the E-Spire Newsletter
March 19, 2017  ~  the Third Sunday in Lent
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 Diocese of South Carolina Votes to Affiliate with the ACNA 

- article from the March 11 Diocese of South Carolina press release - 

 At its 226th Annual Convention, the Diocese of South Carolina voted unanimously to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

 “I cast my vote to affiliate with the ACNA with eager and expectant faith,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of South Carolina, in his address to the convention. “I believe God has called us to this and I believe we will find a deeper richness in our vocation, fuller fellowship in the Spirit, a more zealous thrust in mission. But most of all, I believe a door will be opened, the fresh winds of the Spirit will blow, and a caged eagle will soar.” 

Read the full article HERE.

 Special Lenten Adult Forum Series "The Trial and Crucifixion of the Messiah" 

Begins this Sunday, March 19                                 9:30 am, Parish Hall 

  On a spring day in AD 33, Jesus of Nazareth was brought to trial before two criminal justice systems, Hebrew and Roman, and then crucified. From a legal perspective, these trials raise the issue of how could two judicial systems, robust in their day, convict Jesus? From God's perspective, the human "justice" meted out that day produced the very pinnacle of God's acts on earth for through the Messiah’s death the fabric of eternity was forever changed. 

Alan Runyan will be speaking on these issues during the Rector’s Forum beginning on March 19 and concluding on Palm Sunday, April 9. 

  Youth Invited to Join Children's Ministry Team

Apply Today!

We are looking to add Youth volunteers to our wonderful infant and toddler Nursery staff!

We are currently seeking teens (8th grade and above) who are patient, kind, dedicated, and responsible to volunteer as childcare workers on Sunday mornings. 

Responsibilities include interacting with children (birth through age 3) through play, games, songs and stories. 

Youth will be allowed to volunteer no more than two Sundays per month so that they may attend worship services. Youth must attend all required training sessions and will always serve with a trained adult nursery worker. 

Please click here to complete the application. 

For questions contact Amy Watson Smith, Director of Ministry to Children and Families, at 843-722-7734 ext. 271 or by email.

Please forward this information to any St. Philip's youth who may be interested!

St. Philip's Tea Room

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

Sign up to help out after church this Sunday, March 19! Rebecca Martin will be outside after church with volunteer forms and okra soup containers. 

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.

Please send in your volunteer forms, or you may also volunteer online. Please sign up to help out!

For more info about the Tea Room

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Resources for Drawing Closer to God during Lent

It's not too late to choose a resource to help you focus on drawing closer to God during this season of Lent. We recommend the following devotionals and pray that they will be a blessing to you and your family during this season of penitence.



  • Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A by N.T. Wright
    This year, the clergy have recommended this inspirational guide through the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter. Wright's Lenten devotional will help you make Matthew's Gospel your own, thoughtfully and prayerfully, and your journey through Lent a period of rich discovery and growth. The book is available from and other popular online bookstores.

Lenten Bible Study

Thursdays, 9:00 a.m., Ministries Hall Parlor (note, time change)

Martha Vetter is leading a Bible study during Lent on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Each week, different biblical symbols from the Holy Week narrative will be examined. 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

New Bible Study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians 

Begins March 29, 1:00 p.m., Ministries Hall Parlor

All ladies are invited to join a powerful study by gifted author Beth Moore and walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. During this nine week video series study, you'll learn how to let go of past mistakes and discover your circumstances are not coincidental-God's timing is impeccable! Whether you're facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, you'll come away encouraged that even though it may not feel that way, you are exactly where Christ wants you to be! 

This study will meet on Wednesdays in the Parlor from 1:00-2:30 pm. The video will be shown for the first hour, followed by approximately 30 minutes of discussion. The workbook cost is $16; make check payable to St. Philip's Church. 

To Register: Email Jane McGreevy, or call the church office, (843) 722-7734, to reserve a workbook.

Easter Flower Memorials

 If you would like to make a contribution to the Easter flower fund as a memorial or in thanksgiving for a loved one, please submit your information by Friday, April 7. 

Click HERE to print a paper form that you can fill out and mail to the church office along with your contribution.

Or, you may click HERE to make your contribution online. Choose the "Easter Flowers" option from the fund drop-down menu. If making your contribution online, please also send an email to Juli Garland with the names of those you want included in the bulletin.

Questions? Email Juli Garland, or call the church office, (843) 722-7734.

Haiti Annual Feast Day Trip 

June 21 - 26, 2017

We will again journey to be with our sister church-St. Jean Baptist-for their annual feast day celebration of St. Jean Baptist, which will mark our 23rd year of ministry partnership. It's a blessing to be with our Haitian brothers and sisters for this joyous occasion, offering them encouragement through our mission of presence. 

For trip information and details please call or email Gerry or Suzanne McCord. 

Gerry McCord, (843) 224-1342        Suzanne McCord, (843) 224-1630

Do you have a family member or loved one that is currently deployed in the armed forces? We would like to include them on our weekly prayer list, so please send their names by calling the church office, (843) 722-7734.

We pray for the sick: Debbie Anderson, Sally Fine, Tracy Graudin, Bee Hamrick, Jane Jilich, Joe Livesay, Fritz Lloyd, Shantelle McMullen, Brian and Jenney O'Callaghan, Preston Oliver, Louise O'Neal, Betty Owens, Benjamin Schools, Jerry Sifford, and Lindsay Wing. 

We grieve with and pray for: Mike Mullins and family on the death of his brother, Jeff Mullins, on March 12. 

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

We pray for our military: Edward Pritchard IV, a deployed Marine, and Michael Burris, who is in the Navy and is currently stationed in California. 

We pray for our home missions: Canterbury House, Charleston Bible Society, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. 

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

The Third Sunday in Lent

Collect for the Day: Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Psalm 95
  • Exodus 17:1-7
  • James 3:1-12
  • John 4:5-26; 28-30
We Celebrate the Newly Married

Stephanie Jean Lenes and Gerry J. Georgewho were married on March 11 by the Rev. Brian K. McGreevy.

Serving in Worship this Sunday, March 19
8:15 a.m.   Holy Communion, Rite I ~ Church 
Preacher              The Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller
Lector                 Colby Broadwater
Chalice               Colby Broadwater,  Honoré LeClercq
Usher                   Robin Kittrell
Altar Guild         Claudia Phillipps, Barbara Bremer    
Flower Guild       Bee Hamrick, Anne Crawford, Mary Anne Hanckel, Marsee Lee,
                            Kim Meyer, Pat Wardlaw 
9:00 a.m. Christian Education Building ~ Parish House
Greeter               Please call the church office if you are available to serve.

10:30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rite I ~ Church
Preacher               The Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller 
Lector                  Margaret Newman-Crowson
Ushers                Crayton Walters, Fred Edson, Ted Honney
Greeters               John and Garden Blincow
Acolyte Mentor    Langdon Hartsock 
Acolytes               Charles Hartsock, Augusta Dixon, Mary Kathryn Lancaster,
                             Anne Lancaster, Catherine Hagood, Henson Norvell    
Altar Guild          Pat Wardlaw, Nancy Gifford, Lindsay Long     
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 Spring 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:
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.  Holy Communion services (Easter Sunday)
Apr 23, 10:30 a.m.  Holy Communion (+Lawrence visitation, Confirmation Sunday)
Apr 30, 10:30 a.m. service will be Morning Prayer (the Children's choirs are singing)

Click HERE to view this week's static calendar, as it appears in the printed version of the inSPIRE.

**NOTE - This Sunday, March 19, the Meditative Prayer Class will not meet due to Spring Break, however, the Chapel will remain open between 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. for those who wish to sit and pray in silence. The Meditative Prayer class will resume on Sunday, March 26 at 9:15 a.m.

Click HERE to view our dynamic church calendar, which is updated daily.
Click HERE to see a list of our current Bible study and
Christian Education ministry offerings!
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