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Student Ministry Dove Hunt

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 Student Ministry Dove Hunt 1:30 – 6:30 pm Feather Horn Farm – 7011 Governor Richardson Rd. Pinewood, SC 29125 For students age 7 and up (youth may only hunt accompanied by an adult) Contact Edwin Smythe Register

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…

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By Lee Cox “Where there is no vision the people perish….” (Proverbs 29:18) The truth of this citation from Proverbs is self-evident, as should be its corollary: Where there is prayerful fidelity and submission to God’s word and will, there are abundant blessings for God’s people. As a community of faith, seeking God’s vision for St. Michael’s is a communal responsibility, not…

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” Deters 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…

Discipleship Director

Overview St Michael’s vision is to transform hearts through Jesus Christ.  Consistent with the recommendations of the Discipleship Task Force, we are expanding our Discipleship ministry with several new constructs including launching community focused connect groups, an intensive discipleship track and an innovative outdoor worship and discipleship initiative.   To support these new activities and strengthen the leadership and coordination of the ministry…

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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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What is the Lord doing in India?

By Jean Corbett In a recent Mission Planning Committee, everyone was in agreement that we are encouraged and inspired for missions through the stories of people’s lives. Johnnie and I have been privileged to lead four missions to northeast India in the Diocese of Durgapur, West Bengal, India. You might enjoy the following story as…

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Holy Week Reflections from the Rector

The Friday Night Scream It all became real on Friday night. Yes, Good Friday during the Oratorio of the “7 Last Words of Jesus” by Thomas Dubois. The St. Michael’s Choir and instruments led by Organist Matthew Wilkinson were stupendous. But toward the end as the choir led into a crescendo of “It Is Finished”…

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Learning as We Go: New Annual Meeting Plans

One of our values at St. Michael’s is keeping a teachable spirit in all things. It’s one of the things I love about our clergy team, we are always hungry to learn as we go! After each major event, we hold an after event reflection where we can see what worked and didn’t work. We…

Update on Senior Associate Search

Our search continues for a senior associate. We have had some tremendous candidates interview here at St. Michael’s and have several more planned. We pray we will have this critical ministry position filled by early summer.  Many thanks to our personnel committee, vestry and staff for their collective wisdom and input!

What Does the Personnel Committee Do?

I have received that question over and over again thought, therefore, it would be a good idea to explain its purpose. Everything we do in ministry comes from the power of the Holy Spirit and your resources through the tithe. Therefore we want to make sure that we have the right folks in the right places on our staff team. Last year,…

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Prayer Ministry retreat produces much fruit

By David Booman and the Prayer Ministry Team March 26-29 Ginny Good and Harriet Harris led a team of 14 from St. Michael’s Advanced Healing and Deliverance class on a retreat hosted by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (PRMI), a renewal ministry located in Black Mountain, N.C. It was an exceptional experience. Below are a few…

Good Friday walk

By Alex Dickson On Good Friday, Jane and I left early to walk down to White Point Garden. I had on my purple cassock and straw hat; I also carried my shepherd’s staff. A lady saw us and asked us, “Why are people gathering here?” I told her we joined with people from several churches to walk the Stations of the Cross…

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Is it more than a man thing?

By Prioleau Alexander It is a fact:  If the human male walks past an item more than three times, it ceases to exist. Poof! It’s gone. Laundry on the floor, a bag of garbage, dishes on the counter … if they can manage to ignore it three times, the cloak of invisibility settles in. BUT…

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Visitor blessed by Palm Sunday service

By David Larson I am from Maryland, and I vacation in Charleston every spring and just yesterday I had a chance to attend your Palm Sunday service. I was absolutely blown away by the elegance and grandeur of it all. That processional with the choir and donkey walking around the church while that magnificent music…

When Kids Tend to Blame Others

By: Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. Instead of taking responsibility for their own mistakes, children readily shift blame. How do we teach kids to admit their faults and humbly apologize? Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of National Center for Biblical Parenting, offers these insights. It’s not my fault! Isn’t it amazing that some children seem to be able to see every…

Leading family devotions

You hear preachers talk about family devotions and read about it in books, but is the idea of a family devotions merely a myth? Much like Bigfoot, there are reports but few concrete sightings. Life in the 21st century presents natural barriers to family devotions. Since our culture is exceptionally individualistic, our minds resist corporate or community exercises. When our communication dwindles…

How To Make Sunday a Special Day

One of the Ten Commandments instructs us to honor and keep one day a week devoted to God and rest (Exodus 20:8-11). Here are a few ways to keep Sunday special: Worship together. Make it a priority for everyone to attend church together. Church is much more important than any sporting activity or birthday party. A few principles decided in advance (we…

Holy Baptism Reflection

Holy Baptism of Salters and Mary Beckett Hills What a beautiful sight to have two of our very own student ministry and children’s ministry students ask to be baptized! On March 5th, at the 8:00 am Service, our dear friends Salters and Mary Beckett were baptized. Although butterflies were in their stomachs, they stood tall through the Holy sacrament.  I am so very…

Reflections from the Day of Healing Prayer

‘Slaying the Dragon’ with the Rev. Jason Hamshaw   By Laura Waring Gruber and Laura Gruber Dragging my teenage daughter out of bed on a Saturday morning, I trusted that God had a message for us to hear, despite her arms crossed and eyes fixed on the ground. When the Rev. Hamshaw anointed her before the intercessory prayer session, referring to the…

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Reasons to Support the ACNA

Your church was represented well at the 226th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina. The big news of Convention was the vote on affiliation with the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA).   This affiliation was studied by our diocese for several years (we also held two information sessions here at St. Michaels).  The vote…

Other News from the Convention

We began on Friday afternoon with workshops;  this year the Rev. David Booman and I were asked by Bishop Lawrence to offer a workshop on our relationship with Mother Emanuel Church and our joint ministries since the tragedy there.  After the workshops, we participated in our Convention Eucharist, with the sermon by the Rt. Rev. Al Gadsden of the Reformed Episcopal Church.…

Where are We with our Search for a Sr. Associate?

With the Rev. Mark Avera spending 2/3 time at our partner church in North Charleston (Church of the Resurrection), and a 1/3 time here in mission work, we are in need of a Sr. Associate. Early in April our personnel committee, vestry, and staff will meet our second candidate. Following a time of discernment and collaboration, I will either make a call…

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Fruit of the Spirit Preaching Series Continues

During Lent, we have been diving into the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5. You remember them, right? Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. As a preacher, I have found it exciting to jump into each of these vast topics. It’s so important that we hear each sermon…

Church of the Resurrection, North Charleston

By Rev. Mark Avera As I write, I am now three services (Ash Wednesday and the two Sundays following) and one Bible study into life at Church of the Resurrection, and it just feels right.  I am blessed to serve a congregation of committed disciples who are hungry for more of Jesus and eager to follow both His leading and His appointed…

Treasurer’s Report

After closing out a balanced budget in 2016, with income virtually matching operating expenses of approximately $2.2 million, we are off to a slower start in 2017. Through February, total revenue was $232,862, about 10.2% of the full year budget and $150,000 behind the 16.7% ($380,000) that was budgeted. Early March income was somewhat more encouraging, but we are still behind last…

Vestry Report

The Vestry met on February 23, 2017.  The primary topics of discussion were: The Rector presented a list of “core teams” of laypeople currently working on various tasks around the Church, including teams dedicated to (1) managing people’s first connection to St. Michael’s, (2) developing Discipleship programming, (3) youth and family programming, (4) pastoral care, (5) mission, (6) building and grounds, (7)…

Parochial Updates ~ February 2017

February – March 2017 From the Parish Register Births: Welcoming! February 22, 2017      Clara Grace Schreiner, daughter of Dr. Andrew David and Elizabeth “Liz” Alderson Hurley Schreiner Baptisms:  We receive you into the household of God… February 09, 2017      Owen Wilder Prince, son of Jason Todd and Allison Wilder Prince February 04, 2017      Eden Faye Freidenstein and Elliot Dickson Freidenstein and Drake…

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I Like Mike

Join us April 29 to discover answers to the following questions. Who are we at St. Michael’s? Who are we as Anglicans? Why do we exist, what is our purpose? How are we different from Baptists, Methodists or Roman Catholics? What do we believe as Anglican Christians? Did you know we have withstood the Revolution,…

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Greetings from St. Albans at The Citadel

By Doug Peterson and Nik Holum It is hard to believe that the fall semester is already behind us and that the spring semester is in high gear! As Father Al announced in the fall, St. Michael’s has increased its college ministry presence at The Citadel, specifically coming alongside St. Alban’s, the Anglican ministry already…

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J-Life Burundi News

J-Life Burundi exists to mobilize a movement of disciple makers in the local church in Burundi. We highly value your continuous prayers as well as your financial support without which we can not do what we are doing, thank you for partnering with us in what the Lord is doing in Burundi. Please know that…

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Global Impact Celebration

Another amazing Global Impact Celebration!  So many of you to thank, including our own The Rev. Mark Avera. Mark worked around the clock with many of you and it showed throughout the GIC.  There was a simultaneous calm, yet a very strong missional focus over the three Sundays and two weeks in between.  The emphasis…

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The life of longtime St. Michaelite Margaret Tenney

Some weeks ago, we lost a true saint of St. Michael’s Church. Margaret Tenney was in our choir for many years and is now singing in the heavenly choir! Margaret’s son Charles wrote a wonderful reflection on his mother’s life.  Whether you knew Margaret or not, read her son’s remembrance while pondering, what might be…

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Anglican Leadership Institute

A month to remember     By Peter C. Moore Our Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. Sixteen marvelous Anglican leaders have now rejoined their families and resumed their ministries. And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:  from the rector of a comfortable downtown parish in a mid-sized Australian…

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Treasurer’s Report

By Gary DiCamillo Each year St. Michael’s stages the Global Impact Celebration (GIC), a two-week program presenting, discussing and recognizing our church’s dedication to mission. This year’s GIC was particularly successful as we disbursed over $233,000 to outreach ministries in the Holy City, Hurting Coast, and Hungering World. Total mission giving in 2016 was $234,054,…

Vestry Report

By Hal Frampton The Vestry held a regular monthly meeting on January 26, 2017. The primary topics of discussion were as follows: Year End Financials and Stewardship Treasurer Gary DiCamillo reported that the church finished the fiscal year strong. Final income and expenses for 2016 track the church’s 2016 balanced budget, and the church has begun 2017 with no debt. In addition,…

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Dear Anonymous Valentine, Thank You!

On Monday, February 13, the members of the St. Michael’s Church staff were greeted by beautiful gifts, sweet treats and kind notes at their office doors and stations. We were all blessed and touched by this gracious gesture. Thank you to the anonymous folks who took a moment out of their day to show us…