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From the Session Council, Diaconate, and Pastoral Staff,

May the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

As we return to our homes and places of work in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, it is our prayer that you and your loves ones, your homes and property are safe. We are happy to report to you that the church and the church campus survived the storm without flooding or structural damage.

Looking ahead, the 25th anniversary celebration for Steve and Kay has been postponed, date to be determined. As a community of faith, we will follow a regular Sunday morning schedule with worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am, and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The Choral Concert for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled. Families, parents, children, and youth, please refer to the church schedule as it outlines meeting times and venues for MADD and our youth ministry for the month of October.

Wednesday Kirk Night resumes this coming Wednesday with a supper menu that includes rosemary pork loin, mashed potatoes, spiced apples, salad bar, vegetarian stir fry and banana pudding. The Kid’s Menu will feature hotdogs. Small group studies for youth and adults will follow Evening Prayer in addition to the choral groups for children and adults.

In closing, we have weathered a significant storm. We stand beside and pray with neighbors who continue to suffer loss, and give thanks for the rainbows that remind us of God’s presence and promises especially in times of trouble. We celebrate with Nick and Jordan Plair in the Thursday morning birth of their son “Mason” at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, grandson of Richard and Jean Norris; and rejoice with Josh Derrick and Sydney Cummins, daughter of Karen Cummins, as they prepare to exchange wedding vows Saturday afternoon. With so much in front of us and so much to do, some of which appears overwhelming, may we take things one day at a time. One last word. John Jenkins tells the story of the preacher at the First Presbyterian Church, Anniston, Alabama who last Sunday shared the following perspective from the pulpit, “We can never thank God enough, but we can always thank God again.”

In the Name of Jesus Christ, peace and grace to all. Amen.

Women’s Retreat January 27 – 29, 2017

by Heather Bruner

Presbyterian Women’s Retreat, January 27 – 29, 2017 Have you ever thought about how YOU are a one-of-a kind creation of a God who loves you unconditionally? Plan now to join us on Edisto for the Women’s Retreat January 27 – 29 as we take some time to look at ourselves and our God becoming […]

Reading a Familiar Story

by Jack Miller

My daughter loves it when I read to her, which makes me exceedingly happy. Even though she is not even 2 yet, I know the days of her letting me read to her are numbered, so I treasure those moments. However, I am always amazed at the fact that she usually chooses one book for […]

The Church Reformed…

by Jack Miller

In just a few weeks, we will celebrate a momentous milestone as we honor our roots by marking the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk, nailed to the door of his church a list of 95 changes he wanted to see the […]

11-Day Presbyterian Reformation Tour of Scotland – June 5-15, 2018

by Steve Keeler

This trip begins with departure from Savannah, GA, landing in Glasgow, Scotland where we visit some of the notable sites of the city including the Old Govan Parish Church, one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Scotland and in use since the 6th century. Several significant stops will include the Isles of Iona […]

Reformation Sunday – October 29

by Steve Keeler

The 8:30 and 10:30 am worship services will feature a 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation as we recognize the work of such people as Martin Luther and John Calvin. In addition to a guest Bagpiper in full Tartan dress, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Purves from Edinburgh, Scotland and Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology, Pittsburg […]

Hurricane Irma UPDATE

by Jack Miller

September 6, 2017 Sisters and Brothers in Christ. As Hurricane Irma moves closer to Florida, it is projected that the storm will move north through Florida and make an approach to the coast and low country of South Carolina. We are well within the target area. Please pay attention to all weather related announcements, heed […]

Hurricane Irma – Initial Advisory

by Jack Miller

September 5, 2017 Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The office staff is closely monitoring the potential path of Hurricane Irma via the National Weather Service and heeding the public announcement made within the hour that the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department will elevate to Operation Condition 4 tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. According to the SC […]

A Christian Response to Bigotry and Prejudice

by Steve Keeler

August 22, 2017 Greetings in the Lord. Shortly after the 8:30 am worship service on Sunday, August 20, a parishioner shared with me a post from Facebook. The post included a photograph showing that the rear wall of the Community Bowling Center, owned and operated by the Love House Ministries, a pre-dominantly African-American congregation, had […]

6th Sunday of Easter

by Steve Keeler

6th Sunday of Easter May 21, 2017 Friends and Neighbors, This coming Sunday marks a very special day in the life of our community of faith. As we gather for worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am, we will participate and share, as we always do, in the morning liturgy (which means “work” of the people). […]

Spring Picnic, May 21

by Heather Bruner

As the recovery continues at Hunting Island State Park following Hurricane Matthew, the decision has been made to host our annual spring/summer picnic on the church campus following the second worship service on Sunday, May 21. Pleae dress casually for church, bring a lounge chair, along with swimsuit and towel if you would like to […]