~ the eSPIRE Newsletter ~
February 24, 2019
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany:
TONIGHT!
Blessing Your Grandchild:
A St. Philip's Generations Ministry Event
Tonight, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
St. Philip’s Generations Ministry, formerly known as Grandparents Ministry, is pleased to welcome author Sherry Schumann to speak on February 20. This event will follow the Wednesdays Alive! service and supper, and guests are invited and encouraged to worship and dine with us beforehand!

About Sherry Schumann

Sherry Schumann is a freelance author and photographer who serves as the prayer coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network, an organization committed to helping individuals and churches cultivate “intentionality” in inter-generational ministry by focusing on and strengthening the grandparent-grandchild relationship. She delights audiences with bits and pieces of her own redemption story as she delivers a powerful message about prayer.
Sherry and her husband of thirty-six years live in Moncks Corner and worship at St. Paul’s, Summerville. They treasure their three adult sons and their wives, plus four precious grandchildren, and they eagerly await the birth of their third granddaughter. Sherry’s novel, The Christmas Bracelet, makes readers laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously.

Do you have questions about St. Philip’s Generations Ministry or would you like to be on the Generations email list? Please click below to contact Lynn Land.
TONIGHT: Come Check Out the Inklings Class!
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor
Come join the Inklings Forum tonight at 7:00 for the second installment of our study of C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair, part of the beloved Chronicles of Narnia. Is it a marvelous children’s story about a lost prince? Or is it a fictional reworking of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” with nods to Anselm and Descartes? Or is it a parable about following Jesus that is particularly applicable to 21st century America and the idea of Truth? Of course, the answer is that it is ALL of the above, one of the reasons it is a work of genius. All are welcome!
Seeking the Next Leaders of St. Philip's:
The 2019 Vestry Nominees
The Vestry Nominating Committee has prayerfully recommended the following nominees for the next Vestry class from the many highly qualified names submitted by our parishioners: Todd Brown, Elizabeth Hagood, Connie Rink, and Bill Warlick. These St. Philippians will be presented as candidates for the next Vestry class, along with any nominations from the floor, at the annual parish meeting on March 3. Below are excerpts from their discernment questionnaires, which you may read in their entirety by clicking the "read more" button below.
Todd Brown
"God has blessed me and my family over the years, and I believe it is my responsibility to joyfully respond to a calling. My involvement in the church has allowed me to see that I have certain gifts that can be used to further God’s Kingdom."
Elizabeth Hagood
"I came to faith at St. Philip’s and have grown in my walk through the love and encouragement of many fellow St. Philippians and ministers. Through my years of serving alongside others in multiple capacities at the church and in the diocese, I have been blessed with experiences and opportunities that could be useful at this time in our church history."
Connie Rink
"I believe that effective management and utilization of sound business principles is vital to any organization. For St. Philip’s to remain a stronghold of Christian beliefs and a refuge of God’s eternal love, we must take excellent care of our resources and use them wisely." 
Bill Warlick
"I would consider it a privilege and honor to help guide the Vestry and Parish in discerning God’s chosen path for us over these next three years. None of us knows what lies ahead, but we do know God desires us to lead others into a saving relationship with Him."
Guest Preacher This Sunday, February 24:
The Right Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison
In coordination with the Society of the Cincinnati, this Sunday’s 10:30 service will follow the order of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer Morning Prayer service. The Rt. Rev. FitzSimons Allison will preach, and the Charleston Men’s Chorus will serve as our choir. Bishop Allison will also preach at the 8:15 service.

Bishop Allison lives in Georgetown, SC, and he served as Bishop of South Carolina from 1982 to 1990. He has written a number of books, including The Cruelty of Heresy: An Affirmation of Christian Orthodoxy and Trust in an Age of Arrogance.

From charlestonmenschorus.org: The Charleston Men’s Chorus was founded in 1990 when Alfred Pinckney convinced some fellow Rotarians and their friends there was a place in the Lowcountry arts community for the distinctive harmonies of a male chorus. Now an independent nonprofit organization, it has grown steadily and has about 65 members.
Parish Annual Meeting on March 3
No 8:15 service ~ Brunch and meeting follow 10:30 service ~ Childcare available
Mark your calendar for the St. Philip’s annual meeting on March 3! There will be a single worship service that day at 10:30 a.m., and brunch and the meeting will immediately follow in the Parish Hall.

At the meeting, the Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller, Rector, will address our congregation, and the next Vestry class will be voted in. All attendees will receive a copy of the 2018 annual report, which includes updates from various parish ministries and groups, along with our parish financial report. All St. Philippians are encouraged to attend!
Donations for the Tea Room Gift Shop
2019 Tea Room Dates: April 29–May 3
Planning for this year's Tea Room is in full swing, and we will begin collecting your donations for the gift shop in the church office on March 1. Please use the following list as a guideline when deciding when you would like to donate:
 
Non-perishable food items (securely closed and neatly labelled)
• Baked goods (individually wrapped and neatly labelled) 
• Handmade jewelry, scarves
• Handmade soaps, candles
• Coffee table books, cookbooks (new)
• Original artwork, photography
• Notecards, stationery 

Please note that all items must be 100% donated. If you have questions about donations, please contact Chrissie Batten at chrissiebatten@gmail.com or (843) 364-3227. 
The Tea Room is a St. Philip’s tradition that was begun in 1952 by the Women’s Auxiliary and directed by Mrs. Carlton "Hattie" Davies. In its first years, the Tea Room was held in the old “Shell Shop,” now known as the Tea Garden, and after some years off, the Tea Room tradition was reintroduced in 2003. Lunch is served daily in the St. Philip’s Parish House and courtyard for one week in the spring. Many volunteers––men, women, and youths––donate their time, talents, and treasures to this project. Proceeds from the Tea Room benefit St. Philip's foreign and home missions, St. Philip's choirs, and youth ministries.
Would You Like to See Your Words in the inSPIRE?
Are you planning on attending a St. Philip's event, such as tonight's Generations Ministry event, the annual parish meeting, or the March 13 Men's Lunch? Do you enjoy writing?
We want to hear about your experience! We are looking for perspectives on special events as well as regular weekly happenings. We are also looking for more personal pieces; you may contribute anonymously if you prefer.

If you’d like to contribute on a one-time or recurring basis, please contact Lea Andrews at (843) 722-7734, ext. 232, or click below to email her. No experience is necessary.
Haiti Annual Feast Day Mission
June 19-24, 2019
This June, we will once again journey to be with our sister church, St. Jean Baptiste, for the annual Feast Day celebration. For over 25 years, La Gonâve Haiti Partners has been a “partnership of presence.” Often a first question from new team participants is, “What can we do if we go?” To that we say…meet the people, sing and laugh, learn what their lives are like, make new friends and worship with them. You will be blessed with meaningful relationships that can last a lifetime!

Is God perhaps calling you to join this year’s small team of 12? 

For trip information and details, please call or email Gerry or Suzanne McCord.
Gerry: gerrymccord@gmail.com or (843) 224-1342
Suzanne: suzanne1959@gmail.com or (843) 224-1630 
Tour of Star Gospel Mission
Wednesday, February 27, at 10:30 a.m.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of one of St. Philip’s home mission partners. Star Gospel, which is located downtown just a few minutes from St. Philip’s, offers transitional housing for men. Questions? Call Doug Ringer at (423) 827-6596 or click below to email him.
Prayers for Martha Vetter's Mission in Rwanda
Martha Vetter left for Rwanda on February 8, and she returns March 1. She asks you to pray that the Lord's Spirit will order her steps and guide her conversations with old friends, former students, and teachers, and as she teaches Bible lessons to various groups. Also, pray for the Spirit's wisdom as she makes decisions regarding Fraterine's medical and possible surgical treatment for his skin disorder, and as she interfaces with the legal system on behalf of one of her foster children. 
At St. Philip's!
Join the St. Philip's Choir!
"He who sings prays twice"
Come join the fun and give God back the talent He has given you! Feeling apprehensive about auditioning? Let us assuage your fears. Don't want to miss the Rector's Forum or Wednesday class? You can listen to all classes online! Does not being able to read music hold you back? We can even help with that! For questions or to arrange a very simple audition, please call Pat Gould at (843) 364-9552 or click below to email her.
Join us for the annual Drawing Near Conference as together we raise our voices to heaven! This special two-day event is open to both men and women. Come and experience wonderful praise and worship music, heart-filled prayer, and a message that speaks to the heart of our divisive world and the need to unite us all through the power of prayer through Jesus Christ.
Enrollment is open at 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 2019-2020 school year! Please click below to download and print the registration form. Mail completed forms to:

St. Philip's Preschool
154 Church St.
Charleston, SC 29401
If you have questions about the preschool or the enrollment process, please contact Angela Clark or Lee Moore at 843-722-7610 or lmoore@stphilipschurchsc.org.
At Camp St. Christopher!
GrandCamp is an amazing inter-generational adventure designed to transport grandparents and their grandkids (target ages 6-12) away from the daily distractions of life to a place where God can do something extraordinary in building a legacy of faith from one generation to another. 
Tonight!
Tonight's Supper: Pork Tenderloin
Next Week's Supper: Taco Bar
Tomorrow!
Some spots in second group still remaining!
Traveling into the
New Testament:
The Footsteps of St. Paul
Pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey
June 11-21, 2019
With the Reverend Jeffrey Miller leading the way, travel in the footsteps of St. Paul from Athens to the Greek Islands--and to Ephesus, of course, with other stops in between. One full group is making the journey May 28-June 7, and there is still some room in this group. Click below for journey details or to book. Please call Connoisseur Tours at 800-856-1045 if you have questions.

Above photo by Greg Baugues
Sunday Morning Rewind
Would you like to take another listen to Sunday's sermon? Or were you out of town and you missed it the first time? Sermons, the Rector's Forum, and more are available on our website, stphilipschurchsc.org/sermons .
SAVE THE DATE
Feb. 27 ~ Tour of Star Gospel Mission (10:30 a.m.)

Mar. 3 ~ Parish Annual Meeting, Brunch (12 noon)

Mar. 5 ~ Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (5:30 p.m.)

Mar. 6 ~ Ash Wednesday (8 a.m., 12 noon, 5:30 p.m. services)

Mar. 13 ~ First Second Wednesday Men's Lunch (12 noon)

Mar. 17 ~ Charleston Men's Chorus Concert (4:00 p.m.)

Mar. 30 ~ Water Mission: Walk for Water (Riverfront Park)

April 7 ~ Confirmation Sunday

April 14 ~ Palm Sunday

April 21 ~ Easter Sunday (services at 6:30, 9:00, 11:15)

Apr. 29-May 3 ~ The St. Philip's Tea Room

May 19 ~ Choral Evensong Service (5:00 p.m.)

Jun. 10-13 ~ Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Jun. 17-21 ~ GrandCamp (register at dioceseofsc.org)

Jun 19-24 ~ Haiti Annual Feast Day Mission
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: Steven Clark; Cynthia Corley; Shep Davis; Elizabeth Flowers; Joe Gilchrist; Bill Gorgas; Tracy Graudin; Donald Green, Jr.; Jack Hurth; Lenora Kessler; Joe Livesay; Edmund Rhett; Antoon Rijswijk; Benjamin Schools; and Lindsey Wing.

We grieve with and pray for: Haden McCormick on the death of his mother, Jean Haden McCormick, on February 16. Jean was also Courtenay Fain's grandmother. Condolences may be sent to:

The Rev. J. Haden McCormick and Family
1160 Harborview Rd.
Charleston, SC 29412 

We pray for our expectant parents: Ryan and Nicki North.

We pray for protection for:  Becca, Janie, and Wills Baird, Graham Blunt, Henry Clayton, Ben Colyer, David Daughtridge, Hayes Fair, George Hoefer, Andrew Kane, Charles Kirkman, Clay McLaurin, Ned Montgomery, Edward Pritchard, and David Scott serving in our Armed Forces.

We pray for our home missions: Star Gospel Mission, Tricounty Family Ministries, Life Resources, St. John's Chapel, 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 10/40 Tribal Commission, for Water Mission, and for St. Jean Baptiste, our sister church, and the schools in Haiti.
St. Philip's Regular Weekly Worship Services
Collect for The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany:  O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

Readings for this Sunday:
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-9
  • 2 Corinthians 1:2-7
  • John 16:6-15
  • Psalm 145:1-9
Sundays
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)

Wednesdays
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.
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.
ST. PHILIP'S CHURCH
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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