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Treasurer’s Report through September 2016 by Gary DiCamillo

November and December are busy months for your vestry and clergy as we complete the 2016 fiscal year and develop a budget plan for 2017. Our principal aim is to fulfill St. Michael’s transformation, children/youth, pastoral, worship and mission ministries. Each of these ministries has a purpose and a plan and we budget appropriate expenses to meet these plans. Of course, we…

Did You Know?

She’s a lovely ole gal, isn’t she?  Our church has graced the skyline of Charleston with her fine lines and proportions for over 250 years.  And as you might imagine, it takes a lot of paint and some unusual equipment to get her painted.  The recent steeple painting by steeple jacks from Robert Morgan &…

Galatians 3:28 Task Force Update

Our Galatians 3:28 Task Force has continued, through prayer, study, and outreach, to find ways to form lasting relationships with our brothers and sisters in the AME church. One of the priceless fruits of this effort was our all too brief relationship with the Rev. Dr. John Gillison, former Pastor of Mother Emanuel and retired Presiding Elder of the AME church. Rev.…

Stewardship of Hospitality

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1-2) Hospitality. It is quite the southern thing. Some of that southern thing aligns well with what the epistle to the Hebrews states, and some of it probably misses the mark a bit. While most of us may not have the opportunity…

Thank You for Tithing

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way; which though us will produce thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11) God is faithful to provide the resources for what He has called…

Advent, Dr. Seuss, and the Theology of Life

Dr. Seuss is one of the world’s best-loved children writers. However, he tends not to be very profound.  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is not exactly Dostoevsky. I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham doesn’t really lead one to tears. But there is one Dr. Seuss book that is remarkably profound,…

Vestry News

The Vestry of St Michael’s passed a three-month “bridge” budget for October through December of this year at its October 29 meeting.  In August, the Vestry had voted to return to a calendar year fiscal year from the current Oct-Sep fiscal year (which had been in place for two years).  At that same time, it was decided that the best way to…

Stewardship of Suffering

One of the 19th century professors of Princeton Seminary, Archibald Alexander, once advised that in times of suffering and hardship, we should be more desirous that our trials be sanctified than removed. This is the actual quote: For your more rapid growth in grace, some of you will be cast into the furnace of affliction. Sickness, bereavement, bad conduct of children and…