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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].


PRAYERS ARE NEEDED!


YOUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR...

The Family of Ruth White, whose brother Charles Lilienthal entered Resurrection Life

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. 


SILENT AUCTION DINNER


At the spring silent auction, Colleen Fenwrick offered a Lowcountry Boil dinner complete with appetizer and dessert for eight very lucky people... and David Williams won the bid.  Colleen (and her assistant Michael) prepared the meal.  This is a story of generosity and culinary talent merging.  Colleen loves to cook and saw an opportunity.  Shoppers at the event realized what fun it would be to gather for a "boil."  Our Pastoral Care program received financial assistance for their work.  And everyone had a wonderful meal!

Next time Colleen offers something, prepare for a bidding war!


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.


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

Revelation 11:17
LORD GOD ALMIGHTY - He-Is-and-He-Was

Lord God Almighty: What a fearsome title! It encompasses all nobility, divinity, power. The LORD is also described as a Warrior, Shield, Rock, Judge, King. Hebrew Scripture addresses the LORD as El Shaddai: Mighty One; Adonai: Sovereign Master; Elohim: Creator, Strong, Divine. However, one can also see Lord God Almighty as an indulgent Parent.

The LORD had placed Adam and Eve in Eden: a garden that was fragrant with flowers, resonant of trilling birds, filled with fruit-laden trees. Genesis relates that the LORD walked in the garden "in the cool of the day." The LORD enjoyed sharing an evening walk with Adam and Eve. And even after excluding them from Eden, the LORD made clothing for them from skins.

Through Isaiah, the LORD speaks, "Even when you turn gray I will carry you" and "I will lead the blind, I guide them." Again, Isaiah describes the LORD: God will feed His flock like a shepherd; will gather the lambs in His arms, and carry them in His bosom, leading the ewes with care. For LORD so loved us that Jesus was sent to save us.


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.


ST. STEPHEN'S: SHOWING OUR CHARLESTON PRIDE


A big thank you to all of those in the St. Stephen’s family who participated in the Charleston Gay Pride Rally on Saturday, August 9. You were an answer to the prayers of this committee and many others. There were 50+  St. Stephen’s participants in the parade, all spiffed up in our St. Stephen’s t-shirts and rainbow accessories. After the parade, many sweltered in the hot sun (or nearly got blown away in the near-tornado) at the Pride Festival in Brittlebank Park. You demonstrated to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters a sense of love and compassion that they don’t always receive from the other parts of the Christian community. Many people came by the booth or stopped us on the street just to express their gratitude for our presence. The "House of Prayer for ALL People” lived up to its name. Well done!

Sincerely, 

The St. Stephen’s Pride Committee:

Diane Aghapour, Betsy Walker, Missy Hamilton, Dusty Parker, Lee Werry, Susan Roehrich, Craig Reinecker, Norm Thomason, Michael Brown, Mike Shewan, Pat Patrick, Lucas McFalls, Linda Williams,  Joey Froneberger, and Wayne Helmly

 


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 this past Tuesday evening at Caroline King's for our July Potluck Dinner!  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!

Next month 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


TEA TIME


The Tea Time on Sunday, August 24 will be hosted by Rose Tomlin & Caroline Eddy!

If you are interested in hosting a Tea Time, please contact Michael Fenwrick at mcfenrk@gmail.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.


FLOWER GUILD


Flowers in church have a way of setting the stage for quiet reflection and help us mentally prepare for a service.  The view out the apse window is enhanced by the lovely floral arrangements placed on the sill and we are given a way to glorify God and remember a loved one who has passed on or to give thanks for abundant life.  Flowers and music are necessary supporting cast for those who lead us in worship.

Our Flower Guild is a small but mighty group of trained professionals who arrange the flowers each weekend.  We work with the donors to select the appropriate flowers within a personal budget, and assist the donor in removing them from the church to enjoy the following week at home.

In the upcoming months we have the following openings where no one has signed up to donate flowers: 

September 14
and
November 2. 

Please add your name to the flower chart in the Stephen's Hall kitchen if you would like to donate flowers.  The arranger for that date will call you to discuss your flowers when the date is near.

If you are unable to get in to sign up, please call Linda Williams at (843) 973-3030 for assistance.


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.


EXCITING MUSICAL OPPORTUNITY AWAITS YOU!


Come sing with 
St. Stephen's Summer Family Choir

No weekly rehearsals
No vestments
No age limits  

Arrive on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and get ready to sing.

The Summer Family Choir is informal and fun-for-all. Adults and children alike are welcome. Children under 10 must come with an adult. Older children and youth may join with or without an adult. (Adults do not have to be accompanied by a child, as long as the adults are reasonably well behaved.)

No experience or ability to read music necessary!

Come and try us out for Fun, Learning and Worship!

For more information about St. Stephen's Choir, please contact Wayne Helmly at (843) 819-5576 or whelmly@bellsouth.net.


SATURDAY @ SIX SERVICE


SATURDAY @ SIX  LAY PREACHER SCHEDULE

August 23: Ginny Arthur
August 30: Nicole Watts

September 6:  Robin Bugbee
September 13: Ty Leslie
September 20: David Hoyle
September 27: Angela Adams
 
* If you are interested in being a Lay Preacher, please contact Kathryn Norton at NortonK@cofc.edu.