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The Beacon – July 2021

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From the Pastor


“So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12

The Apostle Paul has a lot to say and there are several chapters given to the subject of spiritual gifts. First, he lists the spiritual gifts, followed by their regulation. He says in his chapter on love that love is the spiritual lubricant that makes the gift givable. Everyone puts their faith in God has been given at least one spiritual gift. This means that every believer is important to the Body of Christ. The gifts are meant to ensure the unity for which Jesus prays.

The Corinthian church used the presence of their gifts as a cause for pride, and the absence of other gifts as a cause for envy. Doesn’t bode well for unity does it? This is what causes division in some churches yet today even though Paul sought to correct this by teaching the proper use of the gifts. Just as the various parts of the human body work together for the benefit of the whole, the gifts are given to the believers to build up the body of Christ.

God can use YOUR gifts to meet the needs of others. Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church has many members using their God given gifts to build up Christ’s Church! There is always room for more help in all ministries of the church, however. There are tools available to help you identify your spiritual gift (if needed) and there are members working in each ministry of the church to help you get involved utilizing your God given gift. With fall coming and kickoff of many programs/ministries – see where your gift is needed and sign up! You’ll be glad you did!

Pastor Mary – Phil. 1:3

Hands of Christ

This year, instead of an in-person distribution, our church will serve as a Partner Church for twelve different primary, elementary and middle schools. Ten schools are in Berkeley County and two are in Charleston County for a total of twelve Schools.

Berkeley County Schools include:
Boulder Bluff Elementary, Bowens Corner Elementary, Goose Creek Elementary, Hanahan Elementary, Hanahan Middle, Marrington Elementary, Marrington Middle. Mt. Holly Elementary, Phillip Simmons Elementary and Sedgefield Middle.

Charleston County Schools include:
Dunston Elementary and Midland Park Primary

Each school can request clothing and supplies for up to 40 children. The clothing will be purchased by the Hands of Christ organization at Westminster Presbyterian through financial donations from the various churches.

We will also serve as a resource to meet the unique needs of our ten schools throughout the year. For example, if there’s a need for winter coats, belts, books for kindergarteners, etc., the school will let us know and we can hold a collection. If needed, these requests for help can be shared with other churches who participate in Hands of Christ. (Last year we held a special collection for book bags for our Hanahan schools.)

Besides delivering pre-packed bags of clothing provided through HOC, YPPC will collect school supplies for our twelve schools. We will also provide volunteers to pack clothing bags at Westminster.

To kick off Hands of Christ for 2021, we will hold our annual Ice Cream Social at Fellowship on Sunday, July 18.

Food Pantry

Thank you for your continuing support of our pantry through financial gifts and donated items. We collected 47 cans of various Chef Boyardee products in June.

From The Session

• The Session voted to resume full, indoor fellowship on July 11th, so make sure you sign up in the fellowship hall.
• The long-awaited celebration to honor Joan Owen for her years of service to YPPC will be held on July 25th following the worship service.
• The Session received a report from Commissioner Eddie Rogers on the May 18th meeting of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery and he was thanked for his service.
• The Session voted to allow outside groups (quilters, scrapbookers, etc…) to resume using our facilities on July 5th.
• The Sunday School teachers for the 2021-2022 school year were approved.
• The July Session meeting has been cancelled.

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