Share your gardening skills with the Lay-weeders!

Do you have a green-thumb and gardening skills you would like to share with St. John's?

If your answer is YES, then property committee member Sid Smith would like to hear from you. He's starting a church Lay-weeders (get it?) Team to help prune, weed, water and nurture the grounds at the church.

Join him on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning or late afternoon this summer to beat the heat. Interested?

Education Equals Hope

You can give hope to children in Haiti, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Rwanda!

St. John’s is partnering with Education Equals Hope through a “Back to School” campaign, giving parishioners an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children living in desperate and difficult situations!

For only $39 a month you can support the education of one child. We are starting our “Back to School” campaign from Mother’s Day, May 12 through Father’s Day, June 16. We encourage you to make donations to cover an entire year, giving a child a chance to further their education without having to worry about support going away in the middle of their school year.

Please consider making a donation in honor of a special child or children close to you in your life. Donations may be made online through Education Equals Hope’s secure web site: www.educationequalshope.org or by returning a pledge form with a check or credit card information.

Education Equals Hope, based in Fort Mill, SC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization co-founded by Cameron Vivanco when she was sent to Ecuador as a missionary from the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. E=H is also the organization through which St. John’s and many other churches in our diocese send mission teams to other countries during the summer.
 

Family Promise Week at SJE: May 26 - June 2

St. John's will host Family Promise the week of May 26 - June 2. There are many volunteer opportunities available: Overnight Hosts, Dinner, Set-up, Laundry. Please let us know how you can help by contacting the coordinators listed below or volunteer using the Family Promise Sign Up Board on Sunday morning located outside on the patio after each service. Questions? Contact Co-chairs John or Jackie Boylston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 803-636-6753.

Needed:

  • Moving in and out - Beds must be picked up and moved into our facility on Sunday. Beds must be moved out on Sunday morning. Contact Bryant Blakeslee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pat O'Keefe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dinner Providers - 6:00 to 7:30 pm, dinner is served at 6:30 - Sunday night through Saturday night - please contact Leigh Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Overnight Hosts - Sunday night through Saturday night 7:30 pm to 7:30 am – need a male and female - 2 comfortable cots - 2 rooms available - Please contact John Boylston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sunday Setup - Set up bedrooms for guests Sunday afternoon. Contact Stacy Collins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Laundry - Sunday will need laundry helpers. Linens and towels need to be washed. No hurry in returning clean items. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any questions contact John Boylston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 803-636-6753.

Financial Administrator

Dear family and friends of St. John's, 
There is always sadness when a colleague leaves St. John's, yet much excitement for where their lives are headed. That is the case with Lori Anderson, our finance administrator. Lori has resigned from her position to spend more time with her family and specifically help her husband at work. "Since January, God as been nudging me to move in a different direction in my life," explained Lori. "While I wholeheartedly believe God led me to this job, I know he is leading me to leave." 

Lori was hired last year after the retirement of Barbara Catoe whose career at St. John's spanned almost 30 years. During that transition, Lori's business and accounting experience from Blue Cross Blue Shield shined. Without missing a beat, she mastered the daily procedures of non-profit accounting, then fine-tuned reports for ministry teams, the finance committee and vestry. She gave finance insight on adopting new internal controls as well as tested and led the financial upgrade to ShelbyNext, our new church accounting and giving management system. Lori also leaves the church with an accounting procedures manual with written policies and guidelines for managing the area of finance on a daily, monthly and year-end basis.  

We are grateful for Lori's amazing contributions and while her tenure at St. John's was a short one, her impact on finance will be long-lasting. Lori plans to continue working at St. John's through June 30.  Please wish Lori well on her next journey as you see her this month and in June. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. John's is receiving applications for the position of finance administrator. The position is Open Until Filled. Check out the job announcement HERE.
For more information about this position, contact Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the parish office at 803.799.4767.

Become a Member of St. John’s this Spring      

If you have been baptized in any church, you can become a member of St. John’s by completing the Membership Form HERE.

Please also consider these opportunities to make your new life at St. John’s more lively:

  • Attend An Introduction to St. John’s, Sunday, June 2 and Sunday, June 9 at 9:30 in Room 9, lower level of Heyward Hall. Make one or both!
  • Attend the spring Newcomers Party, Sunday, June 9 at 6 pm. Location TBA.
  • Participate in the Welcome of Baptized Members, Sunday, June 9, in the 10:30 service.

Help feed your neighbors this spring

The Hand Backpack weekend food program is looking for volunteers to pack bags from now until the end of the school year in May. The program provides weekly bags of groceries for Hand Middle School families who need help feeding their students over the weekend. You only need an hour or so to pack bags, set up for the next week, and deliver bags to Hand Middle School just down the road from St. John’s. All supplies and food are provided on site at St. Johns,  and you can pack whenever is convenient for your group. Three to five people make a good team - can your family, group of friends, or ministry group join together to volunteer for a week? Contact Mary Sherrer for more information or to volunteer for a week in April or May: 803-254-5934/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Much thanks to all those who have packed bags for this school year: St. Monica’s Guild, Tweenagers, Knitters, Servant Ministry Team, St. John’s Choir, Charlie Sterne & Hugh Smith, High School Sunday school class, 4th & 5th grade Sunday school class, and the Mustian, Smith, Keeney, Hedges & Barker families.

Jack Fleischer Memorial Fund

Summer Luau

Celebrating the life of Jack Fleischer and supporting the Memorial Fund

Ages 15 and older
$25 for ages 15-20
$50 for 21 & over - includes two drinks

June 29, 2019
6 - 10 pm
Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

Heavy hors d'oeuvres
Cash bar
6-8 pm Music by Rabbit's Run
8-10 pm Dance Party DJ'd by Sports in Jorts

YETI Cooler raffle sponsored by Sports in Jorts
Swag table with stickers, bracelets & more

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

Stickers with the logo are available for purchase for $5 with all proceeds going back to the fund. Contact Victoria Fleischer, 803.873.8071.

Early Service Hymn Project

Your feedback is invited as we put together a list of hymns for more frequent use at our 8 AM service of Holy Eucharist. This more intimate gathering (about 60 most Sundays) is enriched with organ music and a final hymn. We'd like for that hymn to be on the lips of most worshipers and hope that a selection of singable, familiar hymns will further that goal. Send your hymnnominations to Michael Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or hand Fr. Beasley a note with your hymn.

We can't promise every hymn submitted will find frequent use but will be thankful for your suggestions.

We're getting geared up for VBS

The theme this year is All Creatures Great and Small--we'll be exploring the critters of the Bible together, scheduled for June 10-13. Registration will open soon for children 3K-5th grade.

If you're interested in helping with this awesome, fun ministry, send an email to Maggie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

ShelbyNext Membership - Phone App

St. John’s Membership Core Features While On the Go!

  • Use as a church directory. Search for parish members by last name
  • View contact information for a church member
  • Tap profile image to add a new one (Individual or Family Selfie)
  • Got a new email address? Edit your information. Edits will be approved with 24-hours by St. John's.
  • Add a church member to your Phone Contacts
  • Get directions from GoogleMaps to a parish member’s residence

If you did not receive an email with login credentials, please email Dan Bernardo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give the Parish Office a call at 803-799-4767.

ACCESS THE ONLINE DIRECTORY ON YOUR COMPUTER

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Sponsor Altar Flowers

The Guild of the Flowering Cross invites all parishioners to sponsor altar flowers for any given Sunday throughout the year (even during Lent and Advent when greenery is used, you may still sponsor flowers and it will be acknowledged in the Sunday bulletin). Sponsoring altar flowers is a beautiful way to honor loved ones marking special life events such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, baptisms, confirmations, in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for life's blessings. More than one person may make a gift on a particular Sunday. Names of those honored will be printed in the bulletin announcements and included in the weekly, online e-pistle for the week they are given.

The cost for sponsoring altar flowers begins at $50 per individual/family. The altar flowers are currently arranged by members of the Guild of the Flowering Cross. Donations can be made online at our Giving Page on the website or by calling the parish office at 799.4767.

Donations can be made online at our Giving Page or by calling the parish office at 799.4767.