February 25, 2021
It was a wonderful – albeit a tad windy – morning this past Sunday as we gathered for our first outdoor worship on the Ashantilly Lawn. What a joy it was seeing so many familiar faces coming together again to pray, sing, and worship God on our church campus after nearly twelve months of being away. The day was made all the better as we also welcomed fourteen new members into the life and faith of our congregation. You can read more about all of our new members below. Welcome!

We are also mindful that this week marks one year since the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Please join me in praying for Ahmaud’s family and friends for whom the grief and pain of his senseless death is still so fresh. While Ahmaud’s death represents one of the darkest days in our community’s history, his life has nonetheless helped to ignite a community-wide effort for racial justice and reconciliation that continues to this day.

For example, in response to the events of last February, a diverse group of local clergy representing every corner of Glynn County have spent the past 10+ months deepening existing relationships and forging new ones. We have sought to model what it looks like to truly listen and learn from one another. This has taken the form of conversations over meals, facilitated learning with a racial equity consultant on Zoom, phone calls, text messaging, and lots of prayer. 

Those conversations have opened my eyes anew to the reality that the sin of racism and the wounds of systemic injustice still cut deep into the fabric of our society. As followers of Jesus Christ – the One who’s love knew no limits – I pray that together we will find the courage to confess where we have gotten it wrong in the past and to be agents of hope and healing for God’s future. I am committed to continuing this work and want our church to be as well. 

May God continue to bless and keep you on the Lenten journey. 

Rev. Alan Dyer
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February 21, 2021
Musical Notes
Despite wind and noise, the Chancel Ringers made it through. Serving comes in many forms, and sometimes it looks difficult. However, when you have love mixed in, it becomes easy. I’ve always said that the bell choir was a great example in the church of people working together toward one purpose. I’m thankful for all those that participate and for their director, Suzanne, that pulls it all together.
The Island Concert Association February Festival is over for this year and the board was really pleased that everything worked so well. We’ve made friends with groups from Portugal and Spain and they are sharing other concerts to watch with us. Thank you for your generous donations that enabled us to present such a great season. I’m so looking forward to being in person next year!
Just like the church this past Sunday, the choir has gained two new members – we welcome Marsh’s Edge residents Judy Stipp who has been playing in the bell choir for some time and her friend that has sung in the Messiah and community chorus, Ginnie Schroder. If everyone on the roster shows up in the choir loft, we will need more chairs than we ordered! This is a good problem to have! Judy and Ginnie joined me at the 8:30 service this past Sunday to sing the hymns and say the responses. Thank you so much! As people in the choir are available, the music ministry will try to have singers available for the 8:30 live stream. If you would like to help in that regard, but aren’t a part of the choir, let me know. We will be in the sanctuary soon and I look forward to hearing voices lifted in that beautiful space.
The organ is coming along – the case and the rest of the pipes will be installed starting the week of March 8th. After that, the console gets programmed some more and adjustments are made through tuning and voicing. The console and bench are back and have been refinished and knobs have been added for the new stops (sounds of instruments). I can’t begin to describe the feeling of excitement and gratitude within the music staff and choir members. Thank you!
This Sunday, the Chancel Choir Ensemble will sing the spiritual Rock-a My Soul! arranged by Russell Robinson. The Introit is Rain Down (48) – sing about it and it may not come, the rain, that is…..  Our hymn of praise is #49 The God of Abraham Praise.
Love & Gratitude,
The Week Ahead
Sunday, February 28
8:30 am Live Stream Worship - Online
9:00 am Combined Sunday School - Zoom
9:00 am Britt Class - Online
10:30 am Outdoor Worship - Ashantilly Lawn at SSPRES
6:30 pm Youth Gathering - Location Varies

Monday, March 1
10:00 am Chancel Ensemble - Location Varies

Tuesday, March 2
9:30 am Staff Meeting - Zoom
2:00 pm Ladies Bible Study - Veranda

Wednesday, March 3
10:00am Men's Bible Study - Zoom
1:30pm Hands and Heart Quilting Ministry - Youth Suite
4:00pm Kids Crew - Veranda
5:00pm Waking Up White Book Study - Zoom
7:00 pm Chancel Ringers - Social Hall

Thursday, March 4
No activities Scheduled for This Day

Friday, March 5
No activities Scheduled for This Day
Welcome New Members
Hunt and Anne Brown
Originally from outside New York City, Hunt and Anne are now snowbirds from Dayton, OH. They have been married for 37 years with Hunt joining Anne’s family of 3 kids. They now enjoy their 9 grandchildren. Hunt spent his entire working life in the environmental field in several capacities: field biologist, lawyer, and most recently as university teacher. He has played racquet sports throughout his life and currently plays Pickleball. He also enjoys hiking, reading and traveling. He has worked with multiple community organizations and remains active on the Dayton Sister City Committee. Anne has been a teacher, Development Director for a public radio station, and most recently a library media specialist at an elementary school. Since retiring, she started her own redesign and staging business and enjoys paper crafts, reading, travel and, in her free time, anything to do with houses.
Mary Anna Faulk
Mary Anna is a native of St. Simons Island and attended school at Beacon College in Leesburg, FL. She moved back to the island in 2019 and began working at Book-a-Million in Brunswick, GA. In her downtime, Mary Anna enjoys writing and reading, which is befitting of her job! She began visiting SSPRES in the Summer of 2020 and loves the atmosphere and the people here, which she admits is often hard for her to say as she is not outwardly a people person. Mary Anna is looking forward to becoming a part of St. Simons Presbyterian Church and making new friends.
Lynn Goldblatt
While originally from Pittsburgh, Lynn moved to St Simons eight years ago to work for Rich Products. Now retired from her job as a Packaging Engineer, she is thoroughly enjoying life on the coast. An avid reader, Lynn is in three book clubs, earned her Life Master in bridge last year, and can’t wait to get back to the bridge club, where she also serves as a director and the club treasurer. She is an active member of the board of Glynn Visual Arts, where she sometimes teaches classes in fused glass jewelry. She loves to travel, with family spread from coast to coast, and hopes to visit San Francisco soon, where her 7th grandchild is expected in April. She is looking forward to serving and worshipping at St Simons Presbyterian.
Tim and Linda Gilsrud
We were both born in southern Minnesota and lived there until 2007 when we moved to our home on Leech Lake in northern Minnesota. We earned our degrees from Mankato State University and lived in that community for almost 30 years. Raised as Protestant Christians, we raised our family in the same way. We have two married children and five grandchildren ranging in age from 16-22. Tim’s career was in Technology Services in the Minnesota State College and University System where he worked for 42 years. Linda’s career was in Human Resources. She spent 20 years working for a hospital and another 20 years in city, county, and state government. We retired in 2013 and have wintered in Saint Simons Island since 2014.
Jerry and Faye Hardiman
Faye and Jerry Hardiman were both born and raised in Nashville, TN and moved to SSI last April after 40+ years in Atlanta. They are graduates of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Georgia State University (Faye), and Purdue (Jerry). Jerry is a retired engineer and GED instructor. Faye is a retired English and ESL instructor and administrator. They have three married children, Nathan, Rebecca, and Abby and nine grandchildren who are excited about spending time with them on SSI. Faye enjoys reading, volunteering at the SSI Library, and working with the Hands and Hearts ministry. Jerry, a Master Gardener, is enjoying a smaller yard in a new climate zone, volunteering at the SSI Lighthouse, and taking part in several SSPC service projects. They also enjoy walking, biking, learning about the Georgia coast, and traveling. They first started attending the 8:30 prayer service on the lawn last summer and have enjoyed the outdoor services at Frederica Academy. They’ve appreciated the warm welcome extended to them from SSPC, the openness of the Zoom Sunday School class, and the opportunity to meet SSPC members in the various service projects in which they’ve participated. They want to continue spiritual growth and service in a community of God’s people and look forward to meeting more SSPC members as soon as possible.
Buddy and Portia Hendrick
Buddy was born and raised in Moultrie, GA, and Portia grew up in Atlanta. They met their freshman year at The University of Georgia. Buddy attended law school at UGA, and they got married while Buddy was still in law school. After graduation they moved back to Atlanta where Buddy practiced law for 35 years. They have a son, Payne, age 30. After years of vacationing on St. Simons, they decided to follow their heart and made the island their permanent residence a year and a half ago. Buddy is an avid sportsman and enjoys fishing, hunting, and clay target shooting. Portia is an artist. Together they have a strong passion for hiking all over the world and doing anything in the outdoors.
Judi Kelley
Judi grew up in Clifton, New Jersey and after finishing her undergraduate degree in Special Education, she traveled south. She earned her master’s degree in Nashville and was recruited to help start a school based program for families and children with emotional disturbance and autism in south Georgia. She moved to Vidalia to continue with her passion of working with children and families and was director of another program in the state network. Judi’s daughter and son-in-law are currently living in Alexandria, Virginia and her son and family are a little closer, in St. Augustine. In 2012, she retired and moved to St. Simons where you can find her pursuing her hobbies of lettering, bible journaling, reading, bullet journaling, and playing cards or visiting with friends. She is hopeful to soon resume traveling and visiting art museums. Judi looks forward to being a part of the St. Simons Presbyterian congregation.
Dr. Lisa McNeal
A native of Marietta, Georgia, Lisa moved to the Golden Isles in 2015 to take a position at the College of College Georgia. When she's not working, she enjoys singing, attending concerts, walking on the beach, and practicing yoga. She lives on St. Simons Island with her two adorable cats: Gigi and Peanut.
Philip and Tracy Saussy
Tracy and Philip are both natives of South Georgia. Tracy is originally from Climax, GA and Philip from Waycross. They met and were married while both were working and living in Atlanta before eventually settling in Waycross in 1997. They have recently transitioned to living on Saint Simons now on a full time basis after being regular visitors for many years. They discovered Saint Simons Presbyterian Church nearly 20 years ago when they joined as Affiliate Members and have been attending frequently ever since. Philip continues his work in commercial insurance with Marsh and McLennan while Tracy enjoys time getting settled in their new home and being re-acquainted with old friends and meeting new ones. They have two grown children, George and Henry. George lives in New York City and Henry resides near Ashville, NC.
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