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The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

al@stmichaelschurch.net

As Rector, my biggest task is keeping this big ship going in the direction of our vision and mission.  That includes being a preacher, pastor, sheep-herder, cheerleader, mediator, planter, harvester and visionary.

Who is Al Zadig?

The Rev. Alfred “Al” T.K. Zadig, Jr. has been Rector of St. Michael’s Church since September, 2007.  Previously Al served as Rector of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland in the Diocese of Washington, DC. Before that he served right here at St. Michael’s as an Assistant to the Rector for 5 ½ years.

Born in Connecticut, the Rev. Al Zadig holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the Seminary at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  He also attended the University of Glasgow on exchange, in Glasgow Scotland.

Before seminary, he interned at the British Broadcasting Company in Britain, then worked for a CBS affiliate in Myrtle Beach South Carolina as a sports reporter/anchor.

After Myrtle Beach, Al came to Charleston and worked for an NBC affiliate producing the 6:00 pm news.  From Charleston, Al went to the School of Theology at Sewanee.

Al’s wife Elizabeth (Libby) is a South Carolina native from St. Matthews and is a specialist in the field of Hearing-Impaired Education.  Al and Libby have three children, Wimberly, Christian and Hudson. Al is an avid runner and skier!

Al would very much like to meet and get to know you! Please call 843-723-0603 or email meredith@stmichaelschurch.net to set up an appointment.

Favorite Books: Oh so many! Celebration of Discipline (Richard Foster) Making Choices (Peter Kreeft) Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God (Tony Campolo) Lincoln on Leadership (Donald T. Phillips) Men at Work, The Craft of Baseball (George Will) Faithful, Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season (Stewart O’Nan)

Favorite Movies: That’s Easy! Braveheart

Likes Best About the Lowcountry: What’s Not to Like? The beauty of Charleston, both in our wonderful people and the physical beauty of what I call this urban mini-Boston in which we live.

Most Interesting Assignment: Hmm… Having the Archbishop of Canterbury serve on my staff in my previous Church in Washington, DC.  The Most Rev. George Carey and his wife Eileen were and are wonderful friends, and taught Elizabeth and me a great deal about ministry and leadership.

Recent articles in the Messenger Newsletter

  • Celebrating Our Gifts Printable Version Give Online INTRODUCTION “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105   This special devotional booklet has been produced by your St. Michael’s clergy so that during this October month each of us can “read, mark, learn and inwardly digest” God’s Word. October is that time of…
  • Director of Missions Title:   Director of Missions Primary Responsibility/Scope:  Provide support to help St. Michael’s live into her vision of Transforming Hearts through Jesus Christ in the specific area of Missions.  Discern and cast vision for how St. Michael’s will impact the Holy City of Charleston, the Hurting Coast and the Hungering World.  Develop strategies to implement the…

Archived articles

  • A Must Read from David Causey As a priest, life in ministry can be so in-tangible, even frustratingly intangible at times. In fact there are moments to be honest when I ask myself, are we making progress?  Is the ministry in word and deed making any traction?  Are we seeing fruit?  Well I was blown away by what you are about…
  • St. Francis Day: Wow! It was a true St. Francis day, perhaps not unlike what life would have looked like in the 13th century when Friar St. Francis lived in Assisi!  This year we scheduled the service at 6pm and tweaked our normal service at that hour to accommodate our furry friends. It was amazing!  Over 250 people with…
  • I Love My Life Group! I really do. We have a wonderful group of men whom I look forward to seeing Thursday by Thursday. I love the group for many reasons, mostly because they are just normal “guys - guys” going through life trying to grow their faith in the midst of busy lives, marriages, parenthood, and jobs. This past…
  • Living the Sacramental Life I love the way Bishop Alex Dickson defines a sacrament. He writes in his Anglican Essentials course that living the Sacramental life is simply a way to live physically with Jesus. Another has defined it this way, “We cannot begin to talk about the sacraments unless we first understand that there are two forms of…
  • Letter to the Rector Hi there Rev. Zadig, Just wanted to say thank you for letting me work on the historic St. Michael’s clock. I am Daniel Jeffries of Dee’ s Clock Works in Covington, GA and I have been dealing with Rob for about the last year on the St. Michael’s clock.  I count it an honor to…
  • Letter to the Rector Rev. Zadig, My husband and I were privileged to be able to attend St. Michael’s last Sunday while on our honeymoon.  Your message was timely and the service very moving.  We will continue to listen to future messages via the website. The choir was absolutely angelic. I was very moved by the version of “Just…
  • Advent: That No Homebound Would Go Untouched Be Shepherds of the Church of God which He bought with his own blood…    Acts 20:28 It is our goal through this Advent Season that every homebound member be visited by one of the clergy and or lay Eucharistic ministers. The Bishop has approved our list of Eucharistic Visitors and we are excited to “send…
  • Rob Kunes Ordination: “God is Not Safe, But He Is Good…” So were the words of the Rev. Steven A. Peay, Ph.D. preaching at the Ordination to the Priesthood of our own Rob Kunes at the Church of the Holy Communion on Monday night, December 6.  It was great seeing so many St. Michaelites make their vows for Rob, Julie and their children!  But what about…
  • Reflections on Baptism & Confirmation It began as a confirmation class out of the Alpha course.  However, it became so much more!  This past Sunday, we baptized two adults and confirmed, received and reaffirmed 17 others.  It was an amazing day!  Normally we have baptisms on the 3rd Sunday of every month and then confirmation in the Spring. While that…
  • Letter to the Rector While spending a few days in Charleston on Holiday, my wife and I were visitors to your 10:30 service on Sunday.  We were warmly greeted, seated promptly, and made welcome by all who we came in contact with. The service was very nice and the sermon on the “swine flu” was by far the best…
  • Christmas Cards and the Wall of Glory One of the ways the Zadig family celebrates Christmas is displaying all the Christmas cards we receive up and through Christmas. We call it the wall of glory. When cards come in the mail, we tape them up to the wall which gives us a wonderful opportunity to look and ponder what Jesus is doing…
  • The Annual Staff Christmas Photo and Party Why the White Hair? If you have seen the St. Michael’s Homepage and the Christmas greeting from the staff, you may wonder why I have white hair in the picture. Well, the long answer is that each year at our staff party, in addition to gift giving and a wonderful lunch, we also have several…
  • Altar, Wedding and Flower Guild Pictured here is Emma Litzenburg surrounded by her bridesmaids and their Christmas wedding bouquets. Emma and Thad Ball were married here the week before Christmas. This year  St. Michael’s nearly set a record for weddings. Yet every wedding requires great teamwork by staff and volunteers. So let me take this moment to say thank you…
  • Light into Our World Talk about a case of Matthew 5 and being light in the world. This past Friday night, Christian and I were jogging and came home to the Rectory only to see police lights in front of the house. Upon getting closer we realized why. A truck backed into a street light and pushed it right…
  • Two Very Special People During Advent, the clergy team set out to see every homebound member of  St. Michael’s, many living in Bishop Gadsden, Canterbury House, other retirement communities and of course those living in their homes.  While some are more mobile than others it was wonderful to slow life down a bit and simply talk, pray and laugh…
  • Tyler Prescott Ordination as Deacon January 3, 2011 View Pictures
  • Vision Sunday! Where there is no Vision, the people perish….  Proverbs 29 The Rev. Michael Breen kicked off Vision Sunday and had a very thought provoking sermon on what he called the Four T’s. In this sermon based on Luke 10, Michael challenged us to think about reaching the people of peace in our lives for Jesus…
  • Over 100 Volunteers Every Single Sunday! Most of us at St. Michael’s don’t realize that in addition to the clergy, our four worship services on Sunday requires the ministry of over 100 lay people!  Take a moment and think about all the people who make this place a bastion for the Holy Spirit Sunday by Sunday! Choirs and band members Greeters…
  • Letter to the Rector Dear Al- I wanted to let you know how much being a part of the St. Michael’s community has meant to me during 2010. I started coming to the Tuesday morning service in November 2009. In September 2010 your encouragement at the Sunday evening service motivated me to try Alpha in the Workplace. The community…
  • Why So Many Clergy at St. Michael’s? I have heard some folks ask this question as of late and it is a great question!  While it appears we have a large number of clergy on the team, only 2.5 are full time.  With a congregation of nearly 2,000 members that’s not a lot, in fact it keeps us on our toes!  We…
  • Snowy But Moving in Boston! Thank you for all your prayers during our time of travel in New England.  We flew in just ahead of a significant snow storm, that in itself was a miracle.  It was a wonderful mix of play and work. Family: In addition to spending time with my mother and father, the bulk of our family…
  • Parish Weekend Away at Kanuga You will hear a great deal over the next several weeks about the beautiful experience of our Parish Weekend away.  There is simply no substitute for getting away and getting to know others with our feet up over a warm fireplace.  Yes, this year the drama team was exceptional and brought out the emotion in…
  • Reflections on Kanuga I must admit I was a bit skeptical about the programs being offered at Kanuga this year.  An acting troupe?  Our family had attended Kanuga two years ago and the memories of Bishop Lawrence and his story of coming to Christ was still emblazoned on my mind.  I couldn’t come to terms with how some…
  • The Crisis in Egypt: Part One A Report from CAIRO by Anglican Archbishop Bishop Mouneer H. Anis February 3, 2011 “Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:6 Dear Friends, Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your continuous prayers, emails and phone calls. We…
  • The Crisis in Egypt: Part Three Tyson and Samia Nettles Reflect on their Recent Trip too Egypt Some weeks before the unrest, our own parishioners Samia and Tyson Nettles were in Egypt.  Samia’s father is from that region and they were visiting family over Christmas.  Here is Tyson’s report: My wife Samia and I traveled to Egypt over the New Year’s…
  • The Crisis in Egypt: Part Four Michael Nazir-Ali and the Importance of Christian Islam Relations The big elephant in the middle of the room in many Mideast nations like Egypt, Tunisia, and Yeman is the tension of the Islamic question.  Will all the instability result in the ever dangerous Sharia Law?  Of course we need to define what Sharia law is. …
  • 15 Years of Doing Alpha at St. Michael’s Its been nearly 15 years since the leadership of St. Michael’s Church brought in the Alpha ministry.  Hard to believe isn’t it!  It was 1996 when The Rev. Rick and Annie Belser, Tommy and Trish Kirkland, Johnnie and Jean Corbett travelled to New York City’s St. Bartholomew’s Church to hear about this ‘new’ thing called…
  • Words of Encouragement! I felt compelled to send you this e-mail particularly after hearing Mark and Jo’s testimony during last Sunday’s service about Alpha and about their experience joining St. Michael’s Church. Of course, you already know how I feel about Alpha and the huge impact it has had on my life. However, I am not sure that…
  • The Least, Last and Lost January 23, 2011 marks 38 years of legal abortion in our country, so as we consider the millions of innocent children aborted before birth, Focus on the Family suggests we learn more about all the people groups whose lives hang by a slim thread:  the elderly, the disabled, the poor, orphans, the unborn and innocents captured in…
  • Saying Goodbye to a Real Tigger Beginning and ending well, a very simple concept that can be applied to jobs, family life and of course our life and our death.  We think here of Revelation 21 where the Apostle John quotes God in his vision saying: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  For the Christian…
  • Sermon Feedback Dear Ann, We were so inspired by Peter Moore’s sermon in worship today.  I know the office is closed tomorrow, Monday, but could you help me get 5 CD copies of the sermon, so I can distribute them to some of our Staff and Board leaders at THE MISSION Society?  They will be so encouraged to…
  • Running Free in London What happened in London?  Senior Warden Ann Hester Willis, Capers Barr, IV and I were up to several key things in this most amazing city. Attended a Leadership Summit attended by Bishops and Clergy leaders as well as some of the most successful CEO’s of English corporations Checked up on our missionary Doug Born and…
  • The 2011 Leadership Summit I elected to devote my 2011 continuing education time and resource to this topic of both leadership and the art of surrounding oneself with great leadership as well as producing great leaders.  The 2011 Leadership Summit answered that call and more!  Can you imagine over a 48 hour period…37 breakout sessions, 8 plenaries and conferencing…
  • Could London Be Experiencing the Beginning of a Mass Spiritual Awakening? There are many today who believe that if a revival were to break out, it would break out in the cities and from there flow into the countryside.  The Rev. Tim Keller, the Rev. Peter Moore and Bishop Mark Lawrence have all written or spoken of this reality in recent times.  Certainly during our time…
  • The Latest With our Missionary Doug Born and a Miracle… Our time with Doug Born featured what I would call a miracle, more on that in a moment.  We travelled to see Doug on Saturday, February 12 and had a wonderful lunch and afternoon with him.  Doug is helping the Rev. Frog Orr-Ewing start a church near Oxford.  Doug has been given the task of…
  • Reflection on London by Ann Hester Willis, Senior Warden When I first heard that Al was praying about going to a leadership conference at Holy Trinity Brompton (“HTB”) in London (the church that created the Alpha course, the Marriage Course, the Marriage Prep Course and St. Paul’s Theological Centre, among other things), I thought “Al is going all the way to London to get…
  • The London Leadership Summit by Capers Barr IV Traveling to London for the Leadership Conference at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) with Al Zadig and Ann Hester Willis was truly enjoyable and inspirational. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to take the trip. There are many humorous and exciting anecdotes that I could share from the trip, such as meeting the…
  • 220th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina The 220th convention of the Diocese of South Carolina was held in Beaufort on Saturday February 18, 2011.   Ann Willis, Bill Lyles, John Sosnowski, and Bob Kunes attended as St. Michael’s Lay Delegates while Al, Hamilton, Peter, and Ted attended as Clergy from St. Michael’s and Bishop Dickson attended as a retired Bishop from Tennessee.  …
  • Life Groups in Action: VA Hospital March 2, 2011 was a very special Veterans’ Day.  Before Christmas, our Life Group decided to contact the VA Hospital to learn how we might do something special for the veterans in the nursing home.  That evolved into a “House Warming” for their new facility on Ashley Crossing Drive, both to bless their new facility…
  • Life Groups in Action: Crisis Ministries On Thursday March 31, a team of about 20 headed to Crisis Ministries with The Gate to cook and serve dinner to the men at the shelter. The team (special thanks to Jason and Catherine Regan for planning the event) prepared and plated an enormous amount of spaghetti with meat sauce and sides of green…
  • Life Groups in Action: Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy A group of eight women, who live east of the Cooper River, make up the Hobcaw Bible Study.  Our main purpose is to study the word of God, and to grow spiritually as we discern His purpose for our lives and to rearrange our priorities accordingly.  We support and pray for each other in difficult…
  • 8th Session of Alpha in the Workplace It’s hard to believe that last week marked the end of our 8th Session of Alpha in the Workplace at the Yacht Club.  There are many stories of transformed lives.  The next Alpha in the Workplace course begins in August and I would love for you to think of someone to invite.  We begin at…
  • Update on Brother Andrew Many of you have asked me why my brother Andrew is no longer on the prayer list. Thanks be to God, he is stabilized and leading a pretty normal life! It is an amazing thing when people pray!
  • From the Rector – Maundy Thursday Service and the Value of Being Family Friendly Well, we ran out of food almost before it started! We decided to add this year some family friendly elements to Holy Week. When I say family friendly I don’t just mean child friendly. When I say family friendly I mean an event that will bless the entire spiritual family young and old alike. So,…
  • From the Rector – Good Friday As I write this, it’s now dark out on Good Friday night. I’m at my desk a bit too wired from the day to go directly home, instead relishing the opportunity in my quiet office to reflect on the day just been. I have to wonder what the disciples and all the observers were thinking…
  • Palm Sunday Reflection Al, what a great service today! The transition from celebration to a somber mood in one service is very powerful. I especially liked the congregational participation in the reading of The Passion. As Christians I think we see ourselves as observers in the events of The Passion and by having us participate, it reminds us…
  • Are You Desperate for God? A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of hosting here at St. Michael’s two very hungry men for God: Onesphore Manirakiza and the Rev. Richard Jones.  Onesphore, a native of Burundi, Africa, trained as a lawyer before laying it all down in pursuit of his dream to be part of the transformation of Burundi.…
  • Alpha Produces Another Wedding: Life Group in Attendance! As we approach our 16th year of doing Alpha at St. Michaels, we have yet another wedding to show for it!  It would be fascinating to look and see how many weddings Alpha has produced here at St. Michael’s.  This past week, I officiated the marriage of a couple who took Alpha last fall.  Kristin…
  • Getting Ready for the Rapture It all happened so fast!  All of a sudden every media outlet and human being I came into contact with seemed in near hysteria about May 21 being the end of time.  I was even asked to interview with Channel 2 news about the event (or lack thereof).  After wondering if I would take the…
  • Festival of Faith Reflections See Pictures It was a blessing for me to be a part of the prayer team during our worship service at Festival of Faith Sunday.  My prayer partner and I were blessed to have had the opportunity to pray for many people, and to witness the power of the Holy Spirit moving so profoundly in…
  • Quote of the Month By now most of you know that last month a team of St. Michaelites drove a bus purchased by St. Michael’s to an inner city church (Christ the King) in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The bus will be used by the church to pick up people of all ages for church and other events including Vacation Bible…
  • The Summer That Wasn’t More than any other summer I can remember, it seems that this summer…wasn’t. Have you ever felt this way?  I remember as a child the summers lasting forever, days that wouldn’t end, and the month of July that felt like many months all in one. But this year, it’s like I woke up, and it…
  • Walking Down Memory Lane: Being Good Stewards of our Lives by Looking Back During the month of July, while Wimberly was in summer camp, Elizabeth, Christian, Hudson and I made a quick trip to Massachusetts for my 25th High School Reunion. I attended Gloucester High School (yes, our mascot was the Gorton’s Fisherman). In a class of 321, 115 or so attended the reunion. Gloucester is a fishing…
  • Marriage Conference: Marriage behind closed doors… There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed… There is nothing hidden that will not be made known.. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight And what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms Will be proclaimed from the roof-tops.. Luke 12 Many thanks to…
  • The “3” Night Tri-Fecta: Baseball and Christianity It was the Tri-Fecta…  One of the goals I have with my sons is that by the time they graduate from college, we will have been to a game in every major league baseball park in the United States. My 25th High School reunion near Boston was a perfect excuse to have a road trip…
  • The Rev. Rob Dewey Offers Prayers: A First for Boeing The Rev. Rob Dewey, Senior Chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy was asked to offer a prayer during the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new Boeing plant, in North Charleston, June 10. Dewey was told that in the history of Boeing this was the first time a prayer was offered at a Boeing facility opening.…
  • Letters to the Rector Father Al, I attended the 8 AM service today. I'm the United Methodist pastor who was getting a chance to not be in the lead. Thanks for the kindness and grace of you and the St. Michael's congregation. I received what I needed. I especially appreciated the soloist, whose elegant style was very welcome. I…
  • Staying Rooted in a New Season My morning prayer and study time has changed. Making a long story short, I used to pray using my Anglican Fellowship of Prayer Journal, and then read the word.  I would do all of this in the early morning from my bedroom. But in February, while in London, something happened that began to change my…
  • What? Mission working in Reverse? St. John’s Chapel to Children’s Hospital in Boston Okay, be honest; when you hear the word “mission” you think of a dozen or so great people going on the road to help others come to Christ.  Certainly that’s one definition, but what we have found at St. Michael’s, specifically through our Hurting Coast mission is that our mission is now working in reverse! …
  • Connections Sunday (Kick Off Sunday) Unveils New Communication Tools! In bright vibrant color, you can now look at our welcome centers and take away with you a brochure on every ministry at St. Michael’s!  With clarity and beauty, these brochures give a great description of our ministries and who to contact.  In addition to the specific brochures, we also have a general brochure about…
  • Parishioners Caught Red Handed Transforming Hearts Through Jesus Christ C. S. Lewis turned the words Surprised By Joy into a household phrase.  It was the title of his 1955 book that serves as his partial autobiography describing his conversion to Jesus Christ.  Lately I’ve been living that phrase as I’ve seen parishioner after parishioner shine in missional leadership, transforming hearts in the marketplace!  Here…
  • Renovation of the Dependency Underway! If you walk by the Rectory, there is a construction sign on the gate, no the Rectory is not being renovated, but the back house is!  For years we have all been watching the slow deterioration of the brick building behind the rectory, affectionately known as the Dependency or Kitchen House.  The time is now…
  • Bishop Mark Lawrence Calls the Rev. Doug Peterson The Rev. Doug Peterson who is currently a volunteer priest at St. Michael’s has been called by Bishop Lawrence to help out at Old St. Andrews Parish in West Ashley.  Doug spends a third of the year each in Charleston, Florida and Maine, and is normally here in the fall and part of the winter. …
  • Local Churches Remember 9-11 Where were you when that fateful day of September 11, 2001, a day we call 9-11?  I was dedicating a basketball court in memory of Dr. Bob Nelson at the Charleston Day School.  I got in my car to come back to St. Michael’s when I got the news.  Rick Belser and I immediately formed…
  • What sets your heart ABLAZE? It could be a big Gamecock or Tiger victory, a beautiful day at the beach, time spent with family, or losing oneself in glorious worship.  One of the things that sets my heart ablaze is when I wake up on a Saturday morning and with no pressure to be anywhere, simply sitting out on our…
  • Vestry Testimonies of Tithing by Faith Ann Hester Willis There was a time when I gave money to the church as I felt inclined.  Based upon how generous I was feeling at the moment, how much money I seemed to have “left over,” and what fit comfortably in my budget without displacing all of those other “essential” needs, I would put…
  • Tithing/Stewardship Ministry Goal: 70%! Currently 58% of all St. Michaelites give/tithe to St. Michael’s.  We are so very grateful to each of you who support and give to what I call this life saving ministry. Our goal for 2011?  That we could increase that percentage to 70% of all St. Michaelites giving and working toward a tithe. I love…
  • St. Michael’s and Area Churches Observe 10th Anniversary of 9-11 in Washington Park There was no coffee hour, no milling about on Meeting Street after church on September 11th.  No, all St. Michaelites on this day processed out of the 10:30 am service to that beautiful hymn O Beautiful For Spacious Skies…led by the crucifer and American flag, we stopped traffic and kept processing across Broad Street and…
  • Urgent Message from the Bishop of South Carolina Read the message from the Bishop of SC A Response to the reported Title IVdisciplinary process begun against Bishop Mark Lawrence Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina Meet to Discuss “Serious Charges” Made Against Bishop Lawrence
  • Michaelmas Lowcountry Day Away Reflection A Day To Connect The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body, so it is with Christ…Now the body is not made up one part but of many.  1 Corinthians 12:12-14 It was a beautiful scene… looking…
  • Tithing: Is the Church an Emergency Room or Rehab Center? As you think about your tithe, we realize inherently that the tithe is a symbol of what Jesus Christ has done for us, but we also give because we believe that our mission is discipleship.  Therefore we realize we have a need to give as an expression of gratitude for what the church is life…
  • Beautiful New Green Hangings! You may have noticed that a new set of hangings now adorn the sanctuary.  This is part of a plan to replace certain sets of seasonal hangings that have done their faithful service.  The green hangings are the most often used of all the colors and needed a rest!  You might ask, how does a…
  • Parishioners Caught Red Handed Transforming Hearts Through Jesus Christ Dale Finkbine - As a dentist, Dale worked with other dentists to serve 2,000-2,500 people in need in the Florence area.  The Florence Civic Center was filled with dentists doing procedures ranging from fillings and root canals to extractions…all for free! Read all about this wonderful ministry. What would you do if you had a…
  • Received from a Seeker I recently took a new job that will require my wife and me to relocate to San Francisco, we move in  three weeks!  I am writing this in case I don’t have a chance to speak with you before we leave.  I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed getting to know you and…
  • Can I Count my Giving to the United Way or Water Missions as my Tithe? I get this question all the time and the essential answer is no. Let me introduce to you the concept of the tithe and the offering. The tithe is the Biblical standard of giving, a word that means “tenth.”  Tithing essentially means giving back to God 10% of the financial resources He has given you. …
  • Parish Meeting Held to Discuss Charges Against Bishop Lawrence On Sunday October 16, nearly 300 of you filled the sanctuary of St. Michael’s to hear the latest news regarding the charges against our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence.    As you may know, On September 29 the Bishop received communication from the National Episcopal Church that ‘serious charges of abandonment of the Episcopal Church’…
  • 50 Years of Ordained Life: 80 Years of Living Peter Moore and my father (Al Sr.) both share the same gift of celebrating their 50th Anniversaries to the Priesthood this year. After we celebrated with Peter and Sandra over the weekend of October 29th, all of the Zadig’s boarded a plane for Boston to share with my father over the weekend of November 5th.…
  • Paintball Pounding: Ponderings by your Padre The Scripture mandate is clear. To win those in the world for Jesus Christ, we need to meet them where they are (1 Corinthians 9:21-22).  So, to spend time with the youth of St. Michael’s, I donned my paintball outfit and prepared for battle. It was a joy taking son Christian and my father in…
  • NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Ann & I traveled to New York City with Elizabeth & Al Zadig to attend a celebration by FOCUS of its 50th Anniversary to honor its founder, our very own Rev. Dr. Peter Moore. FOCUS, which stands for “Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools,” was established as a Christian evangelical ministry to young people…
  • Letter to the Rector Rev. Zadig, My husband and I would like to say “Thank you” for always making us feel welcome at St. Michael’s.  We have only visited twice, once on our honeymoon and again just a few Sunday’s ago while celebrating our first anniversary.  We wanted you to know what a blessing St. Michael’s is to us.…
  • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Christmas Pageant at St. Michael’s This season will be the 50th anniversary of our beloved Christmas Pageant. The first St. Michael’s Christmas Pageant was held at 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve, 1961, at the instigation of the new rector, the Rev. Richard Fell. He asked the volunteer Director of the Sunday School, Jane Thornhill, to direct it. Only children with…
  • Living Dependently in Advent One of the themes of Advent is simply dependency.  This is the whole point of the Advent wreath after all.  As each week goes by, and the advent wreath increases in light, heat and strength, our prayer is that light, heat and strength would completely overshadow us in a way that leads to dependence on…
  • Darlington One of the most profound truths in our Christian journey is the simple fact that the most joy in life comes when we give... period.  Giving away forgiveness, love, resources, wisdom, time. At 5:00 am, on Sunday, December 4, Burwell Boykin, Capers Barr and I drove to Darlington, South Carolina to give and help plant…
  • Reindeer Run Over and over again during Alpha and “I Like Mike” (the newcomer course) we define the church using three words… Up-In-Out.   The UP is our worship, (that vertical relationship we have with Jesus Christ).  The IN is our relationship with each other (and how the Lord works relationally between his people).  The OUT is taking…
  • Bishop Gadsden Inspires with Re-Affirmands For several months throughout the fall, Bishop Alex Dickson taught the “essentials” of Anglicanism at the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community.  With great gratitude to the Bishop, his bride Jane, and host Jan Beebe, we had an inspirational group!  In a move that says our Christian life is always in need of strengthening and tutoring, Libby…
  • Christmas Ignition The Rev. Doug Peterson preached on Christmas Day at St. Michael’s and quoted from the journal of that missionary Jim Elliott, who was martyred in 1956 in Ecuador: “He makes His ministers a flame of fire. Am I ignitable?  God deliver me from the dead asbestos of “other” things. Saturate me with the oil of…
  • St. Nicholas/Santa Claus: He’s Real! It’s time that the church recaptures the true identity of Santa Claus. First, he’s real! He has many names, in Germany he’s called Kris Kringle…In Holland, Sinter Klaas, and when his reputation came to America, they accidentally mis-pronounced his name Sinte Klaes, later turned to Santa Claus. Well his full name was Nicholas, born in…
  • Vision Sunday: Wow Sunday, January 8th was “Vision Sunday” a beautiful day where we all took part in the prayers of the people, reiterated our vision and watched a video at the announcements of the Global Impact Celebration coming in February… (Watch it today!)  Here is an excerpt of my sermon preached:    There are three words I…
  • Men’s Ministry Kick-Off Dinner It was organic, a night where the clergy team truly took a back seat. The men’s dinner was completely put together by lay-men with a passion to reach for Christ every man of this church.   I have to admit, when I walked into the Kinloch room shortly before the start of the men’s dinner, I…
  • A Look Back to New Years I remember Bishop Salmon saying we never learn from our experiences, no, we learn from the reflection of those experiences.  Below is one such reflection from altar guild member Susanne Trainer to our former Altar Guild chair Christen Reese: Christen, I have thought of you so often since December 31, and your heroic efforts to…
  • GIC 2012 Gratitude Dear Congregation and Friends, This past week, we as a congregation through the power of the Holy Spirit, took a gigantic leap forward in our vision of Transforming Hearts Through Jesus Christ.  It came through the glorious and blessed experience of our first annual Global Impact Celebration.  Along with the entire St. Michael’s staff, I…
  • The Day after GIC 2012 I was in my bed reading the latest church news on my iPhone, when I came across this grievous story.  Literally the day after the Rev. Dan Rogers spoke from our lectern about the decline in Christian faith up the hurting coast (New England) word has come that the Episcopal Cathedral in Providence is closing. …
  • The Tangible and the Intangible Miracles of the GIC 2012 The tangible miracle of the Global Impact Celebration is clear and real.  When Action Team Director Swain Marion showed me the results on a little card, (at the time it was $290,000) tears filled both our eyes!  I was absolutely undone!  Again, thank you to everyone who gave offerings beyond the tithe! I have to…
  • Forgiveness: The Day of Healing Prayer and the Nones Why the Day of Healing Prayer on Forgiveness? Why so important? Where do I begin to state the importance of this healing experience? It is a day that could be the most important day of your life. Let me explain for reasons that might surprise you. This week I’ve just returned from Dallas, where I…
  • What are the Corbetts Up To? We have a congregation of tremendous leaders here at St. Michael’s, including Jean and Johnnie Corbett. Jean had been on staff here serving as administrator, Executive Assistant to the Rector and leading the healing ministry. Since retirement, Jean and Johnnie have not let up on the gas pedal. I asked Jean recently if she could…
  • Faith Promise 2012 With the Global Impact Celebration now nearly a month behind us, some of us might find ourselves in a similar situation to Jack in this story from The Mission Society. Read on as we read about the challenges of remaining missional in a world that can give us second thoughts: Jack had made a Faith…
  • The Conversation Has Changed: The Anglican 1000 Conference It was a conference that started with these four words: The Conversation Has Changed… These were the words of Archbishop Robert Duncan as he opened the Anglican 1000 Conference in Plano Texas. The Archbishop was referring to the fact that for years our conversation in the Anglican Church has been about sexuality, division, factions and…
  • Convention Convenes for the Diocese of South Carolina Convention Convenes for the Diocese of South Carolina Along these lines of the conversation changing, the diocese of South Carolina met for our annual meeting on Friday-Saturday March 9-10 here in Charleston.  It opened with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali speaking for 2 hours on the uniqueness of Jesus in a pluralistic world.  Then, following the Bishop’s…
  • HOLY WEEK Holy Week For Everyone Holy Week is that most intense and critical time of the Church Year.  For the clergy it makes the Christmas season look easy.  Holy Week is demanding spiritually, physically and emotionally.  We are taken with Jesus to the depths of betrayal, death and hell, only to come out the other side…
  • Lenten Thank You’s to So Many! Tuesday Morning Testimonials: Thank you for giving your story: Chappy McKay, Corey Turner, Ashley Severance, Carter Falk, Mary Frances Stuckey and Madison McNeill. Tuesday Morning Cooks: Every Tuesday morning hours before the sunrise you could find over half a dozen faithful St. Michaelites in the Belser Building Kitchen cooking away and preparing the morning breakfast. …
  • Children’s Ministry Moves Forward With Strength After much prayer and discernment, I am excited to announce that Cyndee Cave has accepted my call to become our Children’s Minister.  As many of you know, Cyndee is a long time St. Michaelite, wife of Scott, and mother of three young girls, Catherine, Mae, and Addie.  She is a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ,…
  • Lenten Tuesday Morning Testimony by Ashley Severance My husband, Matt, and I have four children, and we have been members of St. Michaels since we moved to the wonderful city of Charleston eight years ago. I feel fortunate to say that I was raised in a Christian home, and I formally asked Jesus into my heart my first week of kindergarten.  Our…
  • Holy Week, Loquats & Easter Nothing moves the spirit, soul and body more than Holy Week and Easter.  Nothing on the church calendar compares to this most powerful week of the year.  This year was no different.  From Palm Sunday where we began in great triumph with Windjun the Donkey, to the end of that service where we read the…
  • Easter Thank You’s and our New Experiment If I started by thanking people using their names, my list would far exceed the space we have in the Messenger and invariably I would leave someone out!  So, let me say thank you to anyone who had anything to do with our Holy Week and Easter services.  So many of you worked so hard…
  • Taking the 50 Day Challenge Easter is not just one day, but in the church Easter is a season that lasts 50 days and takes us to Pentecost (that day where the Holy Spirit came on the disciples).  I had asked everyone to commit to coming to worship each Sunday specifically through the Easter season to see how their lives…
  • Congratulations David Booman The Rev. David Booman was ordained in Pittsburgh to the sacred order of Priests on the Sunday after Easter Day.  He went to Pittsburgh as a deacon and returns as a Priest.  Congratulations to both David and his chief support and partner Caity!  David will resume his ministry here and celebrate his first Eucharist on…
  • The Festival of Faith…. Why Do You Need to Be There? Because We Are Better Together! Bishop Salmon has many one liners that I will simply never forget.  They include: –  You can’t have what you don’t believe, i.e.: •  If you don’t believe you could ever be loved -you will never be loved •  If you don’t believe you could ever be forgiven -you will never be forgiven –  We…
  • Where Did Your Lenten Prayer Cards Go? Thank you to all of you who filled out your prayer cards during Lent.  What happened to them?  The process I followed this year was to take your cards on my Lenten prayer retreats and pray over each one.  This was done multiple times.  Then on Good Friday, I simply put them into a basket…
  • Letters from Easter Dear Rev. Zadig, Before too much more time passes, we wanted to thank you and your congregation for the warm welcome we received while worshipping at St. Michael’s during our three-week stay in Charleston in March. We attended three of your contemporary worship services, as we’ve done in the past during our Charleston visits. We…
  • Letter to the Rector Dear Father Al, What a wonderful weekend. Rev. Mumford’s words were inspiring and encouraging, I am so pleased I was able to be part of it. I also attended the service this morning and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I think I shall I try to visit St Michael’s once a month. By the way I was…
  • Festival of Faith It’s hard to put into words how important the festival of faith is to the entire body of St. Michael’s Church.  Have you ever been on a trip and then tried to come home and explain what you saw?  I remember coming home from attending a year as a student at the University of Glasgow,…
  • Word On Fire: Beta Bible in a Year! If you attended the Festival of Faith, you know what we mean when we say,  “WORD ON FIRE!”  This is our 2012 theme and will focus us on what happens after Alpha, something we’re calling Beta Bible in a year. While Alpha is about conversion to belief, Beta is about that conversion to discipleship, being…
  • Reflections from the Festival of Faith I Love the Way We Celebrate Pentecost: It’s real, it’s authentic and powerful.  At 9:30 on Pentecost Sunday (Festival of Faith), we had a Pentecost version of Morning Prayer.  Immediately following the sermon, the entire congregation was invited to pray as individuals and families at one of our 13 prayer stations.  For nearly 30 minutes,…
  • What Happened at the Annual Meeting/Family Reunion? On the heels of our extended prayer time during Morning Prayer, we then transitioned into the Annual Meeting/ Family Reunion.  During our 90 minutes we: •   Voted in new vestry members •   Heard a state of the Church  address by our Senior Warden •   Watched our annual end of year slide show (Kleenex please) •  …
  • Alpha + Marriage = Transformation The ministry of marriage preparation at St. Michael’s is critically important.  We take very seriously the fact that we aren’t just preparing a couple for their wedding day, but an entire marital life!  Because each bride and groom begin their vows with:  “In the Name of God I ______  take you_______.....we therefore want each couple…
  • Summer Sabbath: Take it! A family vacation is one where you arrive with five bags, four kids, and seven “I thought you packed its!” ~ Unknown Life around St. Michaels in July will be q-u-i-e-t.  Quiet for a good reason.  We all need to honor the fourth commandment of taking Sabbath regardless of our energy level!  So, when you…
  • Hamilton Smith, the Orangutan and Providence It was with a bit of hesitancy that I said yes when the Rev. Hamilton Smith asked me if he could give his Orangutan impersonation during announcements (the children of Vacation Bible School were so looking forward to the orangutan appearing in church)! Much to the delight of the children, Hamilton did an excellent Orangutan…
  • Retreats, Conferences, Retreats, Conferences! What a two-week period it’s been.  On Monday, June 11, I gave a PowerPoint presentation to the board of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP) group.  The conference was held at Camp St. Christopher and I was excited because I have used the AFP journal of prayer now for 15 years.  Then on Wednesday June…
  • From a PK (Priest’s Kid) Visiting St. Michael’s I want share with you my experience at St. Michael’s.  I have been sharing this experience with my fellow Episcopalians and Anglicans.  From the moment I called St. Michael’s for directions to when I walked into the church office, everyone, literally everyone was warm, friendly, welcoming and helpful.  Every member I interacted with was positive…
  • What Ails the Episcopalians by Jay Akasie We all need background information to understand current issues. Here below Jay Akasie in the W.S.J. gives the social and political background that’s often lost in debates over this or that specific action taken by our National Church. Akasie’s perhaps more a traditionalist than an Evangelical like me. But he gets the gist. ~ Peter…
  • Summer Mission On the Hurting Coast: Broken Steeple, Broken People There it was, First Parish Church staring at us as we walked up Meeting House Hill in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.   Not only is First Parish Church (1631) the oldest congregation in the City of Boston and one of the oldest in the United States, it is a symbol of the Christian movement  in the founding…
  • Father Daughter Mission I had never been on a mission with a member of my family, specifically an offspring! As reported in an earlier edition of the Messenger, in July eleven St. Michaelites went up to minister to the people of Dorchester, Massachusetts through our partner church Christ the King. The summer mission within the mission was the…
  • Worship on Vacation: A Life Changing Priority One of the highlights of our time away was simply worshiping in the same pew as a family. It is one of the understated challenges of the ordained ministry. We rarely get to worship with our families. There is nothing like holding a 6 year old son or daughter during hymns and songs. It feels…
  • Bishop Lawrence To Make His Plan Known for the Diocese of South Carolina As of this printing, we await further discernment from our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence regarding a clear direction for our diocese in response to the July General Convention of the National Episcopal Church.  As soon as his response is made known, the vestry will meet both to discuss it as well as to…
  • Letter to the Rector Dear Al,   I was in Charleston this weekend for a meeting of the South Carolina Society of the Cincinnati, and I attended services at St. Michael’s yesterday.  For some time, I have wanted to attend during one of my Cincinnati weekends in Charleston, but, for reasons of familial roots at St. Philip’s, Grace, or…
  • Bible In One Year As A Way of Life DL Moody said it best years ago,  “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives!”  The Bible is THE love letter from God, and knowing his letter is akin to knowing His heart. The Bible through the Holy Spirit transforms lives, which is why Bible   In One Year fits…
  • Bring the Bible To LIFE Come to Jerusalem Next Fall with the Zadigs Dear Friends, To put feet on our Bible readings, and one of the best ways to live into our St. Michaels’ vision of Transforming Hearts Through Jesus Christ, is to put ourselves in the very place Jesus lived and ministered.  To that end, I have an exciting opportunity to share with you. In October of…
  • The Portraits Have Been Found! I rejoice to communicate that at long last, long lost treasures have been found.  Portraits of previous Rectors of St. Michael’s and their assistants have been discovered in a warehouse near St. Michael’s.  It seems that during various building renovations throughout the years here at St. Michael’s, the portraits of these amazing men were carefully…
  • Excellence in Pastoral Care Is any one of you in trouble?  He should pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.  Is any one of you sick?  He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:13-14 We want to be a…
  • Kanuga 2012 “If I’m alone change topples me If I’m in Jesus, change lifts me higher.”   ~ The Rev. Neely Towe The one word I use to describe our parish weekend away is this:  Grace.  Over the course of three days, our speaker, the Rev. Neely Tow spoke from a beautiful place of grace.  Even her voice…
  • Al & Elizabeth Zadig Join the Healing Mission to Ukraine For Elizabeth and I, this mission trip to the Ukraine will be our first international mission trip as a couple. Thank God for terrific in-laws who can help with childcare. We have a wonderful team going, which includes: Todd Brown    Тодд Браун Jean Corbett    Джін Корбет Johnnie Corbett    Джонні Корбет Lisa Holland    Лиса Холланд Eunice…
  • Travel to Jerusalem Next Fall with the Zadigs 3 spots left One of the best ways to live into our St. Michael’s vision of Transforming Hearts Through Jesus Christ is to simply put ourselves in the very place He lived and ministered and experience first hand the fingerprints of His earthly journey. October 24 through November 5, 2013, Elizabeth and I invite you…
  • Building Momentum Together O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.  ~ Jeremiah 18:6 Jeremiah: The Potter’s Hand as Symbol for 2012 Stewardship In the book of Jeremiah, God gives…
  • The Parish Weekend Away Through the Eyes of A Child Eight year old Madey Mayer was so excited about the parish weekend away at Kanuga that she came up with this artwork.  Isn’t it great?  I hope it will plant seeds in all of us to get excited about next years parish weekend away!
  • Doing Mission With My Wife! I asked my son Christian the other day how he felt about us (Elizabeth and me) going to the Ukraine for a nine day mission.  I asked the question because I was curious if he had any fears or anxieties about our trip.  His response surprised me.  Twelve year old Christian said:  “I see it…
  • 10-14-12 “Shaping a Softer Heart, Developing Hard Feet” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. Printable Version
  • Soft Hearts & Hard Feet, How? Jeremiah 18 is the story of God the potter shaping us as His clay. For centuries many sermons and images have come from this beautiful part of Scripture: The Potters House: This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:  2“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my…
  • Full Gospel Bodied Ukrainian Mission As I gather my thoughts about our 9 days on mission in Ukraine, let me first say thank you to all of you who gave yourself in prayer to this mission. For Elizabeth and me, it was our first joint international mission trip. So many stories to tell, stories you can read in a special…
  • Letter from the Rector Sunday October 21, 2012 Dear Friends in Christ, For many years there has been a split coming in the Episcopal Church over the core issue of the authority of Scripture.  Do we have the freedom to re-write the Bible to fit social trends, or do we re-write our hearts according to the changeless word of…
  • 10-28-12 “Nothing Without God Will Be Left” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. Printable Version
  • “Be a Church Known for What You Are FOR!” I’ll never forget the moment I first heard this statement.  Archbishop George Carey was preaching at my former church, All Saints in Chevy Chase.  It was a moment when many were upset with the “revisionist” leanings of the Diocese of Washington.  Archbishop Carey during his sermon stood in the pulpit, looked at the congregation penetratingly…
  • Putting Things in Perspective The disaffiliation of the Diocese of South Carolina from the National Episcopal Church actually means we are more connected than ever to the largest Anglican Communion bodies throughout the world.  One such group is the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).  The FCA is an orthodox global network of Anglican Churches which formed in 2008 in…
  • Another Kind of Anglican Worship Experience From the Travels of Ed and Georgia Barnett Dear Al, While you and Libby were away doing God’s work in Ukraine, Georgia and I were being playboys and girls in England and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. We did, however, have a meaningful Christian experience that you may find interesting. We were in Oxford on a Sunday and went to city-centre with the…
  • Stewardship Thank you! I can’t quite remember a more fascinating three day period of ministry.  On Sunday, November 4th, nearly 450 of you were in church to hear Bishop Lawrence speak about the relationship between the Diocese of South Carolina and the National Episcopal Church.  On the same weekend, a filled Kinloch Room for the day of healing…
  • Advent: Finishing Well 4 Things Needed To Finish Well Some years ago Rory McIlroy led the Masters Golf Tournament by four strokes heading into the final round. That is when things fell apart. He wound up finishing in 15th place. After the tournament he said:  “Winning and being in the lead is not the same thing.” His tale…
  • Finishing Well, Beginning Again: Run the Good Race, by Brenda Georgi “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace”—Acts 20:24. Paul was so motivated to finish well, that he challenged the Corinthian believers to “run (the race) in such a…
  • Visiting with John Sosnowski, Bishop Salmon and My Father It was a magnificent trip to the frontier of Wisconsin. As you know Nashotah House Seminary is where St. Michaelite seminarian John Sosnowski and his wife Patti have just begun their new life. Prayerfully John will be ordained to the priesthood in three short years! So, my father and I thought it would be a…
  • My Dream for St. Michaelites My dream for St. Michaelites is that every person would be ministering in their family and workplaces. Let me give you a vision of this. Several months ago, Bobby and Laura Anderson were married here in St. Michael’s. As part of their pre-marital experience they took the Alpha Course. During that time, Bobby who is…
  • News from the Diocese of South Carolina Special Convention Approves Disaffiliation with the National Episcopal Church  By the Rev. Al Zadig, Jr. with excerpts from the Diocesan news reports On, Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Diocese of South Carolina met in Special Convention at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston. There, an overwhelming majority passed three resolutions. • The first, by voice vote, affirmed the act of disaffiliation taken by the Bishop…
  • What is the Relationship between the Anglican Church of North America, and the Diocese of South Carolina with the Church of England? Taken from excerpts of an Anglican Ink Article by George Conger The Church of England has declined to accept Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori’s assertion the Diocese of South Carolina may not withdraw from the Episcopal Church. Speaking for the church’s Council for Christian Unity (CCU), Bishop Christopher Hill said the Church of England sought…
  • Can a Diocese Legally Withdrawal from the Episcopal Church? By Alan Runyan, legal counsel to the Diocese of South Carolina The question whether a diocese can legally withdraw from The Episcopal Church can be addressed in five points from the perspective of Canon law (the body of laws adopted by church leadership for the governing of the church). 1.  There is no provision in…
  • If You Are About to Give Birth… Husbands Please Read There are so many babies being born into St. Michael’s, it’s hard to keep up! Husbands, please help us minister to your family by calling the church office (723-0603) after your bride gives birth. Don’t assume we know! If it’s after hours, follow the prompts for emergencies to let the priest on call know your…
  • 12-02-12 Have No Fear-You Are Protected-The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig Jr. Printable Version
  • 12-09-12 “Have No Fear-You Are Loved” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. Printable Version
  • Christmas and Sacramental Space Luke 2:6  The Time Came for the Baby (Jesus) to be Born… The Incarnation, the birth of Jesus Christ is the most amazing gift our world has ever known.  The Redeemer, the Rescuer, the Savior is born to remove our stain of sin within. The new life that follows this gift is something that every…
  • Outreach Out Our Door I remember attending a conference some years ago and a key point that stuck with me ever since has been:  “look at all the events outside your church doors, and begin your mission work by reaching out during those events.”  Think of all the events that happen outside our church doors: Turkey Day Run Reindeer…
  • Christmas Cards and the Wall of Glory One of the ways the Zadig family celebrates Christmas is displaying all the Christmas cards we receive up and through Christmas.  We call it the wall of glory.  When cards come in the mail, we tape them up to the wall which gives us a wonderful opportunity to look and ponder what Jesus is doing…
  • A Letter from the Rector of St. Paul’s Brookfield, Connecticut The Church next door to Newtown, Connecticut   If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).   Dear St. Paul's…
  • 12-23-12 “Have No Fear, You Are Victorious” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. Printable Version
  • 12-24-12 “The Great Darkness Remover: Jesus Christ” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.
  • The 261st Celebration of Advent and Christmas at St. Michael’s! And what a season it was! I shall never forget this particular Advent/Christmas. Unlike any year I can remember, going from Advent into Christmas seemed seamless. Each week through Advent, the church looked more and more beautiful both inside and out than ever before. Not only was the manger scene added onto each week, but…
  • 2 Goals of Vision Sunday – 1.13.13 What do you treasure most? It’s a great question to ask on Vision Sunday, in fact it’s the purpose of Vision Sunday. Vision Sunday is a day to get back to our first love, our supreme treasure, Jesus Christ and re-commit to his plan for us in this great church. Jesus Christ lost his treasure…
  • Robert Lessane: A True Ambassador for Jesus Christ On Sunday January 6, we say goodbye to an amazing and dedicated man of God. Longtime sexton and Ambassador of the Gospel Robert Lessane will retire that day. What’s inspiring to me about Robert is his heart for inreach and outreach. Yes he sets up and re-sets up for events and cares deeply for his…
  • St. Michael’s Children’s Letters to Sandy Hook From: Joseph Shepley <shepley.j@gmail.com> Date: December 30, 2012 4:25:23 PM EST To: Peter Moore <petermoore622@gmail.com> Subject: Thank you Peter, I have distributed the St. Michael's Children's Letters to Sandy Hook from the kids, for which I thank you. They were so touching. My favorites said, "We care for you," and "Believe in the Lord, be happy."…
  • 01-13-13 “Vision Sunday: Treasuring Souls” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. Printable Version
  • Taking Bible In One Year on the Road The great thing about the Bible in a Year is that we can connect to God’s heart and each other from anywhere! After Christmas the Zadig family went on a sweet family cruise to the Bahamas, yet it was the daily rooting in the word that kept us grounded and connected. Begin your 2013 with…
  • 01-20-13 “The Kingdom’s Authority” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. 1-20-13 1030am bulletin
  • Epiphany to Lent and Wearing Seersucker in February As I write this, the Global Impact Celebration (GIC) is in full and wonderful swing.  This is a “high volume” season of ministry. If St. Michael’s Church was a vehicle, you would see black smoke coming out the muffler, if one played basketball you would call it a full court press.  This time of moving…
  • Hamilton’s Season of Life Wearing seersucker in February also refers to our geographical place in ministry.  Three and a half years ago, The Rev. Hamilton Smith realized his season at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter, South Carolina was over and that a new season was beginning here at St. Michael’s Church.  Staying in Sumter would have…
  • Alpha Opening Another amazing night in the Kinloch Kafe!  Over 100 people were in attendance on our first Alpha course of 2013.  From the party right on through the welcome and presentation by Nicky Gumbel, it was a beautiful night.  One of the highlights was hearing from a participant invited by a St. Michaelite last year (who…
  • The Furnace Room of Prayer As we approach Lent, one way of involving a Lenten discipline in your Sunday is to join Dr. Hugh Wilson and others in the steeple for 45 minutes of prayer before the 10:30am service.  Dr. Wilson and others gather in the room just above the organ and just below the tower bells.  It’s an electric…
  • Bible In One Year Encouragement from China For those of you moving through the Bible in One year, I encourage you to keep at it as your daily food.  If you have put it down, use Lent to pick it back up!  If you haven’t picked it up at all, now is the time to let God speak his mind daily to…
  • Encouragement From Illinois Dear Reverend Zadig, My name is Alex Moore and my wife (Ellen) and I attended the service last Sunday at St. Michael’s.  You may recall our brief conversation - we’re from Winnetka, IL and it sounded like a former staff member from your church had spent some time in our town in year’s past.   In…
  • Encouragement for our Missionary to the Holy City and St. Michael’s Douglas, I hope this letter finds you well and experiencing God’s richest blessings in your life and ministry. We, my wife and I,  met you January 20th outside St. Michael’s as we were looking in the windows.  You were so gracious in trying to get us inside to take pictures of a plaque that may…
  • News from Our Seminarian Dear Peter, It is a snowy Saturday morning at Nashotah, and I have a date with The History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland by John Knox, and other sources. He is my subject for an upcoming paper. One of my courses this term is The Priest as Mission Leader which is being taught…
  • GIC Thank You Dear Congregation and Friends, Imagine the scene: Hibernian Hall filled to the brim with St. Michaelites! I’ll never forget that scene as long as I live. The power behind the visual was why there were nearly 300 of you in attendance. We were at Hibernian Hall to celebrate the fact that God is putting feet…
  • Luke Rasmussen Accepts Position as Life Group & Transformation Team Director Luke Rasmussen is from the sunshine state, born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. He attended the University of West Florida where he spent his time studying, playing intramural sports, and participating in a campus ministry. It was during college that God began calling him to vocational ministry. His love for God, his joy in discipling…
  • Sara Frances Rasmussen Accepts Position as Preschool Ministries Director Sara Frances grew up in Greenville, SC where she enjoyed family, sports, church, and the arts.  Her passion for God’s church blossomed during high school as the spirit moved her to dig deep into the word of God.  When she arrived at Columbia College she became involved in a campus ministry and First Presbyterian Church…
  • 03-27-13 “The Last Two Hours of the Life of Christ” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. Printable Version Only
  • Response to Boston Bombing Join us for a special prayer vigil this Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30 pm during the Healing Prayer and Worship Service.   The Boston Bombings: ·       What is a Christian to Think? ·       How to Tell Children about Tragedy ·       A link to the 8 Year Old Child that Died What is a Christian to…
  • Easter: Behind the Scenes There is simply no other day like it in the calendar year.  The power, majesty and profundity of Easter morning! So many things had happened by the time we launched into our first Easter Alleluias. Spiritually, many of you went through the Lenten audit of your life, experiencing the power of Holy Week through Palm…
  • Good Friday in London St. Michaelite Janice Waring was in London on Good Friday and her report was so interesting I want to share it with you! Happy Easter to one and to all! I just went to a wonderful alternative Good Friday service here at St. Augustine’s Church, Queens Gate in London. I spoke to The Rev. Nicky…
  • Easter Encouragement: Way to Go Avery! With permission from Gina and Robbie Hull, some wonderful encouragement!  Their 2nd grade daughter Avery answered these curious questions from her math homework in a way that should encourage us all!
  • Burwell Boykin to Become Lay Vicar at Sunday 6:00 pm Service With The Rev. Hamilton Smith now starting a new church plant in North Mt. Pleasant, that leaves a hole in the 6:00 pm Sunday service.  I’m thrilled to announce that Burwell Boykin will help me lead that service. Burwell has been a lay leader at St. Michael’s for the past six years, serving on vestry,…
  • Welcome Organist/Music Director Eric Wyse! It is with great joy we introduce you to Eric Wyse, who has accepted our call to become our new Organist/Director of Music at St. Michael’s.  Eric will begin his ministry here on Sunday, September 1, 2013.  2013-2014 is a year we are dedicating to the theme of:  Living in a Culture of Worship.  Because…
  • The Value of Continuing Education and Refreshment One of the Biblical values we hold dearly at St. Michael’s is the need for both Sabbath rest as well as continuing education for everyone at all levels. To that end, April and May are important months for continuing education Conferences.  The St. Michaels staff is mobilized and poised to receive so we can pour…
  • Festival of Faith/Sanctuary It’s hard to put into words how important the Festival of Faith is to the entire body of St. Michael’s Church. Have you ever been on a trip and then tried to come home and explain what you saw? I remember coming home from attending a year as a student at the University of Glasgow,…
  • Glaring Gap Like millions of people, I sat by stunned as the images of the Boston Marathon bombing relentlessly played over and over on every news channel. For me it was also quite personal. I grew up in Boston and served as a seminary intern at Trinity Church, Copley Square, right along Boylston Street. I walked the…
  • Letter to the Rector My friend, Carol, and I were the recipients of wonderful hospitality from your congregation last Sunday.   We were visiting in Charleston from Illinois and meandered into the cemetery.  A young man, Noah, was playing the guitar and stopped to chat.  He gave us some history and invited us to the 6 p.m. service.  We were…
  • Encouraging Testimony from Heather Edahl Last fall, struggling with loneliness, bitterness and condemnation, I felt hopeless and powerless. I questioned my salvation. After joining a fall study group on the book of Hebrews, my husband and I began attending St. Michael’s. At the fall “I Like Mike” class, we learned there was a reconciliation service in the Book of Common…
  • Get to Know Luke and Sara Frances Rasmussen Luke as our Director of Life Groups and Transformation Ministries will be giving his testimony of faith on Sunday night, May 5 at 6:00 pm. Come and join us to hear what makes Luke tick! That morning at the 10:30 am service, both Luke and his wife Sara Frances (Director of Preschool Ministry) will be…
  • The Future of Christian Witness in North Africa Set in a garden-like enclosure in a rough section of Tunis sits a really beautiful Anglican Church – St. George’s. Some of the people buried in its cemetery died more than 250 years ago, and its congregation today numbers around 300. But don’t think this is some colonial outpost where English-speaking ex-pats sip tea or…
  • Annual Meeting Election 2013 Elected Vestry for 2013-2016 Heidi Ravenel David Reese Normandie Updyke The elected Diocesan Convention Delegates, in order of election: Bill Lyles Capers Barr Burwell Boykin Nicole Nicholson Alternates: First Alternate: Frank Grimball Second Alternate: Bob Kunes Third Alternate: Julie Akers Fourth Alternate: Paul Lankau
  • What to Read this Summer? It is time to take out our 2013 summer reading list. Before we do, please let me ask you to stay intentionally rooted this summer. Fundamentally one of the best ways to do this is through our Bible in One Year. Not only are the readings foundational, but it’s a way for us to stay…
  • Vestry and Staff Retreats After each Festival of Faith, and the election of new vestry members, we always hold an annual retreat to pray and look deeply into the life of St. Michael’s. We then follow that up with a staff retreat that takes up some of the same topics. This year the Vestry retreat was held on May…
  • Zadig July Vacation Plans I always find that taking July for rest and family time refreshes the other 11 months! This year we will continue toward our goal of getting to every major league Baseball Stadium by the time college rolls around for our children! So, this year we are road tripping to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to see the…
  • Letter to the Rector June 10, 2013 Dear Rev. Zadig, I gave a “Churches of the Holy City” tour during Piccolo, and I appreciated St. Michael’s being open nearly every day.  St. Michael’s is always so generous in letting tours and tourists inside. I just wanted to say thank you and give a contribution to beautify St. Michael’s Church. …
  • What’s Been Happening All Summer? From the outside, all looks appropriately quiet as we enjoy Sabbath time, family reunions, and baseball games. But behind the scenes, there is much at St. Michael’s to tell you about, even in these quiet summer months. Alpha and the Director of Connections Leading the four Alpha courses and making sure parishioners are deeply connected…
  • What Happened at Kanuga Regarding Worship “Kanuga is Where you make Friends at St. Michael’s, Why Didn’t We do it Before?” This direct quote is from St. Michaelite Curry Smoak. Curry has been coming to St. Michaels for years with her husband John and children Ellie and John William. Yet on our final day at Kanuga, Curry realized how true it…
  • Putting Feet on Living in a Culture of Worship A vision without structure is an empty promise. This is why we are putting structure and a strong foundation underneath our vision of “Living into a Culture of Worship.” To date, we have dedicated our Vestry and Staff retreat to it, as well as our parish-wide Kanuga retreat earlier this fall. Recordings of those teachings…
  • Standing Together: A Call to Save the Church Join us for a Congregational Question & Answer Plenary November 3rd at 12:30 pm in the church with Alan Runyan, Primary Legal Counsel for the Diocesan State Case Commitment Sunday, November 10 Nehemiah serves as a great symbol for the opportunity that is before us regarding stewardship and the defense of this great church. In…
  • Tithing is an Act of Worship By Grace Houle www.pouredouthislove.com Tithing Tithing is a reminder and act of worship, that the money you have is a gift from God and is to be used for his glory and purpose. When I was 16, I never had any money. One day I made a decision that I was going to give God a portion of…
  • Why Give? St. Michaelite’s Answer… Why give? I have witnesses and experienced the physical and spiritual healing power of the Holy Spirit through my worship experience at St. Michael’s, and I am totally secure that those I entrust with my spiritual well-being are totally grounded in faith and in the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ~ David J.…
  • Living in a Culture of Worship: Means Putting God First in Living and Giving Do we worship idols? The answer may surprise you. We are made in God’s image and are meant to be creators of life and hope, not the consumers of our culture’s shiny gods. We have the ability to change the world and create a legacy that will live forever in the lives of generations to…
  • Living for our Highest Worth As we continue our theme of Living in a Culture of Worship, we realize that what we give to financially reveals our hearts. Worship, defined is giving to God our highest ‘worth’ helps us understand that it’s about the giving of our heart and resources. What are the chief competitors of our highest worth? 1.…
  • Giving Testimony by Wood Marchant The funeral I attended at St.  Michael’s was on a weekday afternoon. The last time I had been in the church (or I’m sure in any church in those days) was for a wedding some time ago. At the time, I was a teacher’s assistant at Charleston Day School and one my student’s father died.…
  • Watch What You Pray For Leighton Farrell was the minister of Highland Park Church in Dallas for many years. He tells of a man in the church who once made a covenant with a former pastor to tithe ten percent of their income every year. They were both young and neither of them had much money. But things changed. The…
  • Creating a Mosaic of the Holy Land Part 1: Preparation for Pilgrimage On October 24, 2013, thirty-six St. Michaelites and friends set out on a pilgrimage to walk the Footsteps of Jesus. Scripture teaches that Jerusalem is a special place anointed by God for His people: Psalm 137 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! Let my tongue stick to the…
  • Humbled and Grateful: A Response to the Global Impact Celebration I will give you thanks in the great congregation; I will praise you in the mighty throng. -Psalm 35:18 I thank God for the impact of the Global Impact Celebration (GIC) on St. Michael’s, our community and our mission partners around the world! I had the privilege of watching from near and far. From the…
  • Transition from Outreach to Inreach… From Epiphany To Lent As I write this, many of us are still feeling both the excitement and the fatigue of the Global Impact Celebration (GIC). The GIC comes during the season of Epiphany and that’s intentional because Epiphany is that season of the church year where we like the wisemen are looking outward to see where the Lord…
  • Testimony about our New Director of Student Ministries, The Rev. Rich Giersch Welcome Richard Giersch! As our new Director of Student Ministries, Rich will focus on transforming the hearts of our 6th-12 graders. Rich joins us with a wealth of experience and spiritual depth.  Since 1988, Rich has been ministering to teenagers working with such organizations as Young Life and St. Andrews Church, Mount Pleasant. Rich was…
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