We are updating the Parish Directory next week! Please e-mail any updates or changes to your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on Wednesday, November 5.
THIS SUNDAY, November 2 at 4:00 P.M.
Foyer Group Finale Potluck Social will be held this Sunday, November 2, 2014, 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).
All Foyer Groups are invited, as well as anyone considering joining a Foyer Group for next year. There are no specific food assignments; just bring your favorite. Pray for good weather, as we hope to be outdoors enjoying the camaraderie and the view.
For more information, please contact Robert Ball at email@example.com.
YOUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR...
Kif’le Amera Harrison
The Family of Michael and Kristian Ebert
Jennifer and Liam Jonathan Eaddy
The Reverend Alan B. Houghton
Danny, the canine companion animal of Herbert Drayton, Jr.
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:
In addition, those who wish to sign up via e-mail may send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Name(s) (including significant other)
Telephone Number(s) (both home and mobile)
For more information on Foyer Groups, please contact Joe Sylvan at (843) 425-6024 or email@example.com.
We all enjoyed a wonderful time at the home of LaNelle Barber on October 21. The weather was perfect for socializing on the Barbers’ beautiful back porch overlooking the water. We had over 20 ladies attend and the food was plentiful, the fellowship warm, and the hospitality amazing. Thank you, LaNelle, for once again opening your lovely home to all of us. We have one remaining Potluck supper of the year on Tuesday, November 18 at the home of Elizabeth Hills (3022 Scuba Drive, Charleston, 29414). All St. Stephen’s ladies please mark your calendars to attend! You may contact Elizabeth at (843) 437-7910.
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. The 2015 dates for Potluck Dinners have all been taken for hosting, but anyone who is interested in co-hosting or being a “backup” in the event that someone has to cancel should inform Vicki Ravenel. Co-hosts may help prepare, cleanup, etc. in the actual hostess’ home, so it’s also a great way to be involved and help out the hostess.
If you have questions, please contact Vicki Ravenel at (678) 612-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that there will be no Tea Time on Sunday.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to all of the people who contributed time, effort, advice, encouragement, and refreshments. The reception for the Bishop was a success and I could not have done it with you. Know that you are loved and you mean so much to me and Colleen. If you would like to host a Tea Time or if you have questions, please contact Michael Fenwrick at email@example.com.
- Michael A. Fenwrick
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Betsy Rackoff (email@example.com), Jan Van Norte (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Wendy Dunigan (email@example.com).
On November 5, 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 9:32 - 12:05 before coming.
For questions or further information, please contact Alan Arthur at (843) 971-7644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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:
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 LAY PREACHER SCHEDULE
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.
Crisis Ministries is now One80 Place, one of our Mission Partners. The mission of One80 Place is to provide food, shelter, and hope to end homelessness and hunger one person at a time, one family at a time. Along with the new name, they are finishing construction of a new homeless support center at 573 Meeting Street, with 110 beds, including 40 beds dedicated for veterans.
One80 is in need of new WHITE twin sheet sets- including the fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillow cases. Please bring twin sheet sets to the Parish Office before or after our weekend services, or during Parish Office hours (9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Tuesdays through Thursdays).
Thank you for supporting One80 Place!
For more information, please contact Iris Carson at (843) 795-2819 or email@example.com.
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