Blessing of the Inlet celebrates God’s glory, the people and the area

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Anita Crone/For South Strand News The Rev. Dr. B. Mike Alexander blesses the Inlet Saturday during the festival.

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It was a Technicolor day, Saturday, and more than 1,000 people crowded into Murrells Inlet for the 18th annual Blessing of the Inlet at Belin United Methodist Church.

There was food – more than 20 vendors shared everything from full-course meals to desserts to fast food – arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, fellowship and friends.

Most importantly, there was a sense of the right time and the right place as the Inlet shone in all its glory, as the Rev. Dr. Mike Alexander, the church’s senior pastor said, one of the places where “God reveals himself.”

New this year was the processional leader. Bridget Altman, a fixture in the Inlet. She carried the blessing banner as she led Alexander and the Rev. Marty Nason to the front of the church for the ceremony.

As in years past, there was the United Methodist Women’s strawberry shortcake. The women dished up 69 gallons of berries, 71 gallons of ice cream and untold slices of pound cake as the line for the treat wound 20 and 30 deep.

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