St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Newsletter
THE CHURCHMOUSE “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven” —Matthew 5:16
Pentecost, Vol. 2, 2010
SERVICE SCHEDULES Sunday Service: 9:30 am
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church would like to invite you to help celebrate and honor all the Saints who, WEEKLY TAIZÉ WORSHIP WILL RESUME on Wednesday, September 15th, at 5:30 pm, immediately followed by dinner and our new Arts and Theology Series
over the years, have labored to make this church a place where its people reveal the Light of Christ as a beacon of love in the world. Our celebration will begin with 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist on Sunday, September 12th, followed immediately by
MISSION STATEMENT St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church reveals the light of Christ as a beacon of love in the world.
a dedication, a presentation and lunch. We are looking forward to celebrating with you and your family. Please reply by September 1, 2010. You may RSVP by calling 864-585-2858 or electronically at www.stchrisonline.org.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
400 Dupre Dr.
Spartanburg, SC 29307
FROM THE VICAR…..CHANGE IS IN THE AIR Every year, beginning sometime in late July or early August, I begin to get a bounce in my step. I begin counting down to my two most favorite things: high school football and the kids going back to school. Now back in the day, before the high schools figured out a way to practice football year round, the first Monday in August meant that boys went out into the hot August sun and began football drills for the upcoming fall season. And about that time, also, I begin singing out loud, the Andy Williams Christmas song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Whenever I do that, my children just roll there eyes and sometimes even give me a whack. They know that I am celebrating their impending exodus out of the house, back to the rigors of discipline and study. Yes indeed, certain times of the year mark change. Liturgically, change is in the air, too. Usually, we make liturgical changes with the church seasons. However, with green being in season for so long, I like to make a not so liturgical division, beginning with the secular school year. Some of our changes will begin with our 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 12th, while the rest will be implemented on the 19th. The one that I anticipate receiving the most feedback on is the changing of the Doxology, when we bring the gifts up to the altar, to a hymn of praise and thanksgiving. Other changes that you might note will be a different setting for the Gloria, Form II for the Prayers of the People, Eucharistic Prayer B, a different setting for the Sanctus, plus a Fraction Anthem. Please bear with me...Anne Denbow will be working with me so that we may sing the Fraction. So yes, change is in the air. Often I hear comments regarding liturgical change, which vary from the very positive to the very negative. Please note, we are not changing things just for the sake of change. Most people agree at the beginning of Lent that a more somber note is needed to help set the tone for the personal and corporate preparation we are doing to get ourselves ready for the joyous Easter. Additionally, most people welcome the return of the more upbeat pace and spirit beginning with the Easter season. Also note that what is comfortable and normal for you is not necessarily comfortable and normal for the person or family sitting next to you. In our congregation, there are former Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Evangelical Lutherans, Southern Baptists, members of The Church of Christ and even some cradle Episcopalians. All of these different faith backgrounds bring a certain corporate style of worship along with some local peculiarities. And usually what a person grew up with, they consider “the right” way. It’s like snuggling up in a soft warm blanket of liturgy. So you can see, even though we are all Episcopalians now, the different denominational influences on the make up of our congregation necessarily puts us in some liturgical tension. In this tension, though, is where we can expand our faith. It’s where we can learn from the Body of Christ found in our neighbor, who holds different liturgical values other than the ones we hold dear. Thanks be to God, for one reason or another, we have all chosen St. Christopher’s and its Episcopal style of liturgy as the place where we can best worship God at this particular stage of our lives. In this liturgy and our faith, there are some constants. Jesus Christ is Lord and we are not. We will come to this sanctuary week in and week out as a broken and sinful people. We will hear the word of God proclaimed from scripture and the events of our lives. We will profess our faith. We will confess our sins. We will ask God’s forgiveness for those sins. We will share in the eschatological meal of Christ’s Body and His Blood. And then, we will be sent out into the world, rejuvenated, forgiven. ~Joseph+ Page 2
CHRISTIAN FORMATION ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION Most Sundays, we have enjoyed a discussion on the Lectionary texts for the day. Occasionally, we have seasonal teachings that will be announced and publicized. (Please see the article on page 6 for our first 12week seasonal offering.)
YOUTH CHRISTIAN FORMATION We are meeting in the loft at 11:00 on Sunday morning as we read and discuss stories from the Old Testament.
CHILDREN CHRISTIAN FORMATION 11:00 AM—11:45 AM This year we are starting a new program for Christian Formation called Godly Play. Godly Play teaches children the art of using religious language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. Each week there is a hands-on Bible lesson that helps the children experience the love and wonder of God. Godly Play will take place during the Adult Christian Formation time in the Godly Play Room.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE WEEK INCLUDE: The Vicar’s Brown Bag Bible Study at noon on Mondays in the Connector, beginning September 20th. WEEKLY TAIZÉ WORSHIP WILL RESUME on Wednesday, September 15th, at 5:30 pm, immediately followed by dinner and our new Arts and Theology Series.
YOUTH NEWS Hey Yall! Hope everyone has had an awesome summer! I wanted to send out some important information about EYC and Sunday School as well as the first Diocesan Event! Our EYC kick-off pool party will be at the Hickersonʹs house on Sunday, August 29th, from 5:00—7:00 pm, so mark your calendars! Our first Sunday School will be Sunday, September 19th, at 11:00 am. We are continuing our discussion of Genesis! Our first EYC back at the church will be September 19th, from 5:00--7:00 pm at St. Christopher’s as usual. For any 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are interested, the Junior High Fall Retreat is September 24th-26th at Camp Gravatt. The cost is $75 and I need to know if you want to go by September 10th! Please email/facebook/call me if you want to go to the Jr. High event, need directions to the Hickerson’s or if you need any other information. Good luck with classes and I will see you in a few weeks!!!! God Bless, Raiford Page 3
The Christian Formation Committee hopes everyone will find an appealing option to learn more about Christ and what His love means to us. Christian Formation Committee Report: The Christian Formation Committee is looking for men to join our committee! We promise no “Honey-Do” lists and no heavy lifting! We are looking for some real men for input and ideas! Be ready with a “YES, Sure” answer when approached by members of this committee! Members are Martha Harris, Johnsie Canny, Raiford Collins, Ann Fain, Mary Levens and Fr. Joseph.
Please make sure you take the survey on “Experiencing God through the Arts” choices. It is a short survey and the link can be found on St. Christopher’s home page. Please take 3-5 minutes and provide us with valuable data so we may continue to guide our spiritual growth in a variety of ways!
We are expecting to have an adult and youth confirmation class this year! Whether you are in your tenth grade year, a new member who wants to learn about Christianity and the Episcopal Church, or an old member who wants to brush up on things, this is your opportunity. Please contact Father Joseph or Raiford Collins for enrollment. Confirmation will be April 3, 2011.
Adult Sunday School Classes will begin September 19th. The Apostle Paul, taught by Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, will lead off this 12 week audio series through “The Great Courses” produced by The Teaching Company. This series will be held in the Parish Hall.
Using the mission statement, the Christian Formation Committee is utilizing creative license to enlighten our community that St. Christopher’s is still the place to be on the East Side. At the 50th Anniversary celebration we will introduce a commemorative tee shirt! These shirts are not to be confused with church clothes. They are just a souvenir of a wonderful milestone.
Movie Lovers: There has been such great success with the Popcorn Theology on Wednesdays this summer, that we would like to know if there is interest for the formation of a “Movie Crowd” that would like to continue this study. Some movies have already been suggested and there is room for many more. Some suggested titles are The Apostle, Shawshank Redemption, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Remember the Titans and Hotel Rowanda. If this is something that you would like to see continue in a small group format, please let a member of the committee know. ~Mary Levens~
WORSHIP COMMITTEE WE WANT YOU! Get Involved in Worship at St. Christopher’s! As I write this article it is hard for me to describe my feelings about being actively involved in worship at St. Christopher’s. First and foremost, I love the liturgy and worship of The Episcopal Church. It is home to me. I have described it to some as being wrapped up in a warm blanket. It gives me a sense of stability and peace. When Matt and I came back to The Episcopal Church after 5 years of being with the United Methodist Church, I knew I was home when we first visited St. Christopher’s. But beyond that, my participation in the hand bell choir, as a lector, chalice bearer and verger is truly a calling for me. It is an honor to be involved in the worship at St. Christopher’s to the extent that I am. I am blessed to serve God and the people of St. Christopher’s. Okay, so if we attend church on Sunday morning, we are all involved in worship at St. Christopher’s, but I mean taking that next step, whatever that next step may be for you. If you are newer to St. Christopher’s and The Episcopal Church, it might mean taking the step from following along in the bulletin and just observing everything that goes on to becoming more of an active participant – singing the hymns and responding to the liturgy. For some of us it might mean singing and participating in the liturgy with more conviction or spending more time thinking about what we are saying instead of just reciting it. And there are others of us who are called to become even more involved by being a part of the various groups at the church that help to make worship happen (choir, hand bell choir, altar guild, flower guild, ushers, sound technicians, acolytes, chalice bearers, lectors and vergers, etc). If we are already in one of these ministries, it might Continued on pg. 9
FUN AND FELLOWSHIP Again this year we are planning to have the Rotating Dinners. For those of you who are not familiar with this, it is for those who are interested in having dinner with different members and friends of St. Christopher使s once a month. We will rotate the names, either couples or singles, so that each month we will have a different group. Also, each participant will have a chance to host the occasion in their home. The host and hostess will provide the entr茅e, and the others will bring whatever they wish to bring or whatever the hostess asks you to bring if you have no preference. This does not have to be anything fancy. In the past, we have had everything from hamburgers to all sorts of meats and casseroles. The point is to be together in small groups so that we get to know each other better. We plan to start in September, so please call Peggy Graham at 579-1592 if you are interested. Don使t miss this opportunity for food, fun and fellowship!
PASTORAL CARE May, June, July Activities: Meals: 10 Visits: 29 Telephone Calls: 58 Transportation: 2 Errands: 5 Cards /Notes: 29 We welcome three new members to the Pastoral Care Committee: Barbara Grubbs will assist Betty Holland with the Card/Note ministry. We will miss Holly Broadwell who served in a number of capacities on this committee for years, with the latest being writing notes and sending cards. Many of you had expressed to her through the years how much her correspondence had meant to you. Bliss Harley and Kay Cook will serve as team members. If you feel called to work in this ministry and are unable to cook, visit, etc., we have a wonderful opportunity for you to participate by being a prayer partner. Call Doris Beasley at 585-1326 to find out more.
SOUL SURVIVORS Soul Survivors will start back in September. The meeting will be on Saturday, September 18th, at 10:00 am in the Connector. Our speaker will be Jim Bean, speaking about his experiences in pharmacy over the years. Please come with questions that you may have about drugs of all sorts. Refreshments will be provided by Betty and Harold Holland. Soul Survivors is designed for people 60 years of age and older--or for those with a spouse who is that age. Please join us for a morning of fellowship, food and fun. If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Graham at 579-1592.
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mean brushing up on our skills and/or sharing what the ministry is about and encouraging others to think about getting involved. And there is everything in between. We are not all called to a very visible part in worship, but there are many other roles that are just as important and more behind the scenes. And even if you are not called to one of these, I challenge everyone to spend some time over the next couple of months praying about our role in worship at St. Christopher’s, whether God is leading you to take that next step and what that step might be. ~Lathrop Mosley
HOME WORKS ONE DAY BLITZ Once again we will be helping our neighbors in Spartanburg by being a living example of the Gospel. October 2nd, we, along with some other area churches, are going to help with repairs to a home. We have two houses to choose from, but right now it looks like the most doable project in one day will be to re-shingle a single wide mobile home. Please contact Fr. Smith if you are willing to give up Saturday, October 2nd, to help one of your neighbors.
MUSIC TO OUR EARS As of the writing of this article, we will be hosting a nineteen member choir for the September 12th Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration. It truly will be “music to our ears” to hear that many voices joined in musical praise to our Creator and Redeemer. Thanks be to God! (It’s not too late for others to participate. Please contact Anne Denbow if you are interested.) We are pleased to have our three Converse Graduate Students rejoining us this year, starting with the first Wednesday night choir rehearsal for the year on September 8th, at 7:00 pm, in the choir room. These Section Leaders are Krystal Waters, alto, Nathan Martin, tenor, and Jason Kossol, baritone. They are all very anxious to get started and have missed singing at St. Christopher’s very much! We are ALWAYS seeking new choir members, so don’t be shy. We actually have lots of fun. Just ask Brigette Canny and Anita Bruhnke! Page 9
TASKS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 12TH AT ST. CHRISTOPHERʹS (Please call or e-mail the church if you can help, or sign the sheets at the front desk.) TASKS
Front doors to Parish Hall Building scraped & painted
Bradford Pear Trees trimmed over sidewalk
George Hairston, ____________________
Pews screwed down in north transept
Weeding done in garden and elsewhere
George Hairston, ____________________
Ceiling scraped and painted in Connector
Father Joseph, ______________________
Stained glass window plaque mounted on wall
Bulletin board put back up in Parish Hall hallway
Bulletin boards freshened up/decorated
Ann Fain, Raiford Collins
Paint around thermostat in Parish Hall
Scrape & paint wall in Parish Hall ___________________________________ (small section where moisture caused deposits from buttress) Paint in Parish Hall hallway near baseboard
Paint in office hallway where blue is showing through
Double doors painted in hospitality area (both sides)
Brass plates mounted on inside of Connector doors
Interior courtyard spruced up, trimmed & weeded
Lex & Cindy Hray
Replace toilet paper dispensers in Menʹs Room (Parish Hall Building)
Beautify Ladiesʹ Room in Parish Hall Building
Peggy Graham, Agnes Hamilton
Doors repaired/painted/repaired? to courtyard
Johnsie Canny, _____________________ THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP!!!
A Snapshot of our Finances
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Birthdays Rob Hickerson
5:30 pm—Taizé Service with Holy Eucharist & Healing, in the church
6:15 pm—Catered Supper in the Connector (RSVP, $5/person)
Betty Ruth Walker
Baptized Helen Gumbert
12th—St. Christopher’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!!! 9:30 am—Service of Holy Eucharist, followed by the dedication of the Kendrick Garden, a brief video presentation, then catered lunch served in the Spartanburg High School Cafeteria, RSVP by Sept. 1st
15th—Wednesday Nights at St. Christopher’s
7:00 pm—Arts & Theology Series
18th—Soul Survivors, Jim Bean, guest speaker, 10:00 am in the Connector
19th—Service of Holy Eucharist, 9:30 am
20th—First Vicar’s Brown Bag Bible Study, Mondays at noon
22nd—Wednesday Nights at St. Christopher’s (see above schedule)
26th—Service of Holy Eucharist, 9:30 am
29th—Wednesday Nights at St. Christopher’s (see above schedule)
3rd—Service of Holy Eucharist, 9:30 am; Blessing of the Animals, 4:00 pm T.O.T.A.L. MINISTRIES: September 19th—Canned Meat
Anniversaries Bruce & Catherine Stroupe
PASTORAL CARE CONTACT FOR SEPTEMBER - Peggy Graham 579-1592
09/05 Archie & Liz Taylor
Jim & Helen Bean
Joe & Doris Beasley
WEDNESDAY MENUS Sept 15 Vegetable Lasagna Garlic Bread Salad Dessert, Tea Sept 22 Chicken and Rice Casserole Rolls Salad Dessert, Tea Sept 29 Spaghetti Garlic Bread Salad Dessert, Tea (RSVP or sign-up by Tues. am)
EMERGENCY PRAYER TREE We offer a confidential 24-hour Emergency Prayer Tree for members of St. Christopher’s and their families who are in crisis. Call the church office at 585-2858 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE MEMBERS IN YOUR PRAYERS Helen Bean
Betty Ruth Walker
Lydia Kaplan Page 11
SURGERY + HEALING = A NEW NORMAL...SABBATH As many of you know, I had back surgery Friday, July 16th, which included decompressing discs that were impinging on nerves and fusing vertebrae to make my spine more stable. Surgery is a major shock to the body, and since then, I’ve been mostly homebound, living within parameters that are painful, abnormal, exhausting, and lonely. I’ve had a lot of time to think during this time, wondering if it is all worth it. I have come to the conclusion that yes, the surgery itself was agonizing but completely necessary. The homebound healing has been painful, slow, exhausting, lonely, but thankfully steady. And during all this time, I have had many conversations with God, asking the ‘whys’, the ‘how comes’, the ‘hows’, and most importantly.....the ‘whens’. When will this pain be gone? When will I be able to drive again? When will I be able to be back to my NORMAL self – like I was BEFORE the surgery? As I put down my thoughts and feelings about my surgery, I couldn’t help but see parallels to St. Christopher’s last two years. In a way, St. Christopher’s had unexpected, major surgery in May of 2008. It was a shock to the body, and since then St. Christopher’s has had to live within parameters that are often painful, abnormal, exhausting, and lonely. Healing has been slow but thankfully steady. And during this time, many here have had conversations with God asking the ‘whys’, the ‘how comes’, the ‘hows’, and most importantly....the ‘whens’. When will the pain of the split be over? When will we be able to support ourselves financially? When will we be able to be a NORMAL church again? When I think how I was before my surgery, my normal then, I don’t want to go back to that – the pain, the fatigue, the difficulty with living life to its fullest. Likewise, St. Christopher’s cannot go back to its previous normal. In fact, we both must look forward to a new normal. My new normal is a life with less pain and more energy. You’ll note that I didn’t say that my life would be completely pain-free. St. Christopher’s new normal is also a life with less pain and more energy. Again, you’ll note that I didn’t say that the life of St. Christopher’s would be completely pain-free. You’ll note that one of the most important things that both these new normals have in common, is conversation with God. We often turn to God at our lowest moments, our most tender seasons of life. God is always present, waiting to be in relationship with us – whether at our lowest, or at our best. Those times with God, those conversations, tears, frustrations, joys, and new normals....are our Sabbath times with God. Sabbath, in its most primitive form, means ‘to rest’ – to rest with our God. But don’t be misled. Resting isn’t stagnant. In rest, there is healing going on. In Sabbath with God, there is growth. That’s what I’ve been doing these last few weeks. That’s what St. Christopher’s has been doing these last two years. Surgery + Healing = A New Normal...Sabbath. I am excited to see where this ‘rest’, this new normal takes us in the future. ~Fergie+ Page 4
MISSION AND OUTREACH HOUSTON BACK TO SCHOOL At this writing, weʹre finishing up plans to distribute school supplies at Houston Elementary. Thanks go out to all who contributed items and funds. It looks like another meaningful project to help hundreds of elementary school students and encourage their academic efforts. Last year, a parishioner who helped distribute these supplies experienced some car problems later in the day. The mechanic who helped was driving her on Skylyn Drive. As they passed Houston Elementary, she spoke of how she had enjoyed handing out supplies to students that very morning. He told her, ʺMy grand-daughter goes to that school!ʺ T.O.T.A.L. MINISTRIES Our monthly food drive continues on the 3rd Sunday of each month. The designated food for September is canned meat or fish. Through the end of July, St. Christopherʹs has provided over 1/4 of a ton of food (552 lbs) to needy families in Spartanburg. HOMEWORKS A team has identified two homes for repair in a fall project, probably in early October. Whose students have we helped? - What families have we fed? - Whose homes have we repaired? These are interesting, but irrelevant questions. We reach out to others to help meet THEIR needs not our satisfactions. Because as St. Paul pointed out: ʺI planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth... For we are fellow workers for God; you are Godʹs field, Godʹs building.ʺ 1 Cor. 3:6-7, 9 OAB
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Staff The Rt. Rev’d W. Andrew Waldo ………………………….…..Bishop The Rev’d Joseph K. Smith, ext.13 ................................................ Vicar The Rev’d Deacon Fergie Horvath, ext.11 ................................Deacon Anne Denbow, ext.14 ....... Dir. of Liturgical Arts/Parish Administrator Margaret Hopper ...................................................................... Organist Raiford Collins, ext.12............Youth/Children’s Ministries Coordinator David Ferguson .............................................................................Sexton Anita Bruhnke ............................................... Volunteer Office Assistant Mission Committee Senior Warden: Mitch Slade ......................................................583-7053 Junior Warden: Bill Canny……………………………………..579-1397 Treasurer: Ruth Anne Hickerson .............................................579-4019