Special Sunday for Cayce church

This has been a watershed year for All Saints' Episcopal Church in Cayce.

In August, an elaborate stained glass "saints" window was installed, completing a trio of stained-glass windows that grace the sanctuary.

This weekend, the congregation celebrates its 50th anniversary and officially dedicates the window during its 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Bishop Dorsey F. Henderson Jr., leader of the Upper Diocese of South Carolina, will preside over the 50th anniversary service, assisted by the church's pastor, the Rev. Georg Retzlaff.

Eight saints are represented in the glass. The figures of St. Theresa, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and St. Ann dominate the window. But five other saints - St. Celia, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Peter and St. Paul - are represented in five medallions in the piece designed by Charlestowne Stained Glass Inc. of Charleston. The saints represent the work and outreach of the congregation.

There are other activities throughout the weekend celebration, commencing with a 5:30 p.m. p.m. Saturday evensong service followed by an outdoor barbecue supper. On Monday, the church will hold the All Souls Requiem Mass at 7 p.m.

Cindi Barton, a member of the anniversary committee, has put together a DVD and scrapbooks representing the decades of life in the congregation.

"The DVD is a collection of photographs, both activities and the church as it has been through the years," she said.

The congregation, which began as a mission, first worshipped in a building that now houses the congregation's fellowship hall. The current church building was built in 1973.

Two former rectors, the Rev. Richard Viega and the Rev. George Salley, will attend the anniversary service. Longtime member Lois Smith, whose late husband, the Rev. Winfield Smith, was the first rector of All Saints', will also be among those honored. The Smiths' daughter, the Rev. Alice Haynes, will preach at the Monday night service.

Information about the celebration weekend can be found at the church's Web site: