SSSJ News and Events for October 14, 2018
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For all the saints . . .

It's almost time. On November 4th, at 10:30 am worship, we will celebrate All Saints. During our litany of saints, we'd like to include your special saints, that is, those people who are saints to you, those who have gone to greater life. Please submit any (all) names you wish to be read aloud to and the name will be included. It is important that you include how you pronounce the name.

God of the impossible

MARK 10:17-31

. . . Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” . . .  “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

From “Heavenly Father, we are thankful that you are the God of the impossible. Without You, it would be impossible for any of us to get to heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

Image “Eye of the Needle” by Mike Dawson.

SOCKS . . . socks . . . sox

Eventually  the weather will turn and the temperature will get a little cooler and then cold. Funny how that happens. When it does, a clean, warm pair of socks will be appreciated by a lot of people. We at SSSJ are determined to make that happen. The effort to collect socks (white full length crew socks) is already underway. We will distribute these socks on Saturday, November 3. As of last Sunday we had accumulated 50 pair of socks. Thank you very much. That puts us about halfway to our goal. Please help. An anonymous shopper noticed that Target on Harbison has a 10-pair pack of socks for $7.99. Walmart has a 10-pair pack of socks for $7.48 and TJ Maxx has a 10-pair pack of Gildan socks for $4.50. Please help. When you leave your tour of duty at the Pumpkin Patch, just plan to drive to your favorite store and pick up a package of full length crew socks on your way home. Simple enough and you really cannot understand the appreciation the homeless feel when they get a new pair of socks.

PS - when the weather changes and you look into your closet for a jacket or coat, and lo and behold, there's one you can no longer wear, please do not discard it. Either Sharing God's Love or Resurrections will find a new owner.  

Coloring Pages

[2nd post] We are so very proud of our children. If one of your children colors a page in our worship bags or creates a picture during Sunday school, please hang it using the ribbons in the large room in the Field Building.

After 10:30 worship, we had . . .

. . . lots of food to celebrate Fr. Mark's 10th anniversary with us. . . Don't forget that refreshments are in the big room in the Field Building following the 10:30 a.m. service. Stick around to help build our community. And it would be good for you to stick so you can enjoy the fellowship with our rector Fr. Mark. 

See you there.

This is us

[apologies for co-opting the TV show name. I hope you're enjoying these trips down memory lane. I am.]

Here's another excerpt from "Celebrating the Journey", the prospectus we shared during our search for new rectors—labeled "Seeking and Serving Christ in All Persons". "The chancel drama program that we launched in 1991 has been a unique part of our community outreach and evangelism. Seven productions in nine years—real parishwide efforts that have challenged and inspired us, given Irmo the only town theatre it's ever had, and provided free entertainment for all comers. Our thespian reputation has become quite solid in both the community and the diocese. Because one of our key acting/directing families moved away this year, the future of our playmaking is uncertain." [this section continued next week]

Watch here for more "This is us" anecdotes. If you have one you'd like to share, please send to me.

Polo Shirts

The polo shirts are in. They are in a box in the gathering room. The S,M,L and XL are $17.25. The XXL are $19.00. See Judy Gallagher if you have questions.

Instead of St. Simon & St. Jude Festival

As you may have heard by now, our 3-day weekend is postponed. BUT . . .  that doesn't mean we can't have a good time. Let's have spooky, scary stories FROM THE BIBLE on Saturday, October 27, 2018. We'll begin around 4 pm and hear tales of the leviathan, the witch, and the dry bones (plus others)—in the pumpkin patch weather permitting. Afterward, let's have a fall feast of hot dogs (for us)! If you have a costume for Halloween, wear it. If not, come as you are!


Month of October—pumpkin sales
10/6/18—Resurrections (Hot Dogs)
10/7/18—Blessing of the animals, 4 pm
10/27/18—Spooky, Scary Stories from the Bible & hot dog supper, 4 o'clock
11/18/18—Parish meeting, covered dish, no Sunday school
11/22/18—Thanksgiving Day Service (10 am)
11/25/18—No Sunday School
12/1/18—Resurrections (Hot Dogs)
12/23/18—Greening the church (following 10:30 worship)
12/24/18—Christmas Eve services (5:30 and 10:30 pm)
12/25/18—Christmas Day service (10 am)
1/6/19—Epiphany service at 10:30 am worship followed by "Feast from the East" covered dish lunch
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Serving 10/14/18

Acolytes: (C) J Gallagher; (T1) J Burton; (T2) K Spangler; (GB) T Sitnik
Ushers: J Phillips, J McLaughlin
Greeters: J Head
1st: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 E Winter
Psalm 90:12-17 
2nd: Hebrews 4:12-16 M Talbert
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31
Prayers: D Newton
Chalicers: B Williams, C Armstrong
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, L Scotti, R Abdelnour, C Buck
Coffee: G Williams, The Genovas
Counters: M Dent, R Johnson
Enter: J Dent
Eucharistic Visitors: J Gallagher, D Newton
Flowers: G Montgomery
Plaza (Sat before): B McNish

Serving 10/21/18

Acolytes: (C) S Phillips; (T1) K Armstrong; (T2) O Phillips; (GB) J Bosworth
Ushers: The Laws
Greeters: J&S Buck
1st: Isaiah 53:4-12 S Teel
Psalm 91:9-16 
2nd: Hebrews 5:1-10 R Abdelnour
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
Prayers: J Ritner
Chalicers: G Williams, R Funk
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, L Scotti, R Abdelnour, C Buck
Coffee: J Cole, H Jordan
Counters: K Shepard, R Johnson
Entry: S Teel
Eucharistic Visitors: C Armstrong, L Morrisette
Flowers: G Williams
Plaza: The Bohrs

Sharing God's Love

Hello Everyone:
    Thank you for your support and prayers!  Sharing God's Love's ministry appreciates each of you and your help.  May God bless  you as we served the Lord together.
    Our yard sale is October 20th, 7:00am - 12:00 noon, 147 Friarsgate Blvd.  Please call 803-732-3188 to make arrangements for furniture donations.  Accepting donations Monday through Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
    Our current needs:  chili, jelly, ravioli, canned tuna, pasta sauce, cold cereal, canned meals, big boy clothes, X-large adult clothing
Many, many thanks.
Shari Selke - Director

Leadership at SSSJ

Mark Abdelnour—Rector
Missy Talbert—Senior Warden
David Wallace—Junior Warden & Stewardship
David Law—Outreach
Marie Rubeiz—Pastoral Care
Amie Ritner—Fellowship
Edwina Winter—Worship
Ronnie Johnson—Building and Grounds

Jim Dent—Treasurer
Roz Funk—Clerk

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