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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 […]

Ash Wednesday

by Jack Miller

Next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, begins the season of Lent. As we prepare to enter that season together, we share with you a reflection about Lent and Ash Wednesday from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship.

Celebrating our Differences

by Jack Miller

Sometimes we can look around at the people sitting at the table with us, or joining us in the pews, and we can begin to think that in many significant ways, we are a lot alike. I believe that as God’s adopted children we share a very powerful bond. There is certainly more that connects […]

The Greatest

by Jack Miller

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to have the distinction of being the greatest at something? Muhammed Ali claimed to be the greatest, period. Roger Federer and Serena Williams have been declared the greatest tennis players of all time. Many people consider William Shakespeare to be the greatest writer, Mozart to be […]

Generosity of Spirit

by Jack Miller

According to the constitution of the PC(USA), “Giving has always been a mark of Christian commitment and discipleship. The ways in which a believer uses God’s gifts of material goods, personal abilities, and time should reflect a faithful response to God’s self-giving in Jesus Christ and Christ’s call to minister to and share with others […]

Bethesda Fellowship Concert, February 19, 2017, 4:00 pm

by Heather Bruner

Sea Island Presbyterian’s Kirk Choir will combine with the Voices of Victory Choir, of Bethesda Christian Fellowhsip to present a concert of Spirituals, Traditional & Contemporary Gospel Music and Anthems. This event will be held at Bethesda Christian Fellowship and is free to the public.

Souper Bowl of Caring, February 5, 2017

by Heather Bruner

Souper Bowl of Caring, February 5 As Super Bowl LI approaches, our youth will join other churches and groups across the nation participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring: an event meant to support local charities battling hunger in our communities. The youth group will host a soup luncheon following the 10:30 am worship service […]

Prayer for Christian Unity

by Jack Miller

January 18, 2017 Today marks the beginning of the week of prayer for Christian unity. I believe this is an important week for us to commemorate. I believe that prayer affects God. I also believe that prayer affects the person offering the prayer. As I lift up my fellow Christian in prayer, I remember them, […]