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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Focus Forward: 222nd Diocesan Convention, March 8-9 

Workshops/Seminars; Open to the Public

Convention GroupOver 350 people are expected to attend the upcoming 222nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, March 8-9, at the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center in Florence. Bishop Lawrence is focusing on the future at this convention. "Our Lord calls us to look forward and carry out the Great Commission," he said. "This is precisely why this convention will be preceded by workshops designed to equip our lay members and clergy for the work of ministry."

Pre-Convention Workshops, Friday, March 8
All pre-convention workshops are free of charge and open to the public. Contact Barbara Orrell-Jones in the Diocesan Office at (843) 722-4075 to sign up. 

  • Youth Ministry for Small Churches, to be held from 2:30 – 4 p.m., led by the Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator Dave Wright. The program is designed to help small churches do youth ministry like the larger churches. “They can do excellent youth ministry if they take a different approach,” said Wright.
  • The Apologetics of CS Lewis, a primer on how to defend Christianity, to be held from 1-2:30 p.m., led by the Rev. Dr. Kendall S. Harmon, the Diocese’s Canon Theologian. C. S. Lewis was arguably the finest Christian apologist of the 21st century. We will explore why he was chosen for this task, why he was effective in his writings, and what lessons if any we can learn from him as we undertake the challenging task of 21st century apologetics.
  • Sozo Prayer, a workshop on inner healing through prayer, to be held from 1-4 p.m., led by Kelli Hample, Lisa Fike and Karen Tetrev. The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson, Dean of the Diocese’s Cathedral will share stories about how this type of prayer ministry has transformed his parish’s pastoral care.
  • Diocesan Risk Management, to be held from 3-4 p.m., led by Billy Mills, of Wells Fargo Financial Services. Every congregation is subject to risk.Mr.  Mills will be provide a synopsis of the components parishes should be considering in a good risk management plan. He will also be available to answer questions about the specifics of the Diocesan Property and Casualty program and how it can benefit all our congregations.
Learn more about the workshops.

The Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman Guest Preacher
Bishop Keith Ackerman, the Bishop Vicar of the Diocese of Quincy of the Anglican Church in North America, will be the guest preacher during the service of Holy Eucharist the evening of Friday, March 8. 

Convention Resolutions; Budget Presentation; Elections
During the convention, delegates will vote on two resolutions:
•One is the second reading of a resolution which deleted all references to The Episcopal Church from the Diocese’s Constitutions and Canons. This resolution passed by an overwhelming majority at the November 17, 2012, convention held in Charleston.
•The second affirms the “Declaration of Life Statement” made by Anglicans for Life.
Delegates will also elect individuals to serve in leadership roles in the Diocese, vote on the proposed budget and hear from ministry leaders about their vision for the future. A highlight will be the presentation from the Rev. Bob Lawrence, Director of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The Camp will celebrate its 75th Anniversary this year.

Courageous Grandparenting Simulcast, Saturday, March 9
While the convention is in progress the Diocese is offering a three-hour event including a simulcast with Cavin Harper, author of Courageous Grandparenting in a Turbulent World.  This event, open to the public, will be held concurrently with the Convention so delegates will not be able to attend. There is a $10 fee for this event, which covers the cost of the book and box lunch. Pre-registration is required. Register here


acolyte recruitment video
Acolyte Recruitment Video

On the lighter side, Scott Parnell has created an Acolyte Recruitment Video for the Diocese of West Texas where he is currently in the discernment process and serving as Youth Minister.  Scott grew up at St. Paul’s in Summerville serving as an intern both there and at Old St. Andrews.  He also served as a counselor at Camp St. Christopher.  View the video.  After watching it, tell me that you don’t feel like dancing – or even serving -- as an alcolyte!



St. Christopher's 75th Anniversary sunset photo
Plan to Join in St. Christopher’s 75th Anniversary Celebration
Three-Day Event, June 22-24

One of the biggest celebrations to be held in the Diocese this year will be the three-day celebration planned at St. Christopher for Saturday, June 22, through Monday, June 24.  St. Christopher will offer a 5K Run & Hike through the grounds of the beach and maritime forest; an Open House to explore the campus,  waterfront activities, history exhibit, a Summer Staff Reunion Sailing Regatta, and a Gala Dinner with both silent and live auctions.  A time capsule buried at the 50th Anniversary will also be recovered which is known to include many artifacts and a video record of that era.  God willing, the video will be shown at the Gala Dinner along with other special presentations. In addition to joining in, parishioners are invited to serve and help make the celebration a success. Learn more.

Know What to Do in a Crisis?
Pastoral Crisis Intervention Course, March 13-15

Chaplains serve at a time of crisis.The Pastoral Crisis Intervention Courses I and II will be offered March 13-15, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the North Charleston City Hall. The Rev. Rob Dewey co-authored the courses shortly before the September 11 terrorist attacks. The courses address how to assist individuals or communities during a time of crisis and examine the impact that crisis situations have upon people – whether psychological or spiritual. Participants will receive continuing education credit from the University of Maryland. “The training was rigorous, sobering, and, I believe, will prove to be extremely valuable,” says the Rev. Jennie Olbrych after taking the courses.  Learn more.

"Empowered by a Whisper," Diocesan Women's Retreat, March 1-3

Women's Retreat Post CardWomen: Mark your calendars for March 1-3. We will spend the weekend at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. Our theme for this retreat is “Empowered by a Whisper” and our keynote speaker is author and blogger, Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Tracie understands the difficulty we often have in hearing God’s small voice in the chaos of our lives. In three different sessions, she will reintroduce us to our friend Jesus, guide us to hear His voice and His call in our lives, and show us how to embrace the call. Learn more.

Tea cups

Springtime Tea Rooms and Tours

St. Paul's, Summerville, March 4-9, 11-15
St. Paul’s in Summerville will have it’s spring Tea Room and Gift Shop from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 4-9 and 11-15. The Tea Room will feature two popular Lowcountry dishes, the signature tomato pie and she crab soup, as well as delicious salads, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. Set in the beautiful Doar Hall, live music adds to the ambiance of a lovely seasonal tea room. Learn more.

Old St. Andrew's Tea Room and Gift Shop, March 11-23
Old St. Andrew’s will offer their 60th Annual Tea Room and Gift Shop, Mondays through Saturdays, March 11-23.  Lunch will be served each day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..  A traditional menu of chicken salad sandwich, shrimp paste sandwiches, okra soup, she crab soup and many delicious desserts will be served. A unique and well-stocked Gift Shop is open during the Tea Room featuring handmade crafts and special food items such as jellies and jams. Tours of the historic church are offered daily during the Tea Room Gift Shop hours and concerts are held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Learn more.

Prince George Winyah's 66th Annual Plantation Tours, March 22-23
The 66th Annual Plantation Tour of plantations and town houses in and near Georgetown will be held March 22 & 23. The majority of the plantations and town houses are privately owned and graciously shared with the Episcopal Church Women of Prince George, Winyah, Parish once per year. A different group of homes is on tour each day. As part of the tour of pre-Revolutionary and antebellum churches, town houses and plantations, visitors are invited to the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for tea each afternoon. Learn more.

St. Helena's, Beaufort, 57th Annual Spring Tour of Homes, April 19-20
Continuing in its tradition of celebrating the beauty of Beaufort homes and historic buildings, the Parish Church of St. Helena will hold its 57th Annual Spring Tour of Homes Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20. This year’s tour includes six historic homes in downtown Beaufort, as well as several plantations and historic buildings on St. Helena and distant islands. Attendees will be able to visit the interiors of these lovely homes and plantations and docents will be on hand to talk about their histories. Learn more.

St. Philip's Tea Room, April 22-26
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church will be offering daily lowcountry lunch and delicious desserts at their Tea Room which will be open the week of April 22 - 26, during the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Tea Room is located in the Parish Hall, at the corner of Church and Cumberland Streets in downtown Charleston. Lowcountry luncheon favorites will return, such as "Charleston Receipts" okra soup, classic chicken salad and shrimp salad. Desserts, made by parishioners, include Hummingbird Cake, Grand Marnier Cheesecake and Huguenot Torte as well as a wide variety of other options. . Learn more.

Clergy renewing vowsClergy Renewal of Vows, March 19

All clergy of the Diocese are invited to attend the annual Renewal of Vows Service, Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul. Contact Beth Snyder to let her know you will be coming so you can snag a box lunch.

Epic PosterYouth: Don’t miss Epic, March 22-24

This weekend, held at St. Christopher, is an interactive journey for High School students centered on Bible teaching, creative worship, contemplation and celebration to stir the soul and renew the mind. This weekend has been a powerful source of spiritual growth for students during the past eight years.

Diocesan Events

Daughters of the King, Spring Retreat, March 15-17, 2013
The Daughters of the King of the Diocese of South Carolina will hold their Spring Retreat March 15-17 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to be with other Daughters and the National DOK President, Pam Runyon, who will also be with us. The speaker will be Roger Grenier, a talented musician, singer, and teacher from Ocala, Florida. Learn more and register. 

Courageous Grandparenting Conference, March 16, 2013
The Department of Christian Faith Formation is joining forces with Pass the Legacy Consulting Ministry to have a one-day conference at Saint James, James Island, March 16, on Courageous Grandparenting. This conference will be led by Cavin Harper, the founder and director of Christian Grandparenting Network.  For more information visit

Be Still and Know God, March 22-24
The Prayer Center at St. Christopher offers weekend retreats called “Be Still and Know God.” It’s a time to slow down and be with the Lord simply because of who He is – to enjoy Him and listen for His voice. The retreat runs Friday - Sunday and is designed to create an environment that enables silence, solitude and prayer in order to connect more deeply with the presence of God. Learn more.  

An Evening with Bishops from East Africa, April 9
Come to the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. to hear first hand accounts of the vital work God is doing in South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya (possibly Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia). We will have visiting Bishops serving in these countries give personal witness and testimony.  Also, come hear how you can pray for their ministry and explore opportunities for further partnerships in "Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age." Following the presentation there will be a reception in the parish hall. 

Praying with St. Paul Retreat, May 15-17
The newly established Prayer Center at St. Christopher will offer it’s inaugural retreat “Praying with St. Paul” to be led by the Rev. Dr. Russ Parker. Many in our diocese know Russ Parker through his healing prayer ministry. Russ was ordained in the Church of England in 1981. He has a post graduate degree in Phenomenology and Theology from Nottingham University and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in the United States in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Christian ministry and for his many writings and his teaching abilities. Learn more.


Church Events

Quiet Day at St. George’s, Summerville, March 2
St. George’s, Summerville, is inviting everyone to join them for a Quiet Day, March 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sister Donna from the Sisters of Charity Convent will be leading the day using a series of her own meditations. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. All are welcome - men, women and youth (nursery will be available). Register by calling (843) 873-0772, by February 20.

New: The Parish Church of St. Helena, The Friday Organ Concerts at Noon series
On four Fridays this spring, world-class musicians will offer recitals on the magnificent pipe organ in historic St. Helena’s Church in Beaufort. These free concerts will feature sacred and secular music. The guest virtuosos are Dr. Gail Archer, Marek Kudlicki, Dr. Julia Harlow, and Alexander Anderson. Each of these performers is well-known in university and church circles both here and abroad. The series kicks off March 15 with Dr. Gail Archer. Come spend an exhilarating hour with these incredible musicians and welcome spring. For more information, contact Pat Gould, Director of Music for the Parish Church of St. Helena, at 522-1712. Learn more

People News

Please keep Nancy Borrett, wife of the Rev. Craige Borrett, and their family in your prayers. Nancy's mother Lynn Allrich Cart, 85, died suddenly on February 21. A memorial service was held Monday, February 25th at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, officiated by The Reverend Ned Morris and The Very Reverend Craige N. Borrett.

The Rev. Ann BoutcherPlease keep the family of the Rev. Ann Boutcher, Deacon at St. Paul's, Conway, in your prayers. Ann's husband, Don, died on February 8, 2013, following surgery. The service was held on February 12 at St. Paul's. Don was a devoted member of St. Paul's Church; the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Cursillo Community of SC. He was an active community volunteer of Myrtle Trace, his church and Neighbor to Neighbor. He will always be remembered for his love of life and Adventure (most recently demonstrated with his 80th birthday celebration skydive!) and his undying devotion to his family and friends that will forever live on in their hearts and memories. Read the obituary

Marcus Kaiser, jr.Congratulations to the Rev. Marcus Kaiser and his wife Kim on the birth of their fourth son. Marcus Adam Kaiser, Jr. was born on February 6 weighing  7 lbs. 2 oz. In speaking about how wonderful his parish, Holy Comforter, Sumter, was supporting them, Marcus said on his Facebook page, "Ok, it's official... I have the best congregation on the planet. Sorry clergy friends, you can't have them."  The Kaisers are doing well - settling in with a little less sleep and one more little one to love.

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