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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,…

Mission Update

We are currently beginning a search process for a new director of mission. The search committee is being headed up by Johnnie and Jean Corbett. Please keep this group in your prayers and pray that God will raise up the right person for St Michael’s for this season of ministry. The Financial Advisory Board, the group that reviews mission grant applications and…

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 of the testimonies. Our prayer retreat at…

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…

Is it more than a man thing?

By Chappy McKay 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 is it possible this same unique talent…

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 played, All Glory Laud and Honour, truly…

Summer Mission Opportunities for Youth

Middle School Youth Local Mission Opportunities Due to the lack of response and timing of our partners in Boston, we will not be traveling there this year. HOWEVER, we will be doing local missions during the summer with Hotdog Ministry and Tri-county food bank and other friends in the area. If your Middle School student is interested in serving this summer in…

Tool Time Schedule

Sundays 9:15-10:15 in the Kinloch Room The Fruit of the Spirit is… March 26 Peace Phil 4:4-9 & John 15:23-27 with George Klein April 2 Patience & Kindness Romans 8:22-25; John 8:1-11, 11:17-27; & Colossians 4:12 with Michelle Moore Palm Sunday, April 9 and Easter Sunday, April 16 No Tooltime April 23 Goodness Galatians 6:7-10 & John 10:11-18 with Linda Prince April 30…

2017 Student Ministry Schedule

Questions and Registration   Contact Cyndee Cave  |  (843) 724-7579 (843) 693-0355  |  cyndee@stmichaelschurch.net Ways we communicate: GroupMe App, e-blast, Facebook, Instagram, Phone, Publications, Bulletin Boards, Website Sunday                              Middle School 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Youth lounge and Chapel James Lesson with Lunch and Activity Leader: Scott Cave High School  …

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 – 12:30 pm | Monday/Wednesday/Friday Toddler TIme 4…

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…

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VBS 5k – 5th grades

We have partnered again with East Cooper Baptist Church for a kingdom vision VBS! Please register to help the week of June 12th -16th for the week St. Michael’s will be attending at https://eastcooperbaptist.com/event/937650-2017-03-06-vbs-volunteer-registration/ ECBC is located at  361 Egypt Rd. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Contact Cyndee Cave with any questions at 843-693-0355/cyndee@stmichaelschurch.net

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Spiritual Parenting Course

COMING SOON!  Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony Every Sunday 10:45 am – 12:00 N Spiritual Parenting (Chapel) 4:30 pm Spiritual Parenting (Room 204) We desire to awaken the families in our church by coming alongside them. It’s hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn’t what Jesus calls for in the Bible. He…

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…

Prayers for the Burundi team departing this June

By Dave Soutter Our next mission — our 11th! — to Burundi happens next month. We thank everyone who has offered prayer support; we certainly feel it. We leave Friday, June 9th, fly through Washington and Addis Ababa Ethiopia to Bujumbura. We return Wednesday, June 21st. We are so looking forward to seeing our longtime partners, Simon, Freddy, Onesphore, Emmanuel, and offering…

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 much as I did. Himachal Pradesh is…

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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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Eastertide Trumpet & Organ Concert

Antonio Marti first chair trumpeter Charleston Symphony Orchestra   Thursday, May 4  |  7 pm To celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will have the first chair trumpeter of the Charleston Symphony, Antonio Marti, perform a trumpet and organ recital with our organist, Matthew Wilkinson. Admission: Suggested minimum donation $10 Register

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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,…

New Study Preparing Students for College

Don’t let your students face college unprepared. Be ready. College Ready. Incoming college students need to feel confident about the new experience that awaits them. You can equip them with this fast-paced, informative resource designed to help high school seniors and college freshmen think clearly, wisely, and strategically about the college years ahead. College Ready is a video-guided experience that addresses six…

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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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Lenten Preaching Series

The Fruit of the Spirit: Living Proof of God Dwelling In Us The fruit of the spirit is the living proof that the Spirit of God dwells within us.  Think about it for a minute.  What is the fruit of the Spirit?  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.  Here is the…

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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,…

Are You Called to Leadership?

Participants at a recent Wardens’ Conference adopted the following Diocesan guidelines for vestry nominations. The guidelines were written by Mr. Belser several years ago and have been endorsed by the Vestry of St. Michael’s. 1. Have you believed in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, acknowledged him as your Savior, and accepted him as the Lord of your life? 2. Are…

Open Hands Full Hearts

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…

Lent and Easter Service Times

Lenten Tuesdays March 7 & 14 7:00 am Holy Communion – Teaching on The Apostle’s Creed March 21, 28, April 4, 11 7:00 am Holy Communion & Breakfast follows Lenten Wednesdays 12:00 N Community Lenten Services and Lunch Follows March 8 St. Michael’s Church – Sermon by The Rev. Dallas Wilson, Vicar of St. John’s Chapel March 15 First (Scots) Presbyterian Church – 53…

How Small Acts of Faith Lead to Great Works of God

Insights on Ministry in Kenya from Lucy Mwaura   By Betsy Henderson The Women’s Ministry committee of St. Michael’s was honored to host Lucy Mwaura as the speaker for this year’s GIC Women’s Luncheon on Saturday, February 11. Wife of Pastor Simon Mwaura, Lucy is also the manager of the Home of the Good Shepherd orphanage in Nyahururu, Kenya. Through an interview led…

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New High School Ministry Study

ASK High school study Hosted by Nathan Zacharias, speakers in this DVD series include Christian apologists Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister, Andy Bannister, John Njoroge, and Jill Carattini. ASK was built to reach students of high school age and up. The interactive ASK curriculum is comprised of: A four-DVD set containing 16 sessions in 4…

Relevant Children’s Ministry

Help Families Set Up No-Phone Zones by Dale Hudson  A big part of our job as children’s ministry leaders is to influence the primary influencers of children…which is their parents. Cell phones are a great tool for families. It can help them stay connected, keep a closer tab on where their children are, provide quick access to information and much more. But cell phones…

Daddy Daughter Dance

By Cyndee Cave We joined our friends at St. Peter’s Church for their 5th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on February 10. We had our dads with preschool daughters through college grad daughters dancing the night away. This was a true reflection of FAMILY MINISTRY. Parents putting their faith in motion and celebrating their children.   The church came alongside its people to…

Reflection on the Children’s Ministry Baking Workshop for the Global Impact Celebration

By Cyndee Cave      Our 2nd – 5th grade children gathered to bake cupcakes, cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries all to support the Global Impact Celebration. The children made Valentine’s Day boxes to sell at the 6:00 p.m. service, which made $110 towards the GIC Faith Promise. The greater lesson learned here was to give back to those who are really…

St. Albans at the Citadel

Greetings from St. Albans – The Citadel! 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 along side St. Alban’s, the Anglican ministry already established on campus. Many of…

Burundi Mission June 2017

We leave Charleston Friday, June 9, 2017, and return Tuesday, June 20. Purposes of the Mission Offer short courses in healing prayer to pastors and leading lay people in three venues Offer prayer to participants and congregations Serve our partners there to further their work spreading the Gospel Possibly join the first graduation of seniors at Gitega International Academy Dedicate the land…

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Two Historic Milestones for St. Michael’s Church

The season of Epiphany is an exciting season that follows Christmas and details the three wisemen following the star to see the Christ Child. The wisemen experienced that magnificent “aha” when they saw for themselves the infant Jesus. Epiphany, therefore, is a missional season of the church year, where we leave our comfort zones following…

Authentic Partnership with Mother Emanuel Goes Deep

During the trial of Dylan Roof, St. Michael’s Church was fully engaged in four different ways. First, the connection center on Broad Street was turned into a respite center for officers covering the trial. We called it our LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) hospitality room. Second, we hosted lunches nearly everyday for the families of Mother Emanuel. St. Michael’s staff and volunteers came…

Letter from US Attorney

  January 27, 2017 Dear Reverend Dr. Zadig and Reverend Dr. Booman, As we finish the trial of the Emanuel AME massacre, I thank you for the care you lent to the victims, survivors and family members during the federal trial. e nature of the crime and the deep faith of the victims, survivors and family members meant that the spiritual support…

From The Rev. Rich Giersch

Dear Friends of St Michael’s Church, Let me begin by saying it has been a blessing to be a part of the St. Michael’s Family these past three years. Your friendship, support, and grace has helped my family in so many ways and we are better for our time served with you. My season, however, at St Michael’s has cycled through and…

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Tool Time / Discipleship

Linda Prince is our moderator for the Winter/ Spring Session. The teachings will reflect the Sunday sermons on the Fruit of the Spirit. Upcoming Tool Time Schedule SUNDAY MORNINGS 9:15-10:15 | KINLOCH ROOM MARCH 5 & 12 LOVING EACH OTHER DEEPLY THROUGH THE FRUIT of Love and Joy          Acts 8:4-8 and John 15:9-13 …

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Men’s Conference February 24-26

Join us at Camp St. Christopher in February for a refreshing time of encouragement and equipping as we focus on “Reclaiming Biblical Manhood.” Enjoy fellowship with men from all over in a beachfront environment. This has become a favorite conference for fathers and sons throughout the years. All men 13 years and older are welcome…

Student Ministry Meal Sign up Schedule

Dear Parents of Middle and High School Students, Thank you so much for considering donating a meal to the Student ministry. There are many areas where meals are needed. Here is a schedule to look at where you may be able to help out.   Blessings and Many Thanks, Cyndee Cave We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to…

High School Girls Only Retreat Reflection

  We retreated to the beautiful Marion home in McClellanville. Our leaders Julia Pertuch, Cara Butcher, and Ashlee Ayers were eager to connect and get to know each girl. The girls were pampered the moment they arrived. We enjoyed a bible study called IF….based on Romans 8. We had small group time on the dock and by the firepits.  Truly, it was…

Boston Mission Trip for Middle School Students and Families

Please join us this summer for this life changing missions experience to Boston. We will work with YWAM of Boston. Joshua Generation Joshua Generation is a 16 day summer missions trip for youth ages 12-19. It consists of a 6 day training “boot” camp and a 10 day outreach, this year to Boston. Our experienced YWAM Staff brings teachings that have been refined…

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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…

Tom Acker on 4th Healing Prayer Mission to India

Dear Brothers and sisters of St. Michael’s Church, I am pleased to report that your prayers and support for the Diocese of Durgapur, West Bengal India, are being multiplied by the Lord in incredible ways. The need is overwhelming; the poorest of people haven’t a chance to rise above mud hut life. Their existence is less than human, although they are extremely…

Burwell Boykin Reflects on 4th Healing Prayer Mission to India

Burwell Boykin Dedicating her life to God by ministering to the masses in the slums of Calcutta, Mother Teresa was apparently known to have gnarled feet. Ever the generous servant, She always took the last, and thereby the worst, of the shoes which had been donated. Over time this took quite a toll on her feet. A similar figure, Jackie Pullinger ministered to…