September 23, 2020
You are invited to join us this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for St. Simons Presbyterian Church’s 74th Church Anniversary Weekend. Although this year’s church anniversary will be a little different on account of the coronavirus (e.g., no Friday night meal or Sunday luncheon), we are still planning several learning and service opportunities that we hope you will join us for. First, on Friday at 7P we are excited to have Rev. Dr. Brian Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA lead a Zoom keynote on the topic of “Protestantism, The Reformed Faith, Slavery, and Race.” He will then teach a Zoom Sunday School class and preach for our livestream service on Sunday morning. You can find more details about the weekend by clicking here.  

In lieu of our normal Church Anniversary Day of Service, we will instead be kicking off a “Season of Service” this Saturday morning from 9-11:30A. Specifically, you are invited to join us as we partner with Keep Golden Isles Beautifulto clean up the east and west sides of Back River Bridge off of the causeway. Please be sure to signup if you plan to participate so we can ensure adequate supplies are on hand – you can find all the details below. We are grateful to the community mission ministry team for helping to organize this and other upcoming opportunities for individuals of all ages to safely be the hands and feet of Christ in our community this fall. 

Finally, we are now two full weeks into our new Sunday worship schedule. Although not without some unforeseen challenges, things have gone smoothly in our transition to having both online and in-person worship each week. We are still learning all the nuances and capabilities of our livestream broadcast, so please bear with us as we navigate the steep learning curve to perfecting that avenue of digital worship. Also, if you are worshipping in-person with us at Frederica Academy on Sunday mornings and are interested in helping with setup/teardown, please click the link below.

Enjoy your newsletter. See you Sunday. Casual is fine. 

Rev. Alan Dyer
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Our Chancel Ensemble (wind instruments) will be presenting music at 10:30 for this year’s 74th Church Anniversary. We have been safely practicing on the driveway of Anne Marie Stirewalt in Sandcastle subdivision. Members Fred Leif (French Horn), John Simmons (Trombone), Judy Foster (Clarinet), Anne Marie Stirewalt (Trumpet) will be joined by new member Ed Jackson (Trumpet) who is the son-in-law of Gwen Mayberry and married to her daughter Allison who moved here from the Atlanta area. Welcome to Ed! Other members John LaBoone and Maddie Shafer are sheltering safely in place at home and Mark Propst is out of town for this one. They will play some of the great traditional hymns of the church – All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name; I Sing the Mighty Power of God; and Fairest Lord Jesus.

For the 8:30 live stream service, Amy Bishop and I will play an organ and piano duet for the prelude – All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name - which will include both tunes used for that hymn.

The hymn for Sunday at both services is 667 When Morning Gilds the Skies. If you haven’t seen the sunrise around here, you should try to get up and wait for that glorious scene. Because the Fall Equinox is here, the amount of daytime and nighttime are nearly equal right now. My calendar tells me that sunrise is at about 7:20 am. It’s a good idea to go earlier, because at that point, it is already light. Bring a chair to Gould’s Inlet (and a blanket these days) at about 6:30 ish and wait patiently. It’s a beautiful sight. It will get later and later up until November 1, when Daylight Saving Time ends. Read the words to the hymn – When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries, may Jesus Christ be praised. This hymn raises our spirits with each verse. The word “sun” never appears in the text, but we know the look of a beautiful sunrise that is described in the first line. Go check it out – we are blessed to be able to experience sunrise and sunset in such a beautiful setting.

“Be this while life is mine, my canticle divine; may Jesus Christ be praised! Be this the eternal song through all the ages long: may Jesus Christ be praised!” 
Love & Gratitude,
P. S. Chancel Ringers begin on September 30 at 7:00 pm in the Social Hall. Tables will be distanced for each individual. For more info, contact Suzanne Morrison.
The Week Ahead
Sunday, September 27th
8:30 am Live Stream Worship with Dr. Brian Blount - Online
9:00 am Joint Sunday School with Dr. Brian Blount - Zoom
10:30 am Outdoor Worship - Frederica Academy

Monday, September 28th
10:00 am Chancel Ensemble - Location Varies

Tuesday, September 29th
9:30 am Staff Meeting - Upper Room

Wednesday, September 30th
10:00 am Men’s Bible Study - Zoom
1:30 pm Hands & Heart Quilting Ministry - Youth Suite
4:00 pm  KidZ Crew - Veranda
5:00 pm Chancel Choir - Zoom
7:00 pm Chancel Ringers - Chancel Ringers

Thursday, October 1st
10:00 am Grief Group - Upper Room

Friday, October 2nd
No Activities Scheduled for this Day
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