Announcements for the Week of November 19, 2017

Salt Shakers – Fun, Food & Fellowship

Through the years, this venue has served as a great opportunity for people new to the Sea Island community of faith to meet and make new friends. Information and registration are available in the Narthex. Once your name(s) are received and your interest known, you are included in a small group of adults who organize a meal together rotating homes and places to eat. Salt Shakers is very popular within the congregation and lasts through the spring season before starting over in the fall of 2018.

MADD: Music, Art, Dance & Drama

For Children Grades 3 through 6

We meet this evening  beginning at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to continue our study in the book of Proverbs, prepare for upcoming worship services during December, and plan for the upcoming Christmas Parade.

Youth Group

For Youth Grades 7 through 12

We meet from 5:00-7:00 p.m. In addition to playing games and a sharing a meal, we will continue to learn about church history from the early days through the Reformation and beyond.

Angel Tree in Narthex

Help us provide Christmas presents for children in need. Please take an angle from the tree, purchase the gift, and bring it to the church unwrapped (with the angel attached) on or before December 10. CAPA will pick up the presents for distribution in time for Christmas.

Kirk Night Resumes Wednesday, November 29

There is no Kirk Night on Wednesday, November 22. We are thankful for all of our wonderful Kirk Night Kitchen Crewmates who work hard to provide us with delicious meals week after week. May we all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.

A Gullah Christmas Celebration

Sunday, November 26, 4-6 p.m., Sanctuary

Join Dr. Marlena Smalls & The Hallelujah Singers, featuring the Mossy Oaks Elementary School Choir and the Mt. Zion AME Choir for this free concert.

Advent Workshop

Saturday, December 2, 10:00 to 12 Noon, Fellowship Hall

The Christmas tree in our sanctuary is decorated with Christmas ornaments which feature various symbols for Christ. Many of our ornaments have aged and are in need of repair. In addition to the ornaments we have, we would like to add new Chrismons. The Advent Workshop will serve as a time for children, youth and adults to come together to make three Chrismons: One for the tree in the sanctuary, one for themselves, and one to give as a gift. There will be cookies and other treats available. Registration is available in the office reception area and Narthex.

Cookie Walk

Sunday, December 10

Our youth are seeking donations of Christmas cookies as they prepare to host their annual cookie walk. Cookie donations may be dropped off to the kitchen December 8 and 9. The Cookie Walk will take place following both worship services on December 10 and immediately prior to the Christmas concert. Come on out, fill up a container (or two) of your favorite cookies, and help support our youth ministry.

Advent Formation and Christmas Caroling

On December 3, 10 and 17, we will offer special classes for children, youth and adults that focus on the meaning and stories behind some of our favorite Advent and Christmas songs. On Friday, December 15, everyone is invited to meet at the church at 6:00 pm as we prepare to sing and share Christmas carols in our community.

PETALS

Tuesday, December 12, 11:30 a.m.

All retired educators in schools and other institutions are warmly invited to enjoy lunch on Dataw Island. Please sign up in the Narthex by December 1 if you have not signed up previously. For more information, contact Nancy O’Connor at 843-838-0273.

Presbyterian Women Circle Meetings in December

The Mary Magdalene Circle will meet on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Esther Circle will meet on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:15 p.m. in Room 201 (childcare will be available beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall). The Lydia Circle will meet on Thursday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Presbyterian Women, CAPA and Donations of Paper Items

A basket for paper items to be given to CAPA is located in the Narthex. Our Presbyterian Women Circles have been donating monthly and wish to extend the opportunity for others as well. Paper items such as paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, and napkins are very much appreciated by the children and staff of CAPA, allowing funds to go to other needs.

Poinsettias

Please help us decorate for Christmas by ordering a poinsettia. The poinsettias will be placed in our sanctuary in honor or memory of loved ones. Please fill out an order form and submit it, along with payment of $15.00, to Trish Wescott no later than Sunday, December 3. Order forms can be found in the narthex and church office. Make checks payable to SIPC with “Poinsettia” in the memo line.

Scotland 11-Day Presbyterian Reformation Tour

June 5 – 15, 2018 from Savannah, GA
Register Online: RegisterNow.ittworld.com, Tour Code: Keeler 18

There are thirteen (13) pilgrims registered for next summer’s trip with another seven (7) showing interest in joining the group. The Scotland Trip is based on twenty one (21) participants. For those of you who are pondering the possibility of seeing places like Glasgow, Iona, the Isle of Mull, Sterling Castle, St. Andrews, Edinburgh and other notable sites, our last trip included good accommodations, good food, good drink, good transportation along with a great guide and driver. Matter of fact, negotiations are underway to secure our former guide whose knowledge and company we enjoyed very much. Plenty of free time is built into the schedule, especially in Edinburgh, to walk the Royal Mile, visit historical sites, and spend money in the numerous shops. Brochures are available in the Narthex and Church Office. For additional details, please see Steve and Kay Keeler. Sithidh Crosda leat. (Gaelic Proverb)

Response to Recent Events

Aware of several tragic and disturbing events over the last several weeks, the Session Council of the Sea Island Presbyterian Church has addressed the issue of security. This week, they moved to form a Study Group to explore potential responses and to make and share recommendations about the appropriate steps we might take as a church. The members of the Study Group are Larry Gaenzele (retired attorney), Mark McCain (retired Homeland Security), and Clara Partridge (Elder). Please pray for this team as they begin their work together. The pastoral and program staff members are also reviewing policies of other churches and institutions as we discern the faithful path of action on this matter.