The 40 days of Lent are the ideal time to do acts of kindness for church family, friends, neighbors and strangers as an offering, a sacrifice to God during this season…a Lenten love challenge, if you will.
Google “acts of kindness” and you will find hundreds of ideas of how to show God’s love to someone. It could be cookies for the neighbors, a donation in someone’s name, buying coffee for the person in line behind you…you probably already have some great ideas. If you’d like to leave an anonymous note for someone, send an encouraging scripture or message, or leave a recipe with the casserole you dropped off, feel free to use the note card or postcard PDFs below. We also have them in the church office during the week.
Then the best part — tell us your stories. What did you do? What happened? What did God teach you through this? We want to hear and celebrate with you how God’s love was shared in our world and community and how it impacted your life, too.
Email your stories to email@example.com Easter and we’ll compile an anonymous list of what our church family did in the name of Christ as an encouragement to us all.
May this Lenten season be a blessing to others and you as we focus on Jesus’ love and sacrifice for all of us.
Our emailed news with our most current info is generally sent out each Thursday afternoon and our monthly newsletter is called The Fisherman. Links to The Fisherman are included when you subscribe to our e-News and you can always find them here on our website.
Despite the current need for social distancing, we want to connect closely with you and your family! So we are providing many opportunities for you to stream Sunday worship, Bible studies, children’s activities and more. Here are the ways you can click to connect!
Every Sunday, we stream worship from both our Hilton Head & Bluffton Campuses. We are on our website’s live stream pages, Facebook Live and YouTube.
All services listed during Holy Week as well as our Easter Sunday Celebrations will be streamed. The links with each service will take you to the campus live-stream webpage from which the broadcast originates.
Good Friday, April 10 Good Friday Concert Hilton Head Campus at 12 noon – This concert incorporates music, vocals, meditation, scripture, and poetry – all beautifully appropriate for Good Friday. (previously recorded)
Journey to the Cross from the Bluffton Campus at 6:00 p.m.– an interactive service for all ages. It is suggested that you might want to gather the following items so that your family can participate along with Rev. Daniel Burbage: nails, cloth that can tear, a candle, a cross, thorn or something prickly, bowl of water, bag of coins and (optional) wood and hammer to use with nails.
EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS
Sunrise Service with Sr. Pastor Neil M. Yongue Jr. at 7:00 a.m. – Join Neil as the sun rises over the water for a 10-min service to start the your joyous Easter morning.
Sunrise Servicewith Rev. Daniel Burbage at 7:00 a.m. (Facebook Live) – We are excited to announce that this service will include Pastor Bennie Jenkins from First Zion Missionary Baptist Church Bluffton, SC, as we continue our sunrise tradition with our friends from First Zion.
We have been reminded recently that we cannot be too careful in taking precautions to prevent a spread of COVID cases. In December two of our worship team members in Bluffton tested positive for the virus. They have both recovered, quarantined and are anxious to return to serving. Daniel and the Bluffton team quickly substituted other participants and thoroughly sanitized the facility. At Pope, one of the Soup Kitchen volunteers tested positive. Others on the team were informed and tested and no further cases were identified. A back-up crew was able to distribute food and the mission continued.
We have been fortunate to have managed to avoid this insidious virus throughout the majority of 2020. Our actions to avoid in-person worship and substitute outdoor events instead has no doubt been helpful in keeping COVID at bay. We are all anxious to see each other and worship together, but this “scare” reminds us that we need to continue to be vigilant and patient for a while longer as cases climb in Beaufort County. The advent of a new year and vaccines give us hope that with God’s guidance we will be in person at the right time sometime soon! Meanwhile, be smart and safe. Sarah Coffin, Chair, Church Council
On January 4, 2020, Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released a statement regarding the announcement of a proposal to split the United Methodist Church.
Click here… to read his message as well as to find links to the actual proposal and FAQs.
Click here… for a link to an article by United Methodist Communications.
Click here… for an article on Youth Worker Collective entitled Did the UMC just Split?
Click here… to go to UMCOM’s site for a comparison of all plans being offered at General Conference 2020
Click here… for an archived live stream of a discussion that took place on Monday, January 13 with a panel of those who worked together to create the “protocol” proposal.
The 2019 meeting of the United Methodist General Conference concluded Feb. 26 in St. Louis. The purpose of this special called session was to make a choice as to how the United Methodist Church would relate to matters of full inclusion for members of the LGBTQ community in the life and ministry of our fellowship.
Despite the best efforts of well-meaning leaders on several sides
of this issue, the discussion, particularly on the final day, was
tense, tearful and sometimes acrimonious. To quote the book of Acts
regarding a similar church conference early in our history: “there was
no small discussion.”
The decision to support the
Traditional Plan, which maintains prohibitions for marriage and
ordination of homosexuals, left some deeply disappointed and others
jubilant. There is still much to learn regarding how this decision
will effect the life of the church. There will be ongoing discussions
as to how the United Methodist denomination will incorporate the spirit
of this choice, including a review of some of the aspects of this plan
by our church courts.
As pastor of St. Andrew By-The-Sea, I
simply want us to be reminded of the opening words of our local
church’s mission statement. “We are an open, nurturing body of
Christian believers…” There is room in our church for people of
every age, color, and orientation. No matter who we are, where we are
from, what we’ve done, we all stand in need of the grace and mercy that
God alone can supply. I can promise you that it is my intention at
every meeting, in every prayer, in every mission effort and every
worship service and sermon to make that love as real and available as
possible. I would also say that your church needs you now more than
ever before as we pursue the calling of Christ throughout the low
country and the world.
I do not know where the Spirit might lead in this matter, but I am firmly convinced we will be a church for all people and that within the arms of our fellowship, people will find true acceptance and love. Your family will be waiting to see you this Sunday.