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February 11, 2018: The Last Sunday After the Epiphany
St. Philip’s Supply Drive:
Shining the Light of the Gospel in Charleston!
The Home Missions Committee of St. Philip’s has been reconstituted, and God has given us a renewed focus, energy and direction for shining the light of the Gospel into our local community. The Committee’s mission is to “empower the congregation of St. Philip’s to minister to the people of Charleston that they might come to know and experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ.” We believe God is calling us to lead the congregation in taking a more “hands on” approach, and we want to give our fellow parishioners, both young and old, opportunities to engage in mission and ministry.

We would like to start the new year by providing for some of the immediate needs of Star Gospel Mission, which exists “to transform lives and hearts through Jesus Christ.” Star Gospel ministers to homeless men who are employed and trying to improve their lives. 

Lenten Devotional
This year’s clergy-recommended Lenten devotional is Lent for Everyone, Mark, Year B, by N.T. Wright. Copies are available in the church office for $10.
A Winding Path to St. Philip's
by Grace Creel
I was brought up in the Presbyterian Church. When I was a young teenager, about 13 or 14 years old, I was baptized, and I joined the church. I sang in the choir, played piano for the Wednesday evening youth group prayer service, and was a member of the Teenage Circle. But when I went off to nursing school, I no longer attended church.

In 1954, I got married. My husband had been baptized in the Baptist Church, and we attended the Baptist church in Chapel Hill, where we lived, but only intermittently. Then we moved to Wilmington, my hometown, and after a few years, we had two daughters. When the children were toddlers, I knew they had to be brought up in the church. My husband would not go with me to the church we were married in, and I didn’t want to go to a Baptist church, so we compromised and joined a Methodist church.

We moved to Charleston in 1958. Soon after, we joined Asbury Methodist Church, and when we moved to James Island, we joined Epworth Methodist Church, which we attended faithfully until our marriage deteriorated. After my divorce, when the girls were college-aged, I was unchurched for quite a few years, and eventually, the Lord kept saying, “You need to go to church.” And I answered, “But where will I go?”
Like Living Stones:
What it Means To Be The Church and Why it Matters
Join us Wednesdays during Lent for a light lunch, brief liturgy, and a talk given by the St. Philip’s clergy.

2/21 Church as Family ~ the Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller
2/28 Church as Temple ~ the Rev. Marc R. Boutan
3/7 Church as Bride ~ the Rev. Andrew R. O’Dell
3/14 Church as Body of Christ ~ the Rev. Brian K. McGreevy
3/21 Church as Army ~ the Rev. Ryan T. Streett
How Will They Hear?
by Cynthia Patteson
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Romans 10:13-15 ESV
Most of us in the United States, and especially in the Bible Belt, realize that there are millions (if not billions) of people around the world who are not Christians. The religious and political clashes we hear of in the news on a daily basis are evidence enough that many have rejected or not understood the claims of Christ; but why? Surely they’ve heard about Him, haven’t they?

According to the U.S. Center for World Mission, the statistics for 2017 show that 29% of the world’s population have never had any exposure to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s more than 2 billion people who have no idea who He is. The more troubling statistic is that very few people are volunteering to go tell them. Almost 90% of cross cultural ministry is among nominal Christian populations, while only 10% is with unreached peoples. In addition, only one penny of every dollar Christians give goes to planting churches in these people groups. 
The 10/40 Window identifies the world’s most unreached people groups between 10 and 40 degrees north of the Equator. 
Learn more about unreached peoples and how to pray for the world:
The Inscrutable Clergy of St. Philip's
Although we listen to their sermons every week, attend their Bible studies, and mingle with them at parish functions, we could not figure out the adjectives the clergy of St. Philip’s supplied for Bishop Mark J. Lawrence’s 10th anniversary banner. Better luck next time!
Spring 2018 Brochure
St. Philip’s has much to offer beyond our weekly services. Take a look at our spring brochure to find a study or class that’s perfect for you—and that fits your schedule. Brochures are available in the Narthex, the church office, and in the Parish Hall.
It's Okra Soup Time!!
Save the Date: Tea Room 4/23-4/27
The St. Philip’s Tea Room will be here before you know it, and we need your help making okra soup and stocking the gift shop ! Containers for okra soup are available at the church office, and we are accepting soup now through opening day. Please follow the recipe below. To arrange for drop-off in the Parish Hall, please call Ben Singleton at (843) 475-9765.

Items people have donated for the gift shop in the past include homemade jellies or breads, needlework, cookbooks, artwork, and jewelry. Donations may be dropped off at the church office.
Open Enrollment for St. Philip's Preschool
St. Philip’s Preschool program is offered to the members of St. Philip’s Church and its surrounding community. This is one of the many ministries of the church provided to reach out to children with Christ’s love. The program introduces children to the church community and a Christian world view. Parental participation is not only encouraged, but crucial for the livelihood of this program.

Registration is open for the 2018-2019 school year. Please click below to download and print the form, and mail the completed form to:

St. Philip's Preschool
142 Church St.
Charleston, SC 29401
If you have questions about the preschool or the enrollment process, please call Lee Moore at 843-722-7610, or click below to email her.
The Men’s Conference is designed to address the issues facing all men in today’s fast-paced world, and to provide insights and ideas for dealing victoriously with the constant stress we all suffer.

It is our prayer that you will be able to use these teachings to bring you closer to God, through a greater love and understanding of His son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to make the world a better place in which to live.

Questions? Contact Richard Moore at
843-693-7003 or richard.moore@meridianee.com .
Tonight's Supper: Lasagna
Next Week: Light supper following
5:30 p.m. ASH WEDNESDAY service
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 for an account. 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:  Sally Fine, Susan Gaillard, Tracy Graudin, Ben Hagood, Bee Hamrick, Steven Lilly, Joe Livesay, Jacqui Luce, Betty Owens, Benjamin Schools, Theodora Truesdale, Sherri Vallario, Elizabeth Williams, and Lindsay Wing.

We pray for our expectant parents:  Reagan and Ashley Jackson.

We pray for protection for:   Becca, Janie, and Wills Baird, Graham Blunt, Ellis Domenech, Tripp Hathaway, George Hoefer, and Edward Pritchard, serving in our Armed Forces.

We pray for our home missions: Star Gospel Mission, Tri-County Family Ministries, Life Resources, and the Open Door Committee.

We pray for our world missions:  For Suzy  McCall and LAMB, for the medical missions to Honduras, for ministry 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
Collect (Last Sunday After the Epiphany):  
O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen . 

Lectionary Readings:
  • 2 Kings 2:1-12
  • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
  • Luke 9:28-43
  • Psalm 50:1-6
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
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.
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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