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A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

Please join us THIS SUNDAY at 11am for:

A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

Featuring:
The St. Stephen's Choir
Special Guests: Margaret Kelly Cook, soprano           
Kimberly King, flutE
   

Lessons and Carols began as a Christmas Eve experience for the community of King's College, Cambridge, England, in the final year of the First World War. Its instant popularity signaled widespread thirst for deeper, closer engagement with the message of the Savior's birth.

Adopted after World War II by various Episcopal churches in the United States, Lessons and Carols has been performed at St. Stephen's for the last five years as part of the season of Advent, during which we prepare and ourselves spiritually for the joyous coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Well-known representatives of our parish and community read from the Bible the story of humanity's redemption through the birth of Jesus Christ. Nine lessons are read, alternating with classic choral and congregational music for Christmas.


CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Please join us at St. Stephens to celebrate the Christmas holiday.  The schedule is as follows:
 

  • Wednesday, December 24th – 4:00pm - Children’s Service

                                                                 7:00pm - Festival Eucharist of Christmas Eve
 

  • Thursday, December 25th – 11:00am - Christmas Day Service of Holy Communion


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.


CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & GREENS

If you would like to give flowers and/or greens for our Christmas service, please fill out a "Christmas Flowers & Greens" envelope, insert your cash or check, and place the envelope in an Offering Basket no later than THIS Sunday, December 21. Envelopes will be available in the Narthex. The suggested donation is $20.00 for each name. Names will be listed in the Christmas Day Order of Service. Please make checks payable to "St. Stephen's Episcopal Church," and write "Christmas Flowers" in the memo section.

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


A LETTER FROM THE MISSION COMMITTEE

The Angel Tree & Socks for ONE80 Place

Thank you so much for your donations!  If you have not been able to drop off your gift, or you are still interested in donating a gift, please contact Iris Carson at (843) 795-2819.
 
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).

 


TEA TIME

There will be no tea time this Sunday.

2015 Tea Time has been reconstructed for wider involvement of members!  Each and every group in PARISH LIFE and WORSHIP sectors of St. Stephen's is asked to sign up for a month to be responsible for TEA TIME immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service.  Please contact Amanda Rucker in the Church Office to sign up for a selected month.  Groups who do not sign up before January 10 will be assigned a month in 2015. 

If you would you have questions, please contact Michael Fenwrick at mcfenrk@gmail.com or Nancy Muller at nancymuller10@gmail.com.


ADVENT WREATH

Thank you to Judith Platt and Irene Smith for creating our Advent Wreath.  It is a beautiful mixture of local greens and a little pop of color from local berries.  Come closer one day and check it out.  This wreath will remain in place during the season of Advent, watered each week and fresh greens added where needed.


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.

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 to all who have graciously agreed be hostesses and co-hostesses for next year’s Women’s Potluck dinners!  The 2015 schedule is below:
 

January 27
Hostess:   Bonnie Merkel
Co-Hostess:  Jill Sinclair
843.259.9875
bonniesbeetle@gmail.com
 
February 24
Hostess:  Stephanie Richter
Co-Hostess:  TBD
423.314.6078
richteej@yahoo.com
 
March
BREAK FOR LENT
 
April 28
Hostess:  Diane Aghapour
Co-Hostess:  Linda Williams
843.425.0324
daghapour@hotmail.com
 
May 26
Hostess:  Nicole Watts
Co-Hostess:  Elizabeth Hills
843.766.0160
wattswat@gmail.com
 
June 23
Hostess:  Jana DiResta
Co-Hostess:  Peg Gumb
843.722.1050
follyjana@yahoo.com
 
July
SUMMER BREAK
 
August 25
Hostess:  Lynn Chiappone
Co-Hostess:  Iris Carson
843.225.3555
lynncc@wowway.net

September 22
Hostess:  Caroline Eddy
Co-Hostess:  TBD
843.475.2426
caroeddy@aol.com
 
October 21
Hostess:  Patty Dauer
Co-Hostess:  Vicki Ravenel
806.674.1233
pdauer1@gmail.com
 
November 18
Hostess:  Betty Gore
Co-Hostess:  Judith Platt
843.766.0317
judithgordonplatt@gmail.com

 
If you are interested in serving as a co-hostess in February or December, or interested in being a substitute for any hostess who might have to cancel, please contact Vicki Ravenel.  
 
Thanks to all for making this ministry at St. Stephen’s so meaningful and enjoyable.  Let’s all commit to attending the Women’s Potluck events in 2015 and introducing more women to this monthly fellowship.

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


HOLIDAY PARISH OFFICE HOURS

The Parish Office will be closed from December 22 - January 2 for the holidays.  Regular office hours will resume on January 5, 2015.


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

December 20: Angela Adams
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

The group will not meet on December 24 and December 31 due to the holidays.

They will resume on January 7 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 18-19 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...

Ann Epting
The family of Rita Willard
Jack Moritz
Richard Swain
The family of Mike Apperson
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. 


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.