Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Coronavirus precautions-March 17 update

March 17, 2020
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
~Isaiah 41:10
My Brothers and Sisters,
Fear not, Jesus is Lord (even over the Coronavirus).  We know that even in times of extreme uncertainty there remain unshakeable truths that we can rely on.  These are the firm foundations of our faith.  So do not fear.  The Lord our God is always with us.  With this certainty in mind, I am writing to share with you the decision taken yesterday by Bishop Lawrence and shared in a conference call with all the rectors of our diocese.
For the next two Sundays (March 22 and 29) we will be providing a video of the worship services with the sermon, so you can worship from home at your computer.  Yes, we will sing the hymns, pray the prayers together, hear the Word of God read and proclaimed!  The link to the worship service video will be in the weekly Messenger (e-blast).  The Sunday bulletin as well as  a .pdf version of the sermon may be accessed directly from the website.
This is because Bishop Mark Lawrence has suspended live Sunday worship in all the churches of the diocese for the next two weeks.  In addition to the Bishop’s directive and out of concern for the well-being of all our St. Michael’s family, we are also suspending all campus-based ministries.  These include Super Wednesdays, Life Groups/Small groups, Bible Studies, etc.  The church offices will be closed.  This is a precaution not of fear but of love, acting out of concern for a climate conducive for the spread of this highly contagious virus, as well as for those among us in the most vulnerable categories. These decisions are also consistent with directives now being promulgated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Yet this does not mean we have to be disconnected!  In addition to Sunday Worship being made available on Video, Sunday Confirmation will be held electronically.  We also encourage Sunday School classes, life groups and all small groups etc., to meet electronically as well.  When I say electronically, I mean using platforms like Skype, Facetime, Facebook or Zoom.
We will be training up our life group leaders on technology that allows everyone to be fully present through live video.  Regarding children and family and youth ministry, our leadership will be reaching out to maintain critical connection during this time.
Two more ways of staying connected. 
  • Each day as we have done over the last 9 years, I will send out our Bible in One Year reading on text, email and Facebook (if you are not getting this and desire to receive it, please email Trish McGuinn at trish@stmichaelschurch.net).  We will also be sending a daily Gospel Project devotional as well.
  • This is also our time to love our neighbor as ourselves, so if you know of someone in need of pastoral care, or if you have a neighbor in need, please contact your life group leader or the Rev. Richard Grimball at  richard@stmichaelschurch.net.  The entire clergy team is also available for prayer and consultation.
Finally, during this very surreal time, please continue your tithes and offerings.  Even though we aren’t collectively gathering at the church, the congregational expenses continue.  It is very possible that some may suffer a loss of income during this challenging time.  Therefore, I ask that those of you who can, please give over and above your normal tithe.  Remember there are three ways to give:
1.  Mail your tithe or offering to the church at 71 Broad Street, 29401
2.  Go on our website (www.stmichaelschurch.net) and give electronically (under Giving)
3.  Text stm to 73256 (REALM)
If you have any financial questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Meredith Buyck at meredith@stmichaelschurch.net.
I and the other rectors of the diocese will conference with Bishop Lawrence on March 30 to discern what direction the Holy Spirit is leading us.  During these next two weeks, let us continue to pray for one another, to love one another, and to assure one another that God is our sovereign protector under whose care we have nothing to fear.  Fear not!  Jesus is Lord, even over the Coronavirus.
Blessings in Christ,
The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.
Rector
POSTPONED: Day of Healing Prayer, Baby Shower for Lowcountry Pregnancy Center

Due to the concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, St. Michael’s has decided, in an abundance of caution, to postpone the Day of Healing Prayer scheduled to occur on Saturday, March 21, and the Baby Shower for the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center scheduled for Sunday, March 22.  All who have paid in advance for the Day of Healing Prayer will receive a refund. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but feel everyone’s health is of paramount importance.

CANCELLED: Community Lenten Service & Luncheon, Men’s Hike, Dr. Rob Rienow

The Community Lenten Service & Luncheon series held each Wednesday during Lent has been cancelled for the remainder of Lent.

The Men’s Hike scheduled for April 16 – 19 has been cancelled.

The Family Ministry Plenary with Dr. Rob Rienow on Sunday, March 22 has been cancelled.

CHANGED: Charleston Walk for Water

The Charleston Walk for Water has changed to a virtual walk. Please check the following websites for more information:

www.charlestonwalk.org

www.watermission.org