~ the e-SPIRE Newsletter ~
December 10, 2017: The Second Sunday of Advent
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ECW Functions Bring Women Together in
Faith, Health, and Fellowship
by Catherine Wallace, ECW President
We have been blessed with two wonderful ECW programs recently in the beautifully decorated Parish Hall. The purpose of these events is to join together in fellowship and to strengthen and explore our faith in God. We also celebrated our speakers by making contributions in their honor to LAMB, One80 Place and Water Mission.

This past week at the Advent Lunch, Dr. Ann Kulze and Father Nicholas Amato presented on the importance of wellness and contemplative prayer. Connie Stahl prepared a very healthy lunch full of colorful fresh vegetables and fruit to support our nutrition and health. We splurged on dark chocolate which Dr. Ann kindly brought to us, instructing us on its beneficial antioxidants for heart health. Dr. Ann gave us suggestions for how to live a stress-free, joyful and healthy life, and how contemplative prayer can be incorporated into day-to-day life.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Christmas Flower Fund as a memorial or in thanksgiving for a loved one, please click the link below and submit your information by Friday, Dec. 15. You may pay online through the My St. Philip's portal of our website, stphilipschurchsc.org, or you may drop off a check payable to St. Philip's Church at the church office or mail it to:

St. Philip's Church
Attn: Juli Garland
142 Church St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Advent Devotional Recommendations
In the Collect for the First Week of Advent, we pray that God would “... give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light.” Preparing ourselves through Scripture and prayer and contemplation using an Advent devotional guide helps us to do just that.

This year, the St. Philip’s clergy recommendations for Advent devotionals are Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (edited by Nancy Guthrie) and Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton . Both books are available on Amazon (click the titles or images above), on Christianbook.com , or for a suggested donation of $10 each in the church office (while supplies last).
Please Pardon our Error!

Last week, an inactive link was placed at the bottom of Ann Hunley Harrington's story, "Blessings." Her story, along with an active "Continue Reading" link, is below.
Blessings
by Ann Hunley Harrington
Everyday miracles can happen if we look around and stay attentive. And if we open our hearts to the love of Jesus Christ, then we can and should be amazed by Him and His love for us.

My St. Philip’s is a beloved place of worship, fellowship, and friendship, but above all, we encourage each other in our faith and we grow in our walk with our Savior Jesus Christ each and every day. But when I first arrived at St Philip’s, I was a broken person.
Family Advent Resources
Amy Watson Smith, Director of Ministry to Children and Families, has selected resource materials for families to use throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas. These free resources include a children’s Advent calendar, an Advent wreath table tent, an Advent devotional for children, and a pop-up window calendar for the 12 Days of Christmas. Located on the ground floor of the Parish House, supplies are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those families who want to delve deeper into the season of Advent, Amy has selected a gospel-centered, four-week family devotional, Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus by Marty Machowski, available from New Growth Press and Amazon .
The Altar Guild Needs YOU!
The Altar Guild is looking for enthusiastic new members to help with altar preparations for all services of Holy Communion. Whether you attend the 8:15 or 10:30 services, the Altar Guild can use your help! This dedicated group of volunteers is scheduled in rotation, and the more members it has, the less often each person is needed to serve.
If you'd like to sign up or if you have any questions, please call Betsy Harvey at 843-762-5030.
Tonight's Supper: Baked Creamed Chicken Over Rice
12/13 Supper: Chicken Tacos
Membership Directory

Are you looking for a fellow parishioner's contact information? Our directory is online! Click the "My St. Philip's" button on our homepage, stphilipschurchsc.org , to log in or sign up. And for easy access on your phone, download the Church Life app!
Do you have a loved one you would like added to our prayer list?
Please provide his or her name by calling the church office, 843-722-7734 .

 We pray for the sick:  Debbie Anderson, Sara Edwards, Sally Fine, Tracy Graudin, Ben Hagood, Bee Hamrick, Joe Livesay, Jacqui Luce, Felicia Morrison, Betty Owens, Ben Peters, Alfred Pinckney, Kathy Ravenel, Susan Renberg, Franklin Robson, Frank Rogers, Benjamin Schools, Elizabeth Williams, and Lindsay Wing.

We grieve with and pray for: Wendy Gibson and family on the death of her mother, Ann Kaminski, on December 1.

We pray for our expectant parents:  Zack and Larsen Spinelli, Ryan and Anna Streett.

We pray for protection for:   Becca, Janie, and Wills Baird, Graham Blunt, Colby Broadwater IV, Ellis Domenech, George Hoefer, Edward Pritchard, and Stephen Wathen, serving in our Armed Forces.

We pray for our home missions: Open Door Committee and One80 Place.

We pray for our world missions:  For Suzy  McCall and LAMB, for the medical missions to Honduras, for Martha Vetter's mission to victims of genocide and AIDS in Rwanda, for Water Mission, and for St. Jean Baptiste, our sister church, and the schools in Haiti.
St. Philip's Regular Weekly Worship Services
The Second Sunday of Advent
Collect for the Day (12/10): 
Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen . 

Lectionary Readings:
  • Isaiah 40:1-11
  • Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
  • 2 Peter: 3:8-15a
  • Mark 1:1-8
Sundays
8:15 a.m. – Holy Communion Rite I, in the Church
10:30 a.m. – Holy Communion Rite I, in the Church (on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays)           
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer Rite I, in the Church (on the 2nd and 4th Sundays)

Wednesdays
8:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer, 1928 Prayer Book, in the Chapel
5:30 p.m. Wednesdays Alive! Holy Communion Rite II, in the Church

Lay server schedules are sent out quarterly, one month prior to the start of each quarter.
Click HERE to view the current winter schedule.

If you are unable to serve, please make an effort to find a substitute, and let  Felicia Lescow  in the church office know who will be substituting for you.
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as it appears in the printed version of the inSPIRE.
S T. P HILIP'S C HURCH
142 Church Street | Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-7734 | www.stphilipschurchsc.org
Church Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday | 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday
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