St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

News Jan 13 2022

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


2nd Sunday of Epiphany Jan 16

In Person:

9 a.m. Contemporary Service in Walton Hall
9 a.m. Traditional Service in the Church
9 a.m. Children's Sunday School
Nursery is available at St. John's


Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11
Sermon- Fr. Greg+ and Fr. Jeremy+

Live Services on Facebook

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

Wednesday In Person Service 8 a.m.

Eucharist Service in the Church and on-line


Church Office (843-559-9560)
Fr. Greg Snyder, Sr. Rector (843-367-3342,
Fr. Jeremy Shelton. Assoc. Rector (843-364-9381,
Rob Schluter, Family Pastor (843-908-1853,
Sally Dixon, Admin. (843-709-4894,
E-News and updates for website (
Vestry Members 2021: Barbara Johnson, Ben Dixon, Bill Leland (Jr. Warden), Boyd Baker (Sr. Warden), Debbie Hawkins, Don Machiorlete, Jeff Lamberson, Jane Vaughan, Jon Grandin, Russell Henderson, Sam Gervais, Todd Young


Upcoming Church Events

January 2022

Sat Jan. 15. 10 a.m. Word Weavers in the Peach Room Walton Hall.

Sun Jan. 16. 9 a.m. Service in Walton Hall and 9 a.m. Service in the Church, followed at about 10:30 a.m. with the Annual Meeting. Lunch will be served in Walton Hall, and we will recognize Walt Miller for his 15+ years of service to St. John's Parish

Weekly Groups

Join a Small Study Group In-Person and Online

Mondays 9 a.m. Girl's Morning Out Bible study group in Youth Room. Contact Lynn Gervais

Mondays 10 a.m. - 1:45 pm Respite Care in Walton Hall

Tuesdays 10 a.m. Truth Seekers Bible Study in Youth Room. Contact Emily Leland.

Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. AA in Walton Hall

Tuesdays 7 p.m. Al-Anon in the peach room Walton Hall

Wednesdays 7 a.m. Men's Bible Study

Wednesdays 10 a.m. The Journey group at 1510 Stanwick Dr. Johns Island. Contact Pete Tanner

Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Lunch at Stono Market. Contact Susie Jenkins.

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Coeducational Bible basics with shared meal. Contact Walt Miller

Thursdays 7 a.m. Men's group breakfast and Bible study in Walton Hall with Fr. Greg+

Thursdays 10 a.m. - 1:45 pm Respite Care in Walton Hall

Thursdays 10 a.m. Bible Babes led by Fr. Jeremy+

Thursdays 2 p.m. Women's Bible group in the Peach Room Walton Hall, led by Susie Jenkins

Fridays 6:30 p.m. AA in Walton Hall

Sundays 9 a.m. Children's Sunday School

Sundays 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School online.

Sundays 3-4 p.m. Kids Club for grades 3rd - 5th

Sundays 4-5 p.m. Middle School Youth Group for grades 6th - 8th

Sundays 5-6 p.m. High School Youth Group for grades 9th - 12th

Announcements Jan 9, 2022

Vestry Nominations 2022

Ann Edenfield
Becky Nisoff
Lindy Reynolds
Jay Withington
Ann Edenfield
I have been a member of St Johns Parish Church for 20+ years. I began with the Spanish mission outreach. We provided a Spanish language service for the Hispanics for 12-13 years. During this time, I did everything needed to keep the mission open except preaching. I speak Spanish.

I am a member of the Global Mission Committee and have gone to Peru on the four mission trips we have done. I have also done four mission trips to Honduras and 20 to the Dominican Republic.

Locally I volunteer at Our Lady of Mercy as an interpreter for the Woman's Program and help with serving supper at Camp St. Christopher.

I have a passion for both local and global missions. I have been blessed by the Lord in many areas of my life and feel a responsibility to give back.

I have lived here on Johns Island for close to 30 years. After being in the nursing field for 44 years, I retired 5 years ago.

Becky Nisoff
My name is Becky Nisoff, and I have been married to my husband, Chris, for almost 20 years. We have one son, Joshua. Our family started visiting St John's Parish around 15 years ago and after meeting with Father Greg and everyone here, we knew we wanted to be a part of the church family. Chris and I were confirmed in May 2010 and Joshua was confirmed May 2017. Currently I serve as one of the members on the breakfast team (which we hope starts back up soon). I also have previously helped with altar guild, Kids Club, and the nursery when needed. My husband and son both play in the praise band.

I am a payroll accounting specialist with Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community and have many years of financial experience.

I am grateful and honored to be considered for vestry. It is my hope that I can use my gifts to represent the congregation and to supporting St Johns community as it continues its journey in faith.

Lindy Reynolds
I have known the Lord for most of my life. Although during a large part of my life, the Lord was walking with me, but I was not walking with him. I came into a closer relationship with him in November of 1984, on a Kairos Prison Ministry weekend where I met David Bernthal, Micah LaRoche, Grainger McKoy, Johnnie Corbett, and many other men who the Lord used in my life.

Following this experience, I became close friends with these men and decided to come to Saint John's in July of 1986. Shortly thereafter, I was confirmed as a member of the church by Bishop Allison and over the years have also developed a close relationship with him. My life has been blessed greatly since being confirmed. My Saint John's family has always shown Christian character, grace, and love to me since I have become a member. An even greater blessing came when God allowed Debbie and I to be married on August 20 of 1989. She is a bright jewel of the Lord and His light and love shine through her so easily, and the Saint John's family welcomed her so graciously. They constantly remind me of how blessed I am to be married to her.

Much has happened in my life since joining this family. I have been blessed to serve as a lay reader, bear the chalice during Holy Eucharist, and sing in the choir. Debbie and I have had the great privilege of taking communion to many of our parishioner who were unable to attend our services. Debbie and I have also served on the Healing Prayer Teams and been greatly blessed by the Lord, and all for whom we have prayed. I also have enjoyed cooking and attending the Men's Breakfast, and two men's Bible Studies. I have also served on the Vestry three times in past years. Debbie and I have also served on several Kairos weekends and have served on one of our Diocesan Cursillo weekends (Meemee was rector) and one Presbyterian Cursillo weekend (Don Gehlken was rector).

I am presently retired but asking the Lord to put me to work. I will gladly serve on the Vestry again if the Lord and my church family ask me to. If not, I will continue to do as the Lord leads. He is Lord of all!

James "Jay" Withington
I have attended St. John's since my family moved to Johns Island in 1961. I joined the church the same year, and made many wonderful childhood memories, especially while serving as an acolyte for Rev. Guerry. Then Uncle Sam called, and I served two years of active duty and six years in the reserves for the US Navy. Then I transferred to the SC Army National Guard and served for 17 years which gave me a total of 25 years of military service. During that time, I also worked for Berkeley Electric Cooperative for 38 years, before retiring from both.

I thought I had all the answers for a great life until I realized I was leaving God out of my life. What I needed was a personal relationship with Christ. In 1999, with help and guidance from Fr. Walton and Fr. Greg, I made that commitment.

I was blessed to find my lovely wife Paulette the next year. With her encouragement, I became active in serving Christ and the Church. Since then, I have been a reader, then a Lay Eucharistic Minister (L.E.M.), which allows me to enjoy taking Communion to our home-bound church members. I'm presently involved with the Monthly Christian Fellowship Breakfast and a men's weekly Bible study on Wednesdays.

I served on the vestry for one 3-year term and was blessed to have served as Junior Warden during that time. It would be a great honor for me to serve the parish again if elected.

Volunteer for Flower Guild

St. John's Altar Flower Ministry design new flower creations each week for the Sunday Church Services. Flowers are individually selected and prepared on the Friday before. No prior experience required! None of us are professional flower arrangers, we get ideas from various places and will be happy to teach you. We find much joy in the creation of the altar flower arrangement and glorifying God.

Contact Sally Dixon at 843-709-4894 to let her know of your interest.

St. John's requires a Nursery Worker

Would you like to work in our Nursery, or do you know of someone who might be perfect to help care for our youngest church members? This position is paid and requires you to work from 9-12 noon on Sunday mornings.

Please contact Sally Dixon at 843-559-9560 if you have any questions.

Pastoral visit to tornado ravaged western Kentucky

Blessed are the Stewards, for they shall provide shelter

By The Rev. Jeremy Shelton, Associate Rector St. John's Parish Church, Johns Island, SC

Dawson Springs School is the only one they have ever known
Dawson Springs School sits upon a hill in the middle of the small town like a steward shepherding over the community. It serves as the developmental center of academics, nurturing, growth, and love. The small schoolhouses about 400 total children from pre-school through high school. For many of the people of Dawson Springs, Kentucky this school is the only one they've ever known.
The library of the school quickly became an ER
On Friday December 10, 2021, around 10pm, a massive tornado outbreak ravaged the western reaches of Kentucky. One of the massively powerful cyclones was a direct hit on the small, tight-knit community of Dawson Springs. Without warning, the school upon the hill was called into action. Without hesitation, it transformed from a place for education into a hospital, triage unit, safe-haven, center-for-tears, and shelter. Thirteen people of the immediate community - sons and daughters of Dawson Springs School - died that night. Many more were injured. The library of the school quickly became an ER. Blood soaked into the carpets, which remained stained some three weeks later. School sports uniforms were used as tourniquets. Overnight chaos and darkness consumed the school, the people, the entire being of the little town.
75% of the homes in Dawson Springs were completely destroyed
When the sun rose on Saturday morning, darkness remained. The people were left to assess damages, search for loved ones, and mourn the destruction. Dawson Springs School remained the haven for shelter. It was left physically unharmed from the tornadoes, but the emotional wounds run deep. About one hundred yards away, where a majority of the town's housing was, is now left with physical, emotional, and spiritual devastation. The destruction is significant, as an estimated 75% of the homes in Dawson Springs were completely destroyed. Seventeen of the faculty and staff at the school lost their homes entirely.
Help came in a myriad of ways... providing Christmas gifts to little children
Outreach response was significant and immediate from all over the nation. Churches, governments, outreach groups, linemen, and more swarmed many of the areas of western Kentucky to help in a myriad of ways. One of those ways was providing Christmas gifts to little children. Truckloads of toys, bikes, books, and more descended upon Dawson Springs and were distributed to the kids. A true Christmas blessing to all who received.
As a native Kentuckian - living in South Carolina for nearly two decades now - I still have a heart and fondness for my homeland. Upon hearing stories and seeing images of the devastation, the need to respond grew strongly. My wife, Jessica - also a native Kentuckian - and I knew we wanted to help in some way. In her wisdom, Jessica suggested providing Christmas gifts to teenagers in the area. So, with the blessing and financial generosity of St. John's Parish Church, our family left Johns Island and headed to Dawson Springs on December 27.
Driving through the town was like driving through a theater of sadness and carnage
We arrived at a community that had been shaken beyond its core. The devastation was so much worse than we imagined. Driving in on the Western Kentucky Parkway, we began to see debris in the tree tops five to six miles outside of town. Clothing, linens, bags, and even sheet metal adorned the upper branches like unwanted Christmas decorations. Driving through the town was like driving through a theater of sadness and carnage. One of the first massive piles of debris - leftover homes - contained the remnants of children's playthings. An immediate reminder of the generational impact of these storms.
The beginning of a sense of normalcy
Upon making our way up the hill to Dawson Springs School, we found our way into the gymnasium, which was being used as a storehouse for goods like bottled water, clean towels, and paper products as recently as the previous day. But this day, was the return of the Dawson Springs Panthers basketball teams to practice. The beginning of a sense of normalcy. We met coaches Mickey and Skylar, along with the rest of the boys' team. Three of those teenagers lost their homes entirely. We introduced ourselves, asked about them, listened to them, prayed for them, and gave them gift cards as late Christmas presents. A couple of hours later we were able to meet with coach Amanda and the girls' basketball team who also resumed practice that day. All of the gifts were met with joy, appreciation, tears, hugs, and handshakes.
All of St. John's gifts were met with joy, appreciation, tears, hugs, and handshakes
Over the next days, we listened to stories from many of the people in Dawson Springs. We prayed with them. We cried with them. It will take years for this community to heal from the trauma they experienced on December 10, 2021. The greatest ongoing need for the community of Dawson Springs, and all of western Kentucky is counseling. They have experienced incredible trauma; rebuilding will take years, cleanup is ongoing. The recovery and restoration are a long-term process of which we all can be involved. Prayer is an essential aspect; please keep the people of western Kentucky in your prayers.

In Isaiah chapter 40, the prophet proclaims God's favor - even in the midst of the destruction of Jerusalem - that God alone will bring comfort to the people, will speak tenderly to the people, will provide justice for the people. As our tears flow, the servant of all mankind, Jesus, provides comfort and peace. Though our tears flow, they flow from the eyes of people who possess hope. Hope that restoration will come. This is the hope provided by Jesus in Revelation 7,

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
St. John's Parish Church, Servant's Heart Disaster Relief, and Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) have committed to providing sustainable help for years to come. If you would like to join in these efforts, please reach out to Fr. Jeremy Shelton at St. John's Parish Church, Stephen Haynesworth at Servant's Heart, or ARDF directly. Together, we can be the light of Christ to a people in need.

As Dawson Springs School sits upon the hill overlooking the town, my prayer is for it to be a beacon of hope, a lighthouse of Jesus Christ, to the lost and hopeless - those who have been forced off course by storms - because we know that a city set upon a hill cannot be hidden.

If you would like to support this cause, you can either donate through St. John's Parish Church and write Anglican Relief Fund or ARDF on your gift or go to the Anglican Relief Donation Page

Catch Up on News

Our Lady of Mercy needs volunteers

who can share their talents and time to help the community in the many programs and services that they provide.

Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:
  • Dentists and Dental Professionals
  • Yes, I Can! After School Tutor
  • GED Language Arts Tutor
  • Reception
  • Van Driver
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Substitute Clothing Room and Food Pantry Assistants
For more information, email, call (843) 559-4109 Ext. 106 or visit

Tornado devastation

Anglican Relief and Development Fund® (ARDF)

Deadly tornadoes killed an estimated 100 people and destroyed a thousand properties, leaving tens of thousands without power. Western Kentucky was especially hard hit. ARDF has trusted partners willing and able to respond to the crisis. You can support them by donating to their Joseph Fund. This fund exists to get funds out quickly to churches and affiliated nonprofits to support the efforts of volunteers responding to the crisis.

If you would like to support this cause, you can either donate through St. John's Parish Church and write Anglican Relief Fund or ARDF on your gift or go to the Anglican Relief Donation Page

2022 pledge envelopes ready for pickup

Collect your 2022 pledge envelopes either from the church narthex or Walton Hall and begin using them January 2. Please DO NOT use them before that date.

Note your envelope number has probably changed. Please dispose of any remaining 2021 envelopes. Do not use your 2021 envelopes in 2022 for that reason. Any questions, please contact Sally in the office.

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Altar Flowers

Flowers were given to the glory of God and in loving memory of James & Claudia Withington
by Jay & Paulette Withington.
The 2022 signup book is available in the narthex of the church. Sign up early for the Sunday of your choice.

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 (, 843-709-4894) to sign up for the Sunday of your choice.

At St. John's


January 16
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever.

For Persecuted Churches

We pray for persecuted churches around the world. For the month of January, we pray for the nation of Turkmenistan. Heavenly Father, we pray for Christians in Turkmenistan to endure through governmental oppression and heavy restrictions which limit worship. We lift up all Christians, especially church leaders, that they be strengthened and encouraged by Your presence. We pray for new believers who come from Muslim backgrounds to worship in the full-ness of Your mercy and grace. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Anglican Diocesan SC Cycle of Prayer

St. Helena's, Beaufort
The Rev. Shay Gaillard
The Rev. Todd Simonis
The Rev. Jamie Sosnowski
The Rev. Chad Lawrence
The Rev. Joe Lawrence
The Rev. Zach Miller
The Rev. Chuck Pollak
Deacon Claudia Carucci
Deacon Jim Cato
Deacon Mark Warter
Deacon Keith O'Neal
The Rt. Rev. Alden Hathaway (Bishop in Residence)

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Diocese of San Joaquin
Bishop Eric Menees and his wife, Florence

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PO Box 125, Johns Island, SC 29457
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