The Longest Night Service

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, darkness is mitgated with festive lights of Christmas. But there are many who grieve and do not feel the joy of the season. This special service is shared with Messiah Lutheran Church (our host this year) on Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Deanie Strength preaching.

Caroling Opportunity

The Fellowship Committee invites you to come out and bring some Christmas cheer to home-bound church members. We will load up on the church bus on Tuesday, December 19 at 5 p.m. and spend an hour making stops to our dear friends. We will wrap up with cider at the Garrisons’ home. Please call Betty at the church office to reserve your spot on the bus.

Suggestions are welcome for friends to visit.

Celebrating 40 Years

Video created by Eleanor Graham.

PWOC 2017 Free Market

This years Free Market was a huge success! The PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) Free Market at Fort Stewart served over 395 families, 1000 people were able to walk through the Chapel doors and be blessed. Our doors were open from 10am-6pm. The line was wrapped around the chapel building.

We began our morning serving smiles, Starbucks coffee and Dunkin Donuts. It was very exciting to see the excitement and joy from the families. As each family came through the doors to shop, each family member could take as much as they needed for their families to include: clothes, housewares, kitchenwares, electronics, shoes, toys, books, games,  accessories, children clothes and furniture. All items were donated, some gently used and some brand new.

We were encouraged to know as we greeted the families that they were grateful and thankful for this opportunity. The majority couldn’t understand why it was FREE. My response, “because we want to be a blessing to you and your family just as the love of Jesus Christ is a free gift, we ought to share that love with others.”


SIPC Welcomes Rev. Dr. Charles Partee

On Sunday, October, 29, we were blessed to have the Reverend Doctor Charles Partee in our pulpit.

Dr. Partee is Professor Emeritus of church history at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has devoted his life to the study of John Calvin and is the author of The Theology of John Calvin (WJKP, 2008), Calvin and the Classical Philosophers (Brill, 1977), Adventure in Africa: The Story of Don McClure (Zondervan, 1990) and with Andrew Purves, Encountering God: Christian Faith in Turbulent Times (WJKP, 2000). He blogs at :


Listen to the sermon below:

Sunday, October 29, 2017
“To God be the Glory”
Rev. Dr. Charles Partee

From Our Parish Associate

As one of the newest participants in the SIPC community of faith, I want to say thank you to everyone who was present to worship God and to help tell the story of the congregation’s beginnings on our 40th anniversary kickoff Sunday. My faith was strengthened hearing about the persistence of church members who invited neighbors to form a congregation, pursued a land purchase, and identified a first meeting place that brought out the best forms of service in everybody involved.I also appreciated Bill Foster reminding us that the period of the church’s founding, the 1960s-1970s, was a turbulent time. I am a child of the 1970s and have come to know through studying history that while I was playing happily at home and starting school, forces in society were unleashed that caused considerable chaos. And yet, in a time of changing mores, military action and war, racial unrest, and political unease, a group of people quietly formed a church in the bay of a local firehouse and they worshiped. Since then, every Sunday for 40 years, a group of people has continued to worship the Lord of all creation as followers of Jesus Christ. That’s 2,080 Sundays in a row!

We are in another turbulent time. Just as it was then, it is a time of changing mores, military action and war, racial unrest, and political unease. Inspired by the Spirit that has put courage into this congregation, I am going to take note of what those charter members did 40 years ago, and what every member has done in the 40 years hence, and just keep taking the next steps with you to keep securing ways to worship God in spirit and in truth and build a community in the name of Jesus Christ on Skidaway Island.

And while there are several churches on the island now, I am excited that we still are known as a church that enjoys ecumenical unity. All of the pastors of Skidaway churches meet monthly for lunch and we are looking forward to a community Thanksgiving service at The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on Sunday, November 19 at 5 p.m. SIPC works in partnership with Messiah Lutheran Church on Stephen Ministry and the Longest Night Service, and thirteen different congregations on Skidaway Island and throughout Savannah are represented in our preschool families.

I am thankful that God holds the future of SIPC in His hands. Let’s enjoy watching and seeing what He grants us to enjoy today and every day to come!



Troop 57 Eagle Scout Project


Troop 57 Eagle Scout candidate, Rutherfurd Cairns, has been busy on his project.

As you can see from the photos, the rotted fence around the Sanctuary HVAC units has been nicely replaced and the trash dumpster enclosure has been repaired and painted to match the Church.

SIPC Welcomes New Parish Associate

A Parish Associate is an ordained minister serving within a church but not in a call position (such as an Associate Pastor). As in our situation, it is often a part-time position. The Parish Associate works under the direction of the Pastor and is approved by the Session and the Presbytery’s Committee of Ministry.

Deanie Strength, our new Parish Associate, will be working part-time for us. Her primary work hours will be Tuesday through Friday mornings and early afternoon. She will work one Sunday a month, at which time she will serve as a liturgist, and will preach at least six times a year (mostly in the pastor’s absence). She will be available as a resource to the preschool with Bible teaching, to make hospital and home visits with parishioners, and to help reach out to those who may become new members of the church. She will serve as an ad-hoc member of the Discipleship, Mission and Benevolence, Worship and Music Committees and will be available to help create new ministry and mission opportunities.

Deanie was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament when she accepted a call to serve St. Simon’s Presbyterian Church as Associate Pastor in 1999. She served in that position for seven years and then supported that congregation for nine years through service as a volunteer and mother. Deanie and her husband Joey made the decision to move to Savannah in 2015 when Joey accepted a position with the Hunter MacLean Law Firm where he now practices real estate law. Their children, James (13) and Nell (10), are students at Savannah Country Day School.

Deanie was educated at the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in Texas. She was raised in the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, worshiped with First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, Texas while in seminary and fulfilled her seminary internship at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Laura Mendenhall, later president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She also worked on the neonatal and gynecological floors as a summer chaplain at Scott and White Hospital in Texas.

A favorite verse of Deanie’s is Luke 11:9 – “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” She thinks of herself as a seeker, eager to seek the Lord where He may be found. She has been practicing contemplative prayer and 12 step spirituality to deepen her relationship with God and others and to better discern the path the Holy Spirit is leading her along. During the course of her ministry, doors have opened to support men and women spiritually along the journey of life; to labor alongside brothers and sisters in faith in Jamaica, Malawi, and Brazil; to encourage mentally and financially challenged residents of downtown Brunswick and Savannah through community ministries; and to nurture the faith of presbytery children as a camp director, Sunday School teacher and youth leader. Prayers have been answered for opportunities to serve and glorify God through her words, music, and simple acts of kindness. Most recently she has been singing in the choir and providing contemplative piano music at First Presbyterian Church, Savannah where her husband and children are members.

She is energized by the opportunity to assist pastors in the presbytery who are offering their gifts to strengthen churches. She looks forward to assisting Rev. Garrison in his service to Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church and supporting the congregation in its efforts to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. Glory be to God!

Support for Faith in Practice

How can you help?  Most importantly, pray for health, for success and for God’s richest blessings on the eight people from our church who are going this year. They are:  Cathy and Tom Inglesby, Sarah Jones Lanier, Laurel McKeith, Sherry Leblang, Cindy McWilliams, the daughter of Betty and Don Holck, and Bob and Carolyn Ernest.

In February the Mission Committee is deviating from the usual 2nd Sunday food donations and are asking instead for financial donations to be given to Faith In Practice (FIP).  A gift of  $50 will provide room and board for a recovering patient at Casa de Fe (The Ronald McDonald house for FIP).  A gift of $100 will provide VIA/Cryotherapy, Cervical Cancer Screening for 10 Women and a gift of $500 will furnish a medical trunk filled with surgical supplies. Other donation levels include $25 for antibiotics for 5 patients. All gifts, both large and small, will be gratefully received. Please make out your check to the church, include  “Faith In Practice” on the memo line.

In 2014, the 20th year of FIP, 25,000 individuals were served by 1200 USA volunteers and 750 in Guatemalan volunteers.    That represented 44 teams, 5 from Savannah.  While each volunteer pays their own way, they are asked to “share the mission “with friends and family in order to raise the $30,000 dollars that the supplies for each week cost.

The surgical teams will do close to 100 surgeries each week while the dental and audiology folks will see close to 100 folks each. The surgical teams consist of 43 plus or minus volunteers- administrator, pharmacists, translators, surgeons, nurses, surgical techs, anesthetists and anesthesiologists, audiologists, dentists, cooking team, journalists, photographer and pastor.  Each is vital to the team.

We as SIPC team members are incredibly blessed to do this work and we thank you in advance for the prayerful support you give.

Follow the mission team:  (check for trip 423 and 424)