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I was excited when we were able to get everyone together and head to church last Sunday. It turns out it was Communion Sunday at The Harvest. Being raised and baptized Lutheran, I took my first communion when I was in seventh grade. I know every denomination has its own methods of handling the communion ritual. The Harvest is pretty relaxed, and allows everyone who believes that Jesus Christ is our Savior to partake in the juice and bread that represents the body of Christ. Donna and I use this as a teaching opportunity with the kids to discuss the symbolism of the sacraments and educate them on communion and how it represents us being forgiven for our sins. So there we are, all five of us. The deacon brings the cups of juice to our row and we all take one. Noah has taken communion a couple of times, but his eyes widened with the

excitement and anticipation of the event at hand. Since he is only six, I devote much of my attention to making sure he realizes what is happening. Another deacon brings the bread, and I take my piece and pass the tray to Noah. He took one piece, and then another, and then yet another before passing the tray to his sister. I sheepishly smiled at the deacon and signaled to Noah that he should have only taken one piece of bread from the plate. I was embarrassed and upset. Maybe he was too young for communion after all. Noah knew I was upset with him. After we took communion, he stood up on his chair and softly whispered into my ear. “Daddy, please don’t be mad at me. I just wanted to eat more of Jesus.” I was definite-

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ly the one who was educated that Sunday. Thanks, Noah! Enjoy your September and thanks for reading Lexington Life.

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FEATURES 10 18 26 34 38 On the Cover! L-R: Lexington Head Football Coach Josh Stepp, Collaborative Heathcare Doctors Stephen Stellfox and Shane Conner, and River Bluff Head Football Coach David Bennett

High School Football Preview Immersion Language Programs DEPARTMENTS 3 From the Publisher CWC Life Launch Party What Holds the Whole World 5 Events 7 Lexington Leaders Together David Clark Elizabeth Trenbeath Healthier Lunchbox Classics 30 Spice of Life Tailgating Treats COLUMNS 36 Faith in Action Riverbend Church 6 Financial Strategies Stratos Wealth Partners

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Website Designer Paul Tomlinson Contributing Writers David Clark, Sarah Melchers, Kevin Oliver, Jackie Perrone, Charissa Sylvia, Marilyn Thomas Contributing Photographers Tommy Georgiades, Brad Horton, Robbie Karst, Vickie Lovett, Noah Shevchik

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Fri-Sat, September 27-28 Lake Murray Stand Up Paddle Board Classic Lexington side of Lake Murray Dam, 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lake Murray SUP Club hosts this second annual event, open to racers and observers. $35 if you have your own board; $50 includes board rental from Half-Moon Outfitters. No race day registration. Gates open at 6 a.m.; races and demos for kids, adults, and Special Olympics athletes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch from Salsaritas at 1:30 p.m. (free for adult race participants; $5 meal tickets available for all others). Find complete details and register online at 586-9957. Friday, October 4 Art in the Garden VIII: From Liverpool to Lake Murray Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, 6:3010:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of Beatlemania with music from The Return, a Beatles tribute band. $40 includes catered dinner by Crescent Moon Catering, sausages from The Happy Butch-

er, and beverages by Pepsi, Palmetto Wine & Spirits, and Budweiser. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit LICS. Tickets available at Wingard’s, First Community Bank on Sunset Boulevard, Palmetto Wine & Spirits, and Crescent Moon Restaurant. Saturday, October 5 6th Annual Congaree Bluegrass Festival Granby Gardens Park in Cayce, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. This year’s headlining band is Grasstowne, led by award-winning mandolin player Alan Bibey. Local bands include Southern Gospel Express, Barefoot and Reckless, Split Rail, and Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. Free admission with food and drink vendors on site; no coolers. 550-9520 or Email your events at least 30 days in advance to

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Elizabeth Trenbeath

Elizabeth Trenbeath has backpacked in Europe, won awards for cross-country runs, and wielded her Exercise Science skills to benefit athletes and patients in South Carolina. What stands at the top of her Importance List? “I want to play a supporting role in helping Lexington meet the challenges of the future!” she says. This energetic entrepreneur has found a niche for doing exactly that in her executive role with Snelling Staffing Services of the Midlands. It’s a natural fit for her energy and vision, for the place she calls “a dynamic community, but also a warm and caring place where people still help each other.” She heads an enterprise which has served staffing needs for large and small businesses in the Midlands ever since Elizabeth’s mother, Gina McCuen, opened the first woman-owned national employment franchise in Lexington in 1982. Gina and her husband Sam McCuen built leadership reputations in the Midlands, heavily involved in community service as well as business success. Elizabeth has been a part of their service since she

was a young teenager, carrying out the duties of cleaning worker and file clerk before she was old enough to drive a car. Now those parents have retired, and Elizabeth Trenbeath directs the business after 17 years on staff. “I attended Charleston Southern University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina,” she says. “Exercise, sports, and the outdoors are all interests of mine. Of course I grew up in the Girl Scouts and earned just about every badge they give, as my mother was a long time Girl Scout leader. I worked for a time at South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Center, and that experience has fit well into career counseling at Snelling.” She finds her work very rewarding as applicants are tested, counseled, and pointed in a suitable direction for the right career. “We work for free until a match is made,” she says. “We offer counseling and testing for everyone who wants to work. Short-term, long-term, temp or permanent, we want to make sure that every employer and every applicant is satisfied with the right outcome.” Elizabeth was named Lexington Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year in 1999, and Diplomat of the Year by the Greater Columbia Chamber in 2002. A thirdgeneration Kiwaniian, she has served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Lexington, and in 2005 was named to The State newspaper’s Top 20 Under 40. She is also a member of the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries. Her husband, a representative of Siemens Medical, and her five-year-old son occupy her home hours. Now Trenbeath is looking to the future. She is taking the agency paperless, but first making sure that every file applicant is contacted and that record brought up to date before being stored in the computer database. All employment applications are done online now, and those seeking employment are assisted with resumes and tutoring for that all-important first impression. As for Lexington, its future seems nothing but bright. “We proved what we could accomplish after the tornado of 1994,” she remembers. “The real challenges lie ahead, to blend economic development with our natural beauty. We never want to lose that special touch that seems to happen only here in Lexington. I want to help meet those challenges!” n September 2013 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 7

Big Changes and Comprehensive Service at Conner Chiropractic This November it will be 10 years that Dr. Shane Conner has been practicing in Lexington County. Conner Chiropractic has offered many services including rehab, massage therapy, spinal decompression, and chiropractic treatment. However, big changes have occurred in the past year that are sure to excite the community. by Sarah Melchers

“Four years ago, I began to think that I would like to broaden some of the options in the office,” says Dr. Conner. “We needed more space to bring in more professionals.” Consequently, last year Conner made the decision to add on to his existing practice and reopened his doors to the public in January. This addition to the building has doubled his potential practice space and created numerous opportunities

for business growth and community outreach. In September, Conner Chiropractic will rename its facilities as Collaborative Healthcare. This business is blossoming to include chiropractic treatment as well as physical medicine, which will make Conner Chiropractic even more effective for its existing and future clientele. Before the expansion, when a patient needed more than just an adjustment, Dr. Conner had to refer them to their general practitioner or a specialist for medication or injections. Now, because of the added space, Dr. Conner has been able to invite other specialists to join his team including medical doctors, nurse practitioners, and additional chiropractors. Dr. Conner has also been able to bring in more equipment for rehab of disc, musculoskeletal, shoulder, and knee injuries. “There were some cases where the

patient had too much pain to treat them with chiropractic care, and I would have to refer them to other specialists to manage that pain. That could often take several weeks. Now we can just send our patients to the specialist within our own office. This gets us to the root of the problem faster, and even saves the patient time and money. We want to be able to offer everything short of surgery.” What is most exciting for Dr. Conner is that his chiropractors and additional medical staff will be able to come together for team meetings. In the ultimate form of collaboration, the staff will discuss each patient by comparing the findings from exams, X-rays, and diagnostic tests. Dr. Conner says, “I am hoping to build a medical community

network where we work together, not against each other.” In addition to practicing in town,

“I can’t wait to see the results a collaborative healthcare team makes in our patients’ lives.” Dr. Conner has also been able to utilize his expertise to help both Lexington and River Bluff High School’s football teams. With the aid of Dr. Stellfox, Dr. Conner will be working alongside Coaches Josh Stepp and David Bennett to provide both injury recovery and injury prevention. “It’s only up from here, and I can’t wait to see how we grow,” says Dr. Conner. “I feel very blessed to be a part of this community.” n

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While the start of every high school football season is a time of new beginnings — a new season, different players, different starting lineups, and so on — this year’s Lexington area teams will be even newer and more different than usual. Both the White Knoll Timberwolves and the Lexington Wildcats have hired new head varsity coaches since last season, and the brand new River Bluff High School Gators will field a JV team and play a partial varsity schedule as well, making this year’s football offerings a clean slate that the teams are eager to put their own marks on. Lexington: Still Wildcat Country The Wildcats are coming off a disappointing season in 2012, but new head coach and athletic director Josh Stepp is thinking positive things are about to happen with the program.

“The kids have done a good job through the spring and summer practices, and really bought into the way we will be doing things,” he says. “The transition has been smooth, and they are working hard to prepare for a good season.” Stepp says to watch for some

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speed to return to the playing field, especially on offense. “We’ll be doing a lot of uptempo offense, playing fast and stretching the field to get them into plays where we’ll be in a position to score,” he says. “On defense, we’ll be an odd front team with an attacking style.”

However the plays on the field unfold, Stepp is certain of one thing — that Lexington will offer up a quality football program that produces quality citizens from those student-athletes who participate. “What we want to do as a program is to put a team on the field that our school, faculty, community, and fans can be proud of. That’s goal number one,” Stepp says. “We want them to become not just better football players, but better young men. The number of wins we have will be a byproduct of that, and focusing

on the process and the people within the process.” Stepp says the team’s goals for the season should be the same every year, and they are ones that build on each other. “We start off wanting to win our opening game, then to win the Midlands: beating every team in the Midlands that we play,” Stepp says. “After that, we can aim for a region championship.” One of the biggest question marks for Lexington will be the impact of the opening of the new River Bluff High School across town, which split the Lexington area into two attendance zones. “I don’t think River Bluff will affect us much until next year, or maybe the year after,” Stepp says. “Lexington High has always been the flagship school of the district, and it will stay that way.”

“We’ll be doing a lot of up-tempo offense, playing fast and stretching the field to get them into plays where we’ll be in a position to score.” — Josh Stepp

Timberwolves: On the Prowl The Timberwolves also have a brand new head coach and athletics director, Dean Howell. Coming from his most recent post as head coach at A.C. Flora in Columbia, Howell also served as a varsity assistant football coach at White Knoll from 2000-2004, making this something of a homecoming for him as a coach. Howell says they’ll be a different team than the Timberwolves squads of the past. “Philosophically, we were previously a 95 percent running team on offense,” Howell says. “We will be more diverse in our play-calling and throw

it more, even though we’ll continue to be a ‘run first’ team.” The other side of the ball will be just as important, if not more so, Howell says, and special teams will be a big focus as well. “We’re going to play a sound game on defense, it will be tough to get long drives against us,” Howell says. “We have a good kicker this year so that will help, since you can usually determine a win or a loss based on kicking and field position.” While he won’t lose as many potential future players to the new River Bluff High School, Howell is well aware

“We’re going to play a sound game on defense, it will be tough to get long drives against us.” — Dean Howell

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of the new team in town and their impact on the football landscape of Lexington. He also knows that old rivalries will be hard to change. “I was here when they built White Knoll and we were here first, so Lexington is still our main rival,” he says. Howell echoes his counterparts when asked about the most important part of being a head football coach. “As a head coach, it’s an opportunity to have an impact on kids and the way they turn out as young men,” he says. “I talk to them about even if we go 0 and 11 every year, if

I find out they graduate and become good productive men in our community, that’s what it’s really all about. We instill in them that they must be a representative of that in the classroom and in the community.” Howell says the families and fans that support the school and the team make his job easier. “The booster club here is heavily involved with all the teams, helping with ad sales and the peripheral stuff that you have to get done,” Howell says. “There’s no substitute for having people like that who go the extra mile to support us.”

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New Kids on the Block: River Bluff Gators As the new coach and the new school on the block, head football coach and athletic director David Bennett of River Bluff High School is looking forward to a first year that will establish the Gators in the eyes of local football fans. “We will play some varsity and JV games,” Bennett says of the new team’s limited schedule. “We felt it would be in our best interest to have a few Friday night contests.” It’s all about building the program at this point, he says. “Hopefully fans will see a

group of young men playing together with enthusiasm and discipline. We are still in the process of learning our kids and installing an offense and defense that will suit our student athletes. This is different from college, where you can recruit to a scheme. We have to be able to adapt our style of play to the players we have.” With a brand new everything, the excitement at River Bluff is also building, Bennett says. “Our booster club just got started, and Gator Nation is going to be very special for our kids,” he says. “I’m sure the rivalry with our other area schools will be there, but what all of our students, athletes, and parents need to realize is that we need to have a healthy rivalry — we’re all representing Lexington District One.” Coach Bennett is right in that all three schools — Lex-

“Hopefully fans will see a group of young men playing together with enthusiasm and discipline. We are still in the process of learning our kids and installing an offense and defense that will suit our student athletes.” — David Bennett ington, White Knoll, and now River Bluff — are part of the same school district. With the fresh start afforded the trio of football programs via new head coaches, it will be an exciting year watching to see the cross-town contests develop between them. “We need to win and lose with character and humility,” Bennett says. “We can all learn, compete, and help all of our kids become better, forever.”

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Pastor Ken Jumper The Harvest

I would like to divert from my usual storytelling for this edition and share from my heart a moment. As you may or may not know, my wonderful wife of 37 years passed away early in July. That is certainly one of the most difficult and devastating moments someone could experience. Those who have lost spouses and close family certainly understand this reality. Two things have struck me over the past two months as I am adjusting to living without Connie. I have come to understand the strength faith adds to your life, and the great power of friendship. The days following Connie’s death were filled with caring friends from all around Lexington sharing their love and condolences. Our extended family often remarked of the wonderful church and community. Let me also say personally how deeply I felt the love and prayers. The power of friendship escorted us through those tough days. On the other side of the coin is that place where we walk alone and no one sees us, the place of personal faith and trust in God. I must say, it too is carrying me through. The evening of Connie’s passing was filled with much anxiety and uncertainty. As I sat by her bedside through the night of our last evening together and watched her frail body struggle to survive, my faith also struggled. God, are you here? Heaven, are you real? I sang her praise songs and old hymns, read her some of our favorite passages from the Bible, and rehearsed old stories of our travels together. As you may imagine, it was tough. We were fighting our last battle together. Then along about dawn, Connie’s breathing slowed and she became calm. The birds outside our window started to sing. As the morning sun began shining through the window, in a gesture of faith I took Connie’s arm, lifted it toward heaven and placed her hand in the hand of Jesus. A new day has come. The final battle has been fought. Faith wins! Connie wins! I actually believe I heard angels singing. Listen, I think I hear them now. Follow Pastor Ken on Twitter at @pkharvest The Harvest • 4865 Sunset Blvd. Lexington, SC 29072 • 808-6373 • Saturdays: 6 p.m. (378 campus) Sundays: 378 campus 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Noon Whiteford and Northeast campuses, 10:30 a.m.

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d r o W of by Marilyn Thomas

East Point Academy

Last month when South Carolina students returned to their classrooms, some of them were greeted by their teachers in Spanish, French, or Chinese. These pupils are enrolled in a unique language-learning environment known as immersion. Rather than teaching the language as a subject, immersion involves instruction in a second language through a nativespeaking teacher about other topics, such as math, social studies, and science. Ideally, students begin at a young age, and although a temporary lag may occur in some subjects, over time they eventually catch up and often surpass their monolingual peers. 18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2013

My Amigos Bilingual Education Center Parents who want to start their children early in a local immersion program may want to investigate the My Amigos Bilingual Education Center in West Columbia. Although the independently owned preschool operates five days a week during regular working hours, it is not a typical daycare. Students learn core subjects in both English and Spanish under the instruction of native-speaking teachers. Children as young as 30 months can enMy Amigos Bilingual Education Center

roll with two, three, and five-day options as well as afterschool care available. Their website offers detailed information about their dual-immersion approach and enrollment process. Joy Huyck and Luz Stella Giraldo, two professionals who partnered together after envisioning “a program to encourage a multicultural atmosphere and acceptance,” founded the preschool. Some parents have even moved to the area just to enroll their children at My Amigos because they understand the importance and benefits of learning a second language in the emerging global economy and competitive workforce of their children’s future. Also, mastering a second language is easier if started at a younger age, and this is the prime time in a child’s intellectual growth for developing these skills.

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My Amigos Bilingual Education Center

Lexington School District One Immersion Programs In 2003, a school task force for Lexington One began exploring options for teaching foreign languages effectively and efficiently in the classroom. Three years later, the district opened Spanish, Chinese, and French immersion kindergarten classes within five of its elementary schools. This

year, the students who helped launch those first immersion classes were promoted to seventh grade, where they continue to receive language instruction and use their bilingual skills while working on projects that integrate different subject areas. Dawn Samples, Lexington One’s world languages and partial immersion coordinator since 2004, recognizes the importance of students developing “second and third language abilities to be a good communicator in a global society” as they become 21st century citizens. Students must enter Lexington One’s immersion program in kindergarten and continue throughout elementary school. Because they are so young, parental support is vital to each child’s success. According to the district website, “When the children receive daily encouragement, they have more confidence and usually perform better in all areas.” Enrollment is made available in January on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who live in Lexington One but not in the zones of the schools with immersion programs may also apply for several open slots that are chosen by lottery. Information about all of Lexington One’s World Languages programs, including immersion, can be found online. East Point Academy

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East Point Academy of South Carolina East Point Academy is another local public school that utilizes immersion as its learning program. Although this charter institution has only been operating for two years, it scored 100 percent in the Federal Accountability System for the 2012-13 school year. In August, its primary location in Cayce continued to house its kindergarten programs, but a new, modern facility opened

in West Columbia for first through fourth grades. Future plans include adding a grade level each year to accommodate the students as they progress. The school’s website details additional information about enrollment procedures and other activities Mandarin is the chosen language at East Point. According to Director and Founding Principal Renee Mathews, “Research has found that learning to speak Mandarin affects the brain somewhat like music in stimulating both sides of the brain.” Also,

“Research has found that learning to speak Mandarin affects the brain somewhat like music in stimulating both sides of the brain.” East Point Academy

with more than one billion people speaking this language, it is the most used in the world. “China is the world’s second largest economy, and among South Carolina’s top five export markets,” adds Mathews. A mother of an East Point third-year student, Nikki Hughes, drives from Orangeburg so her daughter can attend. “We believe East Point Academy is a wonderful learning opportunity. The excellent academics have provided opportunity for inquiry and research above her grade level, and her mastery of Mandarin is astounding.”

The Language Buzz About a year ago, The Language Buzz Learning Center was established in downtown Columbia by husband and wife team Dr. John and Victoria Dozier. After relocating here, the couple began seeking language instruction for their bilingual children, who previously attended a fullimmersion school in another state. Tutor-

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The Language Buzz

ing for their family soon evolved into a “world language learning center” that supplements existing programs or provides instruction where none is available. This community resource currently offers immersion instruction in Spanish, French, Mandarin-Chinese, and possibly German in the near future. The curriculum

and practice incorporates reading, writing, and conversing about real-life subject matter. Classes are offered after school, on weekends, over the summer, and even during the day for homeschool students. “Our program is unique,” explains Ms. Dozier, “because we have several foreign language educators that come in, and their methodology is based on how they learned English and other languages over-

seas.” Their approach is effective and appealing to parents “who want a long-term result and want to invest in their children to be fluent.” One such parent is Deborah Billings, who enrolled her seven-year-old son, Diego, in their classes. “The Language Buzz is adding to the richness and cultural diversity of Columbia,” she says, “and that’s a step in the right direction for our community.” n

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End The Reign of A by Sarah Melchers

s a Board Certified Pain Specialist, Dr. Amit Singh of Pain Specialists of South Carolina intimately understands the debilitating nature of chronic pain — physically and emotionally — for his patients. “We specialize in helping patients maintain functionality,” says Dr. Singh. “While we know that there is no permanent cure for chronic pain, our main goal is to restore to the patient a better quality of life so that they can keep a job, maintain a healthy family relationship, and preserve their emotional wellbeing.” Luckily for the Lexington community, Dr. Singh happens to be the only pain specialist in the greater Columbia area who provides the new, innovative procedure termed Minimally Invasive Lumbar

“While we know that there is no permanent cure for chronic pain, our main goal is to restore to the patient a better quality of life so that they can keep a job, maintain a healthy family relationship, and preserve their emotional wellbeing.” Decompression (dubbed MILD for short). MILD is an apt description, as Dr. Singh explains that this particular outpatient procedure is celebrated for its gentle method of spinal decompression and long-term pain relief. Used primarily for patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, MILD directly addresses the issues that come with the narrowing of the spinal canal. Ranging from middle-aged to elderly, more than 1.2 million individuals are diagnosed each year with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Through the natural process of aging, this narrow-

ing of the spinal canal will eventually put pressure on the nerves and create discomfort, numbness and pain, especially when standing or walking. Dr. Singh’s goal with the MILD procedure is to ultimately relieve these issues and help patients “stand longer and walk farther with less pain.” Using the MILD method, Dr. Singh is able to reduce the compression of the spinal nerves very much like “removing a kink in a drinking straw.” Through an incision no larger than a baby aspirin (5.1mm), Dr. Singh is able to remove small portions of the spinal ligaments to relieve tension and create more space within the spinal canal. The procedure is performed with sedation and does not need stitches or implants. This minimally invasive procedure poses a significantly lower risk of major complications and allows patients to heal faster and regain functionality more quickly. After having the MILD procedure, one patient says, “There was no discomfort whatsoever. I walked out with three small Band-Aids on my back.” MILD is the ideal option for patients who want to avoid or delay surgery, have tried alternate routes of relief, or may have no other treatment options. Compared to other pain specialists in the area, Dr. Singh has a pointedly conservative approach to pain alleviation. As such, MILD is the ideal choice within such a practice model. As another patient attests, “It’s not common to read about new procedures that deliver on the promise of that minimally invasive technique. You have so little discomfort. Now that I am four weeks out from the MILD procedure — this life-changing experience — it’s hard for me to imagine what I can’t do.” n

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“Dr. Singh is very soothing, he makes me feel very comfortable. He takes time to talk to you.” “A few months ago I developed shingles. I’ve been physically active my whole life, so I’ve had my share of bumps, bruises, sprains and even a broken collarbone. However the shingles pain was not something with which I was prepared to cope. I could not sleep well and hardly left the house except for work. Dr. Singh got me back on my feet and doing all the things I love to do.” “I am very satisfied with the care and treatment I have received from Dr. Singh. The plan of care he has given me has helped to get back to some level of function in life. Where as my level of function was very low. I have been able to have more energy to do more than just lay around and sleep.”

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Launch Party at Stone River August 13, 2013 Announcing our newest publication: CWC Life is coming in October! Here are a few photos from our recent launch party at the new Stone River restaurant and event venue in West Columbia. Special thanks to our friends at the West Metro Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Cayce and West Columbia, and all those who came out to celebrate the launch of our newest direct-mail magazine! Photos by Brad Horton and Vickie Lovett

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As cooler weather approaches, our mindset is changing from swimming and backyard barbecues to college football, state fairs, and the beautiful fall foliage. One of the rewards of living in South Carolina is observing the striking colors of the changing leaves. People from around the nation travel here to see this beauty. Wouldn’t it be great to relax in your own yard and enjoy the colors of fall? There are many choices for trees that change from green foliage to brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange when the temperatures begin to drop. One of the most popular is the Maple (genus Acer). These are deciduous trees that lose their leaves, thrive in full sun to part shade, and most varieties are fairly fast growing. Every front yard needs a great shade tree that enhances the look and feel of the home and property. The maple certainly fits the bill. The Red Maple (Acer rubrum) is a popular shade tree for color. October Glory and Autumn Flame are two favorite varieties with vibrant autumn color, both reaching 40-50 feet at maturity. Red Maples are considered moderate to fast growing trees, averaging about 10-12 feet in 5-7 years. Another beautiful maple is the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum). A very large shade tree growing 50-80 feet tall, this southern favorite has spectacular fall color ranging from yellow to red. It has a slower growth rate, about a foot per year and maybe a little more when it’s young. Although Maple trees are quite superior for fall color, there are other trees to consider. Tulip Poplars (Linodendon tulipfera, actually in the Magnolia family) are fast growing to about 70 feet, turning bright yellow. Ginko (Ginko biloba) also has brilliant yellow leaves with a similar height and growth rate. Dogwoods are known for red foliage, but prefer a more shady location. Crape myrtles show off their foliage color. Typically, the white-flowered trees turn yellow, and the pink and red flowered types turn yellow, orange or red. As we (hopefully!) say goodbye to 90s temperatures, we enter the very best time for planting trees. If you’ve been thinking about having the beauty of autumn in your own yard, now’s the time. You may have a little future raking to do, but the shade and the color are worth it — and you need the exercise, right? Happy fall!

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Tailgate Time! Carolina Sliders 2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon mustard 1 1/2 cups ketchup 1 tablespoon brown sugar salt and pepper to taste 20 mini hamburger buns or dinner rolls

Mozzarella Stick Egg Roll 12 pieces of string cheese (mozzarella) 12 egg roll wrappers oil for deep frying marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping Place a piece of string cheese near the bottom corner of one egg roll wrapper (keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use). Fold bottom corner over cheese. Roll up halfway; fold sides toward center over cheese. Moisten remaining corner with water; roll up tightly to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and cheese. In an electric skillet, heat a half inch of oil to 375. Fry sticks a few at a time for 30-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with marinara sauce.

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In skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with onion and bell pepper; drain. Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture on each mini bun and serve.

Seventh Heaven Layered Dip 16-ounce can refried beans 8-ounce container sour cream 1 cup guacamole 1 cup salsa 2 cups grated Colby Jack cheese, divided 2.25-oz. can black olives, drained and chopped 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1 bag tortilla chips Spread beans into bottom of 9x13-inch glass baking dish or large round casserole dish. Spread sour cream over beans, followed by guacamole. Pour salsa over top. Sprinkle cheese over salsa to cover. Garnish with olives, tomatoes and green onions. Serve with chips and refrigerate any leftovers.

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What Holds the Whole World Together


asked Daddy why pecan trees died in winter. “They don’t die, son. Their roots are growing so the tree can grow taller next spring.” “How far down do roots go, Daddy?” “A long ways, son.” We found a new-fallen tree. I poked at the squiggly roots holding sticky red dirt. “How come it fell, Daddy?” “Because the roots weren’t deep enough, son.” One day I kicked the trunk of the shallow-rooted tree. I reached into where my foot had gone in. The rotten wood crumbled in my hand. “It looks like dirt, don’t it, Daddy?” In those days, Daddy was approaching fifty years old. I’ve never been fifty before, but I’ve noticed there’s something about living a whole half-century that makes some folks get jumpy about the end of living. I don’t know how Daddy felt back then about dying. Maybe my innocent questions helped him think it through. “Everything goes back to the dirt, son.” “Even me and you, Dad?” “Even me and you, son.” “Even the big pecan trees?” “The big pecans put down deeper roots.” “So if a tree’s roots go deep then it lives a long time?” “That’s right, son. But sooner or later we all go back to the dirt.” “How do roots grow, Daddy?” “The Good Lord makes them grow, son. That’s what winter is for.” I already knew about the North Star. I knew if a person faced North and walked to the right, he would end up in Savannah. If he walked left instead of right, he’d still find an ocean. Since all oceans joined together,

he could swim around to Savannah after all — it would just take a little longer. I knew the world was round. I knew a person could reach China if he journeyed far enough — China was on the way to Savannah. The main thing was finding something one could be sure of. A lost person just had to wait until it got good and dark to find his way. That’s why North was important, because that old North Star never moved. So I had already thought about walking around the whole wide world. I knew when I did I would see China. But tree roots knew something I hadn’t thought about. “How far down do roots go, Daddy?” “I reckon if a tree lives long enough, the roots go clear through to China.” I started digging that afternoon. I thought about old Chinese tree roots meeting up with our old Georgia pecan tree roots. I remembered the fallen tree’s tangled roots holding the dirt. Right then I knew it was roots that held the whole wide world together. Roots grow deep while the winds blow cold, growing through their parents and deep into where their parent’s roots had grown. I wondered how the Lord made tree roots grow. I wondered why the old North Star never moved. And I wondered how long before I’d make it to China using Mama’s favorite tea-stirring spoon. n

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by Charissa Sylvia

Riverbend Community Church Riverbend Community Church 1015 Corley Mill Road (803) 356-8596 Sundays 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

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Robbie McAlister, lead pastor at Riverbend Community Church, describes his congregation as a community with a deep desire to implement Christ’s last command — “to make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) — as their first priority. He emphasizes the church’s excitement to be part of making disciples of Jesus Christ “right here, right now, in the wonderful community of Lexington and the broader Midlands community.” When asked to identify three key ways his congregation impacts the Lexington community, McAlister highlighted the church’s Good News Clubs, Riverbend Dayschool and Crossover Prison Ministry. For more information about these or other opportunities at Riverbend, feel free to contact the church office. The Good News Clubs that are hosted by Riverbend are actually a partnership with Child Evangelism Fellowship’s (CEF) Midlands District. The clubs hosted by Riverbend are geared towards assisting elementary school age children in Lexington County. Patty Hill is the team coordinator at Midway Elementary. “We have a great opportunity to serve God by sharing the love of Jesus with the children who choose to come to our after school club,” says Hill. “Helping them develop character and learn how to make good choices as they grow up in this world is a real privilege.” The Riverbend Dayschool strives to be a place where families who are looking for a safe and healthy place to

send their children can be involved. The school operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for children ages 3 and 4, and Tuesdays and Thursdays for children two years of age (both programs are available during the school year). Classes at the dayschool are taught by several dedicated women, most of whom are mothers and former teachers themselves. Dayschool Director Beverly Stephenson summarizes the goal of the school this way. “Our dayschool wants to provide a strong Christian learning environment while nurturing the child’s ability to grow spiritually, cognitively, emotionally and physically. We want to provide a loving and secure time for these children with dedicated and professional staff. Joe and Angie Foster, members of Riverbend who have given their time to develop a program that shares the love of Christ with inmates, spearhead the Crossover Prison Ministry. Riverbend supports the Fosters as missionaries, and participates in an ongoing way with this unique part of their broader congregation. When asked about this ministry Joe said, “We are all in bondage apart from Jesus Christ. Even though we work with people in bondage behind the physical bars of prison, we try to bring the hope that Jesus Christ gives to all who will listen and help them realize that true freedom is found in a personal relationship with Jesus.” Learn more about this congregation online, and be sure to visit the online calendar for events including a monthly prayer breakfast, weekly Men’s Bible Study, and weekly home groups. n

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Healthier Lunchbox

s s i c a s l C by Kristen Carter

Can kids enjoy their favorite lunchtime standbys and be healthier too? Yes, says Liz Weiss, registered dietitian and founder of MealMakeoverMoms. com. “There’s a reason kids love classics like bologna sandwiches and PB&J—they are familiar,” says Weiss. “But with just a few tweaks, parents can amp up the nutrition of those lunchbox classics.” n Go beyond white or wheat. Sandwich bread options have come a long way. Try pitas, naan, flatbreads or tortillas, and choose 100 percent whole grain options for more fiber and nutrients. n The deli difference. Not all lunchmeat is created equal. Look for natural and organic brands like Applegate, made with a short, “clean” list of ingredients and no antibiotics or artificial colors, flavors or additives. n Nutty butters. Replace peanut but-

ter with other nut butters such as almond, sunflower or cashew. n Fruit inside, not on the side. Who says peanut butter sandwiches must have jelly? Cut the added sugar by substituting thinly sliced bananas, strawberries, apples or even kiwi fruit instead. n Take that chip off the shoulder. There’s really nothing healthy about chips. Instead, try making a savory dip with yogurt or hummus, and serve whole wheat pita chips and some veggies on the side. n

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