Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian
church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means “fiftieth day”
and is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. The Day of Pentecost
is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal
Church (BCP, p. 15), and is identified by the BCP as one of the feasts
that is “especially appropriate” for baptism (p. 312).
The season after Pentecost, according to the calendar of the church
year (BCP, p. 32), begins on the Monday following Pentecost, and
continues through most of the summer and autumn. It may include as many
as twenty-eight Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. This includes
Trinity Sunday which is the First Sunday after Pentecost. The BCP
provides proper collects and readings for the other Sundays of the
season. These propers are numbered and designated for use on the Sundays
which are closest to specific days in the monthly calendar, whether
before or after. For example, Proper 3 is designated for use, if needed,
on the Sunday closest to May 25. Proper 29 is designated for use on the
Sunday closest to Nov. 23. Prior to the 1979 BCP, Sundays in this long
period of the church year were identified and counted in terms of the
number of Sundays after Trinity Sunday instead of the number of Sundays
after Pentecost. This period is also understood by some as “ordinary
time,” a period of the church year not dedicated to a particular season
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles,
Jesus’ mother and family, and many other of His disciples gathered
together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was
celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover. While they were indoors
praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and
tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads. This was
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God. The
disciples were suddenly empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen
Christ. They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching
to the crowds gathered for the festival. Not only did the disciples
preach with boldness and vigor, but by a miracle of the Holy Spirit they
spoke in the native languages of the people present, many of whom had
come from all corners of the Roman Empire. The apostle Peter seized the
moment and addressed the crowd, preaching to them about Jesus’ death and
resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. The result was that about
three thousand converts were baptized that day. The account can be found
in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-41.
Red is the liturgical color for Pentecost Sunday. Red recalls the
tongues of flame in which the Holy Spirit descended on the first
Pentecost. The Season after Pentecost begins with an observance of
Trinity Sunday when we remember and honor the Triune God revealed to us
in and through the life of the Resurrected Christ. On this Sunday, white
is the color of the day. From this Sunday on, the color will be green
as we move into ordinary time and hear the lessons of Jesus’ teachings
and learn how to live the Christian life. The color for the season after
Pentecost is green to symbolize the growth and life of the church. It
is the longest season of the church year, from Trinity Sunday until the
first Sunday of Advent.
A tradition of some churches in ancient times was to baptize adult
converts to the faith on Pentecost. The newly baptized catechumens would
wear white robes on that day, so Pentecost was often called
“Whitsunday” or “White Sunday” after these white baptismal garments.
Many Christian calendars, liturgies, and hymnals still use this term.
The Liturgy on the Sundays after Pentecost
The liturgy changes in an important way after the Day of Pentecost.
Rather than taking place within specific seasons, each with its own
theme, this period does not have one overall theme. Each Sunday takes
its theme from the Gospel reading for that day and from the biblical and
liturgical meaning of Sunday as the Lord’s Day.
The most notable feature of this period is that we finish reading
substantially all of one Gospel each year, having begun this in Advent
and Epiphany. The three-year lectionary appoints one of the three
“synoptic” Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—for each year. John’s Gospel
is used throughout the three years for certain Holy Days, Lent, and
Easter, and in filling out the Gospel of Mark, which is considerably
shorter than the others, in Year B. We also read several of the epistles
each year during this period. Finally, the Old Testament readings are
chosen to complement the Gospel reading each Sunday. Most often they are
events or prophecies which point to the work of Christ in the Gospel
passage they accompany.
This, then, is a period in which the liturgy Sunday after Sunday
leads us into a serious consideration of the content of Holy Scripture
in an orderly way. This time in the Church Year is a time to build on
the growth and renewal of grace we experienced in the first half of the
year, a time to prepare ourselves to celebrate more fully when we come
around again to the seasons from Advent through Easter.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and
Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 1998 by Michael W. Merriman.
Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church, Charleston
2:00 p.m. Registration and Workshops on the Ministry of Acolytes
5:00 p.m. Choral Eucharist with Bishop von RosenbergAll Acolytes are invited to vest and join the ProcessionSpecial Acolyte Supper and Conversation to follow the
Save the date! More details coming soon.
Join the HALOS MARCH FOR CAMP
HALOS Summer Camp Program assures that children who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect are safe and engaged in healthy activities during hte summer by providing scholarships to local camps and programs. At a cost of $5.50 per day, a child can spend 10 weeks of all day camp making friends, learning and having fun.
You may sponsor a child for the full camp experience or make a contribution toward the expense. Please give your contribution to Mrs. Mildred Wise who along with Mrs. Wilhelmina A. Frasier are Calvary's HALOS representatives. Contributions for the Summer Camp 2013 are due by March 31, 2013.
Make a check payable to: HALOS
Visit the HALOS website: www.charlestonhalos.org
CALVARY’S INTERIM RECTOR:
The former Vestry by majority of votes has secured for the next three (3) months
The Rev. William L. “Roy” Hills,
Jr. as Calvary’s Interim Priest. Fr. Hills received his BA from the
University of South Carolina and his PhD from Florida State and his
M.Div from the University of the South in 1990.
He has served in various capacities at St. John’s, Florence, St.
Paul’s, Conway and St. Matthew’s, St. Matthew’s before coming to St.
Stephen’s in 2005. He was a professor at the College of Charleston for
16 years, 14 of which as the chairman of the Health
and Physical Education Department. Fr. Roy retired and opened Roy’s
Fix-It Shop for woodwork and repairs. He and his wife Elizabeth have
two (2) daughters, Amy and Susan, as well as two grandsons, Isaac and
WELCOME, FR. ROY HILLS to Calvary!
Charles vonRosenberg named as Provisional Bishop of Continuing Diocese
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg
Bishop vonRosenberg was installed during the special meeting
January 26 at Grace Episcopal Church, and will immediately take up his duties as
bishop of a diocese that covers 24 counties in eastern South Carolina.
Currently, at least 19 parishes and missions and six worship communities in the
diocese have indicated they are remaining with The Episcopal Church, and a
number of others are still deciding.
provisional bishop has all the authority and responsibility of other bishops,
but serves for a limited period of time until a diocese is ready to call a
vonRosenberg and his wife, Annie, already reside in the Daniel Island community
of Charleston, where he retired in 2011 after serving for 12 years as Bishop of
the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. Since October he has served on a
voluntary basis as advisor to the Steering Committee that formed in October to
help reorganize the Diocese.
many years, Bishop vonRosenberg served in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina,
as rector of the Church of the Resurrection in Greenwood and later as Canon to
the Ordinary (assistant to the Bishop) of that diocese from 1989-1994.
Fayetteville, N.C., on July 11, 1947, he graduated from the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a bachelor of arts in 1969. He earned his master of
divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1974. Early in his
episcopate, the University of the South's School of Theology awarded him an
honorary doctor of divinity.
as a priest in 1975, he served as rector/vicar of four small churches in and around
Bellhaven, N.C. He was vicar and rector of churches in Georgia, North Carolina
and South Carolina from 1976 until 1989. After serving as canon to the ordinary
of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, he accepted a call to be rector of St.
James Episcopal Church in Wilmington, N.C.
Third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, he oversaw an area of
34 counties in Tennessee and three in North Georgia, with 45 congregations and
five worshiping communities and nearly 16,000 active members.
vonRosenberg served in the House of Bishops, and ex officio on the board of
trustees of the University of the South. He was also was elected to the
university's board of regents. In 2008 he attended the Lambeth Conference, the
once-a-decade gathering of the world's Anglican bishops, and participated with
other bishops in a "Walk of Witness" through central London to draw
attention to the Millennium Development Goals, which target poverty reduction
around the world.
tenure in East Tennessee was marked by a measured approach and a focus on
reconciliation and relationship. Bishop vonRosenberg worked to acknowledge
diversity and build a spirit of openness in the diocese, initiating a Bishop's
Committee on Inclusivity in 2009 to encourage “reasonable and holy
conversations” on same-gender relationships. He also was noted for putting a
priority on pastoral sensitivity and responsiveness, especially to clergy,
their families and churches.
Annie, a native of Alexandria, Va., married in 1973 and they have two sons and
families, including six grandchildren. For recreation, Bishop vonRosenberg
enjoys playing golf, sailing, reading, walking and spending time with his
The Venerable Calhoun WalpoleThe
Right Reverend Charles vonRosenberg, Bishop of the diocese, is pleased
to appoint the Reverend Calhoun Walpole, to serve as the Archdeacon of
the diocese, on a half-time basis, effective March 1, 2013. Callie will
continue as Vicar of Grace Church in Charleston and will complete her
ministry as Priest in Charge of St. Mark’s, Charleston, at the end of
February. There will be a special celebration of her ministry at St.
Mark’s on Sunday, February 24. Callie's
responsibilities as Archdeacon will include service as Convention
Secretary and as clergy transition officer and resource person for other
programs in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Callie will continue to have her office at Grace Church. She can be reached at the following address:
The Venerable Calhoun Walpole
Grace Episcopal Church
98 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-4575Email: email@example.com
native of John’s Island, Callie was a member of St. John’s Episcopal
Church from her baptism until she entered seminary, and served there on
the vestry and in other capacities. She also served the Diocese as
Missioner for Hispanic Ministry and as lay vicar for the congregation of
San Juan on John’s Island. She has coordinated the diocesan companion
relationship between South Carolina and the Dominican Republic.
Callie graduated from The University of the South with a Master of
Divinity degree in 2005. She has taught Spanish at Burke High School and
at Bishop England. She served as assistant rector of Holy Cross Faith
Memorial Episcopal Church on Pawley’s Island from 2005-2008. In 2009 she
was named Vicar of Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, where she
continues to serve on a half-time basis.
From February 2012
through February 2013, Callie also served as Priest in Charge at St.
Mark's Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston on a half-time basis,
bringing leadership to that historic congregation while it was without a
Lauren Kinard, Executive Assistant to the Bishop
Lauren Kinard has
been a resident of Charleston and a member of Grace Church for 10 years
and previously was a full-time stay-at-home mom to Gresham, 4 ½, and
Victoria,2 ½. Lauren graduated with a business degree from the
University of Florida and has spent her professional career working in
development, staffing, event planning, and consulting. Her
responsibilities as Executive Assistant to the Bishop will include
creation and maintenance of diocesan records, assisting the Bishop with
his calendar and coordinating visits with member churches and worshiping
communities, coordinating the planning of the annual convention and
other necessary meetings, and facilitating communication and necessary
resources across the diocese. Her office is located at Grace Episcopal
Church, 98 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401.The Bishop's OfficeLauren
and the Bishop will have their offices at Grace Episcopal Church, 98
Wentworth St., Charleston SC 29401. During the transition to the new
offices, they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843)
CHARLESTON AREA JUSTICE
The Charleston Area Justice Ministry
(CAJM) is organized to do powerful justice in Charleston,
Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties of South
Carolina. Clergy and laity from the Charleston area formed
CAJM. It is currently composed 22 congregations from the following faith
communities: African Methodist Episcopal (AME), Baptist, Congregational,
Episcopalian, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Orthodox Union of Judaism, Presbyterian,
Roman Catholic, Union of Reform Judaism, Unitarian, and United
Calvary Episcopal Church’s Mrs. Jennie L. Cooper and Mrs. Elaine
Gambrell are two leaders in CAJM. They
are called Justice Ministry “Team Members” and they have organized about 20
people to serve as Justice Ministry “Network Members,” including: Mr. George I.
Bush, Jr., Mrs. Arenilla Bush, Mrs. Wilhelmina A. Frasier, Mrs. Andrea J.
Magwood, Mrs. Andrea Robinson-Lawrence, Mrs. Veronica C. Sheppard, and Ms.
A CAJM Research Meeting Kick-off was held at New Tabernacle
Church earlier this
month. The purpose of Research Meetings is to build relationships
with community leaders (locally, statewide, and nationwide) who have been
involved in justice issues of interest to CAJM.
CAJM Research Committees will work to: (a) understand the relationships
between these leaders and the issues and (b) obtain information about how they
are helping to resolve—or have resolved—these issues in their communities.
The two Justice Issues that CAJM will research in 2013 are: (1) Education and
The CAJM Education Research Committee consists of 70 people and
the CAJM Crime/Violence Research Committee consists of 50 people. They will conduct research meetings on a
regular basis to develop a solid understanding of these two issues and identify
winnable solutions to these issues based on the “Issue Criteria” which
stipulate that the issue: (1) is Popular, (2) is Unifying (not divisive to
CAJM), (3) involves Local decision-makers, (4) is Winnable (because our power
as a community is significant to the decision-maker), and (5) is Controversial
(it was highlighted during CAJM House Meetings and approved at a CAJM Community
Please respond favorably when Calvary’s
Justice Ministry Team Members and Network Members invite you to attend several
important, upcoming meetings in 2013, including: (1) Team Assembly on March 18th,
(2) Rally on April 8th, (3) Nehemiah Action Assembly on April 29th,
and (4) Celebration on June 10th.
Deacon Ed Dyckman, Chair, Department of Social Ministries, Diocese of South Carolina
COMING ST. PHILIP LINE ST. TWO-WAY PLAN:
plan and study is online. The City Dept. of Traffic and Transportation is
recommending the adoption of Alternate #2 which converts Coming to two-way from
Beaufain St. to Race street, the conversion of St. Philip to two-way from
Beaufain to Calhoun and the conversion of Line Street to two-way for Rutledge
to King. The entire study is online at:
The Cannonborough/Elliottborough and the Radcliffborough Neighborhood
Associations are currently supporting Alternate #2.
-- Please keep the Little Red Wagon donations “rolling-in” each
Sunday! The folks at the Crisis
Ministries Homeless Shelter on Meeting Street are delighted to receive our
gifts of: deodorant, sunscreen, new shower shoes (flip flops), new men’s and
women’s t-shirts, new men’s and women’s underwear, pasta, coffee, PAM cooking
spray, vegetable and olive oil, breakfast cereal, #10 cans (large) of
vegetables and fruit, laundry detergent, packaged socks, Dixie paper cups, new
reusable water bottles, toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. Just a can or box per week from every Calvary family can make a great difference! Please contact Ms. Marion Holmes, Little Red
Wagon Ministry Leader, with questions at 884-0584.
Little Red Wagon is our collection point on Sunday for food and non-perishable
items for donation to Crisis Ministries homeless shelter. Please place
your items in the Little Red Wagon as you enter church each Sunday. Ms.
Marion Holmes, Little Red Wagon Ministry Leader, will ask a volunteer to roll
the wagon towards the altar when the ushers bring the collection plates for
blessing; and arrange a volunteer to bring the items to Crisis Ministries
during the week. Think of the Little Red Wagon when you shop.
Just a can or box of food or
other supplies per week from every Calvary family can make a great difference!
If you would like to learn more about helping with this new ministry,
please contact Marion at 884-0584 or email@example.com.
representative is Mrs. Mildred Wise. She
sincerely thanks parishioners and friends for their financial support when
called upon and ask for your continued support.
She is still collecting monies for summer camps and you will receive
more information for Back to School supplies.
HALOS is the
Proud Recipient of the 2011 Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit
Management from the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit
Every day, children across South Carolina suffer from abuse and
neglect. In 2004, 17 cases on average were confirmed each day in the state. And
in Charleston County alone, more than 1,800 children have open cases of abuse or
neglect with the Department of Social Services.
At HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), we provide
assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their
caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we help to improve
the lives of these children.
However, HALOS is only as strong as our partners, and we need
your help to succeed in our mission. With a single donation, you can change the
life of a child.
HALOS works hand-in-hand with individuals, businesses, civic
groups, clubs, and religious organizations in the Charleston area to help
children and their caregivers. Through partnerships with generous individuals
and groups, we connect interested parties with children who desperately need
their help. Donors can sponsor children for summer camp, supply much-needed
back-to-school items, and donate gifts to celebrate birthdays and Christmas.
Donors can also provide essential household items to caregivers who need them to
keep children out of foster care. And through the Kinship Care program,
volunteers can donate their time and expertise to support those caregivers who
provide a safety net for abused and neglected children.
Imagine the relief a little boy feels when he is able to stay
with his grandparents instead of moving to a foster home. Or the joy a little
girl feels after years of neglect when she goes to summer camp for the first
time and has a safe place to stay during the summer.
Then imagine how you can make such a difference in the life of a
child in your community.
HALOS WISH LIST
- New or Gently Used
Twin Beds, Bunk Beds, Toddler Beds, and Cribs in good condition and assembled
(we CANNOT accept cribs with drop-down sides or missing hardware)
- Diapers (Newborn through Size 5), Pull-Ups,
and Baby Wipes
- New Car Seats
- Living/dining room furniture
- Household products (dishware, silverware,
pots/pans, cleaning supplies, towels)
- Bedding (sheets/pillowcases, comforters,
- Gift Cards to WalMart/Target for Birthdays
- Small items for teen gifts (jewelry,
picture frames, wallets, caps, etc.)
- Monetary donations to send children to
- Unrestricted monetary donations
Volunteers for Kinship Care Resource &
- Background-checked volunteers aged 16 and
over to provide childcare at monthly support group meetings and respite
- Volunteer groups to prepare food for adults
and children at monthly support group meetings (average of 25 adults and 45
children per meeting)
There are some items that we cannot accept
at HALOS. Please ask us where you can go to donate the following items that we
do not accept here:
- Used car seats
- Clothing for children over 24 months of
- Used toys
- Cribs that have drop-down sides