Prince George church presents $26,058 to local charities

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rev. Paul Fuener of Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, left, poses with, from left, Charlie Ball, Annette Perreault, Sharon Thomas, Jim Dumm, and Harry Oxner at the Fishers of Men Inshore Fishing Tournament on Saturday. PROVIDED PHOTO

October has been a busy month for helping local charitable organizations by Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church. 
Early in the month, The Very Rev. Paul Fuener presented a check for $6,058 to the Fire Relief Fund at First Citizens Bank from gifts collected at Sunday worship services on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. 
On Oct. 25, the Men's Ministry of Prince George Winyah presented four checks, each for $4,000, to Friendship Place, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, and Tara Hall Home for Boys. 
The Men's Ministry conducts two major fundraisers – an oyster roast on the Friday of the Plantation Tours Weekend in March and a fishing tournament in the fall.
The Fishers of Men Tournament draws several boats each year and many generous sponsors.  Harry Oxner, president of the Men's Ministry, coordinates the two events. In presenting the checks to Charlie Ball of Friendship Place, Annette Perreault of Habitat for Humanity, Sharon Thomas of Helping Hands and Jim Dumm of Tara Hall, Oxner noted: “The Men's Ministry is committed to helping faith-based organizations that directly improve the lives of people in Georgetown. We are fortunate to have these effective organizations and their excellent leaders making a difference in the quality of life for so many families.”
Oxner thanked the owners of the Boat Shed for helping with the fish fry on Friday and John Horton of Georgetown Landing Marina for coordinating the fishing tournament on Saturday.
Fuener presented a brief homily to the captains of the fishing boats in which he said, “Jesus loved fishing, fishermen, and eating fish. Witness how he called fishermen to be his disciples, how he fed the 5,000 with just two fish and five loaves of bread, and how when the fishermen came home empty he told them where to cast their nets and indeed their nets were full.” 
Fuener concluded by urging all who participate in the tournament “to think about Jesus and his affection for fishing and to become more like Jesus as they too become fishers or men.”

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