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Learning to Understand the Language of Music: Music Theory at St. Philip’s

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Have you ever looked at a hymn, wondering about the lines, dots, and squiggly things on the page? Or wanted to know why the choir paused, increased volume, or changed pace? Well, I did. While I enjoyed making a joyful noise, aka singing, I found it difficult to sing an unfamiliar hymn. I wanted to participate more fully in worship by learning how to read music....

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Parish Retreat at Kanuga: Psalms of Thanksgiving

Kanuga Lake

During Saturday’s program at Kanuga, the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon gave the St. Philippians in attendance a homework assignment: write a psalm of thanksgiving for a person, a place, or an event. Below are some of the psalms we wrote. ...

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As Her Body Weakens, Her Spirit Grows Stronger

Graudin Family

That October day, Tracy Graudin was grateful just to be alive. She walked with her bare feet in the surf along the shore at Folly Beach, S.C. The sky was a vivid blue, electrifying and bright. As she meandered along, Tracy spotted the orange-and-black of a Monarch butterfly, the stained-glass pattern of its wings flitting past her in the brisk sea breeze. Its fragile b...

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St. Philippians Come Through Again!

Canned Food Drive Tricounty McWhite

Thank you, St. Philippians, for your most generous outpouring of love shown with stocking Tricounty Family Ministries’ pantry! You donated over 1,000 items...

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Jesus is Always Calling

ECW Fall DInner Peter Moore

Last Wednesday, I attended the ECW fall dinner along with a large group of some of my favorite people ... the women of St. Philip’s! When asked if I would write about the experience, I went to prayer, and my thoughts began to revolve around the words “call,” “story,” and “kingdom.” The evening was one of food and fellowship punctuated by a talk given by th...

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Goal! Success at St. Philip’s Inaugural Blood Drive

O'Dell Blood Drive

Wednesday, October 9, was a beautiful fall afternoon in Charleston! If you happened to walk down Church Street, you would have seen the Red Cross Blood Mobile parked between the church and the Parish House. You would also have seen some of St. Philip’s Home Missions Committee members checking parishioners in to give blood for St. Philip’s First Annual Blood Drive in pa...

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Polly Dickson: “Bad Cop” with a Servant’s Heart

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Polly Dickson has been volunteering as a youth leader at St. Philip’s for 17 years, which means, if the middle schoolers are correct when they guess that she’s 25 now, she started when she was just eight years old. For 16 of those years, she’s worked side by side with youth minister David Gilbert, and they’ve developed a leadership style for middle schoolers that w...

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Meals and So Much More: Touring Tricounty Family Ministries

Rohaley Hanshaw Settle Tricounty Tour

On Wednesday, September 25, Jill Settle and I rode with Amey Warder to Tricounty Family Ministries in North Charleston to take a wonderful tour with the executive director, Sue Hanshaw. They are doing such great work there by giving hope to people in crisis. I have known about Tricounty Family Ministries for years, but I didn’t realize all the services they offered fo...

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