Epworth Alumni, Thomas to speak at Trinity UMC

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

Barbara Courtney Thomas, author of the book - Just Pick up the Pieces, will be at the Trinity United Methodist Church social hall on Monday October 26th at 7pm.

Come listen to how one woman, who, along with her sister, conquered tragedy, proving that adversity does not spell defeat.

Thomas and her sister lost both their parents at the ages of 11 and 8. Each struggled in their own way with resilience and perseverance and eventually arrived at a safe place that provided them with security, a stable environment, encouragement, guidance, opportunity and a strong Christian faith - Epworth Childrenís Home in Columbia.

In her book, she tells of how experiencing difficulties at a young age does not have to ruin oneís life. The book is a reaffirmation of her faith in God and a salute to Epworth and to the Methodists of South Carolina.

Thomas graduated from Dreher High School in 1953 and from Columbia College in 1957 with a BA in elementary education. She received her Masterís Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1976 and taught in the public schools for 30 years.

Both Thomas and her husband, Norman, are retired and live on Lake Murray near Chapin, and they have seven grandchildren.

Donít miss this wonderful opportunity to hear a testimony of how great Godís grace and love is and what a wonderful place that Epworth Childrenís Home was and still is today.

There will also be a book signing, ĎJust Pick up the Piecesí and your opportunity to purchase the book.

For any of you that live in the area that attended Epworth, please come and share your memories and enjoy the fellowship.

There will also be several of Bambergís very own, who attended Epworth Childrenís Home, on hand for the occasion.

Refreshments will be provided by Trinity UMC Columbia College Alumni and the Birthday Girls' Club.

The public is invited to attend.