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A NOTE OF THANKS FROM THE RECTOR


March 1st was a very significant date for Linda and me when we found ourselves realizing that it had been ten years since we arrived at St. Stephen’s on a cold, wet, blustery day. The Rectory had not yet been completed so all our worldly possessions were piled into what is now Stephen’s Hall.

So for five weeks we lived out on Wild Dunes at the Isle of Palms in the home lent to us by Don and Rose Tomlin while I commuted to the office. With our two dogs, Chelsea and Abby, as well as our cat Corky, we lived there until it was time to move in. It was a cozy start, thanks to the Tomlins.

Since then our time here as incredibly flown by, and so many changes have taken place here I now can hardly recall what they are as, at this very moment outside my new location in the new Parish Office, I can see a new handicap ramp being built on the north side of the church. We have grown, and along with that growth there have been many distinct and lovely moments in which we’ve seen new people coming into our parish, fresh ideas, vibrant leadership within our Vestry, retired bank loans, new staff support, and a decidedly “experimental” attitude among us as we stretch and grow.

At the same time there have been sad moments when parishioners and clergy have passed into Eternal Life. For a Rector there is nothing more emotionally disconcerting than the loss of friends. Others have left us for other reasons, and for that we are always regretful but also prayerful in hopes that they will find the kind of parish family for which they are suited.

On Sunday, March 30 at our Coffee Hour I was surprised by a cake and a lovely gift of an antique inscribed salver to commemorate our ten years here. It was totally unexpected, and you all know how much I need to be able to anticipate everything!

So thank you! Linda and I have been very fortunate to have served St. Stephen’s during these past 10 years and look forward to the future of this parish family with a great deal of enthusiasm. Due to all of you, it has been a gratifying decade.

Yours faithfully,

David


SILENT AUCTION for THE HERITAGE BARBECUE & FUNDRAISER


    The Sixth Annual Heritage Barbeque and Fundraiser is coming up on May 4! This is a wonderful and fun event and an important fundraiser for our parish. Together with ticket sales, the Silent Auction provides a large percentage of funds raised for children's needs at St. Stephen's.

Our goal is to make this the most successful Silent Auction yet, and the Congregation's help is needed! First of all, please buy tickets to the BBQ and bring family and friends.  Second, PLEASE consider donating something to the Silent Auction! Popular auction items in the past have included stays at a vacation home, restaurant gift certificates, paintings and pottery, antiques, gift baskets, golf outings, and salon and spa certificates.

Don't be discouraged if you don't own a vacation home or a salon! You can fund an outing, donate a gift basket, contribute gift cards or gift certificates -- and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.   Consider hosting a party or a picnic or perhaps creating a certificate for some delivered home-cooked meals. If you can sew, play the piano, or sing, you might donate several hours of your time for a few lessons. Maybe you are a teacher and can offer some tutoring sessions. And there is always a need for reliable babysitters! Your donation does not have to be expensive - just get creative and please participate!

For questions and donation information, please contact Vicki Ravenel at (678) 612-5519 or vicki@ravenel.us, or Patty Dauer at (806) 674-1233 or pdauer1@gmail.com.  


VESTRY RETREAT SUMMARY


Summary: St. Stephen’s Vestry Retreat
March 29, 2014 

The Vestry met for a full day of devotion, prayer, and leadership planning for St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 29th.  Parish Member Missie McClain graciously opened her Wadmalaw home for our use and comfort.   Rev. Fred Baldwin adeptly facilitated the gathering and discussion. Junior Warden Jan Van Norte was largely responsible for organizing and orchestrating all logistics of the meeting. Facilitator Baldwin introduced the agenda for the day and handouts aimed at stimulating thought and guiding discussion.

All 12 Vestry members but two, due to scheduling conflicts, were in attendance.    The day was positive and uplifting, as well as one of consensus on all fronts. At the outset, each of us verbalized our personal goals for the day. The group experienced a morning and midday devotional and discussion of relevant Scripture.  

Junior Warden Van Norte assembled a written document for sharing, "Highlights of the Past Ten Years at St. Stephen's" largely drawn from her review of Vestry and Annual Meeting minutes over the years.

Facilitator Baldwin gave an Overview of Church Size Theory as St. Stephen's own transition was examined with input from each Vestry Member. Church size and its implication for leadership, priorities, and unity were discussed in the context of passing from largely one-to-one relationship experiences on a more informal scale to more formal administrative and ultimately structural leadership as parish size increases.

Individual Vestry goals were then openly discussed in the context of functional roles for the parish as a whole, and a slight reorganization of the Vestry committee structure was agreed upon.  Significant were 1) the consolidation of parish functions under a single helm, "Parish Life," 2) the creation of a new "Lay Pastoral Committee" separate but in supplement to Pastoral Care, and 3) the broader definition of Christian education for adults and children under the helm of "Christian Formation" to include Confirmation classes for young teens and adults. In the restructuring, Vestry members volunteered for, for most, single committee responsibilities for greater focus.  The Senior and Junior Wardens were purposely not assigned to any single committees but given overarching, oversight responsibilities.

The Vestry is energized by the Retreat and eager to advance the enthusiasm of worshipping in the Episcopalian faith and living life as such - for parish members and visitors of all ages - in communion and fellowship in a variety of ways and pathways to accommodate a diverse and growing group at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church!


SUPPORT THE HERITAGE BARBECUE & FUNDRAISER!


We need your contributions, your talents, time, and treasures!

During the past five years we've discovered we have a creative Congregation!  If you knit, crochet, make jewelry, paint, or take photographs, please consider making a contribution. In the past we have received pottery, and some loving and well-done plant arrangements. We are also accepting old jewelry.

Thank you for considering to help with our fundraiser in this way.

The drop-off date for delivery of Arts and Crafts is

Friday May 2
10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

Saturday May 3
10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.

in St. Stephen's Hall

For more information, please contact Iris Carson at (843) 795-2819 or irisleecarson@gmail.com.


HERITAGE BARBECUE and FUNDRAISER


SIXTH ANNUAL
HERITAGE BARBECUE and FUNDRAISER
 
IN HONOR OF EMMA WATSON AND ALL
WHO HAVE SERVED THE CHILDREN OF ST. STEPHEN’S
 
SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 -- AFTER CHURCH
at 12:30 p.m.

 
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
67 Anson Street
 
Proceeds from the Heritage Barbeque and Fundraiser benefit the children of
St. Stephen’s by providing tutoring scholarships and other needs.
 
PULLED-PORK BARBECUE BY STICKY FINGERS

HOMEMADE BY MEMBERS OF ST. STEPHEN’S:
BAKED BEANS, MAC ‘N CHEESE, COLESLAW, FRUIT SALAD, BROWNIES,
HOT DOGS and VEGAN OPTIONS
 
BAKE SALE
ARTS/CRAFTS
SPECIAL SILENT AUCTION 
FACE PAINTING
 
LIVE MUSIC BY GARAGE CUBAN BAND
 
TICKETS$25 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, Free for children 5 and under

Tickets will be sold before and after church services, except on Easter Sunday. You may also make your reservations at any time by sending a check or money order to the Parish Office or, when attending St. Stephen's, by putting same in the collection basket.
Checks should be made out to St. Stephen’s with a notation that they are for Barbecue Tickets. 

Tickets may also be purchased via PayPal by going to St. Stephen’s website (www.ststephenscharleston.org), and clicking on Communications / Special Events / HERITAGE BARBECUE & FUNDRAISER / Web Store.

Or click on this link to buy tickets: http://ststephenscharleston.org/web-store

Your tickets will be ready for you at the gate.

TICKETS SHOULD BE PURCHASED, IF POSSIBLE, BY SUNDAY, APRIL 27
 
ANOTHER WAY TO HELP:  If you can’t make the Barbecue or if you would like to help underwrite costs
in addition to buying tickets, send/deliver your donation as specified above noting it is a Barbecue Donation.
 
INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!


USHERS NEEDED!


Would you like to be a Volunteer Usher at St. Stephen’s? There are five Usher Teams, and the schedule rotates so that each team ushers every five weeks (see below). Each Team has a Team Leader (in CAPS, below), who contacts you to remind you the week before the Sunday that the Team is scheduled to usher. We’d like to have six people on each team. 

If you are interested in joining one of the five teams, please contact the Parish Administrator, at 67anson@bellsouth.net or (843) 723-8818.

USHER SCHEDULE

4/06/14 - TEAM 4
4/13/14 - TEAM 5
4/20/14 - TEAM 1
4/27/14 - TEAM 2

5/04/14 - TEAM 3
5/11/14 - TEAM 4
5/18/14 - TEAM 5
5/25/14 - TEAM 1  

TEAM 1: WILLIAM RAVENEL, Vicki Ravenel, Pat Rone, and LaShawn Watson
TEAM 2: CLIFF TITUS and Ted Keller
TEAM 3: MIKE SHEWAN, Pat Patrick, Alan Arthur, Ginny Arthur, Janie Sylvan, and Joe Sylvan
TEAM 4: BRYAN THOMPSON, Pauline Russell, Edward Bryan, and Kent Scott
TEAM 5: IRENE SMITH, Bobby Shealy, Rolf Kolconay, Norm Thomason, and Catherine LaFond

 


TEA TIME


The April 13 Tea Time is hosted by Michael Fenwrick!

Please join us in Stephen’s Hall after the 11:00 service!    

If you are interested in hosting a Tea Time, please contact Michael Fenwrick at mcfenrk@gmail.com, or you may sign up in Stephen's Hall.  Please remember that Tea Time is an intimate gathering for informal conversation and light culinary offerings. There’s no need to prepare anything that needs a knife and fork - That makes it a meal, and that is not what Tea Time is about.


PRAYERS ARE NEEDED!


YOUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR...


Barbara Eckert
The Reverend Alan B. Houghton

Ann Epting (sister of Carol Budds)
Evelyn Gore
Joan Stankiewicz 
Donna Runey
Joyce Shelley
Ticho Garcia
Don White
Christina Mercer 
Pat Tiley
Barbara Sprinkle
Joy Risher
Laura Dobbins-Beeks
Helen Keller
Leon Helmly
Fred Pittman
Roseanne Bowles
Katie Budds
S
am & Lisa Clowney

  &

Miller Eason David & his parents
Lindsay & Eason David 

 


SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED!


We need you! The Sunday School is in need of teachers! 

Teaching is simple! Please arrive by 10:45.

Please sign up for a date by clicking on this link:

https://doodle.com/mfbt5knwrtdvwkse


WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY


The Women's Bible Study class of St. Stephen's meets on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM and goes until 7:30 PM. 

The Women's Bible Study will not meet on April 17 or April 24.

We have a prayer time, followed by a discussion of the lessons that will be read the following Sunday, and then a discussion of the topic chosen by the class. The group is studying the Book of Philippians, using a study guide  by  N. T. Wright, which will lead us to get the most out of the Book of Philippians.  Please join us for an evening  of study, prayer and sharing.  Everyone  is welcome.  For more information, please contact Mary Lou Titus at (843) 737-2693.


STUDY GROUP: "FALLING UPWARD"


Beginning Sunday, May 4 at 10:00 A.M. in Stephen’s Hall, Father Williams will begin a five week study group discussing the book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Father Richard Rohr.  It’s a fairly short read and can easily be purchased on-line at www.amazon.com.  Prices run from $7.42 used, to $11.27 brand new. The Kindle version is $10.71.  Purchasing the book is ever so useful since, even after we have discussed it, there is much wisdom here to be discovered for all us adults who, like it or not, are in the second half of our lives. The dates are the following Sundays: May 4, 11, 18, and 25, and June 1. 

For more information on Father Rohr, visit https://cac.org/richard-rohr/.


"ENTHUSIASTICALLY EPISCOPALIAN IN SOUTH CAROLINA"


“ENTHUSIASTICALLY EPISCOPALIAN IN SOUTH CAROLINA”
Educational Conference
 
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is hosting an educational conference, “Enthusiastically Episcopalian in South Carolina,” sponsored by the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, on Saturday, May 3, at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Pawleys Island.  There will be a 9:00 A.M. Eucharist, and the conference is from 10:15 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. 
For more information, visit The Episcopal Church in South Carolina at www.episcopalchurchsc.org.
Registration Deadline: April 15
(Registration is full for the reception on Friday, May 2)
 
Featured speakers and topics include the following:
 
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori: “Connecting to the Wider Church”
 
President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings:  “Leadership in Challenging Times”
 
The Right Reverend Kenneth Price Jr: “The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh – Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared”
 
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg: “The Episcopal Church in South Carolina – State of the Diocese”
 
Final session: “Bringing It On Home: Enthusiastically Episcopalian in South Carolina”
with The Reverend Wil Keith, Rector of Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church,
and speakers representing The Episcopal Church in South Carolina


PARISH PICNIC


Parish Picnic

Sunday, June 22

James Island County Park - Stono Shelter


WOMEN OF ST. STEPHENS POTLUCK DINNERS


The Women of St. Stephen's get together monthly on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in each other's homes. The hostess usually provides a main course, and everyone brings a side dish or dessert to share. It is a wonderful way to spend time together, deepening friendships and making new ones. 

If you have questions, or you would like to host the June Potluck please contact Susan Roehrich at (843) 819-0083.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Potluck which will be at Bonnie Merkel's home on April 22.  Please note that this is a change in location!  Don't forget to reach out to some of the new members at St. Stephen's with a personal invitation to come along with you!

APRIL 22
Hostess: Bonnie Merkel
16 Pony Lane
Charleston, 29407
(843) 259-9875

MAY 27
Hostess: Nicole Watts
1020 Tyron Circle
Charleston, 29414
(843) 766-0160

JUNE 24
OPEN!

 
JULY
(SUMMER BREAK)

AUGUST 12
Hostess: Caroline King
35 Gibbes Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-5252

SEPTEMBER 23
Hostess: Caroline Eddy
3121 Treadwell Street
Mt. Pleasant, 29466
(843) 475-2426 

OCTOBER 21 

Hostess: LaNelle Barber
1883 Bowen's Island Road
Charleston, 29412
(843) 870-0962

NOVEMBER 18
Hostess: Elizabeth Hills
3022 Scuba Drive
Charleston, 29414
(843) 437-7910


SATURDAY @ SIX SERVICE


SATURDAY @ SIX  LAY PREACHER SCHEDULE
 
April 12 - Erin Bailey
April 26 -  Angela Adams

May 3 - Ginny Arthur
May 10 - Ty Leslie
May 17 - Mary Lou Titus
May 24 - Nicole Watts
May 31 - Angela Adams

 

To sign up for refreshments, go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0F49AAAC28A57-saturday/7322495.
 
* If you are interested in being a Lay Preacher, please contact Kathryn Norton at NortonK@cofc.edu.


WEDNESDAY BIBLE AND RELIGION DISCUSSION GROUP


The Wednesday Study Group will not meet during Lent.  The group will resume its discussion of Harold Bloom's The American Religion, on April 23.   If you have any questions, please contact Alan Arthur at aarthur@brocku.ca or (843) 971-7644.


FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD JOIN THE CHOIR


5. Music is of God, and making music is a way to serve God. It is a privilege and a joy!

4. It’s good for your health! Studies have shown that Choir can improve your health! It’s fantastic brain food. Why not start keeping your mind healthy by making music?

3. Singing is a great way to relax.

2. You are guaranteed a seat on Christmas Eve and Easter.

1. It’s a great way to make friends. The St. Stephen’s Choir is one of the most active and cohesive groups in our parish.
 
Come join us on Wednesdays at 6:15 P.M. in the choir loft. 

For more information about St. Stephen’s Choir, please contact Wayne Helmly at (843) 819-5576 or whelmly@bellsouth.net.
 


FACEBOOK


HAVE YOU "LIKED"  ST. STEPHEN'S ON FACEBOOK?  

Click here https://www.facebook.com/ststephenscharleston?ref=hl
 


THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA


The website for the Episcopal Church in South Carolina is www.episcopalchurchsc.org.

 Also, you may subscribe to the Episcopal Journal, which comes out monthly, at a yearly rate of $6.18 by contacting ejournal@egpp.com.


 

SUBMITTING ANNOUNCEMENTS


The deadline for submitting announcements for The Deacon is noon each Wednesday.
Announcements are subject to editing. All announcements must be sent via e-mail to 67anson@bellsouth.net.
Announcements submitted after the deadline will be considered the following week.
 
If you would like a PDF of The Deacon e-mailed to you, please let us know by contacting the Parish Office at (843) 723-8818 or 67anson@bellsouth.net. PDF (Protected Document Format) may be downloaded for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
 
The Deacon is also available as a PDF on our website: www.ststephenscharleston.org – Click on “Communications” and then “Newsletters.”
 
Announcements may also be found on our website’s Announcements page (under Communications). The Deacon is also sent as an “e-blast” on Thursdays, and it is periodically available as part of the Sunday Order of Service.
 


SERMONS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE


Did you know that you may access some of our sermons on our website?

On our Home page, click on "Communications" in the left column, and then in the drop-down menu, select "Sermons."