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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE NEEDED FOR THE WATSON FAMILY!


LaShawn Watson and her family have lost everything in a house fireTheir immediate need is cash. 

You may click on this link to make a monetary donation: http://www.gofundme.com/dv4178 

They will have other needs, such as clothing and food.  

We will send another e-blast when we have more information about what else is needed.

Thank you for helping this wonderful family!


ST. STEPHEN'S MINISTRY FAIR


Sunday, September 21 after the 11:00 service
 
Whether you are new to St. Stephen’s, wondering what opportunities are available to become involved in the life of the parish, or a long-time member who has always thought about joining the usher team or altar guild, plan to attend the Ministry Fair.  Representatives from each group will be in the church yard to answer your questions, share their enthusiasm, and encourage your participation.  Group Leaders are asked to contact Nancy Muller or Joe Sylvan about having a table at the Ministry Fair! 
 
For more information, please contact Nancy Muller at (843) 768-8640, (843) 367-3400, or nancymuller10@gmail.com, or Joe Sylvan at (843) 425-6024 or joe@thesylvangallery.com.


PRAYERS ARE NEEDED!


YOUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR...

The Family of Dwight Runge, who entered Resurrection Life
Andrew William Hoyle (son of Erin Bailey and David Hoyle)
Jennifer and Liam Jonathan Eaddy
Eugene Platt
Christina Mercer
Dwight Runge
Colin Watts

Sophie Malaviya
Donna Runey
Linda Lear
Linda Ketner
Nellie Russell
Sally Moran
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. 


BIKES & BACKPACKS BLESSING


Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 A.M.

Hampton Park, City of Charleston

Invited: All children pre-K through 5th grade, plus parents and friends

What: A blessing by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of tools for learning and transport, including a PARADE OF BIKE

Cost: Free, but each mobile child must bring a school backpack and either a bike, tricycle, or scooter - or other device for mobility if disabled

On-site organizers:Wendy and Jason Dunigan 

Volunteers needed for
1) decorations for bikes,
2) promotion and publicity, and
3) onsite refreshments

Further details to follow soon........

If you are interested and curious, please contact Nancy Muller at (843) 768-8640 [home] or (843) 367-3400 [cell].


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.


ADULT INQUIRER'S SESSIONS BEGIN . . .


SEPTEMBER 14TH IN STEPHEN'S HALL
9:45 TO 10:30 AM
(Bring your own refreshments)

Last week it struck me once again that religion matters in these parts. The Post and Courier (July 8th and 9th ) ran two editions with news of the permission granted to all clergy in the Episcopal Church in South Carolina to perform same-sex blessings (as well as reports on the court issues). The Episcopal Church is a modern marvel as it continues to lead the way for religious denominations in the 21st century.

Knowing more about our Episcopal traditions is what Inquirer's Sessions are all about. Either as an adult or an adolescent, we all need to know where we have come from and where we might be going in the future as a denomination. Inquirer's Sessions are not just about Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church. They are geared toward helping "old-timers" and "newcomers" to understand where we as a church position ourselves on a variety of topics.

Over the years I've been asked questions that have intrigued me and caused me to re-think my own positions. For example this question:

"When I take Communion, am I really to believe that I am consuming the Body and Blood of Jesus, or is this mostly a symbolic act?"

Another question with real importance:

"We all stand to affirm our faith according to the Nicene Creed almost all the time. Is that the only statement of faith in the Episcopal Church and, while I'm saying it, do I actually have to believe what I'm saying?"

Are we a church of "seekers" or basically expect that everyone be a "believer?" Do we check our intellect at the door, or are we allowed to think both broadly and deeply?"

And finally, "what is the Anglican Communion, really . . . and how do we relate to it from where we worship?"

Truth is that the Episcopal Church and its ethos is something that takes a lifetime to absorb. Its history, liturgy, theology and overall "feel" takes time to sink in, but it has to start somewhere. Inquirer's Sessions are the beginning whether you have been around the Episcopal Church for years or are just getting started.

To get all of us started, I'm going to be offering a series of Saturday Sunday Morning 45 minute sessions in Stephen's Hall beginning on the following Sundays:

September 14

September 21

October 5

October 12

ALL SESSIONS - 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM

(Note that I'll be away on September 28th)

During these four sessions all are invited to bring your own coffee and if needed, something to nibble on. You won't be expected to read a book since I will try to get information to you as the sessions proceed. Attendance will not be taken; you can come as you wish. Of course, if you are interested in Confirmation or Reception it would be helpful if you could attend all five sessions. To get started, just email me at David9612@aol.com.

IN ANY CASE, I'LL BE WAITING FOR YOU SEPTEMBER 14TH. IN STEPHEN'S HALL, (LOWER LEVEL) NEAR 54 SOCIETY STREET GATE ENTRANCE.
 

Father Williams


BISHOP VISITATION


THE RIGHT REVEREND CHARLES G. VONROSENBERG

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT 11:00 A.M.

At this Service the Bishop will Preach, Confirm, and Celebrate, and by "Confirming," he will bring into full membership in the Episcopal Church those who have been preparing for that moment. A reception will follow.


WEDNESDAY NOON BIBLE STUDY


Dr. Michael Kogan has completed his series on the prophets and is returning to New Jersey.  On September 3, the Wednesday study group will not meet.  It will resume in Stephen's Hall on September 10 at noon and will begin a discussion of The Acts of the Apostles. 

All are invited to attend; please read Luke, chapter 24, and Acts, chapters 1 & 2, before coming.

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


A SHORT HISTORY OF ST. STEPHEN'S


These booklets will be available at the September 16 Ministry Fair for a donation of $3.00 to the Mission fund.


ALTAR FRONTAL


THE TIME HAS COME FOR ST. STEPHEN'S TO HAVE AN ALTAR FRONTAL that would be used on festive (and not so festive) occasions.

For many years we have had a design but it had no one who would be able to provide the expense of having it completed.

Altar Frontals are simply a large piece of brocade silk with a color appropriate for its use (such as the one we are thinking of which would be white) that covers the Altar in the front and on each side. Sometimes the frontal will actually encompass the whole Altar on all four sides.

On a regular Sunday-to-Sunday basis the frontal is not used since its color determines when it would be used.

For example, the front we have in mind would be white and would be used for the following occasions:

  • CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY PLUS THE TWO WEEKENDS FOLLOWING, ENDING WITH THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

  • EASTER DAY AND THE FOLLOWING SUNDAYS, ENDING AT THE DAY OF PENTECOST

  • ALL FUNERALS (Where a Holy Communion is celebrated)

  • ALL BAPTISMS (Where a Holy Communion is celebrated)

  • ALL WEDDINGS (Where a Holy Communion is celebrated)

The front of the Frontal would be appliqued with appropriate liturgical design.

The approximate cost of such a Frontal is in the vicinity of $5,500. It could become a gift of one person or family as a memorial, or a group of persons (indeed, the entire congregation) could finance this project. Please also note that the Frontal would only be used on the occasions mentioned above. The rest of the church year the Altar would be left in its lovely simplicity just as it is.

Anyone interested in this project should contact the Rector by email at David9612@aol.com or call him directly at (843) 722-0038.


SHEET DRIVE FOR ONE80 PLACE


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 irisleecarson@gmail.com.


MUSINGS


Dear Parishioners,

Among us we have many talented people who offer generously their time and talent to the life of this parish. One in particular is a writer and has offered to write occasionally for us on an anonymous basis. She has been a published author before, but now wants to share her "musings" as the church year progresses.

So we will call these additions to our on-line Deacon articles . . . "Musings"

Father David

John 4:26  "I Am He"

Around mid-day, Jesus, tired, hungry and thirsty sat beside Jacob's Well (Bir Ya'cob) in Sychar, a town in Samaria, awaiting the disciples' return from food shopping.  This event echoes the stories of Rebekah, Rachel and Zipporah, each of whom had been encountered beside a well. 

A  Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well.  Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." She replied, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask me, a woman of Samaria for a drink?"  Her question is threefold:

You a Jew... Jews did not associate with Samaritans.
Me a woman... It was unlawful to speak to a woman who was not of one's own tribe.
Of Samaria... Samaritans were considered heretics.Jesus' answer indicates that He can give Living Water. 

So this un-named woman converses with Jesus, and introduces the subject ofthe Messiah.  Jesus, for the first recorded time, identifies Himself as the Messiah.

Jesus selects a woman of questionable history, from an alien tribe, to reveal His Messiah-hood.  Jesus shared His mission with her
when He said, "Go, call... and come here."   To this day, He shares His mission with each of us, no matter our "tribe" or our "social status."

He says, " Come, I Am He."


WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY


The Thursday evening Bible Class meets at 6:00 P.M. in Stephen's Hall.  Please note that the group will not meet during August. 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!


Children may be dropped off at 10:30.  Sunday School begins at 11:00.

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


WOMEN OF ST. STEPHEN'S POTLUCK DINNERS


The women of St. Stephen's got together on August 12 at Caroline King's.  We had a really nice turnout,  despite the threat of impending storms, floods, and general sogginess that we've been experiencing in Charleston over the past few weeks!  Thankfully, all that held off until later in the evening, and those of you who were not there, missed  a real treat!  

Caroline did a wonderful and creative thing and ordered pizzas for our main course, and it was such fun!  Of course, we had so many other wonderful additions to the meal brought by everyone.  We also had two cakes to celebrate Caroline's and Nicole Watt's birthdays which are this week!  Caroline, thank you so much for having us! It was a lovely evening!

We'll be going to Caroline Eddy's house in Mt. Pleasant on September 23, so mark your calendars NOW and plan to come!  Hope to see you all then!

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, please contact Susan Roehrich at (843) 819-0083.

SEPTEMBER 23
Hostess: Caroline Eddy
3121 Treadwell Street
Mt. Pleasant, 29466
(843) 475-2426 

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