SSSJ News and Events for Aptil 14, 2019
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It's time for contributions to "Sights & Sounds". We use these contributions to pay special musicians for our Holy Week and Easter services. PLEASE contribute if you can. Forms on the Welcome Table.

Holy week is special for many reasons. It summons many fond childhood memories, the Lenten fast completion, and hope in Christ risen on Easter day.

As a child my perception of Easter was compressed into a single day. He is risen! Easter baskets and a new shirt. Church was filled with many families having homecomings. The flowering of the cross, church service, egg hunt, and visiting my extended family followed by lunch at home. We always had the first shad of the season, pan fried with roe in butter and lemon juice, spoon bread and avocado with grapefruit salad. Easter day was and is special to me.

My appreciation of Lent and Holy week are different now. Instead of beginning with the end, Easter Sunday, now I appreciate the entire season. It starts while surrounded by friends at the jubilant Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Our winter indulgences end here before being humbled on Ash Wednesday.  The solitude of a Lenten discipline causes me to wrestle daily with self-imposed temptations and fosters conversations with God.

Palm Sunday and the triumphant ride into Jerusalem come as we enter Holy Week. I love the SSSJ procession around the church encountering the zealots and well-wishers. Lent ends on Maundy Thursday. Lent ends, as it began, with a meal. Stone soup and foot washing humble me as I am reminded of Jesus’ servant ministry and the last supper.

On Good Friday we mourn while walking the Stations of the Cross and reliving the crucifixion of Jesus. This solemn service leaves me mute as Jesus draws his last breath.

The Easter vigil completes the week before Easter. This is the climax for me, recalling the stories of creation, obedience, emancipation and resurrection. And then it happens, the earthquake, the stone is rolled back and Jesus is not there. Mary Magdalene and the other women are the first to hear:

He is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.

Wishing everyone a happy Easter!

Blount Shepard


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Resurrections / Lunch on the Lawn
Sharing God's Love
Shepherd's Center
Episcopal Relief Fund
Snack Pack Ministry
Growing Home Southeast

Projects 2019
Unexpected Needs
Diocesan Outreach
Rector's Discretionary Fund

3/4 Field Building Operating Costs for Use by Community Groups
     ~Cai Armstrong

Growing Home Southeast
GHSE focuses on building families and preventing poverty and child abuse.  SSSJ supports this organization by providing toys for children “adopted” from the Giving Tree at Christmas and providing Easter baskets at Easter time.   Pray for the families who will receive the baskets this Easter .and for the staff and volunteers who provide this ministry. Learn more here.

Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny 🐰is in need of:
  • grass
  • stuffed bunnies,
  • candy, individually wrapped
  • small: simple games, coloring/reading books, etc
  • or anything you would like to give fora medium sized basket
all for 50 baskets.🐇


[Red events are for youth at Gravatt]
4/14/19—Palm Sunday (Last Sunday School until after Easter)
4/18/19—Maundy Thursday (6 pm Soup Supper; 7 pm Footwashing & Worship)
4/19/19—Good Friday, Noon & 7 pm
4/20/19—Great Vigil of Easter, still deciding time
4/21/19—Sunday of the Resurrection
4/27-28/19—5th Grade  Bridge Retreat


Sharing God's Love

Dear All:
     We gratefully thank you for all your love and support you give to Sharing God's Love.  With your help, we are able to help meet the needs of our community.
     Our needs:  tea bags, jelly, canned or boxed potatoes, canned tuna, salmon, chicken, baked beans, chili, canned fruit, mac and cheese, baby wipes 
     Many, many thanks.
     Shari Selke - Director; p. 803.732.3188
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Serving 4/14/19

Acolytes: (C) W Graul; (T1) B Hendrix; (T2) J Gallagher; (GB) K Spangler
Ushers: J Phillips, J McLaughlin
Greeters: J Head
Pre-procession: Luke 19:28-40 Fr Jim
Pre-procession: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
1st: Isaiah 50:4-9a 
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56
Eyewitnesses: P Law, J Riley, E Allen, C Yates, J Dent
Prayers: C Johnson
Chalicers: R Talbert, R Funk
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, C Yates
Coffee: M & J Leonard
Counters: C Armstrong, M Dent
Eucharistic Visitors: J Gallagher, J Ritner
Flowers: none
Plaza (Sat before): B McNish

Serving 4/18/19
Maundy Thursday

1st: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14 S Teel
Psalm 116:1, 10-17 
2nd: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 R Funk
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Prayers: N Lane
Chalicers: M Talbert, E Allen

Serving 4/19/19
Good Friday 7 pm

1st: Isaiah 52:13-53:12 D Graul
Psalm 22
2nd: Hebrews 10:16-25 J Allen
Gospel: John 18:1-19:42
Prayers: C Neuburger
Chalicers: B Williams, J Gallagher

Serving 4/20/19
Great Vigil, Bishop's Visit

Precentors: C Johnson, D Graul, L Graul, C Phillips, S Phillips
The story of Creation (S Teel)
The Flood (J Riley)
Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea (E Allen)
A New Heart & a new spirit (W Graul)
The valley of dry bones (P Lorentz)
The gathering of God’s people (D Newton)
The commandments of life (S&E Varvel)
To the Baptismal font: Wade in the water
Epistle: Romans 6:3-11 K Spangler
Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10 
Prayers: D Newton
Chalicers: G Williams, D Graul
Organist: B Johnson
Flowers: Lilies
The Band: R Funk, C Davis, C Funk, D McCoy, E Allen, K Harris, K Spangler, D Graul, D Hill, P Hill

Serving 4/21/19
Easter Sunday

Acolytes: (C) B Hendrix; (T1) M Bosworth; (T2) K Armstrong; (GB) J Bosworth
Ushers: The Laws
Greeters: J/S Buck
1st: Acts 10:34-43 L Graul
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 
2nd: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 N Lane
Gospel: John 20:1-18
Prayers: J Ritner
Chalicers: E Allen, B Hendrix
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, C Yates
Coffee: The Broughtons, C Buck
Counters: C Genova, K Shepard
Eucharistic Visitors: C Armstrong, L Morrisette, C Johnson
Flowers: lilies
Plaza: The Bohrs

Leadership at SSSJ

Mark Abdelnour—Rector
Missy Talbert—Senior Warden
Edwina Winter—Junior Warden & Worship
David Wallace—Stewardship
Amie Ritner—Fellowship
Ronnie Johnson—Building and Grounds
Cai Armstrong—Outreach
Michele Lyerly—Pastoral Care
Charlie Genova—Christian Formation

Jim Dent—Treasurer
Roz Funk—Clerk

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