Parish Update

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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 […]

Manger Build, December 3, 2016

by Heather Bruner

Join us for the second year as we build mangers and hear the Christmas story. Dads (or granddads) and kids are invited to the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 3, 9-noon. (Moms get the morning off!) Donuts, coffee, juice and materials will be provided – just bring a hammer (or two)! Roy Nicka will lead […]

Creations of Hope

by Heather Bruner

On Sunday, November 27, Creations of Hope will be with us selling products made in Haiti. There are beautiful cut-metal products made from recycled oil drums in Croix des Bouquet, as well as paper beads, embroidery, and knitted and crocheted products from different women’s groups throughout the Central Plateau. All of the proceeds from sales […]

Ease of Access

by Jack Miller

I take paper for granted. Though I am notorious for misplacing notebooks, I know that I am never very far from something on which I can write. In many a pinch, I have used the backs of receipts, old envelopes, and even gum wrappers, yet I am always able to scrounge up something. For me, […]

Parish Update

by Heather Bruner

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 […]

Hurricane Matthew – Special Announcement

by Jack Miller

October 6, 2016 We continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Due to the strong probability that the storm will have a major impact on our community, we are canceling all Sunday activities, including worship and programming for children and youth. The stated meeting of the Session Council, scheduled for Monday, is also canceled. We continue to […]

Christian Speech

by Jack Miller

The world is very dry. Everywhere the dead timber of crushed spirits and faded dreams piles up. Hurt feelings and insecurities skitter on the wind like dead leaves gathering in dark corners. White-hot hatred and hazy fear evaporate whatever moisture might remain. The world is a tinderbox, and words have set it to blaze. The […]

Kirk Night Crew Needs YOU!

by Jack Miller

Our Kirk Night ministry starts Wednesday, September 14. We are looking forward to another great year of Christian fellowship, small groups, music, and great food! In order to have any of these things, though, we need dependable volunteers from the church. We need at least 20 volunteers for each Kirk Night dinner, and we hope […]

STEPS in the Right Direction

by Jack Miller

Many of us are enjoying the slower pace that seems to mark the summer months. With schools out of session, Water Fest in full swing, and the lure of a much needed vacation, we can easily tune out the busy tempo of our regular routine. These leisurely days are necessary for all of us. From […]

Volunteer Organizations Active in a Disaster

by Heather Bruner

As we enter hurricane season, we are reminded that Sea Island Presbyterian Church is a certified Red Cross Shelter. Recently, the County Sheriff’s Office has been in touch with Sea Island as part of bringing together like-minded organizations in advance of a disaster. If you or another organization you work with are interested in being […]