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Patriotic Potluck Picnic

Sunday Service Schedule on July 2

8:00 AM Chapel • 10:30 AM Church • 5:00 PM Chapel

Patriotic Worship Service - 10:30 AM in the Church

Join us as we commemorate Independence Day! We will honor our armed forces and first responders, have the presentation of colors and sing patriotic hymns during our 10:30 AM worship service. Veterans and First Responders are encouraged to wear their uniforms! We will also welcome guest speaker Ben Horne (learn more about Ben here!).


Potluck Picnic Following 10:30 AM Service in Finlay Hall

We'll supply the fried chicken and beverages - you bring a dish based on the first letter of your last name

  • A - G: Homemade dessert
  • H - Q: Cold salad (green salad, congealed salad, fruit salad)
  • R - Z: Hot side (baked beans, mac n' cheese, squash casserole)

    Bring your dish in a disposable container and drop it off at Sloan Courtyard fountain or in the front of the All Saints Center. We’ll keep it hot or cold as needed!

    Volunteers Needed!
    We need volunteers in the kitchen to work the following shifts: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 12:30 - 2:00 PM. Volunteers are also needed from 10:00 - 11:00 AM to attend carts and take food to the kitchen and to help clean up in Finlay Hall from 12:30 - 2:00 PM.
    Contact Lei Offerle if you can help!

    There is no charge for this event, but so we can make sure to have enough drinks and chicken, please RSVP below or by contacting Lei Offerle, 672.4142, by Wednesday, June 28.

    Ben Horne

    A member of Christ Church for 13 years, Ben Horne and his wife, Mary, have been teaching high school age Sunday School for the past five years. Ben has recently been on the Vestry at Christ Church and is on the Men's Ministry committee, and Mary is on the Altar Guild and is a past president of the Altar Guild. They have three married children and 5 grandchildren, all of whom live in Greenville. Ben has served as communications officer on a destroyer in the US Navy and a medical officer in the US Army. They moved to Greenville in 1990 and he is currently the Director of Pediatric Cardiology at GHS.

    Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Ben is the oldest of five children. His four siblings (identical triplet boys and a younger sister) were all born in the same calendar year! Ben was baptized at Saint Phillips Episcopal Church, but at the Bishop’s request, Ben’s family and several others left St. Philips to start a new church, Holy Trinity Episcopal, where he remained a member until after college.
    Ben met Mary during his senior year at the Citadel (class of 1974) and they were married two years later. Mary had just completed her freshman year at Erskine and Ben was the Communications Officer on a Navy destroyer home-ported in Baltimore at the end of the Vietnam War. A year later , they moved back to Charleston, where Ben completed pharmacy school, medical school, and pediatrics residency. Also during those 10 years, Mary completed her degree at the College of Charleston while raising their 3 children, all of whom were born during Ben’s stint in medical school. While in Charleston, Ben and Mary were members of St. James’ Episcopal Church and St. John's Episcopal Church.
    Further training took Ben and his family to Vanderbilt in Nashville for pediatric cardiology fellowship and then, finally, to Greenville. There, Ben began medical practice as director of pediatric cardiology at GHS. However, they were in Greenville for only a month when the build-up for the Gulf War/Desert Storm started and, as a reserve officer in the Army Medical Corps, Ben was called to active duty. Four months later, half the doctors in his army unit were sent to the desert and the other half were sent to army hospitals around the US – he was stationed in  Denver. Finally, after the war, life became more “normal,” and Ben and Mary have now managed to live in the same house for the past 27 years, enjoying their children and now their grandchildren. Ben and Mary have been members of Christ Church for the past 13 years and expect that, someday, their children will be laying them to rest at Christ Church.