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Annual Report 2018

In preparation for our Annual Meeting and Festival of Faith on Sunday, April 29th, we have published the Annual Report. Inside, you will find clergy reports, the treasurer’s report, financial information for 2017, and a summary of the giving to our mission partners. There is also information on our vestry and convention delegate candidates. All…

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Kids’ Mission Camp

A mission-equipping VBS for kids, held jointly by St. Michael’s Church and The Church of the Resurrection, is taking place at the Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston. Monday – Friday, June 11 – 15, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

Holy City Connects – Spring 2018

Due to the Basic Christian Theology course taught by The Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon on Wednesdays during April and May, HCC will only be offered at one location for the Spring 2018 semester. The host will be Dottie Teetor (905 Red Coat Run, Mt. Pleasant) from the Mt. Pleasant HCC, and the talk will be given by Trish McGuinn from the West…

Men’s Wild Game Supper

Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:30 pm, Kinloch Room We welcome our guest speaker, the Rev. Nigel Mumford, as we share a delicious dinner of wild game, mac-n-cheese, and country green beans. The Rev. Nigel Mumford is an international speaker, author, and founder of By His Wounds, a non-profit ministry of Christian healing. There will also be a silent auction. Register

Seder Meal

St. Michael’s Messianic Seder Meal A fun and highly instructive family opportunity This is an awesome Holy Week experience for all ages including children ages 5 and up! (nursery provided for wee ones) Officiated by Ted and Annetta McNabb Wednesday, March 28th, 6:00-8:00 PM St. Michael’s Chapel Register

Testimony of Faith – Rabindra Nath Ray

Testimony of faith By Rabindra Nath Ray My name is Rev. Rabindra Nath Ray. At present I am working as an assistant priest at St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Cathedral in Durgapur Diocese, CNI. My spouse’s name is Jhampa Ray and two daughters are Sophia and Rebekah. I want to relate my testimony to my friends overseas. I was born and brought…

Testimony by Dennis O’Reilly on the 2018 St. Michael’s Healing Mission to India

India Mission Reflections 2017 By Dennis O’Reilly This was my very first mission trip and a wonderful experience in so many different ways. Our itinerary took us through the New Delhi airport, the Calcutta airport, train stations in Howrah and Malda and a series van rides to various locations within the Diocese of Durgapur in West Bengal, India and eventually, back to…

Testimony by Burwell Boykin on the 2018 St. Michael’s Healing Mission to India

Mission: A hundredfold yield By Burwell Boykin Better than Apple at $70 or even downtown Charleston in the 70s, investing in the LORD and His work brings the highest yield. Genesis 26:12 “Isaac planted crops in the land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him” Like a modern-day Isaac, Bishop Probal Dutta is planting seeds of the…

Kingdom Club and Kenya GIC Event

This past Summer 2017, The Kingdom Club Mission Team Leaders went to Kenya to implement the same teachings they had been using in Charleston with children from the Eastside of Charleston.  The leaders used the curriculum by Nena Jackson and Kristi Smith, The Fruit That Lasts  to lead a VBS with puppets for 220 children from GGFAN.  In addition, they raised money for the…

When Earth Meets Heaven: A Reflection on Honduras

1 Corinthians 7:7…”Live lives with undivided devotion to God” In our busy North American lives, the above declaration from Paul seems elusive and nearly impossible. Yet when we go on mission and all other distractions are silenced, this undivided devotion all of a sudden comes within reach. When it does come within reach, we are able to physically see and sense that…

What is a Holy City Connects? – A Message from the Rector

Dear St. Michaelites: Recently using the prophet Nehemiah, I preached on the importance of building the ministry as Nehemiah built his wall with sword and trowel. We continue to build the discipleship ministry of St. Michael’s Church in three ways: First through Alpha which transforms hearts through the foundations of faith. Second through Life Groups which transforms hearts through community and discipleship.…

Irma Prayer

Dear Saints, Please pray for Hurricane Irma. The apostle James reminds us that “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” Nearly a year ago, when…

Hugh Buyck, Sr. ~ High School Student Ministry Honduras Mission 2017

It is a marvel that a mission trip to Honduras beginning with a sense of trepidation and uncertainty becomes a sensational journey of joy, holiness and youthful reflection.  Seven insightful and bright teenagers coupled with la escuela and las casas of loving children brings an inner fullness unmatched by any monetary or tourista encounters. Walls being built with Honduran souls spread contentment…

From Lifeboat to Movement

Some of us remember way back in 2003 when The Episcopal Church (TEC) made the decision to disregard Scripture and consecrate the first openly homosexual bishop of any Christian denomination. Not only did this decision go against Scripture and against the teachings of the worldwide Anglican Communion, it also split the Episcopal church in this country. It also birthed what we now…

A Salad at Waffle House

A Reflection on Diverse Community and Mere Christianity  By Jason Moore Ever ask yourself if the Waffle House serves salad?  In all my years on the road traveling with four other guys in a rock n’ roll band and countless Waffle House stops, this question had, oddly, never come up. These are the types of questions that only arise when we’re living…

ACNA Reflection

This was my first time at a provincial assembly. I am lucky it was an ACNA assembly, which had none of the tensions and discord of past ECUSA assemblies (or so I’ve heard). There was a joyful, Spirit filled exuberance about the place the entire time I was there. We met daily in the morning and the evening in plenary sessions. We…

Mission on Our Doorstep

A Reflection of and Response to the ACNA Provincial Assembly of 2017 By Lori Moore Many Christians are asking what does God’s call to mission look like for the church today? Where should we focus our efforts, how should we go about fulfilling the mandate of the Lord Jesus Christ to go and make disciples, and what strategies are needed? In gospel…

Welcome The Rev. Randy and Liz Shirley

It is with great joy we welcome our new assistant to the rector, the Rev. Randy Shirley. Randy joined the staff in June and since that time I can only describe Randy as an air traffic controller with a pastor’s heart! A Trinity School for Ministry graduate, Randy was ordained a deacon on June 10 and will be ordained a priest in…

Welcome Edwin Smythe

He has an infectious smile and an incredible passion for reaching the next generation.  We welcome Edwin Smythe as our director of student ministries. Edwin will be focusing on students ages of 11-21. A graduate of Porter Gaud and The Citadel, Edwin attended the Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, California. We celebrated Edwin’s ministry with a cookout on Sunday, July 23…

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Hare heads to Clemson University

By Justin Hare Graduation! One week ago the Hare family celebrated the culmination of four years of hard work resulting in graduation from seminary! This has been an incredible season for us, and it has been in every way a group project. Through your prayer and financial support, we have been able to a season devoted…

Senior warden’s report on annual meeting surveys

By Mikell Scarborough I thought it appropriate to report to you upon reflection on the annual meeting surveys we sent out. My principal goal as warden has been to increase communication between the vestry and the congregation regarding what we are doing at St. Michael’s. This is also a desire of the congregation. The vestry open houses held last September and May…

June – July 2017 From the Parish Register

PAROCHIAL UPDATES Births: Welcoming! May 23, 2017 Whitner Wilson Ravenel Stephens, son of Charles Albert “Cal” Stephens, Sr. and Jane Vitre Ravenel Stephens June 13, 2017 Palmer Sumner, son of  James Kennison and Sara Anne Cart Sumner June 16, 2017 Joseph Cole Good IV, son of Joseph Cole Good III and Maury Elizabeth “Liz” Goodloe Good Baptisms:  We receive you into the household of…

Family of Friends

Come join us singles on Sunday, August 27 for Christian fellowship and a great meal. We will meet in the Kinloch Room after the 10:30 service to carpool to the venue (to be determined). Please call 843.532.4125 to reserve your place that day in the Family of Friends. Next date ~ Sunday, September 24 at 12:15 pm.  (It’s usually the 4th Sunday…

Meet Edwin Smythe

St. Michael’s Church, Charleston welcomes Edwin C. Smythe as the new Director of Student Ministries. Edwin was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He graduated from Porter-Gaud in 2011, the Citadel in 2015 and Bethel School of Ministry in 2017. He plays rugby.     His faith took a serious turn his freshmen year at Porter-Gaud and continued to grow through college. When his…

New Student Ministry Itinerary

Beginning Monday, August 13 High School Student Ministry Wednesday Nights at 6:00 pm Chapel for Games, Worship & Lesson Kinloch Room for Dinner Middle School Student Ministry Monday Nights at 6:00 pm Chapel for Games, Worship & Lesson Kinloch Room for Dinner 6:00 – 6:20 pm Unstructured hang out (ping pong, hacky sac, hang out etc.) 6:20 – 6:45 pm Organized group…

Fresh Start Ministries, MacDougall Prison

Turkey Under a Bucket:  Robby Hull and Rich Giersch led this mentoring collaboration with other Churches like Christ our King, St Andrew’s Presbyterian, and St Phillips. It was a great time of fellowship and learning how to have fun God’s way. Prayer Team Lunch The Men in Transition (MIT) group that goes into MacDougall corrections for discipleship. We surveyed several employers on which…

Reflection on Tables of Ten

By Linda Prince What an amazing day of healing for our city! When I woke up today, I envisioned writing something profound. It will have to wait – there is just way too much. It needs time to settle. So, I offer up the Lord’s sense of humor during the day. By noon, the bags and balloons were in the Kinloch room,…

The Prayer Calendar

By David Richardson The Burundi Team is extremely grateful for all the faithful prayer coverage that we received leading up to and during St. Michael’s Healing Mission to Burundi. Prayers were felt throughout and answered throughout. Many people that received the Prayer Calendar commented about how much they liked it and found it useful. Since a testimony is a way to honor…

Pastors Conferences- Teaching the Basics of Healing Prayer

By Susalee Sasser Our team of 9 had the privilege and blessing to hold two conferences for pastors in Bujumbura and Bugarama, Burundi. We hoped to equip them in the practice of Healing Prayer, to better enable them to lead their flocks and gain new converts. As we entered to conference area we were welcomed by the sound of the pastors worshiping.  Their voices…

The Clinic Reaches a Major Milestone

By Dan McNeil One of our goals for our 2017 Burundi mission team was to seek and secure final government approval for building a medical clinic in the town of Bugarama and to dedicate that land to the Gospel in Burundi. Due to government instability and delays by government officials, we had waited nearly three years for approval. We were determined to…

Faith Alive and Slaying Dragons

By Martha and Park Dougherty Burundi is the kind of place where the people have put their faith in Jesus Christ with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. It is the kind of faith rarely seen and rarely experienced.  These people see not only with their human eyes but also with the eyes of the Holy Spirit working in them, giving…

Life After Prostitution and Child Soldiering in Burundi

By Linda Soutter Many young women and girl children living in Burundi (and across the developing world) are forced into prostitution by their parents or guardians to provide income for their families or out of the extreme poverty they endure. Bravo Ministries, run by Canadian Alli Blair, began in 2005 in Bujumbura seeking to save boys who had been child soldiers, and…

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Rector’s Report

Annual meeting, those elected and entering retreat season –  It was the shortest annual meeting / Festival of Faith that we have had or perhaps have ever had at St. Michael’s … 49 minutes! Yet we did everything we set out to do, including setting out a vision for 2017, and electing a great slate…

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Randy Shirley joins team at St. Michael’s

Welcome Randy Shirley In a search that lasted nearly six months, we welcome Randy Shirley to the staff of St. Michael’s. Randy has been called as an assistant to the rector to serve in a capacity similar to a chief of staff with a special emphasis in the area of stewardship.  After interviewing three other…

Summer Pruning: No 7:30 am Tuesday Service

With various mission trips and conferences scheduled during the summer, we have pruned the Tuesday morning 7:30 a.m. service. As we approach the summer our clergy team shrinks a bit with the Rev. Doug Peterson spending his time in Maine and the Rev. Ted McNabb covering for the rector of St. John’s, John’s Island, the Rev. Greg Snyder, who is on sabbatical…

Summertime Devotional

Summertime devotional

There are times when I read a devotional that is so good I just want to pass it on.  This devotional written by Ray Stedman is one such bull’s eye on the Gospel that I can’t keep to myself … John 8:1-11 Then neither do I condemn you, Jesus declared. Go now and leave your…

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Mission Update

The summer is always an exciting time for mission, as many mission trips are launched from churches all over the country to all parts of the world.  St. Michael’s and St. Michaelites are involved in three such mission trips this summer.  Dave and Linda Soutter will be leading a healing prayer team to Burundi June…

Treasurer’s Report

Stewardship at St. Michael’s is not just about Tithing and giving. It involves an offering back to God of our time and talents, as well as our treasure. The Bible clearly tells us that all our gifts come from the Lord and that we are simply “stewards” of these gifts during our earthly journey. How we use our gifts tells much about…

Vestry report

The Vestry met on April 27, 2017. The key items addressed were:         Treasurer Gary DiCamillo reported that after lagging revenue in January and February, March and April were much better months and that we are very close to being on budget for the year.         Mr. DiCamillo also reported that the Stewardship Committee has met twice and is working on plans to improve…

Diocesan Night, June 16

Will your church bring the biggest crowd to the… Diocesan Night at the Charleston RiverDogs, June 16 Join Bishop Mark and Allison Lawrence along with others from across the Diocese of South Carolina for a night of fun June 16th when the Charleston RiverDogs face Columbia. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. We’ve reserved a block of tickets. Bring friends and neighbors.…

Confirmation 2017

We kicked off a Kingdom vision confirmation at St. Philip’s on April 23rd where the members of St. Philip’s were confirmed while the students of St. Michaels watched on in support. Then we had a huge celebration on Wednesday, April 26 at the rectory yard where more than 100 attended. Our very own St. Michaelites were then confirmed on April 30 by…

Toddler Time:  1, 2, ¾

Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” We celebrated our last school day on May 5. It was such a joy-filled year of learning God’s word and making new friends. Many thanks to the wonderful teachers we had on board all…

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Enroll for Toddler Time

Toddler Time Open Enrollment for 2017/2018 Noah’s Nursery (Mom’s morning out)
 Ages 6 – 10 months
 8:30 am – 11:30 pm | Monday/Wednesday/Friday Toddler TIme 1 11 – 22 months 
 8:30 am – 11:45 am
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday Toddler Time 2 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | Monday/Wednesday/Friday Toddler Time 3 8:30 am –…

Prayer Corner

Please pray for St. Michael’s Church and our mission, which is to transform every heart and home, the Holy City, the Hurting Coast, and the Hungering World through Jesus Christ. Pray specifically for the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence and his family; for Mark Avera and the Church of the Resurrection, North Charleston, for the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center, for Tim Terry and Fresh…

Hope Center

Update from Pastor Claire Sullivan with the Hope Center: “So what’s in your church offering plate?”

April 2017 The Capital One commercial asks “So what’s in your wallet?”  Here is another question to think about “So what’s in your church offering plate?”  At House of Hope Church, you never know what you may find in our Rubbermaid offering container.  Last month it was a tooth!  It was a true offering from someone’s…

Great Lakes Outreach in Burundi

Stunningly encouraging stories of God’s people in the toughest of places  By Simon Guillebaud Greetings! If you follow our movements closely, you’ll know that we’ve been through some pretty challenging times recently, and sometimes there is more bad than good news. So I wanted to write a little about a friend of mine Francois, who is as inspiring as it gets. Here…

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Prayer Walk

The St. Michael’s Prayer Walking Ministry is a small group of members of our fellowship who have a strong desire to pray for our city and see revival break out in the Charleston community. We meet on the fourth Sunday of each month, after the 10:30 am service, in the Belser Building, for a light lunch…

Meet Dean Osuch, GIC 2017 Visiting Missiologist

GIC Opportunities to Meet Dean Osuch 10:30 am Holy Communion, Rite II with Simon Mwaura, missionary from Kenya 12:00 Noon GIC Celebration Luncheon (Kinloch Room) Dean Osuch from TMS-Global (formerly The Mission Society)   About Dean Osuch Dr. Dean Osuch is a Chaplain at Norcross Co-Operative Ministries and works as the Director of Church Partnership at The Mission Society (now TMS-Global). Dean completed his Masters…

Tool Time Schedule

SUNDAY MORNINGS 9:15-10:15 | KINLOCH ROOM JANUARY 8    Matthew Wilkinson teaches Theology of Epiphany JANUARY 15   Anglican Leadership Institute, guest presenter JANUARY 22   Emmanuel Kolini, former Archbishop of Rwanda JANUARY 29  Peter Rothermel, Diocesan Director for Faith Formation FEBRUARY 5   St Michael’s Mission to India, team presentation FEBRUARY 12  GIC (Global Impact Celebration), guest presenter FEBRUARY 19  ACNA…

Meet Hope Banks

Meet Hope Banks our newest additions to Toddler Time Preschool  Hope is the niece of Swain & Robby Marion and is a graduate of the Clemson life program in 2015. Hope grew up in Mount Pleasant and attended Bishop England High School. Hope has always spent a lot time helping take care of children and knows no stranger. We are truly blessed…

Our Bodies Proclaim the Gospel Conference presented by Christopher West on January 21, 2017 in Charlotte, NC

An Introduction to Theology of the Body for All Christians Come and experience your dignity as male and female created “in the image of God”! (Gen. 1:27) In an ever-changing modern world, Christians are challenged with how to respond to questions like: What Makes Us Human? Why Are We Created Male and Female? What Is the Meaning of Marriage? What is “Love”…

Faithfulness, Giving & Discipleship by Mark Avera

I remember thinking the “B” word was a negative thing when I was a kid. Then I grew up and got married and thought it was a necessary thing. My wife didn’t like it though. Oh, sorry — I suppose I ought to clarify, lest some of you continue thinking down the wrong road. The “B” word is “budget.” To my wife…

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…

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Lessons from a Season of Alpha by Whitney Ozment

Tuesday nights at 6:15 p.m. have become very near and dear to my heart during the last couple of years. God has used Alpha to completely transform my life, my marriage, my family, business relationships and the way I see the world.  When Matt and I started visiting St. Michael’s, we were immediately drawn into…

Restoring Our Foundation Ministries by The Rt. Rev. Alex Dickson

Restoring Our Foundations Ministries is led by Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, and his wife Freda. Emmanuel Kolini served as archbishop of Rwanda from 1997 – 2012. They came to Rwanda from the Congo shortly after the deadly conflict in Rwanda between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. Upon his retirement, Emmanuel and Freda spent much time in prayer seeking to discern how they could…

Volunteer Appreciation Sunday

Sunday, November 6 at 12:15 pm Rectory Yard (Kinloch Room in the Belser Building if it’s raining) All St. Michael’s volunteers will be treated to a reception honoring their service. The Saint Michael’s Staff will be the host.

Prompted to Pray by Linda Prince

Joe and I moved into our Old Village home in January of 2015 and soon thereafter were blessed to call St. Michael’s our church home. In moving here, one experiences an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the beauty around every corner and gratitude for a Spirit-filled church. One morning while driving across the Ravenel Bridge, Joe said, “Do you think we…