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Posted: October 3, 2022

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Ministry Madness Game Show & CARE Sunday

Sunday, October 9    10:00 am      Kinloch Room

Join us for the Ministry Madness Game Show at 10:00 am in the Kinloch Room! Have a little breakfast, play the game, win prizes, and maybe even learn something new about St. Michael’s! Fun for the whole family!

There will be no Sunday School for any age, so all may participate in the game show. Nursery will be available for ages 6 weeks – 4 years.

 

Posted: September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian

The church office will close at noon on Thursday, September 29, to allow staff to prepare for the coming storm. The office will remain closed all day on Friday, September 30. 

The church and churchyard are closed all day Thursday and Friday, September 29 & 30.

The First Communion class is still scheduled to be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 1. If you have any quesitons, please contact Dee Goehring, dee@stmichaelschurch.net.

We will have our regularly scheduled services at 8:00 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am on Sunday, October 2. We will also have all Sunday School classes at 10:00 am. 

 

Posted: September 26, 2022

First Communion

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10:00 am

If you have a 2nd Grader (or older) who is ready to receive his or her First Communion please sign up now for the First Communion Retreat.
The Rev. Tim Surratt will be on hand to help teach us about Holy Communion for children ready to receive. We will be looking at such questions as:
  • What is Holy Communion?
  • Why do we need to receive it?
  • Am I ready to receive my First Communion?

At the end of this day each child will be asked if they are ready to receive this Holy Sacrament. The families will then take communion together on Sunday, October 2 at the 9:00 am service. 

Saturday, October 1, 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: The Sanctuary
For more information, or to sign up, please contact Dee Goehring, dee@stmichaelschurch.net

Posted: September 26, 2022

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Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 2, 2022    6:00 pm      The Sanctuary

The Blessing of the Animals is back! Bring your dog, cat, bird, snake, elephants, and turtles to a special worship service just for you and your beloved pet!

 

Posted: September 21, 2022

The Rev. Dr. Marion Platt, Executive Director of Star Gospel Mission

Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 10:00 am 

The Rev. Dr. Marion Platt will be our guest speaker at a Combined Adult Sunday School in the Kinloch Room at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 25. 

Reverend Dr. Marion Platt is the sixth Executive Director and Pastor of Star Gospel Mission’s 117 year history. A native of Charleston, Marion served two enlistments as a U.S. Army infantryman before embarking on a nineteen-year ministry with The Salvation Army. He has held executive, academic, and pastoral roles in several cities across the South; he earned his doctoral degree from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville) and is a sought-after lecturer, evangelist, and revivalist. Marion has been a Rotarian for sixteen years, is Vice-President of the Southern Organization for Human Services, and serves on the Faith-Based Advisory Council of the International African American Museum in Charleston.

Pastor Marion is father to Dina, Josh, & Zion, husband to Ev, and neighbor to everyone.  When he isn’t serving others, he can be found fishing in a local creek, running long distances in the sun, fussing over his vegetable garden, or quietly listening to jazz music.
Feel free to write to him at  marion.platt@stargospelmission.org.

 Posted: September 15, 2022

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Family FoodShare

Sunday, September 25 & Monday, September 26

Our monthly food drive for Neighbors Together will be September 25 & 26. Please bring nonperishable food items to the table by the alley door. Neigbhors Together is no longer accepting clothing donations. 

 

 

Posted: September 9, 2022

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Bishop Dutta to visit St. Michael's                   

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Bishop Probal Dutta and his wife Rita from the Anglican Diocese of Kolkata, India will give brief remarks at the 9:00 am and 11:00 am services, as well as be the guest speaker at Bill Hyer's 10:00 am Sunday School class. 

Come see and hear how St. Michael’s has invested in the birth of a new Anglican Diocese.  Bishop Dutta will also give updates on:

  • St. Michael’s Safe House
  • Women’s Empowerment Sewing Ministry
  • St. John’s English School
  • St. Thomas Church
  • St. Michael’s Eye Clinic

Bishop Probal Kanto Dutta was born in a Christian family in Kolkata, India. After finishing his Bachelor's of Commerce, he started working in the commercial arena of the corporate world, developing his concept of Finance, Fund Raising and Communications.

After working in the corporate world Jesus called him to join the church. He finished his Bachelors of Divinity, then Masters of Arts in Missiology from the University of Birmingham, UK. He served the churches in Calcutta till the year 2000 and then was called to Delhi to head the Diaconal ministry of the Church of North India. In 2003 He became the bishop of the Diocese of Durgapur and was involved with church ministry and developing work among the Anti Human Trafficking children. In 2016 he became the Bishop of Calcutta and was also the Deputy Moderator of the Church of North India.

In the year 2019 he took a voluntary retirement and started the Anglican Church of West Bengal, with the blessings of Archbishop Foley Beach and the Anglican Community. Today, he is the Bishop of 12 churches and 3000 members.

 

Posted: September 9, 2022

First Communion

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10:00 am

If you have a 2nd Grader (or older) who is ready to receive his or her First Communion please sign up now for the First Communion Retreat.
The Rev. Tim Surratt will be on hand to help teach us about Holy Communion for children ready to receive. We will be looking at such questions as:
  • What is Holy Communion?
  • Why do we need to receive it?
  • Am I ready to receive my First Communion?

At the end of this day each child will be asked if they are ready to receive this Holy Sacrament. The families will then take communion together on Sunday, October 2 at the 9:00 am service. 

Saturday, October 1, 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: The Sanctuary
For more information, or to sign up, please contact Dee Goehring, dee@stmichaelschurch.net

Posted: September 8, 2022

Super Wednesday Kick-Off!

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We had a wonderful time at our Kickoff for Super Wednesday! Great weather, fabulous food, and an intro to this fall's Super Wednesday classes. For more information on our Wednesday lineup, please check out our Super Wednesday webpage.

Check out more photos below!

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Posted: August 31, 2022

Sunday Social

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Instead of Sunday School, we will all - adults and children alike - gather in the Kinloch Room for coffee, lemonade and nibbles. Catch up with old friends, and make a few new ones!

 

Posted: August 31, 2022

Super Wednesday is Back!

September 7 - November 16, 2022

Super Wednesday will be starting off with a bang on Wednesday, September 7. Grab a friend and come to the Rectory yard for a Lowcountry Boil catered by Jamie Westendorff. All of our classes will start the following week on September 14. 

Click here to see the complete line up for this fall: Super Wednesday Fall 2022

 

Posted: August 30, 2022

Diaper Drive

September 1 - 30, 2022

We are once again having the Diaper Drive in support of Lowcountry Pregnancy Center. Please place your donations of diapers (all sizes), wipes, and Gerber formula on the table by the alley door. Thank for helping out mothers and young children in our community!

 

Posted: August 30, 2022

Operation Christmas Child

September 11 - November 21, 2022

Thank you, St. Michaels! Our goal last year was 600 shoeboxes and we collected 550. Can we send more this year?? Have you asked others to join you in filling shoeboxes? We need EVERYONE packing shoeboxes. Besides fun personal items such as stuffed animals and toys, boxes need school supplies, soap and washcloth in a Ziploc bag, toothbrushes (no toothpaste because of customs), and clothing items. Many children share these items with family members so if you want to include extras, please do! Boxes will be ready for you in the Narthex on September 11th and can be returned anytime by November 21 st .

If you want to go ahead and pack a few boxes online now, here is the St. Michaels
church page link:      Pack a Shoebox Online!

A note from Trish: I love packing a shoebox online. It's easy. You know you are packing things that are needed. And it's cheaper! Which means I can pack more boxes, and touch more children and families.

 

Posted: August 29, 2022

New Wineskins Mission Conference

September 22 - 25, 2022

“Held every three years, the New Wineskins Conference is an intergenerational gathering of missional Christians, seeking to join God in His work to reach every tribe, tongue and nation.”       — Jenny Noyes, Executive Director

New Wineskins Missionary Network is hosting its TENTH Global Mission Conference, celebrating 28 years of equipping for mission through New Wineskins Conferences!  As always, it will take place at Ridgecrest Conference Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, September 22-25, 2022. We will offer programming for children, teens and young adults that will be integrated into our main conference programming in age-appropriate ways for a full intergenerational experience!

We have over 18 plenary speakers and missionary testimonies and 80 different presenters for our new Mission Awareness Presentations (MAP talks.) Engage with over 60 ministries in our exhibit hall, starting with an ice cream social on Thursday night!

More information: New Wineskins Conference

 

Posted: August 29, 2022

Behold the Man: Men's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

October 22 - November 4, 2022

The “Behold the Man” pilgrimage leads men on a journey to reclaim biblical manhood by walking in the footsteps of Jesus.

Men will:

  • Feel Jesus’ words and the history and theology of the Holy Land will come alive as we walk in Hid footsteps.
  • Discover and own their faith in a new and refreshing way.
  • Slowdown… Listen… Smell… Taste… and Touch this Holy Land so they can more fully encounter God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Reclaim their Biblical Manhood: A will to obey, a work to do, and a heart to love.

Click here to see the 2022 brochure: Behold the Man 2022

 

Posted: August 29, 2022

Anglican Women's Retreat

October 21-23, 2022  St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center

The Anglican Women of the ADOSC will hold their fall women’s retreat October 21-23, 2022 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The Rev. Dr. Sandi Kerner who serves as the Director of Programs and Chaplain at St. Christopher will be our speaker. We pray that this retreat will be an opportunity for women to find rest and healing for body and soul.

“Take Heart!” is the theme. Jesus prepared his disciples to face into an unprecedented season of trial by speaking these encouraging words, even as his own death loomed very near: “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, ESV).

For more information: Anglican Women's Retreat

 

Posted: August 28, 2022

Fall 2022 Ministry Calendar

Our Fall Ministry Calendar is here! You can pick yours up in the narthex or in the church office. This booklet has monthly calendars to help you keep track of all that is happening at St. Michael's. 

Click here for a digital copy: Fall Ministry Calendar

Here is a copy of the letter from Rector:

The Power of “WITH”     The Rev. Al Zadig, Jr.

I’m writing this on the heels of my summer vacation. One of the highlights was being in Vancouver, Washington with a best friend from seminary, the Rev. Dr. Tom Warne and his wife Saran. Tom is Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in this suburb of Portland, Oregon. My family and I arrived on the very same day their third and final son Eli was leaving to attend West Point in New York as a freshman. We had a wonderful and collective dinner together. We then prayer and anointed Eli with oil, and they headed to the airport. Later that evening, Tom and Saran (through the trail of tears) arrived home and we sat in front of their firepit and talked through the joy and pain of sending children off to school, especially the last child! However, somewhere in that conversation it dawned on me that Elizabeth and I were with Tom and Saran in seminary the night before they had their first child. Here we were, 25 years later witnessing the moment of the empty nest...again! It was a powerful revelation and brought tears to my eyes!

Its been said that while we pick a church often for the music, preaching, and worship, we stay at a church when we begin walking with people in community from that church. To be honest, this is one of our biggest challenges at St. Michael’s. Some of you walk to church from the immediate community of the city, but many of you drive in from the surrounding areas and may not know people beyond Sunday mornings. Therefore if we are Sunday-only people, it will become so much more difficult to make the meaningful relationships and community within St. Michael’s. It’s my conviction that we are called to the “With You” life, which is modeled after Matthew 28, where Jesus said: “And Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Jesus is with us, we are therefore to be with one another. 

Are you walking with other St. Michaelites in your life? As we continue to come out of covid, are you still in isolation? My dear friends, it’s time to come out of our isolated places and walk with Jesus and church family. This is why we have put together this fall booklet, to allow you to see that we truly believe in the “With You” life! Pray through this fall booklet of amazing ministry, and ask God to lead you again into the heart of his church, WITH His people. 

 

Posted: August 25, 2022

Diocesan Men's Summit

Saturday, October 15, 2022       St. Paul's Anglican Church, Summerville, SC

The Diocesan Men’s Summit will be held on Saturday, October 15 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Summerville. The Rt Revd Chip Edgar will be our speaker. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. You can also check the diocesan website: Men's Summit

 

Posted: August 12, 2022

Big Q Barbeque

Sunday, August 21         6-8 pm       James Island County Park Stono Shelter

Middle and high schoolers, your questions matter. Bring your big questions to the Big Q BBQ! Join students from all around Charleston for a night of barbecue, games, raffle prizes, and a chance to ask your big questions about life, faith, identity, and God. The Big Q BBQ is FREE amd open to all middle and high school sutdents, so bring your whole squad!

The parishes planning the event are the Cathedral of St Luke & St Paul, Charleston; Good Samaritan, Summerville; Holy Cross, Sullivan's and Daniel Islands; St. Thomas's, Mt. Pleasant; St. Michael's, Charleston; and St. Philip's, Charleston. 

 

Posted: August 6, 2022

The Rev. Rick Belser named Rector Emeritus of St. Michael's

Dear St. Michaelites,

It is with great joy that today I announce that I am naming the Rev. Richard I.H. Belser, Jr., as Rector Emeritus of St. Michael’s Church. It goes without saying that Rick served faithfully as Rector of St. Michael’s Church as my immediate predecessor for more than two decades. Rick and his wife Annie brought in a renewed sense of mission, evangelism and renewal to the corner of Meeting and Broad streets.

I know you probably have two questions: first, what does Rector Emeritus mean and second, why now? The title, Rector Emeritus acknowledges an ongoing two-way relationship of love, affection, respect and honor as we pledge to hold Rick up in prayer. It also means Rick and Annie may choose more freely the ministry they would like to participate in as they feel called. As for the second question, here is a little secret. When Rick retired from St. Michaels, he and Annie actually didn’t! They moved to Egypt where Rick taught for several years at an Anglican Seminary. Upon their return, Rick stepped in to offer leadership to churches that were between Rectors, including Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant and wrote his first book called: Son and Heir.

For the last several years, Rick has been dealing with the effects of Parkinson’s, and is not as mobile. He and Annie have felt called back to their beloved St. Michael’s and so it is only right, true and good to thank God for their transformational and faithful ministry by bestowing this honor upon them.

More personally, Elizabeth and I are overjoyed the Belsers are back at St. Michael’s Church. I served for five years as Rick’s assistant before moving to Washington, and in those five “mentoring” years, I believe I learned more about ministry than I did in seminary. This Yankee also received tremendous training in the art of shrimping and hunting!!!

So, please join me in praying daily for Rick and Annie as they begin a new season at St. Michael’s Church!

Many Summer Blessings in Christ,

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

21st Rector of St. Michael’s Church