St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

News Apr 29 2021

St. John's Parish Church

A Light for the Sea Islands since 1734
DECLARING our love for God through Anglican worship
PREPARING our love for God through Anglican worship
SHARING our love for God through Anglican worship
CARING for our community
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SERVICES

We are now open for Sunday in person service.
Main hall and Youth room open for small groups, contact the church office to schedule.

Fifth Sunday of Easter
&
Confirmation Service
May. 2

Pick Up Communion Kits

9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday or Wednesday in Guerry Hall.

In Person Services

9 a.m. combined service outside Walton Hall with Bishop Mark Lawrence.
There is NO 10:30 a.m. Service this Sunday.

Facebook Live Service

Sunday Service 9 a.m.

Readings

Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Psalm 66:1-11
1 John 3:11-24
John 14:15-21
Sermon - Bishop Mark Lawrence

Contact

Church Office (843-559-9560)
Fr. Greg Snyder, Sr. Rector (843-367-3342, frgreg@stjohnsparish.net)
Fr. Jeremy Shelton. Assoc. Rector (843-364-9381, frjeremy@stjohnsparish.net)
Walt Miller, Community Pastor (843-469-7105, wmiller@stjohnsparish.net)
Rob Schluter, Family Pastor (843-908-1853, rob@stjohnsparish.net)
Sally Dixon, Admin. (843-709-4894, sdixon@stjohnsparish.net)
E-News and updates for website (media@stjohnsparish.net)

Live Services on Facebook

8 a.m. Monday to Friday
9 a.m. Sunday
Please send us your prayers through Facebook or through the website.

Join a Small Study Group Online

NEWS and EVENTS

Video Announcements, Apr. 25

Bishop Lawrence visit to St. John's
May 2nd 9 a.m. Under the Oaks

Don't forget to bring your lawn chair this coming Sunday. There will be only one Service at 9 a.m. There is no 10:30 a.m. Service in the Church. Following the service to celebrate Bishop Lawrence's time with St. John's and to say farewell we will hold a shrimp & grits, sausage, and biscuits breakfast. Please bring your masks and socially distance following COVID protocols.

National Day of Prayer May 6th


2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

The 2021 National Day of Prayer theme prays: "LORD pour out Your LOVE, LIFE, and LIBERTY." Come pray for our Nation anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Church. Please knock on the door to gain admittance as the door will be kept locked at all times.

Lowcountry Pregnancy Center


Thomas and Libby Puckette were recently invited to attend the annual Lowcountry Pregnancy Center (LPC) banquet. By God's mercy, LPC was the last organization to host their event in 2020 before the convention center closed due to the pandemic and they were the first to host this year as the center reopened. Though seating capacity was more limited this year, there were still over 600 people in attendance and more watching online. We wanted to share with you about this organization as we at St. John's Parish support them each year with our domestic outreach funds.

"The mission of this organization is to provide life affirming reproductive health and family service in a compassionate Christian environment. LPC was founded in 1986 and has served the community in over 148,000 client visits. Through their ministry efforts, thousands of children and adults are alive today who otherwise would have been lost to abortion. They offer pregnancy testing and pregnancy option counseling, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, STI testing and nurse consultations. They support women through post abortion support groups and prayer support. They offer adoption referrals and have available baby clothes and diapers, baby equipment and parenting classes. More than $86,000 was given out in the form of baby formula, baby clothes and supplies. Last year, 494 women at risk for abortion chose LIFE! " (excerpts from LPC 2020 annual report.)
A former OB/GYN doctor who performed abortions was our guest speaker. He shared information with us about his experience and his transformation. The Holy Spirit ministered to his heart over time, and he no longer performs abortions. He and his wife travel around the country speaking to pro-life groups, the very groups he thought at one time were "nuts". His story was powerful as were the two patient testimonies we heard - one who chose not to have an abortion and delivered a beautiful little boy and the other who received post-abortion counseling.
For more information on the powerful work that this agency is doing, please go to their website: LPCfriends.com. We are happy to share as well. Blessings, Thomas and Libby Puckette.

St. John's Outreach Supporting the Low Country

We have many outreach programs at St. John's. Below are St. John's current support activities.
  • AA and NA
  • Barrier Island Medical Center
  • Barrier Islands Baseball Little League
  • Blessings Basket
  • Camp St. Christopher
  • Cub Scouts Pack 42
  • Feeding the Multitude
  • Haut Gap Middle School and Angel Oak Elementary School
  • Hospitality Team
  • Kairos prison ministry
  • Low Country Pregnancy Center
  • MaryAnn Point Road Mission Complex
  • New Webster Food Bank
  • Our Lady of Mercy
  • Pastoral Care Meals
  • Pastoral Care Visiting Team
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Reading Partners
  • Respite Care
  • Sosnowski Scholarship
  • The Wednesday Quilters

Volunteer at Camp St. Christopher


St. Christopher is in dire need of help in the food service area. The Charleston area as a whole is suffering from a lack of personnel to work in the hospitality industry and while Camp St. Christopher hopes to hire additional staff the current staff is pitching in, and we are blessed by a few others who offer volunteer assistance. As of now Camp St. Christopher needs 2 to 3 more volunteer people at any one time to assist with the meals. St. Christopher welcomes volunteers that only want to volunteer once or are willing to make a regular commitment over several weeks for a particular meal on a particular day. The most urgent need for help is with the evening meal, to alleviate the extended and additional days currently being required of the regular staff.

Volunteer positions involve arriving 15 minutes before a meal is served, assisting with serving the meal (which is all done behind a screen in the kitchen) and then remaining to clear tables and reset for the next meal. Resetting often involves sweeping and mopping, particularly with youth groups on the large side dining room. For the evening meal, you will be needed from 5:45 p.m. until at least 7 p.m. possibly 8 p.m. depending upon the size of the group. You will be offered dinner in the midst of their service, typically after all are served, and prior to cleaning up.

If you feel a calling to service at St. Christopher, please contact The Rev. Robert Lawrence. Young mature folks with parents or grandparents are welcome as a team as well as individuals. Camp St. Christopher will be blessed to have you as a volunteer.

The Rev. Robert S. Lawrence
Executive Director
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center
blawrence@stchristopher.org
843.768.0429

Sea Islands Hunger Awareness

Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) supports many programs on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. For those that independently support this program there is no Gullah Celebration fundraising event this year, instead you may give directly to the foundation. The foundation's brochure tells how the coordinated efforts of SIHAF, and its Programs and Partners fight island hunger with healthy food and clean water one meal at a time.

Online Giving

Did you know giving online to St. John's just got easier. Instead of creating a giving account online you can simply process a pledge/gift as a Guest. You will be asked for your name and email address and payment information, that's it. You can access online giving from the website or the mobile app or click the 'Red Button' below; why not give it (no pun intended) a try.

Do we have your correct email address?

Often, we will send out an email blast on a specific topic from the Church's contact database. It has become apparent that many of our parishioners do not have up-to-date email addresses in our system. Click on this link to send an email to Sally Dixon in the office with all of your families correct email addresses.

Communion pick up time and location change

You may continue to pick up Communion kits, but instead of Saturday they can be collected on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in Guerry Hall. For access, please ring the doorbell now located on the outside entrance door to Guerry Hall. If this time is not feasible, please call the Church Office to arrange an alternate pick-up time.

Calling Lay Readers

Now that we are meeting in person on Sundays and most of us are vaccinated, if you are willing to be a lay reader again, or would like to be a lay reader, please contact Father Greg or Father Jeremy.

Click here for diocesan news and events

PRAYERS

Easter Sunday Altar Flowers

Flowers were given to the glory of God.
St. John's Altar Flower Ministry designs new flower creations each week for Sunday services. Flowers are selected individually and prepared on Friday. The cost to dedicate flowers is $70 for two vases or $40 for one. Contact Sally Dixon (sdixon@stjohnsparish.net, 843-709-4894) to sign up for the Sunday of your choice.
The flower delivery guild needs volunteers to deliver flowers in accord with COVID protocols. If you have delivered flowers in the past, or would like to join that ministry, please contact Sally Dixon.

At St. John's

Photo by Dave Hoefler on Unsplash

Collect

Sunday, May 2.
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Persecuted Churches

We pray for persecuted churches around the world. For the month of May we pray for the nation of Libya. Heavenly Father, Christians and Christian churches in Libya are suffering due to radical Islamic persecution, human trafficking, and extreme violence. We pray for the Christian churches in Libya, despite the lack of freedom to worship, to remain steadfast in the face of martyrdom. Enliven their spirits by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
photo: Libya, Flickr / CC / Mojomogwai WorldWatchMonitor.org

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer


Christ Church, Florence
Deacon Anne Darby Hunter

St. John's, Florence
The Rev. Ken Weldon
Deacon Kay Fryman
The Rev. Corey Prescott

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Anglican Province of Bangladesh
The Most Rev. Samuel Mankhin, Moderator


Connect with St. John's Online

Watch Services Online

There are several ways to watch the online worship services.
  1. If you are comfortable with using Facebook, visit our Facebook page.
  2. Watch through our website.
  3. If you prefer to be notified when the day's service is online and or want to watch other services of the week, our mobile app is a great option. Make sure you sign up for notifications under the settings option of the app. Each time we go live, we send out a mobile app notification. You may click through the links to watch on Facebook (you may also leave comments and prayers) or watch on our website.
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3673 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
PO Box 125, Johns Island, SC 29457
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