closed Sunday Local Worship Night: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday night of every month Flourish Church: Temporarily meeting at the Haven Coffeehouse Sunday School: 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Church Service: 10 a.m.

“As Christians, our life purpose is to follow Jesus. Our mission at The Haven Coffeehouse is to serve Jesus first and then our community.” Under new management, The Haven still continues to provide Lexington with its uplifting atmosphere and delectable treats and coffee. Located right in the heart of East Main Street, The Haven has been a hotspot for all coffee-lovers and those seeking out a place to have some quiet time since it opened under original ownership in 2015. Jim and Jessie Huthmaker, the new owners of The Haven, have perfected the art of roasting their own coffee beans on site. “We import our coffee beans from the mountain basins of Guatemala. We also roast the coffee beans on site. We believe the in-house roasting process brings out the various delicate and complex tastes in our coffee, providing a delicious and savory experience for our customers.” The specialty lattes have been a favorite among the coffee-lovers who stop by The Haven. Along with its renowned coffee, The Haven also takes a big part in giving back to the community. “We believe it’s our job as followers of Christ to not only listen to God’s word but to be doers.” The Huthmakers are passionate about giving back to the community and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Occasionally, The Haven takes part in a homeless outreach. The Haven Coffeehouse shows love to the local homeless community by providing them with warm coffee and a bite to eat. The Haven also partners with the local ministry Lighthouse for Life, a nonprofit orga-

nization that seeks to educate people on sex trafficking and how to help eliminate the rising issue. A portion of every purchase made at the coffeehouse is donated to Lighthouse for Life. Every first and third Saturday night of the month, the Haven also puts on a local worship night at the coffeehouse. Worship teams from different local churches come and lead customers in a night of fellowship and worship. “We are a Christian coffeehouse,” Jim explains. “Meeting people right where they’re at with love and Jesus (and coffee, of course) is our mission.” Since it came under new management, The Haven has become a temporary home to Flourish Church. Jim, also the pastor of Flourish Church, had the vision to blend the coffeehouse atmosphere and church services on Sundays together while Flourish Church looks for a more permanent location. The Haven is certainly booming in progress and success. “When you’re following Jesus, you just don’t know what He will do. If we limit ourselves, we are actually limiting God. We are just going to continue to serve Jesus by serving coffee with a purpose and just trust Him with the rest. Thank you, Lexington, for helping us be a hit. Please continue to be in prayer for our ministry here.” n April 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 51

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The Shadows of

IANTS GGIANTS In the early-morning hours, the shadows cast by ourselves and others are ahead of us on the path. At noon, there’s almost no shadow. Late in the day, the long shadows return but are now behind us. Think of the shadows cast when we were young. There was our own little shadow, and then there was Mama and Daddy’s. Gosh, they were already giants, and the early morning sun made their shadows appear to reach all the way across the yard and beyond. Their shadows were as big as the world. The little towns we made of blocks cast their little shadows big enough for the little toy men and women to rest in. But we gazed upward at the big buildings downtown, and many men and women could

rest from the summer heat in the shadows cast by the old weathered structures. Finally we began growing up. We learned to ride a bike and climb trees. Mama and Daddy were still giants, but their shadows became shorter as the sun rose in the sky. We noticed without thought that our shadow also grew shorter. It is sobering to consider how quickly the morning that seemed to last forever actually passed. We reached noon quicker than now seems possible. Mama and Daddy were not the giants they once were. In fact, they now cast no shadow at all. For most people, this becomes the inevitable period when we must have equated the shadow cast by giants with their intelligence and thus became certain Mama and Daddy were simply idiots. If we noticed our own lack of shadow, we took it to mean it was simply because we were so brilliant ourselves that we didn’t need a shadow anyhow. Then something along the path whacks us square in the face. We turn our heads to find an escape. We find we are outrunning our shadow now, and if we are lucky we see the idiots we intended to leave behind. They stand close behind with outraised arms, and we suddenly notice a previously unseen gleam of intelligence David Clark writes and beaming from their eyes. works in Cochran, GA. Connect with him at If you can now see in your mind’s eye the shadow of them standing with outstretched arms, you’ll notice the shadow looks a lot like a cross. My, what a coincidence. If we are lucky, we learn to consult the opinions of the former idiots. Some don’t have long for consulting. And some of us have 20 years or longer of discovering why the giants once cast such long shadows. Many people discover the surprise addition of little shadows ahead on the path. Wise ones seek to channel the giants behind themselves into the toddlers ahead. There is inevitably a long, dark night where the whole world is nothing but one big shadow. And then — if we’re lucky — the sun rises again. For some of us, the giants stand in a place unreachable. But their cross-shaped shadow grows longer and more defined while leading to the setting sun. n April 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 53

Savor Spring Olive Balls Ingredients 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 1 (7 oz.) jar pimento-stuffed green olives 1/2 tsp seasoned salt 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans Directions: In a medium bowl, or food processor, mix together the cream cheese, seasoning salt, and 2 tbsp of juice from the olive jar until well blended. Set aside in the refrigerator to firm up, about 30 minutes. When the cheese mixture is firm, pack enough of the cream cheese mixture around the outside of each olive so that it is completely covered. Roll each olive ball in chopped pecans, and return them to the refrigerator until firm. To serve, cut each olive ball in half, and arrange on a serving tray cut side up. Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Ingredients: 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp ground red pepper 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs Cooking spray 6 tbsp honey 2 tsp cider vinegar Directions Preheat broiler. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large


bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil chicken 5 minutes on each side. Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture on chicken. Broil 1 minute. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture. Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done. Lemon Blueberry Bread Ingredients 1/3 cup melted butter 1 cup white sugar 3 tbsp lemon juice 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup milk 2 tbsp grated lemon zest 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 2 tbsp lemon juice 1/4 cup white sugar Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.


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