From Our Pastor

July, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

The word vocation comes from the Latin vocare, to call and means the work one is called to by God. It can be for a lifetime or in a season; for an individual, a group or even a whole church.

In this month’s Beacon, see examples of where the wind of the Spirit is blowing at JIPC through God’s call to those who volunteered for VBS, to our new Director of Christian Education and to us all to “sail” as partner’s in Christ to be a “Sailboat Church.”

Author and minister Frederick Buechner says that the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. May such a place for us all to hear our call and go forth to serve be JIPC!



Dr. Laurey Murphy


Johns Island Presbyterian Church, hear the call to sail in our faith as God’s people in this time and place! Since the beginning of this year, a task group appointed by the Session has prayerfully been planning how our whole church could be invited to discern where God is calling us to serve in ministry.

After much time in prayer, it was recommended and approved by the Session that Joan Gray be invited for a special weekend, August 18, 19, and 20 to lead a retreat for church leaders and a special Sunday of worship and fellowship on the “Sailboat Church.” It is based on one of the earliest symbols of the church being a sailboat and our call to partner with God to serve in the world.

So, here is what’s been planned:

  • Friday, August 18, 7 P.M. – Church leadership meets with Joan Gray
  • Saturday, August 19, 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. – Prayer vigil in the Sanctuary (different members taking assigned 30 minutes to pray for the church)
  • 9 A.M.-3 P.M. – Church leadership retreat Sunday, August 20, 8:45 A.M. – Retreat follow-up
  • 9 A.M. – Sunday School
  • 10 A.M. – Worship
  • 11 A.M. – Fellowship with Q & A

May this be a special time for our congregation to grow together!
The Sailing Task Group:  Alice Hills, John Feldman, Kevin Garvey, Laurey Murphy