On Thursday August 21 regular rehearsals for the Choir for Young Voices as well as the Parish Choir will resume. The Choir for Young Voices will meet from 5:15pm until 6:00pm most every Thursday. Parish Choir rehearsals begin at 6:30pm and conclude at 8:00pm. A complete schedule of performances and rehearsals through May 2015 for both choirs is available in the music office. We welcome singers of all abilities and previous experience isn’t required. We will kick off the year with a covered dish supper for members of both choirs and their families between rehearsals on August 21 beginning at 6:00pm in the church. Please consider joining us, we have a lot of fun while making a joyful noise!
The new Intercessory Prayer Ministry is meeting weekly to pray for individuals, the church, the nation, and the world. Please submit prayer requests on cards located in the back of the church and place in the wooden box or contact Kay Pulliam (moc.l1406754793iamg@140675479344mai1406754793llupy1406754793ak1406754793 or 1-262-689-7107) or one of the clergy or the church office. This is a confidential ministry and prayer requests are not shared or discussed outside of the prayer group. Please let Kay know when there is a change in the circumstances of the person for whom we are praying.
A combined Foyers reunion & Social Night Out will be held on Saturday, August 23 at the Willbrook Residents House from 6 – 8pm. We have a host of hosts: Betty and Dennis McAlpine, Kris and Bubba Southard, Claudia and Harold Stowe, Jill Waring, Nancy Hopkinson, and John and Virginia Hart. Attendees are asked to bring hors d’oeuvres & hosts provide beverages & serving items.
On the feast day of the Holy Cross we will celebrate God’s presence in our church and in all of the ministries that you do. All church ministry chairs and liaisons are asked to take part in this visual experience at 10:30 and the ministry fair that will follow. More information to come.
“A Day of Discernment” will take place at Holy Cross Faith Memorial on Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for you to seek God’s guidance around issues specific to your own life through silence, song, Scripture, creative meditation activities, and small group sharing. It is a time for us to grow closer to one another as a parish community.
The program will be led by Joseph Gill, co-author of the best-selling Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community and a trustee of Listening Hearts Ministries (LHM). Joe is Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He lives in Baltimore with his wife Patty Brown, also a LHM trustee, who will accompany him. Joe will also preach at the 8:00 and10:30 services on Sunday, Sept. 28.
Participants are required to register and to obtain and read the book mentioned above prior to the workshop. Order the book on line or through your favorite bookstore. The fee for the workshop, including lunch, is $35. Make your check payable to Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, and write LHM Day of Discernment on the memo line. Complete the form below and either drop it by the office or mail your form and check by August 10 to: Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church – Day of Discernment, PO Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
This summer, HCFM parishioners will share in leading weekly experiences in contemplative practice. If you are interested in developing and/or sustaining a contemplative spiritual practice within a group setting, please join us. No experience is necessary. As Fr. Wil reminds us, contemplation is not an end in itself but leads to loving-kindness for all things; this is the example of Jesus.
Morning Contemplation will be offered on Tuesdays, July 15-August 26, 8:30-9:15am in the chapel. Evening Contemplation will be offered Mondays, July 14-August 25, from 6-7pm in the church.
The format will be flexible, but each session will include a brief introductory talk, facilitated contemplation, and group discussion. We will explore a variety of contemplative means: silence, mindfulness, music, prayer, guided or silent meditation. If you’d prefer not to sit on church chairs, feel free to bring a cushion, mat, pillow, or blanket for your personal comfort.
All sessions are open to HCFM parishioners, and community members.
If you have interest in facilitating such sessions in the future, please contact Rick Waterman, Angela Jones, Lexie Johnson, Phil Emanuel, Amy Webb, or Rev. Sandy Moyle. Depending on interest in this type of contemplative group practice, we may continue beyond the summer, year round.
The Shepherd Ministry comes from a desire by lay members to help congregation members and others who are in need of short term assistance with meals, transportation or errands, a visit or a check-in phone call. Information about members’ needs comes from the clergy, the church office, and the laity. We encourage you to contact Father Wil Keith, Assistant Rector Sandy Moyle, or Suzy Jayroe in the church office if you or someone you know needs Shepherd’s care. The Shepherds Ministry is growing with the needs of the parish and it is specializing. This vital ministry welcomes all who feel called to help others. If you have an interest in joining one or more of these groups please contact Jo Fortuna: 359-9441 cell, 237-9116 land, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily put you to work right away!
CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES
This is a popular life income gift vehicle if you want guaranteed income for life. A gift annuity is a contract between you and the Episcopal Church Foundation through which ECF promises to pay a fixed annuity income to you for the rest of your life. To preserve the principal of the annuity, its payout rate is based on your age (older donors receive a higher payout than younger donors) and life expectancy. Rates are determined by a set of tables calculated by the American Council on Gift Annuities. The assets of the Episcopal Church Foundation are pledged against the obligation to make the annuity payments.
You receive a tax deduction for the present value of the remainder interest. You receive the same annuity payment each quarter for the rest of your life, regardless of interest rates, investment strategy, or economic trends. When the income beneficiary dies, ECF releases the remaining funds in the account to the church or Episcopal entity that you designated.
You may not add to an existing gift annuity, as the contract is based on a specific start date and a specific amount of money. But you may create additional gift annuity contracts. A minimum of $5000 can create an Episcopal Church Foundation Gift Annuity.
ECF has taken a considerable risk in pledging its assets against the obligation to make the income payments regardless of whether the donor outlives his or her life expectancy. In recognition of this, its Board of Directors has asked that at least 10% of the charitable benefit be left to the ECF itself. Please refer to the Gift Annuity booklet available from the Episcopal Church Foundation, which contains disclosure statements, application forms, and instructions.
Episcopal Church Foundation
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Again, appreciated securities are a good asset for funding a gift annuity. Capital gain considerations are spread over the life expectancy of the donor.
GEAR UP! for a Workshop of Wonders this summer in Vacation Bible School! August 4-8, 2014 will find children and adults imagining, building, growing, working and walking with God in an exciting week of creativity and fellowship. We will learn how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God, as we meet people from the Bible who used what they had to make something amazing with God.
Space is limited so don’t wait – register today. Just complete the REGISTRATION FORM and PHOTO RELEASE FORM and return them to Holy Cross Faith Memorial to reserve your child’s spot for Workshop of Wonders! The deadline to register is July 19th.