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ON-LINE GIVING WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD


In addition to the PayPal method for on-line giving that has been available previously, you may now choose the convenience of contributing to St. Stephen's through our website with your debit or credit card. The on-line card payments are enabled using SimpleGive.com, a company that provides online giving services and takes security very seriously. They are PCI Compliant and meet all PCI/DSS security standards, such as SSL certificates and encryption.

With SimpleGive you can make single payments or have the convenience of entering a pledge amount, start date, and payment interval for "set and forget" pledge giving. You will receive an e-mail receipt for every transaction, and you may log in to access a summary of your giving history at any time.

To use this service, simply go to our website at http://www.ststephenscharleston.org and select "Giving" then "On-Line Giving" from the drop-down menu on the right.

Or you may simply click HERE.

As a first-time user you will need to register by selecting a user name and password, then provide your preferred credit or debit card information. After registering, simply log in and choose between "Give Now"or "Scheduled Giving," select the amount, the fund your gift will go to, review your card information, and enter the card's three digit security code. Click "Submit"to complete the transaction.  While you are logged in, you may also access a summary of your on-line giving. When you are finished click on "Log Out"in the upper right menu bar and you're done!

 At this time there are two fund categories, "General" and "Pledge." Selecting either will count as a gift toward your pledge. Additional fund categories for gifts may be added in the future - for example, Flowers, Special Needs, Mission Needs, etc. We hope that you will utilize this new capability for your convenience and to improve the efficiency of St. Stephen's gift tracking and management. Of course we will continue to receive your contributions in the offering basket and at the church office if you prefer.


ALL SAINTS' DAY MEMORIALS


If you would like the names of your loved ones to be listed in the All Saints’ Day Order of Service on November 2, please e-mail the names to 67anson@bellsouth.netno later than Wednesday, October 29 at noon.


TEA TIME


What a great year we have had! A terrific BBQ, a fun-filled Parish Picnic, numerous parishioner-sponsored Tea-Times – the list is ongoing.

Now to our next event: The Bishop’s visitation and reception on Sunday, October 19. This is going to be another triumph for you by you. Our go-to caterer (Hamby Catering) is providing an assortment of finger sandwiches, and I am asking for volunteers to provide a dish to complement. Nothing fancy, just something light and easy. If you decide to do something please contact either myself at mcfenrk@gmail.com, or Linda Williams at lindawilliams0745@bellsouth.net

Thank you to all who have participated in making Tea Time enjoyable as well as successful, not to mention delicious!

Michael A. Fenwrick

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...

The Family of Michael and Kristian Ebert
Nancy Stedman
Christina Sellars
“J”

Clif Titus
Erin Bailey
Andrew William Hoyle
LaShawn Watson & Family
Jennifer and Liam Jonathan Eaddy
Christina Mercer
Colin Watts

Sophie Malaviya
Donna Runey
Linda Lear
Linda Ketner
Nellie Russell
Don Tomlin
Barbara Eckert
The Reverend Alan B. Houghton
Ann Epting
Evelyn Gore
Fred Pittman
Roseanne Bowles
Katie Budds
&
Danny, the canine companion animal of Herbert Drayton, Jr. 


FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR


The 2015 calendar is posted in Stephen's Hall.

If you have a special date on which you would like to make a donation for flowers, NOW is the time to reserve it.

If you are unable to come in to sign up, please contact Linda Williams at (843) 973-3030.


A LETTER FROM THE MISSION COMMITTEE


On Sunday, September 21, a Ministry Fair took place after Sunday services. We were so glad to see some of you stop by to get information about becoming a more active member of our congregation through the gift of service to others. If you were unable to attend, don't fret, there are always opportunities to volunteer with or donate to our mission partners.

That said, this letter focuses on Charleston Area Senior Citizens and The Hollings Cancer Center (Patient Support Services), two more of our friends in the community.

Charleston Area Senior Citizens (CASC), primarily needs canned food and non-perishable items for their food pantry. This community gem provides over 10,000 noon meals at the center each year. Considering that South Carolina seniors are at the second highest risk in the nation of going hungry or having inadequate resources for ample nutrition, they gravely need our help.

CASC also provides long term residency for qualifying seniors (62+) through the Ansonborough House - a safe, comfortable place for them to live. Seniors there may take advantage of various programs including the Free Food Mart where a variety of items are available including cereals, canned foods, and paper goods.

CASC staff also make emergency house calls to assess seniors in crisis. Referrals are received from local police departments, pastors, hospitals, concerned neighbors, and family members. Most common problems include no food in the home, threat of eviction, no water or electricity in the home, abusive family members, and disabling conditions such as dementia for a senior living alone.

The Hollings Cancer Center snack cart is coordinated by the Patient Support Services Team and is led by our own Diane Aghapour. The team provides individually packaged snacks and drinks for patients and their caregivers during lengthy treatments. The snack cart makes rounds twice a day throughout Hollings. They also plan to extend services to the newly opened Pediatric Sickle Cell clinic for patients receiving transfusions and other treatments due to the complications of the disease.

Hollings appreciates receiving Chemo Caps for patients, in adult sizes, as well as fleece blankets. We aim to assist them with providing some entertaining distraction as well as extending some comfort and warmth during a very difficult time in their lives.

Last, but not least, we are pleased to unveil our St. Stephen's Giving Weekends! Each second weekend of the month, the Mission Committee will have baskets at the entrance of the church for canned goods and non-perishable item donations. Baskets will be available starting at the Saturday at 6 Service through the last Sunday service. Baskets will then be sorted for the Senior Center or Hollings and then promptly delivered to the appropriate location.

Senior Center Preferences: Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, and beef; canned vegetables and fruit; hearty soups, spaghetti sauces, pasta, rice, dry cereal, and liquid supplements like Ensure or Boost.

Hollings Preferences: Individually packaged items like granola bars, fruit snacks, Fig Newtons and peanut butter crackers. Individual juice boxes and liquid supplements like Ensure or Boost.

If you have any questions or would like to get additional information on any of our partners, feel free to contact one of our Mission Committee Members: William Ravenel (william@ravenel.us), Betsy Rackoff (brackoff@gmail.com), Jan Van Norte (janvannorte@gmail.com), and Wendy Dunigan (zoeemama@yahoo.com).


WOMEN OF ST. STEPHEN'S POTLUCK DINNERS


A Note from  Vicki Ravenel:
 
 I am excited to be heading up the Potluck Dinners for 2015!  I am following in some big footsteps as Susan Roehrich has led this effort so graciously and enthusiastically!  Many thanks to Susan for all of her hard work and support.
 
A big thanks to Caroline Eddy, who hosted the September potluck.  It was very well attended and the food was especially delicious!  It's always wonderful to fellowship with the ladies of St. Stephen's.  We even got to hear some highlights of Linda and David Williams' recent Italian adventure, which sounded amazing!  Thank you, Caroline, for opening your home to us and for such a lovely evening.
 
Thank you to all who signed up to host a Potluck dinner next year.  I'm happy to announce that we have volunteers for every month of 2015!  If there are any St. Stephen's ladies who are interested in hosting a Potluck Dinner next year but did not have the chance to sign up, please contact me and I will put you on a list to either co-host or to be available in the event that someone has to cancel. 
 
Also, I would like to ask that everyone continue to support the Potluck Dinners by attending whenever possible as well as by encouraging other St. Stephen's ladies to attend!  It is often more comfortable to walk into a room full of ladies who know each other if you have a buddy beside you to introduce you and be sure you are comfortable.  Sometimes people do not want to drive alone, and it's always great to offer to carpool.  I think everyone who regularly attends our monthly Potluck Dinners will attest to the fact that wonderful friendships have been made and nurtured at those events.  So let's spread the love and encourage others to join with us!
 
We have two more Potluck events this year, and I look forward to seeing everyone there!  Dinners are from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Dates and locations are below.

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
 
If you have questions, please contact Vicki Ravenel at (678) 612-5519 or vicki@ravenel.us.


WEDNESDAY NOON BIBLE STUDY


On October 22, the Wednesday study group will meet at noon in Stephen’s Hall to continue the discussion of The Acts of the Apostles.

All are invited to attend.  Please read Acts chapters 8 & 9.

For questions or further information, please contact Alan Arthur at (843) 971-7644 or aarthur@brocku.ca.


FOYER GROUPS 2015


Foyer Groups bring together those members of the parish who may or may not know each other, or perhaps know each other very casually. These groups are a gathering of parishioners, some new, some fairly “seasoned,” and some simply new to the Foyer Group idea – all together for conversation, good food, and a delightful evening with friends. 
 
For more information on Foyer Groups, please contact Joe Sylvan at (843) 425-6024 or j_sylvan@msn.com.


FOYER GROUP FINALE


FOYER FINALE
Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 P.M.
Potluck Social

In lieu of a harbor cruise, this year's Foyer Finale Potluck Social will be held at the home of Robert Ball and Betty Gore, 8 Albemarle Point, Charleston 29407 (end of Albemarle Road, behind Porter-Gaud School, on the Wappoo River). 

Foyer Captains will receive e-directions to distribute, and there will be some at the church. All Foyer groups are invited, as well as anyone considering joining a Foyer Group. Parking is ample in the yard and on the street, with overflow in the nearby P-G parking lot. We hope to begin signing folks up for next year. Pray for good weather, as we also hope to be outdoors enjoying the camaraderie and the view.

For more information, please contact Robert Ball at rball8ap@gmail.com.


WANTED: VOLUNTEERS


For the third year, St. Stephen's will participate in the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired's Refocus on Children program. Volunteers are needed to assist with this needed and valuable program, which serves young children in Title I schools in Charleston County. These children are professionally tested and, if needed, supplied with prescription glasses at no charge to their families.

Volunteers stay with the children (ages 4 and 5) while they wait to be tested. Our previous volunteers have enjoyed helping with this program. If you think you might be interested in participating or would like more information about the program, please contact Judy Sawyer at (843) 577-5183 or sawyerj37@yahoo.com.


WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY


The Thursday evening Bible Class meets at 6:00 P.M. in Stephen's Hall.  The group has prayer time, discussion of the lessons to be used on the following Sunday, and then a chosen study decided upon by the class participants.

The group has begun a new lesson of study, reading and reflecting on the Book of James. Study guides will be provided. Please join us as we experience wonderful fellowship, lively discussions, and spiritual time with each other as we strive to understand more fully God's Word and its message for our lives.

If you have further questions, please contact Mary Lou Titus at (843) 737-2693.


SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED!


Sunday School begins at 11:00.  Nursery opens at 10:30 A.M.

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

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

https://doodle.com/mfbt5knwrtdvwkse


PARKING


Please note that parking enforcement is in effect promptly at 1:00 P.M. on Sundays.

Please remember not to use ANY dashboard cards.  Since they no longer are of any use, PLEASE, to ensure continued good relationships with our neighbors, remove and destroy them.


SATURDAY @ SIX SERVICE


SATURDAY @ SIX  LAY PREACHER SCHEDULE

October 18:  Robin Bugbee
October25:  Angela Adams
 
November 1: Iris Carson
November 8: Ty Leslie
November 15: Angela Adams
November 22: Ginny Arthur
November 29: Nicole Watts
 
* If you are interested in being a Lay Preacher, please contact Kathryn Norton at NortonK@cofc.edu.