The Church of the Cross e-Newsletter
One Body on Two Campuses in Bluffton, SC 
May 4, 2012


Padre's Ponderings


I am pleased to announce that The Rev. Jonathan H. Riddle has accepted a call to join our leadership team as we move boldly into God's new tomorrow.  Jonathan, his wife Lisa, and their children [Sam (12), Will (10), Rachel Scott (8), Katie (4), Josiah (15 months)] will begin their transition to the Lowcountry in June.  The family will be with us this weekend to search for housing; and, to begin meeting many of you, they will be attending the CrossPoint service (Jonathan will be preaching) Sunday morning, May 6th - please come and bring a friend!  As a way of briefly introducing you to Jonathan, his words follow. 


Riddle Fam
Rev. Jonathan Riddle and family


I am the son of an Episcopal priest and spent my life in and around the church. Yet I did not come to a true understanding of the Gospel until my freshman year at Appalachian State University. A professor on campus shared the Gospel with me and discipled me until my graduation. During my time in Boone, NC, my roommates and I started a Young Life Ministry in the local community which proved to be incredibly exciting. It was this experience that gave me a passion for ministry and seeing people come to Christ. Upon graduation, I accepted a job as Youth Pastor at All Saints Church in Pawley's Island, SC. There I met my wife and pursued my call to ordained ministry.

I enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, in 1998, receiving my Masters of Divinity as well as an Anglican Studies Diploma from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. In 2001 I was ordained by Bishop John Howe in the Diocese of Central Florida and accepted a call to serve as an assistant priest at St. John's Episcopal Church in Melbourne, FL. In 2005 I ventured into church planting and founded a church in Fort Mill, SC - it provided some of the most exciting and challenging moments in our lives. Beginning in our living room with just our family, we shortly outgrew the space and moved our worship services in the local YMCA. Half of those attending were new believers and new to Anglicanism which made it enormously rewarding. Six years later I accepted a call to become an assistant at Christ the King Anglican in Boone, NC, where I currently serve.

My philosophy of ministry is focused on three primary areas that I refer to as simply, God, People, and Scripture (GPS). Whether it is corporate worship, outreach, and intimate gatherings, or preaching and teaching, the central and primary focus is always God, His People and His Word. This philosophy guides my life as a father, husband, friend, and priest.

God: The heart of Christianity is the joyful call to glorify God. My calling as a pastor is to help people live into this reality. What we do in thought, word and deed ultimately ensures that our affections are focused on Jesus Christ. The Church exists in order for people to know God and to glorify Him. 


People: People are God's greatest creation and are the object of Jesus Christ's saving mission. Christianity thrives when there is a genuine love for those in, and outside of, the faith. All people are important to God, so they should be important to His people. 


Scripture: My gifting is expounding what God has revealed in a way that is both clear and applicable to all of life. The focus on Scripture will be the determining influence on how we understand and relate to God and those with whom we live. The Scripture is God's Word, and therefore the standard by which we order our lives, express our faith, and function as a community of believers. 


In His Power and for His glory, 



New Members
New Members



David & Melissa Blackwell, DJ 

Jim Bolyard

      Charlie & Lois Edmiston

Shawn & Nicole Gardner, Ean, Conner, Hailey

 Cherryl Garner

 Chuck & Sue Kraushaar

 Shawn & Sebrena McNeely, Mattthew, Jessica,




Vacation Bible School: June 11-15
We need MANY adult, middle school and high school volunteers to assist with VBS week, preparations, etc. This is one of our largest outreach events of the year with hundreds of children from the community!
Registration and Volunteer forms, as well as the Donation Wish List are available HERE
Email us at:

  Ellen Roberts, cell: 843-290-8142
  Donna Caracola, cell: 843-290-8143
Auction May 5th
Can't play in the 10th Annual DeDe Owens Memorial Golf Invitational? Please join us on Saturday, May 5th, at Eagle's Point Golf Club to bid on great auction items!
The auction will be open from noon until 5:00pm. You do not need to be present at the end of the auction. Please stop by!
Men of The Cross
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May 19 at 7:30am at the Buckwalter Parkway campus. Come share the 1st meal of the day together. 


Great food, great coffee, a great message and time to just hang out together all into one short hour. Bring a friend and come hungry! 


Sam Martin, Associate Pastor for Mission, Youth and Families, is our speaker. Sam, served as the Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in eastern North Carolina. Sam also played baseball at the AAA level for the St Louis Cardinals. He has a Masters of Divinity from Duke. 


Please fill out an RSVP sheet in the church bulletin or RSVP by emailing or calling the Parish office at 757-2661, so we will know how many to feed!

Music Ministry

The Children's Choirs performed for an eager group at Riverside at Belfair Tuesday, May 1. It was an exciting program with a hymn sing-a-long and ended with two selections from God Be Praised. We are always looking for more "Outreach" opportunities for the choirs of both children and adults.

    Three upcoming events:
~Sunday, May 6 @5:00pm on the Calhoun Street Campus~ 
Awards and Performance by Children's Choirs.
Children need to arrive by 4:15

~Saturday, May 12: Bluffton Festival~
Children and Praise Team will perform
selections from God Be Praised 11:00!

~Sunday, May 13 Special Prelude at 10:00~ 
presented by Children's Choirs.
Children's Ministry Virtue of the Month
Jr. Daughters of The King
The girls are making Becky's Blue Ribbon Biscuits 
for next months meeting
 Calhoun Street Campus 110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton (Physical address) 
P.O. Box 278, Bluffton, SC, 29910 (Mailing address)    843-757-2661

Saturday, 5:28pm - Contemporary Eucharist 
Sunday, 8:00am - Traditional Holy Eucharist
Sunday, 10:00am - Blended Holy Eucharist    

Buckwalter Parkway Campus 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton
Sunday, 9:30am - CrossPoint - Contemporary Worship









God's Goods Thrift Store is currently looking for a volunteer to assist with public relations and advertising needs.  If you have experience in this area and would like to lend some expertise, we would love to talk with you.  Please contact Merrelyn Rogers at or Kim Perri at to get more information. 

We are SO very grateful to all of our volunteers for the amazing way they run the store each and every week! 

If you would like to join our team, please stop by the store anytime we are open to get a volunteer information sheet and learn more.









Bluffton Village Festival Logo

Volunteers Needed

Bluffton Village Festival
May 12 from 10am-4pm

We also need volunteers for Thursday and Friday before the festival. We make and sell our famous shrimp salad sandwiches. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board across from the food bank door. For information contact Kaye Dardaris at
843-815-2344 or











Gifted to Care


Spiritual gifts are gifts to give away. God gives them to us, and we use them to serve others. How are you using your gifts right now? Are you looking for a new way to use them? If your spiritual gifts include one or more of the following--faith, mercy, teaching the faith, encouragement, or knowing--consider Stephen Ministry, our congregation's one-to-one caregiving ministry. This may be just what you've been looking for! Contact Jody Black (705-4606), Kaye Halvorson (815-2948), Dot Jeger (757-4905), Scottie Lindsay (757-3204) or Phyllis Yingling to learn more about this ministry.








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