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St. Giles Weekly Newsletter June 20, 2017
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 Up & Coming Events
  • Register your child today for VBS!
  • Today: Meck. Co. Public Hearing
  • June 25: Baptism Sunday
  • June 25: Percy & Sara Jo Burns 50th Party
  • June 26-30: Vacation Bible School
  • July 13: Men's Golf Event
  • July 15: New River Tubing Trip
Endorsing Islam?ramadam

Tonight (Tuesday) the Mecklenburg County Commissioners will be holding a public hearing regarding their recent proclamation officially recognizing the Islamic month of "Ramadan" here in Mecklenburg country. Quite naturally, given the recent terror attacks in London and Paris which were specifically carried out by Islamic terrorists as a "celebration" of Ramadan, many in our community are raising legitimate questions about this action of our county commission.  If this concerns you, or you want to learn more, you may want to attend tonight's county commission meeting. Here is a link for more information:

The Session Call to Sabbath During Augustsabbath
During the month of August the Session believes the Lord is leading St. Giles to a month of Sabbath.  Rest and sabbath are both a gift and command of God and we believe the Lord graciously is calling us to set aside the month of August to embrace the Sabbath principle as a church.  In light of this, during August we are radically minimizing events on the church calendar and formally are planning only our Sunday morning worship service.
Additionally,  for those Sundays during our church-wide Sabbath, we will be moving the morning worship service to 10 am.  Why the 10 am move?  We believe that with church ending at 11:30 am it will be easier for church friends and families to go lunch together after church.  The St. Giles Sabbath is being extended to Sunday evenings (no youth, no Sunday night prayer) and on Sunday mornings besides worship service we are planning only to have the adult class which meets in the Fellowship Hall.  Worship Connection also will not be meeting during August and we will all be together in the sanctuary.  The "sabbath" Sunday morning schedule will begin on Sunday August 6th and extend through Labor Day weekend and thus Sunday, September 3rd.
We believe that the Lord will use this month of Sabbath to refresh St. Giles spiritually and that we'll enter the fall ministry with renewed strength, joy, and fullness in the Holy Spirit.  We encourage you all to embrace the calling to Sabbath and review your personal commitments and schedules and, when and where possible, do less rather than more.  We are doing this as a church to model the prophetic message and gift of Sabbath to a world (and often a Church) which is far too busy and which measures it's value on how much it can produce.  We hope each of you will slow down, rejoice more, and rest in the rest which God gives.  We hope you will laugh more, drink in beauty more, and find yourself more aware of God's Presence as life is not quite as pushed.  And, we also hope, that friends at St. Giles will share this time together as you enjoy cook-outs, family play dates, and even playing golf with one another!  
Life is a gift, not a job.  We ultimately become still more productive for the Lord - and happier in the process - as we honor God's calling to Sabbath and rest in the gifts He surrounds us with.  Though the staff and elders will be joining in the call to Sabbath, we still will be available to minister to you and the church office will be open.  But, other than the Sunday morning service and the adult Sunday School class, we are not planning any formal ministry from August 1 through Labor Day weekend.  

August 1 - Sept. 3rd
* No children or youth Sunday School
* Adult Sunday School at 9am
* Worship Connection will not meet
* Worship Service 10 am - 11:30
* No evening children, youth or adult prayer meetings
"There remains, therefore, a Sabbath rest for the people of God."  (Hebrews 4:9)
The Session of St. Giles
Christian Sympathy

Beloved St. Giles member Anita Agnew went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening June 18, 2017. Please keep Doug and family in your prayers.

A memorial service for Anita will be held at St. Giles in early July. We will communicate the date and time to you when they are confirmed.

If you would like to bless Doug with a meal, please consider giving him a prepaid gift card for use at restaurants.
Worship Connection Update

Please note the changes in the Worship Connection schedule for June & July. As you can see - the group clusters have changed slightly:

June & July Schedule 

Week 1 (June 4): NO Worship Connection:  Everyone's in the sanctuary for Communion

Week 2 (June 11):  Tim Burns, Johnson & Farish Groups.  Pastoral Leader: Tim Carey

Week 3 (June 18): Burns/Houston, Atwood, Hudson/Boyd & Edwards Groups.  Pastoral Leader: Dan Cheevers

Week 4 (June 25): Bowden, Lee, Bynum & Vanderwalt Groups.  Pastoral Leader: Chad Sykes

Week 5: If a month has a 5th week, WC will not meet.

*repeat same schedule for July

A Special Invitation

The families of Percy and Sara Jo Burns invites you to a drop-in celebration celebrating Percy and Sara Jo Burns' 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, June 25, 2017, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Questions, email Deborah Pasko at 
Please, no gifts - Your presence will be a present to Percy & Sara Jo!
St. Giles Men's Retreat mensretreat

This year's men's retreat is going to be a big deal.  First of all,
Dr. Ken Boa is going to be our speaker and it's worth checking out his bio.  Hey, it's a gift from the Lord that we got a guy like Ken.  Wow!  The retreat is going to be held this year at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC. Hey, the mountains in early November is pretty cool.  
We're going to be focusing on meat and potatoes stuff like the Bible, discipleship, and mentoring.   That's where it's at for most of us men, right?  We're just figuring out how to live right, walk with God, and bring honor to Him.  Lyle Helmick who partnered with Nate for 12 years of ministry is going to be our worship leader.  Lyle is gifted, anointed, and a great guy.  You'll love him.  Finally, the cost is pretty cheap for what you get: $150.  So here's the lowdown:
Dates: November 10-12, 2017 
Location: Montreat Conference Center
Speaker: Dr. Ken Boa
Worship Leader: Lyle Helmick
Cost: $150 (includes meals and lodging)

Men's  Events

Men's Golfing Event
Men of St. Giles are invited to play a round of golf on Thursday, July 13th at Springfield Golf Club in Fort Mill, SC. Meet at 7:15 am. Cost is $36 / person. Questions? See Bruce Andrews.

Men's Softball 
The St. Giles Men's Softball team is underway!!!! The season runs June through mid-August.  Games are held in Southeast Charlotte on Monday and Friday evenings. Spectators are welcome!!! To view their schedule of games and locations, click here: SOFTBALL

Abraham and The Journey of Faith
Genesis Part 1
During the next two years - in three different sections - Nate will be preaching through the Book of Genesis.  The book of "Beginnings" (Genesis means "beginnings") is a story filled with foundational truth about God and life.  At the center of that story is Abraham, the man of faith.  It was over the decades that Abraham learned faith and increasingly leaned into God.  We are each on the same journey and faith is crucial for the Scriptures tell us that "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6) and that faith is at the very root of our salvation in Christ for "it is by grace you have been saved - through faith" (Ephesians 2:8).  

Throughout the summer months, Nate will begin the story of "Beginnings" as we begin our journey into Abraham and The Story of Faith.
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Great Job Opportunities for Veterans at Wells Fargo
St. Giles attender, Paul Reinboldt loves his job at Wells Fargo and is eager to help veterans get a great job. If you are interested call Paul # 804-543-9875 or email . This job is only for veterans.

Seminary student looking for affordable place to live in South Charlotte, Fort Mill, or somewhere close to Church. St. Giles member, Bryan McFarland ISO Small home for rent, apartment, basement, in law suite, etc, etc.... starting August 1st.

FREE Stuff
Contact info: or 704-877-8980
  • 2 four-drawer filing cabinets in great condition
  • large countertop microwave oven
Children children
Creation Kids (Infant - 5yrs)
King's Kids (K - 5th grade)

King's Kids Happenings:

4 years - current 5th
June 26-30
5:45 - 8:00 pm

Here's how you can be a part in this year's MegaSports Camp VBS: 

Donate - We would like to borrow any type of sports jerseys and memorabilia (especially needed are things from the Panthers, Hornets & Knights).  We also could use a cheerleading uniforms & pompoms. Please put your name on the things you want returned and place them in the gym the VBS boxes in the old King's Kids room this Sunday or bring to the church this week.

Volunteer - This is a great outreach with lots of opportunities to minister and serve the Lord.  Many hands (adults & youth) are needed to help with set up the week of June 19-22  & on Sunday, June 25.   We also need dedicated coaches, huddle coaches, snack servers, praise team leaders, Bible story & preschool leaders to lead during the week of VBS.  We have a place for everyone!  If you have questions or are interested in helping with VBS, please click the following link VBS VOLUNTEER or contact /704-553-1977.      vbs

Register & Invite - Spaces are filling up. If you have not registered your child, register today!  As usual, Friday night will be our Grand Finale with a cookout & water fun night for the entire family.  For the first time ever, MegaSports Camp VBS registration is now open online at  or click here: VBS REGISTRATION  !!! Register your kids there today and be sure to sign the Release Form (also online).
Saturday, July 15 ~ New River Tubing Trip
Everyone is invited to a fun day on the river!  Pack a picnic lunch and meet at 11:00 am at the Green Valley Park Picnic shelter in Boone, NC (right beside New River).  After lunch we  will walk down to the river to meet High Mountain Expeditions at 12:45 pm to take  a refreshing 2.5 hr. lazy river tube ride.  Cost is $15.00/adult or youth & $10.00/child rising 6 th  gr. & under.  Contact  to sign up by Sunday, July 2.  Check out and
Friday, July 28 - 31     Camp Blue Ridge
  Camp Blue Ridge, for rising 3rd - 6th grade King's Kids , will be held again this year at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain.   
Cost:  $100.00 for 1st child and $80.00 for each additional child in family. 
Deadline to register:  Sunday, July 9  ($50.00 deposit)  Balance due on Sunday, July 23
(While we are very welcoming to friends outside the church to other church related activities, due to liability issues, this camp is intended for kids who regularly attend St. Giles.).
Thank you to all those who helped make Miller's Garden a reality this past Saturday!  This garden is in memory of Bill & Erin Chalfant's baby boy, Miller, who went home to be with the Lord soon after his birth.  Miller's Garden will serve to help us remember him and other little ones in our church body whose short time here has made a significant impact on our church family and for eternity.  A special thank you to the King's Kids & families who worked together to make this garden such a special place.  


2017 Creation Kids Volunteer Schedule -
We still have a few open slots for the Creation Kids Schedule.  Please check it out and see if you are available to serve. Click Here : Volunteer Sign Up Genius 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lisa or call the church office (704-553-1977) to sign up.  

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Children's Ministry or to find out ways you can serve, contact Sharon Seward #704-553-1977 /

Encounter Youth youth
6th - 12th Grade

  • Encounter  is on summer break!



sundayschoolLearn & Grow

This is your go to spot for leadership meetings, bible studies, connection groups and 
adult Sunday School classes.

Weekly Sunday Events
Su nday morning adult Sunday School at 9:30 am:
  • "His Words/Commandments"
               Location: Fellowship Hall: Small Classroom
               Taught by: Bob Pearson
  • Discovery Class: June 11 - July 16
    • If you are interested in joining St. Giles or just want to learn more, please prayerfully consider attending this class.
    • Location: Loaves & Fishes Bldg
    • Taught by: Nate Atwood
Sunday evening at 5:30 pm:
  • Sunday Evening Worship and Intercession (Sanctuary) 
Elders, Deacons & Presbytery Meetings
  • Next Session Meeting: June 27
  • Next Deacons Meeting: July 11
  • Next S.G.E.N.C.O.S. Meeting: July 25 (St. Giles Elders Not Currently On Session)
What is SHAPE? SHAPE stands for Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience. Although there are many paths to discovering your best place of service, the online SHAPE assessment is one way to learn more about the role you can play in God's grand story. For more information, visit our website St. Giles' SHAPE. Stay tuned for the next Sunday morning SHAPE class.

SPARKS Young Adult Worship Nights: SPARKS meet EVERY THURSDAY from 7:30pm-9:30pm at 1515 S. Mint Street, Suite A, Charlotte NC 28203.  This change should be their final resting place for a while. :)  Our goal is to foster community and discipleship amongst young adults here in Charlotte , because when iron sharpens iron, it creates "sparks" that will ignite revival.  Sparks is open to all young adults (teens, 20's & 30's) in greater Charlotte, so feel free to forward this email and bring your friends. Questions? See Mary Johnson.

The following home group bible study groups are encouraged to attend Worship Connection at 10:30 am on "their" week in the Fellowship Hall:
June & July Schedule 
Week 1 (June 4): NO Worship Connection:  Everyone's in the sanctuary for Communion
Week 2 (June 11):  Tim Burns, Johnson & Farish Groups.  Pastoral Leader: Tim CareyWeek 3 (June 18):  Burns/Houston, Atwood, Hudson/Boyd & Edwards Groups.  Pastoral Leader: Dan Cheevers
Week 4 (June 25): Bowden, Lee, Bynum & Vanderwalt Groups.  Pastoral Leader: Chad Sykes
Week 5: If a month has a 5th Sunday, Worship Connection will not meet
*repeat same schedule for July

Connection Groups
Connection groups are groups that meet year round in home around the city. There is a large variety of groups that we trust you will find one just right for you. Click here to check out all the groups and their descriptions:  Connection Groups
The Prophetic Stream of St. Giles
Can you accurately recall those great words from the Lord that we hear spoken in church by members or on occasion visitors? Me neither. Well, now you can read them all on our very own St. Giles on-line book. The link to this book is found on the St Giles website homepage ( or click here:  The Prophetic Stream . It not only contains these words you've heard but much more. If you have a word, vision, dream, etc that you think is not just for you but the whole of St Giles then please let us know. Your Prophetic Stream Team: Emma Tregidga, Jennifer Houston, Gerry Edwards and Tim Burns. To submit a prophetic impression, email the team at



St. Giles will partner with Love Life Charlotte on these up and coming dates:
  • Sept. 16: Youth for Life Prayer Walk
  • St. Giles will adopt Week 34 on October 15-21


What is "The Session"?  You may be new to the church or just a little unsure as to who that vague, mysterious group really are.  No mystery!  The Session is the group of leaders who have final responsibility for the "oversight" of St. Giles. Composed of Nate, and the active "ruling elders", the Session meets twice a month to provide oversight, leadership, and prayer for the body.  And, as leaders in the church the Session members are both "servant leaders" and "shepherd leaders".  It's their calling to care for you, pray for you, and serve you. If you have needs, questions, or concerns each member of the Session is available to you and your family.  
Members of the St. Giles Session
Pastor and Teaching Elder Nate Atwood, Moderator (leader)
Elder Tim Carey, Clerk of Session (administrative organizer)
Elder Daniel Burns
Elder Larry Gregory
Elder Chris Houston
Elder Chris Boyd
Elder Bob Pearson
In addition to the elders listed above, St. Giles is rich in extended leadership. We have 26 other elders who have served on the Session in the past and who remain as elders in the body. Click here for a list of these elders: ELDERS.  While not officially charged with "oversight" of the church which the Session has, our many elders are active in the life of the church as shepherd and servant leaders. They continue to be available to both you and the church to encourage, guide, serve, comfort, and pray for.  
The bottom line is that we are all surrounded by shepherds who are "keeping watch" over the flock.

  Let God write through you...

We are looking for devotional writers, so if something percolates in you from the sermon series, or you have something edifying from the LORD to share, we'd like to hear from you!

Writer's Workshop Update
June 12, 2017
Dearest St Giles,
                What words can I use to express my love for you, my Church Family? Because I cannot find those words to express my gratitude for your welcome, admiration for your love for one another, and wonder at how Christ is embodied in the whole of you, I believe I am "filled with [that] inexpressible and glorious joy" that comes when we actually touch God in a place.
When I visit St. Giles, my soul is fulfilled by your worship, your seasoned wisdom, and your wide-open joy. St. Giles Church is where I come to be whole again. Thank you, Church family, Bride of Christ, Home of Holy Altars, for embracing me, an outsider, with your healing love.
I wonder if you know that in your midst is the Glory of God? "All mine are Yours and Yours are mine, and I am glorified in them." (John 17:10) Yes, the Glory of God is within your walls!
                May God's Presence continue to be with each of you and may He pour over you His grace, peace, provision, and His inexpressible and glorious joy!
                Until I visit again - God Bless St. Giles and thank you for your Holy Hospitality - Meredith Bunting

Meredith lives in Virginia Beach and spoke at our recent Writers' Workshop, leaving us much to ponder regarding God's glory. She is a part of our devotional team, encouraging others to speak / write a word in season to someone who may be weary. A few of us are considering forming a Spiritual Writers' Group and getting together once every few months (perhaps for breakfast on a Saturday), to encourage one another to share what God may want to give through us. Anyone interested could email


Do you have travel plans this Sunday, a sick child, or do you know someone who can't make it to our church but would be blessed by our Sunday worship service? 
St. Giles has a NEW and IMPROVED live stream!  If you find yourself unable to attend on a Sunday, we feel confident you will feel blessed and connected by attending virtually.  Just visit the St. Giles website and click on "Live" - you won't be disappointed!  AND, if you see Mitch Barbato walking around campus, be sure to let him know how much you love the new technology!
St. Giles Staff

We are here to serve you! To help you -  here is a brief description of the staff:
Rev. Nate Atwood: Pastor,
Pat Andrews: Receptionist, Prayer requests,
Meg Bowden: Nate's assistant, facilities management, newsletter, bulletin,
Chris Boyd: Director of Technical Services,
Dan & Lesley Cheevers: Youth Directors,,
Gerry Edwards: Interim Executive Administrator, organizational and ministry oversight, and building and grounds management,
Ron Hartman: Custodian,
Bob Lee: Financial Assistant,
Charlotte Myers: Database & Volunteer,
Stephen Plumb: Accountant,
Sharon Seward: Children's ministry,