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April 2014 Messenger


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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 [...]

What Is Different About Worship In Lent ?

The bigger the celebration the more broad and deep is the preparation.  So it is with Lent, the season prior to Easter.  The color for the Lenten season is purple.  The emphasis for Lent is penitence and preparation.  Memory device:  Purple = Penitence & Preparation.   Because Easter is so special….because Easter is everything … we [...]

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 [...]

Kanuga Save the Date Septmber 5-7, 2014

The theme of the weekend will be worship in your everyday life, including your life group! Introducing the Rev. John Chisolm as our 2014 Kanuga Parish Weekend Away speaker. John will help us deepen our theme of Living in a Culture of Worship by helping us to see our everyday lives as worship and take [...]

Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise

This Messenger contains a feast of GIC reflections. Here is an addition to this marvelous potluck dinner. Let me share with you what it was like to be on stage Friday evening at the Charleston Music Hall. I look around me. Those in music leadership were all dressed in black. At St. Michael’s when the [...]


Behold the Man Join the Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore for an unforgettable journey to the Holy Land in May, 2014

I went to the Holy Land as a graduate student in 1959. The experience is still as vivid in my memory as if I were there this past summer. Nothing has quite enriched my understanding of the Gospels as the two weeks I spent walking, bussing, and motor-scooting around the places where Jesus walked. I [...]

Are You Considering Ordination Or Theological Study?

Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh is offering “Discerning a Call to Ministry” this January 6-10. This highly popular course is taught by The Rev. Canon Mary Hays, and students responses over the years have been extremely positive. The cost is merely $175, and scholarship help is available. Speak to Peter Moore ( Check the [...]

A Fateful Day

It was March 21, 1554, and the weather wasn’t particularly good. The sermon the Archbishop was about to hear would have been preached outdoors, but instead it would be preached in Great St. Mary’s, the University Church. The scene is depicted in a famous etching in John Foxe’s book Acts and Monuments, published in 1563. [...]

Letter to the Clergy

Dear David, You may recall that I was sitting in in your pew box at St. Michael’s on Sunday morning, January fifth. You and your wife were very gracious to me. We had warm conversation after the service, and I thoroughly relished the service and our conversation. I was just about to retire from the [...]

From the Wardens

The Wardens and the Vestry are pleased to announce that Fred L. Willis, III, has been elected by the Vestry to fill a vacancy on the Vestry. Fred became a member of our congregation in 2000, coming  from St. Andrews-Mt. Pleasant. He headed the St. Michael’s Cookbook Marketing Committee, served on the bookstore committee and [...]

Would You Like to Have Instant Access to the Most Recent St. Michael’s Directory?

Go here to learn how. Access ACS is St. Michael’s Church Online Database. Parishioners can sign in and find another parishioner’s contact information. Our goal for this online database is for it to be a central location for connecting. Parishioners will be able to: Update their contact information View other parishoners contact information: e-mail, phone, address [...]

Parochial Report January 2014 From the Parish Register

Baptisms:  We receive you into the household of God… January 19, 2014    Heather Lane Richie Daughter of Daniel Mackel and Sandra Elaine Martin Richie January 19, 2014    Henry Robert Schreiner Son of Andrew David and Elizabeth Alderson Hurley Schreiner Deaths:  Rest Eternal January 05, 2014    Thomas Patrick Chorlton January 06, 2014    Charles Langley Beauchamp January [...]

Children’s Choir Practice!

Please join Eric Wyse every Tuesday in the Choir Room Ages 4- 5K:  4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Parents of this age group are asked to stay to help with flow of the group. Grades 1st – 5th:  4:45 pm – 5:30 pm (This group may be dropped off.) Let’s make a joyful noise together! Contact [...]

Hymn Boards

Before weekly printed bulletins were in common use in churches, many churches, (including St. Michael’s) used hymn boards (also known as hymn tablets) to let the congregation know the hymns and Psalm reading for the day. With the advent of a more thorough service bulletin, including hymn text and notation, and the increased use of [...]

Bible 102: The Bethel Bible Series

New Testament – Led by the Rev. Charlie Baldwin “A picture is worth a thousand words!” This twenty-lesson course of the New Testament begins with the introductory picture of “In the Fullness of Time” and continues through seven pictures of the “Gospels” and then twelve pictures of “Acts”, the “Epistles”, and finishes with “The Revelation.” [...]

Would you like to be in a Life Group? Life+Connect

If you are interested in joining a Life Group come to the Alpha Celebration/Life+Connect event on April 8, 2014 What is Life+Connect? An event designed to introduce you to Life Groups at St. Michael’s.  It is for both newcomers and anyone who has been around for a while but who is not yet connected into [...]

Ministry to Men Upcoming Events

Holy Land Trip May 4-15, 2014 Peter Moore – 412-352-9315 or Music Ministry (Band, Choir, etc…) Eric Wyse Wild at Heart Study Oct 28 – Nov. 18 at 6:15 pm Monday evenings at St. Michael’s Scott Myers – 843-696-2952 or Monday Men’s Group 12:30 – 1:30 pm at St. Michael’s Capers Barr [...]

GIC Life Group Reflection

This past week, our life group had the privilege of hosting the Rev. Dan Rogers, head pastor at Christ the King in Dorchester, for the second year in a row during the GIC. It is so wonderful to hear from someone who has given his life over to do God’s work, and I think Dan [...]

House Visit by Bishop Abraham

Our Life Group meeting took place at the home of Jo and Lee Cox on January 3rd. In addition to our regular Life Group members (aka the Twelve Disciples), Peter and Sandra Moore and Priouleau Alexander were also in attendance. The Bishop’s opening prayer was a living expression of grace, humility, and devotion. Standing together, [...]

GIC Witness by Catherine Cave

Good Evening, My name is Catherine Cave, and I have recently been confirmed at St. Michael’s Church. In Confirmation, we learned about how amazing God is and how God can work in your life to do wonderful things. I have learned it is better to serve others before you serve yourself. As part of the [...]

Heart & Home GIC Reflection

Caleb & Rebecca Hudson visit Children’s Worship GIC The Children’s worship group had a wonderful time playing Faith Olympics with our friends from Egypt! Caleb gave a fun sermon to tie in Missions and Olympic Faith, and Rebecca had fun answering all the questions about Egypt and pyramids and Pharaoh.They played Olympic games and colored [...]

Save the Date Day of Healing Prayer Saturday, May 3

8:45 am – 3:00 pm   |  Church Speaker: The Rev. Rob Kunes from Christ St. Paul’s Church, Yonges Island, South Carolina

Prayer Walking in the Holy City

Even though I have always considered myself an extrovert, I have always been aware that sometimes I say the “wrong thing.” Also, I was never comfortable sharing my faith with non-Christian friends, so convinced I would “offend” someone in this politically-correct world. So, I would be the last one that God would call to do this [...]

Christmas 2013 on the Streets

Christmas started on the 23rd of December, when First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant turned up with gifts for the homeless. A saxophone player also turned up, and we all sang carols. Swain and her family brought bags of presents for the homeless. Her family knew what to do: They just went off talking and [...]

Christ the King Dorchester Newsletter – July 2013

Christ the King Dorchester July 2013 Newsletter

Hurting Coast GIC Reflection & Update on Boston

Dan Rogers and Michael Boyce visited from Boston to represent some of the missions on the Hurting Cost at the 2014 GIC. Their mission is to reach the unreached in a city that is morally strong and able, yet still hurting, and spiritually hungry, yet full of philosophical distractions. Following September 2011, some people in [...]

Serving Schedule April, 2014

  Vestry of the Month: Normandie Updyke Altar Guild: (4/6)IV, (4/13) I, (4/20) II, (4/27) III Sunday, April 6, 2014: Readers/Chalice Bearers: 8:00 am   Frank Grimball, Henry Grimball                                                                              10:30 am — (Lessons) Eunice Logan (P.O.P.) Roger Poston (SB) Todd Brown(NB) Robby Marion 6:00 pm TEAM B: Dan McNeill, Frank Farmer,Juliet Berry, Charlotte Causey, Nick [...]

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From the Vestry

From the Wardens

The Wardens and the Vestry are pleased to announce that Fred L. Willis, III, has been elected by the Vestry to fill a vacancy on the Vestry. Fred became a member of our congregation in 2000, coming  from St. Andrews-Mt. Pleasant. He headed the St. Michael’s Cookbook Marketing Committee, served on the bookstore committee and [...]

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