HERITAGE BARBECUE and FUNDRAISER
IN HONOR OF EMMA WATSON AND ALL
WHO HAVE SERVED THE CHILDREN OF ST. STEPHEN’S
SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 -- AFTER CHURCH
at 12:30 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
67 Anson Street
Proceeds from the Heritage Barbeque and Fundraiser benefit the children of
St. Stephen’s by providing tutoring scholarships and other needs.
PULLED-PORK BARBECUE BY STICKY FINGERS
HOMEMADE BY MEMBERS OF ST. STEPHEN’S:
BAKED BEANS, MAC ‘N CHEESE, COLESLAW, FRUIT SALAD, BROWNIES,
HOT DOGS and VEGAN OPTIONS
Barbara Carter will take special orders for cakes and cookies for the BBQ during the entire month of May! Please contact her at (843) 763-7842 or email@example.com. All proceeds will go toward the Mission fund!
SPECIAL SILENT AUCTION
LIVE MUSIC BY GARAGE CUBAN BAND
TICKETS: $25 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, Free for children 5 and under
Tickets will be sold before and after church services, except on Easter Sunday. You may also make your reservations at any time by sending a check or money order to the Parish Office or, when attending St. Stephen's, by putting same in the collection basket.
Checks should be made out to St. Stephen’s with a notation that they are for Barbecue Tickets.
Tickets may also be purchased via PayPal by going to St. Stephen’s website (www.ststephenscharleston.org), and clicking on Communications / Special Events / HERITAGE BARBECUE & FUNDRAISER / Web Store.
Or click on this link to buy tickets: http://ststephenscharleston.org/web-store
Your tickets will be ready for you at the gate.
TICKETS SHOULD BE PURCHASED, IF POSSIBLE, BY SUNDAY, APRIL 27
ANOTHER WAY TO HELP: If you can’t make the Barbecue or if you would like to help underwrite costs
in addition to buying tickets, send/deliver your donation as specified above noting it is a Barbecue Donation.
INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
The Sixth Annual Heritage Barbeque and Fundraiser is coming up on May 4! This is a wonderful and fun event and an important fundraiser for our parish. Together with ticket sales, the Silent Auction provides a large percentage of funds raised for children's needs at St. Stephen's.
Our goal is to make this the most successful Silent Auction yet, and the Congregation's help is needed! First of all, please buy tickets to the BBQ and bring family and friends. Second, PLEASE consider donating something to the Silent Auction! Popular auction items in the past have included stays at a vacation home, restaurant gift certificates, paintings and pottery, antiques, gift baskets, golf outings, and salon and spa certificates.
Don't be discouraged if you don't own a vacation home or a salon! You can fund an outing, donate a gift basket, contribute gift cards or gift certificates -- and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Consider hosting a party or a picnic or perhaps creating a certificate for some delivered home-cooked meals. If you can sew, play the piano, or sing, you might donate several hours of your time for a few lessons. Maybe you are a teacher and can offer some tutoring sessions. And there is always a need for reliable babysitters! Your donation does not have to be expensive - just get creative and please participate!
For questions and donation information, please contact Vicki Ravenel at (678) 612-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Patty Dauer at (806) 674-1233 or email@example.com.
We need your contributions, your talents, time, and treasures!
During the past five years we've discovered we have a creative Congregation! If you knit, crochet, make jewelry, paint, or take photographs, please consider making a contribution. In the past we have received pottery, and some loving and well-done plant arrangements. We are also accepting old jewelry.
Thank you for considering to help with our fundraiser in this way.
The drop-off date for delivery of Arts and Crafts is
Friday May 2
10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.
Saturday May 3
10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
in St. Stephen's Hall
For more information, please contact Iris Carson at (843) 795-2819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that there will be no Tea Time on Easter Day!
The April 27 Tea Time is being hosted by Amy Limehouse Eager and Derek Eager in celebration of their daughter Brooking's birthday!
Please join us in Stephen’s Hall after the 11:00 service!
If you are interested in hosting a Tea Time, please contact Michael Fenwrick at email@example.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.
YOUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR...
Brooking Limehouse Eager
The Reverend Alan B. Houghton
Ann Epting (sister of Carol Budds)
Sam & Lisa Clowney
Please note that the Parish Administrator is on vacation the week after Easter. If you need assistance, you may contact the Rector at (843) 722-0038. In an emergency, you may contact the Rector on his cell phone: (843) 810-4150.
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, or you would like to host the June Potluck please contact Susan Roehrich at (843) 819-0083.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Potluck which will be at Bonnie Merkel's home on April 22. Please note that this is a change in location! Don't forget to reach out to some of the new members at St. Stephen's with a personal invitation to come along with you!
Hostess: Bonnie Merkel
16 Pony Lane
Hostess: Nicole Watts
1020 Tyron Circle
Hostess: Caroline King
35 Gibbes Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Hostess: Caroline Eddy
3121 Treadwell Street
Mt. Pleasant, 29466
Hostess: LaNelle Barber
1883 Bowen's Island Road
Hostess: Elizabeth Hills
3022 Scuba Drive
The Wednesday Study Group is discussing Harold Bloom's The American Religion.
On April 23, the group will discuss chapter 14. On April 30, the group will discuss chapter 15.
Please join the group at noon on Wednesdays in Stephen's Hall.
If you have any questions, please contact Alan Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 971-7644.
Beginning Sunday, May 4 at 10:00 A.M. in Stephen’s Hall, Father Williams will begin a five week study group discussing the book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Father Richard Rohr. It’s a fairly short read and can easily be purchased on-line at www.amazon.com. Prices run from $7.42 used, to $11.27 brand new. The Kindle version is $10.71. Purchasing the book is ever so useful since, even after we have discussed it, there is much wisdom here to be discovered for all us adults who, like it or not, are in the second half of our lives. The dates are the following Sundays: May 4, 11, 18, and 25, and June 1.
For more information on Father Rohr, visit https://cac.org/richard-rohr/.
“ENTHUSIASTICALLY EPISCOPALIAN IN SOUTH CAROLINA”
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is hosting an educational conference, “Enthusiastically Episcopalian in South Carolina,” sponsored by the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, on Saturday, May 3, at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Pawleys Island. There will be a 9:00 A.M. Eucharist, and the conference is from 10:15 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.
For more information, visit The Episcopal Church in South Carolina at www.episcopalchurchsc.org.
Registration Deadline: April 15
(Registration is full for the reception on Friday, May 2)
Featured speakers and topics include the following:
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori: “Connecting to the Wider Church”
President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings: “Leadership in Challenging Times”
The Right Reverend Kenneth Price Jr: “The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh – Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared”
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg: “The Episcopal Church in South Carolina – State of the Diocese”
Final session: “Bringing It On Home: Enthusiastically Episcopalian in South Carolina”
with The Reverend Wil Keith, Rector of Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church,
and speakers representing The Episcopal Church in South Carolina
Sunday, June 22
James Island County Park - Stono Shelter
SATURDAY @ SIX LAY PREACHER SCHEDULE
April 26 - Angela Adams
May 3 - Ginny Arthur
May 10 - Ty Leslie
May 17 - Mary Lou Titus
May 24 - Nicole Watts
May 31 - Angela Adams
To sign up for refreshments, go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0F49AAAC28A57-saturday/7322495.
* If you are interested in being a Lay Preacher, please contact Kathryn Norton at NortonK@cofc.edu.
We need you! The Sunday School is in need of teachers!
Teaching is simple! Please arrive by 10:45.
Please sign up for a date by clicking on this link:
Summary: St. Stephen’s Vestry Retreat
March 29, 2014
The Vestry met for a full day of devotion, prayer, and leadership planning for St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 29th. Parish Member Missie McClain graciously opened her Wadmalaw home for our use and comfort. Rev. Fred Baldwin adeptly facilitated the gathering and discussion. Junior Warden Jan Van Norte was largely responsible for organizing and orchestrating all logistics of the meeting. Facilitator Baldwin introduced the agenda for the day and handouts aimed at stimulating thought and guiding discussion.
All 12 Vestry members but two, due to scheduling conflicts, were in attendance. The day was positive and uplifting, as well as one of consensus on all fronts. At the outset, each of us verbalized our personal goals for the day. The group experienced a morning and midday devotional and discussion of relevant Scripture.
Junior Warden Van Norte assembled a written document for sharing, "Highlights of the Past Ten Years at St. Stephen's" largely drawn from her review of Vestry and Annual Meeting minutes over the years.
Facilitator Baldwin gave an Overview of Church Size Theory as St. Stephen's own transition was examined with input from each Vestry Member. Church size and its implication for leadership, priorities, and unity were discussed in the context of passing from largely one-to-one relationship experiences on a more informal scale to more formal administrative and ultimately structural leadership as parish size increases.
Individual Vestry goals were then openly discussed in the context of functional roles for the parish as a whole, and a slight reorganization of the Vestry committee structure was agreed upon. Significant were 1) the consolidation of parish functions under a single helm, "Parish Life," 2) the creation of a new "Lay Pastoral Committee" separate but in supplement to Pastoral Care, and 3) the broader definition of Christian education for adults and children under the helm of "Christian Formation" to include Confirmation classes for young teens and adults. In the restructuring, Vestry members volunteered for, for most, single committee responsibilities for greater focus. The Senior and Junior Wardens were purposely not assigned to any single committees but given overarching, oversight responsibilities.
The Vestry is energized by the Retreat and eager to advance the enthusiasm of worshipping in the Episcopalian faith and living life as such - for parish members and visitors of all ages - in communion and fellowship in a variety of ways and pathways to accommodate a diverse and growing group at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church!
The Women's Bible Study class of St. Stephen's meets on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM and goes until 7:30 PM.
The Women's Bible Study will not meet on April 17 or April 24.
We have a prayer time, followed by a discussion of the lessons that will be read the following Sunday, and then a discussion of the topic chosen by the class. The group is studying the Book of Philippians, using a study guide by N. T. Wright, which will lead us to get the most out of the Book of Philippians. Please join us for an evening of study, prayer and sharing. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Mary Lou Titus at (843) 737-2693.
Would you like to be a Volunteer Usher at St. Stephen’s? There are five Usher Teams, and the schedule rotates so that each team ushers every five weeks (see below). Each Team has a Team Leader (in CAPS, below), who contacts you to remind you the week before the Sunday that the Team is scheduled to usher. We’d like to have six people on each team.
If you are interested in joining one of the five teams, please contact the Parish Administrator, at email@example.com or (843) 723-8818.
4/20/14 - TEAM 1
4/27/14 - TEAM 2
5/04/14 - TEAM 3
5/11/14 - TEAM 4
5/18/14 - TEAM 5
5/25/14 - TEAM 1
TEAM 1: WILLIAM RAVENEL, Vicki Ravenel, Pat Rone, and LaShawn Watson
TEAM 2: CLIFF TITUS and Ted Keller
TEAM 3: MIKE SHEWAN, Pat Patrick, Alan Arthur, Ginny Arthur, Janie Sylvan, and Joe Sylvan
TEAM 4: BRYAN THOMPSON, Pauline Russell, Edward Bryan, and Kent Scott
TEAM 5: IRENE SMITH, Bobby Shealy, Rolf Kolconay, Norm Thomason, and Catherine LaFond
March 1st was a very significant date for Linda and me when we found ourselves realizing that it had been ten years since we arrived at St. Stephen’s on a cold, wet, blustery day. The Rectory had not yet been completed so all our worldly possessions were piled into what is now Stephen’s Hall.
So for five weeks we lived out on Wild Dunes at the Isle of Palms in the home lent to us by Don and Rose Tomlin while I commuted to the office. With our two dogs, Chelsea and Abby, as well as our cat Corky, we lived there until it was time to move in. It was a cozy start, thanks to the Tomlins.
Since then our time here as incredibly flown by, and so many changes have taken place here I now can hardly recall what they are as, at this very moment outside my new location in the new Parish Office, I can see a new handicap ramp being built on the north side of the church. We have grown, and along with that growth there have been many distinct and lovely moments in which we’ve seen new people coming into our parish, fresh ideas, vibrant leadership within our Vestry, retired bank loans, new staff support, and a decidedly “experimental” attitude among us as we stretch and grow.
At the same time there have been sad moments when parishioners and clergy have passed into Eternal Life. For a Rector there is nothing more emotionally disconcerting than the loss of friends. Others have left us for other reasons, and for that we are always regretful but also prayerful in hopes that they will find the kind of parish family for which they are suited.
On Sunday, March 30 at our Coffee Hour I was surprised by a cake and a lovely gift of an antique inscribed salver to commemorate our ten years here. It was totally unexpected, and you all know how much I need to be able to anticipate everything!
So thank you! Linda and I have been very fortunate to have served St. Stephen’s during these past 10 years and look forward to the future of this parish family with a great deal of enthusiasm. Due to all of you, it has been a gratifying decade.
5. Music is of God, and making music is a way to serve God. It is a privilege and a joy!
4. It’s good for your health! Studies have shown that Choir can improve your health! It’s fantastic brain food. Why not start keeping your mind healthy by making music?
3. Singing is a great way to relax.
2. You are guaranteed a seat on Christmas Eve and Easter.
1. It’s a great way to make friends. The St. Stephen’s Choir is one of the most active and cohesive groups in our parish.
Come join us on Wednesdays at 6:15 P.M. in the choir loft.
For more information about St. Stephen’s Choir, please contact Wayne Helmly at (843) 819-5576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Also, you may subscribe to the Episcopal Journal, which comes out monthly, at a yearly rate of $6.18 by contacting email@example.com.
The deadline for submitting announcements for The Deacon is noon each Wednesday.
Announcements are subject to editing. All announcements must be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements submitted after the deadline will be considered the following week.
If you would like a PDF of The Deacon e-mailed to you, please let us know by contacting the Parish Office at (843) 723-8818 or email@example.com. PDF (Protected Document Format) may be downloaded for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
The Deacon is also available as a PDF on our website: www.ststephenscharleston.org – Click on “Communications” and then “Newsletters.”
Announcements may also be found on our website’s Announcements page (under Communications). The Deacon is also sent as an “e-blast” on Thursdays, and it is periodically available as part of the Sunday Order of Service.