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As we ReGather

St. Andrew By-The-Sea is hosting its first in-person services since the pandemic with Sunrise Services on Easter Sunday at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head and at Oyster Factory Park in Bluffton, both at 7:00 am. 


The Bluffton campus will re-launch in-person sanctuary worship on Easter Sunday morning at 9:00 and 10:30 am with Children’s Church during the 10:30 hour. 


The first in-person worship service at the Hilton Head campus will be on Sunday, April 18 with one service at 10:00 am and Children’s Sunday School running concurrently. We are excited to welcome our church family back as we ReGather in person!

 

Since the pandemic shutdown, the COVID Steering Committee has been meeting weekly and monitoring the Beaufort County case count. In keeping with our agreed upon protocol, the four-week decline in case counts plus the rise in vaccinations gives us the confidence to safely welcome members back to in-person worship at both campuses.

 

We endorse this return to worship and look forward to when we can fully resume all normal service times, Sunday School classes for adults and children, and even some social time! 


Worship service livestreams and broadcasts from both campuses will continue for those not yet comfortable serving or worshiping in-person, or for those out of the area.

 

Thank you for your feedback and positive support regarding this decision, but most importantly, for your prayers as we ReGather.


Sarah Coffin on behalf of the Church Council



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If you missed the exciting announcement on Sunday by our Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee about our new senior pastor, you can read about the appointment in this edition.

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Palm Procession & Easter Egg Dying

This Saturday - March 27 @ 10:30AM

Hilton Head Campus - 20 Pope Ave.


All children (and tweens) are invited to be part of our Palm Sunday Procession being taped on Saturday morning for broadcast on Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15. Children will gather outdoors then enter the sanctuary waving palm branches to help remind us all of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We ask everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing.


After the procession we will go back outdoors to dye Easter Eggs in anticipation of Christ’s resurrection. Families are then encouraged to share some of their colorful eggs with someone who could use a little extra love during Lent.   Please RSVP so we know to look for you: conniebhhiumc@gmail.com   

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Bluffton Worship's Final Drive-in is this Sunday.

Come to the 10:30 service and wear your PJ's.

We don't care! Just want to see you there!

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Finding Your Quiet Center

During Holy Week, March 28 to April 3, an outdoor prayer labyrinth will be in place at our Hilton Head Campus campus parking lot (behind the Celebration Center) for all to use. As a way to encourage quiet prayer and meditation - or just a time of slowing down, you are welcome to take a gentle walk into then out of the labyrinth, allowing time and space for personal reflection and spiritual pondering.



Labyrinths have been used for centuries to facilitate meditation. Many Christians and churches are rediscovering this ancient prayer practice. A labyrinth is a geometrically designed walking path leading to and from a central point, the quiet center. It is not a maze; you cannot get lost; there are no dead ends. The point is not disorientation, but orientation – hopefully finding a new or renewed path to God. 


No need to make reservations, just come as the spirit leads during daylight hours. The Hilton Head Campus is located at 20 Pope Ave.

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A note from Bluffton Worship: If you plan to attend an in-person service at the Bluffton Campus at 39 Persimmon Street on Easter, it would help if you would let the staff know by emailing blufftonworship@gmail.com with your name, service time, and number in your group. As indicated by the note above, there be Children's Ministry during the 10:30am service on Easter Sunday as well. Overflow with visuals and sound will also be available outside where you will be able to see and hear the service. Bring a chair if you have one.

Some "Gifts of Love" Stories Sent This Week

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~ One of the things I have been doing is helping others get appointments. for their vaccinations. One neighbor thanked me for doing this for her and her husband by giving me a generous gift card to a local grocery store, saying she would never be able to repay me for what I did for them. I told her not to think of it as having to repay me; she should "pay it forward"-- do a kind act for someone else. Her eyes lit up as she said she would do that very thing. I hope I awakened her to a good reason for being kind to others. 

~ Starting at some point during Covid, I started actively collecting articles to send to my 94-year-old mother...some just human interest, some educational, some about travel. She began expecting them as some form of diversion and stimulation when she was in lock-down. I have stepped that up to get something out every week now. She eagerly lets me know when she receives another packet from me! I smile, knowing that in some small way I am making her life brighter.

~ I sent Valentine cards to all of my family to let them know I love them! I plan on sending Easter greetings to remind them of that love and also the greatest love of all that came from God in sharing his Son who died so that we might live.

~ I have signed up to volunteer registering people during the mass vaccination events in Bluffton for the month of April.

We are entering our final days of the Lenten Love Challenge!

As you just read, any story will encourage us all. Email your acts to:

standrewbythesea@gmail.com or blufftonworship@gmail.com

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St. Andrew is participating in “40 Days of Love," a Lenten Love Challenge. The 40 days of Lent are the ideal time to do acts of kindness for church family, friends, neighbors and strangers as an offering, a sacrifice to God during this season...a Lenten love challenge, if you will. For our Focused-Sharing Topic next Tuesday, March 30 at 10:00am, we will share what acts of kindness we did for family, friends, neighbors and strangers. 


To join in the Fellowship Friends Zoom chat or for more information,

email: jaygraves@hotmail.com

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Statements for the 1st quarter will be processed at the end of next week. If you'd like to "catch up" before then, your gifts will be greatly appreciated as we re-gather for in-person worship. View your giving through InFellowship, or contact Financial Secretary Paula Refice at paularhhiumc@gmail.com or call her at 843.785.4711.

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READ HERE including his challenge to us all 

Bluffton Worship Links 9:00 & 10:30am

(Also offering Drive-in at 10:30am through Palm Sunday)

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Hilton Head Worship Links 9:00 & 11:15am

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Visit our website at www.hhiumc.com

Hilton Head Campus - 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head, SC 29928

Bluffton Campus - 39 Persimmon St., #203, Bluffton, SC 29910