Blessing of the Inlet set for May 4th in Murrells Inlet

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MURRELLS INLET (SC) – On Saturday, May 4, 2019, The Blessing of the Inlet at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, Highway 17-Business, Murrells Inlet, will celebrate its 23rd anniversary from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

The Blessing of the inlet is a fun filled festival with worship, food, fun, family and fellowship that is highlighted by a ‘Blessing’ ceremony, celebrating our Lord’s continued blessings in the Inlet Community.  And the Blessing of the Inlet generates funds for many missions, charities, and nonprofit organizations.

This 23rd year, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church is proud to announce the honored charity for the 2019 Blessing of the Inlet as The Low Country Veterans Group in Georgetown, SC.  They are located at 2921 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.

The Low Country Veterans Group ’s mission is to reach Veterans who are affected by homelessness, physical and mental disabilities, unemployment and job retention. The Group facilitates Veterans accessing appropriate assistance from numerous governmental, local and charitable agencies. A key component and goal for their mission is to provide Peer support and Veteran to Veteran assistance. They also provide much needed assistance to Veteran Family Members and Survivors.

You can find on their webpage that the group also serves their community.  “Because we care.  We are proud to say we have helped scores of disabled veterans secure over $24,000.000in lifetime disability benefits that they were eligible for but lacked the knowledge and support to wade through the complex paperwork required by the VA. This group has also facilitated veterans in accessing other services and perhaps most importantly, we have provided an environment where combat veterans can help other veterans, which is often the best therapy of all.”

The group is led by Commander Franklin E Rutledge.  Other group leaders: Executive Officer, Nathaniel Moultrie; Treasurer, Wilbur Lawrence III; Secretary, Joseph Nesbit; Sergeant of Arms, John Russell, Jr; Chaplain, Greg W Hill; S-3 Chairperson, Theodore Russell and Public Relations, Ernest Cole.  More information is available through their Web site: Email:

This festival continues to be a free event with no admission or parking charge and is always held rain or shine. There are also free shuttle bus rides from the Inlet Square Mall. The Blessing includes entertainment, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, food from many Murrells Inlet restaurants, a children’s play area with inflatable rides and fun filled events and games for tweens, teens and adults.  The festival is highlighted by the Blessing of the Inlet ceremony which starts at 11:30 AM. The blessing will be administered by the Reverend Dr. Mike Alexander and the Reverend Walter Cantwell. Immediately following the “Blessing” ceremony, all visitors will be invited to “Stay to Pray” in the Belin sanctuary. Belin’s Stephen Ministers will be on hand.

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