Theater & Theology: Unpacking "The Book of Mormon"
The hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon is returning to the Peace Center March 5-10. Despite its name, the show contains significant theological themes that can inform and challenge people of all faiths. Those who plan to attend the show are invited to a Theater & Theology discussion with Pastor TJ on Thursday, March 21 from 7:00-8:30pm at Starla & Mark Taylor's home. Note that our discussion will examine the theology of the musical, as opposed to the Mormon faith itself. Also, the musical contains explicit language and is definitely intended for mature audiences only. To RSVP for the discussion, please contact TJ.
The Christian Education Committee, in seeking to support the congregation in faith formation, is excited to provide Lenten devotions to use throughout our Lenten journey. (Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6 and continues through Holy Week and Easter Sunday on April 21).
• Families with Children and Youth - a copy of the “Lent 2019 Calendar” was placed in narthex mailboxes. Each day’s entry in this family-friendly devotional calendar invites participants to explore the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, or service.
• For Adults - a limited number of “Psalms for Lent” booklets are available in the narthex on a first-come, first-serve basis. These devotions, written by Jane Wilke, offer a daily walk through the psalms as we journey toward Holy Week and Easter.
Join us Wednesday, March 6, for our Ash Wednesday Service as we mark the beginning of the Lenten season. We will begin with fellowship and dinner around the tables at 5:45pm, followed by an Ash Wednesday worship service at 6:30pm.
Dinner will be catered by The Clock Restaurant in Greer, and the menu for this Wednesday will be Greek baked chicken, fingerling potatoes, Greek salad, rolls, cookies, and a drink. To make reservations, make a note in the friendship pad next to your name or call the church office no later than 5:00pm on Monday, March 4. Childcare for children ages 3 and under is available upon request.
Adults & Youth $6.00
Ages 4 to 5th Grade $4.00
Ages 0-3 Free
Family Cap $20.00
Author Rebekah McLeod Hutto will be with us at St. Giles on Sunday, February 17! Following her critically acclaimed debut children's storybook, The Day When God Made Church, she has recently released her second storybook entitled Paul and His Friends: A Child's First Book About the Apostles. Rebekah will be signing copies of her book in Fellowship Hall following worship.
Rebekah grew up at St. Giles, and serves at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Discipleship.
For more information about Rebekah's new storybook, click here.
For the months of February and March, the Literary Ladies book club will be reading My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie. It’s the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, the wife, and widow of Alexander Hamilton. The group will discuss up through Chapter 21 on February 18 and the second half of the book on March 18. Mark your calendars now and enjoy the read!
Registration for the 2019/2020 school year at St. Giles Preschool will begin on February 13. The school offers 2, 3, and 5-day classes for children ages 1-4 If you, or someone you know, are looking for a preschool, please call 244-9403. For more information click here.
Members: please mark your calendar! The Session has called an Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 10th immediately following worship for the purposes of sharing the Annual Report, presenting the budget, voting on TJ’s terms of call and electing the 2019 Nominating Committee (names for nomination include Scott Drake, Nancy de Jong, Randy Tyner, Caroline Welsh, and Carol Willinger). The meeting will be brief and informative. Visitors are welcome.
Join us on Sunday, January 27, for our annual Thornwell Sunday! Rev. Elliot Smith, President of Thornwell Home for Children, will lead a special presentation that morning (Adult classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall; classes for children and youth will be in their classrooms, as usual). Rev. Smith will also be the guest preacher in our worship service. Join us as we learn about and celebrate the ministries of Thornwell!
Throughout the fall, your church Session has been reading through the chapters of a book entitled Sailboat Church by Joan Gray. At the end of the book, there is a section for forty days of prayer. As we all continue this process of discernment, the Session wishes to invite anyone to join them in these forty days of prayer. The forty days will begin on Sunday, January 13th, and will conclude on Thursday, February 21st. The forty days of prayer booklet is available in the narthex (hallway).
Please join the Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study in “Sharing the Warmth” with Greer Community Ministries. Items will be collected now through January 8. (They will be delivered on Wednesday, January 9.) Suggested items include gently-used (or new) blankets, winter outer wear (hats, gloves, scarves, jackets/coats), or other winter clothing items (sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.) Please bag them and leave them in the Conference Room (at the end of the hall beyond the Church Office.) Your donations will be “warmly appreciated.”