THE REVEREND JAMES BARNEY HAWKINS IV, Ph. D, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, will conduct an Adult Forum at 9:00 A.M. in the church and then be our guest preacher at our 11:00 service on the First Sunday in Lent, March 9.
At the invitation of Bishop vonRosenberg and TEC in SC, Dr. Hawkins, along with the Dean of VTS, the Reverend Ian S. Markham, Ph. D, and others, will be visiting our diocese to revitalize our mutual work together for the good of The Episcopal Church.
Dr. Hawkins is also Director of Lifetime Theological Education at VTS. From 2008-2013, he was Associate Dean for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and has served as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program from 2000-2007. He is the Honorary Associate at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, Virginia.
Before joining the faculty, Dr. Hawkins served four Episcopal congregations as lay pastoral assistant, St Philip’s, Durham, North Carolina (1976-1979); as Associate, Trinity, Asheville, North Carolina (1979-1981); as rector, Ascension, Hickory, North Carolina (1981-1995) and as rector, Redeemer, Baltimore, Maryland (1995-2000). He was an adjunct religion professor at Lenoir-Rhyne College (ELCA) in Hickory, North Carolina from 1982 to 1995.
Dr. Hawkins was ordained a deacon on June 30, 1979 and a priest on May 3, 1980 by the Rt. Rev. William G. Weinhauer in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. He has a B.A. in history from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and earned the M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 1974 with one year as a special student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1981 he completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Graduate Studies in Religion at Duke University. His dissertation was “The Colonial Commissary in Church and State: Alexander Garden and the Historical Roots of the Vestry in the American Church.”
He has served on the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development and Kanuga Conferences, Inc. Presently he serves as president on the North American Committee of St. George’s College, Jerusalem.
His publications include the books Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth and Staying One, Remaining Open: Education Leaders for a 21st Century Church, as well as a portfolio of sermons (1976-pres.), book reviews and articles in parish newsletters and the Seminary Journal. He is a contributor to the Lectionary Commentary Series edited by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor and published by Westminster John Knox Press.
Hawkins has been married since 1975 to the Rev. Linda Wofford Hawkins, an Episcopal priest. They have two grown children and are happy travelers and avid gardeners. They cherish time at their Blue Ridge Mountain home in the western corner of South Carolina. Please welcome him warmly to St. Stephen’s.
A NOTE ABOUT THE VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
The Seminary believes that its primary allegiance is to Jesus Christ. Its first duty is to know him and to make him known. It seeks to form lives of strong faith and true piety, fashioned and enriched by personal communion with Christ and to enable men and women out of their own experience to proclaim him to others as Lord and Savior.
The Seminary, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is open to new truths discovered by reason and experience and is committed to respond eagerly and faithfully to the challenges of each succeeding age.
We are committed to the church as the body of which Christ is the head, which is composed of all baptized persons and in which the gospel is communicated through the word and sacraments, and through the common life including worship, study, and service.
We are committed to the church as the people of God offering up praise and thanksgiving to the Lord who gives us life, overcomes alienation, separation and death, and brings all things to the fulfillment of his purpose. In this family of God’s people we are called to live and serve together in fellowship of mind and heart, and in helpfulness and mutual esteem.
This Sunday's Tea Time is sponsored by Gail Clark and Pam Harrison.
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 email@example.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.
YOUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR...
Sam & Lisa Clowney
Miller Eason David & his parents Lindsay & Eason David
St. Stephen’s Lenten Lunch is April 9. The Lenten Lunch will follow the church service on that day. We need people to donate 70 sandwiches – That is about a loaf of bread, or 12 sandwiches each. We also need about nine dozen cookies – That is about a dozen or a full plate each. We will also need people to volunteer to serve the food, and men to help set up and take down the tables and chairs. We have served from 68 to 78 people in the past. If you are interested, please contact Irene Smith at (843) 813-7296 or Iris Carson at (843) 367-4396.
St. Stephen’s is offering a Lenten Adult Forum this year using the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' book Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgment. The book centers on the different accounts of Christ’s trial from the four Gospels. Williams explores the trial, conviction, and death of Christ and how those narratives impact our lives. The forum will be led by Deacon Capers Limehouse.
The book may be bought or ordered at your local bookstore or ordered through Amazon either in paperback or for Kindle. Some used paperbacks are listed on Amazon at less than a dollar. Participants are strongly encouraged to buy the book and to read it. There are thoughtful study questions at the end of each chapter.
The class will meet from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. in Stephen’s Hall on the Sundays of March 16, March 23, March 30, and April 6.
THE LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES OF THE CHURCHES OF ANSONBOROUGH
A Cooperative Lenten Ministry
All services begin at noon, and lunch will be served following each service.
THE REV. WILLIE JAMES HILL, JR.
TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
273 Meeting Street
MARCH 12 at noon
THE REV. LORENZO MOSES
ST. JOHANNES LUTHERAN CHURCH
48 Hasell Street
MARCH 19 at noon
THE REV. DAVID A. WILLIAMS
ST. JOHN’S REFORMED EPISCOPAL CHURCH
91 Anson Street
MARCH 26 at noon
THE REV. KAREN HAWKINS
CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
60 Wentworth Street
APRIL 2 at noon
THE REV. DANIEL FLESSAS
ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
67 Anson Street
APRIL 9 at noon
The Women's Bible Study class of St. Stephen's meets on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM and goes until 7:30 PM.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 971-7644.
The St. Stephen's Men's Group will provide dinner for the men at Star Gospel Mission on
Thursday, March 27 at 6:00 P.M.
For more information, please contact Father David Williams at (843) 722-0038 or email@example.com.
Sunday, May 4
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Sunday, June 22
James Island County Park - Stono Shelter
The Women of St. Stephen's got together on Tuesday, February 25 at Vicki Ravenel's home for our February Potluck Dinner. We were greeted as we climbed the front steps by pots of blooming daffodils, and they were just a hint of the warm welcome Vicki gave us inside! The group wasn't huge, but it was full of friendship, laughter, and as always, lots of delicious food! Thank you so much Vicki for a wonderful evening!
We won't be getting together in March in observance of Lent. Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Potluck which will be at Jana DiResta's home on April 22. 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!
Hostess: Jana DiResta
60 Society Street
Hostess: Nicole Watts
1020 Tyron Circle
Hostess: Bonnie Merkel
16 Pony Lane
AUGUST 12 - OPEN!
Hostess: Caroline Eddy
3121 Treadwell Street
Mt. Pleasant, 29466
Hostess: LaNelle Barber
1883 Bowen's Island Road
Hostess: Elizabeth Hills
3022 Scuba Drive
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 if you would like to host on August 12, please contact Susan Roehrich at (843) 819-0083.
SATURDAY @ SIX LAY PREACHER SCHEDULE
March 8 - Iris Carson
March 5 - Mary Lou Titus
March 22 - Erin Bailey
March 29 - Nicole Watts
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.
Thanks to a team of eager gardeners, and in spite of the rain, our church garden received its first phase of clean-up. The myrtles were pruned, fig vine tamed, and tea leaves along the front fence brought into submission. Well sort of!!! Thanks to Derek Eager, Ted Keller, Betsy Walker, Missy Hamilton, Craig Reinecker, Norm Thomason, Rolf Kolconay and Linda Williams.
If you'd like to help out the next time we gather, likely just before Easter, please contact Linda Williams at (301) 717-1714.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is hosting an educational conference, "Enthusiastically Episcopalian in South Carolina," that will feature as keynote speakers the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, and the President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church, The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. The conference, sponsored by the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, will be held on Saturday, May 3 at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.
"This will be a wonderful forum for all Episcopalians and other interested people in our diocese, in our state, and from elsewhere to come together to learn about the church's direction, to share their own experiences in faith, and to express their enthusiasm about the opportunities and challenges before us," noted The Right Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. He added: "The Presiding Bishop's presentation, 'Connecting to the Wider Church,' will provide an inspiring pathway for each of us to actively participate in God's work, while President Jennings' talk, 'Leadership in Challenging Times,' will address practical aspects of church leadership for both clergy and lay people within our diocese."
The one day conference on will begin with a Eucharist service with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori as celebrant followed by speakers and workshops. The full conference agenda, including related activities and registration information, will be announced in late January.
THANK YOU to the following parishioners for making 2014 Pledges:
David & Martie Adams
Dottie & Angela Adams
Joe & Nancy Bagnulo
Erin Baily & David Hoyle
Dr. & Mrs. J. Gilbert Baldwin, Jr.
Robert Ball & Betty Gore
Robert & LaNelle Barber
Robert E. L. Barker
Daniel Oliver Bowman & Robert John Sauers
Mary H. Burkett
Alice Cagnina & Carol Sherman
Barbara H. Carter
Mrs. Martha R. Carter
Harry Clark & Rhett Thurman
Rick & Jane Clary
Mr. & Mrs. Priestly C. Coker III
Anne Marie Doyon
Herbert L. Drayton III
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Duell
Linda & Nick Elksnin
Michael & Colleen Fenwrick
James & Esther Ferguson
Jane & Don Furtado
Monte P. Gaillard
Pat & Sam Gilner
Edward Guerard & Robin Halewood
Margaret L. Gumb
Eric & Jeremy Hadley
Melissa “Missy” Hamilton
Rev. William L. Hills, Jr. & Elizabeth S. Hills
Brian Hussain & Edie Blakeslee
Viola D. Jenkins
Michael & Bonnie Kapp
Caroline O. King
Linda Lear & John Nickum
Walter & Capers Limehouse
Angela & Ben Mack
Joan D. Marshall
Maxwell Reed Mowry
Ann & James Muir
Nancy Muller & Warren Mersereau
Mr. & Mrs. John Noble
Kathryn A. Norton
Joan C. Pittman
Wayne & Betsy Rackoff
Susan & Charles Ravenel
William & Vicki Ravenel
Mason & Nancy Rees
Martha H. Rhodes & Charley McLendon
Steve & Susan Roehrich
Pat & Bobby Rone
Dwight & Virginia Runge
Richard Ray Russell & Pauline T. Russell
Judith L. Sawyer
Kent C. Scott
Michael Shewan & Pat Patrick
Charles & Thelma Shine
Colette Simone & Ken Dilks
Jill N. Sinclair
Barbara H. Smith
Clyde H. Smith, Jr.
Greg & Lyn Smith
Georgette Y. Stewart
Ramsey Still & James Bouknight
Mr. & Mrs. Eric L. Straus
Kathleen "Tunky" Summerall
Col. & Mrs. Paul J. Sykes
Joe & Janie Sylvan
Bryan Thompson & Edward Bryan
Richard & MaryLou Thomson
Adrienne & Bryan Tiley
Mary Lou & Clif Titus
Don & Rose Tomlin
Jan Van Norte
Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Walker
Robin Elise & Cecilia Royall Jerdone Welch
Lee Werry & Dusty Parker
David & Linda Williams
Virgil H. Wilson
If you have not already done so, please do your best to make a Pledge this year. Your continued participation and commitment to this parish is much needed as we face the year ahead. If you have not (or perhaps never) made a Pledge, and would like to discuss it, contact Father Williams as soon as possible at (843) 722-0038.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Also, you may subscribe to the Episcopal Journal, which comes out monthly, at a yearly rate of $6.18 by contacting email@example.com.
ELLEN S. DOBBINS moved to Charleston from Georgetown, Washington, DC in June 2004 with her husband Dr. William O. Dobbins III. She was received into the Episcopal Church on July 28, 2013 at St. Stephen’s. Ellen received her B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in 1958. Her nursing career focused on hospice and pastoral care, and she subsequently received a Certificate in Pastoral Care from Georgetown University.
While living in DC, Ellen was an active member of the Clinical Bio-Ethics committee at Georgetown Medical Center while also serving as a patient advocate. In addition, Ellen was appointed by Georgetown University to be their liaison to the Georgetown community-at-large. She also served two terms on the Board of Directors of her Homeowners Association.
Ellen has become an active member at St. Stephen’s. Current church-related activities include being a member of the Flower Guild, assisting Parish Administrator Dave Hoey with the counting of Sunday collections, and being a regular participant in Foyer groups and the Women of St. Stephen’s Potluck Dinners.
Ellen’s most recent community services include volunteering as a Nurse for Crisis Ministries, Hospice of Charleston, and the American Red Cross. If appointed to the Vestry, Ellen will be committed to taking her responsibilities seriously and will work to advance the mission and ministry of St. Stephen’s in a professional and compassionate manner.
WILLIAM RAVENEL was born in Charleston, and his family moved to Myrtle Beach when he was nine. After high school he went to the College of Charleston for a B.S. degree in Marine Biology, and Florida State University for an M.S. degree in Oceanography. William spent 30 years in Greensboro, NC, as a defense contractor for AT&T and General Dynamics. In 1982 he married Blanche Hill, and they had a son, Aubrey, who is now 30, and a daughter, Emma, who is now 28. Blanche was killed in a car accident in 1997.
William retired in 2010 after a 30-year career with Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies and General Dynamics. The same week he retired, he reconnected with an old friend from high school, and a year later he and Vicki were married. Vicki has two sons, Blake, 30, and Brad, 27. Aubrey, Blake, and Brad are married, so between them, William and Vicki now have seven children, and they are eagerly awaiting grandchildren. William and Vicki moved to Charleston in March 2012, where they found and fell in love with St. Stephen’s.
William is a life-long Episcopalian, having been a member of St. Michael’s in Charleston, Trinity Episcopal in Myrtle Beach, and St. Andrew’s in Greensboro, NC, before coming to St. Stephen’s. Vicki and William are very happy to be here.
WENDY WHITE DUNIGAN and her family have lived in Charleston since the summer of 2011. They moved here from Charlotte, NC when her husband Jason decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a firefighter. They’ve attended St. Stephen’s since March 2012, when after much research, Wendy found that St. Stephen’s promised to be a welcoming, progressive, non-judgmental place to worship. She wanted her daughters Zoee and Kingston to have an introduction to Christian education through Sunday School that was similar to what she had growing up. Wendy’s family is from Jamaica, where she attended Anglican/Episcopal church services with her mother. The Dunigans have been pleased thus far and feel that St. Stephen’s can be a place to grow while they each continue on our spiritual journeys.
Wendy was born and reared in New York City, and has had many jobs: clerical assistant, production “go-fer,” set designer, film producer, proofreader, desktop publisher, teacher assistant, and party planner, to name a few. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from New York University, but always had an interest in music and television. She did film production freelance, then WNYC-TV, then remained in NY to work at Arista Records as a manager, then moved to Los Angeles to Virgin Records for a promotion to director of the visual marketing department. She produced/did marketing over a span of 12 years. She started her nursing career in an effort to more directly contribute to a larger community as well as slow down so that she could prioritize her growing family. She is a critical care/emergency RN, but primarily emergency at this time.
Wendy met her husband Jason of 12 years while in Los Angeles, and moved to Phoenix, where he lived, two years later. They then had Zoee, now age 11, their oldest daughter. When they moved to Charlotte, NC, where Wendy went back to school to become a Registered Nurse, just after graduation a few years later came Kingston, now age five.
Wendy has enjoyed St. Stephen’s primarily because she respects its stand to be an independently-minded Congregation. She knows first-hand that it’s hard to be the different one in the group. She feels that St. Stephen’s is the place to restart a connection to like-minded Christians – so much so, that her lovely daughters were baptized at St. Stephen’s in October 2012. Wendy has also placed flowers in memory of her mother for the last two years, which she plans to continue.
BETSY RACKOFF was born in Charleston, and lived in various cities up and down the East Coast due to her father’s naval career. After graduating from Old Dominion University in 1979, she moved back to Charleston and has been here since. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, she was a long-time member of Grace Episcopal Church.
Betsy has attended services at St. Stephen’s since 2009, and has been a Member since 2010. She is primarily an “8 o’clocker,” and has attended all three services throughout her membership. Her participation in St. Stephen’s parish life includes serving on the Flower Guild and Altar Guild, as well as other volunteer opportunities. Her husband, Wayne Rackoff, is a member of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. In addition to the gelato they make for special parish events, Betsy and Wayne have baked many things for the church, including cookies for the feast of St. Francis and communion bread. Together they have five grown children.
In her professional life, Betsy has been a Registered Nurse for 34 years. Most of her employment has been at the Medical University of South Carolina, in pediatric/neonatal nursing or clinical research. Her most recent position was as Manager of clinical trials for pediatric oncology; she was responsible for about 50 different research studies in which subjects were enrolled. Betsy “semi-retired” in November, and is now working on various projects in the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Betsy would consider it an honor to serve St. Stephen’s through participation on the Vestry.
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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.