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STEWARDSHIP


  Stewardship packets have been mailed.  You are welcome to put your Pledge cards in the offering plate or mail them to the Parish Office.  If you are in need of a Stewardship packet or Pledge card, please email the Parish Office at 67anson@bellsouth.net.
 
If you have any questions about your quarterly statement or about Stewardship, please contact our new Parish Administrator Amanda Rucker at (843) 723-8818 or 67anson@bellsouth.net.




TEA TIME


There will be no tea time this Sunday, November 23.

If you would like to host a Tea Time or if you have questions, please contact Michael Fenwrick at mcfenrk@gmail.com.




THANKSGIVING SERVICE


Please join us at St. Stephen’s on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 at 10:00 A.M. for our Thanksgiving service. 




2015 FOYER GROUP SIGN UPS


Foyer Groups bring together those members of the parish who may or may not know each other. These groups allow individuals in our congregation to become better acquainted. This is 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 new friends.
 
The 2015 Foyer Group committee, consisting of Joe and Janie Sylvan, Colette Simone, Kenneth Dilks, and Ellen Dobbins, are offering opportunities to sign up for the new year. In addition to the sign ups scheduled at the Foyer Group Finale, sign ups are scheduled immediately after the Sunday 11:00 service on the following dates:

  • November 23

In addition, those who wish to sign up via e-mail may send the following information to j_sylvan@msn.com:

  • Name(s) (including significant other)

  • Telephone Number(s) (both home and mobile)

  • E-mail address(es)

For more information on Foyer Groups, please contact Joe Sylvan at (843) 425-6024 or j_sylvan@msn.com




WOMEN OF ST. STEPHEN'S POTLUCK DINNERS


Thanks so much to Elizabeth Hills for a wonderful Women’s Potluck Dinner on Tuesday evening!  It was a fun gathering with great food and drink and wonderful fellowship to warm a very cold night.  Elizabeth is a gracious hostess and always makes everyone feel so comfortable in her lovely home.

This was our final Women’s Potluck Dinner of the year.  We will begin our New Year of Potluck Dinners on January 27 and the schedule for 2015 will be published in the December Deacon.  We have signed up hostesses for every month; however, we are still looking for two co-hostesses to volunteer for February and September.  The co-hostess will help the hostess with set up and assist with cleanup.  This is a great way to get involved, team up, and get to know each other.
 
In speaking with “regulars” at the Potluck Dinners, they will often tell you that these events were how they first got to know people at St. Stephen’s and a large reason why they continued to come back to our beautiful church to worship.  There’s nothing quite like ending the day with a room full of wonderful women, great food and drink, and spirited conversation! If you have not attended a Women’s Potluck Dinner in the past, please plan to be a part of our fellowship in 2015.  And if you are one of the “regulars,” thanks for all you do to make this such a successful ministry at St. Stephen’s. 
 
 
If you have questions, please contact Vicki Ravenel at (678) 612-5519 or vicki@ravenel.us




SATURDAY @ SIX SERVICE


SATURDAY @ SIX  LAY PREACHER SCHEDULE

November 22: Ginny Arthur
November 29: Nicole Watts
December 6: Robin Bugbee
December 13: Bryan Thompson
December 27: Nicole Watts
January 3: Robin Bugbee
January 10: Erin Bailey
January 17: Bryan Thompson
January 24: Ginny Arthur
January 31: Iris Carson
 
* If you are interested in being a Lay Preacher, please contact Kathryn Norton at NortonK@cofc.edu.




WEDNESDAY NOON BIBLE STUDY


On November 12, 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 14 & 15 before coming.

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




PRAYERS ARE NEEDED!


YOUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR...

Matthew Reddick
Patricia Boss
Kif’le Amera Harrison
The Family of Michael and Kristian Ebert
Nancy Stedman
Christina Sellars
“J”

Clif Titus
Erin Bailey
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. 




LECTURE SERIES AT ST. STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH


CONFERENCE TO BE HELD MARCH 21, 2015
ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
67 ANSON STREET, CHARLESTON, SC

 DALE B. MARTIN SPECIALIZES IN NEW TESTAMENT AND CHRISTIAN ORIGINS, including attention to social and cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1999, he taught at Rhodes College and Duke University. His books include: Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity; The Corinthian Body; Inventing Superstition: from the Hippocratics to the Christians; Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation; Pedagogy of the Bible: an Analysis and Proposal; and New Testament History and Literature. He has edited several books, including (with Patricia Cox Miller), The Cultural Turn in Late Ancient Studies: Gender, Asceticism, and Historiography. He was an associate editor for the revision and expansion of the Encyclopedia of Religion, published in 2005. He has published several articles on topics related to the ancient family, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, and ideology of modern biblical scholarship, including titles such as: "Contradictions of Masculinity: Ascetic Inseminators and Menstruating Men in Greco-Roman Culture." He currently is working on issues in biblical interpretation, social history and religion in the Greco-Roman world, and sexual ethics. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the Lilly Foundation, the Fulbright Commission (USA-Denmark), and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2009).




PARISH DIRECTORY


The updated Parish Directory is now available! If you would like a PDF of it e-mailed to you, please send your request to our new Parish Administrator Amanda Rucker at 67anson@bellsouth.net.  You may also pick one up during Parish Office hours.  The Parish Office is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-4pm each week.




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.




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.




A LETTER FROM THE MISSION COMMITTEE


We are happy to announce that our first Mission/Giving Weekend was a success! The Hollings Cancer Center/Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic and Charleston Area Senior Citizens were thrilled to receive the food donations we gathered in October. Thank you all for your generosity.
 
This weekend was our second Mission/Giving Weekend! Giving Weekends occur on the second weekend of each month, and give an opportunity for donating during all of our worship services.  We are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items such as individually packaged gelatin cups, snack size puddings, snack bags, and crackers. A basket will be in the rear of the church where you may place your items. A friendly reminder - please place items in the basket only, not in the pews or in Stephen’s Hall. We wouldn’t want anything to be left out when donations are prepared to be dropped off at our partner locations.
 
Also, thanks to all of the continuing volunteers for The Association for the Blind’s Refocus Program
 and those who have lent a helping hand to 180 Place. Your participation is so greatly appreciated! You’ve been an enormous help to both organizations.  Coming up: Our efforts for the Christmas Season... Angel Tree, and socks for 180 Place to name a few!

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'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