the E-Spire Newsletter
February 19, 2017  ~  Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
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Mission Minute--Hartsocks in Haiti
by Charlotte Hartsock

South Carolina Orthopedic Association’s foundation supports three orthopedic residencies by sending a team every other month to Hospital Lumière in Bonne Fin, Haiti. MUSC goes twice a year. My husband Langdon had gone there in 2010 after the earthquake, so I was excited to be able to go back with him for a week this past January.

Besides Langdon and myself, there were 7 other members of our missionary team: Dr. Robert Belding and his wife Ann of Columbia (she is a junior at Wofford doing her interim project); Seth Bowman, a chief orthopedic resident at MUSC; Michael Smanz, an OR nurse; and Dr. Destiny and Francois, two Haitian residents.

Click HERE to read the full article.
Continue Praying for Martha

Please keep Martha Vetter in your prayers while she is in Rwanda, continuing her mission work to the victims of genocide and AIDS. She will return to Charleston on Wednesday, March 1.

Visit our website to read updates and see photos of her current trip.

If you would like to send Martha notes of encouragement while she is away, please do so by emailing her.
Children's Church is Moving!
This Sunday, Feb 19, 10:30 a.m.

Attention all parents of children ages 4 through 3rd gradebeginning this Sunday, February 19, Children's Church will permanently move to the Children's Ministry area located on the ground floor of the Parish House to allow more room for activity-based lessons.

If your child attends Sunday School, a volunteer will pick them up in their classroom and bring them to the K-1st Grade Classroom. If they have not attended Sunday School that morning, please check them in at the Welcome Desk on the ground floor and a volunteer will take them to Children's Church. 

As usual, the children will be escorted to the church at the time of announcements. If you are unsure whether your child knows where you are sitting, please meet us in the Narthex. 

Questions? Contact Amy Watson Smith

Christian Men's Conference
"Reclaiming Biblical Manhood"

When?        February 24-26, 2017

Where?      Camp St. Christopher

Speaker?   The Rt. Rev. Thad Barnum

Cost?         $125 (commuter rate)

More Info   Click here

Register     (404) 693-7930



Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Feb 28, 5-7 pm, Parish Hall

Join us for  food, fellowship, and fun as  we enjoy a pancake supper  with all the trimmings.  Bring family and friends to  celebrate before we begin the  penitential season of Lent.

Would you like to help with the supper?
Email Gene Lesesne

Lenten Bible Study

Begins Thursday, March 2, 9:30 a.m., Ministries Hall Parlor

Martha Vetter will be leading a four to five week Bible study during Lent, beginning Thursday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Each week, we will examine different biblical symbols from the Holy Week narrative. These include the alabaster vase that was broken, the broken bread and poured out wine, the veil that was rent, the seed that was buried, and the stone that was rolled away.

Join us to discover deepened truths from these Lenten treasures.

Questions? Email Martha Vetter

Annual Parish Meeting
March 5, 12 p.m., Parish Hall

NOTE: On Sunday, March 5, we will have only ONE service—at 10:30 a.m. 

All members are encouraged to attend our Annual Parish Meeting which will be held immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Lunch will be served, followed by the annual report presentation and elections of the new Vestry class and Diocesan Convention delegates. Childcare will be available. 

Vestry Nominees

Jimmy Bailey

Reid Davis

Harry Gregorie

Langdon Hartsock

Dorothy Lancaster

Clarke Wallace

More information about each nominee will be available on our website, by email blast, and in handouts that will be in the church narthex. 

Questions? Email Jim Stelling

Centering Prayer Workshop

Chapel of the Good Shepherd, St. Philip’s Church

Thursday, March 9, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The goal of communication is not communication; it is communion. In our world of laptops, smart phones, and readers, we find ourselves communicating more and more, yet the bonding and communion with God, ourselves, our family, and others has not kept pace with technology. We find ourselves even less understood, cared for, or nurtured by God and one another. 

All are invited to this Centering Prayer Workshop where you may acquire the tools needed to dispose yourself to God’s presence, a presence that can ground, unite, and transform the choices of your day. 

There will be specific practices taught, skills learned, and lively interaction among participants. The morning will be spent learning a method for contemplative prayer and the afternoon will cover turning contemplative prayer into contemplative action.

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will be led by Father Nicholas Amato, an associate priest at Mepkin Abbey, and author of the book Living In God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action. Father Nicholas has personally practiced contemplative (centering) prayer for 45 years and has led numerous retreats and parish missions with this focus. All are welcome. Come join us!

To Register: Email Pringle Franklin

Registration Fee: $20, includes a light lunch

St. Philip's Tea Room

April 3 - 7, 2017
11:30 a.m - 2 p.m. daily

We are accepting donations for items to sell in the Tea Room gift shop. Items people have donated in the past include homemade jellies or breads, needlework, cookbooks, artwork, jewelry, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the church office.

We also need Okra Soup! We are receiving frozen soup now until opening day. There are disposable containers available for your convenience in the church office if you would like to use them. Making soup is a great way to help if you are unavailable the week of the Tea Room. Frozen soup can be dropped off with Ben Singleton, (843) 475-9765, in the Parish Hall.

Volunteer forms went out in the mail last week, or you may also volunteer online. Please sign up to help out!

For more information about the Tea Room

Volunteer to help out using SignUp Genius


We pray for the Sick: Debbie Anderson, Brian and Jenney, Sally Fine, Mary Forbes, Tracy Graudin, Bee Hamrick, Joe Livesay, Preston Oliver, Betty Owens, Frank Rogers, Benjamin Schools, Jerry Sifford, Sherri Vallario, and Lindsay Wing. 

We pray for our Expectant Parents: Louisa and Joe Villeneuve, Katie and Daniel Freer, Sam and Carrie Little.

We pray for our home missions: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lowcountry Pregnancy Center, Eagle Harbor. 

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 the Baptist, our sister church, and the schools in Haiti.

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Collect for the Day: O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Psalm 119:33-40
  • Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10-11
  • 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48
It's a girl!

Congratulations to Mary and Glynn Guerry on the birth of their daughter, Frances McIver Guerry, on Feb 8.

Serving in Worship this Sunday, February 19
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion ~ Church
Preacher         The Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller
Lector              Randell Stoney
Chalice            Randell Stoney, Honoré LeClercq
Usher               Richard Hutson
Altar Guild       Barbara Bremer, Claudia Phillipps
Flower Guild   Bee Hamrick, Anne Crawford, Mary Anne Hanckel, Marsee Lee, Kim Meyer, Pat Wardlaw

9:15 a.m.         NO NURSERY, SUNDAY SCHOOL, OR ADULT FORUMS                                                                        
                         Schools on Winter Break, President's Day observed

10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Society of the Cincinnati) ~ Church
Preacher            The Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller
Lectors               Francis Grimball, Charles Stephens, Edward Gibson
Ushers               Jay Davis, Dan Bradley, Donnie Buhrmaster, Paul Cathcart
Greeters             Georgia Bell and Ann H. Harrington
Acolyte Mentor  Brendan O’Shea
Acolytes             Frances O’Shea, Janie O’Shea, Rhett Andrews, Lucy Manuel, Cliffie Manuel
                            Betsy Bailey
Flower Guild   Bee Hamrick, Anne Crawford, Mary Anne Hanckel, Marsee Lee, Kim Meyer, Pat Wardlaw

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.

Lay server schedules are sent out quarterly, one month prior to the start of each quarter.
CLICK HERE to view the current Winter schedule.
St. Philip's Regular Weekly Worship Services
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*)
8:00 a.m.   – Morning Prayer, 1928 Prayer Book, in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. – Healing & Holy Communion Rite II, in the Church

*Upcoming exceptions to our regular Sunday schedule:
Feb 19, 10:30 a.m. service is Morning Prayer (Society of the Cincinnati service)
March 5, we will have only ONE service, 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion (Annual Meeting following)
Apr 9, 10:30 a.m. service will be Holy Communion (Palm Sunday)
Apr 16, 6:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services will be Holy Communion (Easter Sunday)
Apr 23, 10:30 a.m. service will be Holy Communion (+Lawrence visitation, Confirmation Sunday)
Apr 30, 10:30 a.m. service will be Morning Prayer (the Children's choirs are singing)

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