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Thursday, September 6,  2012


International News of Note
The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-AliHuman Rights “Agenda” is New Totalitarianism, Bishop Nazir-Ali Warns Judges

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, our Visiting Bishop for Anglican Relationships submitted a statement in support of four Christians who claim they have been discriminated against because of their faith, in a landmark case on religious freedom being heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg this week. The case has been called “a watershed moment for religious freedom in Britain and could determine whether in future workers can object on grounds of conscience to tasks they believe are morally wrong.” Read more.

Area of Dominican Republic hit by Hurricane IsaacSOS from the Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic: Donations Needed

The following message was sent from The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguin, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic:

 "Many have been affected by hurricane Isaac. We need donations for the purchase of food, beds and other utensils, as well as for the repair of some of the houses that were damaged by the winds and rains. In La Barquita, Santo Domingo where the Tampa Deanery has worked for four years, 13 members of San Pedro y San Pablo have taken up temporary shelter in the church itself.  Several other poor, vulnerable communities where we have churches have also been affected by flooding from Isaac." Learn more.

Bishop Mouneer Anis, Church Leaders, Meet with President of Egypt

Bishop Mouneer Anis, of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, joined with other Church Leaders at a meeting with President Mohammed Mursi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt recently.  "The two-hour long meeting was attended by 13 bishops and pastors representing the Coptic Orthodox, the Catholic, the Greek Orthodox, the Anglican, and the Protestant Churches," said Bishop Anis. "I, and all my colleagues, appreciated the fact that the President called us twice in less than two months to talk and listen to us. This never happened in the last 30 years." Read about the gathering here.

In Diocese of Fredericton, New Brunswick
“Graceful Way Forward…  for Orthodox Remnant”

The Very Rev. Chuck Owens Leads Clergy Retreat

“To say that ministry in the Province of New Brunswick is difficult would be an understatement," said the Very Rev. Chuck Owens, Rector of the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, following his visit to the area. "The Archbishop's invitation to lead a clergy retreat for the Diocese was accompanied by statistics gathered over the past decade and conclusions reached by numerous study groups: barring a miracle, two-thirds of the Anglican churches will close by 2020 and the diocesan structure in place for two centuries will become unsustainable by 2015.  His request: present a graceful way forward that would preserve an orthodox remnant with renewed faith in God's provision and a strong sense of mission to others." Read more. Listen to the retreat presentation.


Clergy Conference, November 7-9

Bishop Lawrence prayers for The Rev. Jean DeVatyAll Clergy of the Diocese are strongly urged to attend the upcoming Conference, Wednesday-Friday, November 7-9 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center.  Room and Board is $190 for a single room, $140 for a double room and $70 for commuters (to cover meals). The retreat will be led by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence. Register here.


Follow Your Heart. Online Giving Makes it Easy to Support Building for Christ

In thanksgiving, in memoriam, in celebration … we often want to express our gratitude, our sympathy and our joy in a way that honors the occasion, glorifies God and benefits our community. Giving to Building for Christ is a way individuals throughout the diocese band together to invest in churches, which, in turn, invest in ministry. The fund is running lower this year, than in previous years. Contribute now.

Cathedral and St. George's Websites

Two Churches Get New Websites

Does your parish’s website need a boost? Check out two new church websites that have recently gone live. One from the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, the other from St. George’s, Summerville. The Cathedral’s site was put together by "a tech saavy parishioner, a seminarian-in-residence and a Cathedral staff member" over the past summer using a Wordpress Premium template.  Learn more by contacting Ginger Bergstrom. St. George’s Site was developed using the online web design program, Cloversites with all staff members collaborating on the effort.  Learn more by contacting Diane Wilson.

boots and hammerTwo Full-time Facilities Positions Open at St. Christopher

St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center is seeking two experienced, spiritually mature ministry associates to serve as the Director of Facilities and Facilities Technician. The Director will manage and lead with hands-on skills the maintenance of St. Christopher's 33 buildings and 314 acres of grounds with a team of 3-5 facility technicians. The Facilities Technician will provide hands-on-skills in cooperation with a team under the supervision of the Director of Facilities. Learn more about both positions.

Cookies for Kairos

5000 Cookies Needed, September 13
I Was in Prison and You Visited Me

The next Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville begins September 13. To achieve the goal of 5,000 dozen (yes, 5,000 dozen) cookies, the team desperately needs your help. Learn more.

Trinity EdistoAre You Performing Periodic Inspections of Your Church's Roof

With the end of summer near and fall just around the corner, now is a good time to conduct a roof inspection. In many cases, leaks are not found until they have penetrated the interior of the building damaging the roof, building and contents. By conducting periodic roof inspections, potential problems can be identified and repaired early, extending the life of your roof and reducing the cost of repairs. Always use qualified, trained roofing professionals with any inspection and repair work Learn more.

Shells in handDo Something Nice For Your Clergy’s  Spouse
Encourage them to attend the Clergy Spouse Retreat, September 21-23

Ask your clergy spouse if she/he has registered, offer financial support, offer to care for children, or just pray for your clergy spouse to be spiritually fed during this time away. Jenny Dickinson, wife of the Dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, says, “Ever since my husband has been a priest in our diocese, I almost never miss a clergy-spouse retreat. As a mother with two small and lively children, some time away at peaceful Camp St. Christopher renews me in amazing ways.”  Learn more and register.

Tony Campolo PosterTony Campolo is Coming to Church of the Cross, September 8

Tony Campolo, a dynamic, world-renowned speaker on Christian living in today's world is coming to the Buckwalter Campus of the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. – noon. Book signing will be offered following the event. He’ll be speaking on “A Jesus State of Mind.” To learn more and to purchase tickets Click Here. Child care will be available for children up to 10 years of age if registered in advance. Car pooling is encouraged. Questions? Call the Church office, (843) 757-2661.

Little boy prayingRelationship Tools for Family Success – September 14

Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN- founders of the National Center For Biblical Parenting and authors of Parenting is Heart Work will be offering a Seminar Friday, September 14 from 6:30 .m. until 9 p.m. at James Island Christian Church, 12 Sawgrass Road, Charleston. The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. The course will touch on: Showing honor… Helping at home… Taking initiative… Following instructions… Bringing peace… Being responsible… Showing self-control… Developing contentment.  Learn more.

EncounterEncounter Youth Events: September 28-30, October 12-14, November 2-4

Calling ALL youth (and leaders)! Our goal this fall is to gather all the youth of our diocese to share in a powerful experience of spiritual growth together. We will do this through an event called Encounter which will take place three times this fall at St. Christopher and will be for all middle and high school students and their leaders. Leaders are urged to let us know which weekend you intend to bring a group to and how many you think you will bring. This is vital for our planning so that we get all our groups into one of these weekends. The dates are: September 28-30, October 12-14,  November 2-4. Email Dave Wright to let him know your preference of dates and expected numbers.

Mrs. Thelma SandiferCharleston/West Charleston Deanery Meeting, September 15

On Saturday, September 15, all women in the Charleston, West Charleston Deaneries are invited to gather for a meeting at St. John’s, Johns Island. The Keynote speaker will be Nita Smith of Grace Home for Women. There will be a presentation to Thelma Sandifer, (pictured right) the Most Honored Woman of the Diocese 2012-2013, Denyse Steen will present the plans for the upcoming 2013 ECW Retreat and The Rev. Greg Snyder will celebrate Holy Eucharist. The day includes lunch and fellowship and they will have a book swap table. Bring unwanted books and trade them for others.  Learn more.

Helpful Web Conferences

The Episcopal Church Foundation is offering a wide range of webinars for clergy and lay parish leaders this fall. There is no cost to participate in any of these webinars and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to participate. Learn more about the following seminars here.

  • What's Stewing About Stewardship?  Annual Stewardship Best Practices (September 11, 2012, 6:30-7:30 PM ET)

  • Sound Practices for Vestry Leaders (September 12, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)

  • Out of Many, One (September 18, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)

  • Mejores Prácticas para la Junta Parroquial (September 19, 2012, 7:00-8:00
  • Identifying & Recruiting New Leaders (September 26, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Creating Strong Team Structure (October 3, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)

  • Sound Practices for Vestry Leaders (October 17, 2012 7:00-8:00 PM ET)

  • Why Structure Matters:  Getting Endowment Structure Right (October 23, 2012, 6:30-7:30 PM ET)

  • Basics of Planned Giving (October 24, 2012, 6:30-8:30 PM ET)

  • Finding Our Voice on Human Trafficking (November 13, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)


Upcoming Diocesan Events

For additional details view our full calendar.

Daughters of the King - Fall Assembly, September 8
The Daughters of the King of the Diocese of South Carolina will hold their Fall Assembly Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston. The theme is "Looking to Jesus, Spreading His Love." The Speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina. The meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m., will also include installation of officers for the 2012-2015 period and a vote on the revision of Bylaws. Learn more.

Be Still & Know God, September 14-16
This retreat at St. Christopher offers a time to slow down and be with the Lord simply because of who He is; to enjoy Him and listen for His voice. Space is limited so register soon.  Go to for rate information and to download a registration form or contact Elizabeth Bumpas at or call (843) 768-0429 ext. 3005.

Beginning Experience, St. Christopher, October 12-14
The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. It can result in nearly unbearable feelings of loneliness and grief. Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of themselves and uncertain about their futures. The upcoming Beginning Experience weekend will be held October 12-14 at St. Christopher. An international program, and ministry to the single-again the Beginning Experience is designed and developed by respected Christian professionals in the fields of ministry, grief psychology, education and organizational process. Learn more

Brotherhood of St. Andrew – Diocesan Meeting, October 27
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be having their Diocesan Meeting at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Florence, SC. The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a three-year plan for the Brotherhood in the Diocese of South Carolina and discuss what happened at triennial convention. Learn more

Thanksgiving at St. Christopher, November 21-24
Make this a Thanksgiving to remember as you kayak among dolphins, play in our annual touch football game, walk through the infamous “Mud Pit”, or enjoy hay rides and s’mores on the beach. Come be overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s creation and allow gratitude to well up within.  There’s no better place to re-connect with God and family than at St. Christopher’s Thanksgiving Retreat. Isn’t it time you slowed down and actually enjoyed Thanksgiving again? Make your plans now and reserve your space!  Visit and download your form there.

Upcoming Church and Community Offerings

For additional details view our full calendar.

New: Organ Recital, St. Mark’s, Charleston, September 16
Lee Kohlenberg, interim organist at St. Mark’s, Charleston, since April 1, 2012 will present a one-hour free recital at St. Mark's on Sunday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m.  The music includes four large works:  Introduction and Passacaglia in D Minor by Max Reger, Chorale No. 1 in E Major by Cesar Franck, Fanfare by Alec Wyton, and Variations on a Noel by Marcel Dupre.  There will be 2 additional pieces:  Symphonie VI: Cantabile by Charles-Marie Widor and Prelude and Fugue in C by Johann S. Bach.  Learn more.

New: Bethel Sozo Basic Training, September 21
The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, will host this Basic Training introducing the SOZO approach to inner healing and restoration of relationship with God and others. On Friday, September 21 from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Video Seminar Presenters  are Dawna DeSilva and Theresa Leibsher of Bethel Church. Questions which will be explored in this training include, “Why do I overact to simple things?” “Why do I often take things personally?” and many other triggers that inhibit our relationships with God and with others. Learn more.

September 11 Interviews with Eyewitness Responders, September 24
The Rev. Rob Dewey, Senior Chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, was deployed with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team following the tragic events which occured at the Twin Towers 11 years ago. Rob and NCFD Capt. Lori Rose, a first responder at the Pentagon will share their first-hand experiences on 9/11 in an illustrated talk that tells the story what happened on that day, their role, grief and hope. The public is invited to this lively and memorable talk about a day in our history that will live forever and to honor those who gave their lives, the victims as well as the fire and policemen who died on that day for our freedom. This wll be held at the Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston on Monday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Order of St. Luke Healing Prayer Course Begins September 12
The Order of St. Luke Healing Prayer Course will be offered for eight weeks at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, on Wednesday nights beginning September 12. The evening begins with supper at 5:30 p.m. ($6) and the class runs from 6:15-7:30. Jean and Johnnie Corbett will lead the class. The Order of Saint Luke is a healing prayer ministry which seeks to restore the healing ministry to its proper place in the Church. Learn more.

St. John’s Florence Hosting Regional Choir Workshop, September 22
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Florence is hosting a regional choir workshop on Saturday, September 22. It will be led by Dr. Jared Johnson, Canon Organist/Choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Columbia). The workshop, which is open to all choir members, directors, and organists regardless of denomination, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. Lunch will be catered at the church. The registration fee is $25. Details and the registration form are available at  The registration deadline is September 7.  For questions, please contact Tammy Williams at or (843) 662-5585, ext. 23.

Grace Church's Flower Arranging Workshop, September 28
Gay Estes, from Houston, a highly recommended and well-known speaker in the flower arranging world, will be presenting this program at Grace Church, Charleston. She has written a very informative book, The Church Ladies' Guide to Divine Flower Arranging, that will be made available in Grace's Gift Shop, Gifts of Grace. Two seminars will be  offered on September 28: one at 9:30 a.m. and another starting at 2:00 p.m. Learn more.

New: The Long Goodbye, Beginning  October 2
Bishop Gadsden Hosting Course for Loved ones and Caregivers of those with Dementia
Has dementia affected someone you love? Do you have a friend, spouse or parent with dementia? Offered in partnership with Respite Care Charleston, Bishop Gadsden and St. Michael’s Church, this program is designed to meet the needs of caregivers, friends, and families who deal with the daily loss of a person with dementia. The course is scheduled to start Tuesday, October 2 and it will meet weekly through January 15. For more information contact either Margaret Kunes Program Director for Respite Care of Charleston at (843) 647-7405 or Kay Jenkins at Bishop Gadsden at (843) 406-2454.

Bazaar at St. James, October 27
St. James Episcopal Church, James Island, is hosting a bazaar Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will serve soups, shrimp and grits, and homemade desserts for lunch.  Silent auction items include themed baskets, business certificates and gift cards, framed paintings, and more.  They will have a very large selection of children's clothes.  There will be jewelry, antiques, plants, books, linens, crafts, home furnishings, baked and canned foods, and seasonal decorations.  Funds earned will go primarily to outreach endeavors, missions, children's scholarships to Camp St. Christopher, St. James' projects, and other charitable causes--all for the glory of God.  Please join with St. James and bring family and friends with you.

New: “A Once-Wounded Warrior: Healing for our Nations Patriots and their Families.”
Day of Healing Prayer, St. Michael’s, Charleston, November 3
On Saturday, November 3, St. Michael’s, Charleston, will host a Day of Healing Prayer based on the theme, “A Once-Wounded Warrior: Healing for our Nations Patriots and their Families.” The speaker, Chaplain Maj. Gen. Charlie Baldwin (Retired) is the former Chief of Chaplains for the US Air Force. The day’s activities will run from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The registration fee of $10 covers lunch. Please register by October 27. For additional information call (843) 723-0603 or email Learn more. Learn more about Chaplain Baldwin.

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