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By proadAccountId-400629 08 Jan, 2018

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
2018 is off to a special start. What a treat to have a snow-filled 10th day of Christmas to begin this year! The Lowcountry is always beautiful, but there is something amazing about our fair town blanketed in white. I’ve included a couple of pictures around the church property that were especially beautiful on Wednesday. As we begin this year, my heart is drawn to the vision that is guiding us. What will it look like for us to begin the next stage of implementing the vision in 2018?
 
There are many questions to be answered in this new year. My hope is to begin on Jan. 7 at the Rector’s Forum discussing the vision and taking questions. Many of you were still not back from summer travel when we launched on Aug. 20, so I hope you will be able to attend. On Jan. 14, we will talk about the application of the vision and our plans for 2018. All of this will be leading up to the Annual Vision Meeting on Jan. 28 between the morning services. I am so excited to share with you all of the good news and exciting plans that are before us.
 
Our full vision statement reads: St. Helena’s will boldly proclaim the saving Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through intentional discipleship, will raise up servant leaders and worshipping communities in Beaufort and beyond, seeing the Kingdom come.

As we consider how this statement applies to the wider Body, we can also apply it to our own lives. Two words you are going to hear repeated a lot over 2018 are “belong” and “serve.” These words are directly connected to the vision of raising up servant leaders (serve) and worshipping communities (belong). Where do you belong at St. Helena’s? Where do you find community and accountability and a place to grow? Where are you serving on a regular basis? How are you using the gifts and talents that God has given you to build the Kingdom? These are important ways that the vision applies to us individually.
 
Truly, 2018 is going to be a special year! You can tell by the way it has begun. Please pray for the church and the vision. Find a place to belong and serve in this new year. The best is yet to come!
 
Blessings,
Shay +
By proadAccountId-400629 22 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
What a year it has been! I am so ready to gather on Sunday and to celebrate again the birth of Jesus. There is truly great hope found in Him. Whether you are traveling or will be here in Beaufort, know that your staff and clergy at St. Helena’s wish you a joyous Christmas and blessed New Year!
 
Also, we want to thank you for your many kindnesses over this Advent Season. It seems as if daily more wonderful food and sweets appeared in the office for the staff. Cards and gifts continue to come to us. From all of us, thank you so much. We pray that the many ways you have blessed us in this year will return to you richly in God’s blessings.
 
Finally, the Gaillard family wishes to thank you for all of your love and support this year. We are truly blessed to be at St. Helena’s in this exciting season.
 
With great hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 15 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
We are so excited for our second Christmas with you at St. Helena’s. This year there are many opportunities to worship the newborn King during the 12 Day Feast of Christmas. I encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to one of our celebrations for truly there is room in the inn.

One new service that is part of our Vision to “raise up worshipping communities” is our 4 pm Christmas Eve service in the Parish Hall. This will be a family celebration that reflects the style of our 5 pm Sunday service. If your little ones are rambunctious or your neighbors have never been to church, invite them to this simple, yet profound, celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I cannot wait to see how God reveals Himself in the beauty and majesty of Christmas worship. We look forward to celebrating with you.

With expectant hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 12 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Advent is the beginning of a new church calendar and the beginning or our annual journey through the life of Jesus beginning with His birth. So Happy New Year! With the coming of any new year, there is the thought of resolutions and re-focusing our lives. Here are three areas I believe God is calling us to re-focus upon beginning this Advent:

  1. Vision: Our temptation is to become preoccupied with our buildings and the lawsuit and to lose sight of the vision God has given us. Let me remind you that God has called us to … boldly proclaim the saving Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through intentional discipleship, will raise up servant leaders and worshipping communities in Beaufort and beyond, seeing the Kingdom come. Our calling in this Advent season is surely to re-focus upon the vision that God has given us. There is much to be done in raising up servant leaders and worshipping communities.
  2. Generosity: One of our values at St. Helena’s is generosity, and as we contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation, we see God’s generosity in Jesus on full display. I want to encourage you in this season of giving to be generous to those in need and to help us finish strong at St. Helena’s. We committed to an aggressive budget with a $260,000 faith element. We also committed to give away $150,000 to mission and outreach beyond our tithe to the diocese. Our projections look like we will be close to finishing in the black for the year. Please help us as the Lord leads to continue with the vision God has given us.
  3. Serving: Advent is a great time to ask, “How am I serving Jesus with my life? How do I steward my time and talent for His glory?” There are so many ways to serve, and Advent is a great time to get started. If you are unsure where to get started, please contact Diane Hawkins, our Connection Ministries Coordinator. She can help you get placed in one of the 98 ministries that flow out of our thriving community.

I am so excited about these upcoming weeks and cannot wait to share with you in the glories of Christmas worship at St. Helena’s. For now, we celebrate the new year and wait patiently for His coming.

With expectant hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 04 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
With the announcement of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision to deny our motions for recusal and re-hearing, there has once again been significant movement in our legal situation with many questions arising. The overall situation continues to be one of uncertainty, but there are two questions I would like to answer with what I call “the short answer.” The short answer is what we often need to questions that get asked in the grocery store or at work. I want to give you the short answer to two key questions that we face currently.
 
What is our current legal situation?

  • In relationship to the State Supreme Court, the Diocese and parishes have lost the original case.
  • We are appealing this ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States. We have 90 days (due by 2/15/18) to petition the court for a writ of certiorari, and there is no defined period in which the Supreme Court must respond.
  • Mediation in the federal case (primarily answering the identity question for the Diocese) resumes on Monday, December 4. If the mediation is not successful, the federal case goes to trial in March 2018.
  How did we get to the point of breaking with the Episcopal church?
  • The Episcopal Church has been on a 50+ year trajectory of denying biblical authority and setting aside orthodox Christian beliefs.
  • The issues that separate St. Helena’s and the Diocese of SC from the Episcopal Church are issues of orthodox Christian belief (the uniqueness of Christ, the virgin birth of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead) and biblical authority. Human sexuality controversies (“isn’t this all about the gay bishop?”) are the issues that are usually highlighted by the media but are not primary.
  • The Diocese of SC was forced out of the Episcopal Church in November 2012 due to preemptive actions taken by the national church to remove our Bishop Mark Lawrence. We were the last of five dioceses to leave the Episcopal Church because we had sought a way to work for change from within.

 The information above does not surely exhaust the questions you have, but I hope you will continue to ask. I do not want these issues to dominate our Advent conversations, but I know that we all need the short answers to these questions as we seek to witness faithfully in our community. As I have said repeatedly, our hope is not in courts or buildings, our hope is in Christ alone. Let us continue to pray for our vision, our Bishop, and our legal team.
 
With hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 17 Nov, 2017
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” — Philippians 1:3-5

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In this season set aside for gratitude, I wanted to tell you how thankful I am to be your rector. The girls and I count it a great blessing to be a part of the family of God at St. Helena’s. Despite the challenges we face, I am more convinced than ever that God has great plans for us. The partnership we share in the Gospel is a great joy, and our Vision calls us to continued fruitfulness in Kingdom work.    
 
From all of the Gaillards, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving — safe travels, great food, and fun with family and friends.
 
With many thanks,
Shay +
By proadAccountId-400629 13 Nov, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
This past week I had the first opportunity since we officially joined ACNA to participate in a training with our new partners in ministry. The conference I attended is known as RSVP – Rectors Summit for Vision and Planning — and was held in Concord, Massachusetts, with leaders from as far away as Idaho and Colorado.
 
Although the name describes vision and planning, the retreat is more comprehensive than that. Each day we spent a full section and a small group time on the Pastor’s Heart. I can honestly say that God really used this time to open my eyes to some unhelpful patterns and to remind me to slow down. We also had a section focused on generosity and how to lead the congregation into a greater understanding of giving in the life of a Christian. I have much to share.
 
In the midst of all of this learning, what stood out most is how blessed we are to be a part of ACNA. The leaders with which I was honored to attend are dedicated pioneers with many great strengths and gifts. They are men of prayer and deep worship. They are devoted to wrestling with theology and how to engage the secular culture. They are creative and passionate. I also realized that we are the new kids on the block. We have a lot to learn about the ethos and direction of ACNA, but I am encouraged by our partnership.
 
Finally, these brothers and sisters are concerned about our situation in the courts and are praying for us. As you know our mediation was scheduled for Monday-Wednesday. They prayed and asked me to keep them informed. You may have heard that after a day and a half the judge recessed the mediation to reconvene December 4-5. Since the proceedings are completely confidential, there is no new news. Our calling is still to pray. Even as I left the conference, I was encouraged by these new friends that we should use the resources they possessed after so many of them walked the same path we are on. It was a great reminder of why a province is so important.
 
As we move forward, I am so thankful for the partnership we have in the Anglican Church in North America to “reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.” Please keep all of our leaders in your prayers, especially our Bishop and the legal team. We trust in God’s perfect plan.

With hope,
Shay +

By proadAccountId-400629 03 Nov, 2017
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. — 1 Timothy 2:5
 
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
I am so thankful for you and for this special week at St. Helena’s Reformation celebration, Evensong, Bazaar, Kingdom Kids, and All Saints’ Sunday. We have so many reasons to be grateful to God in this season.
 
On Monday the Diocese of South Carolina and the parishes including St. Helena’s will be involved in a non-binding mediation process set up by the Federal judge in our case. The breadth and depth of our dispute with the Episcopal Church is a good reason for caution about the potential positive results of mediation. However, I want to call for the constant, focused prayers of the faithful around this process. I believe that there is hope for mediation because of the One Mediator  Jesus Christ.
 
Let me tell you why:

  1. Gabriel exclaims to Mary in Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” It seems impossible that parties that have been at odds for so long could find a place of agreement through mediation. Our hope is not in the skill of our lawyers or the strength of our arguments; our hope is in Christ alone  the one Mediator.
  2. In James 5:16 we are told, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Our prayers have great power because they are mediated through the person and work of Jesus Christ. He sits at the right hand of the Father and pleads our case. When we pray in the name of Jesus, we pray with great power.
  3. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” The premise of this teaching is that the Father loves to give good gifts to His children. How do we know this? What causes us to ask boldly? We know this because of the “good gift” of His Son Jesus  our Mediator and Advocate. So, we ask boldly and with confidence.  

Will you please join me in prayer for this mediation process especially on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday? Will you pray for our team  Bishop Mark Lawrence, Henrietta Goulding, and Alan Runyan? Will you pray for Judge Anderson, the mediator, and the team from the Episcopal Church?
 
I do not place much hope in mediation, but I have great hope in the One Mediator  Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
With hope,
Shay +

By proadAccountId-400629 13 Oct, 2017
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Tara and I will be facilitating a Visionary Parenting group on Wednesday evenings at WASH beginning this Wednesday (Oct. 18) at 6:15 p.m. We will meet in the Cranmer Room and take time to get to know one another and to hear great teaching from our Kanuga speaker, Rob Rienow. No pre-registration is required.

In 2007, a Visionary Parenting class had a profound impact on me and Tara. The biblical teaching from this class convicted me to grow as a husband and a father. We learned the importance of family worship and a new heart for discipline.

Join us for great discussion and teaching and plenty of laughter (required to survive parenting).

Blessings,
Shay+
By proadAccountId-400629 09 Oct, 2017
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Growing up in the church, this verse of Scripture from 1 Chronicles 29:14 was repeated after the priest received the offering from the ushers: “All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee. Amen.” It was a poignant reminder that all that was placed in the offering plate, and our very lives, are gifts from God. All that we give to Him was His first. This is an important reminder in this season of uncertainty. The life of the Christian disciple is the life of stewardship — time, talent, and treasure.

1 Chronicles 29 comes at the end of King David’s reign. He is preparing Solomon for his great task of building the Temple. As he gathers the necessary items for the task, David reflects in prayer — "All things come of thee." As we prepare and gather all that is necessary for the fulfillment of the Vision that God has given us, it is particularly important for us to acknowledge God’s gracious hand of provision. How will we steward God’s gifts to His glory and to the growth of the Kingdom?

We will have many opportunities in the days ahead. You will be asked to respond to requests from worthy ministries like Radiance Women’s Center, Young Life, and Holy Trinity to give and to participate. There are service opportunities that abound in our common life, and later in the month, we will ask the people of St. Helena’s to respond to God’s grace in making a pledge for 2018. All of this is the normal life of the Christian disciple. Each opportunity is a response to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

My prayer is that God would make us ever more generous with all that He has given us.

All things come of thee, O Lord,
Shay+
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By proadAccountId-400629 08 Jan, 2018

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
2018 is off to a special start. What a treat to have a snow-filled 10th day of Christmas to begin this year! The Lowcountry is always beautiful, but there is something amazing about our fair town blanketed in white. I’ve included a couple of pictures around the church property that were especially beautiful on Wednesday. As we begin this year, my heart is drawn to the vision that is guiding us. What will it look like for us to begin the next stage of implementing the vision in 2018?
 
There are many questions to be answered in this new year. My hope is to begin on Jan. 7 at the Rector’s Forum discussing the vision and taking questions. Many of you were still not back from summer travel when we launched on Aug. 20, so I hope you will be able to attend. On Jan. 14, we will talk about the application of the vision and our plans for 2018. All of this will be leading up to the Annual Vision Meeting on Jan. 28 between the morning services. I am so excited to share with you all of the good news and exciting plans that are before us.
 
Our full vision statement reads: St. Helena’s will boldly proclaim the saving Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through intentional discipleship, will raise up servant leaders and worshipping communities in Beaufort and beyond, seeing the Kingdom come.

As we consider how this statement applies to the wider Body, we can also apply it to our own lives. Two words you are going to hear repeated a lot over 2018 are “belong” and “serve.” These words are directly connected to the vision of raising up servant leaders (serve) and worshipping communities (belong). Where do you belong at St. Helena’s? Where do you find community and accountability and a place to grow? Where are you serving on a regular basis? How are you using the gifts and talents that God has given you to build the Kingdom? These are important ways that the vision applies to us individually.
 
Truly, 2018 is going to be a special year! You can tell by the way it has begun. Please pray for the church and the vision. Find a place to belong and serve in this new year. The best is yet to come!
 
Blessings,
Shay +
By proadAccountId-400629 22 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
What a year it has been! I am so ready to gather on Sunday and to celebrate again the birth of Jesus. There is truly great hope found in Him. Whether you are traveling or will be here in Beaufort, know that your staff and clergy at St. Helena’s wish you a joyous Christmas and blessed New Year!
 
Also, we want to thank you for your many kindnesses over this Advent Season. It seems as if daily more wonderful food and sweets appeared in the office for the staff. Cards and gifts continue to come to us. From all of us, thank you so much. We pray that the many ways you have blessed us in this year will return to you richly in God’s blessings.
 
Finally, the Gaillard family wishes to thank you for all of your love and support this year. We are truly blessed to be at St. Helena’s in this exciting season.
 
With great hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 15 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
We are so excited for our second Christmas with you at St. Helena’s. This year there are many opportunities to worship the newborn King during the 12 Day Feast of Christmas. I encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to one of our celebrations for truly there is room in the inn.

One new service that is part of our Vision to “raise up worshipping communities” is our 4 pm Christmas Eve service in the Parish Hall. This will be a family celebration that reflects the style of our 5 pm Sunday service. If your little ones are rambunctious or your neighbors have never been to church, invite them to this simple, yet profound, celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I cannot wait to see how God reveals Himself in the beauty and majesty of Christmas worship. We look forward to celebrating with you.

With expectant hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 12 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Advent is the beginning of a new church calendar and the beginning or our annual journey through the life of Jesus beginning with His birth. So Happy New Year! With the coming of any new year, there is the thought of resolutions and re-focusing our lives. Here are three areas I believe God is calling us to re-focus upon beginning this Advent:

  1. Vision: Our temptation is to become preoccupied with our buildings and the lawsuit and to lose sight of the vision God has given us. Let me remind you that God has called us to … boldly proclaim the saving Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through intentional discipleship, will raise up servant leaders and worshipping communities in Beaufort and beyond, seeing the Kingdom come. Our calling in this Advent season is surely to re-focus upon the vision that God has given us. There is much to be done in raising up servant leaders and worshipping communities.
  2. Generosity: One of our values at St. Helena’s is generosity, and as we contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation, we see God’s generosity in Jesus on full display. I want to encourage you in this season of giving to be generous to those in need and to help us finish strong at St. Helena’s. We committed to an aggressive budget with a $260,000 faith element. We also committed to give away $150,000 to mission and outreach beyond our tithe to the diocese. Our projections look like we will be close to finishing in the black for the year. Please help us as the Lord leads to continue with the vision God has given us.
  3. Serving: Advent is a great time to ask, “How am I serving Jesus with my life? How do I steward my time and talent for His glory?” There are so many ways to serve, and Advent is a great time to get started. If you are unsure where to get started, please contact Diane Hawkins, our Connection Ministries Coordinator. She can help you get placed in one of the 98 ministries that flow out of our thriving community.

I am so excited about these upcoming weeks and cannot wait to share with you in the glories of Christmas worship at St. Helena’s. For now, we celebrate the new year and wait patiently for His coming.

With expectant hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 04 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
With the announcement of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision to deny our motions for recusal and re-hearing, there has once again been significant movement in our legal situation with many questions arising. The overall situation continues to be one of uncertainty, but there are two questions I would like to answer with what I call “the short answer.” The short answer is what we often need to questions that get asked in the grocery store or at work. I want to give you the short answer to two key questions that we face currently.
 
What is our current legal situation?

  • In relationship to the State Supreme Court, the Diocese and parishes have lost the original case.
  • We are appealing this ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States. We have 90 days (due by 2/15/18) to petition the court for a writ of certiorari, and there is no defined period in which the Supreme Court must respond.
  • Mediation in the federal case (primarily answering the identity question for the Diocese) resumes on Monday, December 4. If the mediation is not successful, the federal case goes to trial in March 2018.
  How did we get to the point of breaking with the Episcopal church?
  • The Episcopal Church has been on a 50+ year trajectory of denying biblical authority and setting aside orthodox Christian beliefs.
  • The issues that separate St. Helena’s and the Diocese of SC from the Episcopal Church are issues of orthodox Christian belief (the uniqueness of Christ, the virgin birth of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead) and biblical authority. Human sexuality controversies (“isn’t this all about the gay bishop?”) are the issues that are usually highlighted by the media but are not primary.
  • The Diocese of SC was forced out of the Episcopal Church in November 2012 due to preemptive actions taken by the national church to remove our Bishop Mark Lawrence. We were the last of five dioceses to leave the Episcopal Church because we had sought a way to work for change from within.

 The information above does not surely exhaust the questions you have, but I hope you will continue to ask. I do not want these issues to dominate our Advent conversations, but I know that we all need the short answers to these questions as we seek to witness faithfully in our community. As I have said repeatedly, our hope is not in courts or buildings, our hope is in Christ alone. Let us continue to pray for our vision, our Bishop, and our legal team.
 
With hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 17 Nov, 2017
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” — Philippians 1:3-5

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In this season set aside for gratitude, I wanted to tell you how thankful I am to be your rector. The girls and I count it a great blessing to be a part of the family of God at St. Helena’s. Despite the challenges we face, I am more convinced than ever that God has great plans for us. The partnership we share in the Gospel is a great joy, and our Vision calls us to continued fruitfulness in Kingdom work.    
 
From all of the Gaillards, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving — safe travels, great food, and fun with family and friends.
 
With many thanks,
Shay +
By proadAccountId-400629 13 Nov, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
This past week I had the first opportunity since we officially joined ACNA to participate in a training with our new partners in ministry. The conference I attended is known as RSVP – Rectors Summit for Vision and Planning — and was held in Concord, Massachusetts, with leaders from as far away as Idaho and Colorado.
 
Although the name describes vision and planning, the retreat is more comprehensive than that. Each day we spent a full section and a small group time on the Pastor’s Heart. I can honestly say that God really used this time to open my eyes to some unhelpful patterns and to remind me to slow down. We also had a section focused on generosity and how to lead the congregation into a greater understanding of giving in the life of a Christian. I have much to share.
 
In the midst of all of this learning, what stood out most is how blessed we are to be a part of ACNA. The leaders with which I was honored to attend are dedicated pioneers with many great strengths and gifts. They are men of prayer and deep worship. They are devoted to wrestling with theology and how to engage the secular culture. They are creative and passionate. I also realized that we are the new kids on the block. We have a lot to learn about the ethos and direction of ACNA, but I am encouraged by our partnership.
 
Finally, these brothers and sisters are concerned about our situation in the courts and are praying for us. As you know our mediation was scheduled for Monday-Wednesday. They prayed and asked me to keep them informed. You may have heard that after a day and a half the judge recessed the mediation to reconvene December 4-5. Since the proceedings are completely confidential, there is no new news. Our calling is still to pray. Even as I left the conference, I was encouraged by these new friends that we should use the resources they possessed after so many of them walked the same path we are on. It was a great reminder of why a province is so important.
 
As we move forward, I am so thankful for the partnership we have in the Anglican Church in North America to “reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.” Please keep all of our leaders in your prayers, especially our Bishop and the legal team. We trust in God’s perfect plan.

With hope,
Shay +

By proadAccountId-400629 03 Nov, 2017
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. — 1 Timothy 2:5
 
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
I am so thankful for you and for this special week at St. Helena’s Reformation celebration, Evensong, Bazaar, Kingdom Kids, and All Saints’ Sunday. We have so many reasons to be grateful to God in this season.
 
On Monday the Diocese of South Carolina and the parishes including St. Helena’s will be involved in a non-binding mediation process set up by the Federal judge in our case. The breadth and depth of our dispute with the Episcopal Church is a good reason for caution about the potential positive results of mediation. However, I want to call for the constant, focused prayers of the faithful around this process. I believe that there is hope for mediation because of the One Mediator  Jesus Christ.
 
Let me tell you why:

  1. Gabriel exclaims to Mary in Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” It seems impossible that parties that have been at odds for so long could find a place of agreement through mediation. Our hope is not in the skill of our lawyers or the strength of our arguments; our hope is in Christ alone  the one Mediator.
  2. In James 5:16 we are told, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Our prayers have great power because they are mediated through the person and work of Jesus Christ. He sits at the right hand of the Father and pleads our case. When we pray in the name of Jesus, we pray with great power.
  3. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” The premise of this teaching is that the Father loves to give good gifts to His children. How do we know this? What causes us to ask boldly? We know this because of the “good gift” of His Son Jesus  our Mediator and Advocate. So, we ask boldly and with confidence.  

Will you please join me in prayer for this mediation process especially on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday? Will you pray for our team  Bishop Mark Lawrence, Henrietta Goulding, and Alan Runyan? Will you pray for Judge Anderson, the mediator, and the team from the Episcopal Church?
 
I do not place much hope in mediation, but I have great hope in the One Mediator  Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
With hope,
Shay +

By proadAccountId-400629 13 Oct, 2017
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Tara and I will be facilitating a Visionary Parenting group on Wednesday evenings at WASH beginning this Wednesday (Oct. 18) at 6:15 p.m. We will meet in the Cranmer Room and take time to get to know one another and to hear great teaching from our Kanuga speaker, Rob Rienow. No pre-registration is required.

In 2007, a Visionary Parenting class had a profound impact on me and Tara. The biblical teaching from this class convicted me to grow as a husband and a father. We learned the importance of family worship and a new heart for discipline.

Join us for great discussion and teaching and plenty of laughter (required to survive parenting).

Blessings,
Shay+
By proadAccountId-400629 09 Oct, 2017
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Growing up in the church, this verse of Scripture from 1 Chronicles 29:14 was repeated after the priest received the offering from the ushers: “All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee. Amen.” It was a poignant reminder that all that was placed in the offering plate, and our very lives, are gifts from God. All that we give to Him was His first. This is an important reminder in this season of uncertainty. The life of the Christian disciple is the life of stewardship — time, talent, and treasure.

1 Chronicles 29 comes at the end of King David’s reign. He is preparing Solomon for his great task of building the Temple. As he gathers the necessary items for the task, David reflects in prayer — "All things come of thee." As we prepare and gather all that is necessary for the fulfillment of the Vision that God has given us, it is particularly important for us to acknowledge God’s gracious hand of provision. How will we steward God’s gifts to His glory and to the growth of the Kingdom?

We will have many opportunities in the days ahead. You will be asked to respond to requests from worthy ministries like Radiance Women’s Center, Young Life, and Holy Trinity to give and to participate. There are service opportunities that abound in our common life, and later in the month, we will ask the people of St. Helena’s to respond to God’s grace in making a pledge for 2018. All of this is the normal life of the Christian disciple. Each opportunity is a response to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

My prayer is that God would make us ever more generous with all that He has given us.

All things come of thee, O Lord,
Shay+
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