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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,…

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…

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…

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

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 create a space…

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…

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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…

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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…

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…

John B. Kern Report on 4th Healing Prayer Mission to India

It was a true blessing for me to join St. Michael’s “Healing Prayer” Mission to India. I approached the mission taking seriously the requisite for the spiritual gift of healing and struggled to consider how I could be conferred with authority from the Holy Spirit as an instrument for those I would encounter. After all, I’m just a Charleston lawyer who’s rarely…

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New Heart and Home Partnership

In October of 2016, Bishop Lawrence called me to ask if St. Michael’s Church would consider adopting the existing church plant in North Charleston (Church of the Resurrection).  It was an exciting request!  Since that time, an organic partnership between St. Michael’s Church and Church of the Resurrection has developed, including joint meetings both with…

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…

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Meet Joe Stringer, GIC 2017 Speaker

GIC Opportunity to Meet Joe Stringer 12:00 N First Wednesday Men’s Luncheon at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall Speaker: Joe Stringer, Author of Ten Commandments for Business Your Workplace: Mission Field About Joe Stringer Joseph Stringer is a Christian author and the Charleston Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce.  The vision of the SC…

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Meet Simon & Lucy Mwaura, GIC 2017 Visiting Missionaries

GIC Opportunities to Meet Simon Mwaura Sunday, February 12, 2017 8:00 am Holy Communion, Rite I with Simon Mwaura 9:30 am Chapel Service with Simon Mwaura 10:30 am Holy Communion, Rite II with Simon Mwaura GIC Opportunities to Meet Lucy Mwaura Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:00 am GIC Women’s Luncheon with Lucy Mwaura, missionary from Kenya (Kinloch Room) Register…

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Meet Simon Guillebaud, GIC 2017 Visiting Missionary

GIC Opportunities to Meet Simon Guillebaud Wednesday, February 8 5:30 pm WOW Healing Service Guest Preacher: Simon Guillebaud, missionary to Burundi Sunday, February 12 6:00 pm Holy Communion, Rite II / Contemporary Worship Guest Preacher: Simon Guillebaud 7:00 pm Reception and Invitation to Mission in Burundi with Simon Guillebaud   About Simon Guillebaud Author, speaker, social entrepreneur,…

Meet Peter Rothermel, GIC 2017 Visiting Speaker

GIC Opportunities to Meet Peter Rothermel Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:00 am Holy Communion Rite I with Peter Rothermel 9:15 am Tool Time: Heart & Home Mission with Peter Rothermel 12:00 Noon GIC Opening Reception – Family on Mission Together – talk led by Peter Rothermel and Jonathan Ziman Wednesday, February 1, 2017 5:30 pm Worship on Wednesday Healing Service (WOW) Guest Preacher: Peter…

Advent Gives birth to Pentecost House

By Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. It was the week of weeks. The third week of Advent was action packed around St. Michael’s Church. We came together as a church family during the Rectory open house, and then dedicated the Dependency at 12:30pm and 7pm on Sunday, December 11. This was followed by a more intimate blessing of the building on Wednesday…

Saying Goodbye to Rob McCrae

Advent certainly is a time to anticipate the coming of Christ, as Epiphany is the time to celebrate the wisemen being obedient and following the star.  Christianity is all about movement, responding to the call of God by going where he leads. This is certainly the spirit behind Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time and a place for everything, and a season…

The Global Impact Celebration Bears More Fruit

Our list of St. Michaelites who are leaving their current ministries to go on mission, in part as a result of the Global Impact Celebration, is growing! Nena Jackson our Connections/Alpha Director is leaving to go more fully into the mission field of Kenya. On the final Sunday of Advent, Nena related to the congregation some of the many signs she experienced…

Amy Smith Taking on a New Role

St. Michaelite Amy Watson Smith is also taking on a new ministry.  Several years ago, Amy retired from her post as director of Ministry to Children and Families here at St. Michael’s Church. Since that time, Amy has launched into coordinating a variety of events including children’s programs, conferences and symposia for adults, social events and family camp at St. Christopher Camp…

Libby Williams Reaches the Century Mark

On Sunday December 18, the family of St. Michael’s gathered around Libby Williams for a wonderful Happy Birthday Celebration. Born 100 years ago, Libby is as healthy now as then! With cake, fellowship and a blessing from Bishop Alex Dickson, Libby radiated with a wonderful contentment. If you don’t know this pillar of St. Michael’s Church, Libby is a native Charlestonian, attended…

Advent Gloria & Future Concert Series

By Matthew Wilkinson On Wednesday evening, Dec. 14th, St. Michael’s Music Ministry presented an Advent concert, incorporating Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” The purpose of the concert was to create an event that would facilitate the worship of our Lord by all people from the Greater Charleston area. Our vision is that this concert would be the launch event of a new outreach ministry, known…

Thank You for Pledging to Tithe in 2017

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 through us will produce thanksgiving to God.            (2 Corinthians 9:10-11). God is faithful to provide the resources…

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…

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GIC 2017

WHAT IS THE GIC? GIC stands for Global Impact Celebration, and it is an annual event dedicated to God’s mission in Christ to reconcile the world to Himself. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE GIC? The purpose of the GIC is really threefold: To Raise Awareness. The GIC endeavors to set before us the Mission…

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Answering the Call in 2017

Global Impact Celebration January 29-February 12 Sunday, January 29 “Mission Begins in the Heart and at Home” Sunday, February 5, “Community Engaging Community: From the Backyard to the Rest of the World” Sunday, February 12, our Commitment Sunday, “Personal Engagement: Answering the Call” WHO WILL BE JOINING US FOR THIS YEAR’S GIC? Jonathan Ziman, Visionary…

High School Regenerate Reflection

Re-generate was an amazing opportunity for high school students to grow in their faith! On November 11 – 13 a small group headed out to Camp St. Christopher to embark on this wonderful weekend, youth groups from all over came together to hear a dynamic message, engage in lively worship, and enjoy time building relationships with one another. Nate Morgan Locke was…

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…

Children’s Ministry Nativity Sunday School

Oh what holiday fun we had with over 65 candy nativities being made. Children’s ministry ages 5 -12 years came out to make these sweet treats and learn about Why we call it Christmas anyway?   Special thanks to Hope Banks who help pre assemble almost 70 nativities and Liz Hines who helped over 60 children create their masterpieces. 

Children’s Ministry Volunteer of the Year

The Children’s Ministry Volunteer of the Year is Liz Hines! Liz and her mother Cindy volunteer endlessly in our Sunday School ministry.  Liz likes to run the 5k – 1st grade ministry and teaches Owlegories, What’s in the Bible and Hands on Bible Curriculum. You will often see Liz eagerly headed towards her room to greet her students and full of Joy…

Nursery News

Pray for our Nursery team as they graduate and move onto new chapters and careers. Amber Corry who has worked for our nursery for several years wrote the following letter: Mrs. Cyndee Cave, Hi I was writing to thank you for employing me back in February of 2014. The past two years as a nursery helper have been amazing. You really made…

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Journey to Healing Retreat January 16-18

Christian Healing Ministries, founded by Francis and Judith MacNutt, is a Christ-centered, ecumenical, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the practice and teaching of healing prayer.  Join us for Journey to Healing, a three day healing retreat January 16-18, 2017.  Christian Healing Ministries will lead talks and there will be soaking prayer and personal ministry time…

Burrell Boykin on 4th Healing Prayer Mission to India

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 atoll on her feet. A similar figure, Jackie Pullinger ministered to gang members,…

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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Bach Magnificat Advent Concert

St. Michael’s Music Ministry presents an Advent/Christmas concert. We will sing one of the greatest compositions of J.S. Bach, the Magnificat in D. Members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will join with our chorus to participate in this magnificent piece. Tickets will be for a donation at the door or can be pre-ordered online. Register 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…