~ the e-SPIRE Newsletter ~
October 14, 2018
The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
Fixing the Florence Devastation:
"Mudding Out" In Conway and Buckston, SC
An Interview With the Rev. Jason Collins, Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Conway, on October 2, 2018
by Joy Hunter, Diocese of South Carolina
JH: The last time we talked the water was receding. What’s the status now?
JC: It’s still receding, but we’ve got a ways to go. I expect it’s about where it was two years ago after Hurricane Matthew. Houses on the edge of the flooded area are accessible now. Cleanup efforts have begun.

JH: What kind of help do you need?
JC: What’s really needed now, more than anything, is labor–there’s a lot of cleaning up to do. There’s a little misunderstanding and I don’t want to discourage anybody from bringing supplies, but I think a lot of people have the impression that when they’re coming to clean up a house they need a mop and a bucket and soap, but when we’re talking about cleaning out a house we’re talking about taking a hammer and a crowbar and a shovel and a wheelbarrow and tearing out anything that’s wet–carpet, sheetrock, subflooring, tile–and getting it back to a shell and letting that dry out. Also, people need to bring their own tools. I went yesterday to learn the process and had only a pair of gloves. I expected everything to be there. That was not the case.
Financial Donations and Manpower:
How We Can Be Part of the Solution
by Joanna Ghegan, St. Philip's 2019-2020 ECW President
By the grace of God Charleston was spared from the wrath of Hurricane Florence. Unfortunately, our neighbors to the north of us in towns like Conway and Buckston, SC, did not fare so well. The waters have receded now, but they have left behind an uninhabitable mess of mud, mold, and water-logged homes. People are unable to return to their homes due to the toxic conditions. Even worse, these unfortunate flood victims are running out of money to pay for the hotels they are using as temporary homes. Because these areas are not considered flood zones, insurance is not offering any relief, and FEMA has not adequately responded to these victims’ needs. It’s help from churches like ours that are providing clothing, food, water, and cleaning supplies.

This past weekend, my family and I traveled to Conway along with a group from Seacoast Church who brought clothing donations that filled a whole room, clothing for all ages from infant to adult. This generous group also brought cleaning and hygiene supplies in addition to food.

After our visit to several devastated homes and shelters, it became apparent that the most pressing needs right now are financial donations and manpower to help with the cleanup. Several women from the community reported people are running out of money to pay for their hotels and are being ousted from these temporary homes. 
We will be organizing a supply drive in the next few weeks as we learn what goods are needed most. Please be on the lookout for details. In the meantime, if you would like to make a monetary contribution, please click the link below for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.
If you are interested in volunteering, please call Joanna Ghegan at (843) 425-2431 or click below to email her.
Starting Soon: Foyer Groups
Sign up today ~ deadline is 10/14
Looking for a great way to get to know others in the St. Philip's family? Consider joining a Foyer Group! Whether you are a longtime St. Philippian or relative newcomer, married or single, you are encouraged to sign up to enjoy these informal monthly gatherings to help strengthen the bonds of affection and sense of community in our parish.

Click the link below to sign up, or call the church office at (843) 722-7734.
Questions? Please call the Rev. Brian McGreevy at 843-722-7734, ext. 270, or click below to email him.
Volunteering Locally
You hear the names of our Home Missions read on Sundays, but how much do you really know about them? Click below to see how you can lend a hand. Any amount of time you can give will be appreciated! 
Tonight's Supper: Pork Tenderloin
Next Week's Supper: Lasagna
The Gathering 2018:
A Life Resources Event Featuring
Author Renée Hodges
with an introduction by the Rev. Ryan Streett
Thursday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
The number of people starting to use heroin has been steadily rising since 2007. This may be due to a shift from misuse of prescription painkillers to heroin as a readily available, cheaper alternative. In South Carolina the number of opioid- and heroin-related deaths rose over 20% from 2016 to 2017. Renée Hodges shares the importance of a loving approach with accountability and without shame in dealing with her nephew in her novel, Saving Bobby. What would you do?
Calling All Kids 4th-12th Grade!
Acolyte Training ~ Sunday, October 21,
at 9:15 a.m.* in the Church 
All children 4th-12th grade are invited to attend the annual acolyte training session given by acolyte master Colby Broadwater. At this session, new acolytes will learn the responsibilities of each of the roles, and returning acolytes will learn the finer points. All new, returning, or prospective acolytes and adult acolyte mentors are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you have any questions or would like to sign your child up to be an acolyte, please call the church office at (843) 722-7734 or click below to email Felicia Lescow.
* Please note that training takes place during the Sunday School hour. Teachers are aware that students may miss class in order to attend this training.
Choral Evensong for All Saints' Sunday
November 4, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we remember the saints who have gone before us, especially those who have died in the past year. Enjoy music of Victoria, Benson, Stanford, Ayleward and Ives. A nursery is provided, and a reception will follow.

What is Choral Evensong? According to Westminster Abbey, "At Choral Evensong, most of the service is sung by the choir on our behalf. We participate through our presence and our listening, that the words and the music might become a prayer within us and lift us to contemplate God's beauty and glory.

"The service always includes one or more psalms. These ancient prayers, taken from the Old Testament, reflect the full range of human emotions and experiences; from the depths of anger, resentment, and abandonment to the heights of ecstatic joy and praise. They were used by Jesus, and have always been at the heart of the Church's daily prayer.

"The Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, taken from the early chapters of St. Luke's gospel, reflect two responses to the Incarnation (God becoming fully human in Jesus Christ). Both speak of the fulfilment of God's promises, not just to 'Abraham and his seed', but also 'to be a light to lighten the Gentiles' (all nations). With their themes of fulfilment and completion, these texts have been given central place for many centuries in the Church's prayers for the evening and at the end of the day."
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, although it has now been opened to the rest of the Diocese. Click below for journey details or to book. Please call Connoisseur Tours at 800-856-1045 if you have questions.
Grandparents Ministry Kickoff!
Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Grandparents, join us for the inaugural event of the new Grandparents Ministry at St. Philip's! The speaker will be Cathy Jacobs, grandmother of five and founder and executive director of Pass the Legacy Ministry. Stay tuned for further details!

Questions? Email Lynn Land or Amy Watson Smith, Director of Ministry to Children of Families.
Fall Discipleship Brochure
The fall brochure is packed with information about this semester's offerings! You'll find descriptions of returning favorites with fresh topics, plus descriptions of new offerings.

You may view the offerings online by clicking below, or you may pick up a copy in the church office or in the Narthex if you didn't receive one in the mail. Remember that all of our classes are open to anyone who'd like to join, so invite your non-St. Philippian friends and neighbors!

Attention, Parents of College Students!
As your children are adjusting to a new year at college, help them feel close to home by adding them to our mailing list! They will love opening their mailboxes each week to find the St. Philip's inSPIRE inside. They can stay up-to-date on parish news and events, and perhaps they will even be inspired to share their stories with us as they embark on this new stage of life.

To add your child to the mailing and/or emailing list, please call Lea Andrews at (843) 722-7734, ext. 232, or click below to email her.
New Mothers Committee
The ECW (Every Church Woman) is looking for a few volunteers to serve on the New Mothers Committee. This committee helps women transition from "expecting" to "mothering" by providing a meal, prayers, and encouragement. If you would like to help, please email Gigi Dobbins.
~ Tomorrow ~
The Coronation of King George II, 1727
Sunday, October 21, at 3:00 in the Church
The Coronation of King George II in 1727 was an event like none other, and it gave us some of the most incredible choral music of the day. With compositions by Purcell, Blow, Gibbons, Tallis, and of course Handel's glorious Coronation Anthems, including the ever-triumphant "Zadok the Priest," The King's Counterpoint is thrilled to once again bring the majesty of "The Coronation of King George II" to Charleston.

 Using a program taken directly from the actual order of service graciously provided by Westminster Abbey, this concert will guide the audience through the day of the Coronation, from the first fanfare to the herald's call, with all of the pomp and procession that such a landmark event deserves. Trumpets and drums, processions and glorious music–this October concert event has it all!
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 .
Two Weekly Opportunities for Centering Prayer
"Be still, and know that I am God." – Psalm 46:10
If you desire to venture deeply in God's presence, consider joining the Centering Prayer groups who sit together in silent communion with the Lord. The goal is to build a personal habit that allows participants to de-stress and rest in the Lord daily as part of their regular quiet time. Group sessions close with a time for verbal prayer requests and short, focused prayer. We meet Sundays in the chapel during the Sunday School hour and Thursdays in the prayer room from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Questions? Call Pringle Franklin at 843-270-5585 or click below to email her.
SAVE THE DATE
Nov. 4 ~ All Saints Evensong Service (5 p.m.)

Nov. 8 ~ Grandparents Ministry Kickoff (6 p.m.)

Nov. 22 ~ Thanksgiving Day Service (9 a.m.)

Dec. 16 ~ Lessons and Carols (10:30 a.m. service)

Dec. 16 ~ King's Counterpoint Holiday Concert (3 p.m.)

Dec. 18 ~ Charleston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Brass (7:30 p.m.)

Dec. 19 ~ Community Carol Sing (12:30 p.m., bag lunch to follow)
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: Hazel Cramer, Tracy Graudin, Joe Livesay, Edmund Rhett, Antoon Rijswijk, Benjamin Schools, and Lindsey Wing.

We grieve with and pray for: The family of Ellen Hanckel, who died on October 4.

We grieve with and pray for: The family of Jean Wallace, who died on October 8.

We pray for protection for:   Becca, Janie, and Wills Baird, Graham Blunt, Henry Clayton, Douglas Hayes Fair, Tripp Hathaway, Andrew Kane, Charles Kirkman, Bethea Long, and Edward Pritchard, 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 Water Mission, and for St. Jean Baptiste, our sister church, and the schools in Haiti.
St. Philip's Regular Weekly Worship Services
Collect (October 14):  
O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen .  

This Sunday's Readings:
  • 1 Kings 17:8-16
  • Psalm 146
  • Hebrews 9:24-28
  • Mark 12:38-44
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.
Click HERE to view the current fall 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.
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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