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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

Pictures: Hallie Seibels delivering a meal. Provides home-delivered meals services to people in need. Sign up to be on the St. Michael’s Team. Contact Ed & Georgia Barnett at 843-853-6213 or barnett29401@aol.com.

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Sanders Clyde School Update

Dear St. Michaels Church/Cyndee Cave, I just wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for your generosity towards my students. I cannot wait until next year when all of the supplies come in! We will be able to create all kinds of drawings with the paper using the markers…

Barnabas

Barnabas Ministries Update

The Barnabas Ministry is not just all about hot dogs! This spring Doug Born organized a board of directors and a non-profit organization to begin the process of determining the path forward for the ministry he had already forged through his efforts assisting the homeless in Charleston.  The initial board took on the task of…

Toolbox for Sunday, December 13, 2015

Click here for the Sunday, December 13, 2015 Printable Toolbox Title and Topic Advent 3:   What Mary Teaches us About Discipleship Today:  The Call of Mary Transformation and Witness As little as we knew about Joseph, we know so much more about the life and discipleship of Mary.  Mary balances motherhood with discipleship in a way that should fill us with…

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Civilitas Conference in Boston

In response to the tragic shootings at Mother Emanuel, Heidi Ravenel (co-chair of the Galatians 3:28 Task Force on race, and Vestry member) and I were invited to Boston to take part in a conference called Civilitas; After Charleston. The purpose of the conference was twofold: First, how do we, as Christians, have civil conversation…

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Storms Expose Weaknesses and Strengths…

An evensong sermon preached in St. Michael’s Church on Friday, October 9th, in the aftermath of the great October rain, to the convention of: The American Board of Trial Advocates: It was a hurricane without the hurricane. That’s a how a friend of mine described the chaos of this past week. That song by Blondie…

Stewardship of Suffering

One of the 19th century professors of Princeton Seminary, Archibald Alexander, once advised that in times of suffering and hardship, we should be more desirous that our trials be sanctified than removed. This is the actual quote: For your more rapid growth in grace, some of you will be cast into the furnace of affliction. Sickness, bereavement, bad conduct of children and…

William Burrows

The William Burrows House Marker Has Arrived

This marker commemorates a national treasure:  Charleston’s connection to the first commandant of the United States Marine Corps and his son, a War of 1812 naval hero.  Our local Medal of Honor recipient MG Jim Livingston USMC ret. wants to attend the installation ceremony, and the South Carolina War of 1812 Society wishes to participate.…

Stewardship of Worship

The Stewardship of Worship

What does it mean to steward our worship? One obvious way of stewarding our worship is… to worship. It is the practice of the Church to meet weekly on the Lord’s Day for corporate worship and participation in the sacraments. Individually, it is the discipline of the Church to read Scripture and pray daily. David…

Tool Time

Tool Time This Fall

At 9:15 am on Sunday Track 1 (Kinloch Room) Authentic Christian Discipleship An authentic disciple may be described as one who is in glad and wholehearted submission to God being transformed by the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ through genuine worship, sacrificial service to others, and intentional reproducing of more disciples. Join the discipleship…

Teen Crisis

Teen Crisis

Teen Crisis Our teens are more and more in an identity crisis.  They struggle to answer the question, “Who am I”?  Often times they are one person at home, while posing as another individual at school, and yet entirely someone else at Church.  They are in the season of life where they will struggle with…

Simon Mwaura

The Rev. Simon Mwaura Returns

Next year’s GIC is excited to once again host the Rev. Simon Mwuara, founder and head of God’s Grace For All Nations. GGFAN has been working among the unreached tribes of northern Kenya to establish a viable church among the Samburu, the Arial Rendille, the Borana, the Turkana and the Lchamusi tribes. Kenya has 22…

Burundi

Burundi Mission Update

St. Michael’s Church has been working in Burundi since 2008, and has sent a total of nine teams. We have developed strong partnerships with local leaders, conducted medical clinics, and always shared the Gospel. Two years ago, St. Michael’s partnered with Palmetto Medical Mission (PMI) to undertake a strategically placed medical center to help meet…

India

Healing Prayer Mission to India

Team: Jean & Johnnie Corbett, Lisa Holland, Arthur & Heidi Ravenel, David Richardson Destination: Diocese of Durgapur in West Bengal, India Host: Bishop Probal K. Dutta In just a few short weeks, this year’s Healing Prayer Mission to India will be heading out across the globe (November 30 – December 12). This year’s team consists of six internationally experienced St. Michaelites: Jean and Johnnie…

The Galatians 3:28 Task Force Update

After the Mother Emanuel shooting in June, I formed a task force to advise me on our continued response.  We are following the advice of Dr. John Gillison, retired Senior Pastor of Mother Emanuel, which is to enter a season of simply learning about race relations, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and authentic ways to partner with Mother Emanuel.  The task force…

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Surprise Visit from Dain and Constance Perry

On Connection Sunday, we received a surprise visit from Dain Perry and his bride, Constance.  Dain’s father, DeWolf Perry, was Rector of St. Michael’s Church from 1947-1960.  Ironically, after Fr. Perry left St. Michael’s, he went to work for my father at his counseling agency in Boston. Dain shared some wonderful memories of his time…

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Stewardship Is More than Money…

What is the most precious commodity we can steward?  Certainly, our faith, people, relationships and our time.  Jesus, in Luke 12:34, proves his sovereign knowledge of the human heart by saying,  “Where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also.”  Stewardship describes a process of discerning what is most important in our lives. …

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If You Missed It: Retreats Review

Over the last several months, your vestry, and staff have been studying the book:  The Great Evangelical Recession.  We also used the teaching as the cornerstone discussion during our Kanuga parish weekend away.  I know that not everyone is on vestry, on staff, or could make the trip into the mountains of Kanuga, so here…

Vestry News

It has been a busy and eventful summer for the Vestry of St Michael’s.  At its annual retreat, the Vestry moved to develop a team approach to budgeting oversight that would parallel the ministry teams.  The Vestry team for worship will be David Reese and Rhett Smith; the team for Mobilization will by Fred Willis, Jo Cox, and Grant Inscoe; the team…

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A Reflection from Jubilee Sunday

Our God is the God of new beginnings. From the moment Jesus Christ stepped out of that empty tomb on Easter Sunday, Christians have believed that all things really are possible with God, and that He delights to surprise us and do more than we can ask or imagine. On August 30th, we celebrated St.…

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Gluten-Free Communion?

You may have occasionally noticed when you kneel for communion that the person next to you does not receive the elements.  This may be for several reasons, one of them being that they are gluten intolerant.  Some people suffer severe reactions to gluten to the point of needing to avoid physical contact with any product…

Cursillo

Fall into Cursillo

Dear Cursillistas of St. Michael’s, Catchy title, huh!?  I thought that might catch your attention a little faster than “Cursillo In the Fall.” Okay, so it’s not that catchy, but now that I’ve got you, please allow me to throw a few thoughts your way. Cursillo #177 is almost upon us, running October 22-25. You probably have heard…

Peninsula Lunch

Mid-week Peninsula Lunch

The Mid-week Peninsula Lunch is a group of St. Michael’s men who gather together to encourage and sharpen one another as husbands, fathers, and professionals. Mid-week Peninsula Lunches meet Wednesdays to hear a thought provoking, inspiring, and challenging message.  And for $10 a plate, the lunch fare is excellent fare! More importantly, this time together…

Prayer Walk

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…

Webbs

A Letter from David Webb

August 25, 2015 Dear Reverend Booman, This letter is to introduce ourselves and explain how God heard and answered our prayers concerning the birth of our 13th grandchild. St. Michael’s was a key part of the story, and you should know some details. We worship at St. Michael’s every time we are in the area;…

Life Value Prop

Life: a Value Proposition

We would all likely agree that life as we know it is priceless, beyond monetary calculation in its worth to each of us. This life is both trying and joy filled, with lots in between for most of us. Few if any of us would give it up willingly, yet LIFE is fragile and delicate,…