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Diocese of South Carolina

Wednesday, May 9,  2012

ECW Annual MeetingMissed the ECW Annual Meeting?
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Over 150 delegates, special guests, clergy and bishops gathered at Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island, for the 128th ECW Diocesan Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 28. The Very Rev. John Burwell, Rector, his wife, Sylvia, and members of the Holy Cross family were wonderful hosts of this joyful day of fellowship and celebration. Bishop Lawrence, the keynote speaker, taught on Christian Hope. The Grace Home (of Hebron Colony Ministries) was selected as the 2012/2013 Project. New Board Members were installed. Read more.

Bishop Skilton and the Rev. Marshall Huey in front of Bishop Skilton Conference CenterDiocesan Conference Center in Dominican Republic Named for Bishop Skilton

Episcopal bishops from across the Caribbean, Central and South America gathered in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, in early March for their annual Synod. What made this Synod extra special was the closing Eucharist, at which the Obispo (Bishop) Skilton Conference Center was consecrated and named.  Bishop Bill has served the Diocese of the Dominican Republic as Assistant Bishop under the direction and pastoral leadership of Obispo Holguin since 2007. Read more.

St. Christopher Day PosterSt. Christopher Sunday, May 13

St. Christopher is a special treasure and needs your support! The Diocesan Council approved setting May 13 as St. Christopher Day. All churches are invited to participate by distributing the attached bulletin insert to their parishioners that day. 

Parishioners will have the opportunity to give financially to support the ministry or to become involved through volunteer service.  Download the bulletin insert. Download the poster. Learn more.

Planned Giving Webinar, 6:30 p.m. Tonight, May 9

Is your congregation thinking about starting a Legacy Society or Planned Giving Program? Learn how a Legacy Society will enhance and empower your congregations planned giving ministry. Jim Murphy from the Episcopal Church Foundation and representatives from parishes with active legacy societies will discuss how legacy societies have made an impact in their congregations. Register here. Other webinars hosted by the Episcopal Church Foundation for the Spring are available by clicking here.

Updated Manual of Business Methods Available
The Episcopal Church Finance Office has updated major sections and chapters of the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, available for downloading at no charge. Section topics include Financial Management, Internal Controls, Taxes and the Episcopal Church, Bookkeeping, Clergy Discretionary Funds, Audit Guidelines for Congregations, Risk Management and Insurance, Parochial Reports, and Records Management.  

Robin Mark in Concert

Robin Mark in Concert at Church of our Saviour, June 15
Robin Mark, best known for his songs "Days of Elijah", "Revival", "All for Jesus", "The Wonder of The Cross", "Not by Might" will be in concert at Church of our Saviour, Johns Island, at 7 p.m. on June 15. Robin is a Northern Irish Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has published 13 albums in total with sales of over 2 million world wide and has won the GMA's international award. Tickets are just $5 at the door. He will also be offering an event for worship leaders. To learn more contact David Childs.

Safeguarding God’s Children, at St. Christopher May 23

A Safeguarding God's Children Workshop will be held May 23 at St. Chrisophter Camp an Conference Center. Anyone in your parish who works regularly with children must have this training. It is recommended for vestry members as well. The workshop will be led by Mrs. Polly Sosnowski whose years of service as a licensed clinical social worker in South Carolina make her a marvelous resource for this training. The training provided will cover the necessary material to fulfill both diocesan canons and local parish guidelines. Learn more.

Upcoming Diocesan Events

For additional details view our full calendar.

“Be Still and Know God” Retreat May 11-13
St. Christopher is offering quarterly retreats called “Be Still and Know God.” These provide participants with a time to slow down and be with the Lord simply because of who He is, to enjoy Him and listen for His voice. Whether you are in full-time ministry and need to reconnect or just recognize your need to encounter His Presence, these retreats are designed to help you keep your first love…your first love. To register, contact Elizabeth Bumpas at or call (843) 768-0429 ext. 3005. Learn more.

New: Intercessory Prayer Day at St. Christopher, May 19
Join with others from across the Diocese to worship and pray as you walk the campus of St. Christopher to intentionally listen to what the Lord might want us all to hear. It’s a time to pray for the ministry of St. Christopher as well as the work of the Diocese. Learn more.

Clergy Family Picnic, May 28
Save the Date! The Clergy Family Picnic will be held at St. Christopher's Pavillion, Monday, May 28 beginning at 11 a.m. with a cookout starting at noon.

Family Ministry Retreat, July 5-8
Each year for the last four years the annual Family Ministry Retreat has sought to teach and inspire parents to disciple their children at home. This continues to be the goal of this annual retreat and this year’s focus will be on helping families live their faith 24/7 and understanding the God-given influence they have in the world around them. The Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd and his family will be leading the retreat. Learn more.

Christian Marriage Conference, July 20-22,
Learn more.

Upcoming Church and Community Offerings

For additional details view our full calendar.

couple holding handsNew: Marriage Conference at St. Matthias, Summerton, May 18-19
St. Matthias in Summerton is excited to host a Marriage Conference led by Jim and Acton Beard from Pawley's Island, Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19. Come, listen, learn and spend time with your spouse. Make an investment in your marriage guaranteed to last a lifetime. Be equipped with knowledge and tools that will enrich and bless your relationship. It begins on Friday May 18 at 6 p.m. On Saturday they will begin at 8:30 a.m. Learn more.

Music at St. Helena’s, May 19
As part of their Tricentennial Celebration, St. Helena's choirs will be joined by choirs from Bluffton and Charlotte for a 7 p.m. concert with Brian Jones. Learn more.

St. Thomas to Host Lobster Sale, May 19
St. Thomas Episcopal Church in North Charleston will have its 9th Annual Lobster Sale on Saturday, May 19.  The delicious lobsters are from Maine. You can order them live, cooked or a dinner. For more information visit or call the church office at (843) 747-0479.

All Saints Garden Tour, May 19
On Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island will present its 25th annual Garden Tour, “A Potpourri of Gardens” featuring eight of the island’s most innovative gardens Learn more.

CathedralNew: Cathedral to Host Charleston-wide Alpha Prayer Event, May 24
All are invited to join in a prayer gathering at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. This is part of an Alpha USA week of prayer, May 20-27 with churches from across the country are joining in prayer 24/7, leading up to Pentecost Sunday. The Rev. Christian Zebley, of Global Leadership Dynamics, Montreat, NC and several pastoral leaders, including the Very Rev. Peet Dickinson, will come together to lead us in prayer as we pray for the world, our nation, the people and communities of the greater Charleston region and for the gifts of evangelism and outreach.  The evening will include time for personal prayer ministry and uplifting worship, as well. Learn more.

Grace Church Tea Room, May 28-June 8
The entire parish is involved in this Tea Room and gift shop event which runs during the annual Spoleto Festival. Learn more.

New: Quiet Day at Grace Chapel, Rockville, June 2
The St. Anna Chapter of the Daughters of the King of St. John’s, John’s Island, is inviting all to a Quiet Day at Grace Chapel, Rockville, SC, Saturday, June 2, 2012, beginning at 9 a.m.  Deacon Martha Horn will be the leader for prayer and meditation and will be speaking on “Peace Like a River,” about living with God's peace in our lives.  The ending Eucharist will be celebrated by the Rev. Robert Horn.  Lunch will follow on the waterfront lawn of Mr. and Mrs. Sandie Bee.  Please bring a bag lunch.  For further information, call Sue Jenkins at (843) 830-5256.

PrayerNew: Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, Prayer Teaching, June 11
The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer is offering an all day teaching and discussion on prayer Monday, June 11 at St. Christopher. The morning teaching will be led by the Rt. Rev. Donald Hultstrand, author of The Praying Church, and currently bishop in residence at Christ Episcopal Church, Greenville, SC (Diocese of Upper South Carolina). The Rev. Al Zadig, rector of St. Michaelʼs Episcopal Church in Charleston, will lead the afternoon teaching. Learn more.

The 62nd Sewanee Church Music Conference, July 9-15
Learn more.

Beth Moore Coming to Charleston, August 24-25
Learn more.

People News:

The Rev. Chris Bear and familyThe Rev. Chris Bear has joined the staff of Trinity, Myrtle Beach where he will serve as an Associate. Born and raised in the metro Washington D.C. area, Chris became a Christian in high school through the ministry of the Falls Church. After receiving his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological seminary, he was ordained in 1999. He had been running student ministries for 10 years before becoming involved in church planting. He has ministered at churches in Boston, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. Recently Chris and his wife, Zhenya; (who grew up outside of Seattle and has a masters in counseling from Covenant seminary) were called to go and plant churches in London. After spending a handful of wonderful and very fruitful years in London as church planters the Lord called them back to the U.S. They have three awesome little boys (Liam, Aidan, and Connor). They love God’s church and are thrilled to be in Myrtle Beach as a part of Trinity. As the Associate at Trinity, Chris will be using his expertise in church planting to help Trinity’s West Campus thrive and to continue to plant more churches in the Myrtle Beach area.

The Rev. Jonathan Riddle and familyThe Rev. Jonathan Riddle has accepted a call to serve on the leadership team at the Church of the Cross in Bluffton, SC. He, his wife, Lisa, and their five children will begin their transition to the lowcountry in June. The son of an Episcopal priest, Jonathan received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, his M. Div. from Trinity School for Ministry. He was ordained in 2001 by Bishop John Howe in the Diocese of Central Florida and served as an Assistant at St. John's Episcopal Church in Melbourne, FL. In 2005 he 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," he says. Six years later he became an Assistant at Christ the King Anglican in Boone, NC, where he currently serves. Read full announcement.

Matt, Hawley and Eden SchneiderMatt Schneider, one of our diocesan seminarians, who will graduate from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in May, has accepted a call to serve as Assistant Rector at Prince George Winyah in Georgetown. He will begin serving there the first week in June. Matt will be ordained a Transitional Deacon on Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. by Bishop Salmon at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD. Matt and his wife, Hawley, are expecting their second child, who is due in late June. There first child, daughter Eden (pictured here), is 21-months old and excited to become a big sister. Matt is originally from Redwood City, CA, and Hawley is a native of Washington, DC. They met in Nice, France while studying at a language school there. They are looking forward to begin serving with the people at Prince George and to join the wider ministry of the Diocese.


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